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4K Video Processing

Video processing requires a lot of horsepower but even with horsepower you need technique.  A good ‘workflow’ is more important than the best equipment.  I’ve been encoded the full  4K video for video processing and that has helped but it takes a long time to encode and the resulting files are huge. Optimization Footage taken […]

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Shoshone Falls, Idaho

Osmo Mobile – Panoramic

Panoramic images have become a feature on most cell phones and they do a good job but I like the Osmo Mobile’s approach.  It takes takes nine images in a 3 by 3 grid as you just hold the handle. Capturing the Panoramic The vertical coverage was the same no matter what I tried where […]

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DJI Session Capture – 5KPlayer

After discovering the DJI Simulator I thought it would be nice to capture training exercises.  Because the Apple device is connected to the Remote Control my only option was AirPlay.  After looking at several solutions I settled on 5KPlayer, a freeware offering that has everything I am looking for.   Not Connecting? It seems sometimes it […]

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Part 107 Airport Notifications

As a drone operator you should be diligent in understanding the FAA requirements for flying an sUAS in the United States.  A Recreational pilot must notify all airports within 5 miles of their flight. As a recreational operator, to fly in your backyard, even if you never go higher than the trees, you are required to call. […]

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DJI Mavic – Training with the Simulator

Here is a tip about something I wish I had noticed much earlier, the built-in Mavic simulator.  Utilizing the DJI hardware and built-in simulator you can explore the DJI GO application to become familiar with the screen layout and menus. Props Off It seems a little odd that in order to access the simulator you must […]

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Litchi Mission – First flight

For my first Litchi mission I wanted to find a big open area where drone recovery was possible if anything did go wrong.  There are waterfalls in the canyons to the North which opened my eyes with a new level of understanding. If I had been aware of them I would have flipped my flight plan around and […]

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Flying in State Parks

After my trip to Shoshone Falls I thought about capturing sites in Washington State so I looked into flying in State parks.  I thought about camp grounds, where a 3D Model and more detailed 2D Mapping would be something many people might find useful. Much to my surprise I discovered that in Washington State my […]

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Getting Started – Jump right into Way Point Missions

After taking your drone out a few times and shooting some pictures and video free-form you may be looking for more things to do. You can work with the different modes offered in the DJI GO application which expand on the free-form experience with some automation, or just jump to the end and start working […]

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Flight One – Planning and Lessons learned

Each time I go out I will try to record lessons learned and the highlights of the mission. Flight One My first flight was not quite what I expected, yet it was exactly what I had hoped for.  I went out with a simple plan; become more familiar with my equipment and start scoping out […]

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vlog 101 – Equipment for Vlogging

Video Logging – Equipment Video is a cornerstone of the UAS services so moving past simple web pages to a Vlog series is part of the business plan. I envision selfie videos where I will talk about the flight while walking to a launch site. After I get to the launch site I want a video of […]

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