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When we think back to the emergence of iconic 2D video games like SimCity, Pokemon and Grand Theft Auto, the top down perspective, or birds eye view, radically changed gaming. Running through the virtual city streets and creating towering skyscrapers, the late 1900s and early 2000s was a typical millennials Saturday morning. Fast forward to now and we are using drones to recreate the same video games we played…but this time with real humans!

Athlete and stunt artist Ilko Iliev and photographer Marin Kafedjiiski have created the most epic “2D” video of a parkour-style runner in Bulgaria using a drone!

By simply pointing the drones camera straight down directly above the subject, a complete top down or bird eyes view was created. The only obstacle that is presentable is not knowing what is directly in front of the drone. By keeping a visual line of sight of the drone at all times would help alleviate this problem, but by constantly looking down on our iPhone or iPad and tracking the subject, it is very easy to loose track of the drone and its surroundings.

As terrifying and death defying those stunts were, by bringing back the memories of the late 1900s and early 2000s shows how applicable drones can be. Whether they are shooting landscapes or video game views, drones are becoming a staple in photography and videography.

If you want to create your own parkour style video, check out Lumoid to sample all types of photo and video gear! The DJI drones would be an excellent choice to create your own parkour video game due to its long transmission distances and obstacle sensing technology. Along with crystal clear 4K and a 3-axis stabilized gimbal, the Phantom, Inspire or Mavic would make great choices!

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