DJI Mavic 3 | 12 Must-Know DRONE SHOTS For Better Storytelling!
Weve been waiting for this drone for such a long time and finally, its here and the specs are kind of insane to be honest.. It has a Hasselblad, 20 megapixels, Four Third sensor.. It can shoot 5.1K up to 50 fps 4K up to 120 fps and 1080p in 200, fps. Thats kind of crazy for a drone to be honest.. It also 12.8 stops of dynamic range and yeah. It is kind of a beast., But besides the normal Mavic 3 DJI also launched the Mavic 3 Cine version, which Im going to show you.. As I said, they also have the Cine version. Two drones.. Why did DJI send me two drones? Maybe because I crashed so many, What is the difference between those 2, The Cine version? … Is basically the exact same. Drone has the same camera and same specs, but it has a 1 terabyte built in SSD, and you can record in the Apple ProRes, 422 HQ codec, which is amazing for editing.. Also, it comes with this nice little bag here, where you can like store the drone and have all of you stuff inside.. Also. It comes with like 2 additional batteries, 8 different ND filters from ND4 up to ND512, and you can actually turn that bag into a backpack as well., And one of the other things which Im really excited about is the new Pro controller. Because then, you dont have to kind of like put your phone inside.
. It has a very good resolution and yeah its just nice to pull out and fly right away.. Obviously, this video is sponsored by DJI.. Im really excited to finally work together with them, because Ive been flying their drones for so many years now, so its cool that this is actually happening.. So what is the plan for today? First of all, we have a new face in the videos. Whats up. This is Gastn hes, an Argentinian filmmaker and he shoots amazing stuff, so hes going to join along for today. And we actually rented out this new Jeep.. As you know, I just moved to Cape Town and we wanted to explore a little bit of the surrounding area, and I also want to talk with you about the storytelling aspects of drone shots.. There are different movements and different factors that very much influence. What the viewer feels when it come to drone shots.. I want to talk about that, and also I want to show you 12 very important drone shots that you should know. Lets go, I think, were just gon na hop into the car and well just explore this place. Lets go. Dude its actually been such a long Time since Ive been on an adventure like this, just driving out and exploring. Ive just been sitting so much in my apartment in Munich. So this is really …. Im really hyped for this right now.. We need to enjoy life a little more.
Yeah yeah for sure.. Less time in the editing cave more time, outside. Nature. Yeah. At the sunlight. Dude. This is way too much fun to drive.. So I feel like in the filmmaking industry and especially with drones. There are a lot of people on YouTube who talk about how to make your shots, look more cinematic. How to do this and that transition how to make an epic travel montage. But I think that there are almost no people talking about the storytelling side of filmmaking, and I want to change that. Today., Especially, drones are an incredible tool when it comes to storytelling, because you just have a completely different perspective of the whole scene., And you can really use that in order to progress. Your story to build tension, to release tension and, overall, to just influence the emotions of your viewer. And before Im, going to talk about the 12 different drone shots that I always use. Im. First, going to break down the 6 different key factors that build up a drone, shot., So theres, the height of the drone, the speed the movement direction, the distance to a subject, the gimbal movement and the zoom.. All of these different things go into one drone. Shot.. Now I want to talk about how each of these factors influences what the viewer feels when he looks at the shots. Lets start with the height.. So if you fly very low with your drone youre passing by some bushes youre flying towards your subject, then the viewer feels very much included in the scene, because hes just used to that high level perspective.
. Also, it buils up some tension because … The viewer doesnt know yet exactly what this whole place looks like., While, if youre very high up in the sky like 100200 meters, then the viewer has a completely new perspective. It gives an overview of the whole location where everything takes place and also at the same time, it is a little bit more surreal and all of the landscapes appear very, very massive., Then the speed of your drone.. If you fly very slowly, then it creates a sort of epic and massive environment, or it can also be a calm environment. While, if you fly quite fast with your drone, then it has this sort of hectic and frantic look to it.. Also, one thing that can help you with adjusting the speed of your drone is the different speed modes that you have on your controller with C N and S. That stands for Cinematic mode, Normal mode and Sport mode.. All of these have like different speed adjustments for the movement of the drone and also of the gimbal.. The third factor with the movement direction of your drone, is so important when it comes to the progression of your story, because it really influences if youre, building up tension if youre releasing tension, if youre advancing the story or, if youre going backwards in the story.. So when youre flying forwards with your drone, then youre just kind of building up tension, youre entering a new scene, while if you fly backwards with your drone, youre, releasing tension and youre closing a scene.
