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Building Multicopter Video Drones

Ty Audronis

Build and fly multicopter drones to gather breathtaking video footage
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Book Details

ISBN 139781782175438
Paperback128 pages

About This Book

  • Capture mind-blowing video from the sky and impress your friends and colleagues
  • Choose and configure components to build your own multicopter
  • Fully illustrated and written in a conversational manner

Who This Book Is For

This book is for a wide range of individuals who are looking to shoot aerial footage with a multicopter. No previous flying experience is assumed, but even the most expert flyers will find unexpected and interesting information.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: What is a Multicopter?
How do multicopters fly?
A multicopter's yaw control
The principles of multicopter lift
How a multicopter moves
What's in a multicopter?
Chapter 2: Buying a Turnkey System
Why choose a turnkey system?
If someone is selling it, it probably works … right?
Where to look for reviews and advice you can trust
What to expect for your budget…
Brands you can trust
Chapter 3: Choosing Your Components
What kind of drone should I build?
Choosing your airframe
Delving into camera gimbals
The multicopter brain – the guidance system
The human interface
The final component list and cost
Chapter 4: Assembling Your Drone
Building the airframe
Connecting components
Programming your guidance system and remote
Chapter 5: Flying Your Multicopter
Get a simulator!
The preflight checklist
Your multicopter's maiden flight
Chapter 6: First Person View (FPV) Gear
Components of an FPV system
Some general guidelines
Chapter 7: Camera Flying Techniques
Executing camera moves
Indoor flying considerations
Experiencing an autonomous flight
Chapter 8: Post Processing
Cutting your clips into segments
Using Adobe's Warp Stabilizer

What You Will Learn

  • Discover the physics of multicopter flight
  • Browse through the plethora of turnkey systems to choose a fabricated platform that suits your needs
  • Get acquainted with safety precautions to minimize your legal and financial liability
  • Calculate the specifications of the components you're purchasing to maximize flight time and performance
  • Program and calibrate the guidance system of your drone
  • Familiarize yourself with the key maneuvers for cinematic multicopter videography
  • Understand post-production editing and preparation techniques to improve your multicopter footage

In Detail

Multicopters have revolutionized the television and film industry. For the cost of just a few hours of traditional helicopter rental, videographers and cinematographers can own a multicopter drone that shoots stunning aerial shots that helicopter pilots can only dream of. This book is a practical guide that aims to help you learn how to build, fly, and program your own drone.

The book starts by explaining the physics of multicopter flight and then walks you through all of the decision processes when choosing a platform. From turnkey systems to custom-built multicopters, you will not only comprehend the working of the components, but also gauge why the choices you make are crucial and how they affect your flight. As you go through the book, you will gain a firm grip on the principles, choices, and safety issues involved in a multicopter flight.

Finally, it will teach you the maneuvers to capture great camera movements and explain the intricacies of stabilizing them in post-production. In short, you will be well on your way to becoming a professional multicopter videographer.


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