DJI Mavic Pro – 10 Tips To Get The Most Out Of Your Mavic

what is up guys Taylor Moore here so if you just got the DJI Maverick you're thinking about getting the DJI maverick you're probably doing exactly what I did when I was at that stage which is scouring the internet looking at every YouTube video humanly possible to try to learn as much as I possibly can well today I'm going to give you all the tips and tricks that I found over the course of the last three months let's get going but first intro and I [Music] [Applause] got to say the nespresso is not necessarily the same thing as pour-over but also not sponsored up man they make a really good cup of joe all right guys let's just jump right in I want to give you 10 tips across all the different categories to give you everything that you need to know to get up and going with your DJI Maverick from the day you buy it all the way to when you're producing cinematic video we're going to jump right in and give you those tips right now so go ahead if you are looking for a specific topic you can jump to them right here here's all the minutes where those are located let's jump right in number 1 the first thing that you're going to want to think about is are you going to be flying recreationally are you going to be flying commercially if you're going to be flying recreationally then there's really nothing you need to do as of this June or maybe May 0 elevate there was a new law that was passed that said that if you're flying recreationally you don't have to do anything you no longer have to register your drone that said you need to always stay up on the laws because they are constantly changing as you can see that just happened here a couple months ago less than a month ago a couple weeks ago something like that make sure you're doing your research ahead of time if you know we're going to be flying make sure you read up on that location and you're staying up-to-date on what they say about flying you know people are getting in trouble for flying in national parks for flying overhead in cities guys like Casey nice that are now getting crackdown on by the FAA for flying in places they shouldn't so make sure you're not one of those people which takes me to the second part of my first point which is if you're going to be flying commercially then you're going to want to go ahead and get your part 107 certification now this is going to allow you to sell your footage in any form or fashion you're never going to have to worry about the FAA being on you it's also going to be a really good educational tool for you to get to know all the regulations around flying a drone it's just going to keep you a lot safer in the long point number two when you go ahead and buy your drone go ahead and get the fly more combo it's coming with two extra batteries and even more importantly a charging hub these batteries only lasting about 20 minutes before you need to bring them back and reload so go ahead and get this it's going to have that hub where you can have extra batteries charging and you're never going to have to wait for a new battery to be charged because you kind of simply have them cycling in and out it also comes with a fancy little carrying purse that's what a person's are satchel it also comes with a fancy little carrying satchel all in all it's a fantastic deal and quite frankly if you don't have the extra batteries you're going to find that your fly times are just way too short you're not really going to be able to get much footage so go ahead and get the fly more combo number three before you go flying you need to download an app called drone buddy now drone buddy has all the information that you need to understand before you go flying so first office includes no-fly zones some military bases proximity to airports it's not perfect doesn't have everything but it is going to give you a very rough idea to make sure you're not flying in areas that you overtly should not be flying in this app is also great for communicating environmental conditions which leads into my fourth point which is you need to at least have a rudimentary understanding of the planetary KP index what the KP index is is a measure of storm activity from the Sun that's going to have a magnetic interference effect on the earth now while this might not seem like a big deal there actually is a potential for some magnetic interference with the compass on your drone if the Sun is really going crazy up there ah so if you jump into drone buddy and see that the KPA next is sitting somewhere above for just at least be aware that there is a chance that you could see some magnetic interference with the compass of your drone point number five if you're planning on shooting video and not just doing photo you're probably going to want to pick up some neutral density filters let's say it's an incredibly bright day outside and you need to go out and shoot well your camera has ideal settings that it should be shooting on and a lot of times the light outside is just way too intense for that so neutral density filters are essentially sunglasses that you put on the camera of your drone and it cuts out a lot of that light before it even gets to the camera allowing you to shoot at the optimal camera settings the beauty of neutral density filters is that they cut out a lot of that excess light but they will not affect the color of your footage so one of the packs of filters that I recommend and that I use every single time I fly is by a group called polar Pro and they have a series that they call the Vivid series this includes an d 4 + d 8 + nd 16 I'm going to flash some footage right now of what it looks like to shoot with all of those so you can see that when the camera is shooting and there's no filter on it it's just far too bright when we bump that up to an ND 4 it starts helping a little bit you can recover some of the colors especially the buildings but the sky is completely blown out moving on to ND 8 the sky is really vivid it's blue it looks great you're retaining all that detail and by the time we get to ND 16 it's a little bit darker than you hope it would be but it still looks great very usable footage another reason I really recommend the polar pros is because they're so light and so precise and designed really well for the camera of the you can actually boot up and turn on and off your device leaving that filter on so when you're out there you're running your gun and you're sticking that drone in your bag and you're moving to a next location taking those filters on and off can really be a hassle so getting one on that fits the condition and just leaving it on is really really helpful point 6 consider buying a bigger SD card for your camera than the one that comes with it so it comes with a 16 gig but if you're shooting in 4k which you should it's not big enough so go ahead and get a bigger memory card I recommend a 64 gig point number 7 and this one should seem really obvious but people do this and it's crazy do not shoot