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Posted by Drone Minds | May 09, 2017 @ 07:02 AM | 1,864 Views
Hi rcgroups people, Jonathan and I bought a DJI Phantom 4 Pro last week and I've been flying it as much as I can. The camera is much better than the older versions of the P4 and P3 I think. It still has some issues with the horizon not being straight though especially when it is very windy. For this video I tried to get close to lots of different types of details so you can see how good, or bad, the camera is at picking thinks up. I'm still a beginner so not an expert at all but when I look at the video from our Inspire with X5 camera I really can't see much difference, what do you think?
DJI Phantom 4 Pro Drone Camera Detail Test (3 min 47 sec)

Posted by Drone Minds | Apr 20, 2017 @ 05:11 AM | 2,156 Views
Hi everyone. This is my first full video with me flying and editing afterwards. I've had quite a bit of practice flying but still have a lot to learn I think? Please comment if you like my video, it is in the moors where the Bronte sisters lived, and definitely let me know if you have any tips for making better videos. Thank you.
DJI Phantom 4 Wutherings Heights and Bronte Waterfalls (2 min 18 sec)

Posted by Drone Minds | Apr 05, 2017 @ 10:02 AM | 2,535 Views
First off, if anyone reads this, I want to say hello. My name is Bambi, which I know is a bit of a silly name to some, but hey. I'm working with Jonathan now, in place of Sara, and learning about drones. I did some of the flying for this computer model, but still have a lot to learn. It's very interesting and can't wait to learn more and make some nice videos. I hope this video is ok, mostly Jonathan talking but we made it together.
Measuring a 3D Model with DJI Phantom 4 and Agisoft Pro Tutorial (33 min 17 sec)

Posted by Drone Minds | Oct 29, 2016 @ 06:20 AM | 2,801 Views
Just realized I haven't posted anything in here for a while, so here is our latest crazy video, launching fireworks from a drone! It was pretty crazy actually. We all had safety glasses over our eyes, but it was still pretty scary. We weren't sure if the rockets etc would make the drone, an old Yuneec q500 that we subject to all kinds of abuse, tip over or crash, but it didn't. We even did some of the flying over a river to try and catch some nice reflections.
Launching Fireworks From A Drone! (2 min 27 sec)

Posted by Drone Minds | Jul 07, 2016 @ 10:41 AM | 3,159 Views
We got all our drones out and did a bit of a crazy speed test with a radar gun. Hope some people like it!
Speed Test! Phantom 4, Yuneec, Inspire 1, Phantom 3 Drone (4 min 41 sec)

Posted by Drone Minds | Jun 25, 2016 @ 07:48 AM | 3,154 Views
We had a go at modifying a Yuneec q500 with a dropping mechanism and used it to make this video showing the results, dropping parachutes and deploying an rc plane, and more...
Yuneec Q500 parachutes plane and boat drop (2 min 46 sec)

Posted by Drone Minds | May 18, 2016 @ 12:03 PM | 3,221 Views
The DJI Phantom 4 allows you to record full hd at 120 fps, which it then makes into slow motion video at 30fps (29.97), 4x slower than reality, so we thought we'd go out and create some slo mo wave action at the beach.
DJI Phantom 4 Slow Motion Video Test (2 min 23 sec)

Posted by Drone Minds | May 10, 2016 @ 04:28 PM | 3,272 Views
Went a bit crazy with this one, driving all over the place to try the Phantom 4's active track function on lots of different moving objects.
It works best if there is a lot of contrast between what you are filming and the background, and prefers steady contant movement than sudden quick movements which it doesn't track very well at all. Still, it's the first time it's been used on a consumer drone like this, so expect it to get better in upcoming years.
Hope you like watching our video.
DJI Phantom 4 Active Track Mega Test (5 min 9 sec)

Posted by Drone Minds | May 06, 2016 @ 03:47 PM | 3,831 Views
We went to Stanage Edge in the Peak District in the north of England. It was sunny when we set off but became really cloudy and grey when we got there, so I had the idea to try making a video in black and white, a bit meaningful or moody and sombre... still not sure if it worked or not?
Stanage Edge Peak District-England, drone video with Yuneec Q500 (2 min 51 sec)

Posted by Drone Minds | Apr 26, 2016 @ 04:04 PM | 5,516 Views
This is the 3rd, and perhaps final, of our Phantom 4 vs Phantom 3 Pro videos. We decided to create a time lapse movie from photographs taken simultaneously by both Phantoms hovering next to each other.

