How does Tracking technology work?To date, drone manufacturers integrate two types of technology to allow their small devices to automatically film you:The integrated GPS system: in conjunction with a smartphone that the pilot wears (or a specific transmitter), the drone can know where the subject is and film it continuously.
Visual recognition: before taking off the aircraft and starting video recording, you must define the subject to follow, which the drone will recognize as its target.Many radio-controlled aircraft today are equipped with these two tracking modes, in order to obtain precise framing, guaranteeing better quality video.
This is particularly the case with the Parrot Bebop drone with its “Follow Me” and “Visual Tracking” functions, or even with certain DJI drones, which include the “Active Track” mode. Complementary innovations have also been developed to be able to manage the drone using simple gestures:
you just have to let yourself be filmed while having the possibility of controlling the device or taking pictures in selfie mode with hand signs.To learn more about the subject:Our advice for filming with a droneFilm and photograph with a droneThe best drones for filmingTake beautiful panoramic photos with a drone
Educational objectivesIn the last 10 years, remotely piloted aircraft (drones) have spread exponentially making it quick and easy to solve many problems for which the use of expensive and inaccessible equipment was previously required.
Even in the field of cinema and television, the use of the drone for aerial shots and more has gradually spread, making the drone a fundamental and complementary tool to the camera in a few years.
The use of the drone, in fact, thanks to the use of a highly stabilized camera has gradually integrated and sometimes replaced some video shooting tools and techniques: planes and helicopters, dollies,
trolleys and steadycams, to perform panoramic shots, shots from above. , sequence shots.In this sense, therefore, anyone who intends to develop or increase skills in the field of directing and filming cannot ignore the knowledge of this precious tool.
The course in Drone pilots for cinema and television therefore intends to provide the student with the basic knowledge to interface with the drone and use it easily in their work. In particular, the course, in an excursus of theoretical lessons, will cross the following themes:
Reference legislation (ENAC / EASA Regulations) for the use of UAV (drones) in Italy;- The operation of the drone: the sensors, the gimbal, the settings for the remote control- video settings: resolution, fps, bitrate, color profiles, LUT- Drones on the market: differences and uses- Overview of the drone in other contexts-
Permits and certificates for the amateur and professional use of the drone;- Drone shooting techniques for cinema and television;- The drone from a linguistic point of view: examples of direction and camera movements taken from different audiovisual products: fiction films, documentaries, TV commercials, corporate videos