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    Hi all, just got a written response back from Drone Base, with their permission to publish. See below! -- 1. We completely understand the concerns of the "potential" to get paid on Pano Missions. This is a new business model and we're working with customers up and down the real estate stack (agent/broker, owners, and data services companies). We've had some tremendous success so far in the first month of launch with thousands of Panos being completed with hundreds of distinct pilots getting paid. We're getting very creative in our sales + marketing channels and on the other side of the coin, how and what we're offering. Prices have varied bc it can come down to a quick negotiation of the assets. End of day, we'd rather the pilot get something vs nothing if we stick to a price point and the buyer is unwilling to budge. But then again, I'm also seeing some local pilots on Thumbtack or other drone marketplaces selling full shot lists and editing for $75-100 flat rates. Its definitely a fast moving industry, especially in the real estate vertical. Our pilots on average are taking about 10-15 min of flight time to complete these Pano Missions. No heavy editing required. 2. A lot of our pilots only want Client Missions (the ones that have guaranteed payments). For now, we only notify pilots about Client Missions when they are geo-located close to the property. So a pilot won't see any Client Missions until they get the notification. Trust us, we wish our map was full of client missions vs pano missions. This leads me to #3 below: 3. We recently were invited to our investor DJI Airworks Enterprise event last week, and the overarching theme was a focus on 2017 and if/when the large enterprise customers will finally deploy drones and/or have a need for a national service partner. These large enterprises have assets all over the country/world and can usually be performed on spec (ex. cell towers, etc). It'll be interesting to see if these enterprise customers will deploy because the drones & outputs/analytics must be magnitudes better vs business-as-usual (sending a person in a bucket truck up for inspection or on a roof for an insurance claim). Magnitudes better can mean a number of things from being cheaper, better data, safer, etc. 4. For privacy, the drone actually isn't circling their property or supposed to be even over the property. We understand pilots concerns and get that some may not want to fly. That's totally fine and there are no costs to be on our platform. We have our FAQ and video that explains that you are shooting in front of the property, on public ground. For this particular poster, we've actually had a ton of traction in the LA area. We obviously stay off the forums as much as possible, but we completely know that this is probably one of the biggest concerns. We've talked with DJI about our biz model and they are very excited that someone like us, is building out a platform for pilots. We put a lot of thought into this, and we know we're not privacy experts at the local level. Thats why we try and be as transparent in our FAQ about 1) following FAA guidelines and 2) local laws, etc. We firmly believe in safety as our number one operating principle and there are thousands of pilots that have done both Client and Pano missions who an speak highly of us. 5. Also for privacy, even when pilots do have approval to shoot a property, we've seen issues with peripheral properties being in frame that never provide permission. Its just the nature of photography in general. We're not asking for pilots to fly over peoples homes for Pano Missions. Hence, front of property, and then back off to take the Pano. We also mention the idea of Google Street View. These google cars are taking 360 images of cities + streets. We liken it to this. There is no permission because its not needed. Imagine if a family is walking down the street, pulls out their iphone to take a "kodak moment" picture, but has to ask permission of surrounding business or homes because the are in frame. 6. We also understand there is a large public perception of drones and how a few rogue pilots can ruin it for the industry. We're trying our best to continually update our data and remove panos that have bad addresses. Sometimes, we get pilots emailing us that properties are off market now. Thats fine, but we're also selling off market data to data services companies. We're seeing pilots actually email us with new properties that aren't on our map, so that's been pretty amazing. 7. Having DJI as a 2x investor in us has been amazing and we're pushing for more stuff with them that will trickle down into the pilots on our platform. Again, our platform and business model is continually evolving and thats just the nature of the game in startup land. We're a small and nimble team and we're continually trying to improve both the pilot and customer experience.
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    Woke up very early in the morning with the intent of capturing the warm sunrise colors at this beach where I spent my vacation this year. Hope you enjoy it. Constructive commentary appreciated. Thanks !
