Drone Dolly Zoom + Dolly Hyperlapse Zoom (Experimental) – 2 Videos

A tried and tested idea applied to drones

I took the decades old method called the dolly zoom, Hitchcock or Vertigo effect and implemented it using a drone (DJI Mavic 3) instead of a ground rail system or slider. The effect is stunning and can be done with most drones that shoot 4K or higher.

Until 8k drones become mainstream, the output file is limited to 1080p right now but still highly sellable. Please note that this effects is also "do-able" with the Mini 3 Pro/Air 2s.

Learn how to do aerial dolly zooms with your drone in the video below.

Please note: I have included the (watermarked) 5k, DJI Mavic 3 lighthouse video file from the video below for you to download and work on for yourself. 

Note: Video originally made for YouTube

An idea in its infancy that is worth exploring

This is more of a fun, experimental bonus which I think will evolve over time. It is just something worth exploring as tech evolves and is something that works better with heavier drones due to wind.

I have tried this with both the DJI Mini 3 and the Air 2s and the Air 2s produced better results. I am thinking that the Mavic 3 will be better still due to its heavier bulk.

I have played with the dolly zoom effect for years, the effect is very cool. However, attempting it with a drone is both challenging and fun and if nothing else, it gets me outside for a few hours. You can learn how to do a dolly zoom with standard video below. 

Try it yourself as these are quite rare and could easily sell as stock video for the more creative minded buyers out there.


DJI Mavic 3 5k Lighthouse Clip

Download my 5K, DJI Mavic 3 video file (watermarked) to practice on in your video editing software. Download link at top right after clicking the link.

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