Cool and easy drone tricks | favorite intelligent flight modes

So after publishing the beginner's guide tackling the basic controls on how to fly a drone.. Now, let us move on to the next level on doing some simple yet super cool drone tricks using only a few buttons on our mobile phone via a drone application.

cool and easy drone tricks
cool and easy drone tricks


A little reminder, some of these drone actions may or may not be available depending on your installed drone app. And, make sure that your drone's status is all working properly when flying. As per experience, conditions like compass recalibration, presence of any magnetic field, and/or having a weak GPS signal (they are just a few examples) can prevent you from doing some of these actions properly. But don't worry, simple trouble-shooting usually solves them by following the given instructions when they occur - unless you need to change location.

There are many intelligent flight modes available but I will just share with you some of my favorites. To use them, easily follow the steps below:

Step 1: Press the "change mode" button on your mobile screen while using the drone app (DJI GO 4)


change mode button
change mode button


Step 2: Select the "QuickShot" menu

quickshot menu
quickshot menu


Step 3: Select your focus by touching the screen

select your focus
select your focus


Step 4: Then select your desired intelligent flight mode

intelligent flight modes
intelligent flight modes


Let's start with the most basic which is ROCKET.

The drone will move on top of the focused subject, move its gimbal (camera view) downwards then shoots itself upward just like a rocket hence the name.

You can also easily do this on manual mode just be positioning the drone on top of the subject, moving its gimbal down, then lifting the drone up by pushing the left joystick forward.

rocket flight mode view
rocket flight mode view


Next is the DRONIE

Once the focus is done, it will move backward and upwards at the same time giving a cinematic view of the subject.

You can actually do this on manual mode by combining the lift and the backward movement of the drone but the tricky part here is the gimbal focus. Selecting ANY intelligent flight mode lets you produce smooth footages making it a priority when able. And another reminder, make sure that the drone's path is clear when it performs its flight.


dronie flight mode view
dronie flight mode view


CIRCLE or HELIX

These are both different flight modes though quite similar to each other. They both circle-around the focused subject but the CIRCLE maintains its height while the HELIX slowly gains altitude and goes further as well.

It can really be hard to do super smooth footages for these two flight modes when the wind condition is not that good. But when you pull one-off, it can really produce a dramatic scene.

circle or helix flight mode view
circle or helix flight mode view


Now, for the ACTIVE TRACK feature

Simply select the active track menu after the change mode button is clicked (the same screen with the QuickShot menu on step 2 above),

active track menu
active track menu

When this mode is chosen and after selecting your focus, this will enable the drone to follow the subject accordingly.


active track flight mode view
active track flight mode view


You can even follow the subject while the drone is circling around it which is SUPER COOL to see. You can do that by simply swiping your screen following the given arrow while on active track mode.


circling active track
circling active track


Helpful tips:

* Maintain your gimbal speed to a single digit value - Cinematic footages are more dramatic when the gimbal speed is slow. Though it may vary on your target video output. But most of the time, slower is better.

* Set your customizable buttons in the remote control to gimbal up/down - In reference to the tip above, time is gold when the drone unit is turned on. It will take time for you to move your gimbal if its slow so make sure to take advantage of this feature to adjust it in one click.

Reminder:

Try to be in video recording mode as much as possible - When changing modes, regular video recording stops. When doing QuickShots, it automatically video records it but then you have to click the record button again especially when you switch back to manual or other modes. So make sure to always double-check your screen if it is recording.. It is always easier to edit than to do it all over again.

* Videos in cache - If you check your videos in your cache memory, it is normal that you'll see your videos there compressed to about like 10 secs. Yes, it usually fast-forwards its middle part to achieve its target. Again, don't worry because it is all recorded well (at ordinary speed) in your memory card installed in the drone (if you did lol).The video quality is also affected here if you get them from the cache memory but just the same, you'll get the best quality once you access your memory card video recordings.

Practice is key - It will be tricky especially on the start, but it will not be that long for you to handle it well after some practices. Yes, practice is key but being creative here can bring you further.


Here is the video version of this post for better guidance especially for the ones who understand better when they actually see it. Let's see if I can still do another blog/vlog for more learnings but until then, enjoy your drone.



If you cannot see the video above, click HERE for it



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Cool and easy drone tricks | favorite intelligent flight modes Cool and easy drone tricks | favorite intelligent flight modes Reviewed by Michael on March 09, 2020 Rating: 5

57 comments:

  1. I am always fascinated by these drones. Never got a chance to personally try them though. These are some well explained tips which would come handy if I get a chance one day. Thank you!

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  2. Kristine Nicole AlessandraMarch 10, 2020 at 1:08 PM

    Great tips for drone owners. We don't own one yet but I will refer to your guide when we do finally decide to get one. It sure looks like owning one is a lot of fun!

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  3. I've seen some amazing drone videos! The view from above is exciting & thanks to drones... more accessible for many compared to before.

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  4. These are some great tips for using drones. We can't use one where I live because we are within 5 kilometres of an airport.

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    1. Feel free to use them when you are not at home then hehe

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  5. Cool tips for drone owners... thank you so much for sharing...

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  6. how fun! drones are definitely something, i would enjoy it a lot

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  7. My son just bought a drone and he thinks it is the cat's meow. He took it out to play not long ago and it was pretty great.

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  8. I have started feeling attracted towards aftert seeing your videos.
    Thanks for sharing.wil share this to drone owners.

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    1. <3 Thanks mate. Appreciated the compliment.

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  9. I have never had a drone and I had always wondered if I ever get one how would I use it. But wow this is pretty cool.

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  10. Omg
    I love drones. Gonna save up to get one. Thanks for the tips

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  11. As usual the topic is attractive and informative, Thanks for guiding on drone handling.

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  12. I have never flown a drone before but my husband is a pilot!

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  13. This is an interesting guide. I don't have a drone yet but I have seen them in action and I'd love to get one soon.

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  14. Very cool! I've been considering getting a drone, but not sure on the tech side of it. This is helpful. Thanks!

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  15. Getting a drone is still on my wish list. It's so neat all the things you can do with one. Love your tips. Thanks for posting them!

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  16. I've been wanting to buy a drone forever!!! I love drones especially for photography and it is such a cool hobby.

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    1. Trueeeeee its different when you actually have them already

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  17. I am about getting a drone soon and i get i will keep tabs on this your tricks, thanks for sharing

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  18. I like the pictorial guide makes it easy to understand.

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    1. Again? What did you do to the old one?! =1

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  20. Cool ideas, I will definitely share with my kids.

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  21. I love how drones help specially in taking pictures for subjects that are high or you want a nice overhead angle. This is a nice discussion about drones

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  22. All of these pictures are great and drones keep amazing me everytime I read more about them and their different modes. And it seems a bit complicated to control a drone.

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  23. I love watching videos with drone footage but have never had the nerve to get one myself. You make it look so easy though!

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  24. I don't have a drone but I know someone who enjoys her drone. These are helpful tips for her.

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  25. Wow! I really did not know these hacks! Definitely very useful and interesting! :)

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  26. What an awesome set of tricks. I am going to share this with my friends who love their drones!

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  27. This is amazing! Never really paid too much attention to drones however this was an interesting read. Thank you for sharing.

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  28. One of my goals this year was to get a drone. These are such helpful tips to capture great footage with a drone!

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