Skydio presents KeyFrame autonomous drone cinematography for filmmakers


Autonomous drones equipped with Skydio’s AI are expected to get even better with the release of a new feature today: Skydio KeyFrame. This skill allows Skydio 2 and Skydio 2+ drone users to design and capture smooth and complex cinematic shots with just a few clicks. And the results speak for themselves.

Skydio drones are above all a question of autonomy. With phenomenal obstacle avoidance and tracking capabilities, the Skydio 2 boasts a legion of fans, many of whom are content creators and action sports enthusiasts. But the American drone maker has yet to quite get on the radar of creative storytellers and narrative filmmakers. This is changing today.

Skydio KeyFrame: The New AI Drone Skill Explained

In the world of cinema, a keyframe is a shot or location on a timeline that defines the starting and ending points of any smooth transition.

Likewise, with the new KeyFrame feature, you choose the transition points when creating a shot, and Skydio Autonomy creates a continuous and fluid camera path between them.

Here is a short video that shows the KeyFrame selection on the Skydio 2 app:

Once the KeyFrames are defined, you can play, forward or rewind them as many times as you want at the speed of your choice. The end result is smooth, precise, and repeatable camera movement.

Take a look at the resulting shot from the KeyFrame selection above:

It’s worth pointing out that while KeyFrame is a feature that the US drone maker announced alongside the new Skydio 2+ aircraft with improved transmission range, the skill would also be available for the original Skydio 2.

In announcing the Skydio KeyFrame, the company was quick to point out that manual drones are difficult to fly, easy to crash, and unusable in environments with high GPS or compass interference, making it nearly impossible even for a pilot. expert, to create dynamic, fluid, and creative shots in complex environments.

But Skydio KeyFrame makes Hollywood-quality cinematography available anywhere, anytime.

“One of the main things that sets professional productions apart is the movement of the camera. With the help of cranes, booms, and great production teams, Hollywood productions do some really unique and interesting things. In the hands of an expert pilot, drone images can be very cinematic, ”emphasizes Adam Bry, CEO of Skydio. “KeyFrame makes this ability accessible to a new wave of creators. “

Indeed, one of the most impressive things about Skydio KeyFrame is that it allows you to capture complicated shots that are either outside your skill set or that would have required multiple takes to get them properly. With this AI feature, you not only get the specific camera movement you want, but also the ability to change keyframes and get the exact results you desire.

That said, filmmakers also care about image quality. And while the 4K 60fps video from Skydio 2 and 2+ would be enough for most, we really hope to see Skydio 3 features like a larger sensor, ProRes, and a log that would give creators more room to color their shots. view.

In the meantime, here are some examples of additional videos that would make you want to try Skydio KeyFrame ASAP.

Examples of Skydio KeyFrame videos

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