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  1. Pricing, to a very large extent, will depend on the price of the properties you're shooting. A real estate agent will be a lot more likely to spend marketing money on a multi million dollar estate than a $250 K tract home. If you're just starting out I'd suggest speaking to one or more local agents - preferably agents who specialize in large, high end properties. I find that I get a lot more requests for still images than video because the websites local agents use most, the MLS & realtor.com, do not host video, though that may be different in your area. It's also important for you to understand what advantages aerial photography brings to real estate marketing. Basically there's no reason to do aerials for an unassuming Cape Cod on a a quarter acre lot. I'm attaching conventional and aerial pictures of a nice colonial I shot last fall that, I think, show the advantage of aerial photography. Having said all that I'll tell you that I charge $250 for aerial still photography, $150 if I'm also doing conventional photography as I save travel time.I charge by the day for video work. $400 for a half day, $750 for a full day. Post production is much harder for video, at least for me. I wish I could charge more, but I think I'm pretty close to what the market will bear.
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  2. It's been a long time coming, but we're happy to announce that we've received our FAA Section 333 exemption. Our team patiently waited 6 months and 2 days for our Section 333 Exemption (and Blanket COA) from the FAA. We received it and are now cleared to operate commercially! Is it a perfect process? No. Is it the only door the FAA has given us to comply here in the US? Yep, sure is. While I’m proud to be one of 4000 companies who have successfully navigate this process, I’ll be even more proud when cleaner sUAS rules are put into place." In case you're interested in the guidelines I need to follow to comply with the Exemption and COA requirements, attached are links to my approved paperwork. Makalu-Ventures-LLC-15443.pdf Approved UAS for Publication (3-4-2016).pdf 200 COA Effective 7-1-2015.pdf
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  3. We want to thank everyone for being apart of our community and for entering our DJI Mavic Mini giveaway! The winner will be announced on Saturday, February 29th here on the forum and in our weekly newsletter that goes out every week on Saturday morning. Looking for a new drone? Well, our friends over at DJI have given us a brand new DJI Mavic Mini to give away to our UAV Coach community! The Mavic Mini is a great starter drone that combines everything we love about some of DJI's best drones into a small, but powerful package. Click here to learn more about the DJI Mavic Mini. How to enter: Comment here sharing what you plan to do with the Mavic Mini if you are selected as the winner. Will you fly for fun, business, or both? We wish you all the best of luck and look forward to reading your responses! Deadline: 02/27/2020, 12:00 p.m. EST How it works: Everyone who comments on the post in our community forum from now until Thursday, February 27 at noon EST will be given one entry in the raffle. After the window for commenting closes, we’ll do a drawing and randomly select a winner. The winner will be announced in our weekly newsletter on Saturday, February 29. Note: The raffle is open only to those who reside in the U.S. or Canada. Each individual gets one entry in the raffle. Multiple comments will not equal multiple entries. Blue skies and safe flying!
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  4. Couldn't resist grabbing a pano the other day on my way home. I never tire of this scene, and conditions were just right for it. Enjoy!
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  5. Hi guys! Short film of an abandoned factory explore - used the drone inside for a few shots along with the train-yard stuff. Thanks for watching!
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  6. I'd like to respond to Joe3223 re the challenges of running a UAS Business.... .....It was supposed to be the greatest thing since the light bulb. I was going to get slammed with business, it was....."a website". However, strictly speaking only for myself, in my experience I'm finding that no matter how sophisticated your web site or clever your SEO expert is, at the end of the day it cannot make personal contact of any kind, provide true traditional customer service or prospect for new business. Unless one thoroughly understands html codes, web crawling, SEO, directory listings and etc., one will always be held hostage by an I. T. employee, notwithstanding the fact, that unless the service one hires is completely trustworthy, there seems to be no way to vet the info they are submitting re the site analytics and performance....it's all in cyberspace and if it's not working out....there's always some cyber rhetoric as to why. For the record, my site does locally occupy the number one google listing slot. And the web team that works on it has impeccable credentials. According to Google analytics we got a 1000 hits last month (August). But no calls. Not one. We can discuss cosmetics, content, SEO and the like but its becoming abundantly clear to me, that "Old School" prospecting and personal contact is the most formidable way to capture new business. Every client we have landed thus far I have literally gone out to a construction site (on a Sunday), shot aerial footage, put together a report consisting of both video and stills, researched how to contact the upper level management of the construction company and sent said report (via drop box) to any exec that may be connected to the project with follow ups until I get some kind of a response, to include going back to the site to find the project manager and follow up or gain more insight as to how to land this elephant. Now that approach can be dangerous. When I go out on a prospecting Safari if you can bag the elephant you can eat for quite some time but sometimes it can land on you when it falls. As in the case of the prospect responding positively but needing a service I can't provide like 3D imaging or thermal searches. Nothing feels worse then having to retreat locked and loaded, knowing the elephant is right there for your best shot. Yes, the "Old School" way is labor intensive and the research can be tedious but the results have been undeniable (for us). In my humble opinion, web sites are a great advertising vehicle but the car can't drive itself. I had to personally put the wrench work in and drive it to the finish line myself. Being "Old School", business 101 always dictated that businesses succeed by employing principles that have proven successful over the test of time. I haven't seen a web site that can take the place of personal contact, prospecting or servicing. If Joe3223 or anyone out there can share some insight and help me cast off my ignorance re the above, I sure would like to hear from ya....I'd certainly appreciate a better way to work smarter and not harder....
