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How many batteries do you use on a video?
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GoldenSun
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We have so many great cinematographers and wonderful videos here on the forums, which makes me wonder - How many batteries do you usually use up to edit a single video?
Do you plan your shots and make multiple takes?

Obviously long videos take more recording time, but I'm asking about the typical 3-5 minute video.

Please share in the comments also which bird you use with how many batteries!





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2018-4-22
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QuadKid
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I average 2 batteries for a 2-4 minute video depending on subject content, flying conditions ect... lots of variables determine how many batteries you need.
2018-4-22
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Flybee
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Can only agree with QuadKid here, some times I even go back to get the "missed" part on a location (If it's around the corner).
Luckily there are no restrictions on it :-)
2018-4-22
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hallmark007
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As many as it takes, sometimes only 50% of battery sometimes 5.
2018-4-22
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SparksBird
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Sometimes just a single battery or sometimes three.  Really depends on what I am trying to get and the length of each clip.  But usually I find that number is 2.  
2018-4-22
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Mountaindrone
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it's depends,
as Sparkbird, sometimes 2 or 3 batteries
I have 7 batteries
2018-4-22
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Woe
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Typically one. But as others stated depends on the subject matter and if it’s for work or play.
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GoldenSun
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hallmark007 Posted at 2018-4-22 06:38
As many as it takes, sometimes only 50% of battery sometimes 5.

And typically?
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hallmark007
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I’m not to sure how other people shoot video, but when I’m shooting I tend to turn on camera from the get go and don’t turn off until I land.
I also find if I have extra batteries and I have travelled a distance to location to try at least 2 takes and use up batteries taking extra footage, with MavAir I have 5 batteries Mavic Pro I have 5 and p4p I have 7 spark I have 6, so if I’m shooting I use all I have with me,
2018-4-22
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A CW
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Taking today as an example - I flew three batteries on my MPP and took 38 minutes of footage yet to be edited. I'd normally keep about 5 minutes of that and bin the rest. Editing videos is not my thing though LOL
2018-4-22
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Bekaru MP UAV
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if it is apparent then forgive me for stating the obvious: i have yet to reach the level of planning my videos. My method is to fly my 4 batteries each session - during that time i record what ever looks interesting and sometimes try to practice pans and other techniques.
Then i review the clips and try find some music that i think i can listen to a gazillion times over and over again and then i try to find video clips that kinda meet the music.
i got a long way to go so this may be a good example of how 'not to do it' :-)
2018-4-22
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A CW
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I agree Bekaru - music really does make all the difference when it comes to vid’s
2018-4-22
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M2Wair
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Previous flights no clear plan and exhaust batteries as and when, we generally go from location to location, changing areas frequently looking for different angles of approach.  So a battery for each drone on each location.

Starting to plan flights more methodically now, for specific reasons.
2018-4-23
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Hestia
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I usually use all of my 3 batteries to be sure I have all the possible clips to make the final video

Sometimes less, it really depends on what I ma filming and if it's planned or not!
2018-4-23
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Kevin Halle
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It just depends on what I'm shooting. I'm not always taking videos as I tend to take more stills than video.
2018-4-23
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alex_markov
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It depends, majority of my clips are one battery, but there some combined of 2 to 3 ( I do not recall any clip which took more than 3 )
2018-4-23
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GoldenSun
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M2Wair Posted at 2018-4-23 03:28
Previous flights no clear plan and exhaust batteries as and when, we generally go from location to location, changing areas frequently looking for different angles of approach.  So a battery for each drone on each location.

Starting to plan flights more methodically now, for specific reasons.

How many batteries do you have?
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GoldenSun Posted at 2018-4-23 07:12
How many batteries do you have?

4 for each Aircraft, but more coming. Never have enough batteries
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GoldenSun
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M2Wair Posted at 2018-4-23 07:15
4 for each Aircraft, but more coming. Never have enough batteries

Yeah, I know something about that... ;)
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GoldenSun Posted at 2018-4-23 07:15
Yeah, I know something about that... ;)

Yeah there is nothing worse than exhausting all batteries and having to go charge them up again.
2018-4-23
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M2Wair Posted at 2018-4-23 07:17
Yeah there is nothing worse than exhausting all batteries and having to go charge them up again.

When the perfect lighting comes and you've just used up all you battery...
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GoldenSun Posted at 2018-4-23 07:43
When the perfect lighting comes and you've just used up all you battery...

I know right, you finish shooting and a wonderful sunset appears and you are all out of batteries.
2018-4-23
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3-D
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I'm flying the Mavic Air.  I usually use 2 full batteries, and then a fraction of the 3rd.  I'm new to the editing portion, so I tend to end up with duplicate video shots, but i've learned that having more is better than not having enough.  I have planned my shoots, and i typically know what i want to get and have a good idea of how i want it to flow.

I have 3 batteries.  I'm planning to order a 4th.  as long as i'm near my car, i can get about 1.5 hours of flight time before i have to break.  and like GoldenSun and M2WAir said, that's normally about the time the perfect lighting comes up and i miss it because i'm in the middle of a charge cycle
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GDL
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It's quite depend on what you want to shoot. Normally I plan how to film before. But sure will use up all batteries try to make it better. I got 4 batteries for Air. If things going well I will try to save one or two batteries. In case see something better later. Will use up all battery before leaving for sure.
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