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About drone and aerial videos

Drone videos and aerial footage have long been a staple of the stock footage world, but as technology continues to advance, the speed, agility, and stabilization of modern drone videos takes footage to new heights. From soaring aerials of skyscrapers at night to vast natural landscapes to high-speed footage unlike any you’ve ever seen, videos captured from helicopters, planes, and drones stand out high above the rest. Shutterstock makes searching for aerial and drone videos easy. Need to search for night time city skyscrapers? Search for exactly what you need. Find millions of clips, including aerial shots of major cities like New York, Paris, London, and Dubai. Discover drone videos of sandy beaches, aerials of snow covered mountaintops, and soar about the forest. Use advanced filters to narrow your results based on length, frame rate, contributor and more.

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Using drone videos as establishing shots

  • Opening shots or transitions between locations often turn to the use of aerial footage to help an audience move from one location to another.
  • Aerials quickly help establish locations by providing a wide shot of an area, showing off a vast bustling downtown or the quiet escape of an oasis or beach.
  • These aerials are often paired with another shot further establishing a location, like a coffee shop in a big city, or a nice resort with footage of a beach. Shutterstock establishing shot aerials have been used in countless projects, from major motion pictures to international commercial campaigns.
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