How to Shoot Drone Videos (4K)

DJI Mavic Air 2:

We revisit the DJI Mavic Air 2 and share our 4K cinematic landscape footage as producer and drone pilot Gunther Kirsch offers tips and techniques for filming beautiful aerial video. Follow along as we discuss the use of HDR, shutter speed, ND filters, and parallax on DJI’s latest quadcopter.

Shot and edited by Gunther Kirsch

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Sean Charlesworth
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Bill Doran
Ariel Waldman
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Intro bumper by Abe Dieckman
Set design by Danica Johnson
Set build by Asa Hillis

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  1. Lars Sveen on September 11, 2020 at 10:58 am

    The video all looks really dark. Is that a problem with the drone? Or was it because you "crushed the blacks" in post?

  2. Eliot Brown on September 11, 2020 at 10:59 am

    Any "real world" incorporations of your drone work that you can share? And i do mean jobs, either here or freelanced. I do not have a drone but your suggestions make sense for this mid-level device.

  3. Denis Ryan on September 11, 2020 at 11:01 am

    Great video! Great tips!

  4. Alex Ketchum on September 11, 2020 at 11:01 am

    Does Adam Savage still have those 50 shirts

  5. Jose Díaz on September 11, 2020 at 11:04 am

    Hello Norm!

  6. Andy W on September 11, 2020 at 11:04 am


  7. IlManueleDronista on September 11, 2020 at 11:05 am

    Hey, wait! Why don’t you give me a hand? I upload aerial footage of my drone (Mavic Pro 2). If you are interested in this world or are even a little curious, subscribe to my channel and help me to grow and encourage me to bring better and better content! Thank you.

  8. Kent Villard on September 11, 2020 at 11:06 am

    This had some great tips! Thanks – it was interesting enough for me to decide it’s time to jump in and buy a drone!

  9. Paul Freedman on September 11, 2020 at 11:07 am

    I read "How to shoot drones"

  10. Mark Anand on September 11, 2020 at 11:08 am

    I don’t even have a 4k camera , let alone a 4k drone, loved the footage.

  11. Amsyar Danialz on September 11, 2020 at 11:09 am


  12. Jibrhan khan on September 11, 2020 at 11:09 am

    Press record

  13. Darryl Giors on September 11, 2020 at 11:11 am

    I know where to send people who want to learn about these techniques from now on. I came to much the same conclusions over the past 5+ years with DJI so I can’t argue with anything said here.

  14. MC's Creations on September 11, 2020 at 11:12 am

    Well… I love "drones", but not that type… I like the racers and freestyle rigs. Where you have to pilot and give every input, instead of having auto stabilization and so on. But I guess it’s matter of taste, really. 😊
    Stay safe there, everybody! 🖖😊

  15. Leonard Oglesby on September 11, 2020 at 11:12 am

    All good tips with one miss when it comes to features of the DJI Mavic Air 2. 
    It is actually possible to pan the MA2 gimbal rather turning the entire UAS. The Fly App has a feature which allows you to touch the screen of the device (iOS, or Android) used with the controller, and then drag to the left, or right to pan the gimbal rather than changing direction of flight. This can also be used to tilt the gimbal up, and/or down rather than using the gimbal tilt wheel on the controller.

  16. Cylume on September 11, 2020 at 11:12 am

    Why do you wiggle so much when you talk? 🤔

  17. 2fastnlight on September 11, 2020 at 11:13 am

    You can use your finger held and moved on screen to move the camera independent from the aircraft.

  18. JugaMex xD on September 11, 2020 at 11:13 am

    RIP Grand Imahara

  19. Ben Snow on September 11, 2020 at 11:14 am

    holy fringing why would you shoot with such a high ND if your sensor being too small is a problem, is it not an option to just bump down your ISO and get a cleaner image?

  20. Craig Waddington on September 11, 2020 at 11:16 am

    You can pan the camera by dragging your finger across the screen

  21. Robin R. on September 11, 2020 at 11:16 am

    Thank you for this information. This was awesome!

  22. Lalit Bhushan ललित भूषण on September 11, 2020 at 11:17 am

    Hey adam I like your amazing projects😊

  23. Boomer Braden on September 11, 2020 at 11:18 am

    This just puts the icing on the cake, these guys make amazing content and have now inspired me to start my own channel. I would really love some support on a video I have dropping in an hour❤️

  24. Arthur Kallinen Tmi on September 11, 2020 at 11:19 am

    Mavic 2 Pro has a possibility to pan the camera total of 180° from the screen of the phone

  25. Jason Patz on September 11, 2020 at 11:24 am

    Great info and nice footage.

