SMG at Commercial UAV Expo 2020

Today Commercial UAV Expo 2020 launched with the “Outdoor” Virtual Demonstrations.  Fortunately, it’s a lot warmer than last year, sitting comfortably at our desks!

Registration is still open, the exhibit hall is FREE to all attendees, as is the keynote sessions.  If you haven’t already registered, be sure to do so and check out what’s happening within the drone industry.  The keynote sessions are stacked and the rest of the sessions offered are deep with some heavy hitters from the industry.  Check out the full list of speakers here.

Back to the Virtual Drone Demonstrations; what a wonderful way to start the show!  We started off with Iris Automation and a detailed discussion of their onboard detect-and-avoid for BVLOS drone flight.  Very impressive how they are managing BLVOS operations.

Next up was a demonstration from Doosan and their hydrogen fuel cell long-endurance drone.  With the two hour flight time, they are BVLOS ready and better economics.

Anchoring the first section of Drone Demonstrations today was our very own, Douglas Spotted Eagle, showcasing the Sundance Media Group Night UAV CSI workflow.

Douglas took the time to walk the audience through best-practices on capturing a night forensic scene by drone. He includes a brief overview of the equipment used (links below) as well as access to the Pix4D model generated.

Find the full session on our Vimeo Page here.

 

If you have any questions, please email us at requests@sundancemediagroup.com. 

And if you’re interested, check out last year’s CommUAV Night UAV CSI event video here,  which includes interview with local law enforcement.  (It was quite COLD out there!)

Finally, here is a list of the equipment we used:

Autel EVO II Series: auteldrones.com/pages/evo-ii-pro-detail
DTResearch GNSS Tablet: dtresearch.com/en/Gnss-Tablets/DT301X-TR.html
FoxFury Lighting: foxfury.com/
Hoodman Accessories: hoodmanusa.com/Drones-Phones-Tablets-s/127.htm
Pix4D Software: pix4d.com/

And find the full project here for you to work with:
cloud.pix4d.com/dataset/701216/map?shareToken=a9c1cdc4-dad3-4b49-b51a-df8239135811

 

Thank you to our partners for helping us keep sharing information within the drone industry:

 

Luminar 4 Review (Guest Blog)

This guest blog from   is a review of Luminar 4 showcasing how Skylum’s latest version has improved upon editing RAW images.

In the photo editing world, Photoshop and Lightroom are widely viewed as the industry standards for a long time. But these years new challengers are joining the game hoping to compete in a market that Adobe used to dominate. One of them is Skylum Luminar, a great RAW editor that offers a one-time payment at an affordable price so that photographers can avoid the subscription lock-in found in Adobe and many other popular image editing programs. SoftwareHow reviewed both the old version of Luminar (e.g. Luminar 3) and the newest version (e.g. Luminar 4), let’s see how many improvements they have made to the program and what interesting features the new version has to offer. Read more in this detailed review to find out: https://www.softwarehow.com/luminar-review/

 

 

 

 

 

By | June 29th, 2020|Photography, Post-Production|Comments Off on Luminar 4 Review (Guest Blog)

Sundance Media Group’s newest educational tool – Podcasts!

Every year, Sundance Media Group sits with it’s employees and takes a moment to debrief the past year.  What’s worked, what challenges we’ve faced, and what we’d like to see implemented in the days/months/years to come.  Given the amazing team we have, it should be no surprise that the team wanted to find even more ways available to them to share our expertise with the public.    Thus was born the idea of an SMG Podcast.

I am grateful to Brady and Douglas for taking the reins on this new endeavour, their excitement to breathe life into the concept and put their experiences with Podcasting to work is motivating!

First we had to decide on a venue for hosting Podcasts.  As a team, we agreed that to take our extra office space and set it up as our Podcast studio; ready to roll at a drop of a hat. 

After a hectic first two quarters of tradeshows, travelling, and training, the Las Vegas team came together for our introduction Podcast, but we officially launched this new channel on May 21st and we haven’t looked back.

So why do YOU care?  Well, we’re a different type of Podcast, we’re affectionately calling them “Podbites” or “Pod-snacks”as we aim to keep our content short, sweet, and to the point.  We know just how busy you are in the field and our goal is to share bits of information with our audience in segments of 5-10 minutes and for subjects that may take more time, we’ll break it into multiple sections so that it is easier to digest.

Drop by our Youtube channel and subscribe to keep current with us, or find our playlist and simple let it run through the episodes available.  We have a lot of great content on Youtube available including product reviews, tips and tricks, and our LIVE From playlist where you might have a snippet from us in the field, in the office, or at a tradeshow showcasing something new from the industry.  Be sure to check them all out and welcome to more insights from the SMG team.

Of course, we expect to hear from you too!  Drop us a note and let us know if you have any topics that you would like us to zero in on for future Podcasts.

 

By | July 2nd, 2019|Audio, Post-Production, Production, sUAS, Technology, Training, Video|Comments Off on Sundance Media Group’s newest educational tool – Podcasts!