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  7. Hi all, just got a written response back from Drone Base, with their permission to publish. See below! -- 1. We completely understand the concerns of the "potential" to get paid on Pano Missions. This is a new business model and we're working with customers up and down the real estate stack (agent/broker, owners, and data services companies). We've had some tremendous success so far in the first month of launch with thousands of Panos being completed with hundreds of distinct pilots getting paid. We're getting very creative in our sales + marketing channels and on the other side of the coin, how and what we're offering. Prices have varied bc it can come down to a quick negotiation of the assets. End of day, we'd rather the pilot get something vs nothing if we stick to a price point and the buyer is unwilling to budge. But then again, I'm also seeing some local pilots on Thumbtack or other drone marketplaces selling full shot lists and editing for $75-100 flat rates. Its definitely a fast moving industry, especially in the real estate vertical. Our pilots on average are taking about 10-15 min of flight time to complete these Pano Missions. No heavy editing required. 2. A lot of our pilots only want Client Missions (the ones that have guaranteed payments). For now, we only notify pilots about Client Missions when they are geo-located close to the property. So a pilot won't see any Client Missions until they get the notification. Trust us, we wish our map was full of client missions vs pano missions. This leads me to #3 below: 3. We recently were invited to our investor DJI Airworks Enterprise event last week, and the overarching theme was a focus on 2017 and if/when the large enterprise customers will finally deploy drones and/or have a need for a national service partner. These large enterprises have assets all over the country/world and can usually be performed on spec (ex. cell towers, etc). It'll be interesting to see if these enterprise customers will deploy because the drones & outputs/analytics must be magnitudes better vs business-as-usual (sending a person in a bucket truck up for inspection or on a roof for an insurance claim). Magnitudes better can mean a number of things from being cheaper, better data, safer, etc. 4. For privacy, the drone actually isn't circling their property or supposed to be even over the property. We understand pilots concerns and get that some may not want to fly. That's totally fine and there are no costs to be on our platform. We have our FAQ and video that explains that you are shooting in front of the property, on public ground. For this particular poster, we've actually had a ton of traction in the LA area. We obviously stay off the forums as much as possible, but we completely know that this is probably one of the biggest concerns. We've talked with DJI about our biz model and they are very excited that someone like us, is building out a platform for pilots. We put a lot of thought into this, and we know we're not privacy experts at the local level. Thats why we try and be as transparent in our FAQ about 1) following FAA guidelines and 2) local laws, etc. We firmly believe in safety as our number one operating principle and there are thousands of pilots that have done both Client and Pano missions who an speak highly of us. 5. Also for privacy, even when pilots do have approval to shoot a property, we've seen issues with peripheral properties being in frame that never provide permission. Its just the nature of photography in general. We're not asking for pilots to fly over peoples homes for Pano Missions. Hence, front of property, and then back off to take the Pano. We also mention the idea of Google Street View. These google cars are taking 360 images of cities + streets. We liken it to this. There is no permission because its not needed. Imagine if a family is walking down the street, pulls out their iphone to take a "kodak moment" picture, but has to ask permission of surrounding business or homes because the are in frame. 6. We also understand there is a large public perception of drones and how a few rogue pilots can ruin it for the industry. We're trying our best to continually update our data and remove panos that have bad addresses. Sometimes, we get pilots emailing us that properties are off market now. Thats fine, but we're also selling off market data to data services companies. We're seeing pilots actually email us with new properties that aren't on our map, so that's been pretty amazing. 7. Having DJI as a 2x investor in us has been amazing and we're pushing for more stuff with them that will trickle down into the pilots on our platform. Again, our platform and business model is continually evolving and thats just the nature of the game in startup land. We're a small and nimble team and we're continually trying to improve both the pilot and customer experience.
