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  1. Hi All, Been compiling some recent footage and thought I'd share. Appreciate any thoughts, input, etc. Of course, feel free to subscribe to my YouTube as I hope to continue to post more videos in the future. Thanks for checking it out! Cheers, Adam
  2. Checkout this testcase for live video streaming from a UAV: http://uav200.com/experience/#ansur-nexus-II-aviator-uav200 Using ASMIRA from raidosystem.com the UAV can be flown with visual transmission even with very low bandwidth. A preview of the video takes can be delivered in real time concurrently to the "normal" live camera view for the pilot, thus you can see the footage while the bird is still airborne.
  3. I was approached by a friend of mine who is looking for a filmmaking drone pilot for a commercial shoot on a wind farm near the Denver, CO area. I am not available for the job but told him I would put out a call in the forum here to see if I could connect him with any folks in the area. Please contact me if you're interested and I will connect you with him.
  4. Ocean front, exterior-only teaser

    Occasionally, a client requests exterior-only aerial video work. These can be fun and sometimes challenging, especially when the property is tightly covered in foliage, not very large, and located along the 2nd windiest bay on the planet. Even the calm days are breezy here!
  5. Intro

    Hello – I have been flying for about 6 months now. After many years shooting commercial photography, I became interested in videography and now in this airborne camera. I quickly began to see the potential of drones across many different industries. I passed my 107 exam 2 weeks ago and plan to start shooting real estate and whatever else will lend itself to some awesome aerial imagery in order to make this a full-time gig. I live just north of the recently hard-hit Houston area and was wondering if anyone has any experience or advice on how to connect with some of the insurance adjusters that are flooding into town and if there is anything special they are looking for in drone pilots.
  6. Hi All,I am looking to get an affordable long range video setup equivalent to the DJI Phantom 3/4 or better.I recently got a Cheerson CX-20 opensource. Which includes a mount for a GoPro.The is a cheap knock off of a Phantom, so the camera and transmitter would need to be of equivalent size/weight.My main goal is learning Arial Video and Photography.So this is a training platform to see what I can do, and decide if I need to save a few grand for a DJI, or end up finding out I can get buy just fine with a DIY setup.Camera Pre-Reqs:Should record 1080p minimum to a local SD card.Should be able to use a 128GB SD card (256 would be nice)It doesn't require a separate battery, the drone has 5v and 12v hookups.But I also read it is better to use a cam with a separate battery to avoid line noise.I would like the widest FOV I can get without getting any fish-eye effect.Transmitter:Would like to get 1 to 2 km of clear video like DJI. But my the CX-20 only has a 300 meter range. So at least this for a start.The drone's transmitter is 2.4G, so does that mean video should be 5.8G?Receiver:Any basic 5" LCD would be fine.Should it be a diversity receiver? (is that even correct? Something with two receiving antennas?)Like patch and cloverleaf? Or patch and regular?Does not need to display 1080p, though that would be nice.But should be clean enough that it can be used for very basic FPV (mainly lining up shots).I see after market action cams for sale on the cheap all the time.Like the SOOCOO C10S.Are these even viable? Can you hook a transmitter to them?Can you hook a transmitter to a GoPro?It doesn't have to be a GoPro or even an action cam for that matter.It could be an eachine mini as long as it meets the pre-reqs above.As for cost I am looking to stay around $100 to $200 if possible.But if that is not even viable, can you please let me know what I should expect to pay? I can get a Phantom 3 Standard for less than $500, so I would think a comparable aftermarket system should be less than half that? Or is DJI's propitiatory system just so ahead of the game, that getting a 3 Standard is really the cheapest option? I am very hands on with electrical and assembly, and built my own FPV goggles for less than $50 worth of supplies using the screen that came with one of my drones. So I am not afraid to get my hands dirty.Any other pointers or tips?Any links to some good tutorials or guides online?Any assistance would be greatly appreciated.Thanks,Chris
  7. Old Pro moving up

    Was asked by Alan Perlman, where I fitted in here. I am a forty five year professional photographer who was always feet on the ground. I did use a fifteen meter telescopic mast for specialised aerial photography as it was cheaper than hiring a helicopter. My move to drones in my senior days is to enable me to film and shoot stills from one piece of kit. As soon as we mange to sell our property in Brazil we will be buying a cruising yacht and set off on my lifes last and hopefully great adventure. Exciting video will play a major part in this venture and drones will deliver what I need. I have checked out many on this site and have got it down to two or three at the moment. That's, I believe how |I fit in here..;-)
  8. Guy Hand

