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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. I live in Carrollton, not far from Little Elm. Welcome aboard! I don't want to be in the business of dispensing legal advice, but make your life easy. Don't fly over or even near to being over people. Relevant Texas laws: https://guides.sll.texas.gov/recording-laws/drones . Texas is, in fact, very strict in drone photography of people/property and there is a very nebulous definition of what constitutes 'surveillance.' Makes no difference whether you're flying recreational or under 107. Have fun and good luck!! - jim L-5 Imaging::l5imaging.com
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  30. This is really cool @Dmitry Efremov, thanks for sharing! - Chase
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  31. We were doing this in 2017-2018, miles out at sea, using a FLIR DuoProR to locate the people in the water, streaming the location data back to the ship that would launch a second drone with a lifesaver and use radar to navigate it to the people in the water. It was amazing how accurately they could drop the lifesaver from about a mile away.
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  32. Folks, As I stated before, I believe that the rules need to be clarified to determine what is surveying when it comes to drone photography. The problem comes when unlicensed people perform drone photography that is used for the purpose of creating a contour map which is used for land development purposes. This work has potential impacts on the general public and main duty of the professional boards of licensing is to protect the public. One of the uses of these maps is to show storm water drainage so that the drainage does not impact neighboring parcels anymore than which already naturally occuring. An inaccurate map can lead designers to make poor decisions, which can have undesired consequences on the neighbors. Does licensing prevent inaccurate maps, no but the likelyhood is lessened and you have a license that can be revoked. I have no issue with drone photography being used for most other purposes and would not report the activity to a licensing board. However, if you are going to make a map with contours for developments, I definitely would report the activity to the licensing board. I would recommennd that if you are interested in doing that type of work, find a local surveyor to work with. You will find we are not such bad folks.
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  33. While this is not as bad as that racist law in Georgia, it IS an infringement upon the rights of us drone operators to try to stop us from assisting real estate agents in selling their listings. I specialize in this type of drone photography and it's bad enough that we have to take that stupid Part 107 test for $150 every two years (e.g., why do we need to know what the markings on airport runways mean when we can't fly with 5 miles of an airport? Duh!). This ruling could determine whether those of us who are licensed to take drone photos for commercial use (at a great cost in time and money to study for and take their silly test) will be able to continue to make money for our services. Another case of stupid government overreach. It will merely encourage more "recreational" use for real estate photography instead of drone use by licensed pilots...
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  34. I had this problem on my new Holy Stone HS510 drone - it wasn't recording HD video to the little TF memory card while flying it using the controller (no phone connected - so no Android compatability issues possible) - and kept on saying the TF card wasn't formated, even though it was. I was using a flashy new 128gb memory card, so instead I pulled an old 16gb TF memory card from a dead surplus phone of mine, then reformatted all the android app junk off the 16gb memory card inside my PC, making sure it was 32 FAT formatting as this forum suggested ... result, the Holy Stone drone now records automatically to the ancient memory card, as good as gold. Not sure if the flashy new card was too big for the drone to cope with, it wasn't 32 FAT formatted, or what, but using the small-sized old SAN-disk TF memory card with 32 FAT formatting got the HD video recording to it fine. It's a nice cheap drone for the kids to mess around with, without worrying they'll drop it in the ocean, smash it etc.
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  35. Sure - we were using the DJI Inspire 2.
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  36. I found this underwater drone collection Click Here
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  37. Yeah, NO.. Sure the concept that a large percentage of first responder drone programs started internally, usually with the assistance of an outside organization or donated equipment etc is valid but very few, if any, of the first responders are "hired" to run or operate the "drone" program. The other point I would take exception with is that 25% of drone programs start from the top-down. That might be true but those top-down programs probably account for the largest percentage of jobs which is a reversal from when this started. If you remember in 2014 the two big markets that were projected to account for 80% of the $128B commercial drone market by 2020 was entertainment and agriculture. Local TV commercials, property videos and NDVI only accounted for approximately 10% of the money spent in this market but probably did account for the majority of the people out there trying to do it. Sorry, but I think this "report/study" is naive. Its almost written from a consumer perspective. The adoption of Commercial UAVs is driven more by the acceptance and the transformation to digital engineering than being driven by bottom up or top down growth.
