How To Take Cinematic Footage

Cinematic footage can look awesome and is easily obtainable with a drone. Here is an overview of everything you need to know to get those silky smooth cinematic shots with your drone.


There are things you can think about before taking off that will make a huge difference. Have a think about:

  • Weather
  • Time of day
  • What accessories may help
  • What shots you need

Click here for a more in depth look at planning.


As far as settings go, I recommend shooting in manual mode. This will give you the most control over your footage. I would recommend shooting with the follwoing settings:

  • Framerate – 24 fps
  • Shutter speed – 1/50 sec
  • ISO 100
  • Manual White balance

Click here for a more in depth look at Cinematic settings.

Drone Control

The thing that will have the biggest effect on your footage is how you fly. We recommend

  • Maintaining a smooth flight path and not changing direction
  • Make no jerky movements
  • Use smooth gimbal settings


The last thing to look at if the Editing. This is where is all comes together. There are plenty of things you can do make your footage better. Things we can do are:

  • Use the correct timeline setting (usually 24 fps)
  • Edit to some suitable music
  • Cut out any jerky footage
  • Colour grade


Here is a video to explain everything you need to know about shooting Cinematic footage with a drone. This video is based on the Mavic Mini, but will apply to any drone where you have control over the shutter speed.