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Drone footage specifications

The Globhe standards for drone footage

Drone footage refers to aerial videos captured by drones. They can provide a unique perspective from above, offering a bird's-eye view of various landscapes, structures, and events. Drone footage provides you with a powerful visual medium that elevates your activities and provides value across various applications, such as environmental monitoring and surveying, search and rescue in emergency situations (i.e. floods, wildfires), or assets monitoring.

Deliverable specifications

Flight height

Definition: the altitude or elevation at which a drone operates during an aerial mission or flight.

Globhe standard:
30 - 100 meters AGL*, depending on the requirements.

*Above Ground Level = the altitude or vertical distance between the drone's current position and the Earth's surface.


Definition: the rate at which the drone can travel through the air or move from one location to another. It is a measure of how quickly the drone can cover a certain distance within a given period of time. The speed is typically expressed in terms of a linear velocity, often measured in meters per second (m/s). The speed of a drone can vary depending on various factors, including its design, size, weight, propulsion system, flight mode, and external factors (such as wind speed and direction).

Globhe standard: 5 m/s.

Spatial resolution / Ground Sampling Distance (GSD)

Definition: the level of detail and clarity with which the physical features on the Earth's surface are captured and represented in drone footage. The spatial resolution defines the size of the smallest object that can be distinguished in drone footage and it is typically measured in terms of the ground sampling distance (GSD), which represents the physical distance on the ground covered by each pixel. The GSD achieved is a function of the drone sensor/camera specifications and the flight height.

Globhe standard: full HD (1920x1080) - 4K (4096 x 2160 px), depending on the requirements.  

Frame rate

Definition: the number of individual frames captured per second, determining the smoothness of the footage.

Globhe standard: 24/25 fps (cinematic standard) - 30 fps.

Data format

Globhe standard: geotagged MP4 (.mp4).

Definition: geotagging consists in adding geographic information to the footage, such as the latitude and longitude coordinates of where the footage was taken. Overall a geotagged drone MP4 combines the visual information captured by a drone's camera with embedded geographical metadata, providing valuable location-based context to the captured footage.

Drone models and sensors

Globhe relies on a wide range of commercial drone models available through our Crowddroners, including but not limited to multirotors (i.e. quadcopters, hexacopter, octocopters) and fixed-wing, mounted with every sort of sensor as payload*.

*Payload = the additional equipment or devices that are carried or attached to a drone in order to perform specific functions or tasks. These payloads can vary depending on the purpose and capabilities of the drone. The most common drone payloads are RGB cameras for aerial photography or videography, sensors for data collection (such as thermal, multispectral imaging, or LiDAR sensors), and specialized equipment for tasks like seedlings, crop spraying, or search and rescue operations.

If the drone model and/or sensor are not selected, the GLOBHE team will choose the suitable drone needed to meet technical requirements, also based on availability.


Margherita Bruscolini
Head of Drones

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