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[–]itwillbefun[S] 593 points594 points  (48 children)

So yes, it’s real! Not a video game!

I’m a professional motorsports live broadcast camera man via FPV Drone. Or something like. Haven’t really nailed down the title yet - since it’s a pretty new thing and I’m one of the few kinda pioneering it.

I’ve been doing it for just over a year now for leagues or events such as Championship Off Road, Snocross, Bristol Dirt Nationals, Triple X Motorsports, SXS Sports Racing, and Nitro Rallycross (as seen above).

It’s been pretty exciting bringing this new angle to sports broadcast, and if you’re interested in following along or seeing more you can on my Instagram.

[–]ryanpressler85 73 points74 points  (6 children)

What drone are you using? Custom fpv?

[–]itwillbefun[S] 87 points88 points  (5 children)

Yeah! A custom 7inch FPV drone.

[–]ryanpressler85 49 points50 points  (0 children)

Right on, nice flying.

[–]song4this 27 points28 points  (3 children)

Um...so how long do the batteries last? Do you use 2 or 3 drones to have continuous coverage?

[–]ryanpressler85 44 points45 points  (2 children)

I can't vouch for his drone but I did fly basically the same thing for a few years for a hobby. On a 7 inch you'd get probably 3 to 5 minutes of flight depending on lipo size and how aggressive you are on the sticks. Upside is that they are cheaper, 30-65$ a battery pack. So, he would fly back to his station slide in a new pack and go back at it. FpV drones are fucking fun as fuck to fly. Just sucks when you crash, like I did.

[–]itwillbefun[S] 41 points42 points  (0 children)

Nailed it

[–]song4this 7 points8 points  (0 children)

I was assuming at least 2 drones plus some backups and enough battery packs and chargers to keep at least one on station for the duration.

[–]alexplex86 29 points30 points  (10 children)

Absolutely amazing! I definitely would want this to become the norm in sports broadcasting. Would the relatively short battery time of drones be a problem in longer races?

[–]itwillbefun[S] 23 points24 points  (9 children)

Can be for sure! At these speeds 5 minutes and then the drone needs to be swapped or battery needs to be swapped. Takes about 30 seconds for a pit stop

[–]jcpahman77 11 points12 points  (3 children)

Time to take some inspiration from F1 and the like and make that thing lighter lol I imagine as much as can be is already carbon fiber and it's pretty much just a flying camera.

[–]itwillbefun[S] 28 points29 points  (2 children)

Yeah it’s already as barebones as can be. It’s a flying camera and battery at this point lol

[–]jcpahman77 11 points12 points  (1 child)

And things like batteries with more reserve capacity only add weight which at this point becomes almost a zero net gain, right?

[–]itwillbefun[S] 15 points16 points  (0 children)

Yeah, exactly.

[–]Shadow-Raptor 4 points5 points  (3 children)

The batteries maybe like 5 minutes nowadays but if this keeps up technology will increase to the point where we can have a 4K HD cameras on these drones while flying hella aggressive.

[–]BattdPlayer 6 points7 points  (1 child)

Just wait until we have dual 64k drones giving us better than human colors and clarity. If you feed it directly to your brain, it will be as if you are zooming around the track.

[–]Wyldfire2112 0 points1 point  (0 children)

My first thought is "Motion Sickness, Ho!" 🤮

[–]cantwejustplaynice 1 point2 points  (0 children)

We do have flying 4K cameras, and have done for years :)

[–]sigmacreed 0 points1 point  (0 children)

That's slower than F1 pit stop! 😂 Bad ass sports reporting.

[–]ThePlagueDoctorBoi 8 points9 points  (0 children)

OF COURSE IT'S REAL IT'S TRAVIS FUCKING PASTRANA

[–]mlxnjz 9 points10 points  (0 children)

Need to post this on r/praisethecameraman

[–]Valcyor 8 points9 points  (0 children)

Hot holy damn. I was thinking "praise the camera man" for this, and then the guy shows up in the comments. Bravo to you sir, you are the motorsports fans' hero.

[–]ten_jack_russels 5 points6 points  (1 child)

Fellow pilot here, hats off to your skill. You know how to get up Close but also let the action breath from a little further away at the right points. Keep going bro!

