Cinematic Drone Video you haven’t seen before – GoPro MAX(s) on Drone & How?

Cinematic Drone Video you haven’t seen before – GoPro MAX(s) on Drone & How?

[MUSIC] Hey, what’s up everybody? It’s your boi Hugh here from CreatorUp. We are back at another episode of GoPro MAX
Tutorial. Today is all about flying your GoPro MAX with a Drone to create cinematic aerial
videos like the one you just saw, with tiny planet hyper-lapse that I am pretty sure you
have not seen before. If you see it somewhere else, they probably
learn it here. This is one of those long and in-depth tutorial
to teach you from why, to how, to mastery. We will first talk about just 1 GoPro MAX
on DJI consumer Drone – the Mavic Pro or the Mavic Pro 2 right here. How is that gonna work? What do you need to make it works? How to fly it safely? And what is the post-production workflow. Then we will explore 2 GoPro MAX on a single
consumer drone or professional drone like the DJI Inspire. And show you the stitching result using Mistika
VR. You don’t need the GoPro MAX to follow along
with this tutorial. Any consumer 360 camera will work – including
the GoPro Fusion, Insta360 ONE X, and even the brand new Qoocam 8K. As a matter of fact, the intro video is mixed
with GoPro Fusion and GoPro MAX. So the biggest question is, which has the
best stabilization on Drone – which is the deciding factor of which 360 camera you should
use to achieve the smoothest hyper-lapse effect. Let’s go fly and do a real-world comparison
test. So right now I am on a baseball field. What I have here is a DJI Mavic Pro 2 attached
to a GoPro MAX on the bottom, with vibration damper. I gonna take this bird up in the sky vertically
and then do a horizontal forward and backward flight to test out the stabilization of the
GoPro MAX. And I am gonna do the same thing with the
GoPro Fusion, and Insta360 ONE X to see who has the best drone stabilization. This is the hardest thing to test. If this camera can pass the test of machine
vibration, and still footage look smooth being that this camera has the best stabilization. So we will find out who has the best stabilization. Let’s take this bird up in the sky. Now. [MUSIC] So from top to bottom, we have GoPro MAX,
GoPro Fusion and Insta360 ONE X. Not like other YouTube reviewers only show
you the front of the frame with over capture, I show you the entire 360 flat out as equirectangular. I also draw the horizon line as the reference
point so you know when things are off balance. All 3 cameras are on auto setting – but GoPro
MAX exposes to the highlight while Fusion and ONE X expose to the shadow. Why is that matter? Well, when in the air, half of your frame
is the well-lit sky. You need to see the cloud and the sun to really
feel like you are flying. Auto expose to the highlight make sense than
bringing out noise details on the ground. You can manually set exposure if it is out
of control. All 3 cameras take off pretty smooth. They are the best 360 cameras out in the market
that have excellent stabilization. Both MAX and Fusion have extra horizon leveling
besides stabilization. So that is why you see the ONE X horizon line
is crooked. It is an easy fix in POST but it is an extra
step you can avoid with the MAX. At some point, you saw Fusion stop raising. It is because the Fusion is too heavy and
the DJI Mavic Pro motor is overheated and stop the drone. It stops very abrupted as well, that is why
you see the waving in the horizon line. In general, I will not recommend flying with
the Fusion with such a long extender. It is not safe. Another point to the MAX and ONE X. Also, you see the horizon line of ONE X drift
more than the MAX. This can be a potential issue in post-production
if your clip is long. One more point to the MAX. All of them waves a little when hard stop. Which is part of the test but you should never
do that in your real flight. Smooth movement is the key here. Okay, let’s take a look at the horizontal
movement. All three cameras again have really good stabilization. The ONE X horizon line is a little bit crooked,
but it is fixable. No big deal. My real concern tho it is far object stitching. Let me move to that point so you can see. Now punch in. You see the minor image of the pole. What up with that Insta360? If you film with this camera a lot, you know
it is not so good when dealing with vertical lines – I think some bugs in the stitching
algorithm in the ONE X that I hope in the new ONE X 2 can be fixed. You can, however, fix this by recalibration
in the ONE X studio – as I teach you in this tutorial. This is one of the must-watch tutorials on
overcapture, so def go watch it again! If you pan down to the ground and pay really
close attention, you do see a stitch line dragging across the ground. It will be more obvious if you use the protective
lens cover. So don’t use that. Actually, don’t even use the lens cover for
anything if you care about your image quality. It destroys your images like how I destroy
the lens cover! And I hope GoPro will improve their nadir
and zenith stitching to solve the stitching issue as you can’t see it on GoPro Fusion
so it must be just a glitch in early release. Now let’s talk about the equipment. I personally like to use consumer drone – that
is DJI Mavic Pro or DJI Mavic Pro 2. It is pretty safe to fly just 1 GoPro MAX
if you follow my flying instruction strictly and do not fly like a FPV in sport mode. Well in fact, don’t even use Sport mode in
360 drone flying. Then, you need a mount. There are actually lots of mounts out there
already after my initial tutorial one year ago. I personally recommend DJImount 3D printed
attachment. I will put the link down below. They have lots of options, including spring-loaded
vibration damper right here. The benefit of using DJIMount is they are
very light so no extra weight on your drone. And they are very easy to buy and fast to
ship. There are probably 3D blueprint out there
on the Internet. If you have a 3D Printer, you can print this
yourself. Even tho DJIMount is light and easy to use
for both your Mavic Pro or Mavic Pro 2 – I use my friend Luke’s design as you see right
here. We tested it on all the 360 cameras and find
this design provide the most stabilized result on even the Insta360 ONE X.
Lots of YouTube reviewers say that Insta360 ONE X has the same or even better stabilization
than GoPro MAX – that is not true. Not of them, have nearly enough 360 filming
experience to back their statements up. I will have an official review video out soon
between the ONE X and the MAX – I am taking my time to give you the best review instead
of like everybody else trying to get that initial views to be the first one on YouTube. I make content to really help my subscribers
to give them the most accurate information, instead of gaining views or new subscribers
by playing “the first” game. CreatorUp is all about giving our viewers
