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.
In this tutorial we will learn how we can fake slow motion on our drone footage. Why would we ever need to do this? Well let’s say you have a drone shot that is perfect for your video, however it is just a few seconds too short. You can stretch that footage out a bit, emulating a natural slow motion look to add the extra few seconds to the shot you need! Let’s take a look at how this is done.
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!
Adding a zoom to your drone footage in post-production is an easy way to make your shots look more dynamic and cinematic. It is ideal to use this technique with 4K footage that is output at 1080p for the final video (make sure to download the 4K example clip included in the project file for this tutorial!)
In this lesson you’ll learn basic color grading techniques for aerial video and flying camera footage, to make it look perfect.
In this tutorial you are going to learn how to do basic camera tracking on drone video footage using Adobe After Effects. This is great for adding titles or location text in a more dynamic and appealing fashion. We can also add in graphics or footage with an alpha channel to make it appear as if it is actually in the scene.
If you are looking for ways to add that extra edge to drone videos for your clients, consider compositing in subtle stock footage elements with alpha channels. If composited correctly (and within reason) this technique can help accentuate your drone videos.
In this lesson we’re going to take a look back at what we’ve covered so far in our drone production tutorial series, and recap a few key points you should remember when flying, as well as a few extra tips to use while flying. You can also download the Extra Drone Tips PDF in the project files which has links to everything mentioned.
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.