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    Hi - I have been involved with production and copyright since the mid-70s. Copyright is an old model, it was developed to protect sheet music, films and other things that had recurring value. Very often the copyright holder was also the promoter - ie he didn't make a dime unless he sold tickets or whatever. It evolved with photography - go negotiate with Corbis or Getty and you will see how specific it can get. Print, billboard, 1 month, one year, unlimited, US, worldwide and on. But keep in mind that is a picture that is done and probably been approved internally. In many cases it is cheaper or faster to just buy the image you need and get on with the day. This may not be popular but my advice with things like real estate is to sell an all-rights package and be done with it. It is much easier to negotiate - you pay me and do what you want - there are not forms to fill out and there is no enforcement. Not even Getty and Corbis try to enforce anymore. Unless you are extremely professional and dealing with sophisticated clients you will blow more deals than you close. Read the rest of these posts - cheaper, faster. And you are going to tell that customer that he has to pay you extra every time he wants to use an image? I don't think so. The exception where negotiation would be expected is an advertising campaign where you might want to keep the rights to the Miami skyline at 6am because you can resell it later. And where the agency would pay you based on use. The other exception where you might want to keep the copyright is something that has residual value that can be resold. You can keep the copyright and give the clients all the rights they need for their project. Don't forget you then have to complete the copyright process otherwise you don't have a chance. But stuff that is specific to a company or business that has no residual value, give them the rights and go do another project. There are too many people out there who will give it away to stand on principal for something that is basically worthless to anyone but the original client.
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    Hi I'm Michael Grancell. Licensed sUAS pilot. I've been flying for some years and love it. I go by the handle "Skyanchor". I work for a Network TV station in Philadelphia, News department, and brought sUAS's into the station. Enjoy everyday and check out the Smoky Mountains in eastern Tennessee!! We make the best "Shine".
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    Been at this since Dec 2015, Jonathan. Real estate aerial photography is a nut breaker, hard, but not impossible to make a profit, they want a lot for very little. (and yes, for the most part, they are cheap...) No offense to any realtors reading this; they are trying to make the most while keeping you cut as low as you'll go. Sometimes I just say no and walk away.
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    @Kyle@NWDW - I'll give you a quick rundown of what I do, this is with the caveat that I am creating a ton of video and still assets and am a firm believer that if I don't 3 copies of my data I don't truly have it backed up (3-2-1 principle below) this is part of my OCD after decades of system engineer work. All of my work comes off the various media it captured on (RedMags, CineSSD, SD card, Cfast, codex, etc) and goes directly onto my attached storage, this is an 18TB direct attached storage. Depending on what I am working on some of that makes it's way into various local folders and starts replicating across the LAN to a large 48TB Network attached storage. I am generally keeping about a quarters worth of work on my local drive (assets I know I am finished with get moved off earlier) then moved off to another offline disk (which is kept at a different location) and replicated to the large NAS. That NAS (it is a QNAP system) is replicating off to Amazon's glacial storage, for long term storage. Luckily I have never had to retrieve from here but this is my third copy and likely my safest. If I need to retrieve from it (I have for testing) I make a request, then hours later can start that transfer and am charged for that. The storage itself is very cheap, cost can get high with retrieval. This seems like overkill to some, but I have never had a client file that I needed later in the year not be available, never lost anything. For sharing directly with clients I will either give them assets on media or deliver through Vimeo, Dropbox or WeTransfer
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    I'm one of the founders of http://www.acuas.org/ advocating for the commercial use of drones. It was started on the premise that absent any law it was not illegal to use drones commercially and that there was a process the government must go through to create the law. At the time everyone said that you needed money, guns and lawyers make a difference. We had neither. What most failed to realize is that although the FAA regulates airspace they can not create law, they HAVE to go through NPRM process to create regulations and those regulations can not be arbitrary and capricious. Most said we were nieve, that you can't fight city hall. While DJI, Amazon and the Small UAV Coalition we're putting on a show for congress, we helped develop the brief for the OMB. The influence that shapped rule 107 were more about commerce than flying drones. The FAA cannot regulate commerce, they have the difficult task of regulating drone flight without restricting commerce. This is true of government at all levels. The trouble is you only have to go through this process once with the federal government whereas you have to do it for every state that wants to impose drone regulations. This is more about commerce than drone flights and there are very strict rules all government must follow to create these regulations. Doesn't mean ever municipality will follow them, So id suggest creating an organization like ACUAS.org that can leverage the experience and success of these regulatory issues, a PAC kind of like AOPA for drones.