  26. SFC Andy MP Corp on September 11, 2020 at 11:27 am

    I started flying drones and helicopters oh it’s been going on 10 yrs now. One thing for those of you who are going to start doing this. It’s important to get extremely familiar with the controls and how to fly. For example with RC helicopters you should start with 3 channel copters and move up to 4 and so on. If you just jump into the deep end so to speak you may get discouraged or overwhelmed a little. They key is don’t get discouraged, use every flight as a learning experience. But start with cheaper drones before spending the big bucks. 4 channel copters are a different animal all together when comparing to 3 channel. It takes some time to learn how to keep your craft oriented correctly. When I got into drones, having the experience of flying helicopters made a huge difference in how easy it was to fly the drones. They do have drones with a feature called headless mode. In headless mode your drone is always facing forward no matter which way its facing. This can help you get used to flying but it’s not good if you you want to take video because you can find your camera facing the wrong way. But eventually you do get used to flying and are more able to keep the camera facing in the direction you intended. Headless mode does keep you in control and will help you not lose control. Also many of the drones if not all of them now, come with an auto home feature. Which basically means you hit a button and it flys back to the controller

  27. Ace Hardy on September 11, 2020 at 11:28 am


  28. Adam Savage’s Tested on September 11, 2020 at 11:30 am

    DJI Mavic Air 2:

  29. twinturbostang on September 11, 2020 at 11:32 am

    You talk about not being able to get enough light into the sensor. Yet then you use an ND16 filter?!?!

  30. William Baker on September 11, 2020 at 11:34 am

    The techniques are great but there was a tease on the legal issues of using drone footage in YouTube and other platforms. More please.

  31. 〰Keith’s Garage 〰 on September 11, 2020 at 11:35 am

    RIP grant imahara

  32. Richard Long on September 11, 2020 at 11:38 am

    Fantastic advice and beautiful imagery….. 👍 😎

  33. Sf Rocket danger Hatcher on September 11, 2020 at 11:38 am


  34. zengrath on September 11, 2020 at 11:39 am

    The thing i don’t get, and maybe this is a USA thing is, you can’t actually fly drone anywhere but your own property or private property in which you get owner permission and public property isn’t allowed. which is something no one ever tells you in these drone videos, it sounds all cool and everything until you realize if you actually get one you can’t really use it anywhere. Same thing with metal detecting, my family chipped in getting a decent metal detector for a family member who really wanted to get into the hobby then turned out after getting it, there is absolutely no where in Florida you can use it. no where. so it literally never got used except in our backyard. Again something metal detecting research tends to leave out.

  35. Austin Beetson on September 11, 2020 at 11:40 am


  36. Henry Maddocks on September 11, 2020 at 11:40 am

    What’s up with Gunther Kirsch’s head shot colour grading?

  37. JOHN YOUNGQUIST on September 11, 2020 at 11:43 am

    Very interesting to see the detailed process behind great imagery we take for granted.
    Let’s see more!

  38. Helvetica 66 on September 11, 2020 at 11:46 am

    Hey man, I just wanted to comment and check in on you, I just found out about Grant’s passing and I’m fucking heart broken. I know I’m a complete nobody to you and the Mythbuster’s family, but I’m a diehard fan and I just want you to know, from all of the mythbusters fans, we’re here for you. :’)

  39. John Br0 on September 11, 2020 at 11:48 am

    Awesome tips! Thx

  40. James WilderHancock on September 11, 2020 at 11:50 am

    Great tips vid! I might be right behind Kent in line for a new drone now. I’ve worked on many productions that have used drones and am old enough to remember the days of RC helicopter cameras. I have been considering purchasing my own and have been looking at this very model. Very helpful, thank you.

  41. MrTurboturbine on September 11, 2020 at 11:50 am

    One trick I use is to fly quickly backwards away from a subject, then I reverse the video in the editor, That way you don’t worry about stopping distance…

  42. Panacamanana on September 11, 2020 at 11:52 am

    Even though it’ll be difficult to get a great shot by doing this, there is the option to hold your finger in the app and you’ll be able to move the camera/gimbal around with your finger tip. In this mode you are actually able to pan the camera left and right without physically panning the drone. At least this is an option in the app for my Mavic 2 Pro, so it may not be there for the Air.

  43. Karen Jane Foote on September 11, 2020 at 11:52 am

    Great video! I want tips for how to stop your dog from barking like mad at the drone.

  44. JoJo on September 11, 2020 at 11:53 am

    That footage is really nice!!

  45. PoisonPanty on September 11, 2020 at 11:53 am

    intro being out of focus doesn’t help

  46. 707madman on September 11, 2020 at 11:53 am

    That’s Mt. Saint Helena!! Lots of great tips thank you!

  47. MikeMenace on September 11, 2020 at 11:54 am

    You guys should do an episode exploring FPV drones/quads!!

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