Christian Tucci

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  1. @Aaron Yes, since Final Cut Pro X is written by Apple, unfortunately they have designed it for Mac only.
  2. 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.
  4. I edit in 4K using Final Cut Pro X. It's the most affordable professional editing software that I know of. But, it's for OS X only so if you don't have a Mac you won't be able to use that. It sounds like you have a Windows machine so my suggestion for that would be Adobe Premiere Pro. It is not as inexpensive as Final Cut Pro X and it is more complicated but a lot of major feature films are edited with Premiere Pro. If you are a student or an educator you can get some serious discounts on this software though. Premiere Pro might be more complicated than you would like to use but I highly recommend learning it because once you do, the editing you can do with it is totally worth it. There are probably free or low cost alternatives to PP that might be able to handle 4K but I have not used or seen any. Hope this helps!
  5. Hey everyone, I'm Christian Tucci. Super excited to see this forum up and live now. I currently work in the aerial cinematography industry out of New York. I provide various aviation related consulting services with a focus in aerial motion picture and television work. The majority of my work deals with actual manned helicopters and other aircraft. I work as an aerial coordinator of productions or as part of the flight crew to ensure the safety of crew and actors while working around the helicopters. Other times, I shoot video myself from the helicopters or provide assistance to the camera operator. In post-production I edit and color videos, again with a focus in aerial imagery. Check out my website below to see some of the work I have done. I have had some amazing opportunities to work on very cool productions and flying around New York City is an experience I can't even begin to describe accurately. I look forward to taking this experience and translating it into participation in this community and providing my thoughts to your questions about aviation, filmmaking, safety, and regulatory aspects of being a motion picture pilot. ~CT
  6. I usually like to distinguish cinematography and videography by the simple definition of cinematography, which is, the art of filmmaking. Whereas videography is defined as the process or art of making video film. While both definitions contain art I take art in the cinematography sense to mean something like painting a picture or making a sculpture. In videography, I take art to mean just the process of it all, setting up the camera, simply framing the shot, etc... Regarding cinematography, it really is like painting a picture. You are looking for the best color, best frame, best canvas, and best lighting. Lighting is a HUGE part of cinematography, on the ground. Most of the time when doing aerials you obviously have very little control of lighting. The most you can do is use ND (Neutral Density) filters and other color filters to change the look of the shot. Or, you can adjust things in post production especially if you are shooting raw files. So, one of my best tips if you are interested in cinematography is to study lighting and filters. Learn how they work, learn the physics behind them, learn when to use them and when not to. Furthermore, find tutorials that teach framing and how to setup for a particular kind of shot. And learn about lenses. Lenses are all about light. Even though the GoPro you want to use can't have it's lens changed, there still may be times where you want to add an attachment lens over the GoPro lens. Lastly, remember this very important one thing, if anything... Cinematography is NOT about how big or expensive of a camera you have. Some of the most cinematic films ever made were made on cheaper, low budget cameras. Even cell phone cameras can do amazing things when in the right hands. Take the following video for example, from Apple celebrating the 30th anniversary of Mac. All of that was filmed on the iPhone. And, a little spoiler.... Keep your eye out in the future for an upcoming course on Aerial Cinematography from UAV Coach. Myself and a friend of mine, Brendan, are working with Alan to produce an online course where we will give some helpful information and tips for those wanting to take their cinematography to the next level. Look forward to sharing it with all of you! ~Tucci