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  1. 3 points
    Couldn't resist grabbing a pano the other day on my way home. I never tire of this scene, and conditions were just right for it. Enjoy!
  2. 3 points
    One of our strong clients recently asked us to put together a 1 minute Maui lifestyle video for their upcoming promo. This is what I put together for them, had a great time delving into already-collected footage. Enjoy!
  3. 2 points
    Trevor, congrats on your test results! I'm concerned though, that your original posting gives me the impression that you may be expecting to get airspace authorizations in a matter of days. Hence the concern about waiting the 7 days for your temp certificate. Lately, those authorizations are taking months - many months! You should familiarize yourself, if you haven't already, with the FAA UAS Facility Maps and grids for your areas of interest and file for at or below the indicated altitudes. That will probably speed up the process. On the other hand, maybe you're in an area that is part of the LAANC test program. If so, lucky you!
  4. 2 points
    Yeah, I tried talking him into hiring us to come over and shoot property videos with him and he didn't want to hear any thing about it. I agree, I think he's rubbing our noses in it. I'd post shots of the beautiful mountains in Southern California but their currently on FIRE...
  5. 2 points
    So the facts here are thus: 1. you live in an awesome place 2. you are skilled at your art 3. you have great luck 4. an even better eye. 5. you're an evil little man for rubbing our noses in it. j/k
  6. 2 points
    Encouraging words on this topic from Gary.........
  7. 2 points
    Thank you Christian, I absolutely agree with the pointed suggestions! I know some clips had white balance off, were little longer than they should’ve been and then some of the camera moves are somewhat noticeable. Definitely need practice in both camera/drone coordination and improvements in editing. That’s what makes this hobby/profession so interesting. The challenges and the excitement of the final product. Can’t wait to share more ! Thanks
  8. 2 points
    Hey, where's the digging foundations in volcanic glass, sanding drywall and protecting against rust? (Yeah, I work in construction.) Looks fun to me!
  9. 2 points
    You want professional results, you want it to be quick and easy, and you want it to be cheap!? Pick two. Although maybe not the cheapest, Adobe CC is the best value. It's $50/month but not only do you get Priemier Pro, you also get After Effects, Photoshop, Lightroom, and a ton of other industry standard applications. Not the easiest applications to learn but Adobe's interface is reasonably consistent from on application to the next, also there are a lot of free online tutorials and Lynda.com has some great online coarses for all of the Adobe applications. Another great choice is BlackMagic's Resolve. They have a free version that does 90% of the paid $295 version but it probably one of the more difficult applications to learn. It's the industry standard color grading system with a built in editor.
  10. 1 point
    I have gotten a few warnings from the GO app attempting to fly near the stadium here even though there was nothing happening and the TFR was inactive. I rarely fly using the GO app. I use another flight control app to manage my business shots (Pix4D Capture) for utility and construction mapping. I am sure there are others out there on the market for photography that do as well if not better than DJI GO. Of course, if you happen to be blissfully unaware of your surroundings a warning could be welcomed. I am guessing that most people who operate commercially know what they are doing and are able to interpret a sectional chart and the vast amount of data available to them to determine what airspace you are operating in (thank you Alan for teaching me to read a sectional chart).
  11. 1 point
    That sucks sorry, does sound like the radio but you are best shipping the whole lot in this situation as you have done, I hope they get you sorted quickly, as a matter of interest did you have the HDMI board fitted to the radio as I have seen specifically some issses with the update with that onboard ?, mostly the combination of HDMI board and Android I have seen it with.
  12. 1 point
    Autel look like DJI clones. But I assume different software?
  13. 1 point
    So long as they keep it organic and don't start GMO'ing it. (for the record, I don't care about the modification of GMO stuff, it's the reason it's modified...i.e. Roundup resistance)
  14. 1 point
    This is a bit different than other types of stock footage libraries. As far as I can tell they provide a subscription service where their customer can download footage for the subscription price, they don’t appear to pay per clip. StoryBlocks keeps 100% of the subscriptions and the user must be a member to see the catalog. The photographer only makes money if the user “purchased” a clip. So the question is why would a user purchase a clip if they have access to it as part of the subscription? If your not a subscriber the user doesn’t have access to clips for sale? I’m doing ok on Pond5 but they keep a percentage, there’s a lot of crap footage/pictures on there and it’s tedious uploading and key wording content. It would be great to find quality alternatives but I don’t understand how this model works. Curious if others are using or selling content on this site and how thy like it.