quality video content. Anyway, using the DJIMount or any mount on
the Mavic Pro 2 with the Insta360 ONE X will create rolling shutter problems around the
stitch line. Here is a 360 commercial project we did in
Kauai with the ONE X – most of our drone footage is unstable as you can see here. I actually created a 360 sights and sounds
VR episode with this exact problem. You can see the problem in the VR headset
by following the link right here. We need to switch to GoPro Fusion to finish
the job. We lost lots of time and money b/c of that
issue. So never blindly believe the advertisement
– test it with your own setup to see if it works for you. If it is GoPro MAX, both mounts work great
as long as the extender is reasonable. GoPro MAX does really good on dirt bike, jet
ski like right here, ATV like this one, and for the Drone. It can handle machine vibration really well. If you are flying the ONE X, I will only recommend
Luke’s mount with the professionally made vibration damper – I will put the facebook
group link down below, and you need to hit Luke up to make you one. It is, unfortunately, custom made. If you see the same problem on even the GoPro
MAX – that means you need vibration dampers. After the attachment, you need some kind of
extender. I simply use 2 GoPro extender comes with my
GoPro Hero 4 – which gives me good length to remove the drone in post production. I will test it in your particular setup to
find the right length without causing the pendulum, and easy enough for you to remove
it in post-production. More on that later. How to fly. You will need to learn hand take off and hand
catching, which is really easy with DJI Mavic Pro 2. With the bottom sensor turn off, it is even
easier. So it is optional to turn off your bottom
sensor. Both the DJIMount without damper or the one
I use does not trigger bottom sensor error – so I usually just leave it on for extra
safty. Here is how I take off. So the camera now start recording and I need
to start the drone take off. Let go. For hand catching, if you hold your hand steady
and let the drone hover on your hand for a coupled seconds. And then press down, it will land on your
palm – which is very easy when you have so many attachments. So don’t use your hand to grab it – let it
land on your hand naturely. Hand
catching it. Okay. That is how it done. Let’s go check out other cameras. Even tho this video is all about overcapture
with 360 camera on drone. The biggest use of 360 camera on drone is
for 360 videos – those ones that you can pan around on YouTube and Facebook or watch it
on your VR headset – which is this channel really about. So to learn cinematic drone movements with
a 360 camera – you should first check out this tutorial right here. After that tutorial, this tutorial will be
a piece of cake. So again, you are not flying a FPV even my
end result, looks like one. It is all done in POST. Your drone movement has to be slow and steady. If you do not have a steady hand and not used
to capture regular cinematic drone video or you are one of those FPV guys, I will recommend
you use the tap to fly feature on DJI remote to set a constant speed and direction to fly
a straight line. Very important, never turn, fly straight. You turn your camera in post-production using
GoPro FX Reframe plugin. This is a 360 camera, you control where the
camera see in POST-production, not during your flight. If you just remember that, you become a better
pilot that 99% of the people out there who try to fly a 360 camera. Again this is not a drone pilot course – I
assume you know how to fly a drone and have your license already. If you don’t, you should do that first before
flying a 360 camera. Flying with 2 GoPro MAX
So why you need to fly with 2 GoPro MAX, up and down? Well, this is more for 360 Video when you
want to fly indoor and can not use sky replacement or rotoscoping in After Effects to remove
the drone – which is detailed in this tutorial. So for indoor and low altitude flight, you
have to use 2 MAX or 2 of the same kind 360 Cameras that are light enough. So can it be done with just a DJI Mavic Pro
2? Let’s find out. So right now I got to do something crazy. As you see right here, we have the DJI Mavic
Pro 2 right here with 2 GoPro MAX camera one on top with the DJIMounts and then on my custom
mount right here on the bottom. So 2 GoPro MAX up and down. And then I gonna fly this to see if it can
actually take off. If this work, we can actually do indoor flight
to capture everything around us and put them together so the DRONE will disappear in post. So let’s try it to see if it works. So now we take the lens cap off. And this time it is the first ever flight
with 2 GoPro MAX on DJI Drone. Hopefully it works and not break my cameras. Let’s take off. Here is the end result. It is still really rough but as you see, the
drone is gone completely. We restitch 2 GoPro MAX together with optical
flow using Mistika VR. You still see the optical flow artifacts b/c
the blazes of the drone really mess up the matching. But the result is acceptable with some clear
up in After Effects. We can actually reproject the top camera and
the bottom camera to different spheres in Mistika Boutique – kinda like Nuke but way
cheaper. So we can remove the stitching artifacts even
more by choosing where to merge. This is very advanced stuff. It shows my skill level and my dedication
to my professional viewers and finds creative solutions for the 360VR industry. I am not just some random YouTubers trying
to gain subscribers b/c of this new fancy camera. I am very serious about my craft in 360VR
and only deliver the best content to my followers. Thank you for watching part 1 of this tutorial,
well actually this is part 3 of the GoPro MAX series. Go back and watch Part 1 and 2 if you missed
it. In the next video, we are going to go in Adobe
Premiere and After Effects, to teach you how I created the intro video you saw with GoPro
FX Reframe plugin. How I remove the drone, and most importantly,
how I create those cinematic drone movement completely in post-production with Tiny planet
morphing and timed perfectly with the music. This is not done with the time wrap, which
is the GoPro native feature, that does not look cinematic. There is no speed ramping or slow motion in
the time wrap feature. And no motion blur. BTW, the same as the Insta360 ONE X mobile
app. They are also not cinematic looking – look
at the official Insta360 videos compared to what I created. Yes, you can create cinematic videos with
the Insta360 ONE X – but not tho the free mobile app. And yes, you will not learn any of these techniques
from anywhere else. These are techniques I spent years to develop
as a professional 360 videographer. So what are you waiting for? If it is out, click the next video in the
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18 thoughts on “Cinematic Drone Video you haven’t seen before – GoPro MAX(s) on Drone & How?”

