Christian Tucci

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  1. Nice first edit! Premiere Pro is awesome software! I use it as well in addition to Final Cut Pro X. I would say that music is definitely a must, even if you are just putting together a simple collage of video and don't care too much on editing to the beat, sometimes with the right track, music sounds great just being there subtly in the background. As far as the footage goes, when filming, I would try to pay careful attention to keeping with the shot once you start a move, and then following through to the finish. For example, in the opening shot, when you start that pan to the left, it stops, then moves a little more, then continues again. You want to go for one, fluid small movement. The beauty of editing though is that if you film a shot that doesn't do that, you can just choose to not put it in the cut! Of course, this only works if you have the same shot filmed again correctly but when you are out shooting, try to keep that in mind. I find myself guilty of this a lot, hitting record and not being sure of what I want it to look like so I move the camera around, try a movement, but stop in the middle because I am not sure if I like it. But, then when I look at the footage in post, I wish I had just continued with that move because it would have been a good shot to use. Now when I go flying, whether in manned helicopters or with my drone, I always try to just follow through with the shot and make it the best smooth move I can, and then evaluate in post if it is good or not instead of wasting time and money in the air. If you haven't already, make sure to check out the course promo page, watch the promo video, and sign up for updates. My co-instructor, Brendan, and I are very excited to start this course on UAV Coach with Alan! We can't wait to start working with students like you to perfect the art of aerial cinematography and editing.
  2. Very interesting, thank you for checking. I don't know too much about Part 101.
  3. I know, I think it's part of what makes this industry exciting, how new things are and how exactly they play out. Please do let me know what you hear. I am pretty sure I asked my local FSDO about this a few months ago and they stated what I found in 336 to be true, but I am going to touch base with them again and see for sure as well.
  4. I thought the same thing. But then I read through Section 336 (Special Rule on Model Aircraft) that states if the statutory requirements (below 400ft, under 55 lbs, notify within 5 miles of airport, only recreational flying, etc...) are met, then the FAA must consider these aircraft model aircraft, not actual aircraft, and can not subject them to any other rules like those which are in place for manned aircraft. Once it is a commercial flight though, now it's considered an actual aircraft hence the need for a waiver for night ops.
  5. Yup. As far as the FAA is concerned, as long as you are below 400ft. and avoiding interference with manned aircraft ops and not within 5 miles of airport, etc... it's all good.
  6. Thought the best way to view the fireworks was to send my Inspire 1 RAW up over my house. Here is a quick export of the result. What I think is cool is being able to see all the other fireworks shows around in the distance. And this was only looking in one direction over my house!
  7. Love the sunset footage, especially over the water!
  8. If you have not already, make sure to sign up for course launch updates on the below page and check out the promo video for the course! Brendan and I are super excited for you all to begin the course and start interacting with you on the content.
  9. @Orangutan39 No problem. Let me know if you have any more thoughts or questions to run by me. And make sure to check out the cinematography course. Lots of great FCP X training in it. Plus anything that we didn't have time to cover in the training I will be happy to go over with course alumni.
  10. Hi Chris, There are so many options as I'm sure you know in terms of the hardware you can pick from Apple. But, the best way to determine what will work with you is analyzing exactly what you want to be able to do with your hardware. So, what kind of footage are you looking to work with (codec, resolution, etc...)? What drones and cameras will you use? And, do you really want to have something that can process all of that really quickly or do you want the minimum needed to work with that footage? Do you want room to grow and eventually use higher-resolution footage than you started with or will you just get a new Mac when the times comes to using high-res stuff? Christian
  11. Hi all! Excited to announce that our UAV Coach Aerial Cinematography Training Course will be going live soon, in July! The final touches are being put on the course and its content. We have some great training material for you all and hope you will sign up on the promo page below for further updates. The course is going to cover a HUGE amount of material and concepts from aerial camera system theory, digital cinema camera basics, Stabilization 101, image control, and 2 dedicated modules on post-production editing, music, transitions, and color correction! After you take the course you are going to be capable of shooting aerials that help to tell a story, one of the main goals of any professional cinematographer. You will then be able to edit this footage into a professional, high-quality reel perfectly synced with music and color corrected to really make the footage pop! We even shot a short action film complete with aerials and ground based footage to demonstrate and teach you the topics in the course through a unique perspective. During the course, and even after it ends, you will have full access to myself and my co-instructor, Brendan. You can ask us any questions you would like, show us your footage, and get our feedback on your cuts. We are excited to work with you all and see what you can create! Check out the promo page above to sign up for updates and to watch the promo video. See you all in the course! ~Christian T.