The Phantom 4 certainly seems more stable when it's flying, so we wanted to see if time lapse photography comes out more stable or not from the P4. It was very windy and I'm not sure you can tell the difference in stability, if there is any difference?
DJI Phantom 4 vs Phantom 3 Pro Time Lapse Stability Test (4 min 6 sec)

Posted by Drone Minds | Apr 09, 2016 @ 06:13 AM | 3,794 Views
We made a two part video comparing the new DJI Phantom 4 and our older DJI Phantom 3 Pro.

The first part compares the look and feel, showing close-ups of the drone itself, and in the second part we took them both out for a fly to see if the alleged camera tweak on the P4 really did make the images a bit sharper and clearer.
Part One:
DJI Phantom 4 vs Phantom 3 Pro Part 1 (3 min 5 sec)

Part Two:
DJI Phantom 4 vs Phantom 3 Pro Part 2 (3 min 40 sec)
...Continue Reading
Posted by Drone Minds | Apr 01, 2016 @ 02:24 AM | 3,843 Views
We've been sent some exclusive video from the Chinese drone company testing their prototype police drone. Not sure of this is exciting or a little bit scary?
Yuuneec Police Drone (0 min 47 sec)

Posted by Drone Minds | Mar 28, 2016 @ 04:06 PM | 4,228 Views
We've been doing a few experiments with the Q500 4K lately, and this time it's all been about taking off from and landing on water. It was a bit hair raising at times, but definitely a laugh so long as you're not too worried about your Q!
Yuneec Q500 4K On Water (6 min 18 sec)

Posted by Drone Minds | Mar 19, 2016 @ 09:59 AM | 4,003 Views
We went to this place near Sheffield on the edge of the Peak District and found this reservoir with an unusual cascading water feature.
Damflask Reservoir with Phantom 3 Pro (2 min 43 sec)

Posted by Drone Minds | Mar 13, 2016 @ 01:32 PM | 5,344 Views
We made this video driving round town with the Yuneec Q500 4K on the roof of the car.
The advantage of using this over the steady grip is you can turn the camera on and off from inside the car with the radio as well as change the tilt angle. Also, because it's not flying, the battery in the drone lasts for ages, like hours!
I also had the radio charging from the car's 12v supply, which was needed after 2 hours driving around.
YUNEEC drone CAR Steadicam HACK (2 min 4 sec)

Posted by Drone Minds | Mar 03, 2016 @ 10:42 AM | 3,834 Views
We went to a place called Roseberry Topping right near the border between North Yorkshire and County Durham in Northern England.
It's quite a dramatic looking rock you can see sticking up in the air for miles around.

It was quite windy by the time we got there but the P3 did all right mostly. It had a few camera shakes in places from the wind, which I've tried to remove with warp stabilizer in pp, which mostly worked but created a couple of strange effects on the sky in places... see if you can spot them.
Windy Day at Roseberry Topping with Phantom 3 Pro Drone (3 min 15 sec)

Posted by Drone Minds | Feb 22, 2016 @ 03:25 PM | 4,731 Views
This is my second video made at SkyTech 2016, a UAV expo in London. This one shows a selection of exhibitors and their thought on various drone tech, like thermal imaging, drone mapping, upgrading the DJI Inspire with FPV camera and choosing safe airspace to fly in.
SkyTech 2016- Drone mapping, thermal camera, Upgraded Inspire 1 and more (10 min 36 sec)

Posted by Drone Minds | Feb 17, 2016 @ 02:47 PM | 4,146 Views
We were at a drone exhibition called Skytech in London a few weeks ago. It was pretty small and mainly aimed at the commercial drone scene. However, Yuneec were there and I managed to get an interview with Dan Farren from Yuneec UK where he told me all about the upcoming Typhoon H. I've also added the specs from the brochure at the end of the video. Can't wait for this to be released so I can fly it!
Yuneec Typhoon H Intro and Specifications (3 min 18 sec)

Posted by Drone Minds | Jan 22, 2016 @ 03:29 PM | 4,017 Views
We were working on a filming job in Hull (UK) this week that finished near to sunset on a sunny day so decided to stop at this amazing bridge on the way back so I could make this video. It was really cold, freezing actually, but the view was amazing.
Sunset at Humber Suspension Bridge DJI Phantom 3 Pro (4 min 11 sec)

Posted by Drone Minds | Jan 09, 2016 @ 04:25 PM | 4,643 Views
After reading about this interesting toy here on rcgroups I decided to give it a try. I wasn't expecting much as it was very cheap, but it was actually a lot better than I thought it was going to be. I was all ready to say how terrible it is, especially as TMART refused to change the order when we accidentally ordered the non-camera version and showed very bad customer service, but have to admit it is pretty damn cool for the price.
X25 Flying Car - Space Explorer (3 min 46 sec)