Christian Tucci

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  1. OK Cool. I believe there are options in the P4 menus for timed shots. Essentially what I think the best way to do this is to go and shoot your time lapse timed shots on each day of the project or twice a week or something, whatever your plan is. Shoot about a 30 second time lapse video each time you go, that way you have plenty of room to edit with. Then you'll take each day you shot into the NLE and select the sections of each day you want and do a cross dissolve transition between them. Since I am assuming you are not going to shoot a timelapse each day of the 6 week project, you will need the cross dissolve to smooth the transition from the area looking different between the days or weeks you do shoot. And no, would not put a P4 or any drone over Manhattan right now. All of those shots were done with the helicopter.
  2. OK, got it. In general, the camera is going to produce the time lapse stills based on the timing settings you give it. Once you have the stills shot, you simply bring them into your timeline in the NLE and all together just adjust the duration of the clips to achieve the correct speed and length of the entire shot when played back. You said you are going to shoot this with a Phantom 4? Is that correct?
  3. Sounds like an interesting project for sure! The course won't specifically cover assembling time lapses, but happy to give guidance where I can. If you are using Final Cut Pro X I know it is definitely good for assembling time lapses. Are you looking for more info on shooting the time lapse stuff or getting it setup in the NLE for editing after you shoot? C
  4. Thanks for signing up! Looking forward to working with you on growing your editing skills. In general, course related questions and questions that pertain to content or theories taught in the course, however, I am happy to answer any other questions as best as I can. Start another thread in this section of the forum with your questions and I'll respond there. That way we keep it all organized. Best, C
  5. I would expect that behavior when losing GPS signal in F mode with course lock enabled. I am trying to think of a way that the Inspire would be able to hold flying on a line in course lock without GPS but I can't think of anything that would work with what tech the Inspire has onboard. I don't think the compass would be capable of doing that kind of flying...
  6. @scottyrunyan Just to let you know, the course has been totally updated to take into account a lot of new material and feedback we got from people around the community regarding what they want to see. Production of the course is done and it should be launching very soon, final touches are being put on the launch plan of the course. We expanded the course to cover more editing topics as well as supplemental topics such as file sharing and collaboration tools for editors. We also are including some awesome case studies that dive deep into some major projects I have worked on, thus giving you an idea of some of the strategies that make videos work well. I know it's been awhile since the course was originally slated to go up, but I think it will be worth the wait for students.
  7. @Alan Perlman Always happy to answer! @Bert Very very nice shots. Job well done! I love the composition of the shots and the fog looks sick! Especially with the bits of color on the trees sticking up here or there. Coloring looks fine to me, except for maybe one or two shots where most of the fog looked purple sort of, but maybe that is the natural color you were getting? It does look cool though... In terms of the edit, I think one of the major things I would change is the opening shot. It seems to be out of focus slightly but that may be because there is a mismatch between camera or timeline settings. There seems to be some sort of jerky skipping movement. Usually when this happens, it is a result of placing footage of a certain frame rate on a timeline that does not have that same frame rate. But, it could also be a weird shutter speed setting. It isn't terrible but is noticeable. See if you can smooth that out a little bit. There were one or two other shots that looked slightly jerky too, not because of your camera moves but for a technical reason I think (shutter speed or frame rate, etc...). Also, I know you were asking about this the other week... The aerial post production course should be launching very soon. We wrapped up production of all the videos and lectures so if you are signed up on that landing page for updates, you should be getting one very soon!
  8. While it is a little bit more advanced that the basic color correction tools in Alan's suggestions, if you have the time, learn Da Vinci Resolve. It. Is. Awesome.
  9. Yup! When I was a student at Corvette Performance Racing School last summer we played around with some drones and the track. Unless you have a big and super fast drone, you obviously will have a hard time keeping up with the car, so most of the best shots you should focus on is setting the drone up at the inside of a corner on a turn and then use the gimbal to track the car going into and out of the turn. You can also do some simple moving shots with the drone moving from the inside to the outside of the turn as the car drives through it. This can be done with the drone high up or low down. A particularly cool view is looking straight done at the track and then the car suddenly comes into frame, drives the turn, and then heads out of frame. That is a view you can't really see any other way other than with a drone or helicopter. As far as camera settings go, I would shoot with a higher frame rate so then you can do some stuff with slow mo (if you use a high enough frame rate). Even if you aren't going to do slow mo, the higher rate will give you a sharper image. But, if you want a little bit of motion blur to really bring out the fact that the car is going fast, you would want to shoot at a lower rate of course. Cool video here and be sure to post the footage you film at the track, would love to see how it came out.
  10. It is a little bit similar to editing photos but essentially is different because of that main aspect we have been talking about, that is, the images moves from light areas to dark areas, etc... It helps to use the right software first of all. Adobe Premiere has a 3-way color corrector built in to adjust the shadows, midtones, and highlights of the video but this applies the correction to the entire clip. In advanced color correction, you can actually apply trackers to the shots that keep tracking of movement and adjust color based on many parameters. This is something beyond what you will be able to do starting off. The best way to approach it now is to just try and get a correction that works well for the majority of the video. If you do have a clip that goes from light to dark that drastically, I wouldn't include it in a cut at all. If it had to be in the cut for some reason, I would separate it into two clips, one for the light section and one for dark and then correct each one to make it look the same and balance it out.
