How to Shoot Cinematic Drone Footage | 7 Top Tips

How to Shoot Cinematic Drone Footage | 7 Top Tips

Want to shoot better footage with your drone? Tom Middleton from SMN Film shares his top seven tips to help get you well on your way to capturing cinematic looking shots. With just a basic understanding of simple filmmaking concepts, you can create stunning aerial cinematography.

Tom’s tips:
1. Know your location – 0:39
2. Choose your drone – 1:20
3. Spatial awareness – 1:52
4. Mastering the basics – 2:38
5. Camera settings – 3:17
6. Cinema letterboxing – 3:46
7. Music 3:59

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43 Comments

  1. Sergio Leandro Schnorr on August 17, 2021 at 9:39 pm

    What about mixing FPV freestyle with DJI footage?

  2. Sunghoon Joh on August 17, 2021 at 9:40 pm

    Hey I learned a lot from this tutorial. Thanks a lot! And I would like to ask you the name location at 2:55. I’ve been looking for the name of that castle for couple of years.

  3. Tansi Mall on August 17, 2021 at 9:40 pm

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  4. CASTLE FILMS on August 17, 2021 at 9:40 pm

    Are you able leave a link to a good music website for video? I really like the music choices in this vid. Thanks!

  5. Andrew Fox on August 17, 2021 at 9:42 pm

    Great video!! Just wondered, for the shot of the car, was this done using Auto-track? and did you shoot this on your own? Reason being is I’m working on some car photography and videography and really want to expand into moving footage (similar to yours), but I’m a one man team and didn’t know whether I’d get the result I wanted by driving and shooting at the same time, if I were to make the investment..
    Cheers!!

  6. Dave's filming services on August 17, 2021 at 9:45 pm

    Where was that last shot taken ??

  7. musicmachineplayer31 on August 17, 2021 at 9:45 pm

    Great vid as always Quick question, does the Mavic 2 Pro take pics whilst & during flight as your recording video or do you have to stop video recording in order to take a photo?

    Finally I had a out of focus issue yesterday is there anything I should look into? Would appreciate any updates or a video on this subject.

    Thanks

  8. Will EDC on August 17, 2021 at 9:46 pm

    This is awesome

  9. Mark Anthony Sunga on August 17, 2021 at 9:46 pm

    What software do you use for your video editing?

  10. 7bikerboy7 on August 17, 2021 at 9:46 pm

    Thank you for your explanation and knowledge..I subbed and you have inspired me to get back into flying.Thanks to you i have this https://youtu.be/mQaQoU3_M4M

  11. Graeme Taplin on August 17, 2021 at 9:48 pm

    Good video…worth adding that exposure should always be double the frame rate, eg. shooting at 25fps = 1/50sec. To maintain this exposure and eliminate jumpy footage, I always use ND filters.

  12. ygg on August 17, 2021 at 9:48 pm
  13. Jose Antonio Lacomba Rios on August 17, 2021 at 9:49 pm

    Wow!! What an amazing video!!! Thanks!!

  14. Schöfer Film on August 17, 2021 at 9:52 pm

    Very interesting 😉👍🏻 best regards from a german film maker 🎥🎬

  15. Busy Little Bees on August 17, 2021 at 9:58 pm

    Another tip for flying close to objects. Don’t! Fake it till your capable with your guards on using VLOS

  16. TIME FOR TRAVEL on August 17, 2021 at 9:58 pm

    hey i am one of your regular big fan watched so far ur most tutorial , i have a mavic air and use it for my baby channel finally made a little better clip , thanks again
    @Cgn4

  17. ke4uyp on August 17, 2021 at 9:59 pm

    Hi ISO does not cause noise (but f/Stop & Shutter do!)
    https://youtu.be/2jkf31w7fwU

  18. P I X X E L F L Y - Drone Filmmaker & Photography on August 17, 2021 at 9:59 pm

    very nice 👍🏼

  19. Azizi Msuya on August 17, 2021 at 10:02 pm

    Very helpful .. thank you

  20. Arry Akhmad Arman on August 17, 2021 at 10:02 pm

    Thanks for your sharing…

  21. DJI Drone Travel on August 17, 2021 at 10:08 pm

    Thanks for all these amazing tips 🙂

  22. Busy Little Bees on August 17, 2021 at 10:12 pm

    I was a drone hobbyist and had toys, the mavic mini has created a new photographer out of this big kid thank you DJI

  23. Ronald Salvador on August 17, 2021 at 10:12 pm

    Nice shots and informative

  24. PETER FRITZ on August 17, 2021 at 10:13 pm

    Great video – thank you. 🙂

  25. mars GIA on August 17, 2021 at 10:13 pm

    how are you grading your videos?

  26. Eagle Eye Productions on August 17, 2021 at 10:14 pm

    This was really great. These tips weren’t the standard, easy ones you find in a lot of other Youtube Videos. Cheers Mate!

  27. Manuel s on August 17, 2021 at 10:16 pm

    This was very useful. I use it also for my videos .You can watch it on my channel

  28. Dickson Karamuzi on August 17, 2021 at 10:19 pm

    Thanks for good teaching
    I like it

  29. Northeast Drone Productions on August 17, 2021 at 10:22 pm

    nice tips. Cheers for the info 🙂

  30. JDL Drone Corps on August 17, 2021 at 10:22 pm

    Thoroughly enjoyed this..thanks for the tips.

  31. Dream Traveller and vlogs on August 17, 2021 at 10:23 pm
  32. P I X X E L F L Y - Drone Filmmaker & Photography on August 17, 2021 at 10:23 pm

    …Hey this is a very nice 🎥 movie. Greetings Pixxelfly Drone Filmmaker & Photography 😉😉👍🏼

  33. FlyWith Me on August 17, 2021 at 10:29 pm

    Lolo this is what i did today……

  34. Ian Frazer on August 17, 2021 at 10:30 pm

    Tip 7, which side of the road is/was the car driving? As the two camera angles show it driving on both sides of the road and passing oncoming traffic!

  35. AFCC e.U. on August 17, 2021 at 10:30 pm

    very nice video!
    New scale of aerail filming, https://www.afcc-aero.com/

  36. Udhe Asri on August 17, 2021 at 10:31 pm

    Wow keren

  37. cikaluster on August 17, 2021 at 10:31 pm

    Ciao a tutti

  38. Ewoks A Lot on August 17, 2021 at 10:32 pm

    I feel like anyone who needs to watch a "drone tips" video is probably new enough they should NOT be turning off the obstacle avoidance. lmao!

  39. Lachlan Ramm on August 17, 2021 at 10:32 pm

    For tip 7 did you film the car using active track on your dji?

  40. Julito Bernales on August 17, 2021 at 10:33 pm

    Nice view nice footage… let’s exchange views on our works thanks

  41. Titur Official on August 17, 2021 at 10:35 pm

    Nice tutorial

  42. dxer manto on August 17, 2021 at 10:35 pm

    Great tips and flying

  43. Jakerjkl on August 17, 2021 at 10:36 pm

    Is the DJI Phantom 4 original ok for a beginner ?

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