Have you seen “Lainey’s first airplane ride” yet? It’s a wonderful video, and it’s the inspiration for our next contest. Shoot and share a video that shares the excitement of flying. The best one will win a GoPro Hero3 with a complete NFlightcam accessory kit.
Contest ends April 19; share your video on Facebook, YouTube or Tumblr.
One day only!
Save an additional $100 on the amazing NFlightcam Plus cockpit video camera. This is the best way to share your next aerial adventure - it records 1080p HD video, all cockpit audio and even GPS position. Includes a special propeller filter for crisp shots and a rotating lens so you can mount it anywhere.
Note: this is a guest article by Patrick Carter, President of NFlight Technologies, the maker of the very popular NFlightcam line of cockpit video cameras.
So you’ve seen some cool aviation videos on YouTube and you’re ready to make your own but you aren’t sure where to start. It is not as hard as you may think. We are going to step you through the process and show you just how simple our fly it, shoot it, share it, philosophy can be.
It’s good to think about what you want to capture before you go flying. A video is just another means of telling a story, so you need to think a little about what you want your story to be and how to keep it entertaining. Are you making a five hour cross-country or are you flying around the pattern? In Hollywood this is called storyboarding. I usually don’t draw out a storyboard but I have something in my head before I go flying.
For a flight around the pattern or practicing takeoffs and landings, the story is usually about the thrill of lift-off and the challenge of landing. I like to capture two angles for this: the first angle is over the pilot’s shoulder showing the controls and instrument panel, the second angle is the pilot’s and passengers’ faces.
If I am flying a long cross-country the story usually follows the theme of an adventure or quest and I want to tell each character’s story by capturing the thrilling, exciting and hilarious moments of the trip. I like to get the takeoff shots and landing shots and a face shot or two in the plane but I also like to hand hold the camera and get some footage of loading bags in the plane or tying the plane down. That’s one of the great features of the NFlightcam—it is not restricted to use in the cockpit only. Keep it with you and use it for those candid shots; try to capture the funny things that you will remember forever.
Now that you have thought a little about what you want to capture, you need to figure out how to do it. We try to make this pretty easy. I am going to outline a few basic shots and how I do it.
Now that you have completed your flight, whether it was a training flight around the pattern or a trip across the country, it is time to take that raw footage and turn it into a story. This is where it can get tricky, but thanks to the some great advances in technology, Hollywood-level productions can come to fruition in a matter of minutes with a laptop and some creativity.
If you are committed to becoming an amateur movie maker after purchasing your camera you should be looking at purchasing editing software for your computer. Macs are definitely in the forefront when it comes to editing, offering iMovie as standard with every machine. In addition to offering great editing suites on their computers, Apple also offers a version of iMovie for the iPhone and iPad for $4.99. Roxio and Sony Vegas are decent low cost options for PC, with Adobe’s Premiere Pro available for the user with full featured needs. If you prefer to spend your money on AvGas instead of computers you can use just about any computer out there to upload your files to YouTube and use their basic editing features online to merge clips together and add music (which is often all you need to tell an entertaining story).
For the sake of this article, I am going to discuss how to tell your story using an iMovie trailer template on an iPhone and then upload it to YouTube. The reason I am choosing iMovie is that, not only does it come as standard equipment on every Mac, but there is an iPad or iPhone available in almost every cockpit I get in these days.
You can see that it’s not as hard as you may think to make an eye-catching video. Just have the right equipment and make a plan before you fly.
Here’s one final tip: to look like a pro, keep your video under 60 seconds. The average attention span is 57 seconds.
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Record video of your flight to EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2011 and share it with us. You could win a pretty cool prize. More info at the link.