The future is here for aerial videographers with the new augmented reality technology by Vermeer. The Vermeer Beta launch is truly some groundbreaking stuff in the world of AR as the new iOS mobile app allows users to “pre-visualize a drone flightpath in augmented reality.”

Let’s take a closer look at this awesome new future tech and see just how useful it could possibly be for aerial videographers and photographers alike.

Introducing the Vermeer App

While drone videography has been revolutionized by the likes of DJI and with the rise of 4K action cams, the ability to reliably plan and “pre-visualize” has left many aerial videographers in the wind. Developed by Aerobo, one of the largest aerial cinematography companies in the world, Vermeer is an iOS based mobile app built to help filmmakers and photographers unlock the full potential of aerial drones.

Here are three ways individuals can use Vermeer to plan and capture cinematic aerial shots.

  1. The person with the drone (internal or 3rd party) can use Vermeer to preplan and then execute the shot on location.

  2. The person with the drone (internal or 3rd party) can use Vermeer to pre-plan before arriving to the location.

  3. The DP or director can use the app to design the shot beforehand, and then turn it over to the drone pilot to execute.

Augmented Drone Pre-Visualization

Now this is where we really get into the sci-fi future tech, using some of the most advanced augmented reality technology currently on the market, Vermeer lets you visualize your location and move through it using your phone as your augmented camera. We’re talking about possible uses for setting cinematic exteriors to real estate videography to construction and industrial applications to name just a few possibilities.

Specs and Price

Vermeer is designed to work on a wide variety of iOS devices and all the latest DJI prosumer drone options. If you’re interested in learning more about Vermeer, you can check out this complete side-by-side walkthrough video here, or finding out more info on their website here.

Compatible iOS Devices:

  • iPhone 7

  • iPhone SE

  • iPhone 8 and 8 Plus

  • iPhone X

  • iPad Pro

Compatible Drones:

  • DJI Spark

  • Phantoms: Phantom 4 , Phantom 4 Professional, Phantom 3 Professional, Phantom 3 Advanced

  • Inspires: Inspire 1, Inspire 2 (the pre-vis is optimized for the FOV for the X7-24mm lens, and the X5S-15mm lens; all lenses, however, are supported)

  • Mavics: Mavic Pro, Mavic Air, Mavic 2 Pro

To download Vermeer, you can check it out in the Apple store here!