  12. Welcome! For Windows, the best software to get would be Adobe Premiere Pro CC. That can handle all of your editing, titles, music, and compressing (transcoding) needs. It isn't as easy to use as some other simpler software but to do basic tasks it really isn't that bad. It may seem daunting at first, but if you take it one step at a time, you can pretty easily put together a nice cut of footage with some music and export it to play on any device you want. I am designing a course for UAV Coach, with my co-instructor Brendan, that covers pretty much everything you mentioned you want to learn. The course is based around Apple's Final Cut Pro X for Mac computers but a lot of the techniques editing wise are the same no matter what system you use. With that being said, if you get comfortable enough with how to use the interface of Premiere, and you are looking for more guidance in terms of actual editing technique, and access to Brendan and I to ask questions about editing and aerial cinematography, the course may be of interest to you. You can sign up for email updates on this page ( to stay up-to-date on when the course will launch soon.
  13. Thank you! I find the Inspire 1 Pro makes it easy when you finally get it tuned in right.
  14. Hmm, didn't even think of integrating google forms with it all. That's an awesome idea!
  15. For photos I use Apple Aperture to store all of the files as well as tag them, favorite them, edit them, etc... I find it to have plenty of features that allow me to accurately search for and find the specific picture I need. Video is a bit harder. All of my video gets stored on an external RAID array in folders named after the year it was filmed. Then inside the year folder I just make a folder named after the job or shoot or whatever the footage is from and then the files go in there. I have a pretty good memory so I often can remember which shoot I filmed certain shots on but I have done asset management for a few of my clients that have thousands of video files. For those sets of video that are very large, one thing I tried once and liked a lot was using Final Cut Pro X to organize the metadata and keywords for my footage. I would store the files in the same way mentioned above, but I would also create a Final Cut Pro X library into the folder for each year. As I would get new files and job folders, I would add that footage as an event in that FCP X library file. I would choose to leave media in place instead of copying it to the library so I don't have duplicate files taking up all that space. Then in FCP X I would keyword them, tag them, rate them, even select specific sections of each file and tag those individually. FCP X provides a very robust way to manage your footage. It even lets you create custom metadata fields in addition to the auto populated fields which allows me to record data such as who the camera op was, or which aircraft I used for the shoot. The only downside is you need Final Cut Pro X. If you already edit with it, like I do, then you're set! But even if you don't edit with it, and don't want to, I think it's worth it for the price they sell it at just to use for the media organization features. You're also out of luck if you don't have a Mac of course. Finally, don't underestimate the power of a simple spreadsheet if you don't want to spend money on software. They are basically free to create and are a great way to log your shots and search quickly. It just takes a well designed spreadsheet and an attentive person to make sure this method goes smoothly.
  16. I have not flown that drone but what I do know about gimbals in general is that they are pretty sensitive. Meaning, if you put some sort of addon in front of the lens or replace the lens with something that the gimbal wasn't specifically designed for, it will throw the whole thing off balance and your shots will suffer. This all depends on the gimbal and what exactly it is you are putting on (how much it weighs) but in general, most UAS gimbals are only designed to work with what came with it.
  17. Filmed this today with the new Inspire 1 RAW (Zenmuse X5R) as I'm getting pumped for summer weather and being out on (and above) the water! (View in 4K if you have the display for it!)
  18. Agreed! Definitely a big improvement. My only two comments on the 2nd version is to still slow the panorama down a little more. And, maybe cut in some more aerials mid-video so it isn't just straight inside shots. That should mix it up a little bit.
  19. Agreed with the above. Slow down the 360s or eliminate completely. There aren't too many uses for viewing a full 360 degrees in a video like this. If the goal is to try and show off the surrounding area, I think that is better accomplished with a static birds-eye-view shot, some nice smooth forward or sideways flying with gentle pans, or one of my favorite, a forward flying shot with camera straight down then panning up to do a reveal of the subject area.
  20. With most of my client productions I like to use It is specifically tailored towards sharing and reviewing video files (or any file) amongst a team. It has awesome collaboration tools built in that allow you or clients to make timecode based notes and even draw on the video to provide examples of a comment. You can create a project folder in and invite clients and the team into it. The videos can even be password protected and links sent out to people that don't have an account. They have a free account tier but it is pretty affordable to upgrade to a higher tier if your business demands it.
  21. Glad you are excited! Brendan and I will also be making ourselves available as instructors of the course to answer any additional questions or issues that arise while you are taking the course and trying out some of the workflows mentioned in the course. We really can't wait to get it out there for you all!