Beginner's Guide Part 1 - DJI Mavic Pro

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how's it going everybody and Richard

here and today we're talking about the

Maverick Pro adds a new Matic Pro owner

so when I first got the drone I read up

on it I watched some videos but there

were a lot of things that I kind of also

learned after the fact that I wish I had

known at the beginning so today what

we're going to do is act like I just got

this drone and kind of go through the

initial procedures the initial settings

and the initial practices that you want

to start incorporating into your routine

your habits with flying this we have the

battery in we're going to take our arms

and flip them out and we are going to

take off our plastic gimbal cover and

also the clamp that holds the gimbal on

now right now I see I actually have a

gimbal filter you guys probably won't

have one just yet and if you do we're

going to fly without it so take off the

gimbal filter if you have one and we're

just going to fly standard drone out of

the box first thing we do and this is

kind of like maybe the first thing on

your checklist if you want to make one

for yourself well make sure the

propellers are in working order that

they're all on securely the battery is

in securely the gimbal is facing

somewhat so at least and snot off to one

side or looks like it's maybe snapped

out of its little mechanism there and

also make sure at the back and

everything all this is unimpeded because

there is a fan inside so we'll make sure

that there's nothing you know blocking

the fan intakes and out ticks also make

sure that your SD card is in motion have

a close come with their own SD card I

have upgraded to a 64 gigabyte they

usually come with a 16 gigabyte and make

sure that little switch is set to RC and

not Wi-Fi we are not flying in Wi-Fi

mode today

also make sure your lens is clean

because you don't want fingerprints that

might show up in your video

okay the drone looks good so we're going

to take our controller here it's fully

charged spread our little arms out and

then also take our antennas now the

first time that I got this controller I

found it really difficult to pull these

antennas apart I think it's because it

was new and so it had never been done

before really so unsnapping these and

moving them upward was really

bit of a challenge but since I have

worked it probably a hundred times by

now it comes apart really easily

normally I fly with an iPad but we're

going to use my phone today just like I

used to when I first got the drone and I

think that probably 90% of you guys will

be using a phone anyway we're going to

use the table and I'm going to plug it

in the bottom of this controller because

they're just the way that my phone is

shaped I can't actually utilize the

small chords that they gave me that

would fit on the sides here so instead I

have a longer USB to micro USB cord here

and that's how it fits with my phone now

the proper order for turning on all your

stuff here is remote first and then now

that your remote is on we're going to

turn on the drone in both of these

instances you press twice on the power

buttons once quickly and then hold it

the second time and then you'll see the

device boot up when you power on the

drone you will see the prompts all kind

of move just a little bit you'll also

see the gimbal move and that's just kind

of finding its Center it's not a true

gimbal calibration we're going to do

that in just a second in the app once

the controller connects with the drone

you will see atti mode turn on then gps

mode and then once everything is all

ready it says ready to go now we're

going to go into your phone and we're

going to go to the DJI go for app and

once everything is ready and you have

the app booted up and you have your

phone connection to your controller

which is also connect through the drone

it should say go fly now at this point

I'm going to start recording on my phone

with a program called a mobizen that's

how I record on my Android device I'm

also going to adjust my phone's

brightness I'm going to stop the auto

brightness function because I want to be

able to see this very clearly I'm going

to probably use my battery a little bit

faster because of that okay so now that

everything is on and we're connected in

the goal app and we see an image which

is important we want to make sure that

we see an image we're going to do our

calibration these are kind of the first

out-of-the-box calibrations that you'll

want to do first of all on the upper

left you'll see the DJI logo and then to

the right of that you see ready to go in

the Android version and I think most

other versions as well

you can click on ready to go and it will

bring up aircraft status and then here

what you can do is you can look at your

compass and your IMU status it may stay

normal the same time because we've never

actually started this drone before we're

going to calibrate our compass and our

IMU let's start with the IMU so let's

get out of that menu and go to GPS you

see up there on the top and the very

center of the screen GPS with a little

quadcopter logo scroll down all the way

to advanced settings and then scroll

down to sensors States here you have I

new calibration and compass calibration

you see my compass actually is in the

yellow so it's not good right now so I

am you calibration click on IMU and now

it says dismount propellers first so it

was important to get to this menu but

what we're going to have to do is

basically fold up our drone and take our

