Drone Tutorial Series – Alta

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  1. Topics Explained from Pilot’s, Gimbal Operator’s and Safety Officer’s perspectives.
  2. Showing heavy lifter drone, featuring Freefly Systems’ Alta.
  3. This Series can be applied to other heavy lifters (Octocopters, X8s or Hexacopters).
  4. 29 topics/subjects (Click to view tutorial list).
  5. Over 175 tutorials.
  6. Six hours of HD tutorials.
  7. Register up to 2 devices (PC/Mac or Mobile Devices) per account.

We have over 15 years in the feature film industry and we’ve learned a wealth of knowledge over the years. We’ve tested a whole array of film gear.

We’re never interested in film tools that can get the job done… but film tools that get the job done to the fullest.

The purpose of our training tutorial series is to prepare aerial cinematographers for the real and professional world. This series shows and teaches what gear we use, along with the “art of cinematography” techniques we have developed over the years.

Tutorial Samples:

1) Gimbal Build Overview

2) Lighting

3) Focuses of Spotting

Safety rules and regulations are our first priority in the aerial cinema industry. Many folks who fly don’t really seem to understand the risks and liabilities they are fully responsible for. We show and explain what techniques to follow through our safety rules and explain how to minimize the risks of crashes and other disasters.

This tutorial series will show you a lot of the technicalities behind aerial cinema. The purpose of this series is not to teach you how to fly. Our series focuses on how to combine the aerial and cinema industries together.

The Freefly System Alta drone is featured throughout this tutorial series. You will learn professional techniques on how to maximize the full potential of the FreeFly Alta.

We have our entire aerial cinematography team teach this training series.

Mike Gentilini, Jr. is our pilot and will handle all of the pilot aspects. Mike has been flying RC aircraft for over 12 years and comes from a filmmaking background.

James Suttles is our gimbal operator and has been directing and shooting films for over 15 years. James also teaches digital cinema at UNCSA.

Ryan Atkins is our right hand man, a.k.a. Safety Officer. Ryan has been working with VidMuze since day 1 and has a bachelors degree in broadcast media. Ryan provides training from a safety officer’s stand point.

To see our work in action, feel free to check out our website at

Check out our demo reel below.

Topics Included:

