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New Pilot from Eastern Washington. Loving the Mavic 3

Ldwillie1216

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Howdy fellow pilot's

Have flown friends drones a few times but waited about a year for Mavic 3 refurbed to be an option.


Lots to learn with drone, videography, and video editing but having lots of fun on the journey.

This is my first video so would be curious about my settings on drone or editing. If there is something one of you can see off the bat that I could improve would love to know;)
 
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Howdy fellow pilot's

Have flown friends drones a few times but waited about a year for Mavic 3 refurbed to be an option.


Lots to learn with drone, videography, and video editing but having lots of fun on the journey.

This is my first video so would be curious about my settings on drone or editing. If there is something one of you can see off the bat that I could improve would love to know;)
Greetings from Birmingham Alabama USA, welcome to the forum! We look forward to hearing from you!

Going forward, please post your photo/videos in the Photo/Video Forum
 
Have flown friends drones a few times but waited about a year for Mavic 3 refurbed to be an option.

Lots to learn with drone, videography, and video editing but having lots of fun on the journey.

Welcome from the Hampton Roads area of Virginia, USA. We have a Member's Map in the Upper Right of the Title Bar. Click on "Members" and then Click on "Member's Map…" Check it out and you might find some new flying friends.


As a New Drone Pilot, there are a couple of Legal Things you may need to do…

If you have not already done so, you will need to get your TRUST Certificate. You can get that at the Pilot Institute Web Site (FREE…) . Since your Drone weighs more than 250-grams (0.55 pounds) and you are flying under The Exception for Recreational Flyers, you are still required to register your Drone.

When I first started flying I registered my Mini 2 because the TRUST Certificate and FAA Registration established me as a "certified" Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) Pilot.

Link to the TRUST Certificate at the Pilot Institute Web Site (FREE…)


Link to the FAADroneZone (Optional Registration for Drones under 250-Grams…)


If you are considering acquiring your Part 107 License, here is a link to get you going…


Since you live in Washington State, there are specific laws and rules for you to follow, please check the link below for all the Rules and Laws that are in effect in your neck of the woods and it also links you to some of the Best Places to Fly in your area… Also, if you travel on vacation, visit friends, and relatives in other parts of the country, check back here so you do not run afoul of the law.


Even if you have flown Drones before, here is some Good Old Fashion Advice…

You paid a lot of money for that Drone, put your phone number on it. If your drone gets lost or stuck in a tree and it finally comes down when you are not around, give the finders an opportunity to contact you so it can be returned.

Now, for the Fun Part, But do not let the excitement of the moment get the best of you. When you are going out to fly, do it slowly and deliberately. Get used to a set procedure and even practice it.

There are so many things I could write but these are the highlights that I feel need mentioning.

Plug in your phone/tablet into your controller; turn on the Controller and DJI Fly App (if it does not start on its own…). On the Drone, open the front legs, then open the back legs, then remove the Gimbal Cover.

The Gimbal is the most delicate item on the Drone and banging or bumping can damage it. I also fastened a short "Remove Before Flight" ribbon to the cover so it's more noticeable and I do not forget to remove it…

Turn on the drone and watch it come to "life." Watching the Gimbal go through its self-check is almost like watching a kitten or puppy opening its eyes for the first time…

Place the drone down (preferably on a Landing Pad) while it finishes its self-test (collecting satellites, etc…).

Check your battery status (Phone, Drone, and Controller), check the Signal Strength, by now the Controller should have reported it updated the Home Point.

Lift off, 4-5 feet (1-1/2 meters) or so, hover a bit, check the controls (move the drone a bit forward, back, left, right, yaw left and right). By now, your Controller will probably report again, Home point Updated.

If you go out in a rush and race thru your start up and take off before the drone has finished it prep, it may update its Home Point over that pond or that old tree you are flying over and in your excitement, you'll fly the drone long past it Low Battery point and when it engages Return to Home and lands in the pond or in a tree; it will be all on you…

Now go have fun, learn to fly the drone by sight before you try to fly it out a distance depending on the video feed, FPV.

