On-the-Fly - Path Waypoint Mission

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The Path on-the-fly function is the easiest way to get started using Dronelink and only requires the Dronelink mobile app.

The Path on-the-fly function generates a multi waypoint path based on locations marked using the drone. Once generated, just select Start to execute the mission.

 

Start by Watching this First Flights Video Showing the Path On-the-Fly Function

 

 

Quick Overview of the Path Configuration Steps

Common to all on-the-fly functions, a step-by-step wizard walks you through setting up the mission directly in the Dronelink mobile app. Here are the Path steps:

 

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Info: For your first mission, select an open field in a legal flight zone, and mark your waypoints well above any obstacles. Mark 3 waypoints within a clear line of sight of your take off location and do not change your drone altitude significantly (keeping all the waypoints at a similar safe altitude).

 

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.

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Once connected, the drone will display on the top right. 

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Step 2  -  Open the Path on-the-fly function

Scroll down to Select the Path function

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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 Path function step-by-step guide. Let's review the most important indicators highlighted below.

 

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  • 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         

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  • 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 with the drone

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)

Select Mark.

This will show a GPS coordinate on the map preview on the bottom left and next to the Mark button.

1st Waypoint and Framing

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Step 5  -  Mark remaining waypoints in the same step

Continue to fly to and Mark additional waypoints. In this example we mark 3 locations with different altitudes and framing.

2nd Waypoint and Framing:

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3rd Waypoint and Framing:

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Info: You can re-mark a location if you want to adjust it by selecting the red circle next to the marked location. mceclip0.png 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.

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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.

 

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  • Edit the speed at which the drone will fly between waypoints. For smoother and safer flights, keep a slow speed.

 

 

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  • Curved pathing is recommended for smooth transitions.

 

 

 

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       Select between:

  • Framing from Waypoints
    • Use the yaw and gimbal tilt when the waypoint was marked
  • Point of Interest
    • Focus on 1 POI set in the next step
  • My (RC) Location 
    • Focus on the remote controller location 
  • Direction of Flight
    • Focus camera along the flight path between waypoints
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  • If you select Point of Interest, you will be asked an additional step to Mark the point of interest using the drone.

 

 

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  • Forward will fly the waypoints in the same order you marked them. The drone will need to fly back to the starting location
  • Backward will start the mission from the last marked waypoint 

 

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  • Provide a name for the mission. This mission will be saved in your account and you can re-run it again, or access it on the web app to make further changes.

 

 

 

 

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

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

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Continue the mission until you see the mission accomplished dialog:

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Check out the final edited result:

 

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