Editing Drone Footage for Beginners – The Free Way! (DJI Fly)

Editing Drone Footage for Beginners – The Free Way! (DJI Fly)

Do you struggle with editing all of that awesome aerial footage you’ve captured with your drone? Editing drone footage can be very frustrating if you’ve never done it before. This first video in a 3 part series shows you how to edit your footage for free by using the DJI Fly app. Be sure to subscribe to see some more advanced options for making great drone videos! Subscribe here: https://tinyurl.com/yxepcwca

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The next 2 videos in this series will be posted here once they are uploaded to YouTube.


  1. Bill Yoder on November 6, 2021 at 9:36 am

    I’ve seen the question asked on various forums, but haven’t seen an answer yet. The default orientation of the fly app video editor on my Iphone 11 is portrait mode. yet all the instructional videos I’ve watched are in landscape mode – which would be way easier to use. Anyone know how to change it?

  2. Pedro V on November 6, 2021 at 9:36 am

    I use the dji app the only problem i have is when the video is more big than the track, how add to continue the music for the video??…(same track)…

  3. imagoodguy65 on November 6, 2021 at 9:36 am

    Awesome video and instruction. Appreciate this channel!!

  4. Sensey on November 6, 2021 at 9:36 am

    Hello, I would like to kindly ask you that it is possible to save edited video by dji fly app to 4k or 2.7 k ? I can see options only 720p or 1080p. Thank you in advance.

  5. Mister Witt on November 6, 2021 at 9:37 am

    Can I use the DJI Fly apps with my drone even if i don’t have a DJI drone? which one would you suggest for Android, there are only 22 that I counted (I repeat, ONLY that I counted, I know there are more) Chris Witt

  6. To Live and Fish on November 6, 2021 at 9:38 am

    I needed this thanks

  7. Wane E on November 6, 2021 at 9:39 am

    What if you have the Dji smart controller. How about a video on that. 🤔👍

  8. Zeissler Music on November 6, 2021 at 9:40 am

    Is it posible to fade the Music ? If you have a 2 min clip but the Music is 3 mins ?

  9. J Marshall on November 6, 2021 at 9:41 am

    So basically the point is I don’t need a PC to edit videos?

  10. Richard Brown on November 6, 2021 at 9:41 am

    Great video…how do you add music from your own source to videos please?

  11. Prairie Life on November 6, 2021 at 9:41 am

    Hey North Dakota! 👋🏼🇨🇦

  12. Spawn and Batman on November 6, 2021 at 9:41 am

    The best drone tutorial channel I’ve ever seen. Thank you for so much help. I definitely appreciate it since owning a drone is not cheap but so rewarding with the proper tools

  13. bleung2 on November 6, 2021 at 9:42 am

    Im trying to add the music into one of my DJI drone video and it pops up window and said the video at least for 1 minute long in orderer to edit. Anyway to avoiding this setting from the DJI editing program? Thanks

  14. Sport Fish Adventures on November 6, 2021 at 9:42 am

    Great video but how do I upload the video and remove the black on the top and the bottom I want to make sure when I upload the video it shows the entire video with no black boxes????

  15. dieselman 74 on November 6, 2021 at 9:46 am

    Top stuff bro I’m only learning this stuff now I bought an evo 2 8k drone great drone but I don’t no how to edit or work with my footage thanks man 👍👍cheers from Ireland 🇮🇪

  16. Al Metz on November 6, 2021 at 9:47 am

    Just a beginner at this and your videos are so helpful and easy to understand………….. Thank you

  17. Deputydog1122 on November 6, 2021 at 9:49 am

    Thx sir!

  18. Kurt S Industries on November 6, 2021 at 9:50 am

    Is there a way to download the DJI Fly app to your PC to do the video editing on my laptop or is this only for IOS and Android?

  19. Dave the magnificent on November 6, 2021 at 9:50 am

    I’m new to the dji fly app but I saved a few pics and videos to my phone, then deleted them from the app. When I deleted them from the app, it also deleted them from my phone. Anyway around that? No SD card just using the internal storage on the 2S.

  20. Louie Torres on November 6, 2021 at 9:52 am

    Awesome video. How do I get music from mac to iPhone? Airdrop? Once on phone how do you add to dji app? Local?

  21. GG7162 on November 6, 2021 at 9:52 am

    This was exaktly what I needed to hear to get started editing. U are a legend sir

  22. Waykat Services P/L Melbourne on November 6, 2021 at 9:52 am

    Hi Russ.

    1st up oh no you didn’t fly across the tracks did you, gee I hope your sheriff mate isnt watching he’ll be straight around to see you & ptesent you with tje shiny steel bracelets 🤗 followee by a free holiday 🤣.

    But seriously great video our company just took delivery of our 1st of many drones yesterday a M2P with a matrice to follow so as an aviation commercial pilot I’ve got to learn to fly all over again 🤔.

    So question, all the software you mentioned is either Win or Mac, there are a lot of is that are Linux based mainly Ubuntu & Mint having escaped the Window$ concentration camp. 🤗

    Any ideas or suggestions ?.


  23. steve on November 6, 2021 at 9:54 am

    How do i compress my videos in order to email them?

  24. john godfrey on November 6, 2021 at 9:57 am

    do you have to edit it before you down lowed it john good vidio thanks john uk

  25. peter tinnelly on November 6, 2021 at 9:57 am

    Very useful thanks man

  26. Rob Ripingill on November 6, 2021 at 9:58 am

    Hey Russ thanks for all this info, I have the new DJI FPV Drone how do i download from my drones SD card to my phone/DJI fly app .? Is there a download button to push in the fly app to start the download..? Sorry Russ I’m a greenhorn at this editing stuff, I just want to add some music to my drone videos. Thanx 🕹🚁👍

  27. Bruce Fell on November 6, 2021 at 10:02 am

    Russ. Can i put the dji app that i use on my iphone for flying on a laptop/ tablet to do editing & still save share? Also how does one use music from itunes for editing videos/ photos?

