Exploring the 3D Dolly Feature in the Inspire 3

Exploring the 3D Dolly Feature in the Inspire 3


In the ever-evolving world of cinematography, drone technology has revolutionized the way filmmakers capture breathtaking aerial shots. Among the pioneers in this field, DJI’s Inspire series has consistently pushed the boundaries of what’s possible. The Inspire 3, the latest iteration of this iconic drone, comes equipped with an array of advanced features, including the innovative 3D Dolly mode. In this article, we’ll delve into the exciting realm of the 3D Dolly feature, exploring how it enhances creative possibilities for filmmakers.

Understanding the 3D Dolly Feature

The 3D Dolly mode is a game-changer for aerial cinematography enthusiasts. It allows the Inspire 3 to execute complex and dynamic camera movements that mimic traditional dolly shots but with the added dimension of flight. It relies on the new RTK positioning system included in the Inspire 3: it allows centimetre accuracy, compared to over a meter of the traditional GPS. The operator can pre-program the flight path during rehearsals and deploy the same, very accurate, flight path in all takes. The camera operator can still control the camera movements during the flight, to ensure the perfect framing is achieved, even if there are small changes between takes.

This feature opens up new avenues for storytelling, enabling filmmakers to capture scenes with unparalleled creativity.

In the video below you can see the 3D Dolly in action, the movement of the drone is pre-programmed and executed autonomously by the drone.

Key Features of the 3D Dolly Mode:

  1. Versatile Movements: The 3D Dolly mode offers a wide range of movements, including forward and backward tracking, lateral slides, and circular orbits. This versatility allows filmmakers to adapt to different scenes and narratives seamlessly.
  2. Quick deploy: The setup time is drastically reduced compared to a traditional dolly. The Inspire 3 is ready to go in less than 10 minutes, no need to assembly large cranes, install tracks, setup complex radio transmission link etc.
  3. Intuitive Controls: DJI has always been known for user-friendly interfaces, and the 3D Dolly mode is no exception. With intuitive controls on the Inspire 3’s remote, filmmakers can easily manipulate the drone’s movement, focus, and other essential parameters, allowing for a more immersive and hands-on filming experience.

Creative Applications:

  1. Dynamic Storytelling: The 3D Dolly feature adds a dynamic element to storytelling, allowing filmmakers to capture scenes from unique perspectives. Whether it’s following characters through intricate landscapes, complex long takes or revealing breathtaking vistas, this mode brings a cinematic quality to aerial shots.
  2. Architectural Showcases: For projects involving architecture or urban landscapes, the 3D Dolly mode can highlight structures with sweeping motions and intricate flyovers. This feature is particularly useful for showcasing the grandeur of buildings or capturing the essence of a cityscape.
  3. Natural Landscapes: Nature documentaries and environmental storytelling can benefit greatly from the 3D Dolly mode. It enables filmmakers to smoothly navigate through natural landscapes, providing viewers with an immersive experience that feels as if they are soaring through the environment. The same movement can be reproduced with centimetre accuracy, a perfect tool to show the passing of time, seasons, different time of the day…


As technology continues to advance, tools like the 3D Dolly feature in the DJI Inspire 3 redefine the possibilities in aerial cinematography. Filmmakers now have at their disposal a tool that not only captures stunning visuals from the sky but also adds a layer of creativity and storytelling that was previously hard to achieve. The accuracy is the key feature of this new tool.

The 3D Dolly mode in the Inspire 3 is more than a feature; it’s a gateway to a new era of cinematic exploration and expression.

At Bee Aerial we can help you with highly skilled drone operators and the right equipment.

If you are interested in how the 3D Dolly Works in details, please have a look at the video below:

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