Crafting Aerial Drone Photos

Lesson 5/7 - Creating a Panorama from Video


Crafting Aerial Drone Photos


Lesson Info

Creating a Panorama from Video

Something to talk about now creating a panorama from video so there's another way of doing it the one way is I said, you take the camera there and you take a picture, you move a little bit, take another picture, take another picture if you're working on something like a gopro camera and you don't have remote control over that camera or you don't have an if peavy what a lot of people will do for the aerial panoramic photographs is just used time lapse and get it to take a photo every five seconds and then just fly and go out there and do that. The other thing could do is shoot video and income back to the video and pull the stills now with the phantom vision in a phantom vision, plus the camera's not really good enough to get good video from this great but still photos, and I love it for stills and just a straight video, but if you want to pull photos out of the video, the gopro cameras a lot better and so you know they go pro here, a formal shooting four k, which is four thousand pixel...

s where as I'm shooting right now, it's the hear of three plus and I'm shooting it two point seven k using protein, so if you don't know what that means, just it's bigger andi, if you're gopro purse and you know what, protein tunis all right, so here's a little video that I shot and I can't turn the volume down here because there's nothing worse and hearing a gopro on a quad copter because every shot sounds exactly the same e s o u here s so here I am, I'm flying, you know, getting nothing, all calibrated and ready, so I'm just going to move forward, so he is my little flight and these are the shots here. I'm going to take the still images from so I'm flying up here and it's like, ok, I'm up there now I want to do a pentagram, soak up, I'll fly often around. I'm just kind of scrubbing through this right now because it's twelve minutes video ha! This is what I want the video. So I'm just going to start from where I started about here and I'll play this and you can see what's happening. I'm flying up here and I know I want to do a panorama, so we'll let this play and we'll go up here we go in the second, I could close down these sides to so you can see a better so here we go, going up there now. And as you can see, I'm just slowly flying up and I'm composing my shot it's like, ok, this is where I want to start, and now all I'm doing notice what I'm doing, I'm just going. Ewing is rotating site decide all I wanna do is make sure that everything is in that shot that I want to stitch together into panorama later. Now, one of the things you'll notice, I think on this one, I'm going to go all the way around because I want to three hundred sixty degree panorama, so notice I'm not going to get too fast because they don't want motion blur on those shots, but the speed this is fine, you're not going to get in motion blur this individual shots for individual frames will be nice and crisp. This is thirty frames per second at two point seven k, and I'm playing it right now in like room on a reason. Playing it in light room is because there's a number of ways you can extract a still image from video and honestly, the best way I know is actually right here in library it's the easiest way to do it and you get great results, so we're almost done and I'm just showing you the entire thing now head, I'd be taking pictures, I'd be snapped, take a picture snap, take a picture and typically speaking, what I do is out before I take that pitch, I will stop, I'll snapped that picture than are rotated, and I'll take the picture so he was doing in post production, so we just did that whole three hundred sixty degree panorama. So what we're going to do is we're just going to pop this open here, and this is essentially what you're going to do to pull your images off it's super simple, you just go under here and you go capture frank that's it and and what we're gonna do is we're going to scramble the way back here to the beginning and, you know, so here this is essentially how we would do it. I would go here now, grab that frame and in this little button here, move it one frame at a time, so literally click here, maybe play a little bit and then stop if it goes too far and then I will literally move this one frame at a time until I get the shot that I want and in all caps in the next one kept the frame there, play a little bit and all stuff about they're just kind of feels about right and then literally take another frame, so I think you kind of get the idea right now I'm going to go here and I want to get this off of the horizon line for this panel I'm thinking about their looks good if it's going too far go backwards and this is a cool thing about going one frame at a time because a lot of time when I'm shooting oceans, I will move it one frame of time till I get the surf breaking exactly where I want it or you know you've got a bird flying and you so you can this is a great thing about doing from video this is a still you can capture that exact moment in time that you want, so maybe the water's exploding you want to get it right in that peak of that water, you can take that shot and create a much more dramatic panorama or, you know, the bird that flies off you wait till it's not cutting the horizon, you wait till it's in the right spot, you know, and literally creating shots. So what we've done now is we've just created, you know, pulled those and I'm not going toe I'm actually going to just quit right out of there because I've got something that I did previously I'm not going to make you sit there while I do every single one of those shots, so here's the shots here that I pulled these ajay pigs and I just pulled these from that video says his exact clip I just did and I just exported those is j pigs out of out of like room without doing anything to them so essentially what we need to get this panorama is we need a one shot in the middle and we need something showing this side and we need something showing the other side so I know I like this I'm going to grab this one here that's the one in the middle and we went this left side so maybe you know, that shot there looks pretty good I can see we've got that one there and we've got that once that money going to grab three and in hope that we can do that with the five minutes so we're going to get through the other side so I'm going to scroll up here and let's look to the other side yeah, that looks cool we've got the edge there and we got this one closest to the middle so I've selected five images right now then we're going toe stitch a panorama round of so maybe I should have done seven on dh hopefully I won't regret not doing seven let's go and we're gonna have a look here so we're going to do now is just right click on these and we're going to open these in camera rolls all this like the ones going opening camera roar I don't get to select all so I've selected all the images I'm just going to do exactly as I did for when we were working with the photos as I'm going to grab this lens correction but you know it's not necessarily going to see it because this just j pigs those j pigs that I just pulled from like room don't have the metadata and they're telling it that I used to go pro camera but I can manually go down here and I should be able to choose like gopro yet and the lens correction for gopro still gonna work because it's exactly the same photo it's exactly the same aspect ratio and everything just it doesn't know I was using a gopro camera so I had to tell it I was using a go pro and that's what I did there and we can click done and now that's covered in the list correct distortion from those video frames now we can go in here and we can choose our tools and we're gonna get down to photo show and we're going to choose the foot emerge so this is essentially exactly what we did when we were doing l a we're going to do the same thing and we're just gonna let this stitch together and build a nice little panorama and it's just going to take a moment here and you can see because of his using two point seven k I've got some pretty decent sized images here so I can actually take a principle you know, here we go and this is actually, you know, quite a decent size and it's a print of the image so we could print this and it would look nice, so we're going to do the same steps we did before command e for merge and I'm going to go into the adept of wide angle and under the adept of wide angle, you know, we could fix this glance correction if we want, but you know what? I'm going to leave it because I kind of feel like I like that little curvature there the way that kind of curves around the bottom it creates an interesting composition, so I'm just going to be like, ok, so I'm just going toe click on ok, you'll notice it does do a little correction, so if we look at this before and after, it still did an automatic correction without me changing anything, which is caused actually kind of happy that I probably should have zoomed out a little bit, which is what I didn't do and your notices corrupts these edges off if you don't zoom out um, you can see that it actually literally cuts them, but that's fine, so we're just going to corrupt the stone, we're gonna crop it here crop it down there. And, you know, we've crop it. And then we get rid of the transparency areas. And we go back into camera rolling adjusted and do exactly what we just did. On a previous example. I'm not going to copy those steps because I think the time is best spent with something else. So you can kind of see that we can do that very easily and create a really cool image.

Class Description

UAVs, drones, multi-rotors, and quadcopters are flying tripods capable of framing photos in three true dimensions. Learn how to work with the images they capture in Crafting Aerial Drone Photos with Colin Smith.

In this class, you will learn how to set up the perfect shot, and how to turn the images from a drone-mounted camera into a full-sized work of art. You’ll learn what it takes to bring an image from a small camera to life, and how to make aerial panoramas from multiple photographs and video.