    6 points
  8. Here's a link to the PXL Media Studios real estate video show reel -
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  9. Recently got back from a short trip to Miami Beach with my family. Woke up at sunrise on our last morning there to sneak in some drone flying at South Pointe Park. Feedback, particularly when it comes to the color grading, is welcome!
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  10. All that single shot orthomosaic tells the farmer is where the in-field variablility is on that day, but not what causes it. And unless you are calibrating for reflectance, you won’t be able to confidently compare orthos between two dates. Unless you are a trained agronomist, and/or have scientific training in crop sciences, geography, remote sensing or related - or can partner up as a data collector for an outfit that can do the required analysis - your service (and value to the grower) stops after data collection, since you’re not qualified to provide Rxs (what multitude of soil and other factors are creating that in-field variability? You certainly can’t tell from a single orthomosaic captured on one day and the farmers know that). There are many agronomic service companies that could benefit from quality reflectance maps, but your role would be a service provider to them, not directly to the grower.
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  11. One of the best uses of drone photo/video of residential properties for sale is the use of Point-of-Interest and Reveal videos which highlight the houses AND the surrounding area of land. There are many more, of course. Here is an example of what I mean: Regards, Jay Burnham North Shore Drone Services
    5 points
  12. Hello my name is Paul Glidden. I live in New Hampshire, USA I have been flying quadcopters / drones for little over a year now and love flying them! I have been into r/c hobby for over 25 years racing 1/10 scale cars and trucks since I was a kid and always done most of my own repairs. I started a drone repair business on the side in May, because of the long wait times me and my friends were having to get their drone repaired by the company they bought it from, for the mostly non-warranty repairs. I don't have a website yet, but plan on setting up something in the next few weeks. I do all repairs to all types of drones. From the small micro quadcopters to the larger type like DJI phantoms, 3DR, Walkera,etc. I also do modifications, antenna upgrades, FPV, to custom jobs. If you are in the northeast USA and need repair work done or just want to ask a question contact me on my Craigslist ad or email me directly. Here is my link to my ad. Please let me know what you think? Any advise on what else to put in ad would be appreciated. Thanks https://nh.craigslist.org/ele/5374364565.html My email. tazzmech1@aol.com
    5 points
  13. Had a winter storm come through overnight and give us just a bit of wet snow and some dramatic morning skies. Still getting the hang of working with raw images from my P4Pro, but it sure is fun!
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  14. We had a mission in downtown Los Angeles and I thought I'd share some stills.
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  15. Uploading these really changes the color.
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  16. We flew two missions last year in Coastal Trident, a law enforcement exercise to test port security for homeland defense. The first is a bomb on a boat and our ability to detect and pursue. The second was integrating one of our drones into first responders command and control and detecting nuclear material on a large ship. Both missions were successful.
    5 points
  17. Another untouched resource (and a tax deduction) is to do 2D/3D/short video of churches. You can look up churches in your area and also the state church/conventions/synods/county associations, etc. Send them several samples of your work (screen shots of a 2D/3D, close ups of church roof damage, asphalt parking lots, gutters, etc. and then charge a ridiculous amount ($80-$120) and when you send them the invoice show the going rate of what you normally charge (our case was $485) and then show the cost to them ($120) and take the difference as a donation/benevolence deduction. At 10 churches per county (and depending on where you are you can get 10 - 30 churches per county [sometimes per city]), @ $120 per job, for 80 counties = $96,000. So there is business out and about. You just need to find your niche.
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  18. A smidgen is 10 smirchs, a smirch is 10 tads, A tad is 10 frog hairs. Haven't you ever hear of the hillbilly metric system?
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  19. Loved this post from Flight Evolved: http://flight-evolved.com/search-and-rescue-drones/ Excerpt: There are several things that make a search and rescue job different from the industrial inspection, mapping, and videography jobs we normally do. In our discussions we came up with three UAV types that should be considered for search and rescue drone operations. We ranked each platform on a set of characteristics that we consider the vital considerations for search and rescue drones.