Also, the same goes for up and down.. If you move upwards with your drone youre creating tension and youre kind of introducing a new location, while if you go downwards, youre, just closing that one scene and youre kind of rounding up the story., Also when it comes to left and right. That is super important and sometimes underestimated. We as the viewer have some unconscious feelings when it comes to those directions.. If the character moves to the right side, then it feels like he goes to a new location and were moving forwards in the story. While, if the character walks to the left side, then we feel like we go back to a location, weve already been to and were moving backwards in the story. Im, just hiding behind those different rocks here, because again, its super windy.. So the fourth factor, the distance to your subject.. If you fly very close to your subject like, for example, a person, then again, the viewer feels very drawn into the scene and it seems quite realistic.. It feels like youre right there with the person., But if youre very far away from your subject, then the whole landscape feels kind of superior to the person standing there and also it releases a little bit of tension, because the viewer just has a bigger picture.. The gimbal movement is pretty much the same as the direction.. If you move, the gimbal outwards its opening a scene while, if you move it downwards, youre kind of closing a scene and youre releasing tension.
And last but not least, the zoom.. If you zoom in towards your subject, obviously it creates more and more tension because youre just more and more focused on that subject, while if you zoom out youre, just revealing more of the surroundings and its releasing tension., Actually a lot of consumer drones nowadays, still dont Have a zoom function, only the high up price ones like, for example, the DJI Inspire, but the Mavic 3 actually comes with a second tele lens on top of the main lens, and this one actually uses a half inch sensor, which is the same one that was Used in the Mavic Air 2., It is really cool to have a second tele lens on top, which offers you more options when it comes to like higher focal legth shots. Someones, tired, huh Yeah. I took a nap., Quick nap., So the mix of all of these different factors that I talked about completely influences how the viewer feels when he looks at your shot. And in order to show you what exactly I mean on the way to the next location. Im going to fly the drone in 2 different styles. One is going to be like calmer and more epic, while the other edit is going to be very energetic and hectic.. So lets start with the calm and epic one. Lets go.. I think you have to drive bro. Okay.. Can you drive Or youre going to nap Lets? Do both.
Good idea bro., So that was the epic edit and if you paid close attention, then you know what kind of factors played into it.. When I was flying, I paid close attention to keep a far distance to my subject, which was a car.. Also, I tried to fly a little bit slower and I tried to match the movements of my drone to the subject. I was filming, which was a car because then it just doesnt seem that hectic. You can really take the time to look at the landscapes and everything appears very massive. A lot of times. We think that the more stuff you do with your drone, like tilting the gimbal, raising it up flying very fast, the better it looks., But I think sometimes it even looks more epic and cinematic. If you just do simple movements, just like lifting up the drone and the car passing through. So yeah, that was it for the epic edit now were going to do the hectic and fast paced edit. Lets go As you saw. This edit was much more fast, paced and quite hectic, and that is because I flew with the drone quite close to the ground, close to different objects, and also I flew in the opposite direction of my subject.. So one thing that I always do when I film cars is: I do one shot going towards the subject and the subject passing by and then afterwards I do the same shot but just kind of going backwards and the subject going into the frame.
. If you cut those next to each other, then it always creates a lot of dynamic and everything just appears 10 times faster.. I think it is really interesting how you can create those 2 different kinds of moods. And now were just going to go to the next spot.. Look at that landscape here. These rock formations look super epic, its going to be amazing to fly the drone here, but, as you can hear, theres a lot of wind going on at the moment. But thats one thing I like about the big drones like the Mavic 3., They stay a lot better in strong winds and they can handle the wind and you can still get smooth shots. In case youre wondering why I walk like an old grandpa thats, because I ran a marathon … 4 days ago and my foot is still hurting. Like shit. Video on that coming, soon., Im feeling old, This is crazy.. Oh wow., Look at that cave here.. This is like the only place where theres no wind. So now that we know the basics on how to influence our drone shots. We can talk about the 12 actual drone shots that I do almost all the time when I have my drone in the air.. So for me there are 4 categories, and within each of these categories we have 3 different shots. So we come to a total of 12 different shots.. The first category is going to be establishing shots.
. So, as the name says, these shots are there to establish a scene and to give the viewer an overview of the location where everything is going to take place.. So shots like these could, for example, be a Dolly In.. Just like you would have a camera on a dolly and roll forwards. Youre just going to fly forwards with your camera, towards the subject or towards the location.. The second one is a Rise Up.. You basically just increase the height of your drone and you rise up into the sky and with that youre also going to establish more and more of your location, as the viewer just gets a new perspective.. The third one is going to be a Top Down shot.. So for this you basically just face your camera all the way to the ground, so that you have this birds, eye view. And I would try to fly downwards and maybe you can also add a little bit of a twist or a spin into it.. So the second category is reveal shots and, as the name says, you basically reveal a new part of your scene or of your location.. These shots are the ones where definitely most crashes happen because you fly close to objects, but also that gives all of your shots. A lot of depth and also a lot of opportunities when it comes to sound design like, for example, flying close to rocks, and you hear the sound of the crackling rocks.
