The hardware is only half of the equation when it comes to capturing a video as impressive as this. Simple tricks like reversing the footage of the flight helps make it even more compelling as the viewer can’t see where the drone is headed, but even the best drone pilots in the world can’t keep their crafts perfectly steady. To achieve the smooth results seen in this museum fly through, a stabilization software called ReelSteady GO was used during post-production.

Stabilizing footage usually requires a piece of software to first analyze and track the movements of a clip; detecting jitters, bumps, and vibrations which are then canceled-out by applying the same movements in reverse. The results can be good, but ReelSteady GO streamlines the process by instead relying on the motion data that a GoPro camera’s gyroscope captures during each recording. It not only provides more accurate data about how the camera is getting bumped around, it also eliminates the time-consuming process of having to first analyze unsteady footage. For comparison, here’s the raw footage of that museum flight, minus any stabilization:


It should hopefully go without saying, but the next time you visit a dinosaur museum you probably shouldn’t whip out your drone and buzz the exhibits. McIntosh had permission to fly here and based on his previous videos, he’s a much better drone pilot than you’ll ever be.

Update, June 5, 4:26 p.m. EST/EDT: At the request of the museum, the stabilized, final version of the video has been taken down.