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Martin Dalby Way – Flyby Video

Used DaVinci Resolve 15 Beta to edit this video. Have mixed feelings about the software. The editing capabilities are nowhere near that of Adobe Premiere Pro CC, however colour correction and colour grading is out of this world!

What I liked about Resolve 15:

  • The user interface is somewhat less flimsy than in Premier Pro or After Effects. It clearly dictates the work flow you should follow, whereas in Adobe it’s all over the place.
  • Sound editing capabilities
  • Fusion, which is now integrated is extremely powerful. Whether it’s better than After Effects I can’t say since I’m not really an expert.
  • The free version has more than enough functionality unless you’re editing commercially.
  • Colour correction and grading is extremely powerful.

What I didn’t like:

  • Can’t create proxy files
  • Interface for adjusting colour interface is overwhelming, but then again it’s super feature rich.
  • Stabilisation doesn’t work as well as in Adobe
  • Not as many effects in the free version compared to Premiere Pro

Taking into account that the free version is not very limiting it’s an excellent software!

DJI limit drones’ range if you are not in the US!

On DJI drones the GPS location is used by the aircraft/remote control to adjust the power output of the signal transmission to meet the local regulations. In the US, the governing body is FCC (Federal Communications Commission) in Europe it’s CE (Conformité Européenne). Doing that allows DJI to sell the same device in both markets.

In case of Phantom 3 Standard, when I say “power output” I mean both the 2.4GHz link – the bi-directional communication between the aircraft through the remote control, and the 5.8GHz control signal – one-way link to the aircraft.

FCC seem to be far more generous and allow for higher levels of power output by consumer devices. CE, on the other hand, are more strict in that regard. What this means is that, if a DJI drone detects that it’s outside of the US, it automatically applies the CE standards, even though you might not be in Europe. It either goes by FCC or by CE regulations. How and when exactly this limitation is applied is somewhat of a mystery to me (I’m still researching this topic, so please do let me know in the comments if you know the specifics). This lowers the power output of the transmission on both, the aircraft and the the remote control from 27 dBm to 17 dBm – almost by 40%! Inevitably that results in reduced range for those of us operating our drones outside of the US.

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Litchi – Godsend for drone owners

If I had to choose one thing I could change on my drone for the rest of its life, without any doubt I would go with Litchi for DJI Phantom 3. The application unlocks the true potential of the drone and turns it into Phantom 4. It supports pretty much every single feature that I want my drone to support from the software point of view. For me the most important ones are:

  • Ability to plan your flight missions on your PC using waypoint navigation. No more fidgeting with your mobile phone, especially with my fat fingers. You do it as nature intended – with a mouse and a big screen. You then specify which path the drone has to follow and which objects the camera should be pointed at. At each waypoint you need to specify the altitude, the speed and optionally the number of other things: whether to start/stop recording, take a picture, turn, tilt etc. If you specify 10mph at waypoint A and 20mph at waypoint B, the speed in between will be linearly interpolated.
  • If you are signed-in, the mission is automatically synced with your phone! You can then export the flight, analyse it into Google Earth, check elevations, make sure that the drone while flying automatically doesn’t crash into anything.
  • At the end of each mission, you can tell the drone what to do, whether to return to home, reverse, go to waypoint 1, land at the destination (the latter one is a great feature)
  • It also has a bunch of other features:
    • Object tracking, which by default is currently available on Phantom 4 and above.
    • Panorama shooting
    • Orbiting
    • Support for VR without the expensive goggles!
    • More

You can literally uninstall the DJI software, it’s useless, in fact, I only used it twice, once to fly and another one to upgrade the firmware (so actually keep it for that reason alone)

The fact that the application is £19.99 is a good thing. Meaning that the company can afford to employ proper developers, improve and maintain the software on a continuous basis. In fact, I would have paid more for this software!

If you go to Google Play, make sure you search for Litchi Phantom 3 as there are different versions available for each drone. The rating of the application is surprisingly low, even though it’s rated extremely highly by drone user community. I guess it’s primarily because people don’t take time to learn such a feature-rich application.

I will post tutorials of each feature on my blog and YouTube channel as soon as I have some time. The application is a Godsend!