This track will showcase sessions on how to fly UAVs for cinema, inspection, real estate, best practices for remarkable images, and sessions demonstrating how to use embedded GPS/EXIF data!

Each session will coach new and seasoned UAV pilots to appreciate the depth of potential with UAV use. Sessions will be taught by veteran UAV pilots.

UAV Cinematography: A Recipe for Guaranteed Success (Douglas Spotted Eagle)

UAV Cinematography: A Recipe for Guaranteed SuccessYou have the right UAV, you have all the permits and are following all the regulations. You are ready to fly!
Learn how to optimize your field production time and build a plan to assure you capture the required shots. Following this unique, guaranteed “recipe” of shot styles, you will be able to convey your story and clearly communicate your message.
This session will include the following:

  • Creating a flight plan
  • Avoiding pitfalls
  • So, it is windy today – what should you do?
  • Get these shots and you’ll be set!

Filters for UAV Cameras (Douglas Spotted Eagle)

Filters for UAV CamerasVirtually every sUAV/RTF drone uses the same image processing chip and most have similar lenses. Unfortunately for production, none of them are ideal and they all operate at very high shutter speeds. At this time there is no stock UAV/Drone camera that operates out of the box, to its full potential. WHY? Because none of the UAV image processing chips allow for shutter speed control, and as a result, it is up to the user to slow the shutter speed. This can only be done through the use of filters.

This session will focus on three types of filters that benefit UAV/drone operators:

  • Polarizers
  • Neutral Density
  • Gradients

Each of these filters serve a particular purpose. In this session, you will learn when to a specific filter to maximize the potential of your UAV. The goal is to successfully incorporate filters with your UAV use and get the best possible footage!

10 Drone Tips for Successful Videos (Jon Corbin)

Flying is a skill yet knowing how to capture the best video from your UAV flights is equally, if not more important, than flying skill. In this overview session, we will examine the top 10 expert tips to inspire successful video output from your drone flights. Topics covered will be an overview of safety procedures, setup and planning for your flight, post-flight requirements and ultimately how to create great video.

Post Production Practices For UAV Footage (Jon Corbin)

Post Production Practices For UAV FootageUAV Cameras use a variety of codec/container packages that confound and confuse various editing systems. Rapid access, evaluation of footage, footage contents, and metadata contained in footage is important in any UAS use, and for commercial applications, immediate feedback is frequently required. In this session we’ll discuss how to optimize footage for various uses, how to edit files for distribution, and how to most quickly utilize footage for evaluative playback. We’ll also discuss various means of displaying/distributing footage in either live-flight or post-event scenarios.

Bringing UAV to you Production Environment (Douglas Spotted Eagle)

Bringing UAV to you Production EnvironmentCongratulations, you are ready to incorporate UAV into your Production Kit – This is the time to do it! How do you do it?? In this session we will cover how to effectively accomplish this assignment. Identify exactly why you need the UAV:

  • Which UAV is better for the job at hand
  • How to train for the jobs before you begin advertising your new skills
  • Insurance
  • Defining your objectives
  • Editing your video

Applied UAV/Drone Use: sUAS: Tools for Research (Douglas Spotted Eagle)

Applied UAV/Drone Use: sUASAn overview of UAV appliations:

  • UAV and its uses for LEO/Security Infrastructure
  • Telecom, Construction, Environmental Inspections
  • Introduction to UAV for Government Infrastructure
  • UAV Policy in Enterprise and Infrastructure

Integrating UAV into the Corporate/Commercial Environment (Douglas Spotted Eagle)

Integrating UAV into the Corporate/Commercial EnvironmentCongratulations, you are ready to incorporate UAV into your business – This is the time to do it! Now what should you do?
In this session we will cover how to effectively accomplish:

  • Identifying the exact purpose of the UAV
  • Defining your objectives and planning your UAV use
  • Which UAV is better for the job required
  • Preparing and training for UAV use
  • Insurance considerations
  • Editing your video

Best Practices for Real Estate Photography and Videography Part One (Douglas Spotted Eagle)

Best practices for Real Estate Photography and Videography
Real Estate professionals looking to offer UAV photography and videography need to understand the steps required to setting up a successful UAV flight to showcase a property. In part one of the Real Estate series, we’ll discuss safety practices, expected notifications/permits, and best practices for filming in an unfamiliar neighborhood.