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    Starting a business based on using drones really isn't any different than any other business. Do all that you can to limit your liability, insurance, incorporating etc.. Do all of the things that Steve listed. But there are a million intangible details that if you haven't started or managed a small business before, you won't be able to get all the information online. This is one of those things that you just have to learn by doing before you can even recognize that you might be getting sound advice. I have a saying: "We live in a society where everyone knows how to do everything, but hardly anyone has actually done anything." Starting any new venture is a lot of work and exciting, especially one that has something to do with drones. A key to a successful startup is your ability to focus on a single task you can charge money for, and then grow the business by increasing sales. Great if you can do that. Or, you need to still be focused on a particular niche but be flexible enough to broaden your mission to meet you customers changing needs. This is more common. Where a lot of drone related businesses fail is that they get the tools they rely on for success from toy drone manufacturers. These drones have a very narrow mission profile, they can pretty much only fly the camera that came with it. It doesn't really matter if its the best camera or not or even whether you think its the right tool for the job, it matters what your customer thinks. What often happens is you provide a successful service to a customer, they think of all the great ways they could expand the role of drones in their business and on the next job your asked if you can fly a five pound $35K hyper-spectral sensor. If you purchased one of the many hobby grade drones your faced with the prospect of turning the work down or buying another drone. In a startup you have to wear many hats and go after a lot of different types of work so you need a platform that can be easily reconfigured to meet a wide variety of missions. Not just whether you can plug in an additional battery (of coarse it might be nice to be able to fly with less than six if you don't need that many), but what if I need to fly a two pound FLIR for a job on Monday and a 15 pound LiDAR on Thursday. First of all you should know that its a bad idea to fly a two pound payload on a drone that can lift 15 pounds or more. So the moral of the story is you need to buy or build a platform that is modular, open and and extensible, so that your tool can be as flexible as your business.
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    Hi Everyone, In the effort to keep the spammers at bay, I'd like to suggest, if possible, to click the "Report post" button next to the spammers name. This will send an email notice to the admins/moderators of the forum who can limit the activity or ban the individual if needed. Thanks!
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    Thanks Steve, very helpful page. I encourage any UAV pilot to read the actual statues as websites can be misleading. Better yet, call the cops if unsure. Arizona SB 1449 - (enacted May 11, 2016) Prohibits certain operations of UAS, including operation in violation of FAA regulations and operation that interferes with first responders. The law prohibits operating near, or using UAS to take images of, a critical facility. Misleading. The actual statute says" B. It is unlawful for a person to operate or use an unmanned aircraft or unmanned aircraft system to intentionally photograph or loiter over or near a critical facility in the furtherance of any criminal offense. 3. "Critical facility" means any of the following: (a) A petroleum or alumina refinery. (b) A petroleum, chemical or rubber production, transportation, storage or processing facility. (c) A chemical manufacturing facility. (d) A water or wastewater treatment facility and water development, distribution or conveyance system, including a dam. (e) An electric generation facility, as defined in section 42‑14156, and any associated substation or switchyard. (f) An electrical transmission or distribution substation. (g) An electrical transmission line of at least sixty-nine thousand volts. (h) An electronic communication station or tower. (i) An energy control center. (j) A distribution operating center. (k) A facility that transfers or distributes natural gas, including a compressor station, regulator station, city gate station or pressure limiting station or a liquefied natural gas facility or supplier tap facility.
