It’s time for another episode of Five Favorites! In this series, we pick our five favorite drone videos from the past month and talk about them for a bit! There are no real qualifications for our selections – these are videos we liked and wanted to share with the community. Ready to jump in? Let’s get to it!
Nex_FPV: Last Rip 2017
Starting off December, we have an amazing freestyle run from Nex_FPV. I loved how well the environment was used here. Tons of gap hitting, diving, and technical twists and turns. I especially loved the creative use of the parking structure. The floor to floor transitions, dives through the stairwell, and general use of space were extremely impressive.
Outside the parking structure, the tree dives through the palms adds some technical diving with a neat perspective. The music fits well with the flying and is definitely a change from the usual EDM freestyle pairing. I am definitely looking forward to seeing more of Nex_FPV in 2018.
Johnny FPV: The Most Epic Place on Earth
Johnny put together an incredible montage of clips from a commercial shoot in Iceland that we had to feature. If you are looking for breathtaking landscape shots, this is the video for you.
You get a mix of scenery – ranging from costal cruising along the waves to sweeping dives down cliffs and waterfalls. The clips of the rolling waves and switching between play speeds is absolutely enthralling.
All of this amazing scenery is captured with some precise flying. We get great proximity flying around all the obstacles and some risky dives and loops. How no quads were lost here is baffling to me. If you are looking to explore Iceland by air, start with this video.
We don’t feature line of sight flying all that often, but I was taken aback by one of Quadmovr’s latest LOS videos. The skill required at these speeds is insane. Forget the orientation for even a split second and you can pretty much guarantee a crash. Not only is he flying quick and close to the ground, but we get a wide array of highly technical loops and twists.
In addition to the flying skills, Quadmovr does a great job recording the footage. Capturing line of sight flying is super difficult! Not only do you have to keep the quad in view of the camera, you also have to worry about getting the right lighting and backdrop so the audience can actually see what’s happening. Quadmovr makes an incredibly difficult task look easy throughout this video.
While LOS flying is rarer to see over FPV videos, I thought it was a refreshing change of pace. The skill in flying and camera work definitely make this one a must watch.
Le Drib: Flattitude II
Its always a pleasure when Le Drib puts together edited flight videos, and Flattitude II is no exception. The colors here are gorgeous. We get a smooth sunset cruise that is captivating to watch. The passes through the smoke rising from the roof has a whimsical almost dreamlike feeling.
Flying wise, I love how relaxed this felt. We’ve featured a lot of twitchy fast paced flying recently, so it was a pleasure to sit back and watch some smooth flying with this video. That’s not to say that the flying is boring or slow, but rather controlled and focused. The colors alone are worth checking this video out.
DiegoFPV: Night and Day
Finally, to wrap up 2017, we have a final flight from DiegoFPV. As always, Diego’s flying is impressive. We get some great building dives, proximity flying among statues and birds, and a lot of other great maneuvers. However, the transitions between night and day are what makes this video so special.
Diego recorded at the same spot during – you guessed it – night and day. This allowed him to put together an amazing mash up of footage that syncs perfectly. The transitions to night and day are scarily accurate. You can tell some serious thought and effort went into matching the flying close enough during both sessions to make the end result possible.
Diego has put together some great videos throughout 2017, and I think his Night and Day video is a great way to close out the year. Definitely go check it out.
Until next time!
And that does it for December! Thanks for sticking around with us for 2017! We got to feature an amazing array of pilots, and are looking forward to new videos in 2018. We’ll see you guys next time!
Next Five Favorites: January (Coming next month!)