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Dear UAV people,

I read an introduction is much appreciated so here I go..I'll try to keep it short;-)

I'm considereing buying an Phantom 4 in a few weeks..

I am someone that tries to get back in his old skill- and toolset and I am currently looking for work.
I graduated as a Multimedia designer a long time ago.. (but in this galaxy). I worked as a 3D modeler on computer games, virtual reality- and video presentations and once in a while I still work on filmfestival shorts as a volunteer doing FX, titles, illustrations..animations. At some point it was necesary to adapt to the situation and I got into software testing and skilled support.
But because the IT sector, where I worked in the last couple of years, makes me die from the inside out I am currently persuing the wish to make coorporate video productions with VR and 360 initiatives on the side. I am someone with ideas and I need to place my creativity somewhere.

There are some plans on the drawing board to create a decent portfolio where I can show-off beautifull shot edits and 360 applications to get my first paying customer
The first few will have te be done for free :-S.

I am well aware of the potential of the chosen equipment and the potential and prices of the more professional stuff.. this is something for later or rent. 
I need to start very modest with a DSLR, a Phantom4 and a Gear 360.
I have some good network connections around me in the field (I will definately need a sound guy) so I hope these ingredients and my 300% motivation can make this all work.
The alternative is save money but certain death..(No offence, I'm just not an IT man).


Are there any like minded souls around here..maybe with some experience on the choices that are up ahead?
And considering a small start budget I wonder if my assumption about the P4's possabilities to deliver semi pro footage is correct?

Thnx and Regards,

Vincent

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Welcome, Vincent. I think in a way you know what you are doing but I will just point a couple of things:

1) I doubt the Phantom 4 will be able to lift the DSLR camera, plus the fact that you will need a different gimbal attachment to use it. The other problem will be to remain WITHIN 2KG AUW (or MTOW), which is now the maximum drone all up weight legally allowed worldwide, unless you have a full aircraft pilot licence plus drone endorsement.

2) I would warmly advise you to choose instead a light hexacopter or octocopter, because QUADCOPTERS ARE NOT REDUNDANT: if one of the motors or ESCs fails in flight, the craft will be totally uncontrollable. It already happened several times and it can be very dangerous, because the craft will literally fall off the sky.

Best of luck anyway!

Cheers from Bruno

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On 9/12/2016 at 1:38 AM, Bruno said:

Welcome, Vincent. I think in a way you know what you are doing but I will just point a couple of things:

1) I doubt the Phantom 4 will be able to lift the DSLR camera, plus the fact that you will need a different gimbal attachment to use it. The other problem will be to remain WITHIN 2KG AUW (or MTOW), which is now the maximum drone all up weight legally allowed worldwide, unless you have a full aircraft pilot licence plus drone endorsement.

2) I would warmly advise you to choose instead a light hexacopter or octocopter, because QUADCOPTERS ARE NOT REDUNDANT: if one of the motors or ESCs fails in flight, the craft will be totally uncontrollable. It already happened several times and it can be very dangerous, because the craft will literally fall off the sky.

Best of luck anyway!

Cheers from Bruno

Hello Bruno, thank you for your reply!

About the DSLR; I guess I wasn't very clear about that .. I want to combine using the drone cam footage and the DSLR footage together. Since the P4 has the option to film in 'raw' settings (greyish but with full range) and using cineware on the DSLR I hope to achieve some image consistency by colorgrading the two after the edit.. 
I fully agree with the point about the multicopter but budgetwise I have to start somewhere.. 

Thanx again!

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If you're looking to combine UAV & DSLR footage, you should keep in mind that the P4 shoots in 4/3 aspect ratio (I don't know if that can be changed - I fly a P3), and so if you want to combine the footage with a DSLR, you may also want a 4/3 aspect ratio in the DSLR like a Panasonic Lumix or an Olympus OMD-EM5-2, both of which are pretty good cameras.  And if you decide to upgrade to the Inspire with an X5, you'll find that Oly/Pana lenses will work there too.

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On 9/12/2016 at 0:12 PM, Vincent Robbesom said:

Are there any like minded souls around here..maybe with some experience on the choices that are up ahead?
And considering a small start budget I wonder if my assumption about the P4's possabilities to deliver semi pro footage is correct?

You mentioned dying from the inside due to the day-job.  I can completely relate to that.  While I've enjoyed working as a developer for the most part, I am mostly done with working for a company.  I have worked for myself in the past, and I *must* get back to it or I will definitely die. :)

On the P4 choice, while I just got mine, I did a ton of research, and while it's not the absolute best you can get, I think it does quite well.  I've shot a bunch of video of my property and surrounding area, haven't processed any of it yet (I'm just practicing) and even right out of the machine it looks pretty darn good.  I am also amazed at how steady and smooth the video is, and every time I have been up I have had 20-30 mph winds.  No kidding.  And I can't even tell it's windy out when looking at the video.

I think it will do you(us) just fine for a good while.  Just my newbie opinion.

Andy

 

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