  28. Darkwatch Drones on November 6, 2021 at 10:03 am

    Hello. I am planning on getting the mavic 2 pro with the smart controller. Can I get the footage from either the drone or controller to my phone (iPhone 6s) and use the dji app for editing that way? Also with the music service you said you use is there a way to get it just by phone? I am an over the road truck driver and do not have a laptop. I only use my phone.

    Any help will be appreciated

  29. Tan Ah Huat on November 6, 2021 at 10:06 am

    Awesome tips Sir

  30. Frontire Adventures on November 6, 2021 at 10:07 am

    Awesome…thank you.

  31. Bryan Calhoun on November 6, 2021 at 10:07 am

    Very helpful, i just got my DJI MAVIC MINI with fly more combo.
    And the Drone is fun to fly but I want to get the Video footage and make it presentable to my friends and family and YouTube audience also.
    So ur video helped alot.

  32. Cheshire Fly Fishing on November 6, 2021 at 10:08 am

    Really helped me a lot , clear advice and instructions. Have you any idea why I cant edit my footage on android in Landscape app keeps switching to portrait

  33. Ian Gornall on November 6, 2021 at 10:09 am

    thank you for the advice i am a complete novice to the drone world so thank i will be watching plenty more of your video again thank you very much.

  34. austin porter on November 6, 2021 at 10:10 am

    Still getting started in general with all of this but have gotten great footage off of my air 2s however I’m starting to think i might have to buy my gaming pc earlier then i expected if i really want to edit videos that are worthy of my drones capabilities. Does this sound accurate? Pc setup im going for is radeon rx 6900xt for gpu and ryzen 9 5900x cpu.

  35. Gary Cornish on November 6, 2021 at 10:10 am

    Just got a new DJI Mavic Air 2. Would like to use my Chromebook for editing. Don’t know how to download the fly app onto it since it looks like it is made for phones. Maybe I should try the free download of Cyberlink Power Director 19.
    Any sugestions? Thanks
    Just subscribed to your channel. Very good info in your videos.

  36. Captain DeStructo on November 6, 2021 at 10:13 am

    Music can be extremely annoying if not done tastefully. To my taste.

  37. Russell Craig on November 6, 2021 at 10:16 am

    Hi Russ great video. I am trying to edit on an ipad air (new model) the problem am having is when I click on video then the scissors the video ends up about 40 seconds away from the timeline so making editing near impossible. Have you any ideas?

  38. Iain Twaddle on November 6, 2021 at 10:17 am

    I have a GoPro hero8 and mostly make trail running videos, I’m thinking about getting a drone to take my videos to the next level. I do most of my editing through the GoPro app, I like it as it’s quick and easy and I can do it from my phone. Can I mix the GoPro footage with the drone footage through either the DJI app or GoPro app?

  39. G W on November 6, 2021 at 10:18 am

    Can I ask, your not using the phone cache files. I record in 4k so for this isssume recording in 1080 is a better option and I have to leave the files on the drone…

  40. Klaus Madsen on November 6, 2021 at 10:18 am

    Don’t your drone get very hot when it take so long time to download. I mean the drone is not getting cooled in the air when it is not flying.
    I just got my Mini 2 today and everything worked perfectly. So after a short fly around taken a couple of small videos which took around 2-3 mins each. After that I wanted to have a look at the Fly app and got a warning that processor was overheating! So I turned it off and took the battery out and it was so hot that nearly couldn’t hold it in my hand???
    Is that normal?
    Do you always download directly from the Drone? You don’t take the memory card out and then transfer it to your computer, which will be way faster with a USB3 Card reader.

  41. J Salvemini on November 6, 2021 at 10:19 am

    Hey Russ, Can I edit on the DJI app from my iMac desktop or just through my phone?

  42. 51 Drones on November 6, 2021 at 10:22 am

    *The IOS version of the DJI Fly app has more features than the Android version. For instance, in the IOS version, you can see the audio timeline. Maybe it’s time for me to switch to an iPhone! 😁

  43. Gary Mel on November 6, 2021 at 10:22 am

    WoW what part of North Dakota? I grew up in Minot!

  44. Nathan Anspach on November 6, 2021 at 10:23 am

    Russ, really an excellent video. Thanks for doing this.

  45. Jean Castillo on November 6, 2021 at 10:26 am

    Hey does someone know why i can’t edit my videos in portrait mode? I’ve tried with iPhone and Samsung and nothing works 🥲 the whole things is vertical I’m struggling to edit that way

  46. Chris Dodd on November 6, 2021 at 10:27 am

    But we’re not going to do that today

  47. Keith Coulby on November 6, 2021 at 10:31 am

    For a basic tutorial is was a lot of waffle about what your not doing

  48. Sander Emil Fedøy on November 6, 2021 at 10:32 am

    Should I delete the original videos after editing them together so I can save some space?

  49. Remco Tevreden on November 6, 2021 at 10:32 am

    I started a trial on epdiemic sound, uploaded my video on youtube and immediately got a strike

  50. D H on November 6, 2021 at 10:35 am

    @51 Drones This video alone just got you a new subscriber Russ! This is EXACTLY what I was looking for to have more fun with my new Air 2S. Thanks for doing this! Now I’m going to go try it!

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