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I think the gimble needs a little adjusting, shouldn't have been skewed like that, although that sort of stuff is hard to pick up when you're piloting the thing.
I was wondering whether the camera was on a gimble. That's why you're managing to get the drone in the shots at the same time. I'm sure you'll overcome the problem.
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I was wondering whether the camera was on a gimble. That's why you're managing to get the drone in the shots at the same time. I'm sure you'll overcome the problem.
It has an auto calibration it can do but must have not been on a level ground and if I took the extra time I could easily correct that in Photoshop without much notice... I will say that some of the other drones that don't use a gimble use anti-aliasing and it is quite noticeable if your drone is on the move like 30 degrees skewed...

Anyway, it is a small adjustment, maybe 2-3 degrees if that...
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Did gyre and gimble in the wabe?
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Did gyre and gimble in the wabe?
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I was wondering whether the camera was on a gimble. That's why you're managing to get the drone in the shots at the same time. I'm sure you'll overcome the problem.
The other thing too was the guards I have on it.... Typically it is in view when the drone is moving forward or when it is windy... The guards are huge and unless you're flying low they're really not necessary. The other thing would be to angle the camera lower to overcome that.... I thought you were talking about the tilt in the photograph lol that still is apparent... Otherwise the propellers and guards are still going to show up time to time...
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Flew it around yesterday without the guards... still see a little but of the drone but as always there is wind blowing over the lake lol... Once I come to a full stop everything is out of view...
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With what is going on in Syria at the moment I thought it was timely to post this. This was taken some years back on my first visit to Syria, a wonderful country with equally wonderful people. Alas, I know that the 14th century "suq", a World Heritage Site, has been destroyed by Assad and his thugs, probably the moque too, so, this is my memory of it. I love the cool simplicity.

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Alright after shooting some 2:30 of video I condensed it down to 25 minutes with some music...

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Great effort @InbetweenDreams, congratulations on your persevereance. You still seem to be having problems with the drone photographing bits of itself, something I have never seen in other drone videos, like this one for instance:

https://rumble.com/v368j3-drone-foot...a-greece.html?
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Great effort @InbetweenDreams, congratulations on your persevereance. You still seem to be having problems with the drone photographing bits of itself, something I have never seen in other drone videos, like this one for instance:

https://rumble.com/v368j3-drone-foot...a-greece.html?
Well a couple of things. In the first few flights I took with it I had the propeller guards on which make it so much worse and the gimble in the first several recordings was pointed parallel with the drone and with any headwind, cross-win you can add/subtract up to 30 degrees, so yep under bad conditions the drone can be in view.... So what I have learned to do when possible is to point the gimble down a bit and that keep the propellers or parts being in view even under windy conditions... I tell you these mountains sometimes you're fighting the wind the entire time and when the controller starts beeping about a low battery you forget about taking nice shots LOL.

Anyway, future videos should be better, I had over 2 hours and especially the earlier videos had the guards on and they're terrible... They're good if you're flying low or beginning to fly and going to be around obstacles but propeller sets are cheap...and the guards break easier and then chew up your propellers lol.

I did later figure out that it will shoot 2.7k (2704x1520) at 30 fps....no not quite 4K and the camera sensor itself, well I have seen better (and way worse) but under right conditions and provided I can see what's on the tablet when I'm FPV flying I can get the exposure set right and things turn out good...

Of course there's the music, royalty free music is tough to find that fits....I didn't bother to make it all sync up, but could have...actually could have used Adobe Premiere instead of Movie Maker lol...

Anyway, did overcome some limitiations of the drone, particularly the altitude and not so much that I want to fly my drone up 1,600 feet (which is illegal) but if I need to climb up a mountain I would like to be able to rather than to make a hike down a mountainside lol

