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My opening scene of a movie attempt

My opening scene of a movie attempt

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harrymcsmash

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.


STRIDERNAUT

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?


harrymcsmash

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/


STRIDERNAUT

Thank you so much!


harrymcsmash

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.


STRIDERNAUT

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.


harrymcsmash

Yeah, I sometimes still get a little weary switching away from normal mode. I really only do to shoot hyperlapses.


NitelifeComando

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


harrymcsmash

I do not own a mavic air so trust this guy


redhawkdrone

Tripod mode on the remote will smooth out the flight but it does NOT disable obstacle avoidance.


leblanc1605

Would these work for mini 2?


harrymcsmash

I believe so - https://youtu.be/_i9ZSMlZuQ8


leblanc1605

Thanks, I'll give it a shot


M0ntgomatron

Very helpful. Thank you for this.


Moheemo

HUGE. pls dont have it stop that abruptly


rearden-steel

I would also fade in when you're already moving over the water.


PineappleLife3

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.


M0ntgomatron

Stick control is key


harrymcsmash

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.


HeyCharrrrlie

Or do it in post.


harrymcsmash

I hear you can fix anything in post


HeyCharrrrlie

lol yup.


harrymcsmash

Could go the opposite route and speed up the pan to snap in into place to blast them with the title of said movie


hakuna-potato

Was going to say the same. Ending move was a little abrupt, but the pace was good.


Mcgwizz

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.


WongGendheng

Looks cool, but it bugs me that the horizon isnt straight.


DrestinBlack

Common with too many DJI drones


JamesMcGillEsq

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.


leviseese

There’s a setting to adjust the gimbal if it has a slope


JamesMcGillEsq

The two I RMA'd it didn't matter if I adjusted the setting. It would still slope.


DrestinBlack

Yeah, but we shouldn’t have to. I’ve owned 11 DJI drones, 8 have had the tilt.


JamesMcGillEsq

Should RMA them until you get on that works right.


kendrid

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


Nanosauromo

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.


Dwilor

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 :)


boxofrabbits

Add in cut after the camera is already moving.


williamtbash

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.


Dwilor

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.


williamtbash

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.


Dwilor

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 😅)


DietSpite

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.


williamtbash

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.


Picard_Indeed

Piranha 2


UniCarCzar

Jurassic Park?


Aerial812

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!


ParentPostLacksWang

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! :)


acebossrhino

Welcome... To Jurassic Park!!!


icelax99

Cue the Jurassic Park theme song


miurabucho

Cue Jan Hammer music


Affectionate-Bath803

Awesome!


Equal_Scare

I like it!


QuadAmericano

You're gonna need a bigger boat


MiniDriver

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.


P2591

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


San_Goku15

Or a music video


Air-Flo

I was trying to get a really similar shot, it’s actually pretty hard to do!


Sparman321

Looks almost like the start of the Maw's panning shot.


DrestinBlack

Reminds me of old Luc Besson movie openings


peepoop6942_0

Where was it shot


DaSofaKing

Eagle Nest, New Mexico


peepoop6942_0

It looks nice


-Hunting_is_Life-

Oh are you creating a new Jurassic Park movie?


hotdog-water--

$10 says you won’t fly 1 foot over the water 😎


DaSofaKing

You’re right lol


andifeelfine6oclock

Nice attempt, a little more practice and you’ll nail it.


FPVBrandoCalrissian

It’s called the “BBC” or a reveal in the film industry. Nice job, but really try to ease into the horizon framing.


fr8-train

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 :)


Hazerdus

That was dope


Entomon206

I can see credits rolling like the opening scene of the shining. Nice shot!


DroneQumuly

This is amazing footage!


Eliaxus

Need for speed Undercover intro vibes


Masterredlime

Mr Robot Season 4 opening


triniweekes

nice reveal shot


ganonsevil90bro

Good job man. Let’s add a title in!


NeverwinterRNO

Needs some work


put_da_glootin_back

Add in another axis of movement, as you pan up gain some altitude slightly so it's not so linear


WeAreBeyondFucked

40 - 70% slower to start, then ramp up towards the end, or reverse that. Right now it's to abrupt.


Fishychicken

Do the movement slower and smoother. Otherwise the scenery is amazing


skunkman62

The best drone shots do not look like drone shots.


flickerkuu

Smooth your endpoints, it's too jarring.


yokotron

Turn off auto Exposure


CFJoe

39 DAYS, 20 PEOPLE, 1 SURVIVOR BADA DAAAAAA


zedog74

Trademark Luc Besson opening. All his movies open like this.


fvpv

Captains log.. Guybrush Threepwood…


AsianInvasion00

Keep the focus on the water a few seconds longer and then move up. Don’t stop as abruptly. Great scenery and idea!