See the Latest Drone Video of the Week Winner

A Mexican drone pilot used six different drones over a five-year span to create a winning drone video.

Tarsicio Sañudo won the weekly AirVūz Drone Video of the Week contest (and the $1,000 prize) with his video “MEXICO A TRIP OF 5 YEARS.” The aerial compilation features more than 30 different locations throughout Mexico and showcases the country’s coastlines, festivals, skylines and natural wonders. Sañudo used six different DJI drones — the Phantom 1, Phantom 2, F450, Inspire 1, Mavic Pro and Phantom 4 Pro — to capture his winning film.

AirVūz.com, the world’s leading drone video and photography sharing platform, launched the “Drone Video of the Week” contest in which one content creator will be chosen for the weekly USD$1,000 prize. All drone videos uploaded to AirVuz.com are eligible to win. The contest began April 2.

The winning video received the most votes in a public poll and beat out four other finalists: “The 10 Most Beautiful Places to Visit in Sri Lanka,” “Mystic Iceland,” “My First Year of Filmmaking” and “EPIC Lofoten Islands in Winter.” Finalists were chosen based on a variety of factors, including quality of footage, originality, music selection and editing techniques.

First Drone Video of the Week Winner Announced

One drone pilot is now $1,000 richer after winning a new video contest.

Noel Thomas of New Jersey won the inaugural AirVūz Drone Video of the Week contest with his video titled “Dreamscapes 4K,” which included aerial footage of locations all over the world — from New York to South Korea. The video features shots of skylines, waterside locales, bridges, unique hiking locations and more.

AirVūz.com, the world’s leading drone video and photography sharing platform, launched the “Drone Video of the Week” contest in which one content creator will be chosen for the weekly USD$1,000 prize. All drone videos uploaded to AirVuz.com are eligible to win. The contest began April 2.

The winning video beat out four other finalists: “4K Iceland Drone Adventure,” “Exploring the Galapagos in 4K,” “Drone Video Reel” and “24 HRS.” Finalists were chosen based on a variety of factors, including quality of footage, originality, music selection and editing techniques.

The AirVūz curation staff selected the five finalists from more than 1,000 videos uploaded to Airvuz.com during the week of April 2. Videos considered for the contest were uploaded between April 2 and April 8.

The contest continues for a second week, with another USD$1,000 up for grabs for drone pilots from all over the world. This week’s contest runs from April 9 through 11:59 p.m. CT on April 15.

The Drone Video of the Week contest follows the success of the inaugural AirVūz Drone Video Awards, which selected the best drone videos and photos of 2017. Voters chose winners in 13 categories from a total of more than 33,000 videos.

Drone Video Awards analysis: This is Yunnan by Face du Monde

As we look more in-depth at the winners of the 2017 Drone Video Awards, we now move to the “People” category. While all of the finalists were great, “This Is Yunnan” by Face du Monde came away with the win in that category.

The concept of having people in a drone video is one we here at AirVūz preach to content creators looking to make their videos stand out. Showcasing a beautiful landscape is one thing. But adding a human element to the video — either to show the scale of the aforementioned landscape or to simply vary your footage — can go a long way.

That’s exactly what Face du Monde did in this great video. The film focuses on the Yunnan province of China, a region in the southwest of the country that is filled with mountains, rice terraces and lakes. While the landscape of Yunnan is featured prominently in the video, so too are its people.

One of the reasons “This is Yunnan” was so successful — and why it won the People category — is the variety of footage. Of course there is drone footage used throughout the video, but there are also hyperlapses as well as close-up shots of a variety of people. The music choice also perfectly fits the mood of the video, which is always an important element.

The general feeling of this video is that the drone footage compliments the rest of the ground footage, not the other way around. Consider that next time you’re looking to do something to make your drone video stand out.

Stay tuned for more analysis of the rest of the winners of the Drone Video Awards.

Finalists Selected for $1,000 Weekly Drone Video Contest

More than one thousand drone videos have been narrowed down to five finalists in the inaugural AirVūz Drone Video of the Week contest. Now $1,000 is up for grabs.

AirVūz launched the “Drone Video of the Week” contest in which one content creator will be chosen for the weekly USD$1,000 prize. All drone videos uploaded to AirVuz.com are eligible to win. The contest began April 2.

Here are the five finalists in this week’s contest, as chosen by the AirVūz staff:

Voting is now open to the public. Votes can be cast for 48 hours, until the end of the day on Wednesday. Limit one vote per person per day.

The contest continues again this week. Content creators have until 11:59 p.m. CT on Sunday to upload their videos to AirVuz.com to be eligible for this week’s $1,000 prize.

The Drone Video of the Week contest follows the success of the inaugural AirVūz Drone Video Awards, which selected the best drone videos and photos of 2017. Voters chose winners in 13 categories from a total of more than 33,000 videos.

Drone Video Awards analysis: Perspective by Jay Worsley

We continue to look at the winning videos from the recent Drone Video Awards. First, we examined what made “Moscow Aerial 5K,” the winner of the Drone Video of the Year, so successful. We also talked about the FPV Video of the Year, “NURK’s Flight of the Year.”

With the two big winners already wrapped up, let’s move on to each of the category winners. Starting things off is the winning submission in the “Landscape” category. The winner there was “Perspective” by filmmaker and drone pilot Jay Worlsey.  Jay’s film beat out four others in the category that included footage of lots of amazing landscapes from all over the world.

So what made “Perspective” stand out as the winner? For starters, the subject matter was epic. Jay found tons of great locations that included plenty of textures and patterns that made for eye-catching footage. Of course, the footage itself was also high-quality video; as a filmmaker, Worsley uses top-of-the-line equipment, including his drone.

Additionally, the music in “Perspective” ties the whole film together nicely. It’s a serene song that matches up with the footage the viewer is seeing. On top of that, Jay edits the video cuts to line up with the music. That’s a simple but often overlooked skill that any pilot/video editor can do to enhance his or her drone video.

Perhaps more than anything, though, “Perspective” transports the viewer to a far-away location. You feel like you’re soaring through the mountains or over the forests as you watch the footage.

The Drone Video Awards isn’t the only acclaim this video has received. It was also nominated for the 2017 New York City Drone Film Festival. Worsley was also featured on the AirVūz original program “The Drone Dish,” where he talks more about the making of his film “Perspective.”

To see more of Jay Worlsey’s videos, follow him on his AirVūz profile or on Instagram.