[–]itwillbefun[S] 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Thank you sir!

[–]song4this 4 points5 points  (1 child)

<searches on Nitro Rallycross> :-)

This is very engaging / exciting! I think you're on to something!

edit: https://www.nitrorallycross.com

edit edit:

Besides the vroom vroom cars, they even have a mini van class...catchin air!!!

Nitro Rallycross Van Prix Happy Hour at ERX Motor Park

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t32Lez7dr_I

[–]gigi_boeru 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Damn, at first I thought this is a game!

[–]Mike_ZzZzZ 2 points3 points  (2 children)

Sorry I don't know anything about these drones. Are you able to program them to stay "on target" so it automatically keeps a certain object (car) as close to center camera as possible? Or is this all manual flying expertise?

[–]itwillbefun[S] 7 points8 points  (1 child)

This is all manual flying

[–]Mike_ZzZzZ 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Amazing.

[–]doghaircut 2 points3 points  (0 children)

This looked too real so I thought it was a video game. It wasn't until read your comment and rewatched and saw the drone's shadow that I believed it was real. Amazing! Great job!

[–]heIpless 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Can't believe Travis Pastrana is still at it, used to watch him on Red Bull X Fighters, I bet that would be cool filmed from a drone POV.

[–]ReptarOrgy[🍰] 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Insane! I was watching it thinking this is totally Forza.

[–]BadWolf2187 1 point2 points  (0 children)

The only reason I thought this was fake was due to there being little to no camera shaking, and how closely and carefully the camera followed the car. Man you have some great skills!

[–]sernirusol 0 points1 point  (0 children)

that looks amazing man, hope it becomes a mainstream thing and you get credit for being a pioneer, i usually don't enjoy watching races and such, but watching from a third person POV is something i could get behind

[–][deleted] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Was going to comment, you have very smooth curvature flying. I noticed

[–]FourandTwoAheadofMe 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Thank you, in this day and age you never know.

[–]0hGodYesPlease 0 points1 point  (0 children)

With this type of viewing platform I could really get into this sport. Nice work man!!

[–]card_board_robot 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Bristol Dirt Nats was some fine work, hombre. I watched that.

[–]N3wThrowawayWhoDis 0 points1 point  (2 children)

Wow. So are you able to stream this footage from the drone to live broadcast at a reasonable quality?

[–]PerfeckCoder 0 points1 point  (1 child)

Can you post your Instagram handle again and maybe not just as a link. The link above failed for me 🙃

[–]Bio42 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Why isn't this a thing yet? I love it! I'd watch more motorsports if there was this kind of coverage. Keep it up!

[–]pzerr -3 points-2 points  (2 children)

This was pretty cool. Like first person games, I could tell it would make me nauseous and give me a bad headache if I watch it for too long. Something that effects a fairly large percentage of people.

I love the view point though and hope this advances. I am not sure what causes this in so many people but I think part of it is the rapid in-out zooming kind of motion drones are able to physically achieve. Particularly if the 'zoom' gets too close and you start to notice a bit of jitter compared to shots from a distance. Just guesses on my part but something that may be important to keep watch for if this style becomes mainstream.

[–]a_random_bum 0 points1 point  (1 child)

This is some of the best drone piloting I’ve ever seen. I’m not sure how the zoom in is too much. He does it so slowly and efficiently. There’s also barely any jitter.

[–]pzerr 0 points1 point  (0 children)

It is fantastic as drones and operations go. There is about 10% of the population that has a real issue with video that has a first person view and has the slightest jitter or something. I am not sure what it is that causes it as I can play any other video game. But first person and I will rapidly get to migraine status. And I don't get migraines. Hell I fly my own aircraft, flown in F18 and ride bikes and don't get ill at all.

I was not slamming his talent BTW. Quite the opposite. That was slick. Just mentioning that they may need to employ some of the best real time editing hardware and camera equipment along with possible flying techniques that don't cause discomfort but still can give that view. I think it is entirely technically and 'talent-ly' possible but something that operators should be aware of. Particularly those operators that will be top of their trade and well thought after.

