Quickshot Mavic Footage – New Flight Modes

Includes: Quickshot Mavic Footage

During last weekend I had the chance to borrow DJI Spark to test and review. Review of DJI Spark will be up on the channel soon. Funny enough the QuickShot features was one of the things I really liked about the DJI Spark and with the latest firmware 01.04 DJI now makes it possible to make quick shots with Mavic Pro

 

 

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The idea with Mavic Pro Quickshot is to make video clips with 10s of duration with rather complex camera movements. I have previously made tutorials that show how you can get some amazing footage by combining intelligent flight modes with stick commands.

These tips made it easier to get that amazing shot, it still requires some practice to get it right. With QuickShot this makes it even easier, you just frame your target and the Mavic will automatically take care of the complicated part. One the Quickshot has been completed it will return and you are now left with the 10s great looking footage. Almost sounds too great.

There are 3 modes available for
– Mavic Pro QuickShot mode: Dronie
– Mavic Pro QuickShot mode: Helix
– Mavic Pro QuickShot mode: Rocket

Before we shoot some Mavic Quickshot Footage, let me ask you a question? What to do think about this about 10s predefined intelligent flight modes?
What would other flight modes you like to see with the Mavic Pro?
Leave a comment below, don’t be shy as the best advice is often found among the comments from you in the Drones & Electric Unicycle community.

The way it works is you select Quickshot from the intelligent flight mode menu, and then you frame your subject with the green square, and then select the Quickshot mode, and press ok.

Let’s see the modes in action

1. Dronie

The aircraft will fly backward and upward, the camera constantly tracking the subject. Tap the dronie icon to check and set the flying distance before you press go. Make sure there are no obstacles behind your Mavic when it back away, as there are on sensors to save you from a collision.

2. Helix

The aircraft will fly backward while spiraling up around the subject. Tap the helix icon to check the flying distance before and set the direction before you press go. Again make sure there are no obstacles on the side of your Mavic, as there are no sensors on the side to save you from a collision

3. Rocket

The aircraft will ascend with the camera pointing downward at the subject. Again you can Tap the Rocket icon to check and set the flying distance before you press go.

Pretty cool don’t you think? The quickshot modes are known from Spark, that also has a 4th called circle. This is the in principle the same a POI, which could be the reason for `DJI leaking out of the options for Mavic.

You need to the latest firmware from DJI for your Mavic Pro and the DJI GO 4 App needs to be v4.1.10 for both Android and iOS

It getting from time to time a bit annoying with the frequent updates from DJI, but once I a while they really add value to the platform.
I think DJI is doing a great job supporting and improving their Mavic Platform to the benefit for all of us to make some great Mavic Quickshot Footage.

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DJI Mavic Pro 9 Month Review

What I’m about to tell you to know might change your view on the Mavic Pro forever. This Mavic Pro 9 Month Review is NOT the usual review praising the unit to the sky by mentioned all the great features you can read about on the DJI website. STOP watching NOW if you CAN’T handle the truth.

It’s around 12 months since the DJI Mavic Pro was announced. I have been using it since the beginning of this year. I think now is the time, to tell the truth about owning Mavic Pro. This 9 month review Mavic Pro will cover the dark side of drone so you know what to expect when purchasing.

 

 

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CAMERA:

Aperture can’t be changed, so one important part is missing in the exposure triangle to have full control of your shooting. Aperture is basically how much light the lens lets into the sensor. This can be solved by separately purchasing ND filters adding 50USD to your drone to take full advantage of the camera.

We have covered ND filters in a tutorial:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oUNeCMxh5yU

DIGITAL SHARPNESS:

Mavic comes with a lot of camera settings, that can very overwhelming. Most disappointing is the handling of digital sharpness in the image. Using default sharpness of 0 or -1 produces blurry and muddy images, this can’t be fixed in post production. Be aware of this.

This is great video about Digital Sharpness Mavic Pro made by The Film Poets https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZEQvOAsY6ks

GIMBAL:

I understand that DJI had to do some compromises to make the Mavic Pro compact, but the gimbal construction is simply too weak and fragile. Many users have reported problems with the gimbal after crashes and that is somehow understandable.

My gimbal stopped working one morning where I had to do a job. It would NOT initialise, giving me the dreaded gimbal overload error message. This happened despite no previous crashed, not apparent mechanical defects and with the latest firmware. This is not good and it has to be taken back to the store to be fixed.

