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Mar 26, 2016, 02:09 AM
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Quad copter footage done right


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Neistat's quad copter footage is unique because it's not the focus of the movies. You don't even realize it's quad copter footage until long after it's already showing. Then you realize minutes later he subtlely transitioned from the normal handheld footage to the quad copter.

It's normally such a hassle to carry the quad copter within range of the flying location, assemble the battery & ground station, wait for a GPS lock, dial in the flight plan, people squeeze in as much quad copter footage as they can, making the movie point out the amount of work it took to get the 1 scene. Making a movie about noodle salad which briefly inserts quad copter footage is a trick only DJI enabled, by making the quad copter simple enough to where it can almost be everywhere you are.

It's not clear if he used an active following mode or if he manually flew while following the copter for the skateboard scenes. You wouldn't even know it was what autonomous following should look like. We're trained by the limitations of quad copters to expect follow cams to be behind the subject, with the subject drifting around the frame & the motion to studder.

Having Neistat flying a DJI without destroying it was a marketing victory. He at least acted so clueless, for him to get all those shots was proof the DJI is uncrashable. They've just been able through the use of custom cameras to get a real convenient form factor. The ground control has apparently taken away enough decision making to where a Neitstat can fly it repeatedly.
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