Become a master drone pilot in 2 weeks and start a business
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Learn to fly a drone cinematically and get proven tips on how to start and manage an aerial filming business
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4.2 (346 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
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Last updated 5/2017
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Includes:
  • 11.5 hours on-demand video
  • 10 Articles
  • 2 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • This course is broken down into five major sections or modules. In the first section, you’ll learn everything about camera setup. This section will provide detailed walkthrough of different video options from best resolution to shoot at with editing infrastructure in mind to best field of view to film with from the perspective of drones to best frame rate to film at with having lighting in mind. We will also cover best time-lapse mode option to select from when taking aerial images as well as best Mega Pixel options to choose when flying for longer period of time. All of this will ensure that your drone is capturing the best quality of video or photo so you can have a professional product after post-production.
  • In the second section, you’ll learn about aerial cinematography. We’ll cover drone safety, basic drone flights and advance aerial cinematography, which will include correct camera positioning techniques and unique cinematic drone shots including and not limiting to: Ground Up, Tilt, Pan, Orbit Rotate, Narrow Discover, Fly to space, Fly from space, and other unique shots to empower you to bring unique cinematic shots in your overall aerial footage.
  • In the third section of this course, you’ll be taught on how to professionally edit videos, mainly aerial videos. We’ll cover basic editing tools overview, How to import media into the project and into the libraries, Adding Text and Transitions, Basic and advance color grading, syncing videos to the beat of the audio, 4k zoom from fix camera lens, adding watermarks to your videos to finally adding 3D Motion Graphics Fly through Text effects to your aerial videos. This section will ultimately teach you how to take your perfectly shot aerial videos to making them breathtakingly amazing!
  • Forth section of this course will uncover the art of photo editing. For that, we’ll use Adobe Lightroom to polish up your aerial photos. This section will teach basic editing tools overview, Importing and tagging images, Selective advance editing using Brush and gradient tools, How to remove shadow of drone from the images, Camera profiling - How to flatten out images with fish eye effect automatically and how to add watermarks to multiple photos automatically using batch export with client’s name embedded within the file name. This section will bring your aerial photos to life!
  • Last and the most important part of this course is how to start your own aerial filming business. We’ll discuss how to create your own logos, website, business cards and how to find, attract and acquire the right type of customers interested in aerial footage. We’ll also uncover how to create professional invoices with the right stipulations added for an aerial filming business. In addition, we’ll discuss how to set the right price for various different aerial filming jobs (Aerial Photos, Aerial Videos and Custom work) and we’ll discuss how to create a proper business plan for your business by having a goal and target in mind when operating an aerial filming business so that you can start, manage, sustain and ultimately grow your aerial filming business
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Requirements
  • None. But it would be good to have a drone to follow along. If you’re interested in purchasing a drone, but not sure how to justify the cost, this course will allow you learn everything from scratch. It would be good to have a drone to practice everything taught in this course with. Ultimately this course will allow you to start your own aerial filming business with confidence since you'll learn how to plan, properly film, professional edit and skillfully deliver content to your clients.
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Only for limited time  - Enrol for $15USD by using promo code "P4P20171" (80% off face value)

**Be sure to watch the course promo video to understand what benefits you can get from taking this course, which will be available to you for lifetime access**

*Course now has Phantom 4 videos with more to come*

Update Log:

**Update: May 5th 2017**

  • I was in Italy for a videography excursion and I captured various different cinematic shots using Phantom 4 Pro with it's 1-inch sensor camera. I've uploaded various videos providing some behind the scene comments on how I captured some shots that I'll be using for a film.

**Update Feb 11, 2017**

  • I've had a lot of students ask me about sample aerial videography or photography contract that I use. I just updated a sample template that I use with my clients. You can find this file in the exercise section of this course.

**Update Jan 2, 2017**

  • Students have asked some great questions on the discussion board. I've purposely added more details so other students can benefit from those questions.

