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How to maintain smooth video capture on a multi component mission?



  • Jim McAndrew

    If you want continuous motion (either drone or gimbal), it needs to all be done within a single path component.

  • Niels Gerke

    Ok, so I've got that right. That was my conclusion as well. I thought if you'd put the corordinates of pois and headings to global variables, they could be available for all components as they are now among the markers on a path. Taking the destination parameters of a finished component as  initial arguments would also safe some time and capacity to calculate heading and height at the start of a following component. Would that be something worth considering? For cinematic purposes I see at least a combination of path, wait and orbit as wishful and needed components to make optimal use of Dronelink for professional and efficient video capturing.

    I know that there is every day another one having some ideas on how to do things better not thinking about the effort that has been put into it already and what it costs to make things happen. It's just because Dronelink is such an awefully good piece of software with so much potential :)

    Thanx for always taking your time and have a great weekend!

  • Jim McAndrew

    Would that be something worth considering?

    Maybe, but there are other ways to solve specific use cases (such as orbit in the middle of a path). For example, we could just implement something like an orbit waypoint type, or even just a waypoint placement assistance tool (to put down waypoints in a perfect circle).

  • Arizona Wyldwest

    Hi Neils. I may not be fully understanding your main question but maybe this will help give some ideas for future plans. This shared plan has a path which then switches to an Orbit. It takes a little more time to get the alignment really straight from the path to the destination but looks good running a continuous video. Also have an additional destination to a very short path at the end which I lined up really well to get the decent to look good. This is how I get smooth transition of the Aircraft and the video between the next component whether a path, destination etc. This way it doesn’t have the quick rotation or jerky movement to next component.

    Whenever I setup a plan which has this type of transition, I always place the end of path directly towards the center of where the Orbit will start so it looks cleaner and goes right into the Orbit smoothly. Same idea when coming out of the Orbit back into a new destination with and then path. Doesn’t look good when the Aircraft makes a quick transition/rotation to the next component etc. Maybe this will help If it’s something your asking about. 

    Good luck and enjoy.



  • Niels Gerke

    Hi Mike,

    thanks a lot for taking care. I always enjoy reading your very helpful posts! I will take a look at your mission plan for sure.

    My main question was about how to avoid what you state as "It takes a little more time to get the alignment really straight"

    Over here in Europe a big use case besides movie production (which in the US you might guess is way bigger and better) is filming for the travel and tourism industry and due to covid as keen as they are on trying new ways to attract customers they're equally short on cash on hand :) 

    And finally, as there is no filming without cutting, any video jerkyness is always going to cost you additional time on post production as well.

    Thx again and you have a nice weekend, Niels

  • Arizona Wyldwest

    Understood Neils. I figured if it wasn’t helpful you could just ignore me.  Lol….

    Good luck with and I hope it all works out better overall.

  • Snorre Selmer

    Arizona Wyldwest

    This is exactly what I've been looking for!

    Would you be able to put together a description of the step-by-step process of making this flight-plan? Like, how did you make the entire flight one recording, how did you get the approach to be part of the component for smooth transition (instead of the drone ending one component by stopping, repositioning, then starting the next), etc.

    I'm new to Dronelink, and the winter weather is preventing me from flying, so I have time to play with and explore Dronelink instead.


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