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  20. Hey guys, I thought I might chime in here. I'm a land surveyor in Idaho, USA, and hold a degree in Geomatics. I am in the process of starting a UAS Department for my current employer which is a Land Surveying, Engineering, and Landscape Architecture firm. My goal is to provide UAS ground data that a licensed land surveyor will feel comfortable signing and stamping. This is the final goal for many of you looking to provide "survey grade" ground data. But, let me tell you, its not as easy as just using centimeter grade GPS or a 1 second Total stations to set GCP's. A huge part of our job is to go collect ground data that will eventually be used to create a Existing Grade (EG) surface for engineers to use as their base surface to design from. Its the surveyors job to ensure that the ground data is accurate and precise (there is a difference). Think of it as shooting arrows at a target. Precisions is when all of your arrows are in a tight cluster, good grouping, but the grouping is a foot from the center of the target. Accuracy is when the grouping is tight & hitting the center of the target. That's what you're looking for or else a surveyor will not sign it, thus not making its way to an engineers desk for design. The way to ensure that your data is good is to have checks... lots of checks. UAS work will not replace ground shots taken by a surveyor, but it can dramatically reduce the number of shots they need to take. One thing that is important to keep in mind when planning a UAS project for a survey or an engineer is to have the surveyor at your disposal and at your direction when you are flying. The only way to assure the surveyor that your data is sub-centimeter (or damn close) is to have survey data to compare to. Its my theology that the surveyor needs to know when the new design will be tieing into existing conditions and focus his work in these areas to insure that the tie-in areas are as accurate as possible. This will most likely be curb, gutter, sidewalk, and utilities, manholes especially because they will need invert data on all manholes. This means that they need a dead nuts elevation on the lids to calculate inverts. So if you can convince them that the ground data that you are providing is within a tenth in the x, y, & z of their data, the likelihood that they will adopt your product is much higher. Survey grade GCP's is required. Using the coordinate system the surveyor is using is required. Comparing your data against their ground data is required. Providing a standard deviation between their data and your data is recommended (surveyors like numbers) or some sort of average variance between the two sets of data. I hope this explanation is helpful. If you would like more info on this, please feel free to get ahold of me. I'm more than willing to spread the knowledge of my profession with any and all. dan@allproaerial.com Thanks guys!
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  21. Im in the same boat. I have a buddy that will be doing all my post processing through Adobe Premier and he said that he has worked with other sUAS pilots and they are getting $500-700 for all the video and photos. Now these are primarily high end real-estate fly's but I would think just regular 1 day events you should be comfortable at or around $249-$349 for an hour fly/shoot. If they want to get super detailed or want extra video maybe then charge $25-$50/hour extra. I've already had a church offer me $200-300 to fly a car show they are doing and they simply want the video footage and no post processing. Those are my initial thoughts moving forward in good ole' Oklahoma. Please post thoughts.
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  22. Hey guys, just finished up my Aerial Reel for last years work. Please give it a look and tell me what you like or didn't like. Thanks! www.mothershipimaging.com
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  23. Passed the online exam!!! Getting my BFR done and I'll be ready to go. Little advice for those drone pilots out there. I don't think this exam is gonna be as easy as some of the authors of the articles I've been reading think. Study your airspace,weather, and aeronautical charts. Can't wait to hear what it's like. Good luck!
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  24. For all of my professional editing I use Final Cut Pro X. I previously used Final Cut Pro 7 and still do for some massively complex projects but for anything to do with aerial reels FCP X hands down gets me from rough cut to final export the fastest. It is very intuitive with minimal training and easily works with 4K footage. If you haven't heard yet, my friend Brendan and I are designing a course on cinematography for UAV Coach. There will be a post-production element to this course where I will go over the basics of editing and coloring your aerial reels. Keep an eye out for the course as it sounds like it would be a perfect fit for what you want to know! The course should be launching early to mid April.