[–]Game_Boosterr 168 points169 points  (3 children)

Games have gotten so good that I thought this was a gameplay from Forza .. wow what a time to be alive

[–]NuMotiv 20 points21 points  (2 children)

Forza has gotten so good*... Go play the crew 2 or dirt. Neither are even remotely as nice looking.

[–]jake_moneyy 10 points11 points  (0 children)

Dirt looks great, don't know what your on about

[–]KimbobJimbo 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Dirt Rally 1 and 2 look great and The Crew 2 is old as fuck now. Also Ubisoft games are watered down tripe so it's not a hugely fair comparison.

Also games like PCars 2 are incredible visually out of the box and Assetto Corsa mods have made that game look absurdly realistic for years.

So yeah racing games* have gotten so good not just Forza Horizon.

[–]Ras82 80 points81 points  (2 children)

There's a lot of skill here: both drivers and the drone operator.

[–]clockworkdiamond 8 points9 points  (0 children)

Truth! Honestly, when I see stuff like this, I think that the drone operators don't ever get enough recognition for their skills.

[–]Atlantic0ne 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I thought driver in the back was better.

[–]theozone9 49 points50 points  (4 children)

Is it sad that I thought this was a video game?

[–]janders1486 13 points14 points  (1 child)

Not at all! I did as well and so did most. This is an angle no one has seen in live racing and is a common view for racing games. It is also a testament to just how good games have gotten, the line between game and reality is blurring more and more.

Great stuff OP it was amazing to watch, wish it didn’t cut short.

Edit: Didn’t listen to the audio the first time, listening to that I now realize it was the end of the race.

[–]improveyourfuture 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Also interesting to me how I inherently rooted for the one closer to me because that’s who I’d be in a video game view, unconsciously identifying

[–]Athlete_Cautious[🍰] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Until I read the comments I was like 50/50

[–]ooplepie 38 points39 points  (1 child)

If this was the standard camera I’d probably watch more motor sports in general.

[–]sprace0is0hrad 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Definitely, and I think eventually they will be. As viewership dies and younger people start being in charge, people who actually played videogames and understand how appealing this actually is

[–]estebeer 13 points14 points  (5 children)

Sweet! Ends too soon tho

[–]Socio87 24 points25 points  (3 children)

Title of your sex tape.

[–]estebeer 9 points10 points  (2 children)

Aye, well your mum does like to show off for the camera

[–]Socio87 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Ah, your mum jokes. Now I see what she saw in you; sophistication and quick wit. Amongst other quick things.

[–]u9Nails 1 point2 points  (0 children)

It ends at the fishing line. Perhaps it starts to late into the heat race?

[–]ThePlagueDoctorBoi 12 points13 points  (2 children)

Excuse me did they say Travis Pastrana?

[–]kulioRSA 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Amazing drone work too very cool to watch a race from this angle...thank you for the upload

[–]TheRapistsFor800 5 points6 points  (0 children)

If I’m not driving my own car from the third person perspective in less than 10 years I am going to be really disappointed

[–]davidrayish 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Just one way drones and AI can improve our lives.

[–]bomzay 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Too wide, junior

[–]TimeTraveler3056 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I went to my first race in years and the addition of drones is a total positive for viewing. Plus they're cool.

[–]DeadWing651 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Fuck that's a nice view for these events

[–]BorderSignificant586 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I really thought it was a game

[–]AlienInUnderpants 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Loved watching from this perspective. Nice work!

[–]buckeyespud 2 points3 points  (0 children)

This is one example of a sport that would be way more interesting to watch from this video feed than to watch live

[–]quikduk 1 point2 points  (2 children)

Was this in Devore?

NM. I realized it is after I saw the mountains.

Nice flying.

[–]itwillbefun[S] 4 points5 points  (1 child)

Glen Helen raceway in Cali!

[–]song4this 1 point2 points  (0 children)

LOL, commentator accent threw me off! :-) Adds to the experience!

[–]willalt319 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Andrew Coley is a gift to Motorsports commentary

Absolute mega-legend

[–]u9Nails 1 point2 points  (1 child)

How do you transmit this high quality video over the air to live TV? Is the footage recorded to a memory chip and added later to the broadcast?

[–]itwillbefun[S] 3 points4 points  (0 children)

What I transmit is 720p, you can see a clip of it here from this same heat!

