At the beginning of 2015, I invested in an aerial drone as a hobby to capture footage of the places I love. Since getting it, I try to get out every opportunity I get, however, as with everyone, work, kids, life and the weather need to be negotiated. Anyway, after some saving, I bought a DJI Phantom 2! Since then, my aerial filming has gone from strength to strength – mainly due to better locations, improvement in flight skills and learning how to use Adobe Premiere / After Effects for video editing.
The DJI Phantom 2 is an impressive bit of kit and a good balance between amateur and professional flying. Within a few hours you’re able to grasp the basics of flight and able to start producing your own films.
To capture films, I use a Go Pro 3+ – a small high performance camera able to capture video upto 1080p60. Originally bought for cycling, it’s perfect for attaching to a drone. To stablise the video I use a Zenmuse Hd-3D gimbal (otherwise any footage would be shaky due to the drone’s movement). A great set up for aerial filming.
To fly the drone, you can fly it by watching it in the sky or in First Person View. I extended my DJI Phantom 2 to have a video transmitter. This transmits the feed from the GoPro to the monitor attached to my controller. This setup gives me the option to fly it in a first person view and also direct the camera.
Looking for some aerial footage?
If you’re needing some aerial footage or have a suggestion for places to film then please get in touch with me! This is a hobby for me and not a commercial enterprise. Please bare in mind I will only film locations that personally interest me or help promote Dundee, Scotland, etc.
Please note: As a hobbyist, I’m able to fly without Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) permission. The caveat of this is, I’m not allowed to do aerial filming for commercial gain i.e. I can’t be paid. However, if your location / idea interests me and I’m free then I’m likely to film it. So please, get in touch! Charity causes go to the front of the queue.
In the future, once I gain a CAA license, I’m thinking about moving into commercial aerial videos. Filming various types of events (including wedding aerial filming) would be a great challenge.