Category Videos

22
Dec

Time's List of 2016's Impressive Drone Videos

As the end of the year approaches so do many, many “Best of 2016” lists. As drones grow in popularity they are thankfully becoming more prevalent on these lists from best drones to purchase to best drone videos. Time Magazine released a list of six drone videos they found most impressive this year. The videos …

17
Dec

Amazon Drone Makes First Delivery

The Amazon powerhouse successfully completed their first drone delivery last week. In released video of the Amazon drone delivery, the company successfully delivers an Amazon Fire TV stick to a customer’s backyard in Cambridge, England. Amazon drone delivery testing is occurring at their Cambridge facility. According to CNET, the Amazon drone delivered the item within 13 …

13
Dec

FAA Drone Safety Video for Christmas

With Christmas under two weeks away, the FAA continues to find ways to enforce drone safety, especially before new pilots get their Christmas presents in the air. The administration released the above video as a reminder for new drone owners to fly responsibly and keep up on drone rules. The video reminds pilots to register their …

29
Nov

Short Film Shot Entirely by Inspire 2

A new short film by Academy Award-winning cinematographer Claudio Miranda (Life of Pi, Oblivion, Tron) demonstrates the potential of the new DJI Inspire 2 drone. The 13 minute short, about a father reuniting with his estranged son in Depression-era America, was filmed entirely with the professional drone and X5R camera. The film’s director, Sheldon Schwartz, says …

4
Oct

Avocado and Margarita Festival: Behind the Scenes

Morro Bay, California plays host to the Avocado and Margarita Festival annually, and this year Sky Pirate got to be a part of it by capturing photo and video of the lively event. In order to capture the event, Sky Pirate’s Jason Lee, used the RED Raven camera, DJI Ronin-MX gimbal, and Phantom 4 drone. All …

27
Sep

DJI Announces New Drone: Mavic Pro

DJI announced a new innovative drone product Tuesday, the Mavic Pro. The new drone looks rather different than previous DJI products. The small drone, weighing in at 1.64 lbs (including the gimbal cover), is made for ease of use and transportation. The Mavic Pro was designed to be compact, with four folding arms and propellers …

9
Sep

Unlikely Drone Uses: DroneSurfing

Picture kiteboarding, but when you look to where the kite should be, there’s a drone instead. That’s dronesurfing. In a video, newly published to Youtube, by Freefly Systems, the new sport is shown in action. A drone whisks by along a beach before a “dronesurfer” grabs hold of a handle hanging off the drone and off …

31
Aug

Drone View of the Northern Lights

Icelandic photographer, Oli Haukur, captured gorgeous video of Iceland’s northern lights and to our great delight shared it with the world on his YouTube page. The video showcases the green lights over lighthouses and rocky shorelines. It’s a sight to see! Haukur captured the video using the DJI Matrice 600 drone, a Sony A7sii camera, and a Sigma 20mm …

22
Aug

CNN Launches Drone Program

The Federal Aviation Administration recently made it easier for drones to be used for commercial means and CNN is taking full advantage. The news station announced last week the launch of its new drone program, CNN AIR. Poynter reports that the program includes two full time drone pilots and about a dozen drones. The process to …

16
Aug

Drone Footage of Louisiana Flooding

Drone footage posted to YouTube shows aerial views of the damaging flooding that took place in Louisiana this weekend. The footage shows homes and cars half submerged in water. Backyards have become pools, with tops of trampolines and blow up swimming pools visible above the murky water. Video shows that a neighborhood can be flooded, ...
5
Aug

Crocodile Tries to Eat Drone

  Not helping the stigma that Australia’s wildlife is terrifying, Australian photographer Sean Scott, posted video of a crocodile’s attempt to eat his drone on Instagram this week. The video starts serene, if not a little unsettling as the shadow of the drone is seen in murky water next to a crocodile that blends in …

28
Jul

Aerial Views of Denmark

Not sold yet on a Phantom 4 drone? This video might change your mind. YouTube user, TheNerdyExplorer, posted footage from a trip he took to Denmark. The footage, captured by the DJI Phantom 4, features Denmark’s serene coastline, farmlands, an estate that looks like it could only exist in a fairy-tale, and gorgeous forest. The …

