Amazon.com on Wednesday announced that it had made its first drone delivery to a customer.
The drone flight delivered a 4.7 pound package, taking 13 minutes to cover about 2 miles, flying from an Amazon warehouse over the English countryside to a landing pad placed in a customer’s yard. The story is all told in a neatly packaged video produced by Amazon that shows the warehouse and a man ordering the package, then walking out to his yard to receive it from a landing pad. Inside? A Fire TV and a bag of popcorn.
DJI released “The Circle,” a 14-minute short film starring Ryan Phillippe and Noah Schnapp (Will Byers from Stranger Things) as an estranged father and son (respectively) in Depression-era America.
The Circle was shot entirely on the Inspire 2, using the drone’s X5R camera for every shot in the film. It was created by Academy Award-winning cinematographer Claudio Miranda, known for his work on “Life of Pi,” “Oblivion,” and “Tron.”
“The advantage is obvious on smaller projects when you can’t afford cranes and all of the technicians that come along with it,” said Executive Producer Dana Brunetti.
2016 saw plenty of developments in the drone industry — sense and avoid in consumer-level drones, better cameras for a lower price, and all around crazy low prices for drones.
Because of that, drones are easier than ever to access, which also means that the standards for drone photography and videography are higher. It’s not enough to send a drone in the air and get a cool shot just because it’s an aerial shot.
Now films need to have some type of story — and incredible aerial visuals.
This year’s Flying Robot international Drone Film Festival showcased exactly that. The 2nd annual FRiFFest in San Francisco, happened earlier this month at the Roxie Theater in the city’s Mission District. The festival received 180 submissions from 40 countries. Across 8 categories, 25 films were showcased at the festival.
I thought The Drone, which one best cinematic narrative, was absolutely brilliant and hilarious. Moon Line, which won in multiple categories, had me wondering the whole time, ‘how’d they do that?’
For some inspiration for your own drone videography, check out these winners (and for those of you who couldn’t watch the show in-person, you can watch all the winning videos below too):
Best in Show: Moon Line, Frédéric Rousseau [France]
Cinematic Narrative: The Drone, Jordan Rubin [USA]
B&H has all kinds of drone deals! I love B&H because they offer free standard shipping. Why pay for Amazon Prime when you can order from B&H and get shipping free? Don’t wait until Black Friday either. B&H’s deals are available now!
DJI Phantom 3 Standard PLUS Extra Battery ($449 – reduced from $499): At $449, the Phantom 3 Standard is $50 more than what you would get from DJI’s site if you were to purchase it through B&H. However, here’s why B&H is actually a better deal! B&H gives all customers of its Phantom 3 Standard an extra battery. Considering the battery costs $149 (and believe me, you’ll want to buy another one), the B&H deal is a steal. *Drone Girl top deal pick*
DJI earlier this week announced its new Phantom 4 drone, which can sense obstacles in front, behind and on both sides of it, and it has left industry experts wondering how much downward price pressure the drone-making behemoth can put on the industry.
The new Phantom 4 Pro, priced at $1,499, is an improvement on the Phantom 4 drone, which is also targeted to the prosumer segment and has only one sensor on the front.
Because you’re probably one of the 9 million people out there who have already seen this “epic Halloween prank” video (or your friends who know you love drones have sent it to you 9 million times), here’s an ALL-NEW Halloween drone video!
Autel is capitalizing on the joke around their ‘orange pumpkin’ drone nickname and checking out how their drone stacks up against some real pumpkins.
They took some drones and dressed them in costumes including a Phantom, a Parrot, a Hero, a Typhoon and a Solo — Han Solo.
In my own reviews, I’ve found that the X-Star holds up quite well to crashes. However, spoiler alert: the X-Star does NOT hold up to pumpkin collisions. Check it out:
For the record — the orange color of Autel’s drone actually has a purpose — better visibility of the drone while flying!
This week I am super excited because I now have my remote pilot certificate from the Federal Aviation Administration. I wanted to tell you a little bit about my experience, how I studied, and what to expect.
While most testing centers do take walk-ins, it’s best if you call ahead. The FAA has designated two private companies to administer the test— either Computer Assisted Testing Service (also known as cats) or PSI / LaserGrade Computer Testing. I chose LaserGrade just because it’s the closest to where I live.