Drone Footage 001

I’ve been flying my DJI Phantom 4 drone almost every day since I bought it at the end of December. I love the bird’s eye view and being able to see my surroundings from a totally different perspective. I’ve flown 900 meters away and 400 meters up so far.

The drone’s camera captures 4K video locally and broadcasts back a live view during flight. One battery lasts up to 28 minutes so flights are like short escapes that can’t last too long.

I usually record each flight then watch later. The recorded video is sharper than the live video. Audio isn’t recorded since the quadcopter sounds like a swarm of bees so watching the video afterwards is similar to what I imagine being in space is like.

So far I’ve captured 2 hours 35 minutes of video. It’s adding up fast and 4K video takes up a lot of storage. Before I offload all those videos from my MacBook, I wanted to pull out some of the best views and piece them together in something shareable and easy to view.

This is what I came up with:

It was edited in Final Cut Pro X which is way out of my league, but I tried to time everything in the video with the audio track. It’s not perfect, but it’s a step up from my first flight where I only went 30 meters up and a few meters away.

Hopefully I’ll look back at this first video and laugh at the poor editing and the novice flight skills. I can already say that if I tried to reshoot this exact same video of random footage, I could do it much smoother and with more interesting shots so the next edition should be a step up.

Drone flying is super fun and I’m learning how to do it well with experience. The time spent in Final Cut will benefit my work too so it’s a good way to spend free time. I’ve only flown in a couple locations so far, too, so there’s a lot more to explore (and a lot left to learn).

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