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    Great read I found earlier today.... https://medium.com/@MossPhotography/how-to-help-defeat-state-and-local-uas-drone-regulations-e6668d64fd06#.7rn4c9vky
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    I'll add my 2 cents worth: I've done quite a few missions so far for Drone Base. I started with some basic Pano's that didn't have a guaranteed payout for several reasons: I wanted to get a feel for where a drone needs to be to get the shots they wanted. I need to build flight hours for legitimate jobs. I want to get more comfortable flying my Phantom in different locations. I have implemented my own Standard Operating Procedures and want to become efficient in following these so I'm not spending a ton of time planning a 15 minute job. I've flown 8 Pano's and received payment for 2. Doing this on the side means I am not that concerned about how much they pay, rather the experience and confidence gained. This has led to them contacting me for several client missions. They've asked me to fly 4 client missions. One was canceled a few days prior to my flight by their client. Another ended up being in Class C surface airspace and the client couldn't wait for FAA approval after I pointed its location out to them. The other 2 for which I did fly, I got paid for. As I gain more experience, I'll likely fly less Pano's - mostly to keep myself and flights skills fresh. I will add that several Pano's I uploaded resulted in their tool being unable to stitch together the Pano. Light level and time of day is very critical to determining if these can be done or not. So in the winter, I have a very narrow time of day when I can fly these Pano's to get optimal results. Also, uploads are painfully slow and you can only upload one job at a time. So when I go out and fly several Pano's, I'll upload one batch at a time while I do other stuff around the house.
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    There are a great many things to take into consideration when flying building inspections. The first place to start is to ask yourself: "What is my deliverable going to be?" I could honestly write a book on the subject of facade inspection with drones. Where are you located?
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    I just want to say thank you to Alan for taking the time to talk about this topic, and I also really appreciate the response from Drone Base - very helpful. I intend to give Drone Base a shot. I like their business model and really hope that it works because it cold mean a lot of work for drone pilots. Plus, I'm not super busy with other shoots yet so I sort of feel like I have nothing to lose. I will update this thread with how my experience goes. Thanks for everyone's input! Chris
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    Thanks for sharing! Beautiful villa. Making me rethink my 1 bedroom apartment here in NYC I got a little dizzy those first 30 seconds. If it were me, I'd do a little more cutting so as to make the introduction more captivating to viewers. I'd also focus on smooth, stable footage. It gets a little jerky here and there. That'll come with practice. Are you flying in ATTI mode? (cc: @Christian Tucci who is a Final Cut Pro X whiz and may have some other suggestions)
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    While all of you in the Aerial Post-Production 101 course have been working on your reels, I have been working on a new one as well. Time for you all to be the "instructor" and let me know what you think. Always want to improve in anyway possible! Enjoy.
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    Alan You sent out a email about the company Drone Base. I was excited about not having to go out and find customers. I logged in as a pilot on Drone Base and started looking into how this business model works. Drone Base gives lots of information about how they work, one grade that caught my attention was "potential to get paid". Long story short all of the jobs shown on the map are generated by MLS data (Homes for sale), I could not find one paying client job marked on the U.S. Map. I'm personally not going to waste my time taking and uploading stock footage to a website without a client for 2 reasons. 1. I'm "potentially" (90% sure) not getting paid. 2. As a commercial drone business and not having a signed release/contract for the job these MLS generated job locations present issues. The owner of the property is rightfully going to know why a drone is circling his property. Also in my neck of the woods (Los Angeles) someone will at some point call the police and their going to want to see some sort of documentation on the job. So although I love the idea of Drone Base until they get some actual cleints I see "potential" trouble for us.
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    Yet if you wanted to take a helicopter up there all you need to do is call the approach freq...
