4 Essentials of Drone Video Editing

Four tips that you can immediately apply in your drone video editing.

After drones arrived on the market, videographers quickly adopted them as their favorite tool for making videos. Today, drone video is definitely one of the most popular techniques for filming videos. Drone manufacturers have also recognized this, so they started making highly sophisticated drones for videographers.

One of the main reasons behind the popularity of drone videography is the drones’ unique ability to show the viewers an amazing new perspective on different areas, through the appealing bird’s eye view. But in order to get that “Wow” effect from it, drone video editing has to be part of the post production.

In order to make wonderful drone videos, you should consider these four tips on editing drone videography.


Play with Image Space

Since most of the latest drones used by videographers support video capturing in Ultra HD and 4K, you will be left with a lot of image space to play with. Experts are using this extra image space to create amazing videos through editing with the stutter cut method. By using stutter cut, you will mimic a cut, and it will look as if you have shot a video by using more than just one camera.

Stutter cut is especially suitable for videos related to sports, fitness, and recreational activities because it creates fast-paced edits and adds a dynamic effect to the entire video. Stutter cut is also suitable for matching the specific background music intervals with a video background or specific action.


Use the Speed and Ramp Effect

After you are done recording with a drone, you will be left with this long video that may easily bore the viewer. Instead of cutting it and making it shorter, you should consider using speed and ramp effects. This way you won’t have to decide what to cut and what parts to leave in the video.

Ramp and speed effects add another dynamic element to your videos. This element is very important, as it will keep the audience engaged. Speeding up through dull parts of the video, while slowing down at points of interest has an amazing effect on the audience, one that you can’t achieve otherwise when it comes to aerial videography.


Use Titles and Textual Graphics

You can easily insert graphic elements like logos and textual graphics in videos shot by drone, and they can really complement the background of the video. This is why drone video editing services are usually outsourced by businesses and individuals who want to insert professional looking graphics and get their videos edited by experts.  

It is important to know how to use the proper color palette to make certain areas in the video pop. To do this right, you also have to identify the flyover section of your video and to use overlays to insert textual graphics into them. In order to add dimension to your video, experts advise to try and darken the image or use colors that contrast with the background of the video.


Know the Terminology and Play with different Elements

Every drone video should contain these types of sequences: reveals, 360 shots, takeoffs, pans, drops, flyovers and tilts. You should get familiar with each one of these and learn how to film it with your drone. When you have all of these sequences in your raw video material, the variety of post-editing opportunities is significantly increased.

The most important thing to learn is how to make smooth transitions between these sequences. This will add fluidity to your videos and make them more appealing to the eye. The technique commonly used by drone video editors for this purpose is a simple cross-dissolve. This technique will help you make a natural looking transition between sequences that don’t complement one another. For instance, flyover and landing.

By adding this elegant touch with transitions, you will make the motion between different sequences interesting for the viewers. Before you start adding transition effects to your drone video, make sure to sit down and watch its full duration, while taking notes on time intervals when these jarring transitions occur.

By applying these four tips to your drone video post-production, you will be able to create breathtaking drone videos and to establish yourself as a drone videographer.