Best Practices for Real Estate Photography and Videography Part Two (Douglas Spotted Eagle)

Real Estate professionals looking to offer UAV photography and videography need to understand the steps required to setting up a successful UAV flight to showcase a property. In part two of the Real Estate series, we’ll discuss the best angles and operations for capturing a home, surrounding property, and the features of a property. In this seminar, we’ll show you the best tools for showcasing any sort of real estate, how to use you drone as a ground-capture tool in the event a gimbal is not available or practical, or color matching is required.

Dronalism/Drones for Journalists Part 1 (Douglas Spotted Eagle)

Dronalism/Drones for JournalistsNews-Gathering is one of the areas where drones will shine moving into the future. BBC, New York Times, and more are using drones as means of capturing video footage and photos of events as they happen. In this session, we’ll discuss not only rules that apply to drones and journalists, but also discuss safety practices, concerns related to drone-journalism, and provide resources for journalists seeking to add aerial cameras to their tool kit. We’ll show several different drones, and demonstrate why the various models might be better or lesser for drone journalism.

Dronalism/Drones for Journalists Part 2 (Douglas Spotted Eagle)

This second session on Dronalism will dive into the creative side, camera setups, also discuss how to achieve the images necessary for print and web photography and video, communicating the moment with readers and viewers for maximum effectiveness in story telling. We’ll look at examples of proper and improper use of drones, and how better images might have been achieved. Attendees will learn to use drones as a tool in a thoughtful, creative way to replace many of the hardware devices that were used in classic cinematography.

Nightflight: Beyond the Boundaries of Daylight (Douglas Spotted Eagle)

Dronalism/Drones for JournalistsSeventy-two percent cent of our flying information comes through the eye and the eye is easily fooled at night. This is compounded by the inexperienced pilot alternating views between a tabled/lighted display and the position of the UAV in the sky. Night flying has a higher accident rate than identical day flying, both in UAV and manned aviation. Why? Depth perception is severely distorted, as is reaction time. This session will provide information that will allow pilots to avoid these challenges and more, while properly assessing and managing the risks associated with night flight (as waived per Part 107.29). You’ll also learn the foundation of applying for a COW/COA for night flight from an experienced night-flight pilot.

Introduction to Photogrammetry – Part One & Two ( Stephen Bier )

Drone operator interest in Photogrammetry has grown greatly within the last few years, particularly among those working in the various commercial fields of drone use. As a result of recent advances in camera technology and software processing, it is now possible to use even the most basic prosumer UAV, coupled a simple action camera taking stills (and in a few cases – video), to produce survey grade products that only a few years ago would have required large sensors, dedicated manned aircraft and costly niche software available to only a few specialty operations.

This two part lecture is intended to serve an entry level introduction to photogrammetry for the drone owner or user that is curious about what it is, what it might be able to do for them, and what it takes to produce truly professional results.

Part one will take a brief look at the history and development of photogrammetry as a science. It will provide definitions of some common terms as well as explanations of concepts fundamental of aerial photogrammetry and how they relate to UAV photography. It will then continue with a summary of several common use cases such mapping, surveying, agriculture, 3D reconstruction and measurement.

The second lecture will begin with a survey of several representative software offerings at various price points that are that typical of those that are currently available to UAV operators interested in exploring photogrammetry. The lecture will continue with a discussion of the particulars associated with planning and conducting a UAV flight to collect photography intended to be used for photogrammetry including the choice of platform, sensor selection and various “gotchas” to be aware of. It will then conclude with an overview of the workflow from the acquisition of the imagery through to final product creation and delivery.

An Introduction to 360/Virtual Reality (VR) Part 1 (Jon Corbin)

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360/Virtual Reality (VR) Part 2 (Jon Corbin)

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