The protective cover could not be mounted after a few weeks of use because the tabs that hold the cover in place decided to break off. We have a project on Thingiverse, a 3d lens shade/cover you use instead of the original. https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:2093556

Besides the gimbal has not been programmed to make the footage smooth right out of the box, as the gimbal moves too fast, and it starts/stops to rapidly. This is an easy fix the gimbal parameters through the DJI app.

Watch the video hot to Make gimbal motion smooth:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wlILMwxrRFs

GPS:

The GPS on the Mavic Pro does a great job most of the time, but I have experienced it fails when flying Sports Mode with a rapid change of direction. This is extremely dangerous because Mavic will go into ATTI mode and start drifting in the direction it was last moving. It will continue to do that even if you stop touching the sticks.

FLIGHT TIME:

DJI claims the flight time is around 27min on a single charge, with my usage it’s around 22 min. It’s still decent, and you can always buy more battery packs to extend your flight time. But the truth is in reality 1 hour of continuous flight seems to be the limit no matter the number of batteries. The remote is the limiting factor by not having an exchangeable battery. If that wasn’t enough if your phone is not fully charged the remote will try to charge it, draining the battery even faster.

SENSORS:

One day, without any apparent reason Mavic lost its vision calibration for the downwards sensors. I did struggle a fair bit to get this problem fixed. It involved a computer and the DJI Assistant 2 software to make it work.

If you have problems performing this operation take a look at the Tutorial we have made to show the calibration process.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j7F1kb9Ypj4

The possibility to record real 4k combined with the intelligent flight modes are hard to beat at this price level. The compact design makes it highly portable and makes you want to take it with you anywhere. You know what they say, the best camera is the one you have with you. As promised in the beginning of the video, my recommendation is still to go for the Mavic Pro as this is the best drone on the market. Yes, there are some issues, but if you are prepared to handle those you will have a blast.

While recording this video DJI released a new firmware for Mavic pro that might solve some of the issues described in this video. Check the video made by Billy K, to see what is new.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RtNSzemb4SA

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DJI Mavic Pro Platinum

DJI Mavic Pro Platinum – This is not the Mavic Pro 2 but yesterday DJI announced an upgraded Mavic Pro version. The Mavic Pro Platinum has been rumored for a while, but now it’s a reality. I was wondering if the pushed it now to be able to announce on IFA 2017, the big European electronic fair hearing right now in Berlin.

 

 

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So what do we know how to know the difference between the traditional Mavic Pro and the Mavic Platinum. There are supposed to 4 things that set them apart as the basic airframe is the same in terms of size and weight.

1.
Different prop design that should lower the noise with up 60%. I did think about this in the past, but who could complain about this initiative and I guess flying around people it’s an advantage. They way they obtained this is by altering the tip of the prop, with a different design that does not make as much noise a the traditional one.

2.
More important the new prop design and prolonged the flight time to stunning 30 min. We all impressed with the original 27 min, can we squeeze an extra 3 min out of the same battery this will simply be fantastic. Another nice touch is you can use the new props on your old Mavic, and you should get some of the advantages in terms of noise reduction, but not the full extra flight time. I guess they have modified the motor controls or ESC’s as well to gain the 3 extra min.

3. They changed the color of Mavic Pro to a more platinum look, that I guess is pretty nice, but not really a deal maker for me. It’s nice but not a big deal. Rumors say there is a matching remote that this platinum, but I have not been able to find pictures of it so far.

4. Last is Is the price it seems these new benefits add’s another 100USd to the original price tag of the Mavic Pro, so the Mavic Pro Platinum comes in around 1099, and the combo is 1399.

You can use your old batteries in the new Mavic Pro Platinum, but of course, the color will not match, but really nice they kept the backward compatibility

The Mavic Pro Platinum shares the same Forward Vision System and Downward Vision System as the Mavic Pro.

I want to add that all of this until now based on rumors picked up on the internet, and it will be interesting to see the new specs in action. I know many of you had expected the Mavic Pro 2, but this is not likely to happen before the first half of 2018.

Hope you liked this short video about DJI Mavic Pro Platinum. What do you think about the new drone from DJI, leave a comment in the comment section below?

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