Drone Upgrade by Stark Industries

David Terrazas drone equipment

It was day 10, of the Corona Virus, stay home recommendation with only essential businesses to remain open.Since drone work is non essential for the most part, I am staying home with the rest of my family.  My wife was/is working remotely, downstairs in her new living room/cubicle…she is very busy, as her job requires it, especially at this time.  My only child at home, is a sophomore from college and is self isolated in her room with online classes.  So I am left with the dogs and the cat,  as my new best friends and a lot of time on my hands.

I started thinking of what to do with this extra time.  I knew better than to complain to my wife, that I was bored..I would a long Honey Do List in a matter of minutes.  I thought about all of cool things, that I always wanted to create on the computer but would use the excuse of not having enough time.  Well…no excuses now!

I have literally, hours of drone footage stored on multiple hard drives.  I recently purchased a very large plugin package from Red Giant, called Red Giant Complete and access to all of Adobe’s creative tools.  So, I got my “assets” in gear and away I go…

So I decided to give my DJI Mavic Pro drone a Stark Industries (Iron Man) upgrade. I took some footage that I capture back in 2018, of Genesee street in Downtown Utica, NY.  This was from a featured video I was doing about downtown Utica.  In this clip,   I flew almost straight down the main boulevard, at about 300 ft AGL (Above Ground Level).  In a drone, at that height, it is not very action packed.


Well, I could not have any of that… for this UPGRADE animation!  I imported in a jet fighter cockpit image, as an overlay on top of the video.

It looked cool but it just wasn’t quite Tony Stark material.  I needed more excitement in this animation beside a just a cool overlay. I added several techno/computer screen instrument panel animation, a HUD targeting animation and some HUD information text across the cockpit window. I also added a few sound tracks as background noise.  Then, I threw in some Adobe After Effect animation techniques to speed things up a little, added a few banking maneuvers and 5 hours later,  it was finished.

[Final Animation Video]