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Michael Tyas
How do you label your drone shots?
on Jun 13, 2017 at 10:05:57 pm

I'm self-trained in drone videography. While I feel confident that my shots are professional, I'm lacking the language to label/keyword them in my editor for easy retrieval, or to communicate with a team member effectively. Some are easy to translate from standard videography, such as a wide, pan, tilt, or follow the action. Others, I've adapted from the dolly terminology, such as a side to side while facing forward type of shot (dolly, essentially, but is there something better?). I've also borrowed Point of Interest from the DJI controller, which circles around the subject. I can't help but feel like I'm missing out on easy keywording and retrieval because there's so many types of shots I have but also only have cumbersome and literal terms for them. Here are some attempts at labelling and what they describe.
  • flying forward fast while rising in altitude (takeoff?)
  • staring straight down (bird's eye?)
  • Rising or descending without panning or tilting. (rising reveal?)
  • Flying forward while looking backwards (rear view mirror?)

Care to share your list of terms? Which are industry standards, and which ones have you come up with yourself?


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Dave LaRonde
Re: How do you label your drone shots?
on Jun 16, 2017 at 2:13:29 am

The industry is so new that I doubt a standard lexicon of terms exists yet.

Dave LaRonde
Promotion Producer
KGAN (CBS) & KFXA (Fox) Cedar Rapids, IA


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Chris Sebes
Re: How do you label your drone shots?
on Jun 16, 2017 at 3:53:28 pm

What do helicopter pilots and aerial camera ops call them?
With some of these terms you could possibly apply old-school terminology, like...

Dolly (in or out) - moving the camera towards or away from a point
Truck (left or right) - side-to-side movement of the camera
Ped (up or down) - move the camera only straight up or down

But some of the other terms will come along. Why not start coining them?

Straight down from above - God's eye
Rising while moving forward - I like your idea of "Take-off"

Chris Sebes
Senior Video Editor
http://www.MediaMixStudios.com


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greg janza
Re: How do you label your drone shots?
on Jun 21, 2017 at 5:34:57 am

I've worked with a variety of drone footage and I have no need for any clip labeling. With drone footage the easiest way to manage it is to simply throw all of the drone clips into a timeline and then scrub through it and mark the good shots. It's quicker than looking through shot notes of any kind.

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Bob Cole
Re: How do you label your drone shots?
on Jun 28, 2017 at 2:20:07 pm

Good labels would be very helpful, not only in cataloging shots but also in directing the path of the drone. With limited flight time good pre-visualization will be valuable. OTOH... improvisation is probably incredibly cool too!

The drone manufacturers have created programs (Journey, Orbit Me, Point of Interest) for various moves, but video directors will need more, and more specific, terms.

It's a whole 'nother ballgame.

Bob C


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