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Adriano Araujo
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Playing with Autopilot´s waypoints.

A short video of this weekend running on the beach.

Brave enought to have the bird fly alone after me, while executing the pre-programmed waypoints... ;-)

(remote and phone was on beach´s sand)




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courageous of you!
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Have flown some "missions" latley. Flawless. Gaining confidence.

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Very confident! Nice views,
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Too bad it was a little rough at the end, because it's an awesomely cool shot. Great demonstration of the power of waypoints.
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Prairie Chicken Posted at 2018-5-7 06:05
Too bad it was a little rough at the end, because it's an awesomely cool shot. Great demonstration of the power of waypoints.


When going down the Spark "eats" some of it´s own turbulence. Maybe, next time, I´ll program it to go down and forward at the same time to avoid it.
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What did you use to record audio? It's very well synchronized.
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Antipaxi Posted at 2018-5-7 08:02
What did you use to record audio? It's very well synchronized.

:-)

Just ran with my phone in hands recording a "movie" of my steps (maintaining the same pace / steps frequency). Striped (removed the image) and Synced this audio on the vid editor.

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Adriano Araujo Posted at 2018-5-7 07:44
When going down the Spark "eats" some of it´s own turbulence. Maybe, next time, I´ll program it to go down and forward at the same time to avoid it.

That will be good to know when I get to use waypoints. Thanks.

I have to say again that it was a really impressive shot, so far out of the ordinary.
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Prairie Chicken Posted at 2018-5-7 08:39
That will be good to know when I get to use waypoints. Thanks.

I have to say again that it was a really impressive shot, so far out of the ordinary.

Thanx =) ...
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I'm very impressed by the video at the end.  Such a great shot of the sunrise on the water with you running.  Excellent!
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That was pretty cool... except you did not make any footprints while you ran... lol  Are you the Flash

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Very beautiful shot.
Indeed it is not as smooth as Spark could be.
Not sure why that is.
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Descending turbulence
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Montfrooij Posted at 2018-5-7 22:15
Very beautiful shot.
Indeed it is not as smooth as Spark could be.
Not sure why that is.

In the last part of the shot the Spark came from 30m to 3m in 6 seconds. It got turbulence of it´s own vortice. Next time, will program the waypoints to move it forward while descending avoiding this turbulence.

If it was a Mavic, for example, with it´s 3 axis gimbal, it would not happens (if you can see in the footage, the wobble is sideways - the absent gimbal axis)
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Adriano Araujo Posted at 2018-5-8 03:40
In the last part of the shot the Spark came from 30m to 3m in 6 seconds. It got turbulence of it´s own vortice. Next time, will program the waypoints to move it forward while descending avoiding this turbulence.

If it was a Mavic, for example, with it´s 3 axis gimbal, it would not happens (if you can see in the footage, the wobble is sideways - the absent gimbal axis)

Ah, ok, yes, that might be the difference.
Do you still have the 'air'?
(to give that one a try)
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nice video, thanks for sharing.  Looks like i'll download Autopilot and give it a try
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Sparky_17 Posted at 2018-5-8 04:11
nice video, thanks for sharing.  Looks like i'll download Autopilot and give it a try

holly crap .. 39$  
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Montfrooij Posted at 2018-5-8 03:42
Ah, ok, yes, that might be the difference.
Do you still have the 'air'?
(to give that one a try)

Yes, I do. ;-)

Air becomes compatible with AutoPilot just last week.

Will try it out soon. =)
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LOL.

If you plan to enter the "world of waypoints", worth it. Believe me.
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Adriano Araujo Posted at 2018-5-8 04:14
Yes, I do. ;-)

Air becomes compatible with AutoPilot just last week.

Nice! Looking forward!
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Adriano Araujo Posted at 2018-5-8 04:15
LOL.

If you plan to enter the "world of waypoints", worth it. Believe me.

I guess i'll bite the $$bullet
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Sparky_17 Posted at 2018-5-8 09:04
I guess i'll bite the $$bullet

I signed up for the beta program. It's free. Usually takes a couple of weeks and then you get an email with link to install app. Seems we are all beta testers for DJI anyway lol
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The spark has wayward points?
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Is autopilot compatible w the spark?
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That's some very nice footage. I'll have to check out Autopilot now You are correct with Spark being buffeted a bit by it's own turbulence while descending or low to the ground.
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Blellow Posted at 2018-5-8 19:46
Is autopilot compatible w the spark?

Surely yes
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Nice! Will try it one day.
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hi adriano!

How did you get autopilot to work properly? I'm having serious problems with it.
I startet a thread here https://forum.dji.com/forum.php?mod=viewthread&tid=147829&page=2&mobile=2#pid1349482

Thanks! You video is awesome by the way!
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Weird. For me just worked well from the beginning....
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Hi.

