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  1. DJI’s products never seem to launch without a leak or two. But lately these leaks have gone from a few pieces of information here and there to full-on lists of specs and details about the product. And DJI’s forthcoming FPV drone is an example of this new normal—we first started hearing about it last summer in connection with a patent for a camera that looked like it could be made for an FPV drone, and since then the leaks have just kept coming. We've even gotten a glimpse of the actual product: So when will it actually launch? And why is it producing so much buzz? Read today's post to read everything we know so far about DJI's forthcoming FPV drone.
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  2. @Dave Pitman I love Danny MacAskill! I included that first video in one of our recent weekly roundups. The filming and the riding/stuntwork are just mindblowing.
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  3. We need a drone that can fly in 50 knots of wind and has enough fps, 120, at 4k ideally. We have yet to have our needs met and are hoping that the fpv pro version will be able to do so finally. Do you think this is wishful thinking in this version?
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  4. Is your crew doing close proximity cinema? One of my fav athletes (super humans) is Danny MacAskill. Some classy close proximity drone work (Andy Lawrence) in his last video for anyone interested.
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  5. It’s an overpriced piece of...? Not that I’m bitter and tired of competing with plastic toy drones.
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  6. Funny Chuck, before I got to your last paragraph, I was already thinking about how AirMap, and others, came up with a grand scheme, sucked in some like-minded VC $$, hired some lobbyists and went about fabricating a problem for which they would be paid to provide a solution. And, walah! the UTM idea was born. It's an amazing idea. Record all of the uas operation "meta data" in the entire country and store it. Then, if something goes wrong, the "recording" can be queried to try and find out what happened and who is responsible. The model has already been proven by the NSA. UTM aims to take it even further. At least with PRISM, all of the tax payers got to chip in. With UTM, a much smaller contingent has to pay for it. The FAA keeps harping on the need for UTM to enable mass BVLOS operation. But they don't want to discuss the novel idea that only those operating mass BVLOS, thus requiring some way to assign accountability, are the ones that need a plan and will need to pay for it. The problem for AirMap with this idea is that Boeing, Amazon, UPS, fill in the blank, will administer their own programs with no need of AirMap. AirMap needs those that cannot build the infrastructure on their own to pay them.
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  7. Hi! This is a collection of my videos from my first 3 months of flying with my FPV drone. Hope you enjoy it😃 Would be great to get some feedback from other FPV pilots.
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  8. It's a small scale classic Ponzi scheme. File reports at the FBI, FTC, Local Police and Ic3.gov. If everyone files they'll get this guy or guys. They need to pay for this crime.
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  9. Thanks for the compliment @AncientAirship! I just realized I've been negligent and have not posted any of my work for months. Lemme rectify that: Anyway, to answer your question local market demands should somewhat drive where you spend your creative energy. There are never enough motion VFX artists to go around, so that is certainly something that is a worthwhile skill to have. My real estate clients generally don't know what they want in terms of VFX and motion graphics. There are a handful who are super concerned about their own personal branding, but beyond that as long as I communicate the rough specs of the property they have been happy. On the VFX side I routinely do some light VFX with steam, sun rays, and cleaning up skies (lots of wildfires out here). For example in the video above - sun through the trees, skies over the deck, steam over bathtub: all VFX. Here's another commercial property video that's all drone (M2P) and incorporates a lot of motion text elements to communicate the property highlights: Cheers! - Matt
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  10. I'm new to the forum but spent quite a while going through all the posts in this thread and it's been really interesting seeing everyone's skills and techniques improve over the last couple years. @JBR LIFE Photography, your work and @Av8Chuck and @Talon Six Aerial are all consistently high quality so I feel you know the industry quite well. Since this thread is about the future too, what do you (and any others active in this thread) think is going to be next? I live in downtown Chicago so clearly the scene is very different from Maui (most shots are of a specific condo or commercial building rather than a single home), but drones are already a norm, virtual tours seem to be everywhere... what's next? For example, I haven't been in the game too long, but I've already noticed an increase in requests for motion tracking and random VFX cleaning up videos; requests like having floating text that's revealed behind a building, or removing objects from footage to make it look cleaner. Here's an example of what I'm talking about (footage is not mine, just the VFX): I'm curious where I should be focusing my professional development as I seem to be getting increasing real estate work. What VFX and motion graphics are people interested in for these videos? I know a large skyscraper is going to have a larger budget than a normal homeowner, but I suspect homes in the multi millions are likely to have some wiggle room in their budget as well. Side note: I'm excited to be part of the forum! Apologies for writing a book and definitely let me know if I inadvertently violate any rules (for example is it normal to call out posters directly or is fine to assume most active members are following the topic?). I had a lot of fun reading through the thread.
