Filming with Drones | Masterclass
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Filming with Drones | Masterclass

Record cinematic aerials with (almost) any drone
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Created by Tom David Frey
Last updated 7/2020
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Price: $199.99
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This course includes
  • 5.5 hours on-demand video
  • 10 downloadable resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll learn
  • Drone (aerial) cinematography
  • How to pick the right drone and accessories
  • How to scout for great locations
  • How to prepare a shooting
  • Understanding the impact of weather and daytimes
  • Compositions
  • Best angles
  • Exposure
  • Post-production
  • And a lot more
Requirements
  • Participants should ideally own and know how to operate a drone
  • It is not necessary to own a specific drone model
Description

Create professional aerials with your drone

  • 5+ hours of video lessons

  • 43 lectures

  • Plenty knowledge quizzes

  • Printable cheatsheets

  • Original footage

This masterclass, created by YouTube host and professional drone operator Tom David Frey, teaches you everything that you need to know.
Filming cinematic shots with your drone has never been easier.


Have you ever wondered why recordings that looked great on the preview on your smartphone turned out flat and boring?
Have you asked yourself whether capturing professional-grade aerials is at all possible with a consumer drone?
Did you come to the conclusion that other people's aerials must look better because they can travel to exotic locations and seem to have better gear?


I know all of these feelings myself. They can turn great passion into a major disappointment.


After countless hours of research, endless talks with industry leaders, and hundreds of shootings, I found out how professionals capture aerials. And I will share my knowledge with you in this one of a kind course.


On YouTube, already today, more than 200.000 people follow my advice.
I often hear that someone hits the subscribe button because I turn dry and complicated topics into easy-to-follow lessons.


Guess what, don't expect to be bored or overwhelmed.
I know what it takes to become an aerial professional because I took the same path as you.


Creating this course has taken me one full year, I have never released that much information about aerial cinematography before.
You will learn everything that you need to know to capture professional aerials with your drone.


Six main categories of videos will teach you everything you need to know:

  • General Course, Safety and Flight Information

  • Developing a Story

  • Picking the best Gear and Preparing a Drone Shoot

  • Weather and Daytimes

  • Aerial Videography

  • Post-Production


Within these categories, the course covers a broad range of topics, such as:

  • Which Drone to Buy

  • Planning and Preparing for an Aerial Shooting

  • How to find amazing Locations

  • Weather and Day Times

  • Usage of Filters

  • Common Mistakes and how to avoid them

  • The Best Angles and Movements

  • Compositions

  • How to add Excitement to your Aerials

  • Post-Production Basics

  • Special tricks to enhance your Aerials in Post-Production

... and many more!


Stay tuned, fly safe, and elevate your vision!

Your Tom David Frey

Who this course is for:
  • Enthusiastic Beginners
  • Advanced Drone Operators
  • Ambitious Filmmakers
Course content
Expand all 50 lectures 05:23:09
+ General Course, Safety and Flight Information
5 lectures 28:16

Overview of the upcoming lectures.

Overview
00:37

In this video, you will learn the basic rules of drone flight.

General Safety Information
04:17

In this lesson, you will get to know some more essential safety techniques.

Further Safety Information
04:28

De-escalating conflicts has gotten more important since many people are afraid and worried about drones. This guide teaches you how to handle aggressive approaches and de-escalate them.

De-escalation
06:23

A professional appearance is the key to professional results. Learn what it takes to become a professional.

Professional Behaviour
12:31

Take the quick knowledge test and find out whether you are ready to move on to the next lesson or whether you should watch the last one more time. Don't worry if you don't get everything right initially.

Take your time, a cup of coffee, and get this done. ✅

Quick Quiz | General Course, Safety and Flight Information
10 questions
+ Developing a Story
3 lectures 08:23

Overview of the upcoming lectures.

Overview
00:55

Learn how to be more creative. Simple and realistic techniques that will help you develop more creative projects.

Be creative
06:45

Writing a concept is not as easy as it sounds. My papers will help you and make the task an adventure.

Concept and Challenge
00:43
+ Picking the best Gear and Preparing a Drone Shoot
6 lectures 48:13

Overview of the upcoming lectures.

