Check out this amazing video where Jos Stiglingh films a firework display with his DJI Phantom 2 Quadcopter and GoPro Hero 3 Silver.
Besides the GoPro and DJI Phantom you’d also preferably need a gimbal stabilizer with pitch control and a FPV system so you can monitor the framing of your shot from a wireless receiver and monitor on the ground.
The FPV system uses a wireless transceiver on the drone (like an ImmersionRC 5.8Ghz 600mW tx) to transmit the video signal wirelessly to a receiver on the ground (like an ImmersionRC UNO5800v2 5.8GHz A/V Receiver). Then you’d need a small battery powered monitor to hook up to the receiver so you can see the video stream from the GoPro on the drone. There’s a little video cable you can buy that connects to the USB on the GoPro and it has a wire that you can connect to the video transmitter to send a video signal from the GoPro to the video transmitter.
It’s a pretty risky shoot but the results are amazing. Joe could of lost his drone in the water below if one of those mortars would of hit the drone and knocked it down. He might of gotten a better shot if he filmed with a GoPro Hero 3+ Black instead of a GoPro Hero 3 Silver.
So what do you think? Would you fly a drone into a firework display or is it too risky? Do you want more info on how to setup a drone? Want to know if it’s illegal or not? Share your thoughts below!
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