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DJI Drones – How To Change Video Format (MOV OR MP4)

DJI series drones can save video files as MOV or MP4 files. Both of these video formats provide high quality videos and both can be uploaded to YouTube. The best format to use depends on the video editing software you will be using and the types of devices used to play the videos.

MOV is the default video format for DJI drones. The MOV format was developed by Apple and is considered the native video format for Mac Products. If you only plan on using Mac products then the MOV format will work well. Most Windows media playing and video editing software also works with MOV files.

MP4 was developed by the International Standard Organization and is the most compatible video format. If you want your videos to be playable and editable on any device or software then MP4 is the best option. It is unlikely to encounter video software that does not work with the MP4 format.

Steps To Change The Video Format

The following steps were written using the DJI Phatom 4 Pro V2. The other DJI drones like the Mavic Series will have the same or very similar steps.

  1. In the DJI GO app, tap the camera settings button. The camera settings button is under the red record button and is highlighted with a red circle in the image below.
Main Screen Of DJI GO App

2. The camera settings menu will open. Click the camera icon in the middle.

3. Tap Video Format.

4. Select MP4 or MOV.

Video Format Options
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DJI Telemetry

DJI Drones – How To Change The Measurement Unit

On DJI drones, the default measurement unit is metric (m/s) for measuring altitude, distance, and speed. These measurement values are shown on the bottom of the DJI Go app in the flight telemetry section.

Flight Telemetry In Default Measurement Unit Of Metric (m/s)

If you live in the United States or another country that does not use the metric system as the default for measuring distances then you may prefer to use the imperial system. The imperial system uses feet and miles to measure distance and miles per hour to measure speed.

Steps To Change The Measurement Unit

The following steps were written using the DJI Phatom 4 Pro V2. The other DJI drones like the Mavic series will have the same or very similar steps.

  1. Open the DJI Go app.
  2. Tap the three dots in the upper right corner that is highlighted in the red circle in the below image.
Main Screen Of DJI Go App

3. This will open the General Settings screen. If a different screen is displayed then tap the three dots at the bottom of the side menu. At the top of the General Settings screen, the Units section has the Measurement Unit setting that displays the currently used measurement system.

General Settings Screen

4. Tap the button that shows the current measurement unit. The will show a menu of the available measurement units. Tap the measurement unit that you would like to use.

List Of Available Measurement Units

5. Tap the X in the top right corner after selecting your preferred measurement unit.

In the example from these steps the flight telemetry will now show distance and speed values in the imperial system.

Flight Telemetry Using Imperial

The image below shows the flight telemetry values when Metric (km/h) is selected.

Flight Telemetry Using Metric (km/h)

These steps will only change the flight telemetry measurement units. The other drone settings such as Return-to-Home Altitude and Set Max Flight Altitude will still be displayed in meters.

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DJI Drones – How To Format A SD Card In The Drone

Formatting an SD card is similar to formatting a hard drive to use with your computer. The process of formatting creates the file system on the SD card or hard drive that a device such as a drone or computer knows how to write files to or read files from.

Formatting the SD card will delete any files such as photos, videos, or anything else that has been saved to the SD card. Before formatting make sure you have backups of the files or are completely sure there is nothing saved to the SD card that you need.

The reasons to format the SD card are:

  • The SD card is full. If no space is left on the SD card to save new videos or photos then a max capacity error or similar error will be displayed. Only continue formatting the SD card if you are completely sure you have backed up these files or do not want them.
  • THE DJI GO APP displays SD card errors. If errors are being displayed regarding the sd card then the file system may have become corrupt or may not be in the correct format to begin with. If you have files on the SD card that you do not want to lose then try to recover the data from a computer before following the steps to format.
  • Using a new SD card. This may not be necessary. However, following the below instruction are a quick way to make sure your videos and photos are correctly saved by your DJI drone.

Steps To Format A SD Card In A DJI Drone

Warning: Following these steps will delete any files (videos, photos, etc.) that are saved on the SD card.

The following steps were written using the DJI Phantom 4 Pro V2. The other DJI drones like the Mavic series will use the same or very similar steps.