So shot number 4 is going to be a Dolly In and flying past. An object. Objects, always work really well for reveal shots, because it can cover a part of the landscape and as soon as you fly past it, then you see something new that the viewer didnt see before.. If, for some reason, you dont have any objects at the location, youre filming then shot number 5 comes in, which is a Dolly In with a gimbal tilt up.. So for that one youre, basically just going to fly forwards with your gimbal facing the ground and then youre going to slowly tilt that gimbal up in order to reveal another part of that landscape. Shot number 6 is a Fly Through, and that means that you basically Fly your drone through 2 different objects or you fly it through a hole like, for example, that cave back there. These kinds of shots. Not only look cool but theyre actually also super immersive, and you can do a ton of things with sound design and also you can really show what the location looks. Like.. The third category is tracking shots and tracking shots are great to advance your scene and to show that theres. Some sort of progress happening like, for example, driving to the next location., And that brings us to shot number 7, which is a Slider following the subject.. So, for example, if you track a car, then you want to just keep it at the same point in your frame and you just fly sidewards to the driving path, and with that you have all of the foreground passing quite quickly, while the subject just stays in The same position, which looks really cool.
Shot number 8, is going to be a Top Down shot following the subject., So thats, basically again just facing a camera all the way to the ground and then just tracking the subject: youre filming. And shot number 9, which is The last of this category is an Orbit keeping the subject, centered so thats, basically flying around the subject, while still keeping it in the middle, and that also looks really cool because you can show the subject from different sides. And one cool thing about the Mavic 3. Is that it has APAS 5.0, so that means you have multiple vision, sensors and also a high performance visual computing engine, and with that, the drone can sense obstacles in all different directions and actively plan safe flight routes, so that you can focus only on your shot Without worrying about all of the obstacles around your drone. Dude, why is it so windy here? Category number 4 is closing shots, so these are basically the opposite of an establishing shot and theyre there to round up the story and in order to release the tension that has built up throughout the scene., The closing shot would be, for example, a Dolly Out so Thats, basically the opposite of a Dolly In and you move backwards with the drone and that just releases a lot of tension, and I also use that a lot at the end of all my videos to just kind of round up the story.
So shot. Number 11. Would be an Orbit with a backwards movement. That is basically a normal orbit, but at the same time, youre also flying a little bit backwards with the drone and youre just kind of twisting out. And last but not least, shot number 12 would be … The subject. Leaving the frame., Sometimes you dont, even have to make many drone movements, but you can also just play around with the subject itself. Like, for example, if you face top down and the car just drives out of the frame, that would also be a cool closing shot.. So yeah, I think that covers the 12, must know, drone shots and now Im going to head out of this place because it is so windy. So what are my thoughts on the DJI? Mavic 3 Ive now been flying this drone for the past 4 weeks and the quality that I get out of the Four Thirds inch sensor is unmatched from any other drone that I flew. Before. 5.1K in 50. Fps just looks super crisp and being able to shoot in the ProRes codec on the Mavic 3. Cine version allows me to do even heavier color grading.. We all know that the battery life becomes longer with every model DJI releases, but the Mavic 3 takes it to a whole new level with a flight time of up to 46 minutes.. This allows me to capture every single shot without the need to land and switch batteries.
Altogether. I feel like the DJI. Mavic 3 is the Sony A7S III of drones.. For me, the A7S III was the first user friendly consumer camera, which produces footage that is indistinguishable from expensive cinema cameras.. The Mavic 3 is the drone that closes the gap between consumers and professionals and allows us creators to shoot big budget documentaries and cinema movies, while still being very portable and affordable.. I believe that this drone is going to take my videos to the next level and I cant wait to show you guys more of the stunning shots that Im going to capture with it. Alright. So I hope that you enjoyed this video. If you did so make sure to leave a like and also feel free to subscribe and turn on notifications. If you dont want to miss out on any of the upcoming videos., There are going to be a lot of really cool projects in the next weeks and months.. And if you want to buy the Mavic 3 or the Mavic 3 Cine version, you can find the links at the top of the description. And if you buys through these links, you will definitely support me and my channel. So thats it for today. Im going to see you next time. Peace, out.