Getting started with drone videography


Have you ever wondered how a film scene that sweeps over the mountains, deserts, and other stunning landscapes captured? You can easily capture these same kind of remarkable video footages with the aid of drone aerial videography. You will not require any Hollywood effects or any expert crew members, all you need is a remote controlled drones with attached camera equipment commonly known as unmanned aerial vehicle among hobbyist and enthusiasts.

Following the law

Before sending a flying remotely controlled vehicle into the sky, local aviation laws must be checked. According to the FAA guidelines, for instance in the United States, states that drones and any other model of UAVs must maintain a distance of less than 400 feet from the ground and must not enter within the 3 miles range of an airport or air traffic.
Although drones are permitted to be used for commercial purposes, but trespassing laws are strict as well in some states of United States. Flying a drone over someone's house or property or even someone’s head can be considered a trespassing violation in some states.

Safety Measures

Safety measures are a must before steering any sort of drones or UAVs. Just as flying any aircraft requires practice, similarly before getting to shooting aerial video footages with drones, practicing with a cheap drone is a must. We see pilots take extensive training before taking off in an aircraft, likewise amateur drone video capturers must practice flying a drone several times. To get better at capturing the phenomenal aerial video footages using drones nothing but only time and lots of practice will help.
There are some obvious safety measures that must be remembered by both amateurs and seasoned professional drone video capturers. There is always a possibility that something might get hit if the drone crashes. So how to handle such situations where you might face charges for damaging properties must be thought beforehand.
Unless you have extremely high confidence and experience, you should never attempt to fly over large crowd of people. If there is any area where you might collide with other manned aircrafts or come across unfavorable weather, those areas must be avoided.
In extremely high altitudes certain low-end and medium-end drones’ motors tend to freeze due to thin air and cannot function properly. Thus, before attempting any flight it is crucial to analyze all types of environmental conditions the drone which is being flown can handle.

Some basic shots for drone video filming

While phenomenal video footages can be captured using drones, but for both amateurs and experts some basic drone filming shots avail to capture some marvelous video footages.

  • Pan shot: shot is captured by moving the camera from left to right or from right to left
  • Pedestal shot: shot is captured by moving the camera vertically parallel to the subject
  • Still shot: shot is captured by recording action or activity; the camera is kept still
  • Tracking shot or Dolly shot: shot is captured by moving the camera parallel to the subject

The 5 Best Professional Drone Cameras for Aerial Videography

Along with skills for professional aerial videographers, quality equipment is equally crucial for phenomenal aerial footages.
Fortunately there are a ton of options to choose from which are outstanding for the professionals to use or for the amateurs to get quality footages with professional touch.
The following is a list of top 5 available drone cameras that are popular both among new enthusiasts and professionals:

DJI Phantom 3 Professional


In terms of both purchases and investments made, DJI is spontaneously becoming one of the most popular options among both amateurs and professionals.
The DJI company line DJI Phantom 3 is so far the most widespread choice. This line includes four models now: Standard, Advanced, 4K, and Professional.
Their second most-advanced model is DJI Phantom 3 Professional, which is especially designed for professional aerial videographers.
It comes with a massive 5 km control distance, 4K video, and flight time of 23 minutes.

This Quadcopter also offers five advanced flight modes:

  • Course Lock
  • Follow Me
  • Home Lock
  • Point of Interest
  • Waypoints
  • These self-determining modes let you focus on camera control and getting the right shot. This is why DJI Phantom 3 Professional is the right choice for professionals. It is best for aerial mapping and 3D modeling.

Phantom 4

an upgraded version of the Phantom 3 series was recently launched by DJI that can sense obstacles autonomously.

DJI Pianto 3 Professional

EXTRAS


These extra parts come with the Parrot AR. Drone 2.0:

  • Extra Propellers
  • For longer flight time extra AR. Drone 2.0 Battery

Features

  • 360 degree flips in either direction
  • 720p HD image
  • Video storage on the fly with either remote device or USB flash drive
  • JPEG photo capture
  • Charge battery compatible with any USB port
  • Flash memory of 4GB


Specs

  • Frequency: 5 Giga Hertz
  • Weight: 4 Pounds
  • Size: 23 x 5 x 23 Inches
  • Charging time: 1.5 Hours
  • Flight time: 10 -15 Minutes
  • Control distance: 50 Meters

YUNEEC Q500 4K Typhoon


Yuneec has been giving a rather very tough fight to DJI with its different drone cameras that comes with some exceptional features.
But till this day, their most advanced UAV is the Q500 4K Typhoon.
It offers a 3-axis gimbal camera built-in which has the capability to shoot 4K video and capture 12 megapixel still photos without any distortion lens.
The 4K Typhoon comes with autonomous flight modes, Watch Me and Follow Me to help you to get footage of the actions on the go.
To stay complaisant with FAA guidelines, another feature the No Fly Zone will help you.
Typhoon H, an advanced Hexacopter was also released by Yuneec.

