Today I’m going to show you five techniques that you can use to take time-lapse videos with your Mavic Pro. And make sure you stay until the end. I’ll show you a technique that you probably haven’t seen before. This will help you step up your time-lapse game. So grab your gear, let’s go out to the field, and I’ll show you some different techniques.
Okay. So basically the first technique is a reveal shot in tripod mode. So first what you want to do is go into tripod mode, click “okay”, and just go ahead and hit “record”. Make sure you tap the center screen to focus, tilt your gimbal down a bit, and then you just want to go full throttle up and full throttle forward at the same time. And you just want to go at that speed and that angle for at least 90 seconds.
Technique number two is the camera interval shot, which is not my favorite, as you’ll see in the following result. So first you want to frame your shot and focus. Next you want to go into tripod mode. Click “okay”, and you want to switch over to photo mode. You want to go into the camera settings and change it from single shot to interval shot. Your best bet is to do two-second intervals. And then you just click “start”, or click the shutter button to start. Keep in mind that you’ll have to go for about 10 minutes’ worth of photos for this to make a 10-second clip if you’re doing 24 to 30 frames per second. So in my opinion, this result is too much float for this to be usable footage, in my opinion. Your results may vary, as you can see there.
Technique number three is the TapFly mode. All right. So back in video. I’m going to change it to TapFly. I’m going to put my mouse per hour at three miles per hour, and just kind of go about like that. Hit “record”.
Technique number four is Point of Interest mode, and this is my favorite. We’ll first go into POI mode. You want to select your point of interest and hit “apply”. And then you just want to back out and increase the radius to frame your shot correctly. And you just want to frame your shot where you want to actually start. And then just hit “start” and “okay”. Next you want to choose the direction that want to fly in. This can be either counter clockwise or clockwise. And then it’s important to fly very slowly. You want to fly no more than about three miles an hour. And then just hit “record” and let it go. That’s all there is to it.
All right, guys, we’re almost through. This is technique number five, WayPoints. So technique number five you use the WayPoints feature. You go in and choose “WayPoints mode”. You want to select “start recording WayPoints”. And then you just choose “C1” to mark your first WayPoint. Then you just fly over to where you want to end up the shot and then you’re going to mark “C1” again to mark the second WayPoint. And then just hit “done”, “apply”, and then the Mavic will fly back to the beginning and it’ll start by itself.
So again, here you want to keep your speed low, at like three miles an hour, and then you just want to hit “record”. And then your result will look something like this.
I go to WayPoint mode right here. I’m going to set my first WayPoint and I’m going to click right there. That’s 50 feet up in the air. And what the interpolate feature does is it moves your camera gimbal from WayPoint 1 to WayPoint 2 smoothly so that right now I’m starting down at the bottom looking straight down, and I’m going to go up to, what does it say right there, 270 feet, 273 up in the air. I’m going to move my gimbal up like that, right about there, mark my second WayPoint. I’m going to save it. Interpolate, done. Hit “okay”, flight saved.
All right. So now I’m going to open up that mission and call it “Interpolate”. I’m going to load it. I’m going to hit “record”. “Preflight”, go “okay”. It’s going to upload it. 55 feet.
All right. Starting, looking straight down, moving straight up. And watch how smoothly the gimbal pans forward as I move up. So now you have five simple ways and one bonus technique to create simple time-lapses every single time. With practice, you can plan this to complete at least three to four of these every single time on a single battery charge.
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