On-the-fly functions are the easiest way to get started using Dronelink and does not require mission planning in advance. Just use the Dronelink mobile app to generate a mission using your drone position as you follow step-by-step instructions.
This video show how to run a waypoints path and follow on-the-fly mission using the Dronelink mobile app, and covers a few Dronelink app basics.
Info: For your first Dronelink mission, select an open field in a legal flight zone, and mark your waypoints well above any obstacles. Mark locations within a clear line of sight of your take off location and keep the altitude changes minimal.
Step 1 - Open the Dronelink App and Connect Your Drone
Open the Dronelink App, login, and connect your drone.
On your first login Dronelink will automatically open to the on-the-fly functions page (lighting bolt menu icon).
Once connected, the drone will display on the top right.
Step 2 - Open the Waypoints Path on-the-fly function
Scroll down to Select the Path function
Step 3 - Pre-Flight Check
Make sure that your drone is safe and ready to fly.
The Dronelink app will open showing the drone preview, drone status, along with common indicators and controls, a map preview and compass, and the Waypoints Path function step-by-step guide. Let's review the most important indicators highlighted below.
- Check that you are seeing a green status bar at the top of the Dronelink app, indicating that you don't have any warnings or errors. If you do, use the DJI app to perform any required drone calibrations.
- Make sure that you are in Normal, or Positioning P-mode on your DJI controller
- Make sure you are connected to sufficient satellites (we recommend over 10)
- Make sure you have sufficient battery on both the drone and your RC
- Ensure you have sufficient space on your SD card. To format your SD card use the DJI App.
Once you are ready, select Get Started
Step 4 - Mark your First Waypoint
Take-off and position the drone at the location you want your first waypoint at. Frame the shot the way you want. (The framing can be used to control the drone rotation and gimbal)
This will show a pin on the map preview on the bottom left, and will display a GPS coordinate next to the Mark button.
1st Waypoint and Framing
Step 5 - Mark Additional Waypoints
Before selecting next, continue to fly to and Mark additional waypoints. In this example we mark 3 locations with different altitudes and framing.
2nd Waypoint and Framing:
3rd Waypoint and Framing:
Info: You can re-mark a location if you want to adjust it by selecting the red circle next to the marked location. The most recent one is at the bottom.
Step 6 - Set Capture Media
Select Next and select the media to capture. Select between Video, Photos, or None. You can trigger the camera manually if desired.
Step 7 - Enter and Edit Advanced Settings
Optionally select Yes to configure additional advanced settings.
Otherwise Select No to enter the Input Summary page and Start the mission.
Step 8 - Review Inputs Before Generating Mission
Review the input summary page. Select any step from the list to make changes.
Select Continue to generate and Start the mission
Step 9 - Optionally Configure camera settings before starting
Configure camera settings by selecting the Menu or Settings button. In this case we will capture video in 4k at 30fps with camera settings set to auto.
We recommend starting with auto camera settings.
Step 10 - Start Mission
The mission generated will display as a blue path in the map preview window. You can expand the map to take a closer look at the mission you are about to fly.
Select Start to begin executing the mission.
Note: The drone will first drop or climb in altitude to the match that of the first waypoint, and then fly horizontally to it.
Once you select Start, Dronelink will take control and begin executing the flight path, the camera will start recording automatically.
Continue the mission until you see the mission accomplished dialog:
Check out the final edited result:
On-The-Fly Follow Mode