Commercial Real Estate and Drones
There’s no denying that aerial video and aerial photos are absolutely stunning to look at! Studies show that high quality images can make or break a real estate sale or leasing decision!
We were hired by a prominent Florida based property management company to make a promotional video for two strip malls that they run on the outer ring of Jacksonville, FL. They asked us to fly in a safe manner so as to not endanger any customers, and to fly on a weekend to capture the large number of people that visit the area. We were given very specific instructions as to the shots that they desired and asked to do the flights and edit the video within 2 days. Not a problem for Veuwr Aerials!
The Day Of The Flight
It was a crisp Florida morning with temperatures staying under 60 degrees. Our home page is located around 2 hours away from the location of the shoot and therefore we got an early start to our morning and left our office at 8 in the morning after grabbing our DJI Phantom 4 Pro and 12 batteries. Typically a battery lasts us somewhere around 26 minutes and we knew we had a lot of ground to cover. We jumped in my Camaro and sped away on backroads and the I10E.
After a quick stop at Sweet Theory Baking Company in Jacksonville (Their Vegan donuts are absolutely perfect. Must have on every trip to Jacksonville) we were all sugared up and ready to fly.
We started off with the Western side of the mall as the shadows were just perfect and used up 7 batteries on just the first part of the shoot.
Worry started to roll in with limited battery runtime remaining, what else could go wrong? Since this was the perfect time for things to go wrong, our Phantom 4 Pro decided that our MicroSD cards were simply too slow to write 4K video to (hint = they’re not).
Luckily there was a Best Buy next door and 15 minutes later we were back in the air! It was a little tricky to get all the shots that we wanted to get without flying over any people or cars (“little tricky”) but by 4pm we had captured all the footage that we needed.
Aerial Video Editing
With the shoot wrapped up it’s time to rest up, right? Nope… With the easy part done it was finally time to load up the video clips in Final Cut Pro X on our video editing computer and start editing.
How’s it going? Hard at work rendering 4K video as I type this up 🙂
Drones Are Used In The Construction Industry:
Not just in tier 1 cities, but in Gainesville as well! We were recently contacted by a consortium of companies that are building a project in Butler Plaza in Gainesville. We were contacted with a simple question.
What can drones do for construction projects? How can drones save them money?
The answer is that drones can save a lot of money on construction costs!
What We Proposed:
We were contacted right construction had begun and therefore were just in time to do a proper aerial survey of the land that was to be built on. We spent a thorough day with 3 drones in the sky and created a 3 point cloud, orthomosaic map, and captured general pictures to perfectly showcase the elevation, terrain, and foliage that was present on the land that was about to be built upon. The client agreed to do weekly drone flights to capture progress shots of the construction that was taking place, as well as regular stockpile inspections with our smart software calculating the stockpiled building materials.
Our Second Flight:
Monday, April 3rd, 2017. It was a sunny brisk morning and we were on location in Butler Plaza in Gainesville at 10:30 in the morning. The sun was at a perfect angle and shadows weren’t particularly bad. We had 3 drones on site with 3 remote pilots and two spotters, and 19 batteries for the different aircraft.
For this job we flew the DJI Phantom 4 Pro for detailed 20mp images and orthomosaic mapping to supplement the first inspection we did before groundbreaking. We had our DJI Inspire 1 capturing imagery, and our brand new DJI Inspire 2 flying low and taking low level imagery to supplement the low level details that couldn’t be captured from the high-flying drones. The Inspire 2 is also very new for us and we didn’t feel like risking our $9,500 baby, especially considering the few random bugs that we’ve been experiencing with it’s software. We also had to plan our frequencies smartly to avoid interference.
By 1pm we had spoken with all the managers on site who were captivated by what we were doing, and captured all the imagery and data that we needed to get the first shoot done. At this point we went back to our office and started running the images through our software.
Aerial Data Collection and Imagery is here to stay. It’s where every industry is going to keep up with the times, and we’re no stranger to the new. At Veuwr we strive to learn with everything we do. Every day is a learning experience where we learn how to serve our clients better.
What’re you waiting for? If you have a project in Gainesville, Florida, or Beyond, contact us today to get a free quote to see how we can revolutionize what you do and save you money with aerial services!