As the pandemic situation improves in many countries, weddings are back after more than a year. To announce and celebrate its reopening, UK wedding venue Elmore Court published an FPV drone video that will keep you glued to your screen. It takes you on a journey around the venue, on the scene, and behind the scenes of an active wedding.
Every now and again, a piece of content comes up, whether it’s a photo project or video or whatever that just makes your jaw hit the floor. And you wonder, after you watch it, just how they could follow up from something so epic and amazing. One such piece of content was the video we saw recently from drone pilot Jay Christensen.
In it, he flew a drone through a bowling alley with such skill and finesse that it even caught the eye of James Gunn (who now wants him to come shoot on Guardians of the Galaxy 3). Well, now, he’s done it again, with an amazingly choreographed flight through the Mall of America. And it’s even more epic than the bowling alley!
It goes without saying that this is more than likely going to be illegal to do in much of the world, but it seems that DJI’s recently released FPV Drone & goggles have been hacked to trick the GPS into thinking it’s flying in the USA. Why might this be desirable? Well, the DJI FPV Drone offers over 1,400mW of transmission power. But for most of the world outside of the USA, it’s limited to 25mW (the legal limit in many other countries).
The new web tool, called “B3YOND” classes itself as a free DJI FPV Drone “unlocker”. And there are legitimate (and potentially legal – if you have all the necessary permits) needs and ways to fly with the drone’s full power unlocked, although the author of B3YOND, D3VL says those platforms “charge an exorbitant amount” of money. So, they decided to release their own tool for free.
I’m always amazed by well-made FPV drone videos, like this one or this one. So naturally, I really enjoyed it when I stumbled upon this footage that makes the ordinary look extraordinary. Right Up Our Alley shows a bowling alley from a point of view of a drone and a very skillful pilot!
DJI’s hotly-anticipated FPV drone has been leaked (again). And we’re not just talking about a photo or two this time, but an entire unboxing video, courtesy of SpiderMonkey FPV who mirrored the original video after it was taken down. The packaging in the video is the full FPV combo kit which includes the drone itself, controller and the new DJI V2 goggles.
Obviously, the drone still hasn’t been released yet and the “NOT FOR SALE” and “DISPLAY DEMO” stickers indicate that this is a pre-production or display model in preparation for the expected official launch next month. The unboxing, though, shows everything so far. SpiderMonkey FPV also posted a separate video containing some FPV drone footage recorded by the goggles.
I love seeing well-executed stunts and amazing drone footage. So, why don’t we have both? Stunt school from France, Campus Univers Cascades, has recently shared a mind-blowing video showing off its students’ skills and some crazy drone footage. Sit back and enjoy the intense and stunning four minutes of this pretty epic video.
A while back, DJI made some FPV race drones, goggles, and remote. It had the unimaginative name of Digital FPV System and cyborg look. This product line opened up DJI to the racing segment of the drone market. It only feels natural that DJI will take a swing at merging their racing drone line with their cinema drone line. And what do you know? Photos of this synergy hybrid just leaked.
With the consumer and commercial video drone markets pretty much sewn up, DJI is turning its attention towards drone racing, with the new DJI Digital First Person Viewing (FPV) Transmission System. The system includes goggles, an FPV Air Unit Transmission Module, an FPV remote controller and an FPV camera.
Together, DJI says, the system offers smooth, clear HD video, with ultra-low latency and long-range transmission. The FPV camera can also record 1080p video at 60fps, or 720p at 120fps, while the goggles can record 720p at 60fps for instant playback. They also say it holds some strong anti-interference technology, too.
Sometimes, the best option is still to just build it yourself. A few months ago, we introduced you to filmmaker Robert McIntosh. He told us how he hacked up a GoPro to cut the fat and minimise its space & weight. Now, he’s had a little while to refine his design, and taken things even smaller. And it produces fantastic results.
It’s only 5″ wide, and 3″ tall with 2″ propellers. The GoPro Hero 4 looks like it’s been stripped back even more and completely reconfigured in form to fit. And the whole thing can fly through some extremely tiny holes. Robert’s new film Muscle-Up takes us on a flight through California’s Muscle Beach, with a few sound bytes to highlight the area’s real and cinematic history.