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    Hello Christian Here is my demo reel using my DJI Phantom 4 Pro + with 4K lens. I shot it yesterday near Gainesville, FL in very hot weather (95 Degrees F) at approximately noon. https://youtu.be/JfYjcm5csPM 1. What NLE did you use to edit your piece? Final Cut Pro 2. What resolution did you edit in? Shot in 4K 60FPS and used natively. Would probably downgrade to 30fps in future. 3. 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) I used both video and photos for the final product. I tried to go between photo and video as I walked through the farm. In future, I think it would be better to do all photo's first and then do videos. It got confusing to try and do both at same time and continuously adjust settings between both styles. 4. How did you decide on which music track to use for your piece? I chose the track based on being up beat and light hearted jazzy sound. 5. How did you decide on the feel you would want your piece to take on? I made this video for a friend of mine trying to sell this farm and wanted to make it light hearted and interesting so he could use in his marketing of the farm. He only wanted pictures of the farm but wanted to make a video so someone could get a feel or walk through of the size and scope of the place. 6. What is the story you are telling through your footage? The story is to show this small blueberry farm isn't as big as someone might think. The idea was to show the size, scope and the house and pond on the property. The top down shot of entire farm was requested by realtor as his focus was on showing small size of farm. 7. What are 3 important lessons you learned from editing this video that you know will help you in future videos? 1) Take longer videos to enable better opportunities to cut the video to match the beats. The length of videos wasn't long enough to give me flexibility to cut where I wanted to. Or find another music track to suit the length of videos. I tried to use longer transitions to match the beats and cuts to music. 2) Shoot videos earlier in the day so its not so hot and gives best lighting for the shoot. I did a lot of color correction on videos and pictures as they were a bit overexposed. 3) Getting a feel for how the videos and composition play into the final product. Get more of a sense of what to shoot, how long, angles etc. for final product. I think this process is a good one for really understanding the course. It's one thing to do the only course with the sample videos provided. It's a whole other level to go shoot your own videos, get settings right etc, and then match to music. I had to go back a few times to course to remember how to do a few things. Also realized I need more memory and speed on my machine!!! lol.
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    Part of the reason for posting your final in the forum is for feedback. Trouble is I’m not very kind when it comes to feedback, I’m one of these people who thinks there’s always room for improvement and I’m not claiming I can do better. My feedback is in the following categories: Story Composition and Exposure Editing, pacing and color correction the goal of any property video is to give buyers a reason to first visit the property and then hopefully purchase the property. A property is rarely, if ever sold as a result of a video. To accomplish that you need a hook, a story that captures the “essence,” something unique or possibly the “lifestyle” the property might offer - equestrian, farming, tranquility etc.. Not many property videos accomplish that with a narrative. Here’s an example of a narrative property video. Keep in mind that the small screen is a “closeup” medium” provide establishing shots but get up close and personal with the details, people want to see what your talking about, and the story shoild be about the people, not the property. What about the property will appeal to your target audience. In this example it’s targeted at the equestrian lifestyle: https://www.platinumhd.tv/?c=u7QQlj4VPiY Like I said most videos don’t have a narrative, but even without the words the video has to tell a story and to qualify as a story it has to have a beginning, a middle and an end. You need to lead your audience through the property in a logical way so they gat a sense of what your trying to communicate. You mentioned in your own critique the need to walk the property prior to shooting it. That’s absolutely correct. What struck me about this property was given its proximity to Los Angeles how quiet and peaceful it is so I wanted to communicate the tranquility of the property coming to life and the things the owner would enjoy throughout the day: Regarding composition and exposure, selective focus (DOF), and shadow provides the illusion of depth, makes your image appear more 3D. Trouble is the cameras on off the shelf drones generally shoot flat and if you shoot in the middle of the day then you lose the shadows so your images look very flat and lack depth and therefor lack interest. So you have to shoot around that limitation. Also your better off shooting a half stop underexposed than anything overexposed. When you shoot the wide aerial establishing shot try to include some action like a truck driving down the dusty driveway, then cut to a shot of the same truck on the ground later in the day so the sun shines through the dust. This will establish the size of the property and provide depth making the scene more interesting. It’s not just the length of the shot but also the variety of shots. You need a variety of CU, MCU and wide shots from a variety of points of interest. After shooting flying into the farm, turn the drone around and and reverse the shot entering the farm, shoot the drone leaving the farm. Try to get as many different angles as you can, it gives you more editing options. Dissolves are meant to denote a change in location or time, they really slow down the pacing and interfere with continuity. Dips to black are a change in location, from inside to out for example or your trying to communicate a new thought. Use dissolves and wipes sparingly. In the age of YouTube, shorter is better, if you have a lot to show then the only way to make it shorter is to pick up the pacing. Faster music and predominately cuts only. Also be careful with graphics, @JBR LIFE Photography uses them to great effect, however, people don’t seem to like to read anymore which can slow down the pacing. Video is most effective when it brings together composition, narrative, music, lighting and transitions. Integrating all of these elements can communicate something, a feeling, a sense of purpose much better that any of the constituent parts. When you accomplish that is when you become a good editor.
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    Hello Vince, I actually do quite a bit of archival for construction projects. I use time lapse fixed cameras in addition to bi-weekly drone visits to the site. I edit the combination of videos each week and share with the construction company. I do a final video of time lapse and various stages of drone videos during construction. My clients have shared the progress of projects on their website and social media. In return, my list of clients have steadily increased each month. I actually prefer construction over real estate as you get to watch the progress of something being built. So, long answer .. yes, drones are a valuable part of construction projects.
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    This is something that's been done before, I thought it would catch on but most realtors lack the patience, the vision and the bank account... https://www.platinumhd.tv/?c=u7QQlj4VPiY https://www.platinumhd.tv/?c=gKzfMGDoHkt
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    Okay, I can confirm I tried these guys for three months and as expected nothing, no job (I admit I'm a risk taker). I can't say I'm surprised seeing that I've been on Droners.io for a year. Droners.io has been around way longer than FlyGuys and I've been getting notification on jobs in most major cities in California. The number of jobs is low, even for major cities, even on Droners which has the most exposure. So if jobs are scarce on Droners they'll be even more scarce anywhere else. And when the jobs do come up, it's a feeding frenzy so you now you've got a bunch of guys low balling, desperate to get a job, making the prices ridiculously low. I've been desparate to get a job probably like most other pilots on Droners and so that's why I tried FlyGuys "pay for play" just to see if they had some secret channel to bring in jobs better than Droners. Not. Waste of money. I feel sorry for others than keep paying with their fingers crossed. Maybe you will eventually get a job, maybe not but if you weren't the first pilot that signed up in your city for FlyGuys, based on the trickle of jobs I've seen on Droners, I can pretty much guarantee you will won't get "jack" through Fly Guys. Anyone paying for anything before even getting one job is a sucker. All the 'support services' are worthless if you're not making any money.