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By John O. Brooks

Drone Footage have become famous and popular on the internet nowadays. It’s very normal to see the footage from all over the world whilst more and more people entering the world of drones. Drones are affordable and accessible these days and nearly anyone can be able to manage to fly one.

However, flying a drone is one thing while shooting good quality footage with it is completely a different thing.

To impress your viewers with your Drone Shots, your shooting should be on a top level. After watching your Drone Footage, it becomes clear in your viewer’s eyes in seconds whether you actually know what you are doing or not. There is no doubt that using a Drone needs enough practice and some skills and planning to
make the best out of it. The more you practice flying your Drone, the more you become better on it.
So, here I am sharing with you a bunch of tips that will hopefully help you to make your drone footage more natural and realistic.

1. Plan your entire shot

You should always plan your shot before starting to fly. What do you want to get from the video, or which angle you are going to capture, everything should be planned. I know it is very tough work to plan everything from the ground as you don’t get the whole picture from the above but trust me, at least trying to have some ideas about your path and lines helps you to get better footage. Picture your
expected movements in your head and start practicing them. It’s impossible to get that flawless and perfect view, but by practicing them you can have a nice, smooth and steady result in the end.

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2. Slow and steady wins the race

The best footage comes then when you start shooting by flying slow. It allows you to capture the footage vividly. By flying slow, you’re giving some time to your viewer to understand the whole scenario and dig into it. It creates a cinematic feeling in your video which should be your main target.

3. Fly low

As an aerial videographer, you should always keep in mind that flying high endangers your drone and your footage, especially when the wind speed is high.
Flying high is good but it doesn’t mean that you should do it all the time. It’s very risky if the wind is around 15-20 mph, it could probably damage your drone. Thus, to capture some nice and steady footage, I recommend flying lower, where the wind speed is not that high, the drone will be more controllable.

4. Fly backward

Flying backward is one of the cool techniques to make your drone footage more natural and cinematic. When you move forward, you’re focusing only on one specific detail. But when you’re flying backward, it reveals more details in your footage such as
trees, lakes, buildings, hills, people, etc.
Though to some of you, flying backward might seem difficult, which is totally okay. You can use the speed duration tool in your video editor to reverse your footage.

5. Avoid rough movements

You can’t just move your camera here and there to bring the cinematic feeling to your footage. Jerky movements are really disturbing to the viewers and it kill the liveliness of the footage. They make the video look robotic. I recommend you not to switch your speed and angles constantly but rather keep your position steady and use controlled and smooth movements as much as possible. By doing so, the video will feel natural and cinematic.

6. Don’t rush to the main object

It is a common rookie mistake to start shooting your main object at first sight. You must always keep a storyline in your footage. Add some contexts first, it brings excitement to the viewer’s eyes. Build up your shot, and slowly fly over your object and reveal it.

7. Golden hour light

The term Golden Hour refers to the period before the sunset and after the sunrise, when the sunlight is warmer and softer than the usual. Using the camera in the afternoon can damage the exposure because of the bright harsh light of the sun. Thus, I highly recommend that you shoot right before or after the sunset. It
will make your landscape shot look professional and beautiful.

9. Add a zoom

Adding a zoom is an easy way to create that nice and cinematic atmosphere to your shot. Keep it small and smooth, don’t make it too clear-cut or too obvious. This way, the viewer gets carried in really slow. The dolly zoom effect can also be a very cool technique, it is very effective for 4k footage which is outputed at 1080p for
the final video.

8. Add a sound clip

Music is like wings to the viewer’s mind. A piece of perfect matching music with your footage could help making your video popular. It beautifies your footage and brings the natural feeling in the video. Do not add music which doesn’t suit to your video, your video
might end up being weird in the end. It’s difficult but there are a million of audios on the Internet, get one with the permission and add it to your video.

10. Edit your video

To get the best out of your shots, you need to know how to edit your drone footage. It is one of the most important post-production processes. It manipulates and rearranges your shots for your the final product. Titling, color grading, sound mixing are very important tasks for aerial videography. Remove the unwanted footages, pick the best ones, create a flow, add effect, graphic, and music and you’re ready to shine.

Always bear in mind that, safety first. Drones are tools. You can’t treat them as toys.

Launch the drone into the sky within the law in your area and within your limits.

I hope with these quick tips you can explore and generate some cool content.