  15. 1 point
    Hey everyone! In case you haven't heard, Videoblocks by Storyblocks is our community sponsor this month and they're offering a free, seven day trial of their stock video subscription service to UAV Coach community members. Sign up for seven days of free stock video footage now. (Note: the signup page indicates that the offer ends on 11/30, but the offer is still valid, so please go ahead and sign up if you're interested.) Have some drone footage you want to sell? The Storyblocks Marketplace gives contributors 100% commission for their stock footage. You can make $49 for every HD download, and $199 for every download in 4K. The setup process is super easy— you can learn more about how to get started here. Storyblocks has a huge footprint in the stock media world. They recently passed a milestone of 100 million downloads worldwide, and they work with big companies like National Geographic, NBC, and ABC. Try their stock video subscription service free, and also check out their Marketplace if you have drone footage you'd like to sell for passive income. Want to learn more? Check out our recent blog post on Videoblocks by Storyblocks.
  16. 1 point
    I gues it depends how you define lucky.. Do you have a spare?
  17. 1 point
    Pssht, this isn't fair. WHAT AN AMAZING SHOT. Mahalo for sharing with us
  18. 1 point
    Yes, you can apply for Airspace Authorization before you get your temporary license. More information on how to apply for airspace authorization over here. And yes, as soon as you get the email from the FAA with your temporary, you're good to start flying. Your hard card will come in the mail in 6-8 weeks.
  19. 1 point
    There are a ton of variables in producing media for realtors. The whole concept of property videos is not well defined. A lot of realtors think a slideshow of stills edited to music qualifies as a property video. Others are happy with "1:00-1:30 4K Drone Video" but are increasingly dissatisfied with "rooftop" videos. Whats the value of aerial footage out of context of the entire property? I have not seen a lot of "raw" aerial footage used to sell houses. How much do the drone operators get for each package? It seem like your prices are really low. This is an interesting approach at marketing to realtors, I wish you luck.
  20. 1 point
    That sounds like a nice business model! Kind of like the credit score companies. It is incumbent on the those wanting to be certified to do all the work to be up to speed with whatever requirements are necessary. They probably charge on both ends, checking someone out and providing that information to others. Win Win with no liability other than due diligence in the checkout. Pretty sweet deal.
  21. 1 point
    I think the white drones are perfect for what your doing. Don't get me wrong, I have plenty of white drones, I just don't use them for anything other than what they were intended for. For industrial applications where the decisions people make are either life threatening or result in significant expense you can't integrate the kinds of sensors that can provide the data that people trust. I also said this: The barrier to entry on shooting property videos is quite low because the risk is low. So its not about the million-dollar biz-club. You can be Chaff in one industry and Wheat in another. Our drones would not be well suited in the real estate market where we would be the chaff. I've used them on some of the bigger ranch properties, just because we have them but I'd be foolish to use them on more traditional property shoots. So my point was not to put down white drones, but to discuss the barriers to entry, especially in regards to the 107 certificate and the value drones add to our businesses. So I would suggest that you would probably be on track to do 200 property videos this year if you had no drone at all. Only you know the value that your white drone brings to your business, If my income relied on doing property videos then my goto drones would be the P4 and I2. For this you can't beat them, I'd prefer the MAVI but the image quality is lacking. But then the challenge is developing a workflow that either enabled me to scale the efficiency, to say being able to do 300 properties a year, which as you know would be a tough thing to do regardless of the drone or develop a look that would differentiate you from your competition and as a result you could charge more for. Sure LOKI is cool but, they are wrong. When does LESS data ever result in MORE accuracy? Aerial data collection requires the assessment of a lot of nuanced variables for every flight. How we account for those variables is what differentiates each us from our competition and assures the accuracy of the data we collect. The variable the LOKI is designed to account for are the anomalies in GPS. There are many ways of accomplishing that, they have their way that they are trying to sell and using incorrect information to accomplish that. As with all things DJI its difficult to tell what they are doing with the X4 camera. Generally the larger a CMOS sensor the more effect rolling shutter has on it. Also just adding a mechanical shutter to the CMOS censor does not make it a global shutter. For the mechanical shutter to be effective in this application it needs to be slowed down so there's