Drone video footage is epic.
There’s a good reason why more and more weddings have a familiar buzz hovering over you while you’re going for thirds on the hors d’oeuvres.
Drone videos have changed the video production industry in a major way – you can now acquire extraordinary aerial video footage without requiring a helicopter.
But when you are about to use drones for your video production needs, there are a couple of do’s and don’ts that will go a long way in ensuring a good quality video.
Do’s of Drone Video Production
- Practice flying drones in an empty field before venturing out into urban landscapes or events.
- Check local laws concerning drone and aerial video operation. Several national parks and historic landmarks prohibit their usage completely. It’s better to rely on dollies than wind up in jail for illegal use of a drone.
- Check wind direction and speed while filming.
- Check battery life and carry extra batteries with you.
- Be aware of birds, flying objects like balloons, or anything out of the ordinary.
- Be mindful of the height at which you’re flying the drone. Too low and you’ll crash into lowly gravity-based objects. Too high and you might lose control or simply lose tracking.
- Hold video positions for longer than you think are needed.
- Hire a trained video production company like Snippies to fulfill all your drone video fantasies.
- Keep your drone away from animals – even if you get hired by a zoo or chimpanzee sanctuary to make a documentary – do it any other way but a drone.
Drone video footage is amazing, but there are also hundreds of hilarious and tragic drone takedown videos on YouTube that will make you question their usage altogether.
Stick to the basic Do’s and Don’ts and you’ll go far in this Game of Drones!