    Hello everyone. I'm a longtime commercial photographer, videographer and novice drone pilot based in Boise, Idaho working on certification so I can shoot in urban areas and controlled-airspace when the need arises. I'm using a Mavic Pro.
  9. This is the extended version of a teaser video I've posted here before, hope you enjoy it, I'm experimenting with creating more engaging videos mixing different types of footage and varying the pace of the shots. This was shot during a weekend roadtrip to the Alentejo, during Carnival weekend a couple of weeks ago. Let me know if you'd like to see more of this and be sure to subscribe my youtube channel to get the latest videos I post.
  10. Howdy from NW CT

    I'm looking to become an unmanned pilot in the video/photography market with real estate and weddings. Do you really need to take the course or can you simply get all the study guides? Anybody know the answer? I just bought a DJI Phantom 3 4k. Going to register it today. Another question. If I'm not starting commercial yet should I register it as a hobbyist or commercial if I'm planning to later on? Thanks in advance.
  11. Flying my toy around I noticed a house was getting ripped down and watched for a bit. Story I am hearing is an older couple sold the house and land around it to a developer. This was recorded over two days and played around with an editor a bit on it. Not a professional job at all and still need some practice on control of the drone and camera but thought I would share even though it is not as cool as a ocean waves on a New England coast line with gulls and pelicans (yea Bert, I am jealous ). Always open to any suggestions and critiques. Drone is a Phantom 4 with 4K camera and edit on PowerDirector 15. -Tater
  12. Hi community, I've had a great time with this course, and highly recommend it to others who are looking to learn about or fine tune their video editing. My aunt is in the process of putting her house on the market, so it was a perfect opportunity to test the waters compiling a real estate demo video. I'm using this experience as a dry run, to get a feel for how I would go about a project for a paying customer. I'm still tackling a few different learning curves (flying a new drone, testing camera settings, working in post for the first time), but I think they are each progressing nicely in turn. Drone work will improve with practice... I know there are a few yaw maneuvers and camera pans that could go a little more slowly and smoothly. I think I'm getting a knack for editing, which again will continue to improve with practice. Really what I'm looking for from the community, would be suggestions on camera setting and post processing (color correction) tips. These two topics still seem like "black magic", and are my biggest area of opportunity for improvement. Below is the link to the video on Google Drive, followed by the questions posed within the tutorial. https://drive.google.com/file/d/0Bxi0V7U9OIOmbTJFekVqT3l0aDg/view?usp=sharing Questions: What NLE did you use to edit your piece? Final Cut Pro 10.3. What resolution did you edit in? 4K for edits and then 1080p for final video. 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'm not really sure what this is asking. "All areas" I guess, since I'm not sure what constitutes "specific areas". How did you decide on which music track to use for your piece? It's a real estate demo reel, so I didn't want the music to be overwhelming, but I also didn't want some generic looping background. Most real estate videos have a "corporate" sound which can resemble elevator music, so I was looking for something more cinematic and orchestral. I wanted a smooth flowing background, with an occasional distinctive beat to mark transitions. How did you decide on the feel you would want your piece to take on? I was looking for a balance between warm and inviting to showcase the home, but building to something more grand to showcase the waterfront. What is the story you are telling through your footage? In the beginning I wanted to introduce the house, and drop some teasers that an epic backyard would be unveiled. I really wanted to capture different parts of the waterfront view as seen from the house, which is the perspective that a potential buyer would see everyday. Finally, most of the later footage showcases the backyard, and the amenities that could be used for outdoor recreation. I wanted an emphasis on the deck, so potential buyers could envision themselves utilizing that outdoor space. What are 3 important lessons you learned from editing this video that you know will help you in future videos? - I should have used a storyboard. Onsite I was just walking around trying to collect cool looking shots. But that made editing much more difficult to find clips that transitioned nicely from one feature to the next (water to backyard, backyard to pool, pool to deck, deck to etc). Five minutes of storyboarding probably would have saved me an hour or so in editing while attempting to layout a logical flow. Plus, because I was jumping around, the lighting changed on the front of the house between batteries. Near the end, I transition between two shots of the front of the house, which is probably not noticeable to most people, but a discerning audience will see the difference in lighting. - Just keep rolling. A few times I noticed a jerky input, or a shadow of the drone, or some other undesirable feature. Since most of the clips are relatively short, I learned I can cut out the feature, and use a cross dissolve to blend the two shots together. The backyard is an example, where the duration was too long and I didn't want to speed up the film, so I just took one second clips and blended them all together. The pan up of the deck stairs was another example. The yaw turn was very aggressive, so I just cut it out, blended the two halves together, and ended up with a really nice reveal shot of the upper deck. - Get your camera settings right. Color correction is not a magic bullet, in fact I have a much deeper appreciation for how much is involved getting a vibrant video after this project. That being said, garbage in equals garbage out. There were several great shots with smooth drone work, which were ultimately unusable because the video was too dark or light. Maybe a more experienced video editor could have salvaged them, but I couldn't get them to resemble the tone of the rest of the footage, so they ended up in the circular file. Thanks everyone! - Justin -
  13. SOUND ON!. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FNU_WaCSV8A My latest video taken with my older hexacopter (the FC on the newest had a tantrum...!!! on that day. It is fixed now). The gimbal worked very well, even if at 60-70 metres from the ground the apparently very light wind became something else..... the views are beautiful and the wines produced by the owner, a very good friend of mine, are excellent. Enjoy! I used as a sound track one of my compositions : "Pink grapes"( from my CD "Impressions", Portugal, 1998). It seems to fit as a glove, for some reason. Cheers from Bruno
  14. Just staring to get the hang of shooting video with my Bebop, feedback is very welcome. One thing the colour is a bit off as someone did the editing and went a little overboard!
  15. Vibration dampeners