**Update Sept 26th, 2016**

  • Added two more Phantom 4 (P4) videos:
    • General Settings Overview
    • Best Gimbal Settings to get the cinematic look


**Update Sept 24th, 2016**

  • Added four Phantom 4 (P4) videos:
    • Full breakdown of the DJI App Overview
    • Best DJI Phantom 4 Photo Settings
    • Optimal Master Control Settings on P4
    • Visual Navigation Settings details 
  • Additional Phantom 4 videos coming soon..

**Update Sept 10th, 2016**

  • New Phantom 4 videos coming up. 

**Updated Aug 1st, 2016** 

  • Added two new exercise videos. I've shared a raw video for a luxury property client along with the final video of that same property to give students an understanding of how I filming and edit my subjects.

**Updated June 1st, 2016** 

  • Added a slideshow with my recommendations of 5 best drones to practice flying with under $75.
  • Shared three products that can help you find your drone if it ever flies away.

**Updated May 26th, 2016** 

  • Added a free screensaver plugin for Mac users to see cool smooth aerial videos when screensaver kicks in.

**Updated May 11th, 2016** 

  • Added a brand new Drone News and Regulation section to ensure new flyers understand the changing regulations in the U.S and Canadian markets on best efforts. 
  • Added the new FAA memorandum on the educational use of Drones.

**Updated April 7th, 2016**

  • Added Free Downloadable footage for 4k 
  • Phantom 4 Video review and setup
  • Preview of Aerial Filming eBook, free for course students. 
  • PDF of U.S Drone Laws and best online legal resources
  • More to come.


Course Description:

Over 10 hours of course videos, you’ll learn the basics camera setup, basic drone control, drone safety, advance aerial cinematography with behind the scenes walkthrough of how to position, fly and capture your subjects in the best possible manner.

After you’ve learned how to fly and capture the subject properly, you’ll be taught how to use an advance video editing software to learn how edit, colour grade and export your footage for your prospective clients. In addition, you’ll also learn how to edit aerial photos in an advance photo editing software.

Last, once you’ve learned all technical skills from flying to editing, you’ll be taught how to start your aerial filming business. We’ll cover the basics on how to create website, logos to more aerial filming focused topics like setting the right price for your aerial photo and video service. We’ll also cover how to acquire clients and what stipulations to put in your invoices to cover you for weather delays, cancellations and other interesting scenarios that might come up. If you’re serious about learn new tricks and techniques and to ultimately start a business in a hot aerial filming market, then this course is for you.

Who is the target audience?
  • Everyone: If you’re looking to learn on how to edit aerial photos and video, this course is for you. If you’re looking to start an aerial filming business, this course is for you. If you’re looking to learn some new and unique cinematic aerial shots, this course is for you. If you’re looking to learn best camera setup technique when taking aerial photos and videos, this course is for you. If you're looking to learn a professional video editing software to edit and color correct your aerial videos, this course is for you. If you’re looking to add some 3D motion graphics in your aerial footage, this course is for you.
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87 Lectures
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Camera Setup
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Hello and welcome, before you into any video, make sure you check out my welcome video to help you navigate through all the available course videos.

Preview 05:58

This section goes over how to setup your camera properly for the best aerial video results.

Camera Setup - Video
07:07

Setting up your camera is critical to aerial cinematography, which is why this video only focuses on best settings to select when capturing aerial photos

Camera Setup - Photo
08:58
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Phantom 4 Pro Guide
6 Lectures 17:10
Discovery Shot
02:39

Cinematic Boat Shot
02:18


Cinematic Forest Fly Through Shot
03:45

Cinematic Jetboat Shot
03:26

Cinematic Mountain Houses Shot
02:31
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Phantom 4
9 Lectures 01:07:45

DJI's New Phantom 4 Unboxed. 

DJI Phantom 4: Unboxing
06:43

DJI's New Phantom 4 has some interesting new technology on propellor assembly. Check it out.