Overview
00:47

Cherry-picking is easier than drone picking. I will show you what to focus on when it comes to buying a new drone for filmmaking. Don't worry, you will make the right decision in the end.

Picking the right Drone Model
18:04

Take the quick knowledge test and find out whether you are ready to move on to the next lesson or whether you should watch the last one more time. Don't worry if you don't get everything right initially.

Take your time, a cup of coffee, and get this done. ✅

Quick Quiz | Picking the right Drone Model
4 questions

Which accessories are worth it? Which are absolute must-haves? Let me unveil it.

Bringing the right Accessories
08:18

Take the quick knowledge test and find out whether you are ready to move on to the next lesson or whether you should watch the last one more time. Don't worry if you don't get everything right initially.

Take your time, a cup of coffee, and get this done. ✅

Quick Quiz | Bringing the right Accessories
2 questions

It is one of the most important steps - and in 99% of the cases totally underrated: Location scouting!
How do you find impressive spots to film aerials? Which tools are available and how can you use them for your projects? I will show you my methods and am sure that copying them is worth it.

How to find Amazing Locations
16:04

Take the quick knowledge test and find out whether you are ready to move on to the next lesson or whether you should watch the last one more time. Don't worry if you don't get everything right initially.

Take your time, a cup of coffee, and get this done. ✅

Quick Quiz | How to find Amazing Locations
3 questions

It is necessary to briefly make sure that your drone is fully functional before you take off. I will give you a quick run-through and show you how I do and recommend you to do it.

Correctly Inspect your Gear before Flight
02:11

Take the quick knowledge test and find out whether you are ready to move on to the next lesson or whether you should watch the last one more time. Don't worry if you don't get everything right initially.

Take your time, a cup of coffee, and get this done. ✅

Quick Quiz | Correctly Inspect your Gear before Flight
2 questions

If you want your gear to last for many years, it is important that you learn how to store it correctly. Let me show you how it works.

Storing valuable Gear
02:49

Take the quick knowledge test and find out whether you are ready to move on to the next lesson or whether you should watch the last one more time. Don't worry if you don't get everything right initially.

Take your time, a cup of coffee, and get this done. ✅

Quick Quiz | Storing valuable Gear
3 questions
+ Daytime and Weather
6 lectures 23:47

Overview of the upcoming lectures.

Overview
00:24

Which daytimes are best for creating professional aerials? This video lesson teaches you what you need to know.

Daytimes
05:39

In this lesson, you will learn everything you need to know about how the sunlight affects our aerial recordings.

Sunlight
08:46

Rain and drones. A complicated mixture. What else is there to know?

Rain
01:45

In this lesson, I show you everything that you need to know about the fog. One of the most interesting stylistic elements.

Fog
03:57

Snow and drones don't match? That's what many operators think. Let me show you how to handle a drone in the cold.

Snow
03:16

Take the quick knowledge test and find out whether you are ready to move on to the next lesson or whether you should watch the last one more time. Don't worry if you don't get everything right initially.

Take your time, a cup of coffee, and get this done. ✅

Quick Quiz | Daytime and Weather
5 questions
+ Aerial Videography
20 lectures 02:10:05

Overview of the upcoming lectures.

Overview
00:56

Learn how to use and set up the aperture of any camera.

The aperture is the maybe most important part of a camera. Once you know how to use it, you will not only be able to control the exposure level of your recordings, but check it out yourself.

Aperture
05:37

Take the quick knowledge test and find out whether you are ready to move on to the next lesson or whether you should watch the last one more time. Don't worry if you don't get everything right initially.

Take your time, a cup of coffee, and get this done. ✅

Quick Quiz | Aperture
3 questions

The shutter speed is one of the three most important camera parts/settings that you need to understand. Don't worry, I will explain it the understandable way.

Shutter Speed
07:32

Take the quick knowledge test and find out whether you are ready to move on to the next lesson or whether you should watch the last one more time. Don't worry if you don't get everything right initially.

Take your time, a cup of coffee, and get this done. ✅

Quick Quiz | Shutter Speed
3 questions

The ISO is the maybe most important digital camera setting. Understanding how it works and affects our recordings is crucial. I will show you everything that you need to know.

