You’ve all seen them. Videos produced via quadcopter that are smooth as glass with awesome music tracks that look ready for the big screen. Then you look at your latest video and it looks like you’re filming the apocalypse. Everything is shaking about, the jello is making you nauseous, and the whine from your motors is giving you a headache. So what’s the trick? Well, quite frankly the only way to get smooth as glass professional quality video is to spend some money on a larger quad and a good quality gimbal. Even with a gimbal though there’s no free lunch. Gimbals are expensive, add complexity to your quad, and shorten your flight times due to the added weight. There’s no denying they produce stellar video, but they’re not for everybody.
That doesn’t mean you’re completely out of luck though. It’s entirely possible to produce very decent quality video without a gimbal and without spending a ton of money. You will still have to spend SOME money, expecting to produce good quality video from a $40 micro quad with a low res camera is simply unrealistic, but if you’re willing to spend up to a larger (250-450 sized) quad and at least a halfway decent camera, you can produce some very decent video by following a few relatively simple guidelines: