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UCLA latest school to begin filming practice with drones

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It's a bird! It's a plane! It's Super...wait, no, just another drone hovering above a college football practice field. Those attending UCLA's fall camp have noticed a new toy in the sky above Jim Mora's drills: A flying camera recording the proceedings:

The Bruins are not the first school to bust out the aerial devices in advance of the 2013 season. Here is North Carolina touting their new remote-control camera earlier this month:

And Tennessee was on top of things during spring practice, showcasing this back in April (using Vine for even more extra credit):

When you consider the technological arms race happening in college football, it's surprising more schools haven't adopted drone-mounted cameras to record their practices and give coaches new angles to work with in the film room. They're relatively cheap (for major college football programs, that is), safe and easy to fly, although you do have to take into account the urge of many Americans to shoot them out of the sky. (Seriously, some areas might start offering drone hunting licenses.) Adventure filmmakers have been using them for action shots in adverse conditions, so why not bust them out for a different angle of your alma mater's play-action pass during practice?

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