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5.2 DJI GO App

The DJI GO app is a powerful flight controller, and in this lesson I’ll give an overview of the features.

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5.2 DJI GO App

In this lesson, we're gonna examine the features of the DJI GO app, which is commonly used with UAVs like the Phantom 3 and the Inspire 1. DJI has expressed interest in getting more involved with creating an operating system for all universal UAVs. Even ones that are not created by DJI. But are yet compatible with their own branded operating system. And I will say, personally, out of all the UAV manufacturers on the market right now, the DGI Go app is by far, the best operating system for drone and camera control that I've seen. Even if you don't have a DGI drone that uses the DGI Go app, you may still wanna check out what this app has to offer. If you're not interested in this, feel free to skip ahead to the next lesson, since I'll only be covering the DGI Go app functions during this lesson. All right, let's get started. There's a variety of ways you can use the DJI GO app. DJI has recently expanded its functionality and changed the name of the app from the DJI Pilot app to the DJI GO app. Which has also added some social sharing features for people wanting to share their aerial images and videos. We're primarily gonna be focusing on the actual use of the app, before and during a flight. When you first open the app you're gonna be present with four different tabs. Equipment, which is the tab you use to connect directly to your UAV. Library, where you can review media and clips taken with your UAV. The Explore tab, where you can look at other aerial pictures and videos from other users and share your own. In the Me tab, where you can sign in to your own person DJI account and manage your online account settings and contact DJI support. We are gonna be going to the Equipment tab. Before connecting the app to our drone, we first need to connect our mobile device to the controller using a USB cable connection. Then, we need to boot up the remote controller. Now, as long as your UAV is in a safe location, you can go ahead and boot that up too. You should see a green light on the controller, confirming the connection between the drone and the controller. If you're using an iPad, you may see a pop-up asking you if you can trust this computer. Go ahead and click trust. Now, we can select inner camera view where we can now see a large variety of specs and numbers on the screen that are part of the DJI Go Hud. This may be a bit overwhelming and intimidating at first, but it's really quite easy. The first pop-up we'll see is the Aircraft State. This shows the status of many options on our UAV, radio channel quality, flight mode, battery life, memory card capacity, etc. With all the DJI UAVs, it's a good idea to calibrate your compass at each location you're gonna be flying at. You can do this from the aircraft state menu. If you choose the menu and you wanna return to it, just press the top center button on the screen which shows you the current aircraft state. That gives you a variety of many options, most of which are located at the top menu bar on the screen. In the top left corner is the home menu, which takes you back to the home menu of the DJI Go app. The next menu is in the top left is your aircraft settings. The first on this list is the MC settings which let you set your maximum altitude, distance, landing gear settings and some more advanced options. Next down in the aircraft settings list is the RC settings, which gives you options to connect your controller or multiple controllers. Next is the Image Transmission Settings. This is great for helping you to select channels with the least amount of interference and you can adjust the transmission quality of the megabits per second. I typically leave mine at the lowest setting of four megabits per second, just because I feel like I can get the most range from this setting. You can also adjust your output settings menu if you wanna output a live feed to a second screen. Next is the Aircraft Battery Menu, which shows all of your current battery specs. You see the current percentage of battery power remaining, let's you set low battery warnings at specific percentage points, shows the voltage and how many times the battery has been charged, and more. Next is the Gimbal settings menu, where you can select the Gimbal mode, adjust the Gimbal Roll, and some more advanced tweak settings. Next is the General Settings menu, where you can select the units of measurement, if you want an app with a live feed to YouTube. Or if you wanna show your flight route on a GPS map. There are other various settings such as clearing your video cache, etc. In the bottom left corner, you can see the UAVs orientation and some different flight stats, such as the height, distance from the pilot, and the vertical and horizontal speed. In the bottom right corner is the map, similar to a Google map view. You can now see where a UAV is located via GPS signal on the map. You can tap the map to enter the map mode and see an enlarged view. From this you can see your flight paths and you can even draw a flight path with your finger. You'll need to be connected to a WiFi signal or a 4G satellite signal on your device in order to see a Google Map style view in this map mode. On the left middle of the screen you're gonna see four quick access icons. These icons Auto take off, Return to home, Auto land, a control different Gimbal modes, and to set a home point from your UAV. On the middle right hand side is the camera functions menu. This allows you to change your video and picture settings, much like a menu on a traditional camera. You can select your video size, white balance, picture style, color profile. You can press the red button to start recording a clip. And you can also quickly play back a clip. Finally, from the bottom of this menu, you can adjust your camera's settings. Such as ISO, shutter speed, and choose between manual and auto modes. If you change the flight mode from P to F on the controller, you will gain access to the Intelligent Flight Mode menu. In this menu, you can set up a point of interest and have your UAV continuously orbit the area you wanna get footage of. This makes orbit shots a lot easier. You can also set up a flight path, and then your UAV will follow that path automatically, and you can just focus on controlling the camera. One last feature I'll go over on the DJI go app. If you go back to the home menu, you're gonna see the hidden in the top right corner is the DJI academy page, where you can quickly access digital manuals for your drone, video tutorials and even access the flight simulator that is useful to train on. Hopefully, you enjoy this review in the DJI GO app. And the next lesson we're gonna look at some main issues you can arise with your drone and what you gonna do is keep them in shape before you take flight

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