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  11. Flying since early August. No complex missions yet until I get used to more simpler ones but been getting steady jobs.
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  12. Each autumn and spring one can see an exciting phenomenon here, as the fish try to clear the rapid by jumping over it. About 300 years ago, Jacob, the Duke of Courland, invented a way to catch with baskets placed along the rapid the fish that came upstream to breed and jumped across the rapid. Due to these fishing devices invented by Duke Jacob, Kuldīga used to be called to be a town where you can catch salmon in the air. One could catch as many as 80—100 salmon a day.
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  13. The interesting parallel I thought of was the Xray I had taken this week. That photograph was taken by someone unqualified to render a decision or diagnosis. She was only there to collect data for the expert. When I am actually surveying or measuring anything? And what about photos from the ground of a building? How is THAT different?
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  14. If the drone operator is providing a ground surface file which elevation contours can be derived from, the operator should be a licensed drone pilot (FAA Part 107) and a licensed surveyor in most states. If you are just taking photos for Real Estate presentations, you should be FAA Part 107 licensed but should not need to be a licensed surveyor. I am a FAA Part 107 pilot and a licensed surveyor in many states, including Michigan. I don't make up the rules but must abide by them. The creation of ground surface files using a drone is not a simple matter and when done incorrectly can have costly impacts to the client, adjacent land owners and the general public. I believe the rules need to be clarified to make a distinction between Drone surveying applications and Drone photography.
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  15. We don't do any cinema. I worked in the entertainment industry for about 20 years developing tech for digital film effects. We sold the Software we developed to Apple in 2002 and I called it a day. That guy is insane. Having said that, I really enjoy watching Danny MacAskill. It's so great to watch someone who's so talented but so gracious and so humble. While watching the first video I couldn't help thinking one mistake and his career, if not his life could be over in the blink of an eye. It was interesting hearing in the behind the scene video that his crew felt the same way and there were moments they couldn't watch. All of those guys are talented but I think the FPV cinematography kind of detracts from his performance. Too many sweeping arcs and flyby's. In the ski video the camera guy kept all the attention on the skier. Both are really talented but I really wanted to see the drone follow Danny on some of the more technical transitions down the slab. Both of these videos are great. But the other difference I think worth mentioning is that Danny was risking his life and to a much lesser degree the lives of his crew but that was their choice. As talented as the skier and camera operator are, they were endangering the lives of some really inexperienced skiers that came very close to getting hit. At the speed he was traveling there would have been serious injury. No matter how talented these guys are they're risking a lot to produce YouTube videos.
