Filmmakers Hugo Manhes and Madcow collaborated on the short film Trajectoires, which uses a simple concept to produce a dramatic effect. By dangling bright flares from a couple of drones, they created a unique source of illumination for their natural surroundings. Set to an ethereal soundtrack by Linky Larson.
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First-person drone pilot NURK FPV takes us on a fun ride-along with his pals as they take to the California desert in AXA’s powerful sand rail ATVs and kick up sand from the dunes. Play it in full-screen for maximum immersion, and catch more footage from the outing on Rotor Riot.
Over the years, we’ve seen a couple of drones that could carry a person, but none of them were designed for speed. FliteTest visited with the guys at the Drone Champions League (DCL), who built a single-person flyer with a Formula One cockpit for maximum speed. For now, they’re only flying it with a dummy, but it is awesome.
Drones can capture amazing imagery, but they can wreak havoc in the wrong hands. To eliminate threats from UAVs, Israeli defense tech company Rafael has created Drone Dome, a system that can jam drone communication or pluck them out of the sky using a laser. It can spot objects as small as 0.02 sq. ft. from 2.1 miles away.
Making homebrew drones can be quite tricky due to the precise balance and weight requirements of smooth flight. But thanks to the consistency of LEGO parts, Brick Experiment Channel was able to put together a reasonably stable – if somewhat fragile – LEGO flying machine using off-the-shelf motors and rotors.
FPV drone pilot Nicolas Gaillard was invited to Oahu by Beautiful Destinations to capture aerial footage of some of Hawaii’s most spectacular sights. We think he did a masterful job zooming around the skies and shooting amazing imagery of the island’s natural splendor.
We’ve previously seen some of aerial photographer Viggo Koch’s work in his amazing rollercoaster fly-alongs. Now, Viggo has released a reel of some of his other breathtaking first-person drone shots from 2019, from snowy mountaintop landscapes to dusty rally races.
One of the big problems with Roombas and other robot vacuum cleaners is that they can’t go up or down stairs. Leave it to builder Peter Sripol and his pals to come up with a solution. They attached three ducted fans to a cheap Roomba knock-off, so it can fly like a drone between floors.
Colin Levy’s short sci-fi film follows two teens who prank people by swapping the contents of their drone deliveries. But when a hack goes wrong, they discover a dark secret about the unmanned aerial vehicles flying overhead. The production was funded via Kickstarter and through the efforts of volunteer CG artists.
This inexpensive, palm-sized drone has foldable rotor arms, so it’s small enough to take anywhere. It offers smooth flight, and can shoot 4K video or 5mp still images. Keep in mind, it’s no Mavic Mini, and flight times are limited to about 8 minutes and distance of about 250 feet. Save an extra 15% with code BFSAVE15 (expires 12/13/19)
DJI’s latest drone is simply tiny. It weighs about as much as a smartphone, is small enough to stash in a pocket, a backpack, or purse, but packs plenty of capability. It’s got a 3-axis gimbal, 2.7k video, and can fly up to 30 minutes using DJI’s smartphone app and remote controller. For more fly time and accessories, grab the Fly More combo.
During the opening ceremony for China’s 2019 Nanchang Flight Convention, a veritable army of 800 illuminated drones took to the sky, arranging themselves to conjure images of a propeller plane, a jumbo jet, and a fighter jet, among other images to kick off the air show.
Racing drone flyer Viggo Koch captured this epic aerial footage as he chased down the twisty and turny Helix roller coaster at Liseberg park in Gothenburg, Sweden. Note that the coaster was unoccupied at the time of the shoot for safety reasons. Check out more of Koch’s amazing drone vs. roller coaster footage here.
FPV drone pilot Mactac takes us on another epic flight, this time traversing the tops of a steep mountain range on Vancouver Island, British Columbia, as the UAV flies between the trees and craggy rocks, it comes across the glorious sight of Cobalt Lake. After a long hike up, it required patience between all the clouds that rolled in.
A duo of Porsches takes to one of world’s best roads – Gotthard Pass in Switzerland, and DJI was on hand to capture the action with their Mavic 2 Pro drone, FPV system, and Osmo Action camera. Whether you’re into cars, cinematography, technology, or travel, there’s a little something for everyone in this brief clip. BTS here.
Skydio’s latest drone makes tracking subjects easier than ever. Its autonomous flying tech uses AI and six 4K cameras to map out the world around it, allowing it to avoid obstacles, and to track people and vehicles at speeds up to 36 mph. Captures video up to 4K 60 in HDR, flies for up to 23 minutes, with a 3.5km wireless range.
A group of engineers got together to launch this crazy looking thing we never thought would get off the ground. Using a similar construction to his Flex 9 plane, Ran D. St. Clair’s wacky flying machine takes off vertically like a drone. Its innaugural flight seemed to be more successful than flights 2 and 3 though. Videos by Wcolby1.
We’ve seen some pretty wild remote-controlled flying machines over the years, but this might just be our favorite so far. In this clip from RC Media World, flyer Graner Berg shows off his custom-built drone that looks like a full-size human wearing a jetpack. It’s impressively agile and stable in flight, given its awkward shape.
Visual artist Nick Cobby combined amazing top-down drone footage with abstract digital art to create the hypnotic video for Max Cooper’s Perpetual Motion, an audio-visual piece commissioned by London’s Barbican Centre. The work transforms the movements of people into ever-changing geometric patterns.
Drone pilot Shaggy FPV shows off just what kind of amazing photography can be produced with today’s technology as he flies perilously close to rocks and trees in a quest to capture incredible imagery of the Kjelfossen waterfall in Norway. He used ReelSteady GO software to help smooth out the final footage.
UAV flyer Mactac takes us on a beautiful and majestic ride through craggy rocks, tall trees, steep cliffs, and waterfalls in this buttery-smooth first-person flight. The nature sounds and soundtrack really help bring it all together. Original through-the-goggles recording here.
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