Hope You Don’t Mind Us ‘Droning’ On


Look! Up in the sky! Is it a bird? Is it a plane? Is it a wiener dog?


Unfortunately, Acorn can’t fly. But our DJI Inspire 1 drone certainly can. The explosion of affordable camera equipment these days seems to be endless. Not that we’re complaining…we love trying new gear. We’ve been using our DJI drone as much as possible (of course!) and we’ve already sent it in for upgrades.

For all you gearheads out there, here are the specs on the Inspire 1:

• Video: 4K @ 24-30 fps, or 1080p @ 24-60fps
• Photos: 12 Megapixels
• Lens: 9 elements in 9 groups including an aspherical element
• 1/2.3 inch CMOS sensor
• 94⁰ wide-angle FOV
• 3-axis, 360⁰ rotating gimbal

Want more? http://www.dji.com/product/inspire-1/feature

Okay, why all the buzz? What makes a drone such an awesome (and fun) filmmaking tool? Well, first let’s consider the types of shots you can achieve. Guaranteed some of the epic aerial views in your favorite new action movie were shot using a drone.

AR-AH830_DRONE_P_20141113113334A drone from ‘November Man’ (Relativity Media)

Now, filmmakers with smaller budgets can still bring their creative visions to life and raise the production value of their work. Check out this article from IndieWire for examples of what drone filmmaking can look like:http://www.indiewire.com/article/watch-10-films-that-show-you-what-drone-filmmaking-can-look-like

So, how does it work? Most drones use a remote control with two joysticks (think XBox or PlayStation…did we get your attention, gamers?) Both of these joysticks control the quadcopter’s movement. One stick manipulates roll (moving left and right) and pitch (moving up and down). The other stick controls throttle and the rotation.

Not into joysticks? As usual, there’s an app for that! Another control option certain drone models offer is a flying app used on your smartphone. Although somewhat less precise, it can provide a live video view from the quadcopter camera. Just be sure your thumbs are nimble…

If you aren’t already hooked (or even if you are), check out more drone footage in this article from the ever-reliable B&H!http://www.bhphotovideo.com/explora/content/3-awesome-videos-shot-drones-and-how-they-were-made

That’s all for now, folks. Until next time…we’re going back into the skies!

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