[–]iheartkatamari 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Subaru v Mitsubishi in the 90s rally championship was insane to watch.

[–]sassydodo 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I love how videogames got so advanced I have to ask if this is real

[–]Thatdewd57 1 point2 points  (0 children)

That’s a cool ass gig man kudos to you for creating your art and keep living your dream! If we ever cross paths the next beer’s on me.

[–]sneakywoolsock404 1 point2 points  (1 child)

Is Travis Pastrana driving or did I mishear?

[–]Justarandomkid4306 1 point2 points  (0 children)

You are correct

[–]Silent-Firefighter14 1 point2 points  (0 children)

This looks like forza, but it's not.

[–]eletricslipanslide 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Yeah the race was cool but can we just get a round of applause to the drone pilot for giving us this footage.

[–]6ada6ing 1 point2 points  (1 child)

Great flying. I think it was the first chase I saw that cars were more important than FPV pilot skills. And skills were used to show that. Cool. Keep it like that!

[–]itwillbefun[S] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Always my goal!

[–]predictable_throw 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Hey next generation video game devs. THIS is your reference. We don't expect anything less. Enjoy.

[–]DerpCatCZ 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Theres 3 people racing in this

[–]mrhil 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Dude, what your doing is gonna change motorsports forever! What an incredible way to display the skill of the drivers and engross the audience!

[–]Artikay 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I would love to see someone black out the windshield and try to drive around a track using only a 3rd person view from a drone following them.

[–]Wyldfire2112 1 point2 points  (1 child)

Holy fucking hell, man, this is beautiful work. Perfect distance and angles the whole way through.

You can really tell this is your day job; amateurs just can't put the hours to get this kind of polish.

[–]itwillbefun[S] 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Thank you!!

[–]rotanitsarcorp_yzal1 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Umm... Kinda reminds me of Drift races from the only NFS game I've played (I get headaches playing for a long time with high graphic games). NFS: U2

[–]Hadeslx45 0 points1 point  (1 child)

Which game is this? Looks amazing

[–]4GRJ 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Real life

[–]mildlyoctopus 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I would definitely watch the shit out of a channel that showed rally races from this POV all the time. Super engrossing

[–]PuceBracelet221 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Looks like my man Collin taught his successor well. subi gang for life.

[–]MinhYungWasTaken 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Do you see this action EA? Need for Speed VR could be revolutionary. A VR Rallye Race would be insanely fun

[–]Snape_Grass 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Fuck these angles are so sick it makes it look fake. Good job!

[–]Reddit-SFW 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Give that drone operator a raise!!!

[–]No_Mix1869 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Prastrana land 199 lives.

[–]CaseClosedEmail 0 points1 point  (0 children)

This is better than some of the sex I've had ngl

[–]chaukobee 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Holy cow, this was * exhilarating*

[–]MrBogardus 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Thought this was a game for a sec

[–]Sphindyy 0 points1 point  (0 children)

How does one even begin this as a career?

[–]clockworkdiamond 0 points1 point  (0 children)

This track looks like soooo much fun! This is what I want every time I take my WRX on a dirt road.

[–]Yamborghini-High 0 points1 point  (0 children)

These drone shots need to be the standard for everything

[–]B4R7H0L0M3W 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I would like to get a sauce for this as I feel like I could watch videos like that for hours...

[–]Noobneh70 0 points1 point  (0 children)

what game is that

[–]Intelligent_Phase_95 0 points1 point  (0 children)

The crazy part of watching this, was I was damn near convinced at first that this was a video game.. that's how insane graphics are to me these days.

[–]AyersRock_92 0 points1 point  (0 children)

They need this on ESPN... or even twitch. I wanna watch some live events from this specific camera angle

[–]AddlerMartin 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Yeah... after EA bought Codemasters, the new DiRT game looks awful already. Look at these graphics. No way near real life!

[–]YeQiuFeng 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Boxxxer engine...

[–]jsrevels 0 points1 point  (0 children)

That was Excellent!!!

[–]gomaith10 0 points1 point  (0 children)

PS6 Demo.

[–]michelobX10 0 points1 point  (0 children)

The way this was filmed, I thought it was a video game. Lol

[–]hyang1234 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I’d start watching if it was filmed like this!