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  16. A very interesting development. A demonstration of a UAV navigating using internal maps and AI when GPS fails. I think this could be a huge development. https://www.timesofisrael.com/in-first-delivery-drone-gets-to-destination-in-israel-without-gps-signal/
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  17. You guys are all a bunch of drone industry geeks
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  18. Hi @Zacc Dukowitz no worries, anything I can do to help. Regarding the UTM, we now have two CRADA's with the Navy and our principle investigator is also part of the NASA committee for UTM so I've heard a lot about what works and what doesn't. Interestingly, as I've heard some of this Patrick Eagan has reported on the same issues. Not exactly the same way that I hear it but he must also know someone who is a part of the UTM testing. You know the expression "Follow the Money." There's a lot being said about UTM but there was very little public debate on was it necessary in the first place. It was all attributed to "safety" which pretty much quelled any rational debate. I mean, who would be against safety? When you look back on what I call "The Summer of 2017" when the FAA issued "guidelines" of how they "literally" control everything from the grass in your backyard to FL65 which meant that you couldn't fly in your own backyard, not even a kite. Then they had to issue more guidelines defining a kite and how it wasn't included. Really? Not that these laws mean anything, but its against the law for the FAA to regulate commerce, so if you follow the money are they breaking any laws if they turn to a "Public/Private partnership" (The three blue blocks in your diagram) to accomplish this for them? I would argue that it is but I'm not an attorney. I would also argue that's it a conflict of interest if any of the money collected for user fees as part of the UTM could not be used to fund any part of the FAA. People justify drone registration because its only $5, that's to the registrant. The FAA has taken in almost $9M. Where did that money go and where is it being spent? How is the FAA being held accountable for such a sizable amount of money. How much is UTM going to cost to deploy? Who decided it was necessary? Why do we need LAANC? Who, if anyone, made the case for UTM? Everyone who has a financial stake in its development that's who, but the statistics don't warrant it.
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  19. Confirming that AirMap deleted that post after it created a lot of backlash for them. @Dave Pitman you're right, I think that was definitely them slipping up and stating their true mission. @Av8Chuck, had no idea NASA's UTM testing was so shaky. Can you share some links to where you read/heard about that? Would be curious to read up on it. Dave did a good job a while back checking me when I was writing about UTM and really just adopting an industry perspective without thinking about how its rollout could impact drone service providers/individual operators (hobbyists too, for that matter). Hope I'm doing a better job now—I want to write 'the facts' (what the FAA/industry reps are saying and what it seems like is happening on the testing front) but I'm trying to do better at considering whom will be impacted and what that impact might look like. Thanks for keeping me honest Dave and Chuck, know I can always count on you to share your frank thoughts.
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  20. I think the biggest hurdles are airspace and safety. The worlds airspace is so busy without throwing in new flying machines at low altitude, bad weather and [at least for now] who will fly them and how will it be regulated - will you need a pilot licence or will they introduce some new licence? Uber definitely bit off more than it could chew with their predictions, after all it is flying, even if it's based off a multi-copter design. In fact as everyone knows the multi-copter is inherently unstable and needs some nifty electronics to not fall out of the sky - now go put people in them . Obviously Airbus should be at the forefront of building a flying machine and how its integrates with current regulations/airspace, but this is certainly a new sector and will be difficult to predict progression without putting in the test flights first.
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  21. Hi Zacc, I think it is a well written summary of the current state of things, well done!
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  22. Oops, sorry. Just when I thought I was done... I realize that people generally don't agree with this, but HOBBYISTS ARE NOT DRIVING THE COMMERCIAL ADOPTION OF DRONES PERIOD! I know that people want to believe in the easy button and cheap but that's not the way markets grow. It has nothing to do with who has the best mousetrap, and everything to do with peoples eversion to the cheese. If anyone's really interested you should read Crossing the Chasm by Geoffrey Moore. Its an oldie but a goody that explains the technology adoption life cycle and the hobbyists or techies role in market development. I realize that all of those Facebook geniuses think its different now but its not.
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  23. If your phone is not connecting to the app even though you are able to connect to the drone Wi-Fi, turn off the mobile data on the phone. Then reopen and reconnect and it will work.
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  24. So very cool! I grew up on a farm in Iowa. I have some cool stuff of the farm I grew up on - my uncle farms it now. Here's one I did of some silage harvest last year. I have a few more in the can too...just have to find the time to edit.
