A stylish technique often seen on drone footage is the speed ramp effect. A lot of popular Youtube vloggers, such as Casey Neistat, use this technique.
It is common for drone video to be a little less than stable, especially as we track a subject in a shot. Lucky, we can fix this problem in post with scale and position techniques in Adobe After Effects. That’s what you’ll learn in this tutorial. Make sure to download the 4K example clip included in the project file so you can follow along!
It is quite common to film at higher shutter speeds when filming with a drone. At higher altitudes this really doesn’t cause issues because the terrain is moving by so slowly. However when flying closer to trees or the ground, this can cause a strobing effect on the footage that can be distracting. We can reduce this by adding realistic motion blur to our footage in Adobe After Effects.
The growth for potential drone uses has been unlike any other in recent memory, not only in the video sector, but in the entire technology sector as well. This means that there a new uses for drones being discovered almost daily. We are going to look at a few that relate to photo and video services, some of which could open up your existing production services to new markets.
Even if you are just going to be flying your drone recreationally, it is a good idea to acquire aviation liability insurance in case your drone is in an accident causing damage to a person or property. I should also note that traditional liability insurance does not cover drones.
It is common to have optical lens distortion in drone footage because, typically, lenses on drone camera systems have a wide field of view. (A GoPro camera is a classic example of this effect.)
Achieving high-dynamic range shots with a drone can be tricky because the camera sensors on drones are often not as flexible as those in a DSLR or higher-end video camera. (Mainly because drones have to carry much smaller cameras!) So filming in a “flat” picture profile or a “log format” can allow us to get a bit more dynamic-range in our shot.
Just like a vehicle on the road, drones are exposed to the outdoor elements and will begin to get buildup that will need to be cleaned. Unlike a vehicle on the road, drones fly pretty high in the sky, meaning ice and condensation can infiltrate and take a toll on your electronics.
One easy way to add a cinematic edge to drone footage is to showcase the footage in slow motion. In order to achieve this look, we need to interpret footage shot at a higher frame rate, such as 60 frames per second, and bring it down so that it plays at 30 frames per second.
When you first open the DJI GO app you will see four different tabs located at the bottom of the screen. Equipment is the tab you will use to connect directly with your drone.
The settings on your drone’s camera are easy to overlook, but they play a crucial part in how good your footage turns out and the overall quality of your project. No matter how good your film location is, if the camera settings are not set up properly, your footage is going to suffer.
Often you may not have a choice when you are going to film something, just because shoots are often setup far in advance and have many unpredictable factors involved. However if you do have a choice, by far the best hours for cinematic drone imagery are the Golden Hours of the day at Sunrise and Sunset. The long shadows during golden hour will help define terrains features.
Weather Conditions Permitting. You’re all set to get shooting, drone batteries charged and loaded, good to go, only, too bad, it’s raining and a bit windy. What do you do? Nothing, you’re no going anywhere.
5 Essential Aerial Video Shot Rules. Let’s start by going over some basic aerial shooting rules that should be applied to all of these shooting techniques.