BETTER Drone Movements with your DJI MINI 2 Drone – 5 shots to make your shots stand out!
You come out with all of the movements. What we’re going to go over today! We’Re in the title montage at the start of a video, these are all fairly simple movements to do there’s nothing too complicated in there, but we do take a little bit of practice. Normally when i’m on set shooting these sort of shots. It’Ll. Take me three or four shots just to kind of tweak the movements so i’m, getting it right for my videos and there’s, nothing wrong with that and don’t be off putt if you don’t get it in the first. Take just go out: have a few practices and you’ll soon be getting super awesome, drone shots and it’s what’s great with these shots is you can use them in pretty much any drone video and they will make it look better. Just simple movements like parallaxes, really really add to your piece, and it can also start to help build a narrative up for your video. So, for example, shots like the reveals they’re really really great for starting the video. So you’ve got a few different filmmaking elements under your fingertips there, as well just before we go any further. If you haven’t seen my previous drone videos make sure to check them out, there’s a couple there about how to get better drone photography, there’s one how to get better drum, videography and there’s one to really improve your drone editing techniques as well, which i’d definitely recommend Watching it’s, quite a long, video it’s 30 minutes long and you don’t have to watch it all, but it is broken up into chapters, so you can kind of just skip to a bit.
You want and there’s lots of useful information in there. So if you are wanting to improve your drone, editing i’d definitely recommend to check that out and also, if you put all of these drone tutorials together, hopefully you’ll be learning lots and lots about how to use your drone in the best way possible. Funny story about this video is, i was actually going to shoot it at southport pf, the first shot of the montage and as i was shooting the uh, this video and the tide came in um, so i had to quickly pack all my camera gear and run Away before i got swallowed by the sea i’d be interested to know, if you guys have got any funny drone stories or just any funny stories, whilst you’re out and about shooting but let’s get into this video. So i’ve got my um dji mini 2 controller here and i’m, just going to kind of show what movements i’d be doing along with their videos and i’ve got the gopro just to record everything what’s going on, but let’s jump straight into it with the first movement Which is going to be a reveal shot Music, those three shots you just saw were all reveal shots and there was all filmed in the exact same way. John was going forward, the gimbal was facing all the way down and as the drone was moving forward, the gimbal was slowly rotating up so it’s a super simple movement, but it’s really really great for starting your videos.
So it’s just going forward like this. Just very gently on the right stick and slowly tilting it up. I mean i’m, hardly even touching it just touching it about a little bit so it’s going to tilt up as well. Now, when you’re coming to the end of a tilt, you kind of need to ease it out, so you don’t want to just stop and let go otherwise. Your gimbal will kind of flicker. So as you’re doing it, you kind of need to slowly slowly let go and it’ll ease off very, very nicely. The hardest bit of this shot is to make sure the gimbal is slowly eased out of the end and with a couple of tips. Getting this nice reveal shot is i’d start further back and make sure your shot’s going to be nicely composed is what i mean by this is just making sure you’ve got the end of your shot. In your mind, that way, you can kind of just have a couple of goals that trying to make it all line up, and then your third fourth or fifth goal you’re, hopefully going to be moving the drone forward and by the time you get to a certain Point your gimbal is going to be tilting up and everything’s going to slowly reveal and align itself. It’S like saying this is a great shot to start with it’s a super nice shot and it’s one. I definitely recommend to practice for most like saying it’s great for starting your videos, it’s great, for ending your videos and it’s, also great for just revealing something new in the middle of your video.
So definitely want to look out for so the second shot. We’Re going to have a look at is a parallax. Now, if you’ve seen any other videos on youtube about getting better video for drones, the parallax was probably inverse somewhere, it might not have been called a parallax, but it probably was fair. So what a parallax is is when the drone moves one way, but it rotates the other way and you get a really nice twisting effect as it’s coming around like this it’s also going to rotate like this, so you can imagine it doing a circle around something. Now is what this does is it forces the foreground and the background to move at different speeds, and you get a really really cool effect. But i’ll just show you a few examples of some parallaxes, so we can jump straight into it: Music, Music, so they were paralyzed shots and, as i was saying, these are fairly simple to do, but within this list of five shots, it’s, probably the most complicated. Now, once you’ve had a bit of practice, it’ll come a bit more naturally to you, but the main premise of this shot is for john moves one way and rotates the other way. So the drone is spinning in a circle around the subject, with the controls we’re going to need to use both sticks, but not the gimbal this time so for our parallax to the right we’re going to be looking at moving from right.
