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transferring pics from DJI Mavic Air to my external storage
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wjwee
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Hi,

As I will be travelling overseas soon and I only have 2 memory cards of 32 GB to take photos and videos, was wondering if there's any ways to transfer pics and videos that I take with my Mavic Air straight into my external storage drive?

I intend to travel light and I do not have a laptop so was wondering if there's any ways to go about this as both the 32 GB might not be enough to store the pics and vids over a week.

Can anyone here pls advise?

Thanks!
2018-7-16
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GazFromBrum
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Yes you can use an USB sd card reader.... take sd card out of drone put it into reader and connect to your phone or tablet.... transfer the files to your  device and then from your device to your external drive... little long winded but will do the job.
2018-7-17
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wjwee
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GazFromBrum Posted at 2018-7-17 00:08
Yes you can use an USB sd card reader.... take sd card out of drone put it into reader and connect to your phone or tablet.... transfer the files to your  device and then from your device to your external drive... little long winded but will do the job.

I tried downloading the photos using RC to my iphone X previously and it worked. But I tried downloading the 4k videos I took previously and it wasn't able to do so. Wil the USB sd card reader solve this problem?
2018-7-17
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Cetacean
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Aloha wjwee,

     Your Mavic Air came with a USB C cable and an adapter from USB to Micro USB.  The Mavic Air is the first DJI product to use USB C.  If you plug the USB C into the Mavic Air aircraft (next to the Micro SD slot) and use the adapter so the USB cable becomes Micro USB, you should be able to connect the aircraft and the internal and Micro SD storage to both or one of the device or external storage.  

     You can download the internal 8 GB storage one time and then access the Micro SD card and download it the next time.  As Gaz noted, try using your device as the transfer controller in the middle since you will not be using a laptop.

     Do not use the Remote Controller in this process.  It will slow everything down if it works at all.

     Hope this helps!

Aloha and Drone On!
2018-7-18
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Hummingbird.UAV
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I use a Kingston Mobilelite.  Connect a 500Gig SSD via USB to it.  SD slot is loaded with the drone data card .  Phone is used to control the transfer of files.  I put about 250G of data on it during a 5 week trip.  Seeing that you are only going for a week it might be cheaper to just buy more miroSD cards.
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2018-7-18
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GazFromBrum
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wjwee Posted at 2018-7-17 00:11
I tried downloading the photos using RC to my iphone X previously and it worked. But I tried downloading the 4k videos I took previously and it wasn't able to do so. Wil the USB sd card reader solve this problem?

I've had no issues going from drone to phone and then phone to external drive. It's a straight forward move when using sd card reader and your phone or tablet

Hope this helps.
2018-7-18
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Malakai_UK
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I use the WD MyPassport wireless Pro 2tb. Stored in a hardshell case. Has a built in SD slot as well as well as a USB port for direct transfer to the drive from the Air or SD. Its accessible via wifi from my phone so I can get to my photos and videos for editing and even has the ability to charge my phone via the USB port if i need it.  Highly recommended



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Malakai_UK Posted at 2018-7-18 07:39
I use the WD MyPassport wireless Pro 2tb. Stored in a hardshell case. Has a built in SD slot as well as well as a USB port for direct transfer to the drive from the Air or SD. Its accessible via wifi from my phone so I can get to my photos and videos for editing and even has the ability to charge my phone via the USB port if i need it.  Highly recommended
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Hi! How does this work? Do I slot the microSD into this WD MyPassport and then use my phone to connect to it via bluetooth and transfer the files manually from my phone?
2018-7-18
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wjwee
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GazFromBrum Posted at 2018-7-17 00:08
Yes you can use an USB sd card reader.... take sd card out of drone put it into reader and connect to your phone or tablet.... transfer the files to your  device and then from your device to your external drive... little long winded but will do the job.