26
Jul

Filming Alaska's Wilderness and Wildlife

In June, Sky Pirate's Jason Lee, traveled to Alaska and captured beautiful footage of Alaska's wilderness in Seward, Alyeska, and Homer. While there he filmed promotional videos for Marathon Helicopters and KBay Air Bear Tours enabling him to film and photograph some of Alaska's gorgeous scenery and rather large wildlife. In order to produce the ...
22
Jul

Unlikely Drone Uses: Chasing Down Boat Thieves

The Seattle Times' video above shows footage 14-year-old Christopher Harris took with his DJI Phantom drone of boat thieves escaping with his family's boat. ABC News reports that Harris and a friend, visiting a family vacation home on Camano Island, Washington, woke Wednesday morning to find thieves tying up Harris' boat to their own. Harris' ...
12
Jul

DJI Joins University to Research Drone Use for Agriculture

DJI’s most recent collaboration will hopefully lead to new drone technology that can better assist the agriculture field. The company has partnered with Kansas State University using their drone products to research how precision agriculture and sustainable practices can help raise the rate of farm productions. In DJI’s video about their efforts, seen above, farmer Ron Ohlde …

8
Jun

Best Drone Footage from Drone Film Festival

The 2nd annual New York Drone Film Festival put together a montage of footage from selections in their festival and the results are lovely. The video features bubbling lava, sweeping views of valleys and their surrounding mountains, dizzying perspectives of heights, artsy pieces, and gorgeous shots of drones themselves. To see the festival’s winning videos …

8
Jun

DJI Teams Up with Whale Researchers in Snotbot Project

DJI’s Inspire 1 and Phantom 4 has been immensely instrumental in the Ocean Alliance’s study of what is essentially whale snot. The Ocean Alliance is using the two drones in the Sea of Cortez to more humanely collect samples of snot from whales that can help in studying whale’s stress levels, reproductive cycles, and health …

7
Jun

Control a Drone with the Wave of Your Hand

In video posted by Hackaday on YouTube, Nolan Moore is shown at the Bay Area Maker Faire using an old, modified Nintendo Power Glove to control a drone. Moore uses gestures to guide the drone forward, back, up and down. The Verge reports that Moore created the glove replacing the glove’s older parts with  newer pieces …

3
Jun

Game of Drones: Drone Combat

Move over drone racing, drone fight club is here.  Founded in 2013, the game is pretty simple according to PC World. Two drones are pitted against one another with the objective of forcing the other to the ground. PC World reports the fight is based on a 3 point system with the drones losing a …

31
May

Drone Documents Building of Futuristic Apple Campus 2

Drone pilot Matthew Roberts has been documenting the construction of Apple's Campus 2 in Cupertino, California. Roberts has released new drone footage of the campus once a month since March showing Apple's progress. The construction project is of interest due to its futuristic design and gigantic scale. Fortune reports the building will include 2.8 million ...
25
May

Drone Video of Sharks' Whale of a Meal

Australian tour group, Eco Abrolhos Cruises, made the news this week after releasing drone footage of tiger sharks in the midst of a meal. The body of a dead humpback whale attracted a large number of tiger sharks in Shark Bay (where else?) off of Western Australia and while not exactly a pretty sight, it is pretty …

20
May

CA Drone Bill Passed by State Assembly

  The California State Assembly has passed Assembly Bill 2320 in efforts to have drone regulations in affect as the hobby grows. Fear not though drone enthusiasts, the bill shouldn’t affect most drone users. CBS Sacramento reports the Bill would prohibit: Using a drone to bring contraband into a prison Using a drone to stalk, harass, …

18
May

Touring Japan

In 2015 Sky Pirate's Jason Lee took a trip to Japan and used an Ego Skateboard, DJI Inspire Pro, and a Sky Pirate DYS cinema gimbal to capture smooth, clear footage of the country and epic aerial views. Of the equipment he brought, Jason said surprisingly the Ego skateboard came in most handy during filming. ...
16
May

Drone Created that Can Land on Walls and Ceilings

Students at Stanford University have created a drone with the ability to land on walls and ceilings. The drone works through moving two groups of microspines (steel spikes) in opposite directions on a surface allowing it to hold to a surface through friction according to IEEE Spectrum. The groundbreaking design could be most effective in …

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