ISO
02:34

Take the quick knowledge test and find out whether you are ready to move on to the next lesson or whether you should watch the last one more time. Don't worry if you don't get everything right initially.

Take your time, a cup of coffee, and get this done. ✅

Quick Quiz | ISO
3 questions

ND filters. It's a term you always come across at some point when researching aerial (and ground) cinematography. I will walk you through the topic. In the end, you will be an ND filters pro. Promise.

ND Filters
05:30

Take the quick knowledge test and find out whether you are ready to move on to the next lesson or whether you should watch the last one more time. Don't worry if you don't get everything right initially.

Take your time, a cup of coffee, and get this done. ✅

Quick Quiz | ND Filters
5 questions

The histogram is a small tool that helps us correctly exposing our recordings.

Histogram
04:39

Take the quick knowledge test and find out whether you are ready to move on to the next lesson or whether you should watch the last one more time. Don't worry if you don't get everything right initially.

Take your time, a cup of coffee, and get this done. ✅

Quick Quiz | Histogram
3 questions

The zebra tool is yet another digital helper. It is supposed to help operators correctly set up their cameras.

Zebras
01:48

Take the quick knowledge test and find out whether you are ready to move on to the next lesson or whether you should watch the last one more time. Don't worry if you don't get everything right initially.

Take your time, a cup of coffee, and get this done. ✅

Quick Quiz | Zebras
3 questions

The White Balance is so very important but also a super neglected tool. Understanding and correctly setting it up is a must for professional operators.

White Balance
06:12

Take the quick knowledge test and find out whether you are ready to move on to the next lesson or whether you should watch the last one more time. Don't worry if you don't get everything right initially.

Take your time, a cup of coffee, and get this done. ✅

Quick Quiz | White Balance
3 questions

In this video lesson, I will show you how I set up my cameras. I am using a DJI Mavic 2 Pro for demonstration purposes. But don't worry, if you are using another model. Yes, the menu might look a bit different, but most settings will be the same.

Correctly setting up the Camera
20:49

Take the quick knowledge test and find out whether you are ready to move on to the next lesson or whether you should watch the last one more time. Don't worry if you don't get everything right initially.

Take your time, a cup of coffee, and get this done. ✅

Quick Quiz | Correctly setting up the Camera
4 questions

Many beginners and advanced aerial filmmakers make the same mistakes. Guess what, I'll show you how to avoid making them.

Avoid making these six common mistakes
05:35

Take the quick knowledge test and find out whether you are ready to move on to the next lesson or whether you should watch the last one more time. Don't worry if you don't get everything right initially.

Take your time, a cup of coffee, and get this done. ✅

Quick Quiz | Avoid making these six common mistakes
3 questions

In this lecture I will cover the most relevant rules of aerial cinematography. When it comes to shooting film (or actually video) with drones, there are certain general rules that you should be aware of. Knowing and moreover memorising them will help you entering a new level.

General Rules of Aerial Cinematography
06:22

Take the quick knowledge test and find out whether you are ready to move on to the next lesson or whether you should watch the last one more time. Don't worry if you don't get everything right initially.

Take your time, a cup of coffee, and get this done. ✅

Quick Quiz | General Rules of Aerial Cinematography
3 questions

Which compositions help me create more professional looking aerial? Let me unveil the most useful ones in this exciting video lesson.

Compositions
09:50

Take the quick knowledge test and find out whether you are ready to move on to the next lesson or whether you should watch the last one more time. Don't worry if you don't get everything right initially.

Take your time, a cup of coffee, and get this done. ✅

Quick Quiz | Compositions
5 questions

You don't need to come up with a hundred creative moves to amaze your audience. Instead, draw on what approved moves that the audience is used to from professional productions. Of course, you have to tweak and change them a bit: Alfred Hitchcock couldn't know about drones when he filmed his movies with heavy tripod mounted cameras. I will show you all relevant drone camera movements.

Preview 12:09

Take the quick knowledge test and find out whether you are ready to move on to the next lesson or whether you should watch the last one more time. Don't worry if you don't get everything right initially.

Take your time, a cup of coffee, and get this done. ✅

Quick Quiz | Best Aerial Perspectives
5 questions

Filming objects that are in motion, whether a car, a person on a bike is something that you should know how to do. It's not the easiest, but with the right techniques and a bit of practice, you will be able to capture great motion shots with your drone.

