So this week we posted up a video guide to accompany the exercises in our written drone training guide (which can be found here)


Filming Recap

We felt that it would make a lot of sense to go put together a quick video showcasing the exercises that we created in order to clarify the routes.  Chococopter and I met up on Saturday last week to film the video, and I edited the footage and put together the voice over this week.  Definitely be sure to let us know what you think!

The footage came together pretty quickly, and we definitely learned a few things when filming.  Over the past few months, I have pretty much only been flying FPV, so it was weird to go back to line of sight for some of the exercises.  It showed me that even though I have learned a lot, I can still always practice the basics.

We also choose to fly my ZMR250 instead of the Hubsan.  We thought it would make for a good bridge between the guides and show that these exercises could easily be translated for use with a mini quad instead of a micro quad.  I actually want to try making more exercise patterns like 5 and 6, as they definitely challenged my ability to fly within tight spaces.  I could see adding gates at each of the points as an interesting way to make the courses even more difficult.

In terms of filming, I felt Chococopter did a great job setting up and capturing some awesome shots.  It was really cool to see him get so focused on customizing his camera and changing setups to get the best shot possible.  I think that it comes through in the end result.  Speaking of, we ran a few different camera setups for this video.  Besides Chococopter’s fancy camera, we also utilized a RunCam2 on the quad, a Polaroid action cam for some static shots, and a GoPro for some close up tripod shots.  Funnily enough, we mostly used the footage from Chococopter’s camera because it works so well with the story we were trying to tell.  When I initially put together the preliminary edit, I spliced in close-up footage from the GoPro and added a bit of FPV footage as well to mix it up.  However when I reviewed the result, it felt more self serving than actually beneficial to the viewer.  The shots looked cool, but they didn’t help reach the goal of showing the audience what we were trying to get across – the course structure.  As you can see, I’ve peppered in some gifs throughout this post, so at least the footage will get used!

Timelapse of our day!

On training

We tried to follow our own guide as closely as possible when putting together the footage here.  We followed the advice that we gave on picking a location (notice the baseball diamond?), we used a lot of the same gear (my amazing chair made its debut video appearance), and we obviously followed the training guide.  It was great getting to test out our own guide and have everything come together so well.  The only negative takeaway that I can think of is that sand is brutal when crashing.  As you can see in the video, the baseball diamond’s infield is completely composed of sand.  When crashing, or even when flying close to the ground, it got particulates EVERYWHERE.  I had to constantly clean the camera lenses and get sand out of the motors between takes.  It is definitely something I would consider in the future when choosing a location, and I have updated the location guide accordingly.

Overall, it was a really fun day filming, and I am very pleased with the end result.  What did you guys think of the footage?  Was it helpful to have the video alongside the written guide for clarity?  If you have any feedback, be sure to let us know in the comments section below!

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