propellers off to to calibrate the

enemies let's do that real quick

so the drone is still on but we're not

going to touch it with the controls

you're simply going to start to the IMU

calibration will hit start and it says I

need calibration place the aircraft on

drawing plane ground as indicated so

just having it this way we've already

gotten the first step done now we move

it on to it's right side let it

calibrate and then the left side and go

through all that it's asking for and

when it's done we'll move on to next

calibration so we have a successful IMU

calibration once the IMU has been

calibrated you're going to have to shut

off the drone and restart it and our

next step is to calibrate the compass

spread the arms back out by this point

you probably feel that the drone is

getting warm and that's actually a good

thing because if we just turned it on

and start flying without it warming up

that's not always a good thing for the

components inside and the motor all

right let's put the propellers back on

now if you got the drone new you would

have had to do this anyway so perhaps

this is a good for us to be doing this

on video whatever I would like to just

address the fact that it's like 80

degrees right now and I'm getting eaten

by mosquitoes and it's only the

beginning of February back to our phone

and calibrate compass so it says make

sure no magnet or metal objects are

within 5 feet of the compass so I think

that actually the steps I'm on may be

reinforced with some sort of metal so

what I'm going to do is walk over here

and we're going to do the spin that

they're asking for rotate aircraft 360

degrees horizontally now my phone is not

showing this very well because I'm also

recording a little too much for the

capabilities of my phone so I am getting

a little bit of chewed-up image here but

rest assured and when you do this you

should have a much better image if you

have a phone that's not an antique like

mine now let's calibrate the gimbal

we're go back into the GPS quadcopter

menu there and at the bottom right

before the

three little dot you'll see the camera

this is the gimbal settings so we are

going to auto calibrate gimbal there at

the bottom

check the aircraft is level and nothing

is obstructing the gimbals range of

motion check okay let's begin and you'll

see that it's going to go through a

couple of movements it's basically going

to give us our progress throughout the

test and this is trying to figure out

what's level what it should be at this

point you can also do remote calibration

if you feel like it's necessary my

calibration for my remote was pretty

decent already but you do have the

remote controller settings here and you

can do remote controller calibration if

you feel like something's a little wonky

oh by the way see that magnetic field

interference there that that warning

message that means that yeah there must

be some metal in these steps we'll move

away when we want to actually take off

let's go into the the main settings here

the MC settings and let's go down to the

sensors so one step down from the

quadcopter icon on the left you will see

that little sensor icon for word

obstacle sensing this is good

so when forward optical sensors detect

an obstacle the aircraft will slow to a


maximum speed using obstacle sensing is

22 miles per hour so basically has a 60

degree horizontal by 54 degree vertical

view sensing what is in front of it and

it will try and stop the drone for you

if it senses something coming up tap to

fly allow horizontal obstacle avoidance

if activated aircraft will automatically

fly around detected objects I don't want

it to automatically fly around things I

don't trust it I would much rather it

stopped so I'm not going to allow it to

try and move to the side or whatever

because since it doesn't have that field

of view directly to the left to the

right if it tries to avoid something in

front it could very well hit a tree or a

wall or something that's off to the side

so I'm not going to have that on that

seems like that's a bad idea

enable backwards flying this is

basically only if you're tracking

something and you're moving toward the

drone will it move away and kind of

follow you at the same distance moving

backward that's fine because if you're

tracking normally you already know where

the drone is and you can always kind of


with your own movement enable obstacle

avoidance if activated aircraft will

avoid obstacles horizontally otherwise

it will flow to the stop again off you

can turn that on if you feel like you

need to but you're going to have to

really know where your drone is in space

advanced vision settings enable downward

vision positioning yes let's keep that

on landing protection aircraft we'll

check the landing area when landing

protection is enabled sure we'll keep

that on precision landing that will

automatically collect landing

information during takeoff yes we'll

talk about that more in a second and

turn on smart return to homes

if obstacles is objected during smart

return to home aircraft will ascend to

avoid it you might have to turn that on

or off depending on where you are you

know if you're in a forest or something

you don't necessarily want it to go

higher to return to home because it's

going to crash into the canopy of the

trees and by the way return to home is

where your drone originally took off

from and it's sort of an automatic

feature to return to home if you have a

little battery or a disconnect finally

let's go back to emcee settings and

we're going to adjust return to home

