How To Properly Use Drones for Video Production

With any new technology, there is a tendency to use it as much as possible. When we are talking about drones and video production, we have to be very careful with how these things are …

With any new technology, there is a tendency to use it as much as possible. When we are talking about drones and video production, we have to be very careful with how these things are being used for specific video content. Whether it is a movie, television show, news reel, business video or an advertisement, drones have a big role to play in how scenes are shot moving forward. However, we need to talk about the tendency for people to overuse a piece of technology, particularly when it relates to film making. Here are some tips on how to properly use drones for video production.

1. Avoid Gimmicks

If someone watches a clip of your video, or the entire video, and they get the immediate impression that a drone was used to shoot certain scenes, you are not doing things right. No scene should be shot with the intent of showcasing a particular style of filming. The only reason you would need to use drones as part of your video production is when you need a certain type of scene, and the drone is the only way to get it done. It is a careful balancing act, but it is a very vital one if you want the video to remain high quality.

2. Stabilization

If you use a regular camera and you attach it to a drone, you are going to get some decent video clips, but they will look very choppy. They will look like the clips that are shot from handheld cameras, where everything is moving and the viewer may even get motion sickness if they keep watching the clip for too long. You do not want that. What you need to do is ensure that the stabilizer is present when you are using a drone and camera with each other. There are different types of stabilizers, such as the handheld Steadicam rigs, and they can do a wonderful job with drones. The scenes that are shot when these stabilizers are present are going to look silky smooth and really high quality. It will look as though they were taken out of a massive Hollywood movie, not a small-scale production.

3. Choose the Right Company

Unless you are really tempted to get a drone and do the video work yourself, we suggest going with a video production company that has experience with shooting scenes with the aid of drones. If you are trusting a company that has never done this before, you are taking a real chance on whether they are going to get you the final result that you want. In contrast, if a company has shot many of these videos in the past, they should not have too many issues when it comes to getting you the content that you want. The video will look great, and you will be very pleased with the drone-specific scenes. So make sure you take your time, look at the past work the company has done, and make sure they are the right ones to help you with your drone-related video scenes or pictures.

Drones and Business Videos

There is always a tendency for businesses to want their videos to get better and better each year. It is understandable, because when you are releasing ads to the public, or promotional content to your …

There is always a tendency for businesses to want their videos to get better and better each year. It is understandable, because when you are releasing ads to the public, or promotional content to your clients, you want it to look impressive each year. Thankfully, there is always new technology that can help to make these videos look more impressive. And one of the technological advancements in video technology involves drones. We can take a look at some of the ways that drones can help with business videos, no matter what the industry.

Here are just a few of the benefits:

    1. Group ShotsIf you want to get a large shot of your entire company’s workforce, or a particular team, or a group of people who are participating in an ad, using a drone to shoot the footage makes everything better. It is a lot better to have a drone that starts at a lower position, and then zooms out on the entire group from up above, as opposed to getting someone with a video camera to go to a really high roof and shoot the footage. It is also simpler to use the drone, and it presents so many more options.
    2. Neighborhood ShotsIt is not uncommon for videos, whether they are for entertainment or business purposes, to involve shots that span a great distance. And in the past, getting these types of scenes meant getting someone with a camera up on a helicopter or another contraption and having them shoot the footage. And that is an expensive process, not to mention time consuming. It is why so many of the neighborhood scenes you see in ads and TV shows are taken from footage that was completed in the past, and they are inserted into the rest of the video. But now with the advent of drone footage, it is possible to shoot these neighborhood scenes completely fresh, without any problems. Not only are you going to get some wonderful shots, but you can customize them depending on what you want to convey with your business video.
    3. RevealsThere is a tendency among filmmakers to have reveals of particular locations and scenes, where you are zooming in or zooming out and trying to convey some type of message to the viewer. In the past, these scenes involved a lot of work to get right. And in some of the cases, editing was used to get the zoom just right. But now with drones, it is simply a matter of starting the drone in one position, and moving it backward or forward as the recording is being done. The result is a completely customizable and high quality bit of video.
    4. Stabilization
      When videos were first taken off drones, they were a little bit haphazard and had that “handheld camera” feeling to them. But with the stabilizers that are now used on cameras that get attached to drones, the footage is silky smooth and looks as good as the scenes you would see in a big-scale movie.