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Hawk 1, Drone 0: Bird Downs Quad Copter

Yet another item to add to the pre-flight safety checklist:  A scan of the horizon for signs of birds of prey, such as the red-tailed Hawk which downed a DJI Phantom FC40 when it was flown in a Cambridge, MA park in October 2014.

Pilot Christopher Schmidt reports on his YouTube page that “As soon as he flew at me, I throttled down the props to try to minimize any harm to the bird.”. Schmidt also writes that the hawk emerged unscathed.

 

VIdeo of The Day: Aerials of Selby Bay, near Annapolis, MD

Very proud to present this video which was produced on Father’s Day off the South River near Annapolis, MD.  Credits include producer, videographer, and editor.  As my experience with aerial photography grows, I’m fast learning the importance of advanced planning, checklists and adaptation to weather-related production challenges.

The blue hues of dusk lighting are especially vivid in this video. Also pay attention to the fight paths, height of camera, position of sun and length of shot, which were all considered before I piloted the DJI Phantom 2 with GoPro Hero 3+ Black Edition.

Video of The Day: Other Side of Hong Kong

Our Video of The Day literally comes to you via email, as in, our inbox, where a link to the video below came from an unsolicited email from GForceMedia.

  • First, the footage offers yet another spectacular example of how video recorded by drones will revolutionize video production, giving new perspective to long-documented places and events.
  • Second, that GForceMedia (an UK-based production company) found me via YouTube reinforces the social connections that can be made via video.
  • Best practices for online marketing professionals listed after the clip!

 

Best Practices:

  • Use the YouTube notification platform and inbox (the source of our original email)
  • Include a thumbnail of the video in the email (known to increase CTR).
  • Fully leverage YouTube’s social tools by completing your own profile and asking staff members to do the same.
  • Subscribe to channels that are related to your industry and/or product focus.
  • Make sure to tag your video clips with meaningful keywords to increase the likelihood of upstream traffic via YouTube’s “related videos” carousel.