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How to Think about Solo’s Smart Shots: A complete video production unit

Smart Shots aren’t what you thought they were. They weren’t even what we thought they were. Our video production team has now spent over half a year living with and...

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Orbit: Get insane drone shots without going insane

You may have heard the popular myth that only the insane can draw a perfect circle by hand. Or that trying to do it will drive you insane. Or that...

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Drones and the NFL & Taiwan & the Moons of Jupiter & Firefighting & Russian Calligraphers & Literally Hundreds of Sharks

Question of the week The winning sensationalist headline from last week came through SUASNews (h/t Gary Mortimer): “Four planes have been involved in fatal near misses with drones at major British...

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Introducing Life After Gravity: An original sci-fi series from 3DR, shot entirely on Solo and GoPro

The industrial slabs of Hong Kong. A ceremonial center in the Mexican jungle. Science. Anti-science. Teleportation. Goons. Opposing forces. A menacing international space agency. A Type III alien civilization. An...

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Solo: All about Cable cam

Solo’s most compelling feature? Smart Shots. They go beyond just automatic copter control — something 3DR’s had years of experience in — to automate the entire process of capturing a smooth shot, including dynamic...

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Drones and the Kremlin & Robot Dogs & Space-X & Rwanda & A Rope Bridge & The Word “Papal”

Question of the week The discussion on last week’s blog was a particularly vibrant one. Thanks to all of you who contributed. The creation of reasonable drone privacy laws will become...

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The (Disputed!) Principles of Flight

Whatever you want to call them — drones, UAVs, sUAS, flying robots, flying cameras, quadcopters, quadrotors — they fly. So we figured some of you might want to know exactly what’s going on while...

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Solo Tips for New Users

We made Solo smart not only so it can do more, but also so you have to do less. “Less,” however, doesn’t mean “nothing.” Flying any drone can be tricky — and...

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Drones and Privacy Law and Dubai and Robotic Legs and Fashion Week and Pigeon Shoot Lawsuits

Question of the week This week Jerry Brown, governor of California, vetoed SB 142, a controversial drone privacy bill. First, thanks to those of you who stood with us in opposition...

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Announcing the 3DR Development Guide for Solo

We are very pleased to announce the launch of the official 3DR Development Guide for Solo. This is a huge first step in introducing developers to the 3DR platform and...