Aerial

Flocking Patterns

Flocking Patterns

The term “sheep” is often used to refer to those who blindly follow others. As this aerial footage of sheep and cows moving in unison in New Zealand shows, flock mentality is truly the order of business in the farm animal kingdom.

Islandia

Islandia

Simply put, Iceland is one of the most stunning, and unspoiled places on our planet. Filmmaker Vadim Sherbakov visited some of the country’s many beautiful landscapes with his DJI Mavic 2 Pro camera, and compiled the footage into this all-too-short film.

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Double Exposure: NYC

Double Exposure: NYC

By duplicating and inverting aerial footage shot over New York City, filmmaker Humza Deas created a wild and wondrous new cityscape that’s grounded in reality but also completely surreal. The track is Periphescence by Glowworm.

Head in the Clouds

Head in the Clouds

Photographer and world traveler Ivan Bondarenko takes us on an aerial tour of one of Earth’s most spectacular locales, the lush, greenery-covered limestone hills near Guilin China, reminding us yet again how amazing our planet is. Shot with a DJI Mavic Pro drone.

LED-Equipped Drone Photography

LED-Equipped Drone Photography

Rctestflight shows off some eyepopping desert aerial photography, the most impressive of which are the nighttime shots starting at 1:09. They used multiple drones – one to capture the imagery and another to provide illumination using a powerful 1kW LED light source.

Pyongyang 360º

Pyongyang 360º

North Korea’s leader may be in a war of words with much of the world, but Aram Pen’s aerial video over the sprawling, though oddly still capital city of Pyongyang reminds us of the millions who live there who deserve a chance at a peaceful and happy lives like the rest of us.

Elevations

Elevations

Drone pilot and photographer Gabriel Kocher shot this spectacularly smooth and immersive aerial sequence at the Swiss Alps. Watch as his custom-built camera drone zips and zooms perilously close to the craggy rocks. Here’s what Gabriel saw through his HMD.

Drone vs Roller Coaster

Drone vs Roller Coaster

We just saw a sweet video of a drone chasing down a locomotive, and now we have another awesome bit of aerial acrobatic footage as a quadcopter does its best to keep up with a couple of thrill rides at France’s Nigloland amusement park. (Thanks Hugo!)

Quadcopter

Quadcopter

Editor and VFX artist Paul Parker took aerial footage shot by Alban Roinard, then rotated and mirrored it using visual effects software. The result is an otherworldly version of Earth that seems straight out of Inception.

AERIALAPSE

AERIALAPSE

Brian Bloss combined his passions for aerial and time-lapse photography into one epically beautiful short film. It took him about two years to gather the footage used here, and the end result is simply stunning. We’d love to see a sequel using only top-down footage though.

Muscle-Up

Muscle-Up

Photographer Robert McIntosh created this impressive one-take shot using a deftly piloted palm-sized drone, a stripped-down GoPro, reverse playback, and the After Effects plugin ReelSteady to smooth out the motion. Here’s some of the raw footage prior to stabilization.

AER GoPro Dart

AER GoPro Dart

While it’s not likely to produce the kind of smooth and controlled video of a pricy drone, the AER looks like a fun way to capture short snippets of aerial footage and overhead stills on the cheap. It’s made from sturdy foam, and protects your camera from impact and water.

How to Drone

How to Drone

Want to get aerial shots, but don’t have a drone? YouTuber SamTime shows us a silly trick that gives the illusion of video shot from a drone. All you need is a selfies stick, some tape, and a tall friend.

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