A Photographer Used a Drone to Shoot a Video of Dallas, and It's Awesome

This video is already up on Reddit, Frontburner, and Centraltrack, but it's worth a look. The video was shot by a guy named Brian Aiken using a DJI Phantom quadcopter -- basically a camera-equipped drone. You'd think that might make people nervous, but Aiken says that wasn't the case.

"No one stopped me," he writes on Vimeo. "People usually are too interested in the chopper to give me any grief."

It's a breathtaking video. Takes me back to my days as a kid taking those stomach-churning helicopter rides at the Omni Theater in Fort Worth.

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kbowmanphoto
kbowmanphoto

WOW! Incredible video. Beautifully shot and edited. The City of Dallas should pay this guy.

CogitoErgoSum
CogitoErgoSum topcommenter

I guess what we used to call "RC" toys are now interchangeably referred to as "drones"? Pretty cheap way to sensationalize something. A drone, at least the term that was popularized to describe the military pilot-less planes, is typically much larger than this vehicle. Many military drones are also capable of carrying a pretty sizable payload of ordnance meant to kill people extremely dead. Words are important, you who call yourselves "journalists." Perhaps we should swap out the term "journalist" for "glorified blogger."

Alice Chien
Alice Chien

Dallas is a BEAUTIFUL city. I don't care what anyone else says. Awesome Video!!!

Bang Bang LaDesh
Bang Bang LaDesh

Great sights, yes...but where the Hell is everyone? It's so sad to see barren streets and sidewalks...... I wish more people believed in city life. It's good to see the parks and recreation in the city, hopefully more and more people will learn city life is amazing.

mylo2112
mylo2112

Cool vid but Dallas looks like an abandoned ghost town void of people!

NewsDog
NewsDog

Obviously shot on weekend days. Almost zero traffic downtown.   

Tyler Atnip
Tyler Atnip

AWESOME .. and somehwat creepy as an after thought. That's how drone's fly overseas to kill people (I got a chill during kids playing BBall)

Oscar Hernandez
Oscar Hernandez

All these e-nerd photographers just need to relax about angles. It wasn't for you. It was for us casual peeps to see Dallas in a different way. Simmer down.

dingo
dingo

dangerous as shit flying that thing around people like that. head up his ass for sure.

Mike Weaver
Mike Weaver

How legal is or was this? any legal issue you need to do to fly around the city like this?

Scott Cessac
Scott Cessac

IMO it makes the city look like some post-apocalyptic sleepy town. Those vacant downtown streets and like 10 people total shown in the video.

DJI Innovations
DJI Innovations

Thanks for sharing the DJI Innovations Phantom video!

BenS.
BenS.

Get out and shoot as much video as you can. September 1st the "Texas Privacy Act" goes into effect making this entire video a crime. Shoot and post video at your own peril.

Joni Marie
Joni Marie

I got chills watching this. AMAZING!!!

Kerry DiGiovanni Prokup
Kerry DiGiovanni Prokup

He needs to get better with his camera angles since he lopped the top off of almost everything he shot, and the fisheye is a little off, but it was edited nicely.

Carmen Victoria Elmendorf
Carmen Victoria Elmendorf

Beautiful! Perfect music and I'm guessing by the lack of people or traffic that this was shot at sunrise or sunset? My favorite view is the seeing the reflection of Reunion Tower (yes?) in the glass of the Omni Hotel. Great public relations/Chamber of Commerce presentation.

tecia
tecia

amazing! I want one now! 


clarencelovegod
clarencelovegod

@CogitoErgoSum There are plenty of military drones which are much smaller than this. The general meaning of drone is robot. Don't forget, drones started out as small, pilot-less aircraft towed behind a manned aircraft - these drones were used for target practice. The British military are using very agile, very stable camera equipped helicopters the size of a marker pen to scout out enemy positions - they carry no payload and are called drones.

The definition of a drone in this context is an unmanned vehicle which is remotely or autonomously controlled, often beyond line of sight. These ""toys," by this definition, are drones. They can support first person view, can operate beyond visual range and can carry a camera payload. 

Let me put it this way. I use a very expensive camera professionally. If other people use it for their hobby, is it any less a camera?


muddystick
muddystick

@mylo2112 100% agree!  A little editing and ALL the humans could be removed from this video.  A video devoid of people would be impossible in a city like Seattle, San Francisco, Chicago, NYC, or Boston.

BiggerMouse
BiggerMouse

@dingo Grammar is also a dangerous tool, I'm glad you're not using it...

muddystick
muddystick

@BenS. True, except for a 25 mile strip along the Texas-Mexico border.  Drones still allowed there.  (If I buy a helium balloon at Walmart, attach a micro-camera to it and tether it to a string and walk around downtown Dallas - is that illegal?  It ain't a drone!)

juanmayeaux
juanmayeaux

@BenS. You got that right, of course some of us gun owners(not me), might start a little skeet shooting contest with those pesky drones.

CogitoErgoSum
CogitoErgoSum topcommenter

@clarencelovegod @CogitoErgoSum This was remotely controlled. The technology has been around for decades and these were called RC helicopters. Why, all of the sudden, is it now a "drone"? I'll tell you why -- it sounds a lot cooler because of the association with cutting-edge military technology. Do they now sell "drones" in hobby shops? Are the RC cars now going to be referred to as "land-based drones"?


Herpdesertederp
Herpdesertederp

@muddystick @mylo2112 There are PLENTY of deserted areas in Chicago and Seatlle.  Breaking, Huge cities on tiny tracts of land are denser and have more foot traffic.  Here's Bob with the weather.

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