If you have more tips or ideas on how to make cool and professional videos please post them below!


Author Bio

John O. Brooks is a photographer, videographer, and a technology freak. He loves to live in the camera world. His camera is the best friend of him in this world, he says. He finds peace sharing his knowledge through developing contents about
photography and videography.

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Gothenburg, Sweden, June 19, 2018 — Two of the toughest professional sports, The Drone Racing League (DRL), the international, premier drone racing circuit, and Team Brunel, the first-place, global nautical-race sailing crew, teamed up to create this daring Drone x Ocean Racers video. Featuring the best pilots and sailors zipping along the coast of Gothenburg, Sweden, the video celebrates DRL and Team Brunel’s shared passion for extreme speed, world class engineering and legendary race locations.

In the clip, DRL pilots Niklas “UpsidedownFPV” Solle and Dino “Dino” Joghi show off their freestyle flying skills with custom-built DRL Racer3 drones, launching from the bow of the high-performance Team Brunel boat. Soaring at 90 miles per hour, the pilots flip, twist and swirl their drones through turbulent 15-knot winds, nosedive down 150-feet high cranes, and whip around the 65-foot long sailboat as it rocks over choppy waves. The rough conditions caused a DRL drone to free-fall and drown in the water and a photography drone to crash on top of a crane (which was later rescued).

A Fierce Adventure

“Bringing the sport of the future to the ocean was a fierce adventure,” said DRL CEO and Founder, Nicholas Horbaczewski. “We’re excited to have collaborated with Team Brunel, who like DRL, challenges elite athletes through highly competitive, insanely fast racing in spectacular spots around the world, while testing true racing skills through identically designed technology: DRL pilots fly the same drones and Team Brunel sails the same boats as their competitors.”

“The combination of DRL drone pilots and sailors that both push the boundaries is very powerful,” said Brunel Manager Global Marketing Steven Biester. “In this race we rely heavily on drones to tell the story. The current technology makes it possible to show footage of the extremely harsh sailing whichwas impossible until now. By telling this story we can engage our twelve thousand employees working at Brunel and reach out to thousands of professionals seeking a new challenge. Driven by results and with the highest ambitions for ourselves and our people, we’re all engineered to move faster. Across oceans but also in business and the careers of our people.”

Sailors Tried to Fly Drones
The DRL Pilots boarded the boat after teaching FPV (First Person View) flying in an abandoned factory to quad-obsessed, Team Brunel sailors including:

  • Olympic Gold Medalist and 2017 America’s Cup champion, Peter Burling
  • 2013 America’s Cup champion, Kyle Langford, and
  • On-board-reporter known for innovating sailing media capture with drone photography, Sam Greenfield

“It was an absolutely amazing experience to fly DRL racing drones from Team Brunel’s sailboat. It felt crazy to fly around from a swaying boat while watching it sail from the perspective of my FPV goggles,” said DRL Pilot UpsidedownFPV.

“Flying a DRL drone from a heeling boat was definitely one of the most memorable freestyle sessions I’ve ever had. It was also interesting to have to deal with the wind in an opposite way to the sailors. While the ocean racers used the wind to spin and push the boat forward, UpsidedownFPV and I had to avoid getting our drones caught in the same wind,” said DRL Pilot Dino. 

Team Brunel crew members filmed the video in between practice rounds during their Gothenburg, Sweden ocean race — the second-to-last leg of their 46,000 mile adventure, which they won. UpsidedownFPV and Dino are top competitors in the 2018 DRL Allianz World Championship Season, which will premiere on September 6, 2018 on ESPN and air on leading sports broadcast networks including Sky, Prosieben, and Groupe AB in 75+ countries worldwide. 


DRL is the pro drone racing sport for elite FPV pilots around the world. A technology, sports and media company, DRL combines world-class media and proprietary technology to create thrilling drone racing content with mass appeal. In 2018 DRL is hosting a global series of seven races, the Allianz World Championship, to be broadcast on ESPN, Sky Sports, ProSiebenSat.1 Media SE, Groupe AB, Disney XD, OSN, FOX Sports Asia and other leading broadcast channels around the world. Founded by Nicholas Horbaczewski in 2015, DRL is a privately held company headquartered in NYC. For more information on DRL, visit To join the conversation, follow DRL on Facebook at, on Twitter @DroneRaceLeague, and on Instagram @thedroneracingleague.

