Recent content by GeneM

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    Prop Check

    The best insurance you can get for your drone is a good pre/post flight inspection. Check the prop mounts on the motors for wear and to make sure the locks haven’t cracked. Prop mounts on the motors are cheap and easy to replace. Check the props for wear to the locking tabs and also for cracks...
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    Commercial drone insurance

    I have used Hiscox for several years. Their customer service is top notch, and I can get a certificate of insurance issued for a client within hours. $1 mil general liability policy for two Phantoms (primary and backup) will run you about $400/yr. I think a single Phantom is about $300/yr. No...
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    Timelapse: Dusk to Dark

    Try Hugin. Lots of info on all of them online. Some are easier to use than others. Results will also vary based on the lighting in the images and the amount of movement. If you have a few images that are way out of alignment, because the drone caught a gust of wind at the time, it is sometimes...
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    Timelapse: Dusk to Dark

    Nice timelapse. You won’t get the results you are looking for trying to stabilize your video after the fact. The problem you are having is with the alignment of the source images. You need the source images all aligned to the first reference image BEFORE you create the timelapse. You might try...
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    Rotating drone a precise amount of degrees

    You can use Hangar360 to shoot your images but do not have to have Hangar process them. Use the app if you need to to capture the images but don’t upload them. It does a solid job, but honestly, it is faster to manually capture the images. You don’t need a precise overlap to get a seamless...
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    Flying in a tunnel

    Your P4 will be fine flying in the tunnel, there are just a couple of things to keep in mind. Make sure your P4 is in Atti mode. You don’t want it to even try to get a GPS lock or you run the risk of it “correcting” its position when at the ends of the tunnel. Be aware of magnetic...
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    What am I doing wrong with my drone for Shutterstock?

    I can share a few of my experiences with aerial stock footage sales on stock sites. Among the stock sites, Shutterstock, Pond5, Getty, Adobe Stock, and Videoblocks (which recently changed to a partner program), I have had the most success with Pond5. Getty would be second for sales. I submit...
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    Sunset Bomb

    Sunrise shots have proved more reliable for me for good blue light shots. Good sunrise/sunset shots are best after there has been a little weather in the area. For the most control over the image shoot raw in full manual, bracket your images so you have a range of light to dark, and most...
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    Found a drone

    Kudos to Skipperdan for doing the right thing and making the effort to find the owner. It restores a little of my faith in humanity to know honest people are still out there. On a related note, I have experienced a loss myself. It seems I have lost several $100 bills last week. I have attached...
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    New DJI product coming May 15th

    This makes perfect sense. DJI HAD to create the Osmo Sport. They add the camera to a warehouse full of old Phantom 2s gathering dust and BOOM... the new Phantom 5! Brilliant. Can’t wait for DJI to go after another untapped market with their OSMO Tablet. I do like the idea of an ROV though...
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    The most ignorant thing one can do while flying a drone

    I think we are getting off topic. I think we are talking about drunk pedestrians crossing the street BVLOS. It is really simple. Pedestrian or UAS. Be responsible, follow the rules (KNOW THE RULES!), and make good decisions. Like them or not, there aren’t a lot of grey areas with the laws...
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    Three Q's about Drone Deploy....

    I have found DroneDeploy to be the most cost effective solution for creating large area maps and 3D models. I have mapped areas as large as 1200 acres in a day. My clients (oil & gas and heavy industry) usually use the ortho map outputs for documentation, and we use the 3D outputs to combine...
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    So this guy is giving me a bad name all over the the internet...

    Yes I am. I would NEVER pay more than $200 for props... ;)
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    So this guy is giving me a bad name all over the the internet...

    Sorry for your troubles, but ignore the trolls and go on with your day. There will always be someone out there that wants to complain about something. They say if you give a million monkeys, a million typewriters, that you will eventually get the works of Shakespeare. The internet has proven...