My opening scene of a movie attempt
By - DaSofaKing
Nice, if you have the ability you might want to consider messing your gimbal motor settings to smooth out the pitch so it doesn't stop so abruptly.
Some of my videos also fall victim to this sudden stop, any recommendations for gimble settings on a DJI Air2s that could help with this?
Yeah - check out this video - [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=\_i9ZSMlZuQ8](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_i9ZSMlZuQ8)
This is also a helpful little guide - https://www.dronegenuity.com/dji-go-4-sensitivity-settings/
Thank you so much!
Of course - also, if you switch to the cinematic mode it basically puts these settings in, however, you lose obstacle avoidance so best just to have it set like that in your normal flight mode.
Exactly. Still a bit weary switching out of normal mode. The fact I can input these settings and still retain normal mode suits me for now.
Yeah, I sometimes still get a little weary switching away from normal mode. I really only do to shoot hyperlapses.
Cinematic is the slowest setting for the Mavic Air controllers, so obstacle avoidance is active, as it is in Normal mode. It becomes inactive with Sport mode, however I believe ground avoidance is still active
I do not own a mavic air so trust this guy
Tripod mode on the remote will smooth out the flight but it does NOT disable obstacle avoidance.
Would these work for mini 2?
I believe so - https://youtu.be/_i9ZSMlZuQ8
Thanks, I'll give it a shot
Very helpful. Thank you for this.
HUGE. pls dont have it stop that abruptly
I would also fade in when you're already moving over the water.
I agree and maybe have a little more time on the back end with it flying straight at the island. After the abrupt stop of tilting up, it stops the video right after. Nice work though.
Stick control is key
Don't really need it if you have your settings dialed in properly. Saves me from having to re-do the same shot because my sweaty finger slides off the dial/stick.
Or do it in post.
I hear you can fix anything in post
Could go the opposite route and speed up the pan to snap in into place to blast them with the title of said movie
Was going to say the same. Ending move was a little abrupt, but the pace was good.
Do it again with the exposure set to manual if this is for an actual film. The auto exposure adjustment the camera makes is very evident.
Looks cool, but it bugs me that the horizon isnt straight.
Common with too many DJI drones
I had to RMA two before I got one that didn't slope. Even if it is a little off it's easy to fix in post.
There’s a setting to adjust the gimbal if it has a slope
The two I RMA'd it didn't matter if I adjusted the setting. It would still slope.
Yeah, but we shouldn’t have to. I’ve owned 11 DJI drones, 8 have had the tilt.
Should RMA them until you get on that works right.
What is funny is when I was considering my first drone I considered one of the cheaper yet decent drones recommend here but they “all” have a tilt. I bought a mini 2 and guess what, it tilts. Grrrr
That’s easy to fix in post. Rotate the clip to make it horizontal and enlarge it to get rid of the empty space. It helps to have shot in a higher resolution than what you want your final product to be.
As some other redditors said, the shot is great but you could improve it :
\- Use manual exposure to prevent the light to change during the same shot.
\- Try to get a smoother pano (prevent the abrupt stop at the end) by either changing your gimbal motor settings or making the pano slower (or by stabilizing your footage in post-production).
\- If you can, do a bit of color work in post production.
That's how I would improve it, sorry for my english, it's not my mother tongue ! Keep flying :)
Add in cut after the camera is already moving.
I agree with everything you wrote except the shot isn't great, hence the need to fix it with everything you listed. But yeah. Do everything the person above me said. Practice makes perfect. You'll get there.
Perhaps "great" is a bit much indeed but who am I to judge (well I am a video maker but perhaps OP isn't and doesn't want to be). Also, positivity brings better results but I agree that "great" is a bit much ;) I think I could turn it into something ok with some post production work tho.
For sure. I'm a bit harsh but I just believe in being honest instead of telling everyone they're work is amazing when it needs to be improved.
I mean some of the shots I see in here that are awful I see people praising like it's a piece of fine art. Art needs criticism to improve. Don't need to be mean just don't need to sugarcoat it.
You are right, we have the same view but different ways to express it I think. However, I feel exactly the same way about some shots that are being praised too much here whithout any feedback (even more when my last 8 months reel post was ghosted despite the honest work I must tell 😅)
It's a Day One "I just got my drone!" shot with bad editing, framing, lighting, movement, and color. OP should absolutely keep droning and improving, but I'm at a loss to explain why this post has so many upvotes, unless we're all just feeling sentimental about our first flights.