Can this be done on 4k videos as well? I tried using RC to download the videos and photos into my iphone/ipad yesterday but it seems like only the pics were able to be downloaded. the videos which were shot in 4k were not able to do so.
2018-7-18
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Cetacean Posted at 2018-7-18 01:15
Aloha wjwee,

     Your Mavic Air came with a USB C cable and an adapter from USB to Micro USB.  The Mavic Air is the first DJI product to use USB C.  If you plug the USB C into the Mavic Air aircraft (next to the Micro SD slot) and use the adapter so the USB cable becomes Micro USB, you should be able to connect the aircraft and the internal and Micro SD storage to both or one of the device or external storage.  

Hi! thanks for ur reply. My external hard disk device does not have any buttons or ways to manually transfer the files from the SD card to it. So I would have to depend on something else.
2018-7-18
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Hummingbird.UAV Posted at 2018-7-18 04:33
I use a Kingston Mobilelite.  Connect a 500Gig SSD via USB to it.  SD slot is loaded with the drone data card .  Phone is used to control the transfer of files.  I put about 250G of data on it during a 5 week trip.  Seeing that you are only going for a week it might be cheaper to just buy more miroSD cards.
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thanks might conisder this!
2018-7-18
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Malakai_UK
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wjwee Posted at 2018-7-18 17:57
Hi! How does this work? Do I slot the microSD into this WD MyPassport and then use my phone to connect to it via bluetooth and transfer the files manually from my phone?

My process is as follows, capture some content. Pull the micro SD from my drone and use the Micro SD to SD card and stick it in the WD drive. Turn the drive on It copies everything that hasn't already been copied from the SD onto the drive. When its finished i turn the drive off. Pop the card out and back into my drone then format the card in the drone. The WD drive has built in 2.4 and 5ghz WiFi so I just connect my phone to it like a hotspot and fire up the WD app. From here I can see my content and transfer the clips I want to my phone for editing. Hope this helps.
2018-7-19
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Malakai_UK Posted at 2018-7-19 02:24
My process is as follows, capture some content. Pull the micro SD from my drone and use the Micro SD to SD card and stick it in the WD drive. Turn the drive on It copies everything that hasn't already been copied from the SD onto the drive. When its finished i turn the drive off. Pop the card out and back into my drone then format the card in the drone. The WD drive has built in 2.4 and 5ghz WiFi so I just connect my phone to it like a hotspot and fire up the WD app. From here I can see my content and transfer the clips I want to my phone for editing. Hope this helps.

thanks. your detailed explanation has been most helpful!
2018-7-23
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Malakai_UK Posted at 2018-7-19 02:24
My process is as follows, capture some content. Pull the micro SD from my drone and use the Micro SD to SD card and stick it in the WD drive. Turn the drive on It copies everything that hasn't already been copied from the SD onto the drive. When its finished i turn the drive off. Pop the card out and back into my drone then format the card in the drone. The WD drive has built in 2.4 and 5ghz WiFi so I just connect my phone to it like a hotspot and fire up the WD app. From here I can see my content and transfer the clips I want to my phone for editing. Hope this helps.

Oh yes forget to check with you if you have issues transferring 4k videos from the micro SD to the WD drive? Previously I tried using RC to download into my iphone but it could not do so.
2018-7-23
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Malakai_UK
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None at all, it will copy everything from the SD card. The only issue I have is slightly choppy playback when streaming from the drive. I have iphone 6+ and that wont even play 4k files directly on the phone.  If you are interested in a great editor too and have iphone, look at lumafusion, costs about £20 but it integrates with the WD drive so you can edit the video files directly from the drive.
2018-7-24
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Ceciclia Garcia
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As long as you get this Coolmuster Android Assistant software at your hand, it is just a piece of cake to transferring pics from DJI Mavic Air to my external storage within simple clicks.
2018-11-15
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Billy Beckham
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MobiKin Transfer for Mobile makes it easy for you to transferring pics from DJI Mavic Air to my external storage with 1 simple click and risk-free.You could try it.
2018-11-21
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kosmelnikov
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I use 'Sync for DJI' app when I'm on vacation. With this app I do not need to take my laptop all time
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