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    I saw this blog post from @Zacc Dukowitz and thought, what if we started a collection of positive stories in the media that focused on great out comes with drones? http://uavcoach.com/7-ways-drones-do-good-around-the-globe/ Does anyone have more they can share? If you come across good articles in the future, we could stash them here for reference in the event we need to point to good interactions with drones.
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    Hi Bert. Happy to share my observations, as I have some relevant experience. For background, I've logged about 100 hours flying an I1Pro ( X5 camera). Flew Phantoms for several years before (from Phantom 1 with GoPro to P3VP) and also have a Mavic. A friend I often collaborate with has P4P, and I've flown that several times and compared footage and stills with the I1 as we sometimes combine our work. Here are my thoughts on your questions: Comparing the drones themselves: I1 feels a bit less refined in the air but more powerful than the P4P. I can get smooth footage (i.e. fly smoothly) with the I1, but doing so feels a bit easier with the P4P (and Mavic) under most conditions. I try to land my I1 when there's 30% battery remaining, and that allows me to reliably get 12-15 minutes of flight time with the higher capacity TB48 batteries. P4P seems to be significantly longer, but I don't have enough experience with that craft to comment quantitatively on its flight times. I1 looks more professional and seems to get more "respect" from some customers, which matters in some of my shooting situations. I1 is significantly less convenient to haul around, especially for air travel. It's not just the size; TSA restrictions limit you to carrying 2 TB48s in carry-on luggage (you can't check spare batteries at all), so I have to ship spare TB48s to my destination via UPS or some other carrier. A pain. When operating in my home area I tote my I1 in the Bestem Aerial InsPak X5 hardshell backpack, which has the advantage of being very light weight while still allowing me to transport the bird in landing mode with camera mounted (I am careful), so this decreases setup time significantly over Travel Mode case configurations. But the P4P is so much easier to transport and setup/teardown. Comparing P4P and X5 cameras: I shoot primarily DNG stills with both cameras, using flat profiles to maximize flexibility in post. First, let's compare the P4P and the X5 paired with the Olympus 12mm lens (which is the closest FOV option I have). For stills I prefer the X5 over the P4P camera. The X5 images have more dynamic range and cleaner/sharper detail, and the X5's images are less noisy than the P4Ps at all equal ISO settings. For video it's a closer race (for comparable field of view). The P4P's higher bit rate allows for a bit less compression artifacts in the footage. I1 requires more care to get tack sharp footage. But I think you can get very similar results from both cameras when shooting with the Oly 12mm on the X5. Where the X5 leaves the P4P behind is when you use it with longer focal length lenses, such as the 25mm and 45mm from Olympus. The key thing is that these let you capture a more zoomed in and detailed view of your subject without flying uncomfortably close. I really like the added safety, especially when I'm shooting moving people (runners, cyclists, boaters, etc.). And I feel that I can be less disruptive and still get the close in imagery I need. I don't use 2-controller (Pilot/camera operator) setup, so can't comment on that. So, as you can see, there are real tradeoffs here, where the I1 X5 wins sometimes and the P4P others. The real clear winner, based on everything I've read and hear, is to get the I2 with X5S camera! Seems to offer better flight characteristics than the I1, and the camera wins hands down over the P4P and X5, for both stills and video. It's still a bit klunky to carry around and bring on airplanes. But it's better than the I1 due to the dedicated travel/landing mode switch and smaller individual batteries. I'll be getting one of these shortly. Hope that's useful!