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  25. Jon, Real estate agents, or at least the ones I deal with, often have trouble grasping the advantage of shooting their listings from the air, especially as aerial photography will increase their marketing cost. And as I'm sure you know, that money comes out of their pockets, and it can be 6 months or more until they see a return. It's important to be selective about which properties to shoot from the air. Some are easy to figure, like waterfront properties, but for some it's not so obvious. I put together this portfolio in an effort to demonstrate the advantage of aerial work - https://picasaweb.google.com/silkpursepro/AerialPortfolio?authuser=0&authkey=Gv1sRgCMmPj-7Sw-P-fA&feat=directlink. I do mostly residential work, but I think commercial properties like office buildings or strip malls are natural candidates for aerial work. It's a part of my business I'm trying to expand. Keep in mind that photography from a UAV will cost the agent roughly a tenth of what renting a manned helicopter for an hour would cost.
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  26. @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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  27. 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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  28. Yeah DHawk, everyone has been friendly and professional to this point. I was very attracted to the business model and the fact I will receive support, marketing, and jobs. I can still work my FT job in the meantime. Update- I just received my login info for the 107. I'm excited and more confident in my investment now. So far so good!
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  29. Aloha all, Just wanted to throw a big Mahalo to Alan for the bang-up job he and the crew are doing with UAV Coach. I crammed for the test using the prep-course for a couple evenings, flew to the Big Island and passed the test today. I'm proud to add that my score was 100% Very helpful course layout, loved the experience, thanks again for the effort!
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  30. Before every single photoshoot, I arrive early and knock on every surrounding neighbors’ door and explain to them why they may see a drone above or near their house. And almost every single time, I get “ohh thank you, I appreciate you letting me know”. in my experience just making people aware of your intentions eases their inhibitions about drones.
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  31. Darshana....Stay the course if you can.... Every industry constantly shifts for various reasons but opportunity abounds for those with vision and the courage to turn that vision into a reality...Whatever the industry in general is going to morph into...it will become....and we all have to "go with the flow".... ...But....If you're looking for a "ground floor" opportunity, the drone industry at this moment in time...is "it"! The sky's the limit (no pun intended) for one to achieve all the success they can want and handle. Respectfully I submit..."get your feet wet"...you may be the next aerial Picasso or National Service Provider...it's up to you....it takes hard work and focus as in any industry but there is a much clearer path to the top right now for one who can stay focused.... ...Something for you to consider....As a service provider you provide, a pilot, the craft, the photographer and perhaps editor. By my count 4 services, all having a specific value. When it comes time to post your rates, you may want to ensure that said rates reflect their real worth to the client and enlighten the client as to the cost they would incur, if they had to procure each service separately for their project....most clients really need to be educated...once again, like any other industry.... ....And yes....There maybe some pilots that don't care what they charge so long as they get business... but in my experience, it's the service provider that is reliable, provides excellent customer service and produces an affordable but equitable quality product... that usually develops into long standing and profitable relationships with some client(s), which can lead to a steady revenue stream....there will be no other time like right now....Hope this helps....Success and Good Luck!
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  32. 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
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  33. One of my favorite photos, Laguna Salada de Torrevieja in Spain. No editing required. The algae and salt turns the water a pink hue. Shot with a Phantom 4 Pro and I used a Polar Pro ND8 filter.
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  34. Looks like they changed the restrictions on the number of pictures you can post in a thread. Thanks Alan, I will certainly try not to abuse it. This is actually the subject of our survey. Can't say much about it, but it came out really well.
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  35. Aloha UAV'ers! I'm new to this online community, and thought I'd introduce myself, and share a piece of recent work to get started. My name is Jonathon, owner of JBR LIFE Photography, located on the beautiful island of Maui. Primarily, I shoot real estate, although our company also specializes in family beach portrait shoots and the occasional wedding, which we contract out to other photographers. I keep the real estate and commercial media projects for myself The video I'm sharing today is a high-end property located on the south shore. These units sell for around $2-2.5M, which is not really an astronomical figure on this island, but higher than my personal home budget none the less. lol The camera line-up: Canon 7D mkII, Phantom 4, iphone 7+ (yep...4k vid) & GoPro Hero 5. Anyhow, I appreciate your time and views, and look forward to any feedback y'all have to give. All constructive critique is welcome too! Warmest Mahalo, Jonathon
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  36. Drone Deploy is fine if you are not planning on using GCPs and you don't want to mess with learning the software. Basically, they do all the processing for you and a little cleanup of the 3D aspect. The pricing isn't bad as a temporary solution for a full package sans GCPs at around $3000.00 a year. You have a lot more control over your projects with Pix4D both up front in establishing GCPs and checkpoints and in the final product including a lot of additional outputs like contour lines, DSMs, DTMs, point clouds, ect...For this, you do have the additional task of learning how to use the software but you also have the ability to spend a lot of time on the back end cleaning up your project data to make it more attractive. There are a lot of pricing options; we went with a perpetual license for $8700.00 with a ~$900.00 per year maintenance fee. Over a five year lifespan, it was a little more expensive BUT it runs on my workstation under an OpenGL environment without any need to upgrade. You can also look at Correlator3D by Symactive which I had really high hopes for but the hardware requirements and our purchasing bureaucracy dashed those hopes. Over a five year lifespan it is actually cheaper (~&2000.00 cheaper) even taking into account that I had to buy yet another GPU that would run it (FirePro W7100 or W9100) that operates under an OpenCL environment. One drawback is that the available coordinates systems you can choose between to run your projects under is pretty limited but I'm sure you can script that and resolve that issue. Bottom line is Drone Deploy is good for casual use without much accuracy unless you have a lot of extra cash to spend on adding GCPs to each map (we produce at least 200-1500 map sets of various projects through a fiscal year). Otherwise, you need to dole out a little more money up front and learn how to use the software (or hire a photogrammetrist).