with the camera cover on so that globe that comes on the front well it seems like a really great protector for the gimbal and for the camera do not shoot with that on you're going to get all sorts of weird reflections it's going to distort your film a little bit don't shoot with it on take it off it was never made to be flown with that on that's just for transport for you to stick it in your bag and ensure that the camera's not getting all bent up and scratched up don't fly with it on point number eight ideal cinematic camera settings here they are I found a lot of people's advertising different settings some that are good some that are bad I've tried a whole bunch of them but here they are I'm going to flash them up here on the screen so that you can check them out and I'm going to talk about them and go through them a little bit first off I always shoot Andy logged do you long had some issues early on but with recent updates it's really doing a fantastic job of capturing a ton of detail and allowing you to retain that when you take it into post-production now for my color settings I am shooting in plus one negative one negative one and there's going to be some debate here but basically plus going to be your sharpness you're going to want to be at either 0 or +1 I never recommend going below 0 basically the software of the DJI maverick does some really weird things when you lower that sharpness below 0 where you start seeing some artifacts that are blurry and only certain areas of the footage it really doesn't look good just keep it at 0 or +1 you're going to be far happier 0 if you want it to be a little bit less sharp +1 if you want to resemble something more like the phantom 4 and then negative 1 negative 1 is it going to be your saturation your color these are going to be down one step mainly because D log already takes a lot of that out so by only lowering those by negative one you're really already taken out a lot of color and you don't need to drop it that much lower those are my color settings take them or leave them I'm using the mp4 format 4k at 30 frames per second you have the ability to conform that down to 24 frames per second for a really cinematic look with that nice 20% slowdown it looks really great shutter speed you're going to want this to be at 60 you're always going to want to double your frame rate so 30 frames per second one sixtieth shutter speed my Eevee meter I'm trying to keep as close to zero as possible and I'm trying to keep my ISO right around 100 or 200 and that allows you to keep a lot of the graininess in your footage out whitebalance i'm keep it right at about 7,000 kelvin plus or minus maybe 200 this allows me to just for the conditions and it looks wonderful it's easy to color grade looks great on a sunny day another thing I always make sure I have turned on is the overexposure alert so you get those zebras to let you know where overexposure is in your footage now of all the channels that I've watched to find this information big shout out to Matt who is Matt Johnson he's also a friend of the channel he does phenomenal work here's a link for his videos and for his channel go check him out he's producing really great cinematic works so big shout out to Matt for giving us some of the best video settings that I've seen thus far point number 9 gimbal settings so we've got our camera setup now let's get our gimbal set up first thing you're going to want to do is jump into your settings and you're going to want to adjust your yaw down from point two five to point to your jaw is basically your rotation around the y-axis so your drone turning and currently the way it comes right out of the box it is very twitchy so by lowering this from point two five two point two you're getting a little bit slower turn looks a bit more cinematic and is altogether just going to give you a much smoother shot when you're turning while filming now when you start adjusting that gimbal and rotating up and down man that thing is just it is flying man it's got hard stops so we're going to take that out we want that to smooth down substantially so what we're going to do is lower our gimbal smooth track to between 20 and 30 I believe mine is set it right at about 20 or 23 what you're going to want to do is adjust your gimbal speed to between 20 and 30 what all these are going to do when you bring them all together is it's going to get your gimbal moving a little bit slower and then it's going to have a ramp up and a ramp down at the beginning of that motion so instead of having a hard stop hard stop hard stop it's going to start and then stop start and then fade into the stop this gives you a much much smoother action you have to practice with it a little bit because you have to let your finger off a little bit before when you want it to actually stop but it's going to look so much better your films going to look so much smoother a whole heck of a lot more cinematic the last couple things that I recommend is turning on your 30 degrees up switch what this is going to do is allow you to actually tilt that camera 30 degrees above the horizontal and film what's above you and the last thing that I would highly recommend making sure you turn on is the gimbal pan synchronous follow what this is going to do is when you're turning the drone it's actually going to use the motion of the gimbal to help smooth that out as well so overall it's doing everything you can to get your footage looking as good as it possibly can as smooth as it possibly can point number 10 the last thing we're going to talk about is go ahead and start getting comfortable with color grading understand what it is understand what Lots are also known as look-up tables these are really really easy tools that allow you to take that D log footage and make it look beautiful in a really short period of time you don't have to do all that much work but it's going to have so much more detail going to be rich or won't be that hyper saturated Auto mode it just looks so much better so learn how to use them in either final cut or premiere whichever one you're using there are a lot of people out there explaining what they are how they work Peter McKinnon is probably one of my favorites he produces some of his own look-up tables his own lots and he also shows you how to use them what they are how to grade with them I'm going to go ahead and provide a link to that in the description below and you can also see some of my footage the before and after of what it looked like when it came in and then after it was graded so that's it guys those are my tips on what you should be doing from the day you buy your drone to the day you're shooting cinematic video and everything in between I really hope this was helpful I'll tell you I had a ton of fun shooting this video so go ahead and please hit that thumbs up if you found this helpful if you agree with these settings if you don't maybe drop something in the comments let 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