Ben Schmanke, from the YouTube channeland drone pilot of four years, brings us 5 tips for capturing better video footage from our drones. To start, Schmanke suggests taking advantage of one of the many advanced cinematic features that your drone likely has built into it. Features like locking onto a subject and orbiting it, or locking onto a point and following slowly across a field. These tools are designed specifically to make capturing those sort of epic aerial shots easier for inexperienced and intermediate pilots.
Another really important tip according to Schmanke is to make sure to manually set your video recording settings. The exposure and those settings will be different in every situation you shoot in, but Schmanke recommends that you routinely change the camera to a neutral picture style to allow for more room to post-process the video.
On a side note, if you are not planning to spend much time processing the video, a standard picture style is best as it will look better straight out of the camera and require less of your attention in post-processing.
Some other tips that get covered include a suggestion that you fly in sport mode (which causes the drone to fly fast), and that you then record the video at 60fps or 120fps in order to get some silky smooth slow motion, and that you utilize a VR headset, which will best equip you to fly the drone through its camera.
These tips, as well as some other great tidbits shared throughout Schmanke’s video, should help you improve your drone piloting skills, and raise the quality of your aerial drone footage.