Learn How To Fly A Drone For Aerial Photos And Videos


Lesson Info

Exporting Your Video for Social Media

This is the part that gets folks that are new to editing. It can seem kind of intimidating. Sorry I'm just adjusting my adjustment layers so that it ends, to the end of the clip. And I'm just double checking our time. It is at, yeah, 60 seconds. I'm actually just gonna do Shift-Command-K because it looks like we had a little bit of stuff trailing off after. 60 seconds. So I'm trying to remember the spec on Instagram these days, if you can upload 1080P. It used to be, well it used to be that you just do square videos then, say, we use to have to export just for Instagram. Anybody know if it's, you can upload 1080, I think you can now, to Instagram? I'm pretty sure you can but I think it's still kind of. Yeah you can choose to not have it be square. Right. And on something like this that's what I would do, I would, I would do that. So, at any rate, if you're, what I would recommend first doing is just simply going to File and Export. So Export Media is Command-M. And then just us...

e one of the standard presets. They have already preloaded up Vimeo and a YouTube preset. And then from there you can, over time you'll get to, you'll see what kind of, the settings they have for those, and that you can make tweaks. Like right here, H.264, is the, your typical codec that you'll use to, deliver media to, say, Facebook, or YouTube, or Vimeo. So then you can go to the presets, scroll down, and you can either choose a Vimeo preset to 1080P, or a YouTube preset. And then one thing that I do is there's this button over here that's Match Source, you just wanna check. So for example right now the preset says 1920 by but our sequence that we did was that widescreen where we cropped the top and the bottom. I mean a lot of you guys won't decide to do that, you'll just to the standard 1920 by 1080. But if you did do that you can click over here, under Match Source. This would globally match source but here if you just simply want the width and height to match your source sequence then that'll do that. Then your frame rate, I'm just checking that things look right. Yeah. I would just leave everything else the same. You can select things like Render at Maximum Depth. And as far as the bitrate settings, the bitrate encoding, sometimes if I have the time I'll do a two pass encode where you're allowing the encoder to see the footage first and then to optimize how it's gonna encode things. Honestly, rarely, you can tell the difference between the two. So, we'll just keep mainly all the things the same. And another thing you can do is click on Maximum Render Quality. It says it gives better quality scaling but increases the encode time. So, if you're just doing a quick social share and you're not totally obsessing about how it's being encoded, then one of these quick presets is great. As you get a little bit more involved with using Premiere, oftentimes I'll export to, like a, a ProRes format, so I know that I'm giving, say, YouTube or Vimeo, the very best quality that I can give it. And then eventually they're gonna encode everything themselves into smaller file sizes online. But sometimes I'll take the time, the hour that it'll take to encode the project, so that I'm giving the very best file I can to Vimeo. Of course it's gonna be a heavier file, it's gonna be a larger file, so it's gonna take longer to upload and that sort of thing. But first just starting out and even just for quick shares I would just do a preset. And then you just hit Export and you're good to go. I won't do that right now. What we can do is we can post that later, let it export and post it to the course.

"To everyone out there wanting to learn how to fly a Drone and take incredible images and videos; I promise Blayne Chastain is your guy!" -Brooke, CreativeLive Student

Drones can be an expensive purchase, and without the proper knowledge, they can be dangerous and difficult to fly.Capturing the view from above can show perspective, creativity, and just look cool! But getting your camera into the air isn’t as simple as just grabbing a remote control. It takes knowledge, practice and patience to master your camera in the sky. In this class, Blayne Chastain will give you the tools you need to fly any drone and the techniques you’ll need to capture beautiful images and videos every time you go out.  After taking this class, you’ll feel confident in your purchase and in your footage. You’ll learn:

  • The basic components of a drone 
  • The safety tips and regulations everyone must follow when flying 
  • What to consider when flying in different weather conditions 
  • Simple flying techniques and advanced maneuvers to master 
  • How to capture beautiful media that you’re excited to share! 
 Blayne Chastain has over three decades of practice flying RC aircrafts. He is the co-founder of Cloudgate, a film company specializing in cinematic aerials. He's captured aerial footage everywhere, from the seat of a kayak in Iceland to chasing snowboarders down a mountain with his drone. With the teachings in this class, you’ll have the ability to maximize your flight hobby, and turn your images into a part of your business. 

Don’t know which drone to buy? Be sure to download Blayne’s “Drone Buyer’s Guide” to find out which gear is right for you!  



  • First, I wanna start off by saying thank you to Creative Live TEAM for giving me the opportunity to attend this class LIVE in-studio! The experience was everything and MORE I could have hoped for. The TEAM really makes you feel apart of the family and I can't wait to come back! As Far as the class goes: To everyone out there wanting to learn how to fly a Drone and feel confident in flying, take incredible images and videos and everything that comes with it; I promise Blayne Chastain is your guy! He covers all your questions and teaches you how to get started from Learning to actually fly and how to practice, to what would be the best drone for you, FAA regulations and certification, to editing and your finished product. AND MUCH MORE But in order to fully grasp all of this knowledge you must get this class! I promise you won't regret it and will only grow! Thank you Blayne, for opening this door for us and teach us that THE SKIES THE LIMIT!
  • The class was excellent in the information offered. Real info that can help someone starting out to get a feel for what they need to learn and practice. While the info was great, the presenter was not to the level of other professional speakers I've seen on CreativeLive. He didn't seem confident in the information he delivered, stuttered quite a bit and lost his train of thought quite often. The video cuts were poorly produced for the most part. Showing us how to fly a drone that is represented by a tiny speck on the screen was not all that helpful. It kind of felt like there was little planning in the production more of a "seat of the pants" lesson plan. However, with all of these presentation flaws, the content was great info, so I would recommend the class with the warning to be very patient with the presenter and the production quality - not normal for a CreativeLive class.
  • This course was amazing. Made me actually want to go out and buy my first drone. Highly recommend for anyone who wants to learn the ins-and-outs of operating a drone for aerial photos and video.