Stick to the right, because that’s going to make the drone move to the right and then we’re going to move the left stick to the left. So then it’s going to rotate around itself. So for the first shot i add a parallax to the right and so i’ll just show you that again now, then you see the drums moving to the right, but then it’s also rotating to the left. So something like this so moving to the right, but also rotating to the left, to get a shot like this with the remote control. I’D again be super super gentle with the sticks, but it would look something like this again, just really gentle, hardly even touching them and that’s pretty much it with this technique is what i tend to do. Is i tend to shoot a little bit wider, so i’ve got a bit more room to play with and i tend to set the movement of the drone going first, so i’ll slowly start moving to the right or the left, and then i will add the rotation In so when i’ve got a couple of seconds of movement just to kind of get myself ready and get into it and then i’ll slowly add the rotation in very gently just pushing on the left. Stick if i could either go right or left depending on which one we’re doing, but very very gently on the stick. So you can also do as well once you’re recording this is put the um cross on the screen.
And so then you can kind of keep something centered within your scene and then that’s pretty much what you’re going to be parallaxing around and so quite useful to know that i always have my center grid on when i’m shooting these sort of shots. So, for the second shot that was at dove stone’s reservoir – and that was a parallax to the left around so i’ll show you this one. You see it’s moving to the left, but the camera’s rotating to the right. So with this one, it would be very gently to the left and pushing the left stick to the right to the right. So, just again, very gentle movements, nothing too over the top and but as far as things go, a parallax to the right means pushing your right stick to the right and your left stick to the left and the power lacks to the left means pushing your right. Stick to the left and your left stick to the right. So once you kind of remember them, you’ll be good to go. All you need to remember pretty much is what you need to inverse for sticks. If you inverse the sticks, you’re going to end up with a parallax and just before we move on to shot number three, a really good way of amplifying your parallax’s is to put the times two on for a video recording. So when the drone zooms in that’s gon na amplify the parallax by two, so when that foreground and background are moving at different speeds, it’s gon na pretty much double that to give you a really dramatic effect, so definitely something to try out with that shot.
When you come to that, but parallaxes are so useful and they pretty much make up a vast majority of drone shots. So it’s definitely a good one to know how to do we’ll fit in pretty much any drone, video and it’s one which will probably stand out. Quite a bit, it will take a bit of practice but don’t. Let that put you off so for shot. Number three we’re gon na have a look at some rotation shots. Now these rotation shots are probably my favorite shots to capture they’re, really dynamic. You can also make them even better by changing the height, whilst you’re rotating these shots. So again, we’ll have a quick look at some examples of this type of shot and jump in how to capture them Music. So we had a few different choices here. We had one rotating to the left, whilst decreasing in height, we had one just rotating to the right, with no change in height and finally, we had one rotating to the left and increasing in height. So we’ve got lots of different options here and there’s even more to try. First of all, you need to decide which way you want to rotate either left or right and finally, you’re going to want to worry about. If you need to be changing the height either increasing it or decreasing, it is what’s. Really really cool about capturing this shot is what you can do it all. With the left analog, stick it’s such a dynamic shot and the fact you can do it all with one stick.
It just absolutely amazes me and it’s super super easy to do for the first shot. This was a rotation to the left, whilst decreasing in height. Now. Remember you can also sometimes reverse these shots, so you get opposites that would be an increase in height and rotating to our right and but it doesn’t always work. For example, it wouldn’t work with this shot because it’s the waterfalls, it does move in a certain direction and if we change for direction for video it’s, obviously the water is going to be going up the waterfall instead of down it. So it doesn’t work in every situation, but it does. It would work for the other two shots in this clip so, first of all, i’d think about the height. So if i want to decrease the height or increase it, i just use the left analog. Stick to do so, so i just either knock it up or knock it down very simple. You know that’s, probably the first thing you’re going to be doing straight away: we’re also going to want to put the gimbal all the way down so it’s facing the floor, and so something looking like that and then finally, we need to add rotation, so the rotation’s Done with the left stick and then, if you want to rotate to the left, you just move it to the left and obviously, if you want to move it to rotate to the right, you move it to the right again.
It’S, a super gentle touch on the stick. You don’t need to be moving it too much so like the parallax shot. I’Ll i’ll set one of my movements first, so normally i do the height first, so i’ll just set the height increase or decrease very gently on the analog. Stick then, once i’m happy with the drone is moving at my desired speed. I’Ll, then add for rotation, so it’ll be looking just something like that and then i’ll just ever slightly rotate it to the right or the left. Whichever way i want to go and then it’ll start to add for rotation and again, as i’ve mentioned a couple of times now just be super gentle on the stick and eventually you’ll start to get some really really nice rotations. So for the first shot we had the waterfall, and so this was going down and to the left. So this shot would have looked something like this very gently to the bottom left like that. Now this shot didn’t have any change in height. So this was just a rotation to the left, so this was quite simply just knocking the analog stick to the left, something like that and finally, this is rotating to the left and going up. So i first of all set my up movement and then i just will slightly knock it to the left, so get a nice corkscrew effect. So super simple shots, they’re super dynamic and best of all you can do them on one analog.