For the fourth time, Team Brunel takes part in this nautical marathon where teamwork, perseverance and engineering make the difference between eternal glory and forever wondering what if. Brunel International N.V. is an international service provider specializing in the flexible deployment of knowledge and capacity in the fields of Engineering, Oil & Gas, Aerospace, Automotive, ICT, Finance, Legal and Insurance & Banking. Services are provided in the form of Project Management, Secondment and Consultancy. Incorporated in 1975, Brunel has since become an International group with a strong global brand. Operation from its own international network of 106 branch offices in 37 countries, we have over 12,000 employees and an annual revenue of EUR 790 million (2017). The company is listed at Euronext Amsterdam N.V. and included in the Amsterdam Small Cap Index (AScX).

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MINNEAPOLIS — One drone pilot combined racing drones and cinematography to claim a $1,000 prize for his work.

Nicolas Gaillard, a freestyle first-person view drone pilot based in France, won a weekly contest on with his video titled “FPV – Maiden Flight.” Gaillard previously flew camera drones like the DJI platform before getting into FPV (first-person view). After just one week of flying a mini quad, Gaillard put together an award-winning video.

Gaillard said he spent 20 hours on a flight simulator before making the transition from camera drones to FPV mini quads. His winning video of his maiden flight featured shots of the French Alps, including forests, mountains and a ski resort.

FPV drones, which allow the pilot to see the camera’s view by wearing goggles, are becoming an increasingly popular tool for cinematic films. As seen in Gaillard’s video, FPV drones are able to fly in tight spaces and with unique movement while still capturing high-quality footage. Many more of the world’s best and award-winning FPV videos can be found on AirVuz.

Gaillard was the second FPV pilot to win the AirVūz Drone Video of the Week contest. Pilot JZFPV previously won with his video that featured an X-Games gold medalist skateboarder. Each week, the AirVūz curation staff selects five videos as finalists for the contest. Fans have the chance to vote to choose the winner from the five finalists.

The Drone Video of the Week contest follows the success of the inaugural AirVūz Drone Video Awards, which selected the best drone videos and photos of 2017. Voters chose winners in 13 categories from a total of more than 33,000 videos.

For more information about the contest, contact Tyler Mason, Director of Public Relations, at


About AirVūz

Since its launch in 2015, AirVūz has become the world’s leading drone video and photography sharing platform and global community for drone pilots and aerial media enthusiasts. Drone enthusiasts worldwide can upload and share videos and photos in unlimited quantity and at no cost. Site users have free access to an ever-growing library of drone media content including easily browsable categories such as travel, extreme sports, golf courses, drone racing, landmarks and more. AirVūz users also have access to original AirVūz content, including the weekly AirVūz News program, profiles of top content creators, product reviews, and how-to information for drone pilots on how to take and edit high quality drone video.

MINNEAPOLIS — Two of the biggest names in the drone industry are teaming up to provide a new series of content to fans around the world. and Rotor Riot have partnered to unveil “Rotor Riot Presents:” The self-described “semi-fictional, satirical entertainment” series features some of the top FPV (first-person view) drone pilots in the world. The first episode premiered on AirVūz this week and featured Philadelphia-based pilot Botgrinder. Each episode of the series will showcase a different FPV pilot.

In the inaugural episode, Botgrinder flies with fellow pilots Zoroe and Cricket as they attempt to pull off a challenging maneuver called the “Philly Corkscrew.” Botgrinder thinks his ticket to making it big in the FPV world is by getting noticed by Rotor Riot — and that means executing this tough stunt. Viewers who want to see if Botrgrinder can complete it will have to watch through the end of the episode.

AirVūz was launched in 2015 and is the host site of thousands of drone videos and photographs from all over the world. In addition to promoting the work of its global community of content creators, AirVūz also produces original drone-related content.

Rotor Riot was founded in 2015 by Chad Kapper after he saw the rise in popularity of drone racing and FPV drones. Rotor Riot is a collaborative of some of the world’s top drone pilots and boasts one of the largest drone-specific groups on Facebook, with more than 27,000 fans active in the group.

“I could tell this was going to be a thing and a movement and a lifestyle, so I wanted to create a brand that preserved and gave that culture a rally point,” Kapper said. “That’s what Rotor Riot is.”

