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.
Thanks so much to all the fans that met up with me at Interdrone!
The drone industry has come a long way since last year’s Interdrone. Last year it was unclear even how journalists could legally use drones. There was no Part 107 test, and we didn’t have the sense and avoid in consumer drones like we have today.
I saw some of my favorite consumer drone makers, and plenty of new ones. I got a kick out of the drone with claw arms from Japanese company Prodrone. I was intrigued by the goggles that almost resembled Google Glass — allowing drone users to see their drone from their line of sight and get the first person view simultaneously — from companies including Epson and Brother. Continue reading InterDrone 2016: attendance up 25%→