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Drone FireworksMost of us here in the U.S. celebrated our nation’s independence yesterday by donning patriotic garb, barbecuing, and, of course, craning our necks skyward in order to see all the pretty fireworks. However, even if you think you witnessed the most beautiful Fourth of July fireworks show, I promise, you ain’t seen nothing yet. A drone was flown right into a fireworks display in West Palm Beach, Florida, offering viewers an up close and personal look at the brilliantly explosive spectacle. More »

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Oculus Rift DroneI’m sure most of us have heard of the Oculus Rift by now, the virtual reality headset that could be turning the gaming world on its head. But, it also has a lot of cinematic potential as well, and not just as a headset through which an audience can your film, but as a head-mounted display/motion-tracking system for aerial filmmakers. A team from Norway has taken version one of the Oculus Rift development kit and a DJI Phantom 2 quadcopter and created a system that allows users to see and control what the copter-mounted camera sees. Continue on to find out how they did it. More »

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Phantom 2 VisionWhen talking about drones, it’s impossible not to talk about DJI’s Phantom quadcopter. And the combination of the Phantom and GoPro’s action cameras seemed like a match made in heaven — and maybe it was, but DJI has announced the release of the Phantom 2 Vision, which comes with its own onboard HD camera, as well as some other upgrades. Continue on to see just how well the Phantom 2 Vision performs in flight, as well as a side by side comparison between its onboard camera versus a GoPro Hero3. More »

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dji phantom gopro hero3 aerial rig quadcopter minicopter helicopter mountWe’ve spoken a lot about Quadcopters and other kinds of unmanned aerial vehicles, but probably not as much as we should on the actual dangers involved in flying them. For those who are licensed and take this sort of thing very seriously, these kinds of stories give filmmakers and other professionals a bad name. It should go without saying that these are very dangerous, especially when you’re flying them in ways not suggested by the FAA guidelines. Monday a quadcopter landed mere feet from a man after it crashed a number of times against a building. The police have not done anything as of yet, but the memory card was retrieved, and we have the following video below. More »

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Burning Man_gopro_phantomIf you’ve ever been to or seen images of Burning Man, a week-long event full of art, self-expression, and exploration (of many things,) and yes, a humongous burning man made of wood, it’d be difficult to imagine seeing something more spectacular than that — unless it was great aerial footage taken of the event itself. Shared with us by Duc-Duy Pham of DSLR Pros, check out this aerial video that uses a GoPro Hero3 and a modded DJI Phantom Quadcopter rig, allowing for more versatility and control in order to show Burning Man like it’s never been seen before. More »

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Video thumbnail for vimeo video See What an American Goldrush-Era Ghost Town Looks from the Air - nofilmschoolBy now we’re well acquainted with the power of aerial cinematography, with both ‘big’ cameras and small — and, conversely, big copters and small copters. Results can range from strikingly beautiful to beautifully haunting, and anywhere in between. Even (or especially) with a GoPro! Now, Aaron Grimes and Russell Brown have combined the disembodied perspective of aerial photography with the strangely deserted modern ruins of an historical Californian mining town. Meet Bodie, CA by way of the GoPro HERO3 and DJI Phantom quadcopter. More »

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Video thumbnail for vimeo video Robert McIntosh GoPro - nofilmschoolYou’ve likely seen a few aerial videos online at one time or another, with some using a DSLR or mirrorless cameraSony F55RED EPIC, or even an ARRI ALEXA. A few of the most impressive videos, however, have been with tiny GoPro cameras. Robert McIntosh showed us absolutely breathtaking aerial footage with his custom quadcopter earlier in the year, and now he’s back with another fantastic video that he shot in Lone Pine, CA: More »

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If you thought you were safe from more NAB videos, well, you were wrong, as we’ve got a few additional interviews from our friends over at FreshDV. The DJI Phantom has certainly brought down the cost of entry for getting great-looking aerial footage — especially with cameras like the GoPro HERO3 — but right out of the box, there are some modifications that can be done to improve the steadiness. Here is Chris Newman from CineChopper on his modifications: More »

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The DJI Phantom is DJI‘s first consumer product, a small helicopter unit designed for GoPro cameras, guided by GPS (from space!) for capturing aerial photography at an accessible consumer level. Hit the jump for the video coverage from our floor partners at FreshDV: More »

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There has been an explosion in aerial videos over the last few years thanks to cheaper “drones” and “copters” and smaller and smaller high-quality cameras, but it still takes a tremendous amount of skill and patience to properly take these machines into the air and get usable footage. We’ve posted a number of these videos in the past, but GoPro recently shared one from Robert McIntosh that blew me away. Taking his GoPro to the Santa Monica Pier, Robert does a few maneuvers that had me expecting the worst, but his camera and the copter came out the other side unscathed. Check it out below: More »

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Several impressive videos achieved with minicopters have surfaced in the last year or so (pun intended). We’ve seen soaring ghost’s-eye views of hauntingly deserted urban nightscapes, and ninjas battling through ruined buildings in impossible ‘dolly shots’ — only made possible, of course, with such compact aerial shooting platforms. Now, the ‘King of the Action Cam,’ that is the GoPro HERO3, gets the sky-flying treatment — and if there’s any camera you won’t be too worried about strapping in to the DJI Phantom Aerial Quadcopter for blast-off, it’s the GoPro — check out the footage below. More »