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Aerial Footage

What is Aerial Footage?

Aerial footage is simply footage collected from the air. Up until a couple of years ago, the most common way to collect aerial footage was with a helicopter. Today, most aerial footage is filmed with a drone operated from the ground.

How much does Aerial Footage cost?

The price can vary depending on two scenarios:

  • Do you want already filmed footage, and can buy your clips from a stock platform?
  • Or hire a drone operator to film custom video for you?

In the first case it varies from platform to platform. But on average you pay around 50€-150€ for a royalty-free clip filmed in 4K resolution. See our article on How much does stock video cost.

In the second case, if you want to hire a drone pilot the price can vary depending on following:

  • The scope of the project
  • If the drone pilot needs to travel far to the filming
  • If the drone pilot needs to apply for special governmental permissions to fly over the area or object you wish to film
  • If you want to drone pilot to edit the footage for you or if you just want the raw files

According to, drone pilots in the US usually charge around $100-$150 per man hour. And in our experience the prices in Europe are very similar.

If you’re looking to hire a drone pilot to film a project for you, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. We have over 150 drone pilots in our network who are ready to start filming.

Aerial vs Drone - what is the difference?

Aerial footage is the collective word for all footage filmed from the air. Drone footage has been filmed from the air with a drone. A drone can also be used to film handheld b-roll footage if the camera is of high quality.

Free Aerial Footage

Many platforms are offering a selection of Free Footage (Pexels, Pixabay and Mixkit to name a few), and so do we. All our free footage comes with a royalty-free license and can be used in any way you like, including commercial video projects. Our free footage has actually been used for over 60 000 productions.

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