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This weekly course covers the most common questions videographers encounter when shooting and editing with DSLR cameras, from choosing a frame size and frame rate to understanding moiré. Authors Rich Harrington and Robbie Carman will also help you understand the impacts of compression and the difference between cropped (or micro 4/3rds) and full-sized sensors in cameras, and much more. This continual FAQ guide is a handy way to find the answers to the questions that plague you the most.
Rich: We have all the parts, we've got the controller, we've got the camera, we've got some batteries. Chances are we actually have multiple batteries, because these go pretty quick. Rob: They do, I mean they use a lot of juice, as you can imagine with four separate motors for the four different rotors. Rich: Yeah. So we're going to start this process off. The first step is to turn this control on and when I do, it's going to start beeping, so I apologize in advance. Go ahead and connect the battery. Rob: Yup, I'm just plug this guy right in. There we go. Rich: It beeps too. Rob: Okay. Rich: And now I can just go down here and tuck the battery into the compartment here.
And I'll just go ahead and close the battery door. Rob: Now that we've got that initial set up done, you need to kind of orient the, the drone of the copter around, so here's what I'm going to do. On the controller, go ahead and flip the GPS switch 10 times to initiate calibration mode. After you do that, the copter will show a solid, yellow light. Next, you want to spin the copter 360 degrees and after a full rotation, you'll see a solid, green light.
Now you can flip the copter over on its vertical axis and spin it again. The light will begin flashing to show the calibration is complete. So now your copter has established its location and is almost ready to fly. Next, set the copter on the ground and wait for it to flash green, indicating it's acquired satellites and established a home position. Be sure to always check back with the manufacturer's recommendations on the copter, as they regularly make updates about their calibration routines.
Before you actually start flying, Rich, I want to just, you know, do my my legalese about this. Even if we're in a big field here, a lot of times you actually need a bigger field than you think you need. The other thing is, just make sure that there's no small children, animals, cars, valuables, that kind of stuff around, at least initially when you first learn how to fly a quad copter like this, because you are going to crash. So just be careful and be aware of your surroundings. Rich: All right, so when we come back we'll walk you through the essentials of the controller, then we're just going to do some test flights.
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