  1. Insert the SD card into the drone.
  2. Power on the drone and remote.
  3. Open the DJI GO app and tap the camera settings button. The camera settings button is under the red record button and is highlighted with a red circle in the image below.
Main Screen Of DJI GO App

4. The camera settings menu will open. Click the gear icon on the right.

5. Scroll to the bottom of this menu.

6. Click Format SD Card

7. A confirmation menu will be displayed. Click OK, If you are sure you there are no files on this SD card that you need.

Format SD Card Confirmation Message

8. A message will be displayed when formatting the SD card is complete. Click OK.

SD Card Formatted Complete Message

The format of the SD card is complete. You will now be able to save photos and videos to the SD card.

Remember to periodically copy your photos and videos to your computer. You do not want to lose any great footage or photos from your flights. I recommend copying your files after every flight. Also, always remember to backup any data that you care about: https://www.hanselman.com/blog/TheComputerBackupRuleOfThree.aspx

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DJI Drones – Gimbal Auto Calibration

On DJI drones, the horizon in photos or video footage can sometimes be tilted. This can be frustrating if you have devoted time to driving to a location to fly and then believe that you have captured beautiful scenery. To fix this issue the gimbal needs to be calibrated so that the camera is level. Gimbal auto calibration is a step that I normally perform before each take off to make sure I do not find out later that the footage I expected to be great is flawed by being tilted. In my experience with the DJI Phantom 4 Pro drones the gimbal auto calibration usually completes within twenty to thirty seconds.

Steps To Calibrate the Gimbal

The following steps were written using the DJI Phantom 4 Pro V2. However, the other DJI drones like the Mavic series will have the same or very similar settings.

  1. Place the drone on a flat level surface and make sure the foam padding that goes behind the gimbal has been removed.
  2. Go into the DJI GO app and tap the three dots on the upper right side.

3. From the side menu that displays, click the camera icon to display the Gimbal Settings screen.

4. Click Gimbal Auto Calibration.

5. A message will be displayed to make sure that the drone is level and there are no objects to prevent the range of motion of the gimbal. Click OK.

6. After clicking OK, the gimbal will begin calibration and will rotate around in different directions. The percentage progress will be displayed on the screen.

7. When calibrating is complete a Gimbal Calibrated message will be displayed on the main screen of the DJI GO app.

The above steps are a quick way to ensure that your aerial photos and videos come out as expected with an even flat horizon.

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DJI Drones – How To Turn Off Beginner Mode

When you first receive a DJI drone it will be in beginner mode. The beginner mode settings are more restrictive so that new drone pilots can learn how to fly with less chances of crashing. This blog post will explain the differences in beginner mode and provide instructions on how to turn beginner mode off. While this article was written using the DJI Phantom, other DJI drones settings will be the same or very similar.

Beginner mode has the following restrictions:

  • The Phantom will not take off without a valid GPS signal.
  • The flight altitude and range is limited to 98 feet (30 meters).
  • Speed is reduced to approximately 15 mph.
  • The controllers sticks have reduced sensitivity.
  • The intelligent flight modes like Active Track and TapFly are disabled.

It is strongly recommended to leave beginner mode on when you first start flying with the DJI Phantom even if you have flown other drones before. DJI drones can fly farther, faster, and have more options than the majority of other drones.

After you have practiced flying in beginner mode and feel comfortable you can use the following instructions to turn beginner mode off.

Steps To Turn Off Beginner Mode

When you go into the DJI GO app you can quickly see if beginner mode is on by looking at the top of the screen. When beginner mode is on, “Beginner” will be listed between the drone and the satellite icon. This is highlighted with the red rectangle in the image below.

Main Screen Of DJI GO App With Beginner Mode On

To turn beginner mode off, tap the three dots on the upper right side. From the side menu that displays, click the drone icon at the top to display the Main Controller Settings screen. Then scroll down to view the Beginner Mode setting.

Main Controller Settings Screen

Click the toggle button for Beginner Mode to turn it off and you will then get the following message or a similar message.

This is what the Beginner Mode setting looks like when it is off.

Main Controller Settings With Beginner Mode Off

On the main screen, “Beginner” will no longer be displayed between the drone icon and the satellite icon.

Main Screen Of DJI GO App With Beginner Mode Off

With beginner mode off you will now be able fly faster and farther so fly with caution and always be aware of your surroundings. Have fun!