8 Drone Footage HACKS in 4 min

Today we are talking about drone footage hacks you can apply instantly to improve your footage. I’ll try and keep it short and sweet, so let see if we can do 8 drone footage hacks in 4 min. These Drone video tips are all designed around DJI drones, like the best drone DJI Mavic Pro and Phantom but the principles apply to other brands as well to improve drone footage.

 

 

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Drone footage included is kindly provided by my good youtube friend Sean Ozz. I highly encourage you to check out his channel below as he is providing some really quality content from drone paradise Dillon Colorado he surely knows these best drone video tips.

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8 Drone Footage HACKS in 4 min

Tip 8: Don’t use auto mode, only use manual mode for the camera setting. Switch your drone into manual and fix your iso to 100 and set your white balance to the appropriate weather type.

Tip 7: Only use flat color profiles like D-Cinelike or D-log formats. This will preserve the maximum dynamic range in your footage. In other words, keep all the details. You can apply color correction or LUT’s in post-production. Don’t rely on the camera to make those decisions for you

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All you need to know about LUT’s
https://www.youtube.com/user/CaseyFaris777
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Tip 6: Shoot in 4K if possible, even it’s not really not needed, but if this is the native camera resolution you will get the best possible quality. 4K offer many advantages + you can scale it down to 1080p in post-production. 4K you can crop without loss of quality to 1080p.

Tip 5: Movies are shoot 24fps with a few exceptions. Shoot with this 24 or 25 fps to generate a cinematic look. These framerate generates a decent amount of motion blur to generate that familiar look that is pleasant to the eye. Getting the right amount of motion blur requires the shutter speed to be kept at double the framerate.

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ND Filter Tutorial

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oUNeCMxh5yU
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Tip4: Think about your composition when shooting. Use the rule of 3rd to make your footage look more interesting. Obeying the rule of 3rd, your primary subject should be shifted to either sides or top/bottom. The rule of 3rd is not a law, but will definitely help the look of your footage.

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https://www.slrlounge.com/stills-motion-composition-video/
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Tip3: When recording, try to keep it to the 3S: Slow, Smooth and Simple. Keeping it simple, with only one direction without correction will often produce a more convincing result. If you are not happy with the result, repeat it again until you get it right. You can combine it with a soft gimbal tilt if you wanna go more advanced.

Tip2: The worst condition for filming in bright sunlight. This will make your shutter speed very fast, especially on drones with no aperture to control the amount of light entering the camera. High shutter speed does not only reduce the motion blur but could also make your footage look stuttering or jerky because even the slightest vibration or movement is captured by the camera. Use the sun to your advantage and keep it behind or on the side of the drone, and use it in your favor as a big light source from behind.

Tip1: The right lighting is so important for a great result. That’s why you should plan your shooting during the first and last hour of the day. This is by the professionals called the golden hour, because of the soft light and the long shadows.

 

 

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Halloween Drone – A DIY Pumpkin Drone

With Halloween approaching very fast, we are doing a DIY pumpkin drone here at the channel.

 

 

Last week where we completed the Halloween Drone basic build. Today we are going to fire it up and configure the HobbyKing KK2.0 Flight controller and hopefully take on its maiden flight. If you did not watch last week’s episode you can find it here:

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DIY Pumpkin Drone Build – HALLOWEEN Idea 😉
Including DIY Pumpkin Drone parts list in description:
DIY Pumpkin Drone Build – HALLOWEEN Idea 😉
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About the Hobbyking KK2.0 Flight controller (now Hobbyking KK2.1.5)
The KK2.0 is a fairly simple controller that lets you configure directly on the board with the 4 buttons below the LCD, with no need for laptops or tablets. This is good 16 USD controller, to learn the basic os DIY RC before moving into to more advanced stuff.

I will not spend a lot of time going through every setting of KK2.0 as there are many in-depth videos on Youtube explaining this. Like this one from eluminerRC with an easy to follow instruction how to do it.

 

 

DIY Pumpkin Drone setup:

There a few critical operations from the eluminerRC guide shown in the video
1: Calibration of the accelerometers.
2: ESC or Speed controller calibration
3: Check motor direction.
4: Check the motor response.
The goal of today’s Maiden flight is to make it hover, and possibly adjust to it does not drift too much. FC Outside. Remember this drone does not have any help from GPS to hold it’s position. Basically, any drift needs to be adjusted through the remote. You might also have to adjust a little bit on the PI settings on the KK2.0 controller to make it good. I ended up using the recommended PI settings from a guy called Dennis Baldwin, that has to build a quad with identical components.

