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  1. 2 points
    Thanks Chuck! Regarding your final comment, I moved to this "total production" model late last spring and that has helped the business immensely. Realtors around here didn't seem to be interested in exterior aerial video only (photos are a different story), so this year really marked my transition from drone videographer to just plain old videographer who can also fly drones. Anyway, I'm using the standard GH5. Since I also use it for stills I wanted to retain the in-body stabilization. Both GH5 versions will record in 10 bit 400MB/s, but I generally shoot in variable frame rate 60p/23.94p. That keeps me from having to slow down the video in post. If there's a lot of contrast in the shot I will switch to the full 10 bit mode to give me more leeway in post, but that is a rarity. For the rest of your questions: I average one of these videos every 10 days. I do not charge nearly enough - this video cost the client $300. Unfortunately Cheyenne is a very immature market in terms of understanding the value of anything beyond traditional photos for RE marketing. Since the realtors pay for my services out of pocket, I have to keep prices low for now. In terms of cost to produce, that is difficult to say. I've been using FCPX for almost six years so I'm fairly quick at editing; I think this video took me about 2.5 hours in post to complete. On scene shooting time was about two hours for the interiors and multiple return trips for the exteriors due to the extreme haze at the time. So in terms of cost for me, much of the expense of this business is up front costs: drones, cameras, lenses, computer, etc. The only recurring expenses are insurance, the monthly Adobe fees, annual dropbox and website hosting fees. Once you have everything in place the per job cost is minimal since there are no consumables. I'm fortunate that photo/video production is just a side job for the moment. Every dollar I make goes back into the business until I retire from the Air Force here in six months (cannot wait).
  2. 2 points
    Very well done. That’s a big house. Which GH5? I’m using the GH4 and was set to buy a GH5 but then they released the GH5S which is better in low light, records 10bit internal at something like 400mb/s but doesn’t have the five axis in body stabilization. One direction I was hoping this thread would take would be that we discussed how long it took to produce, how many productions people do in a week, month or year, how much did it cost to produce and how much did the customer pay to produce it? There was a time when no one wanted to have this type of discussion in fear of giving away trade secrets or educating the 15 year down the street who just got a MAVIC. But I hope most of the 15 year olds and starving college students have gone back to school and left the work and conversation to us “professionals...” actually it’s all a ruse, I just want @JBR LIFE Photography to divulge all that info so I can move to Hawaii and charge all of his customer $1 less and take all of his business.. its nice to see others focused on the whole production and not just one aspect, Aerial or photography.
  3. 2 points
    Hey guys! Really enjoying the videos and it's cool to see the skill progress over the course of the three page thread. @JBR LIFE Photography love how you're already incorporating the Mavic 2 Zoom dolly zoom into your work! Very nice! Here's one of my recent projects: For the hardware I'm using an Inspire 2 with the X5 and a GH5 on a Ronin-S for the interiors. This shoot was a bit challenging because the air here in Wyoming was very hazy because of the wildfires to our west. Also this property is still for sale if anyone has a spare $1.1M laying around. Anyway in the spirit of this thread, I'll throw a technique out there: I always choose the music first, lay down that track in FCPX, and use that to help shape the video. I get my music from AudioJungle; my clients have been very happy so far.
  4. 2 points
    Rich, I suspect that KAPF has an FAA contract Tower (FCT) rather than one that is manned by FAA employees. Seems that these towers are not in the LAANC program and it's hard to find information on what's coming next regarding these airports. But I would not assume that the Airmap tag about "coming soon" means very much. FAA at the moment is not prone to issuing airspace waivers as you suggested. That does not mean you shouldn't apply for it however. The problem comes in when you are looking to transition from one grid to another and the altitudes are different. FAA does not really want to hear that you will do this and that to mitigate risk. You're best shot is to apply for the lowest common denominator. If the adjoining grids show 100/200/300 AGL altitudes, then you would be best to apply for 90 AGL. I'm not saying you can't get more than that - just saying that might make it easier. If you get it you can always reapply for higher. I am constantly flying in 0 AGL grids, literally under approaches to my airport and I have never been denied yet. I typically get approval in less that 36 hours but I make it easy on them. If I really only need 75 AGL, that's what I ask for and get. Even though I'm smack under a few approaches, if a manned a/c was at 75 feet then he's going into the marsh and has much bigger problems.
  5. 2 points
    OK but me and Alisa get the Master suite...
  6. 2 points
    I think they're going through some growing pains. I called and left a V/M and never heard back. I then called again and spoke with someone who got our mailing address wrong and didn't inspire a lot of confidence in their company. I emailed their CEO who apologized and said they're planning to move everything to online booking. Hopefully that'll help.