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  25. For those who want to move on and salvage what you can I have a few suggestions. Take an inventory of: Everyone who paid and what did you get, drone, website, training etc.. Anyone who paid and got nothing? Has anyone received a partial or full refund? Does anyone know how many "licensee's" there are? Is there a list? All of those who became part of DronesForce should exchange contact information. As @Patricio has started to do, everyone should exchange or post your URL [if you received one] and what was your "territory". In the commercial drone market your not likely going to be competitors. There's probably safety in numbers when it comes to sorting out what happened but more importantly in helping each other get started. I would also recommend that you segregate the issues of getting your money back versus deciding what you want to do next. Obviously you want to share as much information as possible and do all you can to recover your investment but Online that will turn into a presidential election. For those that are going through this if you received the hardware [and hopefully the website] then you can consider this an expensive education but you might still get some value from this and help the others that were screwed out of everything. There's no reason that you can't all work together to form a "Coalition" and pick up where DronesForce left off. Not saying it will be easy or ideal but it might be manageable if you work together. Try not to point the fingers at one another, don't be a victim.
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  26. I’m convinced Steven Marsh in this thread is Alex Larson Also, Arwin at Memphisuav is Alex +1 (901) 531-9799. He's going to talk in a southern accent but listen closely and you'll hear Alex. This is also true of Chris P from www.vancouver-aerial.com. +1 (778) 655-8540. He’ll talk with a Canadian accent but he’s also Alex. And finally, Eric P from Alburquerque DukeCityAerial.com +1 (505) 605-6945. I recorded all my conversations when talking with anyone related to Drones Force. I didn’t record these conversations because I was suspicious. I did it so I could review my notes when putting together a business plan. The weekend before I was going to send my $20k, I reviewed all my conversations in one sitting. That’s when it became clear to me that Alex was posing to be all these partners. I didn’t notice at first when I had these initial conversations because a week or two would pass before I had my next conversation. However, when you listen to these conversations back to back to back, it’s quite obvious that Alex is everyone. Even the so called other employees in the office. This for me was the last straw. I’m so glad I recorded these conversations. I had a lot of other concerns and saw many other red flags that moving forward was not going to be a option for me. I hope some of this information is helpful. Good luck moving forward.
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  27. Hi Guys, @JBR LIFE PhotographyI love the use of rain and people. Most of the realtors in my area discourage using people in their videos. I think people want to see people, helps them visualize what they might look like in that home and makes the property video a little more about lifestyle than cabinets.. @AncientAirship thanks for viewing and noticing the improvement in everyone's techniques (accept @JBR LIFE Photography) You know I couldn't pass that up.. Jonathon is a great example of how much of what he does today would have been considered "VFX" work just four years ago. The use of graphics, syncing to music, great photography, using cinematic moves of the camera, aerial, color grading etc.. All done with a great deal of thought on what message is being conveyed about a property. Most realtors four years ago would have said that wasn't necessary, today many require it. That's what creative leadership looks like. Its taken a while but everyone on this thread has done an outstanding job of helping each other improve, demonstrated by @AncientAirship's comments. So welcome to the community, hopefully you'll get as much out of participating as I have. That's enough Mr. Nice Guy, you know I must want something... I haven't posted here in such a long time because I haven't shot any property videos but that doesn't mean that I haven't had fun with video. Here are three of my latest. I think I may have posted one of them on this forum but nobody watched it. WTF? All of these videos use the same techniques that I use on property videos.
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  28. Aloha gang! It's time for some more visual storytelling! This video I'm sharing today marks the last project I shot on the a7iii/a7Riii combo. (upgraded to a pair of a7Siii's). The aerial star of the day was the Autel Evo II Pro. I gotta say, the more I use it, the more I love it, although it has a few kinks to be worked out. This home was on the market with another agent for over a year, with no movement, and barely any traffic. The agent who picked up the listing is a dreamer and visionary who definitely thinks outside the box. In fact, I'm not convinced she even believes there is actually a box, and I love that about her. After hearing the client's vision ideas & concepts, and reviewing the old listing imagery & video, I sat down to write up a storyboard. As I'd hoped, it was a 'go' on first draft, although once on-site there were a couple minor story adjustments. But for the most part, what I wrote is what you'll see in the video. Sound design was definitely inspired by @Talon Six Aerial, as I learn a ton from him about that.