 

 

We did not seem to have enough thrust for decent performance, so we had props to a bigger size 1045. We did not have to go for from a 3S lipo to a 4S to boost the performance, 3S seems to be enough for now.

With 1045 I’m happy with the base performance, we could mount the sound system. As a sound system, we are using a speaker that will take an SD card, and we have loaded the card with scary sounds. it’s a bit on the heavy side, with a weight almost equal to one battery.

Now it’s ready for the test flight. Stay tuned and make sure to hit that bell notification icon below, so you get notified when it’s online. Take care and see you on the next one

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DIY Pumpkin Drone Build – HALLOWEEN Idea ;-)

With Halloween approaching very fast, we have decided to do something special and we got a Halloween idea. We are gonna do a Halloween Pumpkin Drone and in the case likely the first in the world. A flying Pumpkin Quadcopter with lights and scary sound.

 

 

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I sometimes get the question why the channel is called Drones & Electric Unicycles, when most of the drone stuff is around DJI Mavic Pro.1 Before I purchased my Mavic I was building my own stuff so I know the ropes. I was especially fascinated by Tricopters and Quads. build a lot those from scrap parts picked up around the net. This build will be using parts from one of those builds to make the Halloween Pumpkin Drone combined with a Plastic Pumpkinhead picked at a local store.

Before we get to the part where we integrate the pumpkin, lights, and sound into the Halloween Gimmick we need to make a stable quadcopter platform. To be able to build a quadcopter we need some essential parts like 4 motors, 4 props, 4 ESC (speed controllers), 1 flight controller and an RC link. On top of that, we need a battery to power the drone, and RC transmitter to control it, and a frame to strap it on. This is the basis of any quadcopter, anything else like camera and GPS is just icing on the cake, but clearly makes the flying experience better especially for new pilots
If you can complete this build, you have the basic knowledge to build your own stuff.

In case you are up for it, we will only use easily accessible parts that can be purchased either on Amazon and the local hardware store. We have found out the prices on Amazon are not competitive, so the list below is from HobbyKing instead.

Basic components for this Halloween idea

Hobbyking KK2.0 flight controller (now Hobbyking KK 2.1.5)
https://hobbyking.com/en_us/hobbyking-kk2-1-5-multi-rotor-lcd-flight-control-board-with-6050mpu-and-atmel-644pa.html

1350KV 28-26 Brushless motor
https://hobbyking.com/en_us/propdrive-v2-2826-1350kv-brushless-outrunner-motor.html

30A Speed Controllers (need to have UBEC to power flight controller)
https://hobbyking.com/en_us/hobby-king-30a-esc-3a-ubec.html?wrh_pdp=3

3S lipo battery – 25C / 2200mAh
https://hobbyking.com/en_us/zippy-compact-2200mah-3s-25c-lipo-pack.html

Battery alarm
https://hobbyking.com/en_us/hobbykingtm-lipo-voltage-checker-2s-8s.html

1045 propellers (you need minimum 2 pairs)
https://hobbyking.com/en_us/1045-glass-fiber-nylon-black.html

RC Transmitter & Receiver
https://hobbyking.com/en_us/hobby-king-2-4ghz-6ch-tx-rx-v2-mode-2.html

Connection wires (RC link to flight controller)
https://hobbyking.com/en_us/10cm-female-to-female-servo-lead-jr-26awg-10pcs-set.html

Double adhesive foam pads
https://hobbyking.com/en_us/3m-gyro-mounting-pad-3pcs-bag.html

You also need:

  • Bullet connectors
  • Wire Red/Black
  • Heat Shrink
  • XT60 Connectors (MALE)

Frame & Others for this Halloween idea

  • Pumpkinhead and lights (super lightweight)
  • Speaker with SD card (as light as possible)
  • Aluminium or wood profiles
  • MDF plate (5mm) or really thin plywood plates
  • Bolt and screws
  • Electrical binders (strips)
  • Hot glue

Watch the video to see how to assemble the Halloween Pumpkin Drone

I know this was not very nice to keep you hanging like that 😉 In the next episode I’m firing up the drone, configure the flight controller and install the sound system, and make the first test flight. Stay tuned and make sure to hit that bell notification icon below, so you get notified when it’s online.

Tool for Motor / Thrust Calculation

https://www.ecalc.ch/xcoptercalc.php

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