Rotor Riot also offers a popular podcast for FPV pilots and is “always striving to entertain, educate and inspire people through kick-ass content.” Now its latest creation, “Rotor Riot Presents:” offers a glimpse into the different styles of drone pilots all over the world.

Kapper said the show takes a satirical approach: “We wanted to exaggerate things for the sake of entertainment and have fun with it. But the basis and foundation comes from a very real place, and you can’t make that up.”

For more information, contact Tyler Mason, Director of Public Relations, at

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FlytBase Inc., the company bringing intelligence and connectivity to the drones, today announced the release of an automated precision-landing solution, FlytDock – the world’s smartest visual target landing solution, compatible with the widest range of drones.

Precision landing is a critical requirement for a large number of commercial drone applications, be it autonomous routine patrols for security & surveillance, package delivery at multiple locations, remote inspections using docking stations or a GPS-denied environment like a warehouse. It is one of the key components for automating and deploying drone operations at scale.

GPS alone is not accurate, IR beacons get affected by surrounding conditions and require power on the landing site, RTK-GPS is complex to setup, requires additional infrastructure and it still does not give the desired results.

FlytDock enables the drone to precisely align and land itself on the site with a centimeter-level accuracy. It works across conditions; whether it is landing in day or night, outdoor or indoor (GPS-denied) environment, on a ground-level or elevated platform, or even on a moving or floating (in water) platform. Powered by FlytOS, this intelligent plugin utilizes computer vision techniques and dedicated landing algorithms to precisely align, approach and land the multirotor on a visual marker on the ground. There is no infrastructure/electronics required on the landing site, making it easy to deploy at scale. Further, the system can be remotely managed and controlled over cloud (4G/LTE).

Nitin Gupta, CEO of FlytBase, commented, “At FlytBase we are building the core software platform for automating and scaling enterprise drone applications. Precision-landing is an essential component for the success of several such autonomous deployments. With FlytDock, we have been able to assist our customers looking for a robust and reliable solution for precision landing on docking/charging stations, for security, delivery and inspection applications.”

FlytDock is readily compatible with DJI Enterprise, Ardupilot, and PX4 based drones.

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FlytBase is a software platform for automating and scaling drone applications. It allows easy deployment and scaling of intelligent automated drones, connected with cloud-based business applications. FlytBase is compatible with all major drones and hardware platforms. Built-in enterprise-grade security, reliability and various deployment options, make FlytBase a platform of choice for various commercial drone applications.

To learn more about FlytBase, visit, or write to

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San Francisco-based food innovator JUST has a bold vision for the future of food. To highlight this, they flew more than 7,000 miles to film in a remote and challenging location that embodies their mission to help everyone, everywhere eat well. Watch the ad (powered by Freefly’s Alta-8) and learn more about JUST’s efforts to combat micronutrient deficiency in Liberia in this story from industry journal Food Dive, which ran Monday.

The concept for JUST’s ad was simple. They wanted to show the world a place where people live hard but joyful lives with an unparalleled sense of pride, purpose and community. Getting the shot wasn’t so simple. That place was West Point, one of the most crowded, chaotic areas in Monrovia, Liberia.

So JUST’s resident filmmaker enlisted a four-person crew who — with limited time, resources and on-the-ground knowledge — packed their bags and passports for an exhilarating and emotional adventure they’d never forget. Our filmmaker told the team what we wanted to accomplish and discussed various ways to execute it. They eventually settled on using a drone that would deliver the camera into a camera operator’s hands who then finished the shot on the ground.

Enter Freefly’s Alta-8, a large eight-rotor drone — perfect for smooth, precise, and dynamic control of camera movement. One crew-member was a pro at operating remote controlled camera rigs in unpredictable conditions and this time he’d have to deal with the hot sun, sweeping crosswinds and dive-bombing birds of prey. Another crew-member operated the camera during the flight and a third was the reluctant drone “catcher” who carried the camera (with the drone still attached) for the final leg of the single, seamless and stunning shot. A fourth served as first assistant camera, managing the 40lb. drone-camera’s focus and aperture from the ground.

Everyone on the team had to be mindful of the sizeable crowds of locals, mostly throngs of excited children, who poured into narrow streets and passageways to gawk at the spectacle. Over the course of several days, our Liberian colleagues, local community leaders and police kept the peace and ensured that inhabitants of the bustling neighborhood could go about their daily routines with such unexpected visitors present.