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    What NLE did you use to edit your piece? Final Cut Pro What resolution did you edit in? 1080p Did you decide to showcase all of your capabilities with UAS or just a specific area? If a specific area, which one? (i.e. Motion Picture Filming) This is my first video ever. I wanted to learn how to edit some of the footage I was getting with the drone. Just wanted to highlight some of the beautiful landscapes we have around the Chesapeake Bay. How did you decide on which music track to use for your piece? The music may be a little intense for this project. I wanted an epic score for a sizzle reel but I had so much cool footage of the Chesapeake I ended up just using it for the project as well. How did you decide on the feel you would want your piece to take on? I wanted a lot of warm colors and golden hour shots to create a little drama to go along with the music. What is the story you are telling through your footage? Just day in the life of our childhood. You see my brother take the boat out and head out for an adventure. A lot of sights you might see or feel when you get out in the Bay. What are 3 important lessons you learned from editing this video that you know will help you in future videos. Music choice is important. Match the transitions to the feel of the video. I consciously used a lot of jump cuts instead of cross dissolves as I think it played to the feel of the video better. Take more time planning the order of shots. Go through and favorite clips and organize them first. It saves time down the road. I had a lot of fun with this project. It was a good way for me to learn Final Cut Pro. Carter
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    Gee whiz, @Steve Bennett, you handled this as best you could. You were the most flexible, real-reasoned sUAS operator the FAA could have asked to work with. I'm generally optimistic with where things are headed, but like so many others in this community / industry, impatient for change. This is really frustrating, thanks for taking the time to share your experience here with us.
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    Had a winter storm come through overnight and give us just a bit of wet snow and some dramatic morning skies. Still getting the hang of working with raw images from my P4Pro, but it sure is fun!
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    More good points Steve so it may not be as odd as it first seemed.
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    Shot this short video during a very windy morning at Cabo da Roca (Cape Roca), a cape which forms the westernmost extent of mainland Portugal and continental Europe. The cape is in the Portuguese municipality of Sintra, near Azóia, in the southwest of the district of Lisbon, forming the westernmost extent of the Serra de Sintra.This was one of the most windy flights I have ever flown and had engine power issues due to overheating as the drone had to fight it's way back from the beach, about 600meters away from the coast, facing some strong cross winds. This was shot with a DJI Phantom 3 Standard and edited in Final Cut Pro X.
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    Hello to all, my name is Kent Elliott the owner of Canyon Run Videos located in southern California. For the most part we produce auto racing and track day videos to race drivers and race teams.We use multiple on-board cameras plus hand held footage edited into some very exciting racing video content. Our content is used on race teams and driver's social media websites. CRV is not expanding our video services to include Real Estate,3D Mapping, Modeling and Surveying to the construction community of southern California using our new DJI MAVIC PRO aerial platform. Here are a couple of our video production work. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8QprbDZeKEI https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JsMAIibaAcI Thanks, Kent
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    Hello everyone! Thanks for creating a website that is dedicated to this emerging industry. Haha it was very fortunate to find this relatively early in my search to become a certified drone pilot. That said, I am looking into classes in my area if anyone that has links or suggestions for me anything is appreciated!! I look forward to diving into the website further and getting to know some fellow frequent flyers!!
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    I'm 18 years old, and I just graduated from high school. I have my part 107, and I used the Drone Pilot Ground School to help study. I am currently taking the Mapping 101 class. I hope to open up my new company this month.
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    After setting the proper coordinate system and units, I would load the orthomap into Autodesk Civil 3D, place cogo points near the spot, then enter the lat/long into the fields to drive the point to the correct location. I would then create a special shape to indicate there is a well there.
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    welcome @og_neth - check out dronepilotgroundschool.com - great way to study and prepare to successfully pass the part 107 on your first try.