  11. I would recommend Final Cut Pro X above anything else and then Adobe Premiere next. I would highly advise against using Photoshop to edit videos since it is mainly for photos. At least use a video editing program to make cuts of footage. As far as your video goes, I would play around with Color Correction and practice normalizing the color amongst the entire cut. It seems to vary a little bit depending on where the drone is. This topic as well as a lot more is covered in the Post-Production Course. If you are interested, sign-up for launch updates here: Christian
  12. I have exactly what you need! Minus being in Atlanta.... But, if you are ever in New York or surrounding area and need someone, let me know!
  13. Hi @Bert, I responded to your question about this on another thread but forgot to tag your name in it so not sure if you saw it. We are making some changes to the course to make it more heavy on the post-production end based on the feeling we are getting from potential students around the community. So, I don't have an exact idea of the release time yet since we are still recording the lectures (going into the studio today actually to do some more). But, if you are signed up for updates on the course page, you will get updates about the release when Alan starts sending them for sure. Christian
  14. I think composition wise it is pretty good for the most part. One thing I noticed is the panning in the first "shot". it looks like while the drone is circling the lighthouse, you pan a little, then stop, but keep flying sideways, then you pan a little more smoothly but stop the pan, while still flying sideways. This creates a noticeable effect with motion blur. The color looks nice to me. I might increase the saturation and contrast little bit more but I like it overall, nice work! It also looks like the footage is a little jittery like its dropping frames. Did you set your timeline in Final Cut to match the settings your footage was shot in? 60 shutter speed with 30fps should produce pretty smooth footage.
  15. Bert, We are making some changes to the course to make it more heavy on the post-production end based on the feeling we are getting from potential students around the community. So, I don't have an exact idea of the release time yet since we are still recording the lectures (going into the studio today actually to do some more). But, if you are signed up for updates on the course page, you will get updates about the release when Alan starts sending them for sure. Christian
  16. @Alan Perlman Always have time to help out! @Bert Like Alan mentioned, let me know if there is something specific you are looking for feedback on. But, in general, I like this shot! The color is pretty nice. I would work with the shadows a little bit more to bring out some more detail in the land. Since most of the frame is being taken up by the land I think it should be exposed a little bit more. If I were using this shot in a video, I would definitely not speed it up at those portions unless it was required for the story of the piece or the music. And, I think I would actually play the shot backwards from about 0:16 to 0:10. I like the way it looks in reverse, moving towards the sky and panning up. Kind of like you are revealing the sky rather than focusing on the ground. However, this really all depends on the feel and story you are trying to tell with an edit. If you are interested, sign-up for email updates on the post-production course... The course is going to cover a lot of editing and coloring techniques like the ones I mentioned above. -Christian
  17. Vimeo is really awesome too. If I am not using for a project, I am using Vimeo or Dropbox.
  18. @GMillsNC Yes, agreed in general. It really all depends on what you are doing with your footage. 24fps is associated with film and film-like looks for your shots. 30fps is standard TV broadcast (29.97 actually...) and higher frame rates like 60fps and up can be used for more specialized filming. Most commonly, filming action sports or fast moving objects. This reduces motion blur. I would evaluate what you are trying to do with your footage and what the end project is and choose from there. We talk a little about frame rates and the different options and editing with them in the Aerial Cinematography course on UAV Coach, launching this month! Hope this helps, Christian
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  20. I thought the same thing. When I clicked the "Fine Print" button in the app it brought me to a simple FAQ section on the website. Not sure if that is a coding mistake or if that is their "fine print". I emailed them to find out more.
  21. Anybody else see this yet? Looks like a pretty interesting concept...
  22. @ShawnL @Alan Perlman I happened to be looking around the forum and saw this post, don't know why I didn't get a notification and see it earlier. Sorry! Anyway, 4K editing really does need a lot of power from a computer to do it correctly. I have always used Macs for editing because of their stability and software options (Final Cut Pro). The downside of Macs is the price, that's about it. If a Mac is something you can afford, the minimum you need for 4K editing is a MacBook Pro. I would say a MacBook Pro with an i7 CPU, 16GB of RAM, and dedicated graphics option is the minimum. There is no limit to what you can do on the high side though. The best Mac for 4K is obviously the Mac Pro (2013). I use one of those with an 8-core Xeon E5 CPU, 32GB RAM, dual D700 graphics cards, and a 1TB PCI-e SSD. The plus of using Windows based machines is that you can get equivalent specs for much much cheaper but you are limited to software options like Adobe Premiere Pro, which is also really great software though. It comes down to a personal preference and your wallet for which choice is better for you. Hope this helps, Christian