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  38. No problem at all! It was an old thread - I wasn't expecting a response at all It is tough when the demand for houses makes marketing less of a priority for Realtors. Are houses at all prices going that fast or is it just the median-priced homes? Maybe some deeper research might reveal that lower priced or high end homes are on the market a little longer and could benefit from some targeted aerial imagery to boost interest. If you really want to do drone work in the residential real estate you might have to invest some time learning more about the nuances of the market. Personally, I'm not going after residential real estate just because I think that most Realtors don't put a high value on drone services. Now, commercial real estate is a whole different game. @Joey Ambrosegave some good advice earlier in the thread. Realtors who specialize in commercial property usually "get" the value of aerial marketing. Commercial properties are typically larger, have unique features, and sometimes their biggest selling point is the surrounding area - all things that drones do a good job of highlighting. I'm a little further south than you, but still pretty sucky weather in Virginia too. We've got a snow storm coming next week and I'm hoping to get some amazing "winter wonderland" kind of aerial shots. Good luck finding drone jobs!
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  39. @Drone Outlook I am so sorry for not replying sooner. Thank you for taking the time to give me some tips. I really like your idea and was not aware of this. I will definitely be looking into this soon. I have not had much luck connecting to realtors. I even reached out offering a free service to some and didn't get any response. Houses are selling so quick (within hours) in our area, so that may play a factor too. The weather in Indiana has not been pleasant, so getting out is rather difficult for flying too. It has been cold, wet or windy, so hoping to get some flying time in soon! We are more than ready for warmer and brighter days! 🙂Thanks again! Much appreciated!
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  40. Awesome! Welcome and looking forward to seeing your contributions. - jim L-5 Imaging::http://l5imaging.com
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  41. Welcome to the forum. Have you checked out the real estate thread? We have several threads discussing how to get started, produce, techniques etc., with quite an active group willing to provide advice. I recommend asking your questions in that thread.
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  42. Hi @MrDrone96, Overall this was a great first video and I enjoyed it. Two things I noticed were transitions and color temperature. Some of the transitions cut hard, I recommend using a simple and clean transition like cross dissolve. Transitions will vary depending on the video/story but in most cases you cannot go wrong with the cross dissolve. The tilt reveal was also a nice effect and as you practice more of those reveals, they will become very smooth. If you have upbeat/fast audio for background music then a harder cut transition would work better than cross dissolve. I preferred the warmer color temperature featured in many of the shots and I usually try to keep a video either cool or warm. If you do want to mix scenes, I recommend starting with one color temperature and then leading into the next instead of cool, warm, cool, warm, etc. Great job and thanks for sharing! - Chase
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  43. Hello Benjamin, Yes I would be interested in learning more about beta testing your HAMR drone. My company is Pixel Magic and we specialize in 3D CGI visual effects for TV and feature films. Most recently I just completed Raised By Wolves for HBOMAX. We use drones to create very high end photogrammetry that we then create 3D models for integration into films and tv programs. We also shoot high quality video for tv and movies. We have Part 107 experience and multi engine instrument rated fixed wing experience. You can reach me at raymond@pixelmagicfx.com. We are based in California and Louisiana. I shoot all over the US. Cheers, Ray McIntyre Pixel Magic President www.pixelmagicfx.com
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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. @Nick Thoman headed to Kauai next Friday for two weeks. Been going on and off for 30 years so saw a lot of familiar places. Love your video and editing. Great job.
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  46. There's the PowerRay Wizard, not sure it qualifies as "cheap" though.
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  47. It’s similar in price to a phantom. If your going to be flying over the ocean you have to count on the drone getting wet. You get a phantom wet once with salt water and it’s over. So even if the Splash drone is a bit more expensive it’s cheap insurance.
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