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    @Alan Perlman Then why does the 4th bullet point here https://www.faa.gov/uas/media/Part_107_Summary.pdf state: To me, that implies you cannot fly over moving vehicles. How do you interpret otherwise? I would love to know so I can make my flights less constrained. =)
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    For the most part it doesn't matter whether the footage is from a helicopter or a drone, what makes the difference is the camera and the camera operator. A lot of people don't agree, I get it, but DJI makes toy drones with toy camera's. That's not to say that you can't produce great "YouTube" video's with them but there is no comparison between the footage shot from a helicopter and a P4P, unless the person in the helicopter doesn't know what they're doing and shooting with a GoPro. That's a bit like saying you should produce a feature film on a smart phone. Sorry you've hit on a bit of a pet peeve of mine. The point of my diatribe is that if you have a Part107 you don't need a waiver to fly at Burbank Airport, you just need permission from the tower and TSA. In 2014 I flew a drone at John Wayne airport and getting permission was not that difficult. There were certainly a lot of restrictions but I shot there for two days and it went great. Here's a video from the shoot. This is not "the" video, its more of an outtake video for the volunteers that worked on the plane so its a bit long so that I could include everyone in it. The customer was Meguiar's Wax. The drone was tethered so I really only used it as an extended jim to get the shots over and above the airplane. Everyone was getting so comfortable that there's a shot where the P51 almost taxied right underneath me and the pilot didn't even give it a second look. the Passenger looked a bit concerned.. I've done this twice. Skip to the outside footage around 1:17 The bomber was surprisingly tall and there are quite a few shots above the tail that was about 20 feet above ground. One restriction I had was that I couldn't fly above the height of the hanger or outside a predefined space. It was a lot of work but it went well. Again, this is for the crew, there's no narrative and I just provide these so everyone has a memento of their work.
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    Congrats, @Sonja Muhm! Thanks for sharing your experience.. @Hawg97...apply for airspace authorization, not a waiver. For what it's worth, I'm posting this on 3/15 and no new Waivers have been granted since late January: https://www.faa.gov/uas/request_waiver/waivers_granted/
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    Wondering if @Christian Tucci has any best practices. I use DropBox for backing up and long-term storage. You can share on DropBox pretty easily as well. If you're looking for a collaborative tool, check out http://frame.io/.
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    Welcome aboard, I highly recommend dronepilotgroundschool - it helped me pass the FAA -art 107 exam with flying colors...
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    Hi Christian I finished the editing class a little while back and really enjoyed it and learned so much. This is my first experience with any NLE. I loved the class. I am submitting my video to be reviewed at your convenience and if you could provide feedback that would be outstanding. We have started a LLC called Head In The Clouds Aerial Photography based out of New Port Richey Florida. I created this reel to show what we can capture throughout Florida for potential customers.You will find some short clips of some of my favorite shots while traveling. The answers to your questions are below and the video is at this youtube link 1. I used Final Cut Pro 2. The resolution is 1920x1080p 60fps 3. I am doing this course to improve my editing skills to better serve clients. 4. I choose something with more hits to the music to really pronounce the clip changes. 5. I wanted the feel to be wow I want to go check out Florida. 6. The story I am trying to tell is there is beauty everywhere you look and from above its brought to the forefront. 7. The three most important things I learned was how to share the video, correctly using transitions, adding and editing music. Once again thanks for this class. I look forward to continuing my education and providing excellent opportunities through drone footage to highlight what the industry can offer. I appreciate the community and your feedback. Thank you, Mariano Cruz
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    Hi Jay - you just might if you've got game =)
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    They offer a demo so try and give it a shot. I demoed it and wasn't quite suited for me. Pix4d for me.
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    Shop around, you might get a similar price with batteries for a new AUTEL. I have both, I like flying the P3 more but I use the X-Star premium more for aerial cinematography. There are several reasons for that, the most important for me is that I'm a professional photographer first, not a professional drone operator. I don't really care about the performance features of the drone, I care about the shot and the X-Star is plenty capable enough and shoots better 4K video. I'm tired of having to upgrade fiirmware. When I finish a job I just want to check it out, charge batteries and put it away knowing that when I take it out of the case the next day it works exactly like it did when I put it in the case. There have been too many times that I have taken the P3 out of the case and had to do a compass calibration and a firmware update. I have never done a firmware update to the X-Star and only done a compass calibration when traveling to the Southern Hemisphere. People get upset about the last point, just depends on the problem your trying to solve. I'm a professional adult and I know where it's legal for me to fly. Both drones have Geo Fencing, DJI requires you to acknowledge and accept responsibility for your flight before arming, AUTEL informs the operator about any airspace restrictions, but doesn't require any such acknowledgement before arming. I accepted the responsibility for my actions when I purchased the drone and accepted an assignment. If you want to be treated like a juvenile then buy the Phantom, if you want to be treated like a responsible adult then buy the AUTEL and do the the right thing. In my opinion DJI makes it more difficult to be successful as a professional, if you want to fly it as a hobby and don't mind the additional steps then the P3 is a good choice but if you aspire to do this professionally the X-Star is probably the better choice.
