Filming in the mountain, moreover in wintertime, is the most challenging terrain you can find, as you get a mix of cold with snow and steep terrain.
Filming in the mountain, moreover in wintertime, is the most challenging terrain you can find, as you get a mix of cold with snow and steep terrain. Before you happen to go in the mountain whether it’s to score very steep terrain, deep powder or even on slope or mellow powder tracks, make sure first to spend enough time with less constraints to be efficient when the cold, wind or who knows what else come your way.
First of all here is the kit list of things that I take with me on a normal day in the mountains when I decided to go hit a spot that is suitable to be filmed by Hexo+ and where aerial footage will give another dimension to my riding or reveal the beauty of the nature at its best.
I usually bring:
To make the best out of my batteries I carry them in a small bag along with some hand warmer, I didn’t scientifically test the difference with and without but it’s known for a fact that warm battery last longer than cold one.
I usually leave the feet up side down in the hexo, and I leave the gimbal but I take the gopro off. I then cover completely my hexo with the rain cover and strap everything to my back pack either with the board straps or with the helmet netting for the brands that have that.I leave the blades in also.
That’s the way I ride with it all day.
I usually find a flat spot or compact one quickly with my board. I avoid taking off from my board because taking off on top of metal can cause problems (weird flights as compass get disturbed). I always double check that props are tighten up.
I make a little hole under the gimbal to make sure It will not trash the lens when calibrating
After that, I turn the drone on, the app on and then will take care of all the rest of my gear.
That way, it gives the time to both the phone and the Hexo to really lock their position for the GPS and have a great positioning especially if it’s the first flight of the day.
Once I am strapped in, ready to go, I off course make sure my gopro is recording and on the right setting. I usually go for a wide 4k 25 frames with Pro tune, this gives me more option for post production such as zooming in or zooming out and give even more dynamic shots.
Then I take off and on the first flight of the day the drone will do a 360 on itself to make a flight calibration. After that, I usually do a few movements like a fly out, then a 360 first to get establishing shots but also to get the idea on how accurate is the GPS on the take off spot and if there is a need for a calibrations or any interferences that could potentially give some weird behavior. Of course I stay away from any obstacle in the process.
If everything is well, for a follow downhill, I’ll place the drone in front but slightly on the side, like 45 degrees to the run if i am facing straight down. That way, the hexo will not have to spin when you pass underneath it and that gives a better image as well as a better follow. Depending on the terrain, I usually choose a position compared to me where if any fail safe happens (like battery being empty for example) , the hexo+ will land itself within an accessible zone and not above some cliffs. So if it’s a couloir, I’ll try to be as much as possible on the side but still be on top of the couloir.
If you have any behaviors not as sharp as supposed to be, it’s good to bring it back to you, land it and then starts again. I almost never happens but when flying above exposure, it’s very important to be extra careful.
Enjoy self filming yourself in the mountains and have a great winter.
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