So, are you insured for flying a drone?
Absolutely. Here at OneClickPic, we use Verifly™ to insure each and every one of our commercial flights (and a few of our personal flights as well!). If we are flying in unregulated airspace then the rates are lower than, say, next to a school or airport. Those rates are higher than average. The location of where the drone will be flying, as well as its proximity to non-common areas, amount and duration of coverage, radius of coverage area, etc. determines the amount of insurance necessary and the cost. If the area is unregulated airspace, you do not have to worry about insurance costs. If you are wanting to shoot in FAA-regulated airspace, please let us know and we can give you an estimate of the insurance costs in that area.
My package includes aerial videos and photos. Is the insurance separate for each type of work?
No. If you are having work done at one location and it includes both pictures and video, the insurance is only needed once. The only time there would be multiple insurance charges is if you are requesting shots at multiple locations apart from one another and one of the locations falls under controlled airspace. Insurance would be charged to be client when shooting in controlled airspace.
What types of drones do you use? Cameras?
For aerial photography, we have a DJI Mavic Air 2. This drone is capable of shooting 48 megapixel photographs and also capable of recording Ultra HD Video (3840×2160) at 60fps. For 360° image and video we use the GoPro Max, capable of shooting spherical photos and videos at 5.6K (shot in 6K and stitched to 5.6K). For standard photography and video we use the Canon M6 Mark II capable of 32.3 megapixel images and 4K UHD video (3840×2160). We also use multiple other pieces of equipment as needed, such as an 8’x15′ green screen as well as a collapsible portable green screen, lighting kits, Zoom H3-VR portable microphone for surround sound ambisonic audio, and much more.
I only paid for a two minute video, but when you delivered it, it was almost three minutes long! What gives, and am I going to be charged extra?
When we record aerial video, we will often shoot 5-10 minutes of video on site to ensure we have the best possible shots to choose from for the final video. While editing the video, if we feel that, artistically, staying under the time limit lessens the impact of the video, we will edit the video to be the best video possible. That’s just on us. So, no, if we go over, it’s just more for you.
My cousin Eddie just got a nice drone for his birthday. Why should I pay you when I can just get him to do my drone video and pictures?
It really boils down to three reasons.
- There is a term in photography called composition. It’s knowing which angle looks most appealing for a shot, not just making sure the entire subject matter is in frame. It’s something learned by experience.
- If cousin Eddie loses control of his drone and it flies through the window of another house (or heaven forbid, hit someone), will he or his parents be on the hook for the damages or hospitalizations?
- Finally, in order to legally use a drone for commercial purposes, you have to study for, test, and receive an Airman’s Certificate with a sUAS rating through the FAA. Having an FAA-issued TRUST Certificate does not count; the TRUST Certification is for recreational flying only. If you are not in possession of an FAA Part 107 Airman’s Certificate and the FAA comes calling, you and your drone photographer could be in for several thousand dollars in fines for each video and image used commercially.
This isn’t even accounting for color correction and basic image improvements that take a photo or video from “got it now” to “Got it! Wow!” which we provide as a part of the service. There’s more to drone photography and video than just flying the drone and clicking the shutter button in much the same way there’s more to driving than turning the key and pressing the gas.
Burt holds an Airman Certificate with a sUAS rating for operating drones commercially. He makes certain he has $1,000,000 worth of drone liability insurance minimum for each flight location. Finally, he has been shooting and editing video for over twelve years and has developed an eye for image composition.
Some people go with cousin Eddie and get away with it. As the FAA begins to shore up the rules and regulations for sUAS drone operators, you will begin to hear more and more often of “cousin Eddie” cases in the news.
I just downloaded my finished video, and it’s silent! Where’s the music/sound?
Drone video does not record audio (if you have ever heard a drone in flight, you would understand why). You can take your video and upload it to YouTube where they have an extensive music library where you can choose the perfect music for your video, or you can tell us they style/mood of music you were thinking of, and we can find it for you! Then, when you link the video to your MLS (if real estate) or embed in your web site, the video will have the music that you have personally chosen for it.
What are the benefits of having a 360° Virtual Tour?
For the last year, the world has has to re-learn how to do things because of the pandemic. This caused many people to change their habits, especially when it comes to travel. Many want to minimize exposure, but that’s difficult to do when you’re searching for the perfect house.
With 360° Virtual Tours, you can have your client take tours of properties and see them as if they were there themselves. Imagine being able to take clients to multiple locations and they could walk though multiple homes without ever leaving the safety of your office. A picture may be worth a thousand words and video may move the picture, but there’s nothing quite like being virtually “there” at the location.
How can my organization leverage 360° video in our training?
In businesses with dedicated training personnel, their staff understands that to have the best employees, they have to have the most prepared employees. In factory, assembly, line work, and other jobs, it can be difficult to train new employees on machines which are being used for production. Learning any line position can take between a few hours to a few weeks. It is the initial time of training, though, that is the most crucial.
By creating 360° training videos, new employees can begin learning the basics of their job position without having to tie up an active employee on the floor or potentially slow production. They will be able to learn the job as if they were right there on the line, but also be able to re-review any part they did not understand.
Even current employees can benefit form this technology, as some employees find themselves moving from one position to another, the use of 360° video allows a company to give the initial training of a job position without having to tie up any resources other than a headset and a chair.
You can also create a virtual tour video allowing prospective clients to see how your company is structured first-hand, while controlling the content presented and eliminating any gaffes that could create issues.
How do you deliver the finished product?
When your packages are complete, you will receive an email at the email address you provided. It will contain all of the links to the products. When you hired OneClickPic, you were given a Client ID. Each project also has its own ID number. So, lets say you bought the “Gold Standard” bundle, which includes HD photos, aerial photos, and a 360° Virtual Walk-through. Your link bundle list in your email might look similar to this:
Download HD Photos: https://www.my360.work/ClientID/ProjectID/hdphotos.zip
Download Aerial Photos: https://www.my360.work/ClientID/ProjectID/aerialphotos.zip
Download 360° Tour (Self Hosted): https://www.my360.work/ClientID/ProjectID/vtourfiles.zip
Download 360° Tour (Remote Hosted): https://www.my360.work/ClientID/ProjectID/vtourembedcode.zip
Once you have received the email for the files, we will keep them on the server for thirty (30) days (with the exception of hosted tours, and they are left on the server for 365 days). We highly recommend you download your files and save them in a secure area, preferably with a second copy as a backup somewhere else. Once we delete the files, we will no longer have a copy, as the storage space for those large files adds up quickly.