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Optimized Settings for the DJI Mavic Pro Drone

  • Flying the Mavic Pro

Have you been flying your Mavic Pro and enjoyed taking video and photos? Me too! In this post I like to share the settings I use for this little drone. I spend some time researching the internet and experimenting in the field to come up with a bunch of optimized settings.

These settings are mainly for filming with the Mavic. Keep in mind these settings work great for me but might not suit your needs for certain situations. I only list the parameters I have tweaked relative to the factory settings.

This is a work in progress. In time I will most probably alter these settings. I will update this post in the future!

Main Controller Settings

Advanced Settings

EXP Settings:

Throttle Up: 0,20

Rudder Right: 0,20

Forward/Right: 0,20

Sensivity

Attitude: 100

Brake: 130

Yaw Movement Limit: 50

Gain

All at 100

Remote Controller Settings

C1: Center Auto Focus

C2: Toggle Map/Live View

 

Upper: Camera Forward/Down

Lower: Camera Forward/Down

Left: AE Lock

Right: Focusing/Metering

Gimbal Settings

Gimbal Mode: Follow

Advanced Settings

Gimbal Speed: 3

Enable Upwards Gimbal Tilt: off

Gimbal Pitch Smoothness: 22

Enable Synchronized Gimbal Pan Follow: on

Video Settings

Whenever possible film with Manual settings. ISO should be as low as possible and shutter speed close to 1/50th. Use an ND filter outside, it really improves your footage (Polar Pro makes really good ND filters for the Mavic).

Tip 1: when filming on auto exposure: first have the Mavic adjust exposure for a certain scene, lock the AE and only then start filming.

Tip 2: in many cases it is a good idea to correct the exposure with -0,3, the Mavic tends to over expose a little.

Tip 3: don't use higher framerates or slow motion. It doens't look good. 

 

Video Size for HD acquisition:  use 2.7K (either 24 or 25 fps dependent on NTSC or PAL area) looks best.

Video Size for 4K acquisition: 4K 3840x2160 (either 24 or 25 fps dependent on NTSC or PAL area)

Video Format: MOV

NTSC/PAL: PAL for Europe

White Balance: whenever possible choose a fixed white balance.

Style: Custom  +1  -1  -1

Color: D-Cinelike

Histogram: ON

Grid: Grid Lines

 

Here is a great video with more info to video settings for the Mavic.

 

There it is. Any questions or remarks? Feel free to use the comments below!

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Nice article. Your recommendation are right on point. Now I use my Inspire 2 for the real heavy stuff, but I find that I use my the Mavic about 70% of the time for light to medium video and photo jobs; it's so portable. Good settings can make a huge difference. That being said, I am also on a mission to promote responsible drone use, particularly for anyone looking to make money with your Mavic. Please get your FAA cert by passing the FAA part 107 exam. I did it for $155 dollars a few months back. Just watched YouTube videos on METARS, TAFs and Sectionals and used this neat $5 Googleplay app called UAS107. Know the rules and be responsible so all pilots can enjoy this technology !

Why mov? Mov and mp4 are just containers and the mavic uses the same Codec for both. Video quality is exactly the same. Hence, recommending mov makes no sense at all. It really depends weather you use apple (mov) or not (mp4). That's all.

Hi
I have to ask: In the video settings for the Mavic, I do not understand this: I double the numbers in shutter speed vs framerate. 25 in frame rate and I should set the shutter to 1/50sek. So far so good. But when I try to do that in the settings, it seems to effect the + - EV and only that. The image seems either to dark or to bright. Today, in a sunny day, it is impossible to hold the shutter on 1/50 sek.The image look normal far faster than 1/1000 of a second. And I do not shoot with a framerate of 500:)
Does the lack of ND filters play me bad?

Shutterspeed of 1/50th is the most ideal shutterspeed when recording video. This is the same shutterspeed normal videocameras would use. Go slower and you get blur, go faster and you get an uncomfortably crisp look, sometimes referred to as a video look or a sports game look. 

In sunny weather it is impossible to achieve 1/50th shutter. Too bright. For this you will need ND filters. I recommend getting multiple ND filters.

In practice I use ND filters to get as close to the exposure I want with 1/50th as my goal, and I finetune with the iso setting, sometimes I need to up the shutterspeed as well but only slightly.

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