It's a lot of fun and will post more once I am able to get more footage (without the done being in the video lol)....
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@LONDONER lol he's flying his drone backwards, which is actually smart because the drone will tilt the opposite way, also pointing down a bit more... The key, especially when doing videos of that sort of terrain is to know how high the peaks are and to keep the drone in view, but flying away is a sure way to keep any propeller out of the camera's view.
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@LONDONER lol he's flying his drone backwards, which is actually smart because the drone will tilt the opposite way, also pointing down a bit more... The key, especially when doing videos of that sort of terrain is to know how high the peaks are and to keep the drone in view, but flying away is a sure way to keep any propeller out of the camera's view.
I won't bore you with other video quotes but there are plenty I've seen that are not flying backwards. I'm sure as you go on you'll overcome all the problems. But what do I know? I only use a P&S on Auto and never a drone.
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I won't bore you with other video quotes but there are plenty I've seen that are not flying backwards. I'm sure as you go on you'll overcome all the problems. But what do I know? I only use a P&S on Auto and never a drone.
Well some of the more expensive drones, DJI Inspire being one of them have arms that move up out of the way when you take off...only thing is that's a $1,500-3,000 drone or more... There's also the Mattrice which has 6 propellers and you can put in 6 batteries....

That all aside, the simple solution, fly slowly and point the gimbal down. Flying backwards is an option, just want to make sure you can actually see the drone, not something I would do when the drone is 12,000 feet out and can't see it...

Anyway, no new videos as of now....do have new footage and will use it for the next round of videos. Perhaps I will put more time into editing and so on...

However, here are some photos... One thing for sure you let it shoot HDR (automatic bracketing -- 3 or 5 I don't know) into RAW you have a lot of room to turn flat pictures into something bold...a little unrealistic but damn the photos sure look good. Seems that the real thing isn't always as good as what you can shoot. Mind you I only use Adobe's Camera RAW application, I don't go mixing channels and all that, do each photo one at a time and try to keep it all within reason. For those who don't know RAW, it's not that the resolution is better it is that the dyanmic range, color depth, etc are far more than JPG and the images aren't compressed to be a smaller file size, so one image is 25 MB as opposed to 2 MB. So if I wanted to tweak the exposure I can do much more with little or no consequence, but if had been a JPEG image would have been more than obvious that it had been meddled with...

Ok so now the pictures...



























Also my attempt catching lighting, did get a small bit but decided I would put all the shots in a GIF, no not perfect and not what I was set out to do...



Anyway, right now working on a timelapse overnight hope to get some nice star action... All being shot in Nikon's RAW format...so those need to be converted to DNG files before I can do anything with the 2-3,000 RAW images because I'm sure tweaking will be in order... So hopefully that turns out, not exactly my cup of tea leaving the camera out all night taking pictures for crap...but we shall see...
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....and now my star lapse.... Never know what I'm going get when I do these... was processing other photos last night...have more stuff from the drone to go through but I can't seem to stop playing with it lol

Anyway, shot some 2,500 pictures in RAW (Nikon's NEF)....those all had to be converted to Adobe DNG RAW format and proceeded to open all 2,500 of them at once and adjusted all the RAW settings and saved all of them into JPEG. Then, I found a hack that allows you to save 4k video out of Windows Movie Maker, I was able to do that. Imported all the photos and set them to be 0.0333 seconds per photo which gives me pretty much 30 FPS and alas... saved to a H.264 4k 30 fps MPEG4 and uploaded to YouTube for everyone's enjoyment....



Also, for those who are curious about how to get Movie Maker to export 4k video as the "custom" settings won't allow you to put anything larger than 1920x1080 and 60 fps...

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<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<profile><title label="4K 2160p"/><audio><attribute key="{1AAB75C8-CFEF-451C-AB95-AC034B8E1731}" type="UINT32" value="16000"/><attribute key="{37E48BF5-645E-4C5B-89DE-ADA9E29B696A}" type="UINT32" value="2"/><attribute key="{5FAEEAE7-0290-4C31-9E8A-C534F68D9DBA}" type="UINT32" value="48000"/></audio><video><attribute key="{1652C33D-D6B2-4012-B834-72030849A37D}" type="UINT64" low32="2160" high32="3840"/><attribute key="{20332624-FB0D-4D9E-BD0D-CBF6786C102E}" type="UINT32" value="16000000"/><attribute key="{C459A2E8-3D2C-4E44-B132-FEE5156C7BB0}" type="UINT64" low32="1001" high32="30000"/></video></profile>
What you want to find is the "low32" and "high32" where the normal video dimensions are, replace them with 2160 for low32 and 3840 for high32, you can do 8k or in my drone's case 2.7k which is 2702x1520 (1520p). Either way a google search will find you this info as well..... Since it is using H.264 you should be able to put whatever values in you want and be fine with it, or use something else...It was just quicker for me this way.
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