Five Tips for Shooting Amazing Drone Videos
Want to shoot amazing drone videos? Getting into quality aerial videography takes more than simply buying a drone. You’ll have to learn the ins-and-outs of piloting and know your drone like the back of your hand before you can take to the skies and create videos worthy of watching.
We’ve done some research on the topic to discover what will take you from amateur to professional the fastest. With time and practice, you’ll start creating some next-level videos.
1. Become a Proficient Pilot First
It’s easy to become obsessed with your new drone and want to publish some beautiful aerial footage on YouTube. However, before you even press record, you’ll want to take a decent amount of time and learn how to fly.
Don’t even think about footage for the first few months. That’s right, months. Instead, focus on the basics of flight. Not all drones are the same — some are more difficult to fly than others.
Test out a slow-moving flight; slow shots are the most cinematic. Practice moving along two axes of movement at the same time, those also make for some excellent shots. Develop your sensitivity with the sticks on the remote.
2. Create a Pre-Flight Checklist
Flying an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV), also known as a drone, is more complicated than it might seem when you see one soaring around a park. Additionally, most UAVs have an extremely limited flight time; you might only have 15 minutes in the air before you have to change or recharge your batteries.
Your pre-flight checklist should include:
· Make sure your drone is properly calibrated
· Have a disaster plan in place if there is a malfunction
· Know what flight settings you’ll be using
· Check your motor shafts
· Test your battery and its charges
You’ll likely want to add to this list for your own UAV. Every model has different needs and requirements.
3. Know All of Your Settings and Modes
Before you even take to the air, spend some time reading the manual. You’ll want to understand every setting and mode before you take off. Reaching this understanding will help ensure that you have truly amazing drone videos.
Some drones have an autopilot mode that you can configure manually. Make sure you know what you’re doing before you start to tinker with these settings. Be sure that you can switch back to manual mode at any time.
A strong aerial videographer will know how to fly with automatic and manual modes and understand which settings to use for the shot they’re trying to capture.
4. Start with Short Shots
One of the first things you’ll learn when you start shooting drone videos is that you need to slow your UAV way down. With some exceptions, most of the outstanding footage on YouTube features a slow-moving drone.
Think in terms of 4–8 second shots when you’re starting out. This requires that you have great control over your thumbs to be capable of moving slowly and steadily. Shooting short shots helps you cultivate the level of mastery you’ll need to start shooting some truly outstanding drone videos.
5. Use Two Axes of Movement
When you see truly amazing drone videos, are they moving in one direction, or two? Most likely, they’re moving in two directions at the same time. Even when you think of big-budget Hollywood-style aerial shots, they’re moving along two axes of movement.
What do we mean by two axes? In short, it means moving forward and upward at the same time, or backward and downward. Reaching this level of mastery takes time, but it’s possible. Keep practicing short shots with this type of movement and before you know it, you’ll be shooting truly amazing drone videos.
Once You’re Ready, We’ll Edit Your Footage
Have you accumulated a decent amount of drone footage? Instead of hunching over a laptop for hours learning how to edit, we’ll keep you flying by editing your raw footage for you. NoBurden’s video editing services will help you keep filming while we take care of the editing.