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    @Av8Chuck, Thanks for bringing this topic to the forum, it is an interesting discussion. I also agree that the Skydio 2 is not a game changer but it defiantly brings something fresh and exciting to what's currently on the market. The advanced obstacle avoidance on the Skydio 2 is the real game changer and it will be great for filmmaking applications, but I think inspections and other difficult work environment applications would be great for this drone. DJI drones have great obstacle avoidance systems, but sometimes I find their system to be too sensitive. There have been times where I just turned it off because the obstacle avoidance prevented me from getting a cool shot of flying through trees or really low to the ground. I was really interested in possibly purchasing a Skydio 2 because the price is so reasonable for what you get. However, the biggest downfall with the drone in my opinion is the 12 MP camera. I have a Phantom 4 Pro now and if I was to buy a new drone, I would want the camera resolution to be an upgrade. However, I think Skydio is on the right track and it will be exciting to see what the company does next. Best, - Chase
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    Good one. Guess I'll just cancel that contest I was going to run But, to chime in, I echo the sentiment about the obstacle avoidance being a "problem solver," particularly in urban environments and inspection use cases. Remeber the inspectors who crashed a drone into Millennium Tower (San Francisco) earlier this year?
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    Ok, back to those other homes I like to shoot...
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    There are times that you benifit from the property your shooting, they’re awesome, added to your video they look even better. This property, not so much but you still made it look great. Ok, it’s been a while — I hate you. Nice work.
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    If you can be a little patient you could probably get a good used M2Pro, or better yet you can get a Skydio2 for $995 and you’ll be the envy of everyone in the forum.. don’t stress or overthink learning to fly a multirotor, they’re very easy to fly.
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    Welcome to the forum. The Part107 knowledge test is reasonably easy, you can find a lot of study materials online for free. Having said that, the FAA asks questions in a really funky way and the DronePilot Ground School does a good job of preparing you for how the exam is given. It’s not all about the answers but how the question are asked. If you’ve never taken an FAA knowledge test this advice will sound a little wonky, but for those that have hopefully they can chime in and maybe explain it a bit better. If your considering a DJI you might want to consider a Mavic Mini, I have not flown one but I understand they fly like a MavicPro2. The camera shoots up to 2.7K plenty good enough for online video so you can learn an “aerial” workflow for much less.
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    This guy flying over crowded Manhattan streets and buildings. His channel has many other videos like this.
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    I used lights in just about every shot except the living room. The lights were a mix of a Dracast 1000, a FalconEyes SO-48, and smaller lights like the Aputure AL-F7 for accents. That was also the last job that I did with my GH5. Now that I'm on the A7iii I'm finding less need for additional lighting which is very nice. In fact I overlit my first A7iii job because I underestimated the dynamic range that camera is capable of!
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    I'm not surprised you knew that particular workaround. There always seems to be trade-offs.
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    Aloha Dave, Yes, this does work...it's really just a fast burst rate timelapse, which works out pretty nicely. Only problem is, as @Av8Chuck mentioned, it's a TON of extra work. For stills, I mostly use my a7iii. The 24mp images are much more storage friendly, and slide through LR pretty easily, whereas the monster 42mp files from the a7riii will run you out of space ASAP and make LR crawl. If you're serious about tossing between Sony & Panasonic, then I'd say Black Friday be damned, and you just rent one of each to try out. Save a couple hundred on a sale is cool, but spending a couple thousand and becoming unhappy is by far worse. Personally, I vote for more DR over bit depth. But that's just me.
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    I actually ditched the GH5 to go to the A7iii because of the lack of dynamic range. It’s not a problem on outdoors or indoors with lots of light, but in the mixed lighting situations we typically see in real estate, I was not getting great results. Admittedly, I miss the 10 bit color and 4K/60 Of the GH5 but with the ease in editing and dynamic range with the A7iii shooting in SLOG2, I have not looked back. Great timing for choosing either Sony or Panasonic as both are on sale for the shopping weekend!
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    I’ve done this with LightRoom and LRTimelapse, it works great but it’s a lot of extra work. I color correct 4K in resolve and it gets almost as much DR with much less effort. If your shooting stills it’s hard to beat the A7RIII, if your shooting 4K video it’s hard to beat the Panasonic GH5 with 10bit internal. The Sony A7RIV is a good hybrid with something like 65MP stills. I’m not sure if it has as high a burst rate as the A7RIII? Good luck.
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    With any quad copter you have 2 motor/props that rotate clockwise and 2 that rotate anti clockwise. I would first make sure that this is setup up correctly for that drone..
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    Thanks for chiming in @Av8Chuck and @Joey Ambrose — I think the confusion might be coming from a blog post we wrote a while ago: https://www.dronepilotgroundschool.com/ramp-checks/ It might feel a bit intimidating for a solo operator, but the reality is that as long as you're organized and have some basic checklists in place, you can always create stuff that's more robust if clients demand it longer term. Joey, great idea for a starter template, will add to our list
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    Hey Chad. @Av8Chuck is correct - there is no standard nor requirement to have a manual. You are correct - there is little out there to give you guidance (HINT @Isabella | UAV Coach and @Alan Perlman, maybe a future blog post or guide with a starter template?) Getting started I wouldn't spin your wheels on it. Put a good checklist in place that covers safety and procedures for equipment and operations. If and when you start working with bigger clients or government agencies, you may need something more robust. I put mine together because I needed a Safety Management System to get a waiver, and an operations manual was an easy way to do it. Bonus is it sets us apart as a professional aerial media company as I go for larger clients and contracts. I ONLY did it because I had to. I suggest you skip the paperwork and spend your time marketing and practicing your skills.
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    Hi @Adam G, I am going to echo what @Av8Chuck said. Hospital heliports are not controlled airspace, therefore you do not need permission from the hospital to fly there (you would need FAA authorization if the heliport happens to be within controlled airspace). Just to be clear, the FAA has sole jurisdiction over the National Airspace System and the overall operation of drones. The hospital has no legal authority to grant or deny your drone from flying in that region of airspace. Now they could ask that you not stand on their property and fly, which they have the right to do. The FAA authorized your operation, meaning they believed that your operation can be completed safely without a high risk of error based on numerous factors. As always, remain vigilant when flying and always yield to manned aircraft operations. I hope this helps! - Chase
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    Let this be a lesson to all that continually say you should inform everyone in your flights immediate area, now what do you do? It’s actually quite easy: It appears from your altitude restriction that you got a LAANC clearance or a clearance directly from the FAA. If that’s the case, fly the mission. The FAA took all of the obstacles, airspace, and air traffic into consideration when issuing the clearance which is the reason for the alt restriction. This is why you DO NOT ask for permission to fly from those NOT authorized to grant it.
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    What I’m pointing out is your assuming the drone is violating the rule from watching the video. It can be very deceptive viewing pictures or video especially from that altitude.
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    Why do you ask? I have no idea what the airspace is but for the sake of discussion let’s say that it’s class G. In Class G it’s not illegal to fly over buildings or cars with people in them as long as they’re not moving. From the altitude he is flying and the wide angle lens being used, there’s plenty of space to fly over buildings but appear to be over the street. If the UAV crosses over the street and there’s a break in traffic or it’s at a standstill, that would be legal as well. Is it legal, probably not. But in the US your innocent until “proven” guilty beyond a “reasonable” doubt. The impimentation of the Part107 rules is sufficiently vague enough it would be difficult to get a conviction. Im not defending these flights one way or the other, I’m just pointing out it might not be as illegal as it appears.