  7. 1 point
    You do great work, and your explanation about the business is fairly typical. That’s the challenge, how to get realtors to value the media more. I don’t do property videos for a living, which is why I enjoy doing them, it’s more of an outlet to try and be creative. Having said that it doesn’t mean I want to be taken advantage of by a realtor who couldn’t market there way out of a wet paper bag. Since I do these so infrequently I can be kind of a jerk about it. One thing I do is insist that the property owner pays for my services not the realtor. Realtors hate that but it gives everyone the opportunity to discuss what we’re really trying to accomplish. The realtor usually comes around to my way of thinking because I make the point to the owner that they should pay for it becuase they own it. If they switch realtors they can still use it and if it sells it’s a great momento of their property. It gives the owner the opportunity to influence the video, what things are really a benifit of the property, not just the number of rooms and square footage. For me it’s good because usually we’re not so far off on price that worst case they split the cost. I’ve always believed that if I could get two or three realtors to work this way, that would probably keep me as busy as I’d like to be. They need to be experienced realtors but still the up-n-comers who are ambitious and looking for a way to win the listings. I generally charge $1k a day. Most properties can be shot in a day, this is a very different value proposition for the owner than the realtor. As long as you have a great demo reel spending $1K to have quality content market a $1.1M property is almost a no brainer. The problem is that the realtor thinks they are the value so they don’t think video or photography makes a diffence so its perfunctory, they spend as little as possible. So they want to make about $30k for driving the car to the open house...
  8. 1 point
    It’s next to impossible to make a profit when you do anything as a one-off, like a wedding or property video or event video. If the reason your being paid is because you have a drone you shouldn’t expect to make much. Weddings can be particularly difficult for lots of reasons, your service is competing for a limited amount of dollars in an event where everything is important, the flowers, catering, music, venue etc., so if you want a bigger piece of that you’d better provide a service that really stands out. There’s a whole wedding industry so obviously it can be done but if all you offer is Aerial then it needs to be better than anything anyone has ever seen. If your going to provide full service photography and videography then you need to either figure out a workflow where you can get in and out quickly and do more weddings or you need to develop a look or style that you can charge more for and that people want. Whichever you choose it takes quite a few productions to figure out where your value is. Also keep in mind that weddings are very important to Bridzilla, it’s a one shot deal and if you don’t deliver there can be hell to pay. So there’s a lot of responsibility. I agree with @Talon Six Aerial run away.
  9. 1 point
    Oh well. I don't think "freelance" anybodies are useful in times of emergencies and natural disasters. I've handled many in my 20 years in the airline industry. I handled plane crashes, a bombing at LGA, and many serious snowstorms. There was NEVER room for amateurs - I needed pros and thank God, we had them! Dont want me to get me started!.
  10. 1 point
    Nice video. not too long, not to short. Good job.
  11. 1 point
    Here's another, wrapped yesterday. I've been loving the challenge of a 1 minute property video, especially a luxury property. It's tough finding the balance between 'enough' and 'too much' content, but so far every client has been delighted with their product, so I think I'm on the right road. This moves quickly, with a few stalled out shots, and one of my favorite aerial entry shots to date Enjoy!
  12. 1 point
    So when I come to visit you on Maui one day, this is where Lana and I can stay?
  13. 1 point
    Aloha everyone, After being rained out of a property shoot in Makawao town, I decided to take a little time in the sunny valley to play with the M2Z a bit. My subject of interest was the old sugar mill, in Pu'unene, just off the highway south of Kahului. HC & S (Hawai'i Commercial & Sugar) operated on Maui for 134 years, until it's shut down in 2016. This was the last and largest producing sugarcane operation in the state of Hawai'i, providing jobs for over 650 employees. Today, the processing mill remains abandoned, with a few security personnel driving around in trucks and patrolling the area. There's still a lot of valuable equipment just sitting to rot in the grass and dirt, somewhat of a sad sight to see, but ultimately a relic in the making at this time. Mahalo for viewing, enjoy!
  14. 1 point
    Thank you! Here's another shot, in color.
  15. 1 point
    Another nice production. Oddly enough the shots of the kitchen seemed to stand out the most to me. I don't know if it was that I liked the style of the kitchen or how you shot it.. Was that the A7R on a gimbal? It looked a bit shaky but not so much that it was distracting, just not up to your standard. What and where did you get the music? I still owe you a PM, I've just been traveling a bit and Alisa is really busy, hopefully I can talk to her tonight.
  16. 1 point
    Once again it really depends on the problem your trying to solve. Each energy source has its "pros and cons." We use both battery and gas; you can't beat battery for just sheer horse power, with 12s and 27" props you could lift a horse. Battery's are heavy, take a while to charge an your not going to lift it for very long. We have a generator drone for long endurance but its huge, with 7 liters of fuel can fly about 2 hours at sea level and can lift a max of ten pounds with full fuel. The trouble with hydrogen, and I'm no expert here - my comments are a result of the little opportunity I've had to play with one, is that the way it separates protons from electrons it can't provide enough watts to power a drone that will lift much more than itself. For the types of missions we do and the payloads we carry we need approximately 4000 watts to hover, the most watts we could get out of the hydrogen drone we were "testing" was about 1200. So if you want a drone that can fly for a long time but not lift anything this would be the way to go. I'm sure it will improve. Also, the whole "its better for the environment thing," its on a drone, get over it already.
  17. 1 point
    Wow mesmerizing photo you got there! Nice!
