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Flying around an object in a circle with camera point to the center..

Discussion in 'Pro/Adv Discussion' started by la_panza, Aug 13, 2015.

  1. la_panza

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    hello I've seen Walkera drones having this feature..you just draw a circle around an object on the map and the drone will fly around pointing at this object.. I don't know what the correct name os this feature is, I tried to search the forum for this argument but could not find anything.. is this feature present on P3P? thanks
     
  2. msinger

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    It's known as "POI" (Point of Interest). DJI will be adding it to the Phantom 3 at some point.
     
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  3. D4T_PoM

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    I been seeing posts from January saying the same :rolleyes:

    Hopefully they add it soon as I'm so excited lol
     
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    Everyone is different but... it seems like a cool idea but I've found it was just interesting at best. I've used this feature on my P2V+ and not found much real world use for it. Options are good though.
     
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    I am just waiting for good old home point - can to almost any camera eork with that - dont know why its not the first option on every drone and pitty that p3 doesnt have a dedicated hp switch like p2
     
  6. acherman

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    I used it here a few times:

     
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  7. DaveM

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    Anything that can mimic Hollywood camera movements is a huge boom. 3DR understood this from the outset with the Solo, but screwed the pooch with the GoPro only mount. The Cable Cam and Orbit are so easy and precise to use and works phenomenally.
     
  8. FunN4lo

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    Too bad Solo owners still don't have a gimbal for all of that fancy stuff.

    Manual POI is not terribly difficult with a little practice, but it takes practice. The way I do it is turn the expo all the way down to .3 on all the sticks. Face the object. Start a roll motion (just a little) and hold that fixed. I prop a finger on the tx and hold the stick against it. The start a yaw motion. Control the circle with the yaw only
     
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  9. FunN4lo

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    It looks like that guy has to be in pretty good shape to make that climb. And I am sure some specialised skills and smarts is required when he finally makes it. I hope that guy is paid well. I don't think a company could come up with enough money to get me to go up there!

    But great vid. I would enjoy the opportunity to fly that
     
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    When I was young and in the Navy I used to climb up the mast of the ship to get to the wind birds. It was really something out at sea where the ship is swaying due to the waves. The only comfort is that harness but you realize that if you fall, it isn't going to be easy to get back up even with the harness.
     
  11. Dronebow

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    Until it's available it's actually not that difficult to do manually. With Mode 2 stick configuration you are left or right turning very slowly on the left stick and on the right stick you are also slightly left or right stick for side movement.

    So to circle counter clockwise for example.
    Left Stick Right Stick
    - slow left - slow right

    To circle clockwise for example.
    Left Stick Right Stick
    - slow right - slow left

    Someone correct me if I'm wrong. I can do it but explaining it without a controller in my hand is challenging.. ;-)
     
  12. FunN4lo

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    Not too challenging to explain. Read post #8 ;) :D
     
  13. Dronebow

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    What I need is a sticker to show "roll" and "yaw" instead of left stick and right stick.. ;-)

    And I have never messed with changing the expo..
     
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    Impressive video ackerman. I got vertigo just watching. And yeah, I agree with you FunN4lo, I hope that tower climber is well paid. I would have been a nervous wreck just flying the drone.
     
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    As FunN4lo has mentioned, it's not a tough manoeuvre. Many very small corrections helps keep it smooth. Here's a plan view of a job a did a few days back. Once I had the initial position sorted, it was a case of slow and steady as she goes. ImageUploadedByPhantomPilots1439502761.503319.jpg
     
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    I use the method demonstrated on a few youtube videos whereby you use a piece of card with a hole in the centre, place that over the left stick so that you can 'pinch' the card / hold it against the side of the controller so that the left stick is pulled to the left or pushed to the right ever so slightly to set the rotation while matching its speed with the right stick. It allows you to keep one variable as constant as you possibly can while adjusting the other to get that orbit as precise as possible.

    As an alternative I am beta testing the P3 support for Autoflight Logic and it can produce some nice orbits such as the one below on a blustery day.



    I think it comes down to what you prefer as you get a lot of satisfaction from the manual approach and it can be adjusted on the fly whereby the app approach does allow you to perform an orbit while being relatively hands off and perhaps more in the shot.
     
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    Solo doesn't have the gimbal yet. DJI doesn't have cable cam and orbit yet. Birds of a feather.

    No matter how good you are and how much you practice, it's not going to be as precise as an in-app orbit feature. Lots of good advice on here about how to do it with this or that stick movement, but I've tried all the methods and they don't compare to the Solo's feature. If you like flying, I'm sure doing those stick movements are fun. If you're more interested in filming, a pre-programmed feature can't be beat.

    I'm really hoping DJI provides this in the near future, especially the cable cam. Instead of fooling with trying to get the direction just right, just go from point A to point B, hit fly and then control the camera from there.
     
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    I am looking forward to some of those apps. Are you testing on android or iOS? What device?
     
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    Get the dji ultimate flight app from Google play store . Works perfect. Waypoints, and orbit mode are awesome.
     
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    Well, some of us are in pretty good shape, but not that guy. Haha And yes, we do get paid quite well for climbing. We are actually pretty lucky - a lot of tower companies are just riggers and it's basically just construction, pulling wrenches, nothing technical. We are a small company so we get to work with every aspect of communications from building/maintaining towers and antennas to the radios and networking gear connecting them and customers, including cutting edge tech some days. Every day is an adventure.

    And yes, doing these POI shots is tough manually. I always find myself giving too much roll which results in drifting back away from the subject. Some forward pitch might help, but tough to gauge how much. A programmed maneuver would be nice.