    I have just finished one of my vibration dampeners. It is very effective and not exactly easy to build. It is based on the Secraft design but with several differences. It can support 2 kg and it weighs 36 grams. I used 1.2 mm thick polycarbonate sheet, 1.2 mm thick 6061 T6 aluminium alloy sheet, 16 x 10 x 3 silicone O rings (55 duro) and PVC studs which I fabricated using the lathe. I am going to use two of these to completely isolate from vibrations the platform of my next V6 hexacopter, They are are still present, even if in minor quantity, after all the motors and propellers have been carefully balanced. In this manner the gimbal / video camera unit will be double isolated and the FC will not resent from vibrations. Cheers from Bruno
  16. Greetings from NC USA

    Hello all, Greetings from the Mid Atlantic, glad to be here. Just a quick introduction for everyone; I grew up around Army aviation and when I was born my crib overlooked the flight line at Schofield and I have been hooked on aviation ever since. Ive always had a passion for flight. When I was a late teen I completed my private pilot ground school but was never able to fund my flight hours. That is something I hope to finish. Regardless, I've been building & flying line of site UAS vehicles for about 5 years now, mostly fixed wing, I have been an amateur photographer for a long time, mostly nature, animals, landscapes. Outdoors stuff with some architecture shots. I love being out in the wilds and shooting with my Camera, a Canon 30D. In my early 20's I spent 4 to 5 years land surveying, I love maps and navigation, and as for the recent past I've been an IT/network geek. So my pssion for flight, and my job history and interests have lead me to the up and coming UAS opportunities. So much to love here. Photographer, mapping, cinema, law enforcement maybe? Good times.
  17. While on a weekend away in the Alentejo region in the south of Portugal, I shot this video over 2 days to capture how beautiful this area is. Hope you enjoy, it was great fun flying, filming and editing this one. This was shot with a DJI Phantom 3 Standard (for the aerial), a Canon 100D for some of the ground level shots and, because I didn't have any other camera with me, the night shots were shot on an iphone 5S.
  18. This is big news and an additional unique value for DJI products. If I understand this right, a drone pilot with a following on Periscope will be able to instantly and seamlessly broadcast the video live to anyone who patches in to their Periscope channel. Big prospects for sporting events, family events, and local news stories. This is a disruptive innovation that local news stations should jump on. Or we can have citizen news reporters use this. More thoughts? http://blog.seattlepi.com/techchron/2016/05/09/periscope-plans-to-allow-you-to-broadcast-live-from-a-drone/
  19. Video Help

    Hey all, I need some help figuring out why my video is very choppy when I try to play it back on my computer. I attached a video I took yesterday. The DJI Phantom 3 Pro takes really nice pictures and the video seems nice too, but I am at a loss as to what is going on during playback. I have the video set on 4K at 24fps and am trying to play it back on my Mac. Thanks, Chris
  20. Q500 4K - Camera / Video Quality?

