AirVuz News gives you a weekly update on what’s going on in the World of Drones.
Drone pilots wanting a more cinematic feel to their footage can now use an anamorphic lens on certain drones, thanks to a company called Moment. Launched last week with a Kickstarter campaign, the company unveiled Moment Air, a series of lenses compatible with the DJI Mavic 2 Pro and Zoom models of drones.
Moment had previously created anamorphic lenses for cell phones. The lenses create an ultra wide-angle view without losing compression in the video. Typically reserved for Hollywood, anamorphic filming is now available to the average drone pilot for a cost of $300 — or $200 for those who back the Kickstarter early. At the time of this filming, Moment had far surpassed its Kickstarter goal of $100,000 by raising nearly $400,000 since the campaign launched last week.
Commercial drone pilots in the United States should be excited about an announcement last week from drone software company Kittyhawk. The San Francisco-based company announced last week it has unveiled its newest version of the Low Altitude Authorization and Notification Capability system, otherwise known as LAANC.
Kittyhawk’s LAANC 2.0 now allows users to gain airspace authorization via desktop and Android apps. Previously, this capability was only available via iPhone. Additionally, more than 100 airports that were authorized for LAANC back in May are now available on the new Kitthawk app. Piliots can also request authorization for airspace that spans multiple airports.
A new episode of “Behind the Goggles” will debut later this week on AirVuz.com. I chatted with Australian drone pilot Nicole Merrick, known in the FPV community as Harley Queen FPV, about her journey as a drone pilot.
Our AirVuz team was flying drones at the Basilica Block Party in Minneapolis this weekend, capturing aerial footage of artists such as Jason Mraz, Kacey Musgraves and CHVRCHES. To see more aerial concert footage from around the world, be sure to check our collection of drone videos of music festivals and concerts.
And as always, we’re giving away $250 for our Drone Video of the Week Contest. That winner will be announced later this week. If you want a shot at winning money, all you need to do to enter is submit your drone video to AirVuz.com.