a thin margin between the effect of the mechanical shutter and motion blur. For those who might be wondering what difference any of this means here's a cool little example of rolling shutter: So you might be able to imagine the effect of high frequency vibrations from the drone and sudden changes of direction or speed might have on a CMOS camera. Lets assume we can account for the variations in GPS as accurately as the LOKI, the statement that somehow a DJI 20MP camera with a 1" sensor with a mechanical shutter is as good as a Sony 43MP FULL-FRAME camera with mechanical shutter is laughable. That's marketing hype designed to sell their product to what they perceive to be the most popular drones on the market. I'm not arguing that the white drones are not the most popular but its these types of blanket comparisons that make them equally wrong. If you want to do business with government agencies, large utilities (anything to do with civil infrastructure) you need to be vetted for compliance, security clearances and procedures etc.. This is one of the companies that certifies that you meet what ever requirement your customers have.
  22. 1 point
    It's hard to tell what they even do. Headhunter service?
  23. 1 point
    Actually, it is a fairly acknowledged concept that the tool does not make the professional. It is the service or product produced and the manner in which it is produced. Of course Chuck is correct that if a "white" uas cannot provide the desired quality or result in service or product, then a more expensive platform is required. But a blanket statement like he made is obviously wrong. And this is coming from an ardent critic of a lot of what the "white" drone maker is up to. As an example, I just watched a webinar presented by Airgon on drone aerial survey data and they were stressing that the lowly "white" phantom 4 pro with it's 1" sensor and mechanical shutter was an excellent survey tool when coupled with their PPK solution. Of course they are trying to market their ppk solution and software. But they also sell their gear to integrate with non "white" drones too. And when asked directly if a higher end platform carring something like an A7r would be vastly superior they said absolutely not. The orthoimage would be better but the actionable data would not. So why would a "professional" use a tool that could cause more damage if it failed, cost 4x as much or more to replace if damaged when the resulting data or product is not superior?
  24. 1 point
    Hi @MarkL and welcome. I live in Dunwoody, GA. If you ever want to connect, let me know. I am full-time photographer and licensed drone pilot. Can definitely give you more information on places I fly, etc. As @Ed O'Grady said, State park are pretty much a no go, but still plenty of places in and around the city to fly. Cheers, Adam
  25. 1 point
    A word of caution regarding Gary’s advice. I agree with the premise that there’s little to no value to being a drone operator who dumb thumbs it. I also agree with his comments about autonomous flight, the majority of industrial inspection is already done autonomously. But this is too narrow of a perspective. The idea that the drone is just another tool and all of the value is in understanding the data it collects Is too simplistic. Drones are an enabling technology, without them there would be zero value in the data you can’t collect. Also, beyond the occasional engineer interested in drones as a hobby, the overwhelming percentage of engineers we work with have zero interest in “operating” the drone as part of their job. Even if drones were push-button-operation most professionals would not use them. There’s some very good reasons for this that I don’t think will change. Also, much of the discussion about using drones professionally is from the perspective of the drone operator. If your business model is to make money as a service provider then you need to view your business from the perspective of the customer. There are a lot of variables for every flight that must be accounted for and your value as an operator and the accuracy of the data spends directly on how you manage them. A civil engineer is no more likely to become a drone operator than they are a backhoe or crane operator. The path to being a profitable drone business has more to do with the operators ability to become an integral part of the team that can offer them the flexibility to capture a wide variety of data accurately. Would you have a competitive advantage at collecting data for surveying if you were a surveyor, sure, but there are other ways to be competitive. The pendulum started all the way on the side where people thought they could buy a toy drone from a hobby shop, use a cell phone app to fly the mission, and the “cloud” to render it. Sounds good in theory but it doesn’t work. Now it appears the the pendulum is reflecting rapidly in the other direction where people think you need to be an engineer or surveyor etc to fly use a drone effectively, that’s not the case either. That’s not to say that engineers can’t fly drones but that’s not what’s required to build a successful UAV business. As Wayne Gretzky used to say: “don’t skate to where the puck is, skate to where it’s going to be.” So the moral to my story is you need to learn to ice skate...