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  29. DDD I can not speak to others and how they feel, only myself and my past experience with being in business. There are some "Back Room" process they take care of that I will not have to worry about until I am up and running, if I choose to. Such as data storage, editing of video, and an app they created for people to order services as well as the website. Also, I have never paid only $500 for a website, by the time it is done I have spent anywhere from $1500 - $3000. I do not produce website myself and I do understand that once you have the template the rest is simple. However, even if I had $14k remaining, I can easily spend that in business if I don't know what I am doing, with Drones Force, and frankly they other licensee's I have an amazing network of help, including this website. That is probably the main issue for me is the support of an organization that wants me to be successful. I have in the past gone into business and the people telling me they would support me only to discover that once I started to get successful they started viewing me as a competitor and no longer saw themselves as a mentor. I know there are a lot of great people out there to help, but I do not know who the good ones are and who the bad ones are so who do you trust? I have already invested and I do hope that I get my money worth and would be a little defensive now if someone told me I was an idiot or over paid for the service, that is human nature. Everyone has their reason for stepping up and paying and then there are those who have their reason for not stepping up. Usually it is past experience that dictates whether you do something or not. Ultimatley you have to go with your gut, buying something is always an emotional decission, no matter how much your brain tells you anything different...but I also drive a Raptor and a Challenger, so I might not be the best one to ask when it comes to buying things, ha ha.
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  30. I'm hoping they include 3rd Party App connections like the Mavic 2 has. All of the recent products don't have access to 3rd party apps from my understanding, which is a shame with you want to delve in photography and other industries. And would they include the Mavic 3 with the Go4 app, or try to incorporate it into the Fly app. Any thoughts?
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  31. All the most useful settings in DJI fly app. It is meant not only for beginners, as it can also help users coming from other drones to find their way around the new layout.
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  32. Hi Everyone! For any Part 107 renewal questions, feel free to check out this article: https://www.dronepilotgroundschool.com/recurrent-knowledge-test-part-107/ Please let us know if you have any questions! Best, Chase
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  33. That's hilarious. Thank you for that. The Board of Registration of Engineers and Land Surveyors IS the authority that defines what Surveying is. So they are the authority on what is and is not a survey. Like I said earlier, It sounds like sour grapes, if you want to by a drone and then provide work products that require a license, get the license, or change the law. Suing the board for not allowing competition is comical on its face, and the argument that their work product is Free Speech is almost more ridiculous. I could say... where does some standard committee get off telling people that if I drive a car I am somehow required to be licensed? I am perfectly able to drive and don't need big government stopping me. Sounds to me like the person in the article is trying to do just that, change the law. I just would not have thought to get a lawyer and sue the board for a wild charge, I would have contacted the board directly.
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  34. You can complain about how its unfair and why can't I do what I want, and how government can't tell me what to do, all you want, even argue taking pictures is free speech (I think that's their #2 argument). BUT Its simple you have three choices: 1. Stop violating the law 2. Change the law 3. Obtain a Land Surveyors' License. (mic drop)
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  35. Even providing surface files from which any spatial data can be derived is not land surveying. Plenty of publicly available data from the USGS, online, for example.
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  36. hello everyone, I am interested in drone fishing, and thats my only purpose, I am not camera savvy or into sight-seeing. Only purpose for drone is to drop the bait in the sea, so if anyone can suggest cheap drone with good range I would appreciate it. I am not interested in bait drop atm. I have already considered phantom 3 standard which has 1 KM range, if there are any drones in the market which can go the same distance I would be interested in it. I am from Australia
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  37. Hi @Fabrizio Musso, there aren't too many DIYrs on this forum, I'd suggest checking out RCGroups.com. Your more likely to find someone who can help you there. It's nice to see people are still building their own drones. A great way to start.
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  38. I appreciate the fast reply. Luckily I have a good place to practice and I understand the basic rules (common sense) I just wanted to make sure I'm not breaking any laws. Thanks again.