Exactly. If you're not a photographer and just got a drone this is what it will look like. You keep improving and eventually you'll have some amazing shots. Criticism and practice is the only way to get better.
I'm not going to tell someone their shot sucks. We've all been there. Though some people think they have amazing work and get very offended with criticism. You'll never get far with that mindset.
Start the video around 0:03, when you are already moving, and then (as others have said) you need to smooth out the movement between panning up and holding steady on the island. After that, adjust the rotation to make the horizon level. You will find that you almost always need to do that on drone footage. A quick color grade would help as well.
Those are all SMALL changes, but will make a big difference. The footage is otherwise really great already!
Great job! Others have given tips for smoothing the gimbal stop at the end, so I’ll pop in some advice for the start. You want as much dynamism as possible, which means not starting stopped - you want to get up to speed forward first, then start recording (or edit to that point).
On top of that, single axis motion is quite easy to do (hold forward stick and deftly manipulate gimbal) - so try something a little tougher to really make it pop. Carefully (carefully!) start at a higher altitude to get a wider shot below the drone and make the motion over the ocean look more cohesive, then as you’re going forward, begin lowering altitude quickly and start recording as you slowly rock the gimbal up. Keep a CLOSE eye on your altitude and ease off the altitude change to get down to your final altitude softly as the gimbal is about 30 degrees below the horizon. Finish the gimbal motion, and you’ll have a *really nice* cinematic intro shot.
Don’t be afraid to do it ten, twenty times or more until you’re happy it is as smooth and good-looking as you want. Don’t stop recording for a good ten seconds at the end, to give you enough footage to make a smooth cut/transition, and don’t be afraid to edit out any footage where the drone isn’t in proper motion. Throw out any takes that you’re actually not happy with unless they truly contain something special, don’t collect hours and GBs of footage you will never use.
Oh, and keep flying! :)
Welcome... To Jurassic Park!!!
Cue the Jurassic Park theme song
Cue Jan Hammer music
I like it!
You're gonna need a bigger boat
No one has mentioned filters yet. Put an ND filter on the lens to create a longer exposure. Then as others have said, turn off auto exposure and definitely adjust your settings to have a smoother stop on the gimbal.
Adjust gimbal sensitivity and work on speed/timing/angles. It is fun to recreate things you’ve seen but it takes a lot of practice.
You’ll get it
Or a music video
I was trying to get a really similar shot, it’s actually pretty hard to do!
Looks almost like the start of the Maw's panning shot.
Reminds me of old Luc Besson movie openings
Where was it shot
Eagle Nest, New Mexico
It looks nice
Oh are you creating a new Jurassic Park movie?
$10 says you won’t fly 1 foot over the water 😎
You’re right lol
Nice attempt, a little more practice and you’ll nail it.
It’s called the “BBC” or a reveal in the film industry. Nice job, but really try to ease into the horizon framing.
This is beautiful! My only "gripes" are that it isn't shot in the "movie standard" 24 fps, and that the gimbal stops very abruptly. My first opinion regarding frame-rate is extremely subjective though, so take it with a grain of salt, and depending on what tone you are trying to set, the abrupt stop may be perfect! Great job :)
That was dope
I can see credits rolling like the opening scene of the shining. Nice shot!
This is amazing footage!
Need for speed Undercover intro vibes
Mr Robot Season 4 opening
nice reveal shot
Good job man. Let’s add a title in!
Needs some work
Add in another axis of movement, as you pan up gain some altitude slightly so it's not so linear
40 - 70% slower to start, then ramp up towards the end, or reverse that. Right now it's to abrupt.
Do the movement slower and smoother. Otherwise the scenery is amazing
The best drone shots do not look like drone shots.
Smooth your endpoints, it's too jarring.
Turn off auto Exposure
39 DAYS, 20 PEOPLE, 1 SURVIVOR
Trademark Luc Besson opening. All his movies open like this.
Captains log.. Guybrush Threepwood…
Keep the focus on the water a few seconds longer and then move up. Don’t stop as abruptly.
Great scenery and idea!