The resident filmmaker directed the shoot and ensured the team got everything they needed – height (200 feet), distance (300 feet), performance, staging, etc. as well as editing, sound design and music. He spent an entire day recording natural sound at different heights or altitudes across Monrovia for this shot. In the end, the entire shoot took more than a dozen takes and a fraction of the crew and equipment that would have typically been necessary to pull off such a cinematic feat.

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This video was made by and shows the second tournement of the Dutch National Championship FPV drone racing.

The Dutch National Championship “NK Drone Race” is a competition held by the KNVvL and the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale (FAI).

Two pilots here in the Dutch National Championship are also racing in the Drone Racing League (DRL) – Shaggy and Dino from the Netherlands.




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[unable to retrieve full-text content]DRL pilot Gab707 hiked three hours off trail to fly Kilauea volcano on Hawaii’s Big Island on April 19th, just three weeks before it started erupting. Tough to fly here – strong winds, very turbulent near the ground, no landmarks – but Gab got within 4 meters of the lava for some epic angles.

Assessing what GDPR means for commercial drone hardware and software vendors, service providers, and enterprise users.

By Colin Snow and Charlotte Ziems

Have you noticed an increase in the number of emails lately that say “we have updated our privacy policies and terms of service”? It’s not just the big players like Amazon, Apple, Google, and YouTube, it’s just about everyone – and for good reason. They’re all preparing for May 25, 2018, when new regulations go into effect that apply to personally identifiable data they collect on citizens of the European Union.

Disclaimer: Nothing in this post should be interpreted as legal advice—you alone are responsible for GDPR compliance and should consult legal counsel to do so. We’ll assess only the basic GDPR concepts you should know, and at a high level. So let’s start with the basics.

What is GDPR?

On May 25, 2018, the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will go into effect to protect the rights of Europeans to access and control their personal data. This means any brand that collects and processes the personal data of individuals in the European Union, regardless of that brand’s location, needs to comply with GDPR requirements by the May deadline.

Note that the laws are still being interpreted and definitions changing, so you’ll want to pay attention.

What are the important GDPR requirements?

  • The right to be informed, or being transparent about what you collect and how you use it (Article 12, 13, and Article 14 number 11)
  • The right of access, or allowing individuals to see what personal data you’re processing and storing (Article 15)
  • The right to rectification, or allowing individuals to have their personal data corrected (Article 16)
  • The right to erasure, also known as the right to be forgotten (Article 17)
  • The right to restrict processing, or allowing individuals to stop you from performing operations (collecting, processing, storing, etc.) on personal data (Article 18)
  • The right to data portability, or giving individuals the personal data you have about them (Article 20)
  • The right to object, or prevent you from processing their personal data (Article 21)

Why should you care?

Depending on the nature of the infringement, fines for noncompliance can range from between €10 million and €20 million, or between 2% and 4% of your worldwide annual revenue of the prior financial year, whichever is higher.

Do those in the commercial drone industry need to be GDPR compliant?

That depends. If you have any clients, or have contacts, or perform work in the EU, then yes. The regulation applies when you collect, store, and process data or images that constitutes someone’s “personal data” (such as names, email addresses, phone numbers, etc.), or “personal identifiable information” (such as aerial images of and georeferences to persons).

Who in the commercial drone market might it apply to?

  • Agriculture – probably not those collecting agricultural data, since that type of data rarely attaches personally identifiable information (or personal data) of an individual.
  • Film / Photo / Video – it definitely applies to drone wedding photographers, real estate photographers, film companies, and any other commercial service. GPDR states that pictures containing peoples that can be identified are to be considered personal information and must be handled with care. Unless you are using the pictures for news or art, you must have a consent from the person giving you permission to publish the picture.
  • Inspecting and monitoring – probably not those collecting data on structures (such as towers, transmission lines, or oil rigs), since it rarely attaches personally identifiable information (or personal data) to an individual, but definitely yes to those performing site monitoring where individuals can be tagged or identified.
  • GIS (mapping and surveying) – it depends on the downstream use of the data you collect. You are in the chain of custody and custodians may need to generalize or filter identifiable features or patterns of people from geospatial information.
  • Cloud-based data services – same as GIS. You are in the chain of custody and may need to filter information; otherwise, your risk is high.

Where can you go to find out more information?




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