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How To Make HDR Time-Lapses With Your GoPro

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So you may have seen some of my other tutorials showing you how to capture HDR photos with your GoPro. In this tutorial I will go over the steps of how you can easily create beautiful GoPro timelapses with an HDR look. Now true HDR requires 3 different exposed photos that are then merged into one image, but for this tutorial we will be using just the normal images created with your GoPro when capturing time-lapses in photo mode.

We will be using software called Photomatix from HDRsoft.com to batch edit our timelapse photo sequence and then use GoPro Studio to finish it off. This method will convert each image to look like a true HDR photo with all its vibrant beauty. Please Note: This method will only work for time lapses shot in photo mode with your GoPro. I used a GoPro Hero 5 Black to capture the images that I will be using for this tutorial. Images captured with older generations of the GoPro Hero will work the same way.

Step 1 – Launch Photomatix: The first thing we need to do is batch process our GoPro time-lapse sequence. At this point you can launch your Photomatix software. We will be using existing presets that come pre-installed in Photomatix. You can create your own but that will be another tutorial. On the left hand side of Photomatix select the option that says “Batch Single Photos”.

 

Step 2 – Set Image Location: In the next step we must tell Photomatix were the location of our GoPro time-lapse sequence is located. Use the “Select Folder” button to set the location of your files. Additionally if you wish at this point you can set the location were Photomatix will save your new HDR photos. By default It will just create a new sub directory within the folder of the original images.

 

Step 3 – Set HDR Style Parameters: Now have to set our HDR parameters by selecting one of the available presets.  For this tutorial I have opted to go with painterly 2. You may want to play around with the different styles, some look better than others in different environments. I like to process with noise reduction as there can be a lot of noise associated with HDR. I usually set mine to 105% to 110%. Then next thing I like to add is a little contrast. For the most part I usually set it to “Mild Contrast” this will differ from scene to scene. You can add some sharpening if you wish. for this tutorial I am leaving it blank as I like to do my sharpening in GoPro Studio while we are creating the video later in this tutorial. Once you have all your parameters set click on the “Run” button to let Photomatix batch process all your images in your time-lapse sequence. This will take some time to complete, depending on your computer and how many images it could take upwards of an hour or longer. When complete move to the next step.

 

Step 4 –  Load HDR Photos Into GoPro Studio: Now that all your images have been batch edited into HDR it now time to load them into GoPro Studio so we can assemble and the export the finished time-lapse into a video file. Load GoPro Studio and select “Import New Files”. Brows to where your new HDR image sequence is located, select all the images and open them.

 

Step 5 – Convert Time-Lapse Files: You will notice that the files you just imported have been assembled into one view-able file. We now need to convert this file to a time-lapse video. Before we do it’s a good idea to check and make sure we have our conversion settings set properly. Click on advance settings and make sure that image size is set to source and that quality is set to high. This allows for best quality export and more editing options later on. It’s also a good idea to enable “Deflicker”. Once done click on the “Add To Conversion List” button and then select “Convert All”. This will now convert our timelapse sequence into a video file.

 

Step 6: Editing HDR Time-Lapse: Now we want to click on the label at the top of GoPro Studio called “Proceed To Step 2” When prompted create a new blank template. You will notice your new video file will be located on the left hand side. Drag the time-lapse video file to the time line. Once you have place your time-lapse video file on the time line it will automatically be cropped to a standard 16:9 aspect which is what we want for YouTube or Social Media. At this point you can edit your time-lapse further with the controls on the right hand side. These tools allow you to do more colour correction, sharpen the video, add movement and speed up or slow down your time-lapse. For this tutorial we are just going to leave things as is.

 

Step 7: Exporting HDR GoPro Timelapse: So now when your happy with your time-lapse it time to export your final video. Click on the “Export” button at the top of the page. Now you can choose your export preferences. You can export at 1080 HD or in 4K quality. Both work great for sharing on YouTube. Click on the export button and your new HDR GoPro time-lapse will be saved to your computer.

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How To Use A Bluetooth Game Controller With Ryze Tello Drone

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In this video I go over all the steps on how to connect, pair and