    Hello everyone, new to the forum and I must say extremely informative. I just purchased a Q500 plus as my first large Quad and I must say that I am very impressed. I was very fortunate to have flown some of my buddies birds, DJI, Chroma, 3Dr and I like my Q500+ Question on the camera, I am getting "ok" quality on the video it seems choppy and not with the really nice quality. I ordered a 10+SD card for the system as I was using some other micro SD's. have any of you experience this? -Also, are there any setting anywhere relative to the camera itself? Thanks, Elcid
  21. I was looking for a place in this forum were you guys share your latest footage - showing how amazing the world looks from above. I want to get tips on better filming etc. Is there a forum here for that. Also what's the best 4K edit tool? my free Windows Live Movie maker can't do 4K which is a shame as the DJI I fly has that neat little 4K camera build in. Here's my snow film from VA after the 36" of snow at the weekend:
  22. Hello from Houston Texas...

    Hi Alan, Rob Buchanan here, I just wanted to say hello to you and all the other members out there and introduce myself! I must say Alan you have done a Fantastic job of putting all of this information together (website & forum) for us R/C flyers out there to use & enjoy! MANY Thanks to you! :-) I have been involved in the IT & video business for 15+ years. Been flying a few different multi-rotor drones (Syma, UDI, HubSan) since last year and recently got a Phantom 3 Pro back a few months ago. I just recently started mentioning my drone services to real estate investors & agents (prior clients) that primarily focus on homes & acreages starting at $500K and up. The response so far has been pretty well received... In early December I applied for my 333 exemption ( I have since received my docket # now just waiting for the final word) My new website http://www.dronewerksmedia.com/ is basically done and I am still tweaking & updating a few minor things here & there (need to add more images & custom footage, etc.) and working on creating a "portfolio" of custom footage and other video examples. I'm already planning to buy an Inspire 1 PRO system as business picks up... Back in October I became a member of UAVSA http://www.uavsa.org/ then in December I also joined AMA http://www.modelaircraft.org/ as I saw the benefits of each and thought it would be a good idea? I read in their literature that when you become a member of the AMA they will cover you with a $2.5 million dollar umbrella policy when you fly for recreational purposes (under their specified guidelines & safety rules) so I figured this way it basically keeps me covered while I practice honing my technical flying skills as I wait for my 333 exemption approval. I am also currently soliciting a few "retired" pilots that hangout at an airport near me to help with the actual PIC requirements of the current 333 exemption. All the footage I have shot so far has been strictly for "recreational purposes" and to practice my flying skills... ;-) Alan what are your thoughts on these two organizations? Do you think it's beneficial to join them and become a member? I am also currently looking for and researching commercial hull insurance. Question: Can I receive any kind of insurance discount by utilizing a 'Parachute system (MARS) or using a "tether" system? As for pricing and custom package creation? I'm still studying the overall market to get a better feel for what other aerial drone companies out there are offering, as I don't want to under or over value my services? I would guess it's a better idea to start a little on the high side with pricing, that way if you need to adjust then It's always easier to offer "lower pricing" than it is to have to raise your prices? Any thoughts? Question: Since the market that I am going after is primarily $500K and up homes & acreages I was recently thinking of creating a floating price scale? something along the lines of 1/2% to 1% of the listed selling price of the higher priced homes? Since each home/property is unique and needs to be presented in its own way. Or would it better to simply have a flat rate per job or hour? I am open to any comments or suggestions as I start on this new Aerial ADVENTURE! I'm still somewhat of a newbie and just keep flying as much as I can to gain experience and log all the flight hours I can & and practice flying safely for my future clients & customers... Thanks again Alan for all your Hard Work and Dedication to the drone community! Happy Flying Everyone! I welcome any comments or suggestions and am open to sharing any tips, thoughts or ideas to help us all become BETTER pilots... Rob Buchanan DroneWerks Media 281-384-5287 I couldn't resist Alan as you said to share any projects or current work were doing... Here are a couple of clips I recently made: Below are a few "test" sample clips I made while honing my flying skills...
  23. College Coach - Hello!

    Hello! I'm Paul and I am a coach at a college in Florida. I love the shots my DJI 3 gets at practice, but was told by our School of Aviation that it is considered a 'commercial' operation to video our own practices...which I find a bit of a stretch as we are not selling the videos. Does anyone have information that shows that using a drone to video practices (which is a million times safer than having a person stand in a chair lift and do it) is NOT a commercial use as the FAA sees it? There seems to always be ambiguity with the FAA but I don't see where it says that it is commercial to video your own practices at a college anywhere.
  24. Real Estate Video Production in Los Angeles, California We have a production company with actors, photographers, and drone pilots equipped to do real estate video (interiors -steadi-can; and exterior - drone footage) for just about all budgets in Los Angeles! We are always looking for realtors and other partners in the LA area to team up with. Please drop us a line if interested. Todd@dronefilms.media www.dronefilms.media