  18. 1 point
    @Spitfire76 you make some good points but the margins for small photography and video production companies is generally pretty thin. It’s not about the cost of the drone or the 107, it’s an issue of focus. When the Canon 5dII started the HD DSLR movement a lot, and I mean a lot of photographers who were already using them started producing videos, and visa versa and quickly went out of business. Although the technology was the same and the infrastructure was similar, they are very different businesses. I agree that Aerial should be a good fit for an established photographer, but keep in mind that photography is very competitive and they can either create a look that differentiates them and they can charge more for their product, they can make slimmer margins on volume, or they can cut their expenses commensurate with revenue. I know a lot of people won’t agree with this but you have to really think about why such a high percentage of 107’s Can’t make a good living? Using a MAVIC or a Phantom, for example is antithetical to the success in every business model I used as an example. Your not going to be able to differentiate your work from the thousands of other people using them, they add enough complexity that they don’t fit the model for efficiency, and for the individual it adds unnecessary expense they are probably averse too. None of what I’m saying actually has anything to do with who manufactures the drone, it’s just the reality of all this. The people who are employing people, putting their kids in school and making a living using drones quickly pivoted away from the drone. I have a lot of friends who make a great living using a hammer, but they don’t make much because of the hammer. You can take a tool, a truck, a camera and build a business around it. But it is not the business.
  19. 1 point
    So exactly where are you planning on flying? There is roughly a five mile bubble around KPCS which falls under Class D airspace that will require either LAANC approval (if LAANC is active for that airspace) or a COA filed through Drone Zone (https://faadronezone.faa.gov/#/home). Richland (KRLD) is a non-towered airport so under 400 feet AGL you are effectively in Class G airspace in its vicinity. If you are operating close to KRLD's traffic pattern I would suggest contacting the airport manager by phone and work out a plan for you to operate safely with him/her or the Port Authority who manages the airport (Port of Benton - 509-375-3060 or John Haakenson at the same number). Personally, I would file a NOTAM for every flight to let other pilots operating in the airspace know where and when I was operating and at what altitude. FYI - Tri-Cities (KPCS) is a LAANC served airport). My final word is don't rely on an app as far as airspace information goes. The app is just a tool and nothing more. The app is just as likely to be wrong as it is right and is not a reliable source of information. That is why in this digital age, we still rely on sectional charts and that is why you were required to learn how to read one. That is THE official source for anything airspace related.
  20. 1 point
    Interesting, my proctor (who is president of a fixed/heli flight school) said she double checked and it is updated in the system electronically- there is no need to enter in your test # separately yourself in IACRA, just keep it on file (or take a photo for your phone) to show if prompted by FAA. Maybe it's more "official" for you guys as 61 pilots but that's what I heard as a drone-only pilot...
  21. 1 point
    Aloha gang! I'm back with another outside-the-box video project & happy to share it. This is a property listing video, using an on-camera interview approach to tell the story. I won't belabor the description with words, just let the video do the talking. Enjoy!
  22. 1 point
    Aloha all, I volunteer / serve Maui Search & Rescue as a ground-pounder and the drone team leader. We're looking at pre-search mapping options, so I gave the trial version of Drone Deploy a run yesterday afternoon during a training mission, specifically utilizing the live mapping function. Here's my input: As usual, the Drone Deploy platform was simple and easy to work. Drag your finger around the screen to create a flight area, set the altitude, hit go. Pretty straight forward. The real-time mapping function was awesome at first. Seeing it populate a map of the search area was exciting, as we could zoom and analyze data WHILE the drone was mapping the area. However, there was a stiff wind (around 18-20kts sustained, gusting to 25+kts), and the map was completely inaccurate. The drone could not go any slower than the wind speed on the down-wind runs, and fought hard to get more than about 6mph heading into the wind, which I suspect was the cause of the misaligned portions. For instance, the live map stretched and skewed the area, and showed broken driveways, roads, trails...sometimes to the point of about a 100ft variance. As you can imagine, this is not good for SAR missions, where properly reading the terrain is vital. Yes, we were able to find our missing subject (trash bag full of grass & leaves, wearing a shirt) in crazy short time using the aerial data, but I can see how inaccuracy could lead to trouble and unnecessary spending of resources in the field. I realize now, looking back, that perhaps I should've adjusted course heading to stretch perpendicular to the wind, so as to be able to achieve a fairly consistent flight speed throughout the mission (save for the turns at the ends of a run). I'll try again on a high wind day, but I can tell you now that this is a big fat flop, in terms of accuracy. Anyone have any other solutions for real-time mapping? I'm entertaining desktop solutions, which could be processed at basecamp, but in reality, I need something that I can see in real-time during a mission, as sometimes we're deploying drones in the middle of nowhere, far from base camp. Warmest Mahalo!
  23. 1 point
    Hi Paul. I am looking forward to putting in my list of services I will need in my business. If you can get your business model down pact you should look into being contracted with insurance agencies. Best of fortune!
  24. 1 point
    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
  25. 1 point
    You see, I'm no stranger to a baked potato so when I engage my core that's then the jello starts...