I would also advise you to use YouTube and watch a lot of the Videos on flying and setting up the Drone. When it is too dark, too cold, or too wet, you can "fly it vicariously" through YouTube. Also watch some of the Blooper Drone Videos and learn how not to fly your "New Baby."

Below is the link to all of the downloads offered by DJI for the Mavic 3, including the User Manual.

After you read the Manual, read it again, you will be surprised what you missed the first time and you will be better prepared for that first "scary moment…"


Fly On and Fly Safe…
 
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Howdy fellow pilot's

Have flown friends drones a few times but waited about a year for Mavic 3 refurbed to be an option.


Lots to learn with drone, videography, and video editing but having lots of fun on the journey.

This is my first video so would be curious about my settings on drone or editing. If there is something one of you can see off the bat that I could improve would love to know;)
Greetings, Ldwillie1216, and welcome to our forum from the friendly skies of North Texas!

Beautiful area, Spokane. Trees, hills, scenery, skiing. I'm jealous!

We are happy to have you with us. We have over 150,000 members worldwide (including many in your area who enjoy helping each other learn and grow as pilots and photographers. Anytime you have a question, just ask!

Rich R (alias Hauptmann)
 
Lots to learn with drone, videography, and video editing but having lots of fun on the journey.
You are a quick study... Your video was very impressive.

 
Welcome to Mavic Pilots! :) Enjoy the forum!Thumbswayup
 
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Howdy fellow pilot's

Have flown friends drones a few times but waited about a year for Mavic 3 refurbed to be an option.


Lots to learn with drone, videography, and video editing but having lots of fun on the journey.

This is my first video so would be curious about my settings on drone or editing. If there is something one of you can see off the bat that I could improve would love to know;)
If you really want some hopefully constructive opinions, here goes:
Over all it was a pleasant video with some nice compositions. I especially liked the tree clump with shadows over the lake. I liked the smooth flying and the music choice was perfect. It's too bad there are very few colors in the winter. The red roof had a flat color.

Here are some of the problems I noted;

(1) first off, 1080p- not good. I wished everything to be sharper but there was only 1080p as a choice of resolution.
(2) It was way too long for this forum. If a film is long, it should at least tell a story- not repetitive scenes
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Most of us like to keep our videos under 3.0 minutes rather than 5 minutes.
(3) Repetition-
(a)the icy lake - at least 5 times (and I stopped it short of the end)
(b) the cell towers- 3 scenes
(c) the shore line - too numerous to count
(d) the Snow flakes- at least 3 times while I watched

If you had selected the best scene of each of the four I just noted, it would have been just the right timing. Please bear in mind, this is only my personal opinion and doesn't take away your good filming and editing. As I often say, 'Less is More." If you watch your statistics (You Tube keeps this on your channel) you will soon discover that less than 30% of viewers finish any of the videos! The longer past 3 min the video runs, the more rapidly the viewing times falls off.

Dale
Miami
 
If you really want some hopefully constructive opinions, here goes:
Over all it was a pleasant video with some nice compositions. I especially liked the tree clump with shadows over the lake. I liked the smooth flying and the music choice was perfect. It's too bad there are very few colors in the winter. The red roof had a flat color.

Here are some of the problems I noted;

(1) first off, 1080p- not good. I wished everything to be sharper but there was only 1080p as a choice of resolution.
(2) It was way too long for this forum. If a film is long, it should at least tell a story- not repetitive scenes
.
Most of us like to keep our videos under 3.0 minutes rather than 5 minutes.
(3) Repetition-
(a)the icy lake - at least 5 times (and I stopped it short of the end)
(b) the cell towers- 3 scenes
(c) the shore line - too numerous to count
(d) the Snow flakes- at least 3 times while I watched

If you had selected the best scene of each of the four I just noted, it would have been just the right timing. Please bear in mind, this is only my personal opinion and doesn't take away your good filming and editing. As I often say, 'Less is More." If you watch your statistics (You Tube keeps this on your channel) you will soon discover that less than 30% of viewers finish any of the videos! The longer past 3 min the video runs, the more rapidly the viewing times falls off.

Dale
Miami
Wow Dale. I took some serious notes on this post. 👍🏻
 
Welcome to the forum! :)
 
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