Learn How To Fly A Drone For Aerial Photos And Videos


Lesson Info

Setting Up Your Video Project in Premiere

Premiere is the editing software that I use the most, so what I'm gonna do is start from just the beginning, and looking at our footage from Santa Cruz. And, kinda taking the footage that we have and putting it into, like a 60 second edit we could share on social media. So, Instagram now, I believe, let's you do up to 60 seconds and then, that's just a nice, nice length that you can share it to say, like Facebook and Vimeo and that sort of thing, too. A lot of times my process with this is that I've already got music going, so, a service I use a ton is the musicbed.com, or musicbed.com. Really great folks over there and they've got a lot of great artists. Actually, some of my friends are, they represent a couple of my friends, too. So, it's, really like those guys. Today though, we have special music from a creative live guy, Daniel Peterson. So, we found a piece of his that actually has, kind of a bit of a surf vibe to it. It's got some surf guitar and it actually is gonna work perfec...

t, so let's do this. I have one Premiere file already kind of, like, where I've culled through some of our selects, but, I don't want to jump ahead too far in the beginning 'cause I want to show those of you just getting into editing in Premiere just how you get a project set up and then once we do that and kinda you can see how we start going through our footage. Then I'm gonna jump over to a project file that's got, that where I've gone through all that footage and I've found the keeper shots. So, start up here, I'll load the right version of Premiere. I've got two versions here; I've got the 10.3 and then I've got the previous version of 2015. So, you can either go to, where did we go? There it goes. You can either go here to "New" and "Project" or you can just hit the quick key function here. Let's see, "Command + Alt". "New". OK, just name your project whatever you want. We'll call this "Santa Cruz". And then, first off, I like to keep, stay organized and so, as far as your location goes, kind of browse to where you want that to be. I've got sort of this folder already set up, so we'll call it "Santa Cruz". And, typically, I'll actually show you, the folder that we'll jump over to, the project is over here, under "Surf". And I just wanted to kind of show you how I organize my media. So, Premiere will kick out some auto-generated folders, like this "Auto-Save" folder and these "Preview Files". What I like to do, is I keep a, I create a media folder. So, I just create that manually and then I put all my media in there, the music, and maybe, like, the first SD card and then the second SD card that I used. And then, inevitably, like, for whatever reason, I'll end up having, like, multiple project files and so I just create an "Old Project File", just so that when I open up the root level of that folder, you've got your main project file in there. So, that's the project we're gonna jump over to. But, I just wanted to show you from the very beginning. I know, like, sometimes you get excited about, like, getting all your footage and start working with your footage and your footage might be over here, and you might even start editing off your SD card. But, stay organized 'cause down the road when you wanna look up that footage, it's just a lot easier if you have a standard practice. I even create a folder so it will already do this. I even create a folder, so we'll already do this, called "Deliver". You can call it whatever you want, but that's where I would put all my final rendered video files, so. But, jumping back to Santa Cruz, that's where we're gonna put this particular project. And, most of this is just details. We're good. And then, so I just typically, I'll take the cards that I dumped and just drag your footage in. So let's go over to "Surf 1". I'll jump over to maybe some of these. Actually, I'll just do it how I normally do it. So, it'll remember the folder structure and it'll create bends for you. Actually, I'll back up one, just to stay organized. Even in Premiere, I'll drag the media folder and then that way it'll create bends for media and then a subset of that would be, you know, "Surf 1", "Surf 2" and "Music".

"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.