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Post-processing and Sharing

Once you have transferred your aerial video files to a computer or smart device, they are now just videos, and post-processing works the same way it would for any project and associated video sources. Most modern integrated camera drones provide a way to copy pictures and videos directly to a smart device via a wireless signal, but it’s almost always faster to remove the memory card and transfer the media directly.

There are, however, some interesting efforts going on to help edit and share aerial videos quickly. DJI is particularly interested in this space, and the DJI GO app includes a built-in video editor that allows for quick selection and clipping of desired footage, followed by timeline layout and music selection based on templates (FIGURE 4.28). GoPro has also announced an interest in cloud-based video editing and sharing.


FIGURE 4.28 The DJI GO app includes a built-in video editor that can share directly to Skypixel, DJI’s hosted aerial imaging community, or save to the Camera Roll.

The DJI GO video editor does require that media be transferred to the app, which happens via Lightbridge when the drone and remote control are both powered on. Early efforts such as this are heartening because video editing and sharing are currently such painful and time-consuming processes. Most aerial videographers want to cut and share a quick edit of their flight, even if they plan to do a more considered, high-quality cut later. DJI GO’s editor bypasses the computer altogether and provides a quick path to share to Skypixel, DJI’s sharing platform, or to save to the Camera Roll for uploading to social sharing platforms via other methods.

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