MRP #043 | Shooting Aerial Footage of Weddings | New GH4 Firmware | First Look at the Sony A7s Camera | Take Your Drone On Vacation – Tips | Yuneec Typhoon G | Long Range FPV | Inspire One Video Loss Tips

We had a lot of ground to cover this week starting off with a discussion regarding the wedding we shot over the weekend and some tips and suggestions to keep in mind if you decide to go after this emerging market. We talk about the new GH4 firmware update as well as the new Sony A7S camera.  This camera proves to be the best on the market for low light shooting. Yuneec just released the new Typhoon G, which is going to make a huge impression for your GoPro fanatics. We give you some tips on flying your drone on vacation.  We also talk about long range FPV.

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  1. You guys commented in this episode that the safety of the drone is ultimately the pilot’s responsibility. I totally agree and just wanted to share a recent story. Did a gig with the Inspire and my operator. Both to prep the gear more efficiently and have him more involved in the process, I showed him how to match the color of the props to the motors and install them and then left him to it while I prepped other gear. We set up to take off for the shot we were doing and as I spun up the motors I sensed something wasn’t quite right so I took off very slowly. Sure enough the Inspire climbed about a foot and then flipped over. Thankfully nothing was seriously damaged but it was embarrassing in front of the client and talent and even after 3 years of flying professionally, taught me a few more lessons. (1) As you pointed out, the pilot is responsible for the craft! In my scramble to get things going again for the job we were doing, I didn’t take the time to properly analyze the problem but I suspect my operator either put the props on in reverse or didn’t tighten them or cross-threaded them or who knows what. As simple a procedure as this is, I now do that myself every time. (2) The moment I sensed something was wrong I should have just stopped and double-checked everything. I was cautious enough to take off slowly but that’s not good enough. Had I taken off quickly, I could have seriously damaged the drone or a person or property nearby. That being said, every time I do take off, even when everything is working perfectly, I always hover at about 3 feet off the ground and go through a short sequence of pitching forward and back and banking left and right, first slowly and then more aggressively. Only then do I take off for the actual flight.

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