DJI Mavic Pro Drone Test Flight Around Annecy, France

This week I purchased a DJI Mavic Pro drone with the intention of capturing some of the beautiful scenery in and around Annecy, France. I’ll also be in Cannesin May for the Film Festival, so I want to get some footage of that area as well. I took the drone down to the lake in Annecy for an introductory flight.

The Mavic Pro is easy to fly right out of the box

The Mavic Pro combines the flexibility and complexity of an aerial photography system that suits the needs of someone who shoots a lot of video, while being very easy to sue right out of the box.

It only took me a few minutes to get it setup and calibrated before taking a tour around the lake.

Note that I didn’t adjust any of the settings, this is the default video format. I didn’t grade the footage, just cut together a few clips and threw some music at it.

I’m planning to visit some more scenic areas in the coming weeks. Tomorrow I’m hiking up into the hills you can see on the far side of the lake in this video – Mont Veyrier.

Drone Flying Restrictions in France

With the explosion in hobbyist drone ownership, there are growing risks being posed to commercial flight operations, as well as concerns to do with privacy and personal safety. There are a number of maps available online that offer information on no-fly zones and restricted airspace. This map was a useful guide for me to where I could fly in France.

Other News

It’s been a while since I’ve posted news. I spent Christmas in Wales (and checked out the Doctor Who Experience before it closed), a weekend in Paris with Furiial at the Beatbox Champs, and a few days in Switzerland filming with Contact Juggler Joseph Viatte.

I’ll be posting videos of those experiences, and my Joseph Viatte documentary, in the coming weeks. Stay tuned!