DJI Phantom 4: Assembly
06:12

DJI App Overview
08:19

DJI App - Photo Settings
11:36

Visual Navigation Settings
04:44

Master Control Settings
09:48

General Settings
04:32

Gimbal Settings
10:56

Battery Options
04:55
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Drone News, Regulations and Cool Products.
5 Lectures 45:05
eBook launched!
00:05

Educational Use of Unmanned Aircraft System.
00:08

Canadian Aviation Advisory Document - May, 2015
42:53

Best Drones under $75 to practice with.

Five Best Cheap Practice Drones under $75
00:03

Drone Trackers to avoid loosing your expensive drones.
01:55
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Aerial Cinematography
17 Lectures 01:56:48

Overview of what to expect from this course part of the course.

Aerial Cinematography Overview
09:27

This video covers everything to do with basic of Drone from flying to safety. If you've recently purchased a drone or are looking into buying a drone, then you'll find this video to be very hopeful.

Drone Basics
13:30

In this video, I show you what you should have inside your drone case including some backups and products to keep your batteries charged at all time.

What's in my drone case
11:58

In order to get cinematic drone shots, you'll need modify your gimbal settings. This video walks you through on how to modify your gimbal settings for best cinematic shots straight from a drone.

Cinematic Gimbal Setup
04:01

Don't fly Drones here is a collaborative online map which outlines where you can and cannot fly your drones. Always a good idea to check the website to ensure you're safe to fly in those areas.

Online Drone Maps - Know where it's safe to fly.
03:40

Before you filming a subject, it's always a good idea to plan your subject using Google Earth or any satellite map view to ensure that you can see the features and restrictions of the subject from an aerial perspective before you prepare your equipment and go on-site.

Planning via Google Earth
11:18

Once you've done planning your subject using online Maps, its very important to physically walk around the subject or area that you're filming to get the best results. This video talks about what to look for you when planning on-site.

How to plan on-site before flying
06:28

This is part 1/2 of the video provides a full behind the scene view of the type of cinematic shot and how it was captured.

Aerial Cinematic Shots Part 1 - Behind the Scene Walkthrough
16:39

This is part 2/2 of the video provides a full behind the scene view of the type of cinematic shot and how it was captured.
Aerial Cinematic Shots Part 2 - Behind the Scene Walkthrough
10:20

This is video shows a collection of all unique aerial cinematic shots without any commentary, only the actual cinematic shot along with a view of the drone's radio controller.

Aerial Cinematic Shot compilation
05:14

Before leaving a site, it's very important to review your footage. This video gives insights into how to best review your footage and what to look for when reviewing.

Importance of reviewing footage
03:02

Couple of years ago, I injured my left wrist because of how I was holding my drone controller. In this video, I show an ergonomical way to support your radio controller over your shoulder, which also help catch smooth aerial shots as well.

Ergonomic drone remote setup
03:29

When flying a drone, spotter is an absolute must. This video shows you how to be that support when operating with a small budget.

Preview 04:46

Footage straight from a drone is good from a video perspective, but from sound, it's totally useless since you only hear propellors. In order to create videos using drone to show a natural scene like that on a beach with crashing waves I show you how to put together an overall video that shows that effect.

How to add natural sound to drone footage
05:42

Most cameras on a drone can't zoom in while flying since it shifts the gimbal balance. In this video I show you how to do a clean custom zoom using 4K footage.

Clean digital zoom on 4k footage
07:14

Utilizing this document help with practicing your aerial cinematic shots. Document provides some sample inanimate objects to film with some possible cinematic shot options.

Cinematic Practice Shot list - Part 1
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Utilizing this document help with practicing your aerial cinematic shots. Document provides some sample inanimate objects to film with some possible cinematic shot options.

Cinematic Practice Shot list - Part 2
1 page
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Video Post-Production
11 Lectures 01:56:40

For those who've never used Final Cut Pro X, this video will provide an overview of the software along with it's features and workflow.

Introduction to Final Cut Pro X
16:18

This is a Part 1/2 of Final Cut Pro contain numerous tools to allow editors to edit their videos with. This video will provide an overview of how to use some of those tools, which is important to know before we go deeper in video post-production.