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    The problem with transponders and the coming miniaturized ADS-B for UAVs (yes there is one or two on the market, too expensive) is the limited range for these devices and the tremendous amount of ground clutter the radar antenna has to fight with and overcome with the UAVs at maximum 400 feet altitude. The UAV would have to be very close to the antenna and have no obstruction within it and the antenna (hills, bldgs.) to paint on the radar screen.The feds are mandating ADS-B for all aircraft by 2020 but rules for UAVs have not been formulated. ADS-B will only be useful when line-of-sight between the manned aircraft and the UAV exists. Same for transponders.
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    Derris, Any time my memory gets a little fuzzy about airspace (a lot more frequent as I age) I review this video.
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    "Any drone laws in Texas or Austin?" Austin is a drone friendly city. Here are their rules: http://overaustin.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/1A-City-of-Austin-DRONE-TRAINING-BULLETIN-12-8-16-1.pdf As for the state, just stay away from the State Parks, State Capital and critical infrastructures. Thanks again to all. BIG HELP! Safe Flying! Derris
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    And because everyone has a camera in their pocket, everyone is a photographer The last house we sold, our realtor took the photos with his phone. They looked so terrible, colors were off, so much so that oak colored trim looked pink in some pictures. The house sold, but I don't think his photos really helped that much. Everyone wants something for little or nothing it seems. I have been mulling what exactly I can do with my 107 as far as a business. There is so much potential in the field but also so many roadblocks. I know it goes back to the question of quality but I can literally have people tell me they can take pictures/fly a drone as well as a pro. I work in IT and you don't know how many people are "experts" about computers because they have one sitting at home or their boyfriend/girlfriend works in IT and tells them how stuff should work. Well if you know so much, why did you call me???
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    Hey Bert, what are the goals of this reel? Who's it for, what are you trying to accomplish?
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    Jumping into this thread a little late but this is one area I am looking at also for a drone business. I do have the luxury of being married to an agronomy supplies salesman so have a little insight. Like Juggernaught said, farmers are pinching pennies and it's hard to get them to see value in something that is "just another expense". Also like Alan said, there are not alot of use cases that you can point to right now to justify the extra cost. I asked my husband why he thought drones weren't really taking off in farming (at least in our area) and he said they mostly all rely on satellite images. Some farmers have bought drones but I think they thought of them more as a toy (even if they write them off on their taxes). My brother installs GPS units in farm machinery and he hits the nail on the head also, telling me that farmers like tech but they want someone else to run it, analyze the data and keep it working. They also want it cheap.
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    https://www.skypixel.com/pilot/videos/share/100mph-pass?account=timlund7 shot with dji phantom 4 pro slowed down to frame by frame enjoy! More video to come this week! Next will be my 1/5 gasoline 5t 77mph
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    I am fortunate that all the cities I am working within Arizona have no drone ordinance. The state has a law but it's pretty benign. It helps a little bit I am a retired chief of police and know every chief in my county personally and have performed demos for them and even did a presentation on drone law at their meeting last year.....
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    Fascinating thread and great response from Drone Base.
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    Howdy, @Smokdup! I'm moving to Nashville (Bellevue area) in February. Welcome to the forum and keep us posted with your questions and how things are going with you along the way.
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    UPDATE: Drone and go pro was recovered / returned by a concerned citizen to police station. I was subsequently contacted. Story has a good ending. BrettRocketSci - you are correct it makes sense to get the trackimo that Uaviator53 recommended.