Tag - DJI Phantom

Generating 3D landscapes from Aerial Photos

I love playing around with new technology and my I have a strong background in 3D modeling since I was a young kid and got a job in the video game industry.  I’m also always looking for new ways to use my skills test out new ideas.

I have been playing around with the idea of using my drones to build 3d landscapes and over the time tested various software to help convert 3d aerial photos into 3d objects.  Granted some of my first tests didn’t turn out as well as I thought so I kept playing around to see what I could come up with.

I’m using Pix4d to convert the Nadar type of photos (basically the camera on the drone looks directly down at the ground).  I use my iPad Ground Station from DJI to fly a grid style pattern making sure I have enough overlap of images taking fro the GoPro.

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Eagle Lake Hike Aerial Video

So, I finally had a chance to edit my hike up to Eagle Lake in Tahoe.  Granted It wasn’t a planed shoot for me, I usually have one of my drones in my car and have a backpack with my equipment in it.  If I find a good location I try to get a few shots done before other people are coming by, and some times its just a random shot.  I cut this video down from 2 minutes and added one of my buddies music track Bring it on Back from Momu .  This was edited in final cut pro with some color correction and trimmed down shots since my camera gimbal was a bit shaky at times due to the wind and just various issues.

I hope you enjoy this video.