altitude 60 meters I have that's going

to clear anything around here it's going

to go higher than any tree maximum

altitude 122 meters I have it set at so

in the United States

the FAA limits us to flying higher than

400 feet it's actually not allowed it's

illegal we can get fined or whatever so

122 meters is roughly 400 feet so that's

just really easy for you to not go above

that threshold by setting your maximum

altitude distance limit as well I have

it set to 200 meters I will never have

to go further than 200 meters I will

never have to send the drone out that

far away from me if I ever do I'll know

what to adjust setting to allow me to do

that okay so we have the drone in the

grass we're just going to do a quick

little takeoff now there's two ways to

take off you can either click on the

left side of the screen you see that is

actually a take-off button so we can do

that and slide to takeoff and it will

rise to about 4 feet now I'm not going

to do the slide to takeoff instead I'm

going to do the left thumb down left

right thumb down right we do it together

and then up on the left joystick which

is to raise the drone up and there we

are we're hovering now so it's that

simple if we want to land all we have to

do is press the drone or press the left

stick down and wait for it to initiate

its landing sequence and hold it until

it stops spinning now let's go into our

video settings so over there on the

lower right you will see a little

sliders along with the playback button

all the way at the bottom right I'm

going to click on those little sliders

in icon and you will see your ISO and

your shutter now it's kind of cloudy

today and kind of overcast but what

we're going to do is try and get a good

shot a good exposure out of what we're

working with today the higher the ISO

they're brighter the image the lower the

ISO the darker the image now with the

shutter speed it's the opposite the

lower the shutter speed the brighter the

image the higher the shutter speed the

darker the image so between the shutter

and the ISO you can kind of combine the

settings to get a good exposure what you

want to do is have the lowest ISO

possible for any given image and then

adjust your shutter now of course there

are filters and that sort of thing that

will also help you darken your image

without having to raise your shutter so

much but for today we're going to talk

about as the drone comes stock out of

the box so we're going to set our ISO to

100 and our shutter speed to 150th that

actually looks like a pretty good image

to me if we're looking out at the grass

in the trees

I'm also going to set my white balance

to cloudy because that's what it is

today it's very cloudy I talked about

style and colorization and that sort of

thing in another video so I suggest you

look at that I will be shooting in full

4k at 24 frames a second because I just

like that look so there we are we're

going to tap the center of the screen to

get a focus on those trees far away the

home base is where we just took off

front so directly underneath the drone

now considered home if it loses signal

or if it you know somehow has a low

battery critical message or whatever it

will return back to its home location

the best it can one way to improve that

return to home accuracy is to raise the

drone at least thirty feet maybe even

forty feet and that actually enables it

to create a downward positioning image

in the drone to figure out where it has

to go back as it returns to home and it

utilizes that precision landing sensor

that we turned on earlier on in the

sensor menu so let's say we're done with

the shoot and we want to land there are

two ways to do that you can either do

the land function here land aircraft now

and it's going to say ok or cancel but

what I usually do is hit the thumbstick

down the left thumbstick just like we

use the left thumbstick to raise it up

to ascend we're going to descend into a

land and it's going to stop and hover

there two feet or so keep pressing and

there we go it's finally initiated its

landing sequence you keep pressing down

to descend and fill those blades stop

now what we're going to do is turn off

the drone and let it cool down for just

a minute or two before we put it back in

the bag let's put the gimbal clamp back

on I find that it's easy to tilt the

drone forward a little bit to allow the

gimbal to kind of swing forward

ultimately you will see a drone nestled

in just like that you'll see that the

gimbal has its own little notch now they

also gave me a cover that prevents this

plastic from getting scratched and

smudged I don't really use that because

I don't fly with this anyway so I don't

care if this gets scratched always try

not to do is not fly with the gimbal

cover things that could happen if you do

it could actually prevent the drone from

cooling yourself properly because right

now you see you're actually blocking the

air intake if I take this off there's

actually an air intake for that fan

within the inside so if you're doing

this you're blocking that air and say

can you drone might overheat well thanks

so much for watching guys I hope this

was informative I have another video

coming out where we're going to actually

look at how we process some of the Matic

footage that we shoot

using premier and APC so if you have

premier and a PC or you plan to get one

check out that video might help you with

some editing strategy and how to process

Matic footage or really any footage that

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