Yuneec Q500 4K Typhoon

EXTRAS


Yuneec Q500 4K Typhoon comes with these extra parts:

  • Yuneec Landing Gear Skid Set
  • Yuneec Typhoon Propeller Guards
  • Extra Set of Batteries
  • Extra Set of Propellers

Features

  • 3-Axis Gimbal
  • GPS positioning
  • No Fly Zone feature to stay complaisant with FAA guidelines
  • 4k video
  • 12MP still images
  • Self- determining flight technology
  • Live FPV streaming to the controller

Specs

  • Frequency: 2.4 Giga Hertz
  • Weight: 3.7 Pounds
  • Charging time: 1-1.5 Hours (approx.)
  • Flight time: almost 25 minutes

3D Robotics Iris+

3D Robotics is the top choice when you are seeking advanced technology with autonomous flight option. The Iris+ can be controlled either manually with the controller or autonomously with any laptop or mobile device that supports Mac, PC, Linux, and Android.
Region of interest waypoint can be set to keep the Iris+ its camera focused on the location you want to capture.
For GoPro users and pro pilots who are trying to capture expert shots, 3D Robotics Iris+ is the ultimate choice.

3D Robotics Iris


EXTRAS


These extra parts come with 3D Robotics Iris+:

  • Extra Set of Batteries
  • Extra Set of Propellers
  • 64 GB Micro SD Memory Card
  • Brushless Gimbal Kit
  • Landing Gear Kit

Features

  • Autonomous flight modes
  • With the Droidplanner 2 app easily plans flights
  • 16 to 22 minute flight time

Specs

  • Frequency: 2.4 Giga Hertz
  • Weight: 2.82 Pounds
  • Flight time: 16-22 Minutes
  • Control distance: 999 Meters


Parrot AR. Drone 2.0


The AR. Drone line from Parrot is one of the most premier RC drones in the market with over 1 million users.
The Parrot AR. Drone 2.0 is a powerful camera drone which can shoot 720p HD video and can stream directly to the smartphone.
AR. FreeFlight app on the smartphone or tablet comes with options that show battery level, settings, Wifi availability, altitude and speed. These give access to switch cameras, record video, take a picture and control the drone with the left and right pads.

Parrot AR Drone

EXTRAS


These extra parts come with the Parrot AR. Drone 2.0:

  • Extra Propellers
  • For longer flight time extra AR. Drone 2.0 Battery

Features

  • 360 degree flips in either direction
  • 720p HD image
  • Video storage on the fly with either remote device or USB flash drive
  • JPEG photo capture
  • Charge battery compatible with any USB port
  • Flash memory of 4GB
Specs

  • Frequency: 5 Giga Hertz
  • Weight: 4 Pounds
  • Size: 23 x 5 x 23 Inches
  • Charging time: 1.5 Hours
  • Flight time: 10 -15 Minutes
  • Control distance: 50 Meters



DJI Inspire 1 PRO

The DJI Inspire 1 PRO is one of the leading RC drones for all divisions like aerial videography, photography, and cinematography.
It’s the first choice for any serious professional as it offers countless advanced features.
Firstly, it gives you an unobstructed 360-degree view of your surroundings as it has durable carbon fiber arms that when flying can move up and out of the camera’s view.
The upgraded PRO version of the Inspire 1 comes with on-board Zenmuse X5 camera that shoots 4K high quality video, takes 16 megapixel images, and also the videographer can change lenses. Raw video footage can also be captured which is perfect for professional filmmaking
The Inspire 1 PRO has dual-operator control feature. It means you can control the drone with two transmitters and two people simultaneously, so that one person can focus on flight control and the other can control the camera to get the perfect shot.

DJI Inspire 1 PRO


The DJI Inspire 1 PRO also avails five intelligent flight modes:

  1. Course Lock
  2. Follow Me
  3. Home Lock
  4. Point of Interest
  5. Waypoints

With the DJI Inspire 1 PRO you can simultaneously work with videography, cinematography, photography, and overall flight solution.


EXTRAS


DJI Inspire 1 PRO comes with these extra parts:

  • Extra Set of Propellers
  • Extra Set of Inspire 1 Batteries
  • Extra Set of DJI Inspire 1 Remote Controller to control dual-operator
  • Carrying Case
  • DJI Inspire Protective Lens
  • DJI Transmitter Sunshade
  • DJI Inspire 1 Battery Carrying Bag


Features

  • Intelligent flight technology: Course Lock, Follow Me, Home Lock, Point of Interest, Waypoints
  • One-button to land and take-off
  • 4K HD Zenume X5 video capability (built-in)
  • 16-megapixel camera
  • FPV camera capability using your mobile device
  • 94-degree wide angle lens
  • Flight time of up to 25 minutes
  • Arms can move up and out of the camera’s view when in flight
  • Gimbal can rotates 360 degrees to get the view around the drone
  • Specs
  • Frequency: 2.4 Giga Hertz
  • Weight: 2.82 Pounds
  • Flight time: 16-22 Minutes
  • Control distance: 999 Meters

Specs

  • Frequency: 2.4 Giga Hertz
  • Gimbal: 3-axis with 360-degree rotation
  • Weight: 6.5 Pounds
  • Size: 20 x 15 x 15 Inches
  • Flight time: 18 Minutes
  • Control distance: 2000 Meters

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