Stick again, they might take you three or four tries to get right, but just don’t. Let that put you off you’re there you’re on location, you’ve probably got the time to do it. So just you know give your just give yourself chance to get these really really cool shots, so let’s jump into shot. Number four and shot number four is going to be tracking a subject either to the left or to the right. This shot works really really well. When you’ve got a subject parallel to the drone, so the example i used in the intro was the drone following the tram to the left. This is a super simple shot to do again and again, you can do it with one touch of one stick and just the right stick this time, and you can also use this shot. Instead of going left and right, you can always go forwards and backwards as well, which just adds a whole new level of f movement to this particular shot. So let’s have a look at these next few shots and we’ll have a quick look at how to do them properly: Music, Music. So there was the tracking shots and again these are a super useful shot to be able to do it’s again, another simple one, but it can take just a bit of practice just to get the speeds and the timings right. This one works quite similar to a parallax where we’re going to be moving the drone in a single direction, but the only thing different is we’re not going to be having the rotation as well.
So, instead of the drone rotating around something, the drone is just going to keep in line with it and track like that or if i’m going to do that, camera it’s going to look like that and just stay parallel to the camera, so that’s pretty much. This sort of movement now, like i said earlier, you can also go forward and backwards as well to track objects. That way so we’ll just have a quick look at these shots, so the first one was southport, pia it’s, just a shot to the right. So very simple: if this shot would have been the right analog, stick to the right like that again, probably not all the way to the right, maybe about there just to get the right sort of speed, then they shot off manchester center square would have been looking More like that, pretty much just moving the right analog stick in the direction i want the drone to and finally we’ve got the tracking shots off the train. Now this took a few attempts to get right and i had to wait for the train about three times to make sure the shot was right and it got there in the end. But it was one of the shots which i had to wait around for quite a lot, because the train’s moving to the left – i just not for right – analog, stick to the left and get the speed right. Just so it’s keeping up with the and pace of the train so i’m not really going to go into any more depth with this shot as it’s quite a simple shot.
But the only thing you really need to think about is matching the speed of your subject. With the right analog, stick you don’t need the left analog, stick for this particular movement and because we’re, not rotating or going up and down. Also, you don’t really need to be rotating your gimbal either. So all done on the right analog! Stick for that one and if you have been liking, the music in this video make sure to check out epidemic sound. There is an affiliate link in the description below which will give you a free, 30 day trial. If you want to try it out for yourself, but the music on there is really great, especially for drone stuff. I’Ve been super impressed with it and also if you are thinking about buying a drone, there is a couple of affiliate links down below which take it straight to the dji website and if you want to purchase one there as well. As i mentioned, we are affiliate links, so we do help the channel out and finally let’s jump into the fifth shot, which is going to be the drone moving around objects and moving around scenes today with the fifth shots and this time we’re kind of thinking about Sending a drum through a space and also rotating around objects. This can just give the audience the impression of flying. So, first of all, you need to pick the direction if you want to be going forward or backwards and that’s going to be done with the right.
Stick so if you obviously want to go forward, knock it forward, you want to go backwards, knock it backwards, and then you need to decide what you’re going to be rotating around. So for the first shot it was rotating around the hill. It was also increasing in height as well, so it was rotating to the left. So the analog stick was to the left, so it was going forward left and then it was also going ever so slightly up as well. So it was something like that, but probably when we come to think about it, it was probably more in these positions just because we don’t want to push for sticks to the extremes. I feel it was nice to follow the curves of a hill just around to reveal the reservoir again. You can also incorporate the gimbal for these shots if you do want to add a whole new level of complexity and then, finally, with the viaduct again same, i could have just gone straight forward. But my river gave me something to follow and i was also following the flow off the river, so the river was actually going the same way. I was and everything just kind of aligns and all falls into place, and but for this shot it was something again going forward ever so slightly and the left stick ever so slightly to the left. Just to add that rotation in and as you move around the river, so that’s pretty much it for the five drone shots which will really really improve your drum flying and videos just go out and practice them as much as you can and honestly you’ll get better At it, a lot quicker than you’d probably expect once you’ve started to get the hang of these moves.
You can pretty much put them in any drone. Video and it’ll really really improve the quality, especially with the ones that have a parallax and a reveal with it. Also help the narrative of your video as well, and so that’s also something else to think about. If you do want to learn more about building a narrative up in your video with the types of shot you use make sure to check out my drone editing, video, as i mentioned earlier on, and also if you did like this video, please like comment and subscribe, That would be amazing. Thank you.