  1. How can u make videos on issues I just thought myself? Great man…..ur dedication and practical uses for the 360 VR industry is remarkable…. 🙂

  2. You left me impressed with the bi-camera solution. Congratulations as always.

    I have to try it with my Inspire.


  3. Excellent video! What is your thoughts about when DJI will enter in 360 camera market? Or drone which can shoot 360 video directly!

  4. As always, found some really useful information. And as always – there are a lot of companies producing 360 cameras, but Gopro has the best one talking about footage quality. Yes, it looks outdated compared to the announced Kandao Qoocam 8k, but as experience says, the first one of always is just a test one. And only after some time it becomes good enough to use for a gig after manufacturers fish out all the major errors. That's why I am very skeptic about Qoocam 8k. Until I see several Hough's reviews I am not buying it. I am still not buying Gopro Max. Not enough reviews out there yet. I do not want to be that early tester. That is why this channel is a gem to be subscribed to. Hough has a huge experienve in this field and he show exzctly what prosumers or professionals need.

    Personally I need a 360 camera for paid gigs. I will not be editing it on my phone, I need a reliable camera with a repetitive outcome. But I cannot afford Insta 360 pro or other high end camera. I am very keen on seeing Qoocam's 8k footage – the real footage compared to Gopro Max's.

    Talkin about Insta 360 one x – it is a great camera but that shot next to a waterfall just killed me. I personally 100% understand Hough's frustration when he had to do it all over again knowing how much time, money and effort it has taken. And at this particular situation it is no brainer which is better. On the other hand Insta 360 obe x is great for a user ho does not do paid gigs. It is small, it has lots of accessories, you can use it with Matterport and you get constant updates. But the footage and reliability regarding footage quality is worse than Gopro Max's.

    To sum up. Again, very useful indeed. A lot of effort, experience is put to this and all the other videos in this channel. And it can be seen. Great job and thank you Hough!

  5. I'm interested in putting two cameras on my mavic 2 pro. Should I wait for the new insta360 x or go ahead and get two of the the max. Also, I really appreciate the time you put into these tutorials! Thanks

  6. That is Insane Bro 😱👏
    You are making the most professional, simple and enjoyable videos ever … keep it up … you are Great 👍

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