Magazine article American Cinematographer

Tech Essentials: Drone Primer

Magazine article American Cinematographer

Tech Essentials: Drone Primer

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Drones have become a hot new tool in imaging. What was previously the purview of helicopters armed with gyroscopes - or, worse, operators hanging out open helicopter doors - is now becoming the task of unmanned copters of all sorts. UAS (unmanned aerial system) or UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicles) have become increasingly popular for all kinds of image capture, from news gathering to feature filmmaking. Although some may find these drones a nuisance, they afford the opportunity to achieve dynamic shots in a significantly safer manner than ever before.

In the world of motion-picture drones - not to be confused with sporting or racing drones - companies such as DJI, Freefly Systems, Shotover, Gryphon Dynamics, Traxxas, Autel Robotic, Yuneec and Xiaomi make aircraft suitable for image capture. All of them require a delicate hand to control, and require registration with the Federal Aviation Administration (registermyuas. …

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