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  37. I'll add my 2 cents worth: I've done quite a few missions so far for Drone Base. I started with some basic Pano's that didn't have a guaranteed payout for several reasons: I wanted to get a feel for where a drone needs to be to get the shots they wanted. I need to build flight hours for legitimate jobs. I want to get more comfortable flying my Phantom in different locations. I have implemented my own Standard Operating Procedures and want to become efficient in following these so I'm not spending a ton of time planning a 15 minute job. I've flown 8 Pano's and received payment for 2. Doing this on the side means I am not that concerned about how much they pay, rather the experience and confidence gained. This has led to them contacting me for several client missions. They've asked me to fly 4 client missions. One was canceled a few days prior to my flight by their client. Another ended up being in Class C surface airspace and the client couldn't wait for FAA approval after I pointed its location out to them. The other 2 for which I did fly, I got paid for. As I gain more experience, I'll likely fly less Pano's - mostly to keep myself and flights skills fresh. I will add that several Pano's I uploaded resulted in their tool being unable to stitch together the Pano. Light level and time of day is very critical to determining if these can be done or not. So in the winter, I have a very narrow time of day when I can fly these Pano's to get optimal results. Also, uploads are painfully slow and you can only upload one job at a time. So when I go out and fly several Pano's, I'll upload one batch at a time while I do other stuff around the house.
    4 points
  38. Hey there community, I have recently finished up a video project for a local builder. This footage is shown to potential buyers of the new residences being built, as well as, the local town. Using the DJI Phantom 3, it is hard to create smooth transitions while sweeping (and without using built in features) however with more practice, Ill be able to dial those errors in. Criticism is appreciated! Thanks, and enjoy. https://youtu.be/j_tkI2BfwDo - Wash
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  39. Most of the quadcopters are powered by lipo batteries, a low temperature environment will greatly decrease the performance of a lipo battery. When exposed to a temperature below 15°C, the chemically reactive substance in the battery obviously decreases as well as the discharging ability influenced by the increase of its internal resistance, and the voltage drop accelerated when the battery's discharging. There are two risks if the cell drops below 3.0V. 1. The power system for the aircraft cannot provide enough thrust to maintain its flight. 2. The battery will automatically shutdown to avoid over-discharging. These risks are very common to see, however there is still no a perfect way to solve the problem. Intelligent devices like smart phones or tablet computers will also auto shun down when staying in a low temperature. Then we have to talk about the flight theory of the lipo-based quadcopters. For the heavier quadcopter, they need stronger current to provide enough thrust. Battery will draw a continuous high current to boost the quadcopter to a maneuvering flight when flying in a full throttle. In a plateau region, the quadcopter calls for higher motor speed and a higher current of the battery to maintain a regular flight in the thin air and low air pressure. For all the situations mentioned, the battery voltage drop gets even worse because of a low temperature in winter. More seriously, the battery even auto shuts down result in a quadcopter crash because of a low battery voltage. Therefore, Gens ace & Tattu suggested to take these steps for battery usage precaution in winter. 1.Make sure the battery is fully-charged and staying in a high voltage status before you fly with your quadcopter. 2. Preheat your battery over 25°C, which will decrease the internal resistance of the battery. A battery preheater is strongly recommended for preheating your battery. 3. Hovering the quadcopter for about 1 minute after taking off, this will also help the battery to get preheated and decrease the internal resistance. We must pay more attention to a safety flight in winter for a higher risks of quadcopter crash. Getting your quadcopter crash will not only spend you a lot of money for a repair but even it may hurt the people.
