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  1. 22 hours ago, Silk Purse said:

    One caution using Litchi:  I have read of ( but have not experienced) a potential conflict between the DJI Go app & Litchi. if Go or a remnant of it is running when you run Ltchi there is a possibility of a loss of connection between your controller & your drone.  To prevent that you need to make sure Go is completely shut down before starting Litchi.  On an android device you can go to settings > Apps, select DJI Go & hit Force Stop.  Cycling power should also work. You could also run Litchi on a separate device, which is what I do.

    Very true in my experience there is nothing potential, it always causes and issue, so ensure you fully close down DJI GO. Hopefully there API will play nicely someday but until then this can be an issue.

  2. @Davidcbro This depends on a few things, The main one is do you have any experience with editing videos? If the answer is yes than you will have a base understanding of the concepts and most of the learning will just be how to apply said concepts via the blender program (this would not be too bad as it is just learning the keystrokes and button locations as well as some of the mechanics inside of blender). I can point you to some very helpful you tube instructional videos on video editing in blender. These will actually teach you about the basic concepts in video editing if you have never done it before.

    I would say the best way is to get out there and start editing, your first one is going to be terrible... its alright because that next one will be better and the third one will be even better. As long as you stick with it, try new things, and pay attention to what works and what needs to be tweeked each time you edit a new video you will continue to improve.


    take a look at this series for more info



  3. Great Topic, and even better discussion!

    I know i will be an outlier here but i will offer up what i use: BLENDER. Blender is an open source, and free, 3D modeling, Animation, rendering program with its own built in clip editor as well as a fully functional non linear video editor. I have used this since 2004 for everything from designing and skining/rigging 3d models to putting together my videos, and even post processing of images or videos.

    You can get it at

    Final cut and the others that are focused solely on video editing will most likely be better choices for most, in terms of learning curve, and familiarity, however Blender offers a full service program that is incredibly powerful, for free with a great community backing it. If you want an idea of what the pros who use it can do take a look at some of the blender open source movie projects. They do one of these every year using only blender... it blows my mind! Specifically look  at "Tears of steel" This is a live action movie with all the 3d, and post done with blender, very cool sci fi one.



    Also a little side bar here but one of my clients put me on to a service called "High Tail" at, This is a file sharing service with a built in comment system, revisions and versions that allows you to work in the same space with your clients, allowing them to see your photos, videos and any other file.

    They can make comments about re-touchs, or edits in videos (this is cool because instead of getting a list of times and having to go through your video a ton; the comments make a marker at that time in the video and you can jump through them to see exactly what they meant. Its free for small use and reasonable for much larger files (if you do videos you will want to get the $15 a mo plan).

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  4. @Scott Grimm It would really depend on the rig you are using, @Uaviator53 is right in that most of the consumer products do not have variable zoom, though on higher end Matrix rigs or customs builds it is possible, it may even be possible with the gopro and 3DR solo (not sure if some go pros have zoom, but 3DR worked to have full control available while mid flight). In terms of moving the camera yes most of the ones meant for video and photography will have a 2D or 3D motorized gimbal that functions to both stabilize the shot, as well as to provide the ability to move the cameras direction mid flight. Depending on if it is a 2D or 3D you may have control over the camera freely, or control over just the pitch (on the phantom 3 std to turn the camera left or right you yaw the whole UAV left or right). You don't tend to roll the camera while filming, but usually there is a setting to be able to ensure you are getting level shots in flight.

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  5. I would hope the remote frequencies set for explosive channels are far and away from public use channels set by the FCC. This may be a more involved search going through the specifications of each device with its transmitter and receiver to ensure there is 0.0% chance of an erroneous signal or interference.

  6. @PGlidden Indeed a much in demand service with a market that should grow very well in the next decade as third party repairs will become even more needed with the increase in usage and mileage of drones. Echoing what @Alan Perlman said about pricing,  i would suggest getting up a simple website as soon as you can even if it is a holder page with minimal information it will help perspective clients to view you as a legitimate option for their service and repairs. this will also help you to start to generate some leads if you can capture emails for newsletters or even just having your contact information up and available.  

    Sounds great keep it up and keep us advised of your progress.

  7. 20 hours ago, George Fitzgerald said:

    I thought about getting a parachute for my Blade Chroma, but a friend of mine suggested against it , he said it is all and well if you are flying in a open field, but you take a chance of wind blowing it away, possible crashing into power lines, trees etc. 

    It is really a damage mitigation system, that is to say if you reach the point of the parachute deploying you are far beyond worrying about crashing... that is now happening, even worrying about the tree and power line is actually secondary (while landing in a soft field would be nice, it is no longer the primary concern). If you are in a situation in which the parachute needs to deploy you are actually attempting to reduce the risk of a fatal or traumatic injury to yourself, onlookers, and non participants (the second level is damage to the drone / and property, but i would rather reck a drone than someones life). A drone falling through the air becomes a very dangerous weapon, and while the blades are capable of autorotation this will not significantly reduce the velocity, the parachute is the best bet here to a slower and therefore much less dangerous descent. truthfully the best way to lower this risk is to fly safe, and ensure you follow best practices, thereby reducing the overall chance of catastrophic failures.

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