it makes the best use of the footage
and it keeps viewers engaged.
This technique is similar to the
way you’d apply slow and fast motion to non-drone footage. Essentially, you can speed up the duration of long tracking shots and then
slow the clip down when landing on
something of interest. Overall, this
makes aerial movement even more
interesting and allows you to speed
through some of the dull parts of
your video. You Tube vlogger Casey
Neistat does an excellent job of using
this technique in many of his drone
videos (Figure 3).
3. Title and Graphic Overlays
Sure, drone visuals can be majestic and should often be the center of attention, but the wide shots
that many drone cameras produce
are perfect images to use for copy,
logos, titles, or overlays (Figure 4).
The movement of the drone footage as a background can serve as an
excellent choice to complement a
title or textual graphic. It adds some
dynamic movement to your video
and will really help these areas pop
when done right.
I suggest using overlays with
some of your slower-moving tracking drone shots, such as flyovers.
Try darkening the image during
postproduction or using contrasting colors with your titles to add dimension. Figure 5 (on the next page)
shows an example from filmmaker
The possibilities are limitless
when it comes to the variety of
shots you can capture with drones.
There are takeoffs, drops, flyovers,
pans, tilts, 360s, pushes, reveals,
While a straight cut can work
in many situations to bridge these
shots, you’ll face challenges in making some drone shots look smooth.
Transitions between the different
Speed ramps in
You Tube vlogger
Casey Neistat’s work
A title overlay on