Filming Objects in Motion
06:01

Take the quick knowledge test and find out whether you are ready to move on to the next lesson or whether you should watch the last one more time. Don't worry if you don't get everything right initially.

Take your time, a cup of coffee, and get this done. ✅

Quick Quiz | Filming Objects in Motion
3 questions

There is this one way of using a drone that most people forget about. And that's sad because it's a truly powerful way of using our aerial camera. Let me unveil the mystery.

The neglected Perspective
04:00

Take the quick knowledge test and find out whether you are ready to move on to the next lesson or whether you should watch the last one more time. Don't worry if you don't get everything right initially.

Take your time, a cup of coffee, and get this done. ✅

Quick Quiz | The neglected Perspective
3 questions

Get more out of your aerials with this simple trick. Your aerials will immediately get a professional touch. Simple, and effective.

The extra bit of Tension
04:28

Take the quick knowledge test and find out whether you are ready to move on to the next lesson or whether you should watch the last one more time. Don't worry if you don't get everything right initially.

Take your time, a cup of coffee, and get this done. ✅

Quick Quiz | The extra bit of Tension
3 questions

Master flythroughs and add some spice to your aerial videos.

Flythroughs or the Arts of Surprise
08:18

Take the quick knowledge test and find out whether you are ready to move on to the next lesson or whether you should watch the last one more time. Don't worry if you don't get everything right initially.

Take your time, a cup of coffee, and get this done. ✅

Quick Quiz | Flythroughs or the Arts of Surprise
3 questions

Learn the arts of using bouncing light. It's magical and will enhance your recordings.

Bouncing Light
03:59

Take the quick knowledge test and find out whether you are ready to move on to the next lesson or whether you should watch the last one more time. Don't worry if you don't get everything right initially.

Take your time, a cup of coffee, and get this done. ✅

Quick Quiz | Bouncing Light
4 questions

Add this very special stylistic element to your recordings and create the wow-effect. Your audience is going to love this technique.

Mysterious Foreground
03:21

Take the quick knowledge test and find out whether you are ready to move on to the next lesson or whether you should watch the last one more time. Don't worry if you don't get everything right initially.

Take your time, a cup of coffee, and get this done. ✅

Quick Quiz | Mysterious Foreground
3 questions

Focal lengths rule! But what are focal lengths again? And which is the best? And couldn't you just fly closer to an object instead of zooming in on it? I will explain all the relevant details.

To zoom or not to zoom...
10:25

Take the quick knowledge test and find out whether you are ready to move on to the next lesson or whether you should watch the last one more time. Don't worry if you don't get everything right initially.

Take your time, a cup of coffee, and get this done. ✅

Quick Quiz | To zoom or not to zoom...
5 questions
+ Post-Production
8 lectures 01:22:11

Overview of the upcoming lectures.

Overview
00:15

Learn the five most essential rules of post-production to make your aerial production stand out.

5 Rules of Post-Production
04:31

I will show you were to find the best music for your aerial productions. Four great sources unveiled.

Finding Music
14:13

In this lesson, I will explain how to use Adobe Premiere Pro CC to put together videos. This video lesson is a full step-by-step guide on how to get started using this powerful editing program.

Basics of Adobe Premiere Pro CC
30:46

Proxies are low-res versions of our video files. Why creating and using them is such a great opportunity is the topic of this video lesson.

Working with Proxies
06:00

We all know the problem: our computer struggles with the playback of our videos, as soon as we add the first few clips to the timeline. There are some hints and tricks that you can apply to make the post-production more comfortable. To you and your computer.

Editing high-res footage on (almost) any computer
04:56

Color correction and color grading are essential when it comes to the creation of professional aerial videos. In this video, I will explain you everything and more you need to know to not only get started, but to master the process.

Color correcting and grading aerials
16:05

In this video I show you how to create one of the coolest film effects of all times. It is a subtle, but powerful effect that has a great impact on the depth and intensity of a clip.

Subtle Effect to Raise the Tension
05:25
+ Original Footage Download
1 lecture 01:21

It is time to retrieve your bonus. Well done!

Download Original Drone Footage
01:21