Editing Tools Overview - Part 1
13:33

This is a Part 2/2 of Final Cut Pro contain numerous tools to allow editors to edit their videos with. This video will provide an overview of how to use some of those tools, which is important to know before we go deeper in video post-production.

Editing Tools Overview - Part 2
08:11

It may seem like basic knowledge, but importing and tagging footage properly can save you a ton of time and hard drive space. This video provides details into how to import and tag footage properly so you can save space and quickly reference to your footage in the future.

How to import and tag footage
11:35

Learn how to correct and improve default colors captured from your drone camera.

Color Correction - Basic
10:42

Learn some advance skills on how to color correct your footage. Make the greens more green, blue more blue, enhance the whites and some other details that basic color correction doesn't allow you to control.

Color Correct - Advance
12:47

Well synced video always has a great audio track that matches to the beat of the audio. In this video, you'll learn how to match the two together to have a powerful overall video.

How to match the video to the beat of the audio.
11:12

As your video library increases, you'll have files in multiple drives including internal and external. Given that you'll be combining videos from different hard drives, you'll probably at some point run into the red missing file error. When you do, this video shows you how to fix it and avoid it.

How to fix missing file error
03:24

Adding watermark to your footage is critical. There are few ways to add watermark and its important to know the difference in types of logo file format to use to get the best watermark results. This video takes a deeper look into this topic.

How to add watermark to your video footage
14:23

You'll come across various clients asking for different types of video file formats. This video provides an overview of all of those options and which video formats are widely used in the industry.

Exporting Options
11:28

Over the last few years, I've come across some pretty awesome websites that have helped me produce great videos and in this video I share some of these websites and their benefits added to the other video production.

Helpful Links
03:07
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Photo Post-Production
10 Lectures 02:03:58

This video goes over what to expect from this section of the course. You'll be learn how to fix and polish your aerial photos using Adobe Lightroom.

Photo Post-Production overview
05:36

If you've never used Adobe Lightroom, this is definitely a great video to watch in order to understand editing flows, tools and settings before proceeding to other photo editing videos.

Lightroom Overview
16:14

This video provides an overview of tools that you'll need to use and know about in order fix and professionally polish your aerial photos.

Basic Tool Overview
19:03

Post crop vignetting is an awesome finish touch to add to your photos. This video illustrates how to add this effect to your photos.

Post-Crop Vignetting
07:42

Not all photos turn around right from a color balance perspective. It's important to know how to use tone curves to correct perfect captured images from framing perspective, but need drastic color changes

Tone Curves
18:00

Lens correction allows you to fix fish eye effect captured from wide angle lens. This video shows you how to automaitcally fix fish eye effect using Adobe Lightroom based upon camera manufacture.

Lens Correction
07:22

Split toning is great to use for aerial photos. Sometime color of skies can be off tone and split toning can help with that greatly.

Split Toning and Detail
15:19

In this video, we go over some advance tool to fix and polish your aerial photos.

Crop, Graduated Filter, Radial Filter and Adjustment tool
14:41

You'll notice that often times there are shadows of your drone or image of yourself in your aerial shots. This video shows you how to remove shadows and other unwanted objects from your aerial images professionally.

Preview 07:17

It's important to know how to save batch images with custom file naming convention. It's also important to know how to add watermark to batch images. This video shows you exactly that.

How to export and add watermark to multiple images
12:44
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Exercise Files
10 Lectures 51:06

I recently did a job for a client where I had to do a quick aerial tour of a real state property he's selling in Ontario, Canada. I've decided to share my full raw footage for practice purposes to allow students to practice taking raw footage from the drone and putting together an edited video for their clients. You should use the skills and tricks that I've taught in this course to slice, polish and edit the final video for your clients. 


For reference, here's where the final video is hosted for my client to use:

https://vimeo.com/167803854

Full sample raw footage
08:35

I found this really awesome plugin for Mac users to install screensaver that shows aerial shots from around the world. 

Check out the link below:

https://github.com/JohnCoates/Aerial/releases/download/v1.2beta5/Aerial.zip


Preview 00:07

I've made this 7min raw aerial footage for students of this course to download and play around with.