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  39. I'm in Citrus Heights, CA, just outside of Sacramento. Nearest airport is KMHR (Mather) and a hospital less than a half a mile from me. I did manage to obtain a permit in Roseville, CA. Paid $5 to fly in 3 parks for a year. Happy New Year and stay safe, Keith
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  40. Honestly, my music industry work kept me focused on getting this in order for my drone work product. I’d love to see courses that delve into some of the legal hurdles we face-too much lack of knowledge and good information out here. Happy New Year to you, too!
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  41. Only a few aerial shots. I used a Mavic2Pro but screwed up the settings. My fault but it would have been nice to know before downloading the footage.
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  42. Good morning, We would be happy to help you beta test your drone. We have experienced part 107 pilots that are also private pilots. The area we could test it in is emergency services. We currently fly the M 200s, Mavic dual 2 enterprise among other UAVs. Thanks in advance, Wayne Bailey Chief Pilot Blue Ridge Mountain Drones Asheville North Carolina 828-275-4566
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  43. Aloha @AncientAirship, and welcome to the group! Thank you for the kind words towards the work I've shared here, that's very much appreciated. Your work looks solid to me, although I don't use too many VFX, aside from some of those already mentioned...a little steam, some tracking videos on a movie projector screen, and so on. I'm in agreement with @Talon Six Aerial in that your area market trends mostly dictate the services you'll care to bother offering. Sometimes you have to launch an education campaign to create an understanding of what is available and why someone should want it. It's a long row to hoe, but doable, as both Matt and myself have experienced this method first-hand. I think that if you enjoy shooting video, or enjoy the idea of learning to shoot video, it'll behoove you to get started on that craft asap. It's one thing to build some VFX around a shot. To build a shot around your intended VFX is an elevated level of production in both quality and value, and will only free up more of your creativity. -Jonathon
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  44. The Mavic Mini has FlySafe and is restricted by geo fencing, I live on a military base and can't even fly it in my own house due to this, as in I can not physically take off due to the GPS signal in the house. So you can't just fly it whereever you want, and you can't turn this off at all, there is no manual ATTI mode. There is a tinfoil hack, but you lose stability without GPS. As far as Part 107 licensing in order to profit from using the mini you would still be required to get licensed, just not have to register it with the FAA. I have been researching Part 107 licensing and one site specifically talked about the mini and the ability to use it for photography and making money.
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  45. From base jumpers to parkour athletes, to dives inside an abandoned power plant, the first run of the Boston Drone Film Festival (BOSDFF) was nothing short of exhilarating. We share the Grand Prize Winner’s video and other category winners in today's post: The Best Drone Videos and Photos from the First Boston Drone Film Festival — From Extreme Sports to Extravagant Landscapes Check out the winners and get inspired. Which photo or video from the Boston Drone Film Festival was your favorite or inspired you most? Let us know in the comments below.
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  46. Its expensive man! And will the drone corrode even if I fly it high above the sea level? Does anyone has idea on MJX B3 BUGS 3?
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  47. Aloha community! I'm new to the forum, but not to UAV Coach, and wanted to jump in on this thread. Since I primarily shoot real estate, seemed like the perfect first post spot. Thanks for sharing these videos, Av8Chuck. The work is solid, and very pleasing to watch. I like that you break up the shots between wide and tight, which is vital to create an attractive real estate video that doesn't put the audience to sleep. As for the matterport camera talk, I own one and use it on the island (Maui). I've even folded the 3D tour model footage into video projects, and no one has yet to tell the difference. In fact, when they see the movement in 3D space, they usually LOVE it! Regarding profitability in shooting real estate, I'll be the first to say it's a long row to hoe. Realtors are notoriously considered to be cheap when it comes to marketing expenses, and they're programmed to try negotiating. Stick to your pricing, don't take every job that comes along, and keep producing this beautiful work and you'll do well. It just takes a little bit of time. Warmest Mahalo for sharing!
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