1. Introduction to Aerial Cinematography
2. Team Members’ Roles
A. Pre-Flight Checklist
B. Checking Batteries
C. Charging Batteries
D. Gimbal Operator
E. Safety Officer
3. Best Practices for Preparation
A. Preproduction
4. Regulations and Safety Rules
A. Safety First
B. Pilot in Command
C. Pre-Production
D. Flight Restrictions
E. Helpful Phone Apps
F. Company Rules
G. Scouting
H. Backup Day
I. Safety Meeting
J. Location Safety
K. All Eyes on Deck
L. Organized Team
M. Mind Your Surroundings
N. Recording Documents
5. Ship Overview – Alta
A. Component Overview
B. FPV Camera Overview
C. LiPo Batteries Overview
D. Safety Systems Overview
6. Ship Component Optimization – Alta
A. Alta vs. Other RTF Systems
B. First Impressions of the Alta
C. Importance of FPV Camera
D. Video Transmitters & DVRs
E. Importance of Dual Receivers
F. Orientation Lights
G. Vibration Dampeners & Battery Straps
H. Maintaining the Alta
7. Radio Control Configurations
A. Futaba vs. Other Radios
B. Platform Profiles
C. System Frequencies
D. Radio Batteries & Labels
E. Radio Antenna
F. Variable Rates with Sliders
G. Checking Telemetry
H. Radio Trays
I. Timer Tip
8. Charging LiPos
A. LiPo Overview
B. Voltage & Storage Mode:
C. Storing LiPos
D. What Charger to Use
E. How to Charge a LiPo
F. Understanding Paraboards
G. Chargers with AC & DC Power
H. Fast or Slow Balance Charging
I. The Don’ts on Paraboards
J. Redundancy
K. Utilizing LiPos
L. Battery Charge Indicators
M. Battery Logging
N. Voltage Alarms & Meters
O. Fire Safety
P. Traveling with LiPos
Q. DJI Inspire Batteries
9. Soldering Custom Cables and Connectors
A. Soldering Tools
B. Soldering custom cables
C. Soldering EC5 Connectors
D. Soldering XT60 Connectors
E. Soldering Deans Connectors
F. Soldering JST Connectors
10. Synaps Software Overview
A. Monitor Settings
B. Check List
C. Alta Presets
D. Aircraft Dynamics
E. Customizing LEDs
F. Channel Mapping
H. Safety Settings
I. Compass &b WiFi
11. OSD Telemetry Overview
A. What is an OSD?
B. Video Mode Settings
C. Height OSD
D. Vario OSD
E. Heading OSD
F. Distance OSD
G. Groundspeed OSD
H. Voltage OSD
I. Timer OSD
J. GPS & GPS Accuracy OSD
K. Longitude & Latitude OSD
L. Artificial Horizon OSD
M. Compass Arrow OSD
N. Vario Bars OSD
O. Sky & Ground Brightness
P. Using Telemetry
12. Fail Safe Options – Alta
A. Intro to Failsafes
B. Range Limiter Failsafe
C. Radio Signal Loss Failsafe
D. Battery Depletion Failsafe
E. Radio Vibration Alarm
F. Arm/Disarm Sequence
G. Developing Your Own Failsafes
13. MoVi Build
A. Gimbal Build Overview
B. Components
C. Basic CG & Tilt Balance
D. Roll Balance & Final Build
E. Yaw Balance
F. MoVi Software
G. Final Prep
14. MoVi Camera Setups 1
A. Gimbal Optimization Overview
B. Black Magic Movi Setup
C. Choosing Cables
D. Start/Stop Cables
E. Video Transmitter Placement
F. Movi Setup Batteries
G. Camera Battery – Black Magic
H. Ensuring CG & Stability
I. Power Efficiency & Switches
J. Movi Radio Setups
15. MoVi Camera Setups 2
A. RED Movi Setup
B. Weight Considerations
C. Movi WiFi Module
D. Other Camera Movi Setups
E. Taping Lenses & Filters
F. Adding Weight to Light DSLRs
G. Photo Shutter Cable
16. Gear That VidMuze Uses
A. Ships We Use
B. Gimbals We Use
C. Batteries We Use
D. Charger We Use
E. FPV System We Use
F. Radios We Use
G. HD Downlinking System We Use
H. HD Monitor We Use
I. Radio Trays We Use
J. Follow Focus We Use
K. Choose Your Own Gear
17. General Overview of Camera Systems
A. Cameras In General
18. HD Downlinking
A. SD vs HD
B. Importance of HD Monitors
C. Antenna Placement
D. Teradek vs Connex
19. Monitors vs. Goggles
A. Comparing the Systems
20. Camera Settings Part #1
A. The Importance of Cinematography
B. Resolution
C. A Note About the DJI X5R
D. Data Rate
E. Codecs
F. Selecting the Right Camera
G. Intro to Camera Settings
I. Shutter Speed
J. Framerate
K. Aperture
21. Camera Settings Part #2
A. Using Lenses & Filters
B. ND Filters
C. Polarizing Filters
D. Other Filters
E. Lens Options for Various Systems
F. Choosing the Right Lens for the Project
G. Becoming an Aerial Cinematographer
22. Advanced Camera Settings for Image Manipulation
A. Applied Camera Settings
B. Using Depth of Field
C. Color Profiles, RAW & LUTs
D. Using Shutter Speed
E. Using Camera Settings Artistically
23. Cinematic Camera Movement #1 – The Art of Flying
A. The Art of Flying
B. Lighting
C. Lens Choice
D. Composition
E. Camera & Ship Blocking
F. Execution of Shots
G. Improvement Through Practice
24. Cinematic Camera Movement #2 – Advanced
A. Foundations of Cinematic Aerials
B. Lighting
C. Lens Choice
D. Ship Blocking & Camera Movement
25. Working with the Director and or DP – Gimbal Op is the buffer
A. The Chain of Communication
B. Reviewing the Shot List
C. Communication is Key
26. Assessing the Location – When on set
A. Scouting
B. Shooting in Public
C. Assessing the Airspace
D. Being a Second Set of Eyes
27. Public Relations
A. Public Relations
B. Running Interference
C. Answering Questions
D. Reflecting a Positive Image
28. Caring For Gear
A. Caring for the Ship
B. On-Location Transport
C. Caring for the Gimbal
D. Caring for Batteries
E. Keeping Gear Cool
F. General Care
G. Babysitting
29. Assisting the Pilot and Spotting
A. Assisting the Team
B. Communicating With the Pilot
C. Communication of Spotting
D. Focuses of Spotting
E. Working With Talent


3 reviews for Drone Tutorial Series – Alta

  1. John (verified owner)

    I’ve been in the RC business for over 30 years, and I still learned a lot. Bravo!

  2. Ari (verified owner)

    Working with VidMuze was a great experience. The course was very informative. They are experts in camera movement, a pleasure to work with, and Mike is one of the most experienced Drone Pilots I’ve ever met. I Look forward to working with them again.

  3. Rob (Atomic Aerial)

    I purchased the very first aerial cinematography series that VIDMUZE produced and it was excellent. This series is even better! Thank you VIDMUZE!

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