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Parrot's 'Flight Director' automatically creates highlight videos from drone footage

Camera drones are capable of recording spectacular video but if you don't make the effort of editing your footage into shorter, more watchable, clips, your files might just be sitting in a folder of your hard drive, catching dust.

Drone maker Parrot has now added a new feature to its FreeFlight Pro app that is designed to help with that. The Flight Director function automatically edits your drone footage, using algorithms that study the drone's behavior and flight paths. You can pick a style (chronological, cinematic or trailer), select a pre-made theme and set a few other parameters.

The bad news is, the new feature is not free. You can create 15-second "best of" clips at no cost, but you'll have to purchase the premium version of the feature in-app to enjoy longer clips. You'll also need a Parrot Bebop 1, 2 or Power drone for the Flight director feature to work.

We've seen a similar approach from GoPro in the past, but the QuikStories app wasn't drone specific. But if you own a compatible drone and want to optimize your flying/editing time ratio, Parrot's Flight Director feature might well be worth a closer look.

The Freeflight Pro app is available for both Android and iOS.

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Alec
Alec

That's nothing. We need a bot that will watch all that drivel on youtube for us and auto-engage in heated arguments with trolls in the comments about the relative merits of this vs. next-year drone model yet to be announced, the legality of the flight in question, and the asininity of other bots posting "cool vid bro check out my mad bike wipeout vid".

5 months ago
Tequila MockingjayBird
Tequila MockingjayBird

meh...wake me up when the drone charges itself, goes on it's own flight, and publishes the feed to youtube and I get a Gold Play button.

5 months ago
G Sciorio

Auto highlight crash reel? Sweet!

5 months ago
SantaFeBill

While not in my lifetime (given my age), it seems that in the lifetimes of many reading here, all you will have to do is send your camera on vacation, and not go yourself.

Call me old-fashioned, but I can't see that as an improvement. Yes, you'll have photos from places you couldn't afford to visit, but you can do that now by searching and dl'ing from the Internet. But it feels more and more like the Matrix.

5 months ago
zakk9

It doesn't matter. Most drone footage sucks anyway, so nobody's going to watch it. Tri-X and my OM cameras look increasingly attractive.

5 months ago
Biowizard
Biowizard

Cameras (whether or not drone-mounted) that edit movies for you? Yet another abuse of the "AI" bandwagon! Perhaps I should write some software for your Mac or PC, that can watch the results, and "enjoy" it on your behalf, so you don't have to ...

Brian

5 months ago
Imager of
Imager of

You’re not supposed to fly these drones that close to people!

5 months ago
Shlomo Goldwasser

Parrot Bebop. Makes you wonder when Rocksteady and Shredder are coming to the party...

5 months ago