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  27. 1 point
    Cash in a brightly lit parking lot, run like hell so he/she can’t follow you, then they can crash it to their hearts content.
  28. 1 point
    BEAUTIFUL. Mahalo for sharing.
  29. 1 point
    Nice! Rainbow was a bonus maybe as I suspect you couldn't see it in the monitor? Very cool !
  30. 1 point
    Going forward I am switching to the Crystal Sky android devices. Since DJI opened up the Crystal Sky to 3rd party apps, I'm assuming that crystal sky will be de facto standard against which DJI will develop the GO apps and the sdk for. Currently it is a pain to put 3rd party apps on the crystal sky devices. In the future DJI should make this process easier.
  31. 1 point
    Daniel, Again, sorry for the delay in response. I thought I fixed notifications on the forum but it appears I still do not get an email when these posts are put up by students. This is actually a very nicely done edit! The music is a perfect pick, the footage is crisp and clean, the transitions are nice and the motion tracked titles are awesome. Below are my few comments. 1.) A couple of clips especially towards the end, don't seem to match in color and white balance with the rest of the shots. It is not too off but it is noticeable. 2.) There were one or two horizons that were slanted. You can use the transform tool to straighten these out, and then don't forget to use the crop tool after that to zoom in a little to make up for the small black spaces that will exist on the edges of the frame after rotating the image. 3.) Great placement of your logo in the bottom of the frame and awesome job on the motion animated logo at the end!! 4.) Some of the shots have slightly awkward/robotic like camera movements. This is the number one thing I always mention to students but it is the number one hardest thing to probably fix when flying a drone AND operating camera at the same time. It is something only practice will make you better at, but at the very least, if you do capture shots like this, might be best not to use them, or not use that part of the shot. This is especially important in videos mades for clients. 5.) Also love the title in the beginning and the blurred background with it, fading away slowly to reveal the actual first shot. 6.) Lastly, I might shorten up some of the clips to tighten up the whole edit. Some shots do feel a little bit long to watch. Keep up the good work because if this is your first full length edit with the transitions and callouts you say, I can't wait to see what you show us all next! ~Christian
  32. 1 point
    What's different about this product than Pix4D, ContextCapture, or PhotoScan?
  33. 1 point
    Interesting but disturbing video about the possible use of drones in the future. Link to organization that issued the video and that is trying to get AI weapons banned. http://autonomousweapons.org
  34. 1 point
    The apple mini ipad 4 has an upgraded processor that should eliminate all the former messages that some received on the Mini Ipad3...as it was essentially overwhelmed. My Mini ipad has all of the other functions turned OFF..and I fly in Airplane mode. cheers
  35. 1 point
    I love the editing at 0:16-0:17. I've found this is a really easy effect to add into pano shots like this, or really any shot that's kind of long where the beginning is important, and the end is important, but the middle can be sped up through to match music, or just to offer a cool visual.
  36. 1 point
    Wanted to post this resource from the RTV crew here as well: https://uavcoach.com/real-estate-marketing/
  37. 1 point
    Former US Marine. Career construction manager with a background in architecture. Photography and cinematography are my continuous ventures. Drones have been my fascination for a few years now, and with the use of drones, the world becomes a larger canvas to enjoy. I look forward to following and being part of this community!
  38. 1 point
    You nailed it. Almost felt like watching it twice.
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  40. 1 point
    Cool. But must admit that I like the dslr and uav shots best!
