Issue 3
Tuesday, 07 May 2019
Charles Darwin University
E-news
Multi-Media Lecturer Mikey Boyce examines the new drone. This image is a montage
Multi-Media Lecturer Mikey Boyce examines the new drone. This image is a montage

Drone latest gadget in media class

The rise of the flying drone as a tool in the videographer’s kitbag has prompted Multi-Media trainer Mikey Boyce to update his qualifications and expand his skillset.

Mr Boyce, who teaches Screen and Media certificate courses in Alice Springs, said the university had recently bought an entry-level drone and that he had just received his “remote pilot certificate” to operate it.

“In simple terms they’re a platform for carrying a camera, but in trend terms, they are the latest must-have gadget for operators in the media industry who might want spectacular footage of a landscape or a birds-eye view of an event,” Mr Boyce said.

“We’ll use it to emphasise safe and appropriate behaviour, and hopefully to fire the imagination of our students about the sort of footage that this technology makes possible.”

Mr Boyce said that in the short term the drone was for “show and tell”, and that its eventual use as an aircraft would be limited to a controlled environment and subject to Civil Aviation Safety Authority regulations.

“We’ll integrate drones into our media courses, but we’re not accredited to run ‘how-to-fly’ classes.”

Mr Boyce said the Mavic Pro Platinum’s inbuilt camera could capture good quality digital still images and ultra-high definition 4K video.

“This resource will prove to be a good investment in what is a strong growth area,” he said.