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Learning to fly - Warning - Goofy Drone Stuff
« on: March 07, 2017, 02:25:41 AM »
Spring is finally breaking here in the Gorge.  We usually get super mild winters with very little snow but almost 100 inches in Hood River this year :).  My SSD card and reader finally arrived last week for my new drone.  This is the first drone i have ever owned (or flown) and man am I having a great time with it.  I entered midstream, with the tech already being incredibly refined. It was the video / photo capabilities that hooked me in but the flying makes all of that more interesting and challenging.

Here are a few clips from this week shot in 5.2K RAW.  I uploaded at 4K so check that out if your connection allows.  Uploading at 4K may be a mistake.  That resolution looks fine but the lower res options seem to fare worse than usual.  I am learning a lot on each outing.  So, here's to the process:

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Re: Learning to fly - Warning - Goofy Drone Stuff
« Reply #1 on: March 07, 2017, 06:23:16 AM »
The video from the drone looks great. And you fly the drone very well. I had no problem with the connection either. Looking forward to seeing more drone videos from you.

Thanks for sharing.
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Re: Learning to fly - Warning - Goofy Drone Stuff
« Reply #2 on: March 07, 2017, 07:36:21 AM »
Getting pretty brave there with the water shots. Must have bought the insurance.
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Re: Learning to fly - Warning - Goofy Drone Stuff
« Reply #3 on: March 07, 2017, 08:10:36 AM »
Right? I tossed my "dumb drone" into the desert sand a few times last weekend and had to take it apart and clean out the gears.

I've decided to hold off and wait for the Mavic to go v2 or the GoPro to drop to $5 lol.

Love the footage from these big boys. Keep it coming. Are you staying a hobbyist of getting your 107?

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Re: Learning to fly - Warning - Goofy Drone Stuff
« Reply #4 on: March 07, 2017, 09:13:06 AM »
Hi guys,

Check out these stills from video.  It blows my doors off that this flying camera will shoot 30 of these a second.  I know that this doesn't show through YouTube but it is a pleasure to work with.

http://www.standupzone.com/X5S-1.dng
http://www.standupzone.com/X5s-2.dng

The drone is so unbelievably capable that I have false confidence and have to remind myself to be careful..and think.  I flew it in 35 MPH winds the other day that was coming through in blasts.  The drone would go from flat to sideways and the video shows nothing.  No plans for a commercial license.  This is just about geek joy.  I am hoping to shoot some cool SUP and Windsurf video this summer and the natural beauty stuff is really enjoyable for me.  Kind of like going fishing except that I come home with something.

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Re: Learning to fly - Warning - Goofy Drone Stuff
« Reply #5 on: March 07, 2017, 09:32:38 AM »
Unfortunately for me, those images in those links don't show up in my linux Mint 18.1 operating system. Probably a wrong format.
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Re: Learning to fly - Warning - Goofy Drone Stuff
« Reply #6 on: March 07, 2017, 09:56:28 AM »
Unfortunately for me, those images in those links don't show up in my linux Mint 18.1 operating system. Probably a wrong format.

These are RAW (DNG) images and would require a program that will open DNG (Photoshop, Premiere, Resolve, After Effects, etc).  That is the amazing thing.  RAW video was a dream a decade ago and very rare air until the last few years.  having it in a drone is very cool. 

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« Reply #7 on: March 07, 2017, 11:56:18 AM »
Here are the images converted to jpg's and just under the max kb limit. The RAW format allows for extensive post work. Once it's compressed into a jpg format it's much less editable. Or is it eatable?
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Re: Learning to fly - Warning - Goofy Drone Stuff
« Reply #8 on: March 07, 2017, 12:57:14 PM »
Those two images are the ones I saw in the video. They're nice images. Either one of those would make a nice computer desktop photo.
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Re: Learning to fly - Warning - Goofy Drone Stuff
« Reply #9 on: March 07, 2017, 04:42:09 PM »
My SSD card and reader finally arrived last week for my new drone.

What drone/camera package are you using?  This tech is changing so quickly it's difficult to stay current with the latest high tech/best value packages.

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Re: Learning to fly - Warning - Goofy Drone Stuff
« Reply #10 on: March 07, 2017, 05:45:37 PM »
I know the answer--DJI Inspire 2 with Zenmuse X5S . We have pretty much the same gear--we both have the 5.2K camera, but I also bought the X4S camera, thinking the extended flight time with a lighter 4K camera would be worth it. Wrong. I run out of stuff to do before I run out of battery with either cam.

Stunning tech. I'm a little overwhelmed. And the realization that five plus years of drone flying plus a lot of dev and building experience means nothing is a little irritating. The thing flys itself. Sport mode is pointless. Just tell it what you want and get out of the way.
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Re: Learning to fly - Warning - Goofy Drone Stuff
« Reply #11 on: March 08, 2017, 05:22:44 AM »
Here are the images converted to jpg's and just under the max kb limit. The RAW format allows for extensive post work. Once it's compressed into a jpg format it's much less editable. Or is it eatable?

Right and the beauty of RAW is that most of the sensor data is preserved.  Nothing is set in stone yet.  You can change exposure, white balance, sharpening, etc all after the fact.  Tall Dude's perfect may be different than mine, or Bill's.

Here are the same two frames at 5.2k resolution with my processing.  You will likely need to click to expand as the images will be larger than your screen.  Keep in mind that these were shot as video (not stills) and 30 such frames are shot each second.  Also these were shot at 1/50th of a second which you would never do for a landscape on a still shot as motion blur would ruin the shot.  The 3D gimbal stabilization in the drone makes this possible. 

http://www.standupzone.com/X5S-1.png
http://www.standupzone.com/X5s-2.png

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