Check out my other exercise footage to see how I edited this footage as a reference point.

Exercise Raw Footage - Downtown Toronto
07:43

Sample footage flying through beach entrance. Use this footage to play around with your editing skills.

Exercise Raw Footage - Beach Entrance
00:18

10 Drone Laws Helpful LInks
00:09

If you're located in Canada or travelling to Canada with a drone, this image will help explain some rules.

Canadian Drone Regulations
00:00

You can download this footage and use to practice tricks taught in this course

Preview 00:39

You can download this footage and use to practice tricks taught in this course

Exercise Footage - Toronto Island (A)
00:22

This video is a raw file straight from my drone. No post processing done on it. Please see my fully edited video to see before and after.

Real Estate Property Raw Video
31:03

This is the final video that I shared with the client for their marketing purposes to sell this luxury property. I've selected my own track, color corrected the video along with stitching the video together in a manner that tells a small story.

Preview 02:09
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3D Motion Graphics
1 Lecture 19:25

Sometimes for entrance shots, you need to absolutely capture the viewers attention. Adding 3D fly through text will ensure exactly that. This video showcases how to take part of your footage and add 3D motion graphics using Adobe Illustrator.

3D Flythrough Text Effect
19:25
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Business Essentials
14 Lectures 02:28:29

This video provides an overview of what to expect in this business essentials part of the course.

Business Essential Overview
06:46

Coming up with a business name can be a challenge. It's hard to teach someone how to come up with a business name since there's no cookie cutter approach to this problem, however, I did decide to put together a quick video on which tools to use to validate that the proposed name isn't taken before you move forward with designing a logo and marketing collateral.

Business name 101
03:22

Finding a premium logo that's easy to edit can be a challenge. It's a challenge that I had to face when starting my own company. In this video, I'll share some great websites that I heavily relied on when looking for professional logo template for an affordable price.

How to find a logo
06:54

Once you've purchased your logo template, you'll want to know some quick tools on Adobe Illustrator so you can have the flexibility to change the name, color and small style adjustments to make it look to your perfection. This video will cover exactly that.

How to edit a logo
19:38

When settings up a website, its important to know some website hosting options to select from.

Website Hosting
15:01

Given that this industry is a relatively new industry, it's hard to find out what price point to set for your aerial services. In this video, I provide some insights into how to set the right price for your aerial services.

How to set price plans for your aerial services
14:11

Marketing is such a critical component to the overall business, hence in this course I've dedicated two parts to this topic.

Marketing - Part 1
17:08

Marketing is such a critical component to the overall business, hence in this course I've dedicated two parts to this topic.

Marketing - Part 2
09:42

When you have a client to service, you'll need to provide them with professional looking invoices. In this video, I share what software to use to create professional invoices. In addition, I share key clauses to add in your invoices to cover you for those unforeseen circumstances like weather changes and client delays.

Invoicing Details
13:22

Business cards are important in select markets when going into aerial filming. If you choose to create business cards, this video helps simply how to select professional templates for an affordable price and edit using Adobe Illustrator, similar to the video of creating a professional logo.

Business Cards
08:58

In order to sustain and grow your business you'll need a business plan. This video illustrates how to create a business plan and track towards success.

Business Plan
09:58

Advertising online is key to getting more traction to your business. This video gives you an insight into advertising via facebook ads, something that aerialfilms.ca used regularly.

Online Ads
13:42

How to make your first video.
09:46

About the Instructor
Umair Vanthaliwala
4.1 Average rating
365 Reviews
1,876 Students
2 Courses
Aerial Filmmaker - ESPN, HuffPost, CBC (Credited Footage)

Few years ago, I purchased a drone started flying around, but eventually after a few weeks, I wanted to do more with the drone. I shot some Real Estate videos for friends, which eventually lead to other paid opportunities. After a couple of years, my work has appeared on ESPN, HuffingtonPost, CBC News, CTV News and other national new broadcast stations. Also, I've covered properties with a total value of over $250 Million.

Outside of flying drones, I love product development with a passion in design and user experience.