The video is literally everywhere. Especially now that with a smartphone you can shoot in HD and most laptops are even equipped with free video editing software. But, this begs the question if you need a professional to do your drone videos when you have all the necessary equipment to do it yourself. Unfortunately, even if you have a super drone, in the end, you may end up creating an amateur video instead of a professional one. If you want truly professional videos, then you need to hire a drone video editing company for the job.
The drone professionals in the video production industry have been perfecting their artistry since long before video became so popular. They are so good at their job that even the untrained eye can spot an amateur video against one that’s been professionally made.
How can you tell when a drone video is professional?
What separates a professionally produced drone video from an amateur production? Even though pro equipment always makes a big difference, there is no value for training and experience. Videos look amateurish because they lack certain things. Here you have some examples.
Audio and Visual Quality
Amateur drone videos always fall short in video and audio quality. Regarding the video quality, most professional can tell when a video isn’t “properly white-balanced” or the definition is 4K or just HD. Likewise, professional videos do not have any hollow sounds. The reason for this is simple: amateur video production lacks the proper equipment, the advanced operative training and the years of practical experience. Producing a drone video is not just about the gadgets but how to work them. For a drone video to look and feel professional, you need more than GoPro, you will need external microphones, proper balancing equipment, etc. These are just a few examples of how the proper equipment and training can increase the quality of your video.
Lighting is essential when producing a drone video. It is hard to do it properly when not trained. Amateurs use natural light which comes particularly easier when shooting with a drone but sometimes this is not enough. Professional drone videos alternate between natural and artificial light. The result is astonishing.
Another way to spot amateur video production is by its lack of diverse camera angles. Generally, a professional videographer exploits several different angles while shooting. This leads to a very heterogeneous mixture of camera angles. They can include various cameras in the drone to achieve such results. Unfortunately, an amateur has inevitable limitations when working solo.
Additionally, a professional drone video production team has a trained eye for the visually appealing. All of them know how to frame things up, find linear patterns, zoom and pan appropriately and much more. Most professional videos will leave you wondering “How did they do that?”. Amateur videos are just acceptable in comparison.
Zooming & Panning
Most professionals avoid zooming and panning. In fact, a smooth zoom or pan is very difficult to achieve. Consumer cameras don’t have very good control over zooming it looks on or off rather than having variable speed. Therefore, both zooming and panning require truly professional cameras to do properly and these require the skill of a professional camera operator. With that said, amateur videographers shoot with various camera angles and framings so that they don’t have to zoom or pan. These techniques are reserved for professional production. Zooming and panning are one of the best criteria to look for when determining if a video is professional or not.
Nobody likes shaky footage. Amateur videos are more prone to shaking than professional ones. This problem is caused by the drone camera moving constantly due to a lack of balance. Honestly, the fastest and easiest way to address this is to buy a balancer. This tool will offer excellent support for your filming. And yes, this is a necessity that you should bear in mind. Having your camera solidly mounted will make a huge difference.
The amateur video lacks the final touches of professional production, meaning, the graphics that add a polished look to your video. Unfortunately, only a professional videographer trained in this area can do a good job when it comes to applying graphics. An amateur video tends to have a very sloppy graphic which can diminish all the hard work. Remember that a video is not a PowerPoint where you can simply put information on the slides! It takes considerably more time, effort and knowledge to achieve really great graphic designs.
These are some of the characteristics that differentiate professional drone video from amateur video. Next time you are trying to tell the difference, use this article guide and you will see how easily you get to the bottom line.