Music For Drone Videos

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Whether sweeping over dramatic landscapes or following a high-speed chase, drones can capture it all. These tips for shooting aerial footage and selecting background music will make your aerial videos soar above the rest. And for inspiration, we’ve chosen the best examples of shooting with drone cameras, from a dizzying look at the city to documentary and exhilarating extreme sports.

The Best Drone Video Music

There are plenty of different types of productions you may want to use a drone for. This means you need a soundtrack tailored to a specific mood, style or genre. Here we list a few of the go-tos and some of our best tracks. 

Our favourite drone tracks:

'Particly Zephyr' by Philip Sheppard – this is exhilarating and dynamic, featuring majestic strings.

'Beyond the Stars' by David Edward Holden – for a track that builds and soars, look no further than the aptly-titled 'Beyond the Stars'. It’s got a pulsating, hypnotic underscore that will keep your viewer hooked.

'Endless Day' by John Ashton Thomas – looking for something delicate and inspirational, perhaps for landscape shots? 'Endless Day' features twinkling piano, harp and strings.

'Summit' by Richard LacyBarrie GleddenRichard Kimmings – need to create some drama? Summit builds into an epic rock wall of sound.

Music for Drone Footage

When it comes to finding your soundtrack for aerial footage, there’s plenty to consider. We want to make the process of choosing music as straightforward as possible, by providing you with tips, advice, and inspiration on some ideal tracks.

Once you’ve nailed your aerial footage, finding the right background music for drone videos helps to create and enhance the atmosphere – and set the pace.

Background Music for Drone Video

What part do you want the music to play in your video? You can use music to really drive action, and create excitement for dynamic, fast-cut footage. However, if your drone video is more functional, or you don’t want the music taking centre stage, you’ll be looking for a more subtle or mellow soundtrack - think generic brand videos or tutorials, simple mood shots in between your production’s main action or a more ambient landscape shot. Here, you want your music to accompany the visuals, but not to overpower them, and we’ve got exactly what you need. From ambient soundscapes to gentle wind chimes, this selection of tracks will lift your production’s quality.

Or choose your tracks by mood:

Graceful

Graceful shots of dreamy landscapes need the music to match. Go for an uplifting soundscape or a blissful groove, or include a celestial choir.

Action

When you need music for action-packed drone sequences, such as sport footage, choose from blockbusting hip hop/orchestral fusions, urban metal, indie rock and more.

Suspense

To build suspense or tension, look to brooding beds with ticking clocks or perhaps moody film noir, or dark, mysterious synths.

Epic Discovery

To create a feel of epic discovery to match awe-inspiring drone footage, look to heroic orchestral pieces with a Hollywood feel, euphoric pop or soaring, anthemic indie rock.

Tutorial

For tutorials, choose tracks that are going to provide a good, neutral background, so as not to distract your viewer from the information you’re giving them. Try a thoughtful piano mood, something ambient, or a low-fi track with guitars.

The best drone videos

You can use aerial footage for a huge variety of categories – from action to nature and relaxation, it can give you access to otherwise unfilmable shots and give your viewer an entirely different perspective.

For a dizzying look at the city, plunge off skyscrapers and go on a death-defying car chase with professional drone pilot Steele Davis.

 Drones can be used for documentary films – it’s particularly useful when you can use them to film from a safe distance, such as this #NoDAPL footage, where campaigners are also utilising drones to monitor pipeline construction sites – it’s part documentation and part surveillance.

If you watched Chernobyl and were intrigued by what the abandoned city of Pripyat looks like now, then check out Danny Cook’s Postcards from Pripyat, which features stunning, eerie drone footage in a unique look at a place few will be able to visit. 

Want to relax whilst looking at nature from on high? Check out the seven-hour Earth from Above film and soar over the world’s most breathtaking natural paradises – they’ve paired the footage with ambient music so that the music and the scenery flow together harmoniously.

Stunning landscapes and nature also feature in this beautiful piece, A Different Perspective, by Marcus Moller.

Drones are great for filming extreme sports – such as the thrill of skiing off roofs, then whizzing off through town in order to secure your morning baguette, in this award-winning spot for Red Bull.

If you’re looking for more inspiration, then there are a variety of drone festivals springing up, from the New York City Drone Film Festival to Japan’s Semboku International Drone Film Festival and Australia’s Blue2Blue.

Top Tips for creating amazing aerial video

Ready to start filming your own drone footage? Here are the top tips for beginners.

Pre-plan and visualise

Scout your location before you start filming so that you know what the limitations are – and it’ll also help you to optimise your drone’s battery life.

Avoid filming on windy days

Most drones can fly in winds up to 35mph, but your footage will probably be quite shaky – most experts avoid filming if the winds are over 20mph.

Shoot during golden hour

Aerial footage is at its best during ‘golden hour’ – just before sunset or just after dawn. The shadows are more dramatic, bringing out the details, and the colours are ethereal.

Use gradual movements

Accelerate and decelerate slowly to avoid shaking the camera. Plus, slower footage is more cinematic and subconsciously increases the production values for the viewer.

Adjust your frame rate

The pros know that 30 frames per second will make your shots look like reality TV, whereas adjusting it to 24 frames per second gives it that epic Hollywood feel. Shooting in 4k will capture every detail – and for action shots, go for 1080p at 60 or even 120 frames per second, so that you can slow down the footage later.

Use two axes of movement

Big-budget film shots often use two axes of movement at the same time – experiment with flying backwards and downwards at the same time.

For more music for drone videos, check out Audio Network’s catalogue of over 175,000 tracks, which are licensed for global useage.

This post was originally published 14/06/2017 and updated on 13/03/2020

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