Can you explane how do you do that flight with spark?
Spark can do----pre-programmed waypoints?
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djiuser_35ymB9CsQoBd Posted at 2018-5-11 12:38
Hi.

Can you explane how do you do that flight with spark?

Autopilot is a third party app that you can use instead of DJI Go 4. It has flight modes including waypoints. You can open up the app at home, plan a route on the map, go to your destination turn on your spark, and run the mission. This video was made using waypoint mode. I plotted an oval course (around the running track, and set the camera to focus on six different points. I set it to smoothly transition from one point on the track to the next one as it moved around the circuit. From start to finish all flight was automated, without me having to control the drone.
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I don't see this app on the android playstore....is it only apple?
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Yes only ios
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Greg Glasson Posted at 2018-5-11 14:39
Autopilot is a third party app that you can use instead of DJI Go 4. It has flight modes including waypoints. You can open up the app at home, plan a route on the map, go to your destination turn on your spark, and run the mission. This video was made using waypoint mode. I plotted an oval course (around the running track, and set the camera to focus on six different points. I set it to smoothly transition from one point on the track to the next one as it moved around the circuit. From start to finish all flight was automated, without me having to control the drone. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B67Dy-jJIoQ&t=67s

Hi Greg,

That's cool! I purchased AutoPilot and am reading the docs thoroughly before my first flight with it. I am interested in that you said you planned your route at home. In my initial experimenting when planning any of the flight modes the map that is displayed is your current location, and whilst you can drag the map to another you then have to do the same with your waypoints etc. Have you found a way of selecting your flight location, and then starting to plot waypoints etc.? I thought that this may be a limitation due to safety considerations, i.e. can't accurately check for height, obstacles etc. if you're not at the flight site.
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forbsie Posted at 2018-5-11 18:34
Hi Greg,

That's cool! I purchased AutoPilot and am reading the docs thoroughly before my first flight with it. I am interested in that you said you planned your route at home. In my initial experimenting when planning any of the flight modes the map that is displayed is your current location, and whilst you can drag the map to another you then have to do the same with your waypoints etc. Have you found a way of selecting your flight location, and then starting to plot waypoints etc.? I thought that this may be a limitation due to safety considerations, i.e. can't accurately check for height, obstacles etc. if you're not at the flight site.

Yep sometimes when I have been at home inside and startup autopilot the map shows Stonehenge. I'm a long way from there lol. I just zoom out, scroll to my part of the world where I want to film and start plotting waypoints. I usually use my ipad air as it has a bigger screen (but no GPS).Sometimes I'm able to scout out a location first, when I get there I startup autopilot and save the location as a mission and add some waypoints or camera focus. I save the mission to the cloud and load it up on my iphone 8 plus when I'm on location. So that's how I've been using it, the video I posted was all plotted at home, so I'm not sure why you are having problems...
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forbsie Posted at 2018-5-11 18:34
Hi Greg,

That's cool! I purchased AutoPilot and am reading the docs thoroughly before my first flight with it. I am interested in that you said you planned your route at home. In my initial experimenting when planning any of the flight modes the map that is displayed is your current location, and whilst you can drag the map to another you then have to do the same with your waypoints etc. Have you found a way of selecting your flight location, and then starting to plot waypoints etc.? I thought that this may be a limitation due to safety considerations, i.e. can't accurately check for height, obstacles etc. if you're not at the flight site.

Also as a bit of advice, just start with practicing with the easy modes first to get the hang of how to use the app. Make a zipline in your back yard and watch how the drone moves between the two points, try out different focus points. If you are like me you will freak out a bit when you first start using it and the app takes over control of your drone. Remember to flick it into sports mode and autopilot will disengage and you can take back manual control.
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Greg Glasson Posted at 2018-5-11 19:09
Yep sometimes when I have been at home inside and startup autopilot the map shows Stonehenge. I'm a long way from there lol. I just zoom out, scroll to my part of the world where I want to film and start plotting waypoints. I usually use my ipad air as it has a bigger screen (but no GPS).Sometimes I'm able to scout out a location first, when I get there I startup autopilot and save the location as a mission and add some waypoints or camera focus. I save the mission to the cloud and load it up on my iphone 8 plus when I'm on location. So that's how I've been using it, the video I posted was all plotted at home, so I'm not sure why you are having problems...

Thanks for the reply. It's probably beginner issues for me ;) .. I'll keep studying the docs and play around with the app more. I'm sure it will be fine in the end.
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Greg Glasson Posted at 2018-5-11 19:14
Also as a bit of advice, just start with practicing with the easy modes first to get the hang of how to use the app. Make a zipline in your back yard and watch how the drone moves between the two points, try out different focus points. If you are like me you will freak out a bit when you first start using it and the app takes over control of your drone. Remember to flick it into sports mode and autopilot will disengage and you can take back manual control.

Yep, good advice. Pretty windy down my way at the moment, so I'll just have to be satisfied with fiddling with the app for the time being.
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