  41. 1 point
    I agree, the realtors' media provider relationships should never be assumed, but definitely worth understanding. Sure, there will be windows of opportunity, which should be seized, but it's a fact that top producing agents prefer to stick with a solid media provider. My point was more so trying to convey the idea that simply walking in and saying 'look how great I am' is akin to doing the same in the music industry...you'll find yourself holding an armful of demos and not much more most times. With that said, absolutely, seek those opportunities and rock on! Never say never, and book up your calendar
  42. 1 point
    I agree that the approach you mention is a good approach, but the state of the realtor's relationship with their media company shouldn't be assumed, If the big producer needs a property shot right away and their current provider is booked there could be a door open. If their current provider is a little bit lazy in their business practices there is another possible opening. There are also plenty of realtors out there who simply need to be made aware of the value high-end photography/videography bring to the table. That being said you mentioned that you would not recommend "only chasing the big fish". That I agree with, but I feel photographers should be actively seeking out those opportunities.
  43. 1 point
    That's so true and so sad... I guess this is what happens when accountants and attorneys form a committee to make regulations. I'm adding more to my saying: Those that can, do. Those that can't, teach, those that can do neither, do social media and those that cant even do that, regulate.
  44. 1 point
    I'm an editor, I do everything the hard way... I didn't even know such a plug in existed.
  45. 1 point
    Sure, do it all the time. The reason this is important is not to prevent using technology to aid the pilot, but the ONLY rule the FAA has, kind of the prime directive, is that you maintain 100% control, 100% of the time. The majority of drone accidents are caused by the failure or interference with GPS, the magnetometer or barometer. If you can't switch out of whatever assisted mode your in and fly manually when either of these systems fail, you're no longer in 100% control of the drone. For consumers DJI is the most feature rich but its also the unsafest. We often fly in GPS denied environments, in high energized environments which can play havoc with your magnetometer and we can takeoff and land in the ocean which can mess with the barometer, we can do this because we can switch out of whichever mode is unreliable or into manual mode. But you have to know how to fly to do that safely. Also, people might be putting their faith in technology in the wrong place. Most of the time when you initialize and try to arm a Phantom on the hood of a car, it won't and you have to do a compass calibration. So how good is that technology?
  46. 1 point
    Where do I start............You submit your 13-75 page 333 to regulation.gov and wait, and wait, and wait, and......................well 2-3 months later you have your business listed on their docket, then another two months later you wait and wait for the flag to be changed to approved so you now have your official 333 number. Now what.........well you have to purchase N#'s from the FAA website which is a GREAT smooth easy process and only cost $10. Next you have to request an FAA Form 8050 duplicate copy to hand write your serial number and the N tail # that you purchased and place the hand written document into snail mail and send off to Oklahoma City, then the next wait is on.............waiting for your official aircraft registration certificate. Now that six, eight, or ten months have gone by you might be all set to start flying commercially................OH WAIT!!!!!!! I listed my DJI Phantom 3 Pro on the original 333 request and now that 6-8 months have passed, I have upgraded to the new and improved DJI Phantom 4 aircraft. Now you are in a real pickle............you have to submit an addendum to your original 333 and wait for that entire process to take place before you are legally able to fly your P4 as part of your 333. Well I have my 333 approved, and my good ol P3 Pro approved so now what. Well you are approved with a blanket COA (certificate of authority) up to 200 feet AGL. But the customer wants an aerial survey of their entire 3,000 acre property from 400 feet AGL. Now you get to learn what a COA is, what it stands for and the next .......the waiting process to submit your request to fly in a certain area. I hope your customer is not within 5 nautical miles of an airport, or you may never get it approved!!! Next you call the air traffic control tower and advise them of your intentions, PLAD - Plane, Location, Altitude, Destination or Length of flight in our UAV world. They will want to know who the PIC (Pilot in Command) is and the cell phone to that person. They might also require you to have a two way aircraft radio on hand and advise you to tune into the local approach or tower frequency. I recommend a nice Sporty 400 radio, nice unit for around $300. Well it has been almost a full year since you started your 333 process, purchased UAV's, purchased N Tail #'s, Registered the tail numbers, have received the airworthiness certificates and are finally ready to go fly your first job. Make sure you have copies of everything with you at all times....................thats a good start, Thanks Alan for such an awesome site for the community!!!!