Drone Video Tips: Ascending, Descending, And Linear Shots


One of the biggest trends in home video editing involves incorporating drone shots. From soccer moms to vloggers (video bloggers), using a drone's HD camera and unique point of view can give your video a scope and novelty that's sure to give your video a distinctive "wow-factor."

When it comes to drone footage, there are three types of shots to make sure you get. Here are some tips to capturing drone footage for your home movie:

Ascending: when the drone ascends, you're able to get a shot that vicariously takes viewers from a standard point of view to a bird's eye perspective. Many novice aerial videos ruin this sweeping, ascending shot by making the following mistakes:

  • Rising too fast-rise no more than one foot per second. You can speed the shot up as needed when you edit the video. It is more difficult, however, to slow the video down, as the quality may be compromised.

  • Lighting-if possible, shoot with the sun behind you.

  • Full Shot-make sure that when your drone reaches the apex of its ascent that the entire area you're capturing is in the shot.

Descending: similar to the ascending shot, descending shots can transport viewers from a sweeping, expansive view to a focused, tight shot. Make sure to avoid these mistakes when shooting descending shots:

  • Descending too quickly-aside from potentially turning your audience's stomach, descending too quickly will rob your shot of its elegance. Because your audience needs time to visually process the descending shot, make sure to descend at no more than one foot per second.

  • Angle-make sure that your drone's camera lens is angled properly. Thus, when it is about eye-level, the object of your shot is focused squarely. Most drone camera apps have a target feature that can help you calculate angle and even moderate descent rates.

Linear: a linear shot is a moving shot that captures horizontal movement from a vertical perspective. When shooting linear footage, be sure to avoid these common mistakes:

  • Adjacent-shooting footage from an adjacent angle adds an additional dimension to shots. Similar to the descending shots, having the right angle is key. To have the right angle, you will need to plot a course before your drone starts moving. Most drone video apps will help you chart a predetermined course and calculate the camera angle accordingly.

Having access to a drone camera can add an element to your home video that's sure to give it a professional flare that can't be replicated. For more information and options, consider talking with a professional drone service, such as Major Video Inc..

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