14 STREAMING MEDIA April/May 2017
Five Creative Techniques for Editing Drone Video
types of drone shots can sometimes look
jarring or out of place.
To combat that issue, I use a simple
cross-dissolve; it looks amazing when
cutting between a flyover and a crane-type takeoff or landing. This technique is
also useful when transitioning between a
drone shot and a standard ground camera tilt or pan movement. Rather than
looking jarring, the transition adds an
elegant touch that complements the motion between different shots (Figure 6).
5. Making Things Look Right
Here’s the last tip that I’ll share: Make
things look natural in the shot. Don’t forget to double-check key elements of the
shot such as the horizon and shadows.
There are times when the gimbal on
the drone will be off or lopsided, resulting in a crooked horizon. A quick fix is
to adjust the rotation value in your editing application to make your horizon
straight. This may require some scaling
adjustments as well, but going back to
the first tip, you’ll recall that editing in
smaller-sequence settings and using 4K
footage will give you plenty of room to
adjust and straighten the composition.
Finally, keep an eye out for the actual drone shadow that may appear in
your footage when shooting during the
golden hour. Most times, we’re using the
drone in combination with ground cameras and therefore we’re trying to make
everything blend. Nothing is worse than
getting the drone shadow in the shot
when you don’t want it to be there. This
is a simple reminder that you can pass
along to your drone operator.
Stjepan Alaupovic ( firstname.lastname@example.org) is the
founder and Creative Director behind Clear Online Video,
a full-service New York City- and Phoenix-based agency
specializing in video production and online video marketing.
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A title overlay
on drone footage