Burning Man captured in 4K Ultra HD by DJI drones

Above video by videographer Angel Wing Airways utilized an Inspire 1 and a S900 with a Panasonic GH4 for video capture (see below for more info on both of these systems) of the Burning Man 2015 event.  Great piloting and video editing … catching beautiful day and night aerial shots from various locations around the massive desert area of the popular festival.

Burning Man Festival

Burning Man 2015 - Lady
Image: BLM Nevada  (CC BY 2.0)

Burning Man 2013
By Jennifer Morrow – Coyote Uploaded by clusternote, CC BY 2.0



Here’s a wild 2015 photo gallery from Ari Fararooy to playafy your Friday.

Posted by Burning Man on Friday, December 4, 2015



More about Burning Man (from Wikipedia). The annual event runs from the last Sunday in August to the first Monday in September.  The 2016 event is scheduled for August 28 – September 5.  The annual gathering that takes place at Black Rock City—a temporary community erected in the Black Rock Desert in Nevada. The event is described as an experiment in community and art, influenced by 10 main principles, including “radical” inclusion, self-reliance and self-expression, as well as community cooperation, gifting and decommodification, and leaving no trace. First held in 1986, it has grown to over 70,000 attending the 2015 event.

Burning Man aerial view
By Kyle Harmon – Burning Man Uploaded by PDTillman, CC BY 2.0

For ticket, dates, and more information on the event visit the Burning Man website.

Festival map location


Aerial Video Capture Systems

According to the videographer, two quadcopter rigs were used for video capture … an Inspire 1 and a S900 with a GH4 camera.

DJI Spreading Wings S900

DJI Spreading Wings S900
Image: DJI


  • Arms and landing gear are made of sturdy carbon fiber, greatly reducing weight while increasing stability and strength.
  • Arms that fold in to save space
  • Weighing just 3.3kg, the S900 has a maximum takeoff weight of 8.2kg. Used with a 6S 12000mAh battery, it can fly for up to 18 minutes (tested on a breezeless day with a payload of 6.8kg, hovering at a height of 2 meters).
  • Retractable landing gear and a special low gimbal mounting bracket gives an extremely wide range of possible shooting angles and camera motions.
  • Gimbal bracket is separated from the main frame by specifically designed dampers. This significantly reduces high-frequency vibrations and makes shots clearer and sharper
  • Each arm is designed with an 8° inversion and a 3° inclination, making the aircraft more stable when rolling and pitching, yet more flexible when rotating.

More information on the Spreading Wings S900 product page

DJI Inspire 1

DJI Inspire 1
Image: DJI


  • Carbon fiber arms that move out of the camera’s way at the flick of a switch giving a full 360⁰ unobstructed view.
  • New 13 inch quick release rotors that have been reinforced with new carbon fiber compound material to ensure excellent performance with increased stability.
  • Brushless motors integrated with curved magnets that fit flush around the edge of each motor. These magnets eliminate airflow gaps within the motor, greatly increasing efficiency.
  • Revolutionary Electronic Speed Controllers (ESC) with sinusoidal drive replaces the square wave drive of traditional ESCs.
  • A fully integrated intelligent battery powers the Inspire 1 and virtually manages itself.
  • As it flies, the position of the Inspire 1 is constantly updated and recorded using a high-strength, intelligent GLONASS + GPS system. This dual positioning system enables higher precision and quicker satellite acquisition.
  • Vision Positioning System that combines visual data and sonar waves in a single unit, detecting both variance in patterns on the ground and current altitude. With this information, the Inspire 1 can hover in place and automatically raise or lower its arms during liftoff or descending to the ground.
  • Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU) incorporates both a 6-axis gyroscope and an accelerometer to monitor miniscule changes in tilt and movement. This allows the aircraft to compensate and adjust immediately, holding its position at all times.
  • Compact camera shoots video at up to 4K p30 or 1080 p60 and takes crisp, clear 12 megapixel stills.
  • 3-axis gimbal constantly draws on data fed by the intelligent flight controller, so it knows the aircraft’s flight parameters and computes the proper motion correction every millisecond
  • Brushless motors that run the gimbal  operate at a high control speed of 120°/s for tilt and 180°/s for rotation. You can also control where the camera is pointing with over 360° of rotation and -90° to +30° of tilt, all within ±0.03° of accuracy.
  • Maximum flight time of approximately 18 minutes

The Verge takes a closer look at the Inspire 1.

More information on the Inspire 1 product page