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  40. Anybody else see this yet? Looks like a pretty interesting concept... https://verifly.com/
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  41. As a follow up, I had a bit of fun testing and cut a bit of a video. Quite responsive and happy with how she flies. Still some issues related to jello in the video, but am putting it down to the dampeners being too soft.
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  42. This is what your super duper course certificate (for licensed pilots) looks like PS- if your IQ is higher than your shoe size you'll have no trouble completing the course...
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  43. Hi all, Just got an email from Ben Blackwell, a high school student in Gastonia, North Carolina. He wants to start a drone club at his high school, and he launched an Indiegogo campaign to help fund it. Thought this was a nice project, and I felt good about sharing it with the UAV Coach community. Here's the link: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/gastonia-nc-teen-drone-club--4/x/13240473#/ #dronesforgood #stemeducation #giddyup
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  44. We have created a unique structure for how we charge for real estate photography and videos, which is based on square footage of home (as well as any other living space such as guest house), property size and value of listing price. Although we've been told over and over by our real estate clients that we aren't charging nearly enough compared to what everyone else is charging, we have more work than we even know what to do with...hence the rapid expansion from 56 offices in 2015 to 260 by the end of 2018. The infrastructure of having a team of video editors on board has allowed for our franchise owners that are shooting photos and videos to do just that and not have to worry about learning how to edit. Although we shoot real estate videos, that is only a small portion of what we do. We utilize aerial video for a great number of our clients that we build and manage their websites and perform internet marketing services for, such as wake boarding videos, social media campaigns, brand marketing and commercials for businesses, tourism, weddings, construction companies, building inspections, and government contracts with fish & game, transportation departments, etc. The possibilities and potential are endless and more and more have become a big part of our business.
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  45. Hi @IMann Currently I trying to build up copter on ArduCopter for testing purposes on small fields. Also I have 2.1meter selfmade flying-wing and 1,6m glider on APM too. The Wing has long enough flight time and I want to integrate s110 camera for NDVI analysis using APM possibilities to control the camera. You`re right, we have here some large farms and fields. But also we have huge crisis and during last year our currency dropped 3 times to dollar. As UAV components all cost in $, the agro-monitoring service also has to be expensive. So economically better for farmer to hire worker and pay him our cheap money, then to use drone services. So I guess you guys, have better chances for successful bussiness Nonetheless I continue research and development of my uavs and will try hard to make the project alive. Just because this will be awesome!
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  46. George, Shooting & stitching panoramas is a snap with a stable drone. Just shoot a picture rotate about 30 degrees and shoot another until you get back to where you started. Make sure you have lots of overlap in the images. It makes stitching much easier and produces a better result. I'm not familiar with Photoscape, but, of course, photoshop does a great job. I used it for the pano below. You also may want to look for Microsoft ICE (Image composite editor). Ice is very feature rich and believe or not, it's free.
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  47. Visited a few Tennessee State Parks on 13 Feb. Enjoy and be sure to check out my other vids. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=haCMAL-x1EY http://www.facebook.com/flyingmonkeyaerialphotography
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  48. Hi Franklin, thinking about what you've been able to put together so far re: pictures and videos, what do you see your end product looking like? Have you looked at other aerial service companies in the city / state to see what their service packages look like? I'm not talking about price...I'm talking about quality, and what the deliverables are for the client. There are 101 different ways to offer value to a RE broker with aerial photos / videos, just want to get a sense of what you're thinking and where you think you fit into the local market. Do you also plan to get liability insurance? Do you have any background in photography / videography? Will you be doing the post-processing yourself? As you can see, a lot of questions. Pricing a service like this is all about value exchange and striking a balance between 1) what the client is willing to pay and 2) what value/experience/professionalism/end-product you bring to the table.
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  49. Hi Franklin, what are you flying? Where are you located? What kind of background do you have in real estate? Do you have a website? What kind of clients will you be flying for? What will your finished product look like? I think this thread can be a good exercise in how to figure out your pricing. Let's break it down by having you provide some more details about what you're thinking first. Help us to help you!
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