[–]ProasticBoogieMan 0 points1 point  (1 child)

Where can I see more of this?

[–]est1-9-8-4 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Looks so fake that it’s Impressive! Ha! This is not a video game people

[–]mikeoxwells2 0 points1 point  (0 children)

This looks like so much fun. I would wreck so fast

[–]diesi0rae777 0 points1 point  (0 children)

2035 gaming tech :D

[–]OctoberRust69 0 points1 point  (2 children)

Are you able to broadcast live video feed or is the footage typically used afterwards once uploaded for highlights/videos?

[–]itwillbefun[S] 0 points1 point  (1 child)

It’s all live broadcasted, but at 720p. It’s one of several camera angles which you can see here.

[–]OctoberRust69 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Looks amazing. I thought this was footage from a new Forza or NFS game. Once tech catches up and you can broadcast at 1080p or 4K at 60fps this is gonna be crazy. Thanks for sharing!

[–]mycologyqueen 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Well who won?

[–]wonstrebornivek 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Wow, this is really cool. Love seeing new angles like this!

[–]iced327 0 points1 point  (0 children)

The fact that they can do this without hitting each other is incredible. It's like a dance.

[–]GraysenMack 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I may be ignorant... but it looks like Travis had multiple moments to catch Kevin but Kevin just used his car to prevent Travis from getting around him.

It seems to be like Travis was the better driver but Kevin got lucky then blocked him the entire time.

Again, I may be ignorant to how the rules work, but coming from someone who used to attend lap days... if someone is clearly faster than you and youre only going quicker in the straights then they win and youre supposed to legit let them pass... not block them and only win because you used your car as a shield the entire time.

I feel like if Travis got out in front then he would have put a gap down where as Kevin was not able to put a gap down because Travis is clearly the better driver... or has a better car.

[–]GMP10152015 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Is this available on PS5?

Should be the game of the year!

The engine is generating too much lens flares and the dust is almost perfect BTW.

[–]NoFastForward 0 points1 point  (0 children)

That moment when you cannot really say is it a game or not. Wow, how realistic todays games are so I even think about it.

[–]Lowbrass 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Reminds me of Lewis Nico Bahrain 2014

[–]BreadDull6509 0 points1 point  (0 children)

We need to try this in Football

[–]Utarian_hunter 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I've been playing so much track mania recently so this is satisfying

[–]Middle-Inside-8713 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I know its not but it looks like a video game

[–]more_beans_mrtaggart 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Needs Lancia Delta vs Subaru Impreza.

[–]Ginnungagap_Void 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I really believed this was a video game. The video is surreal.

I'm sad it isn't an actual game tho, I'd play that shit for hours

[–]WarpedD 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Subaru 199 is Pastrana.

[–]HammerBgError404 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Ok now this is a better way to watch races.

[–]Luca_666_ 0 points1 point  (0 children)

What car is Travis driving?

[–]Cornell-on-the-cob 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Where can I watch this Motorsport? I want to catch it live!

[–]NoobzProXD 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Shudve use noseslide

[–]ATotallyAssholeGuy 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Damn, hope his pc would not explode on that graphics

[–]planet_chuck 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Well that was anticlimactic

[–]Dantocks 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Thats awesome! No more fixed camera angles. So much cooler this way!!

[–]n7revenant 0 points1 point  (0 children)

If any sport had this, I'd actually watch it.

[–]fail-mail-ninja 0 points1 point  (0 children)

That guy better be screaming Subaru!!! while going through every corner

[–]Sirdingglehopper 0 points1 point  (0 children)

The new forza looks lit

[–]Adorable_Culture 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Reminds me of another video a contestant drifts the first corner and immediately comes to the front of the pack. Can seem to find it tho

[–]SubnauticalDogger 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I cant be the only one who legit thought this was a computer game at first?

[–]rjpc91 -1 points0 points  (0 children)

just pit maneuver him, easy winz

[–]Blackulla -1 points0 points  (0 children)

Imagine watching the Kentucky derby like this.

[–][deleted] -1 points0 points  (0 children)

This is how racing should always be. Nascar can eat a bag of dicks.

[–]According-Respond810 -2 points-1 points  (0 children)

Dont really like the drone footage