Flying my DJI Mavic Pro over the River Thames and Greenhithe Quarry.

I have had my DJI Mavic Pro drone for a little over a month and have flown quite a few missions to date. It is an incredible quad-copter and the 4K video camera is amazing. I’ve flown mostly around the field in front of our house, but recently after purchasing an app called Litchi, I’ve been venturing beyond the field and into the great unknown and letting the drone do the flying and video capturing.

At first I was very scared I would lose my drone. It is not a cheap toy, so I’ve kept it close by, but this Litchi app is such a confidence booster. It has so many great features and allows me to create missions by setting way-points from the comfort of my couch, without having to power the drone on. I can also set the drones speed, height, and force the camera to focus on POI (Point of Interests). The missions can be saved and stored on the cloud, and they can be accessed with any device. Best of all I can clone other folks missions and make them my own.

Waypoints set via the Mission Hub in the FlyLitchi cloud

 

I’ll do a review of the mobile app once I have mastered it. Today I explored a large quarry opposite the Bluewater Shopping Centre. It is a massive hole filled with water and has steep white cliffs on all sides. I got some incredible footage. I probably could have gotten closer, but with big fences saying “Stay out or Danger”, I didn’t want to risk it. After that excitement I headed down to the Thames river near Ingress Park and was fortunate enough to catch the sun setting over the QE2 bridge. It was the first time in a month that I had perfect conditions. No wind whatsoever and the river was like a mirror.

Of course all this video and footage is useless unless one can edit and publish it, and that is exactly what I have been doing for the past 4 hours. Gosh, it is a time consuming job, one that I am not very good at, but I am slowly learning Cyberlink PowerDirector 15.

Cyberlink PowerDirector 15

There is so much to learn, so many features that I have no clue how to use, I am sure I have only just touched the tip of the iceberg. YouTube and the online manual is my best friend at the moment and it is helping a lot.  The above video footage was filmed over the Greenhithe Quarry and the sunset over the Thames river.

I didn’t use way points this time around, so everything was shot manually (meaning I was flying and controlling the video camera at the same time). I like my video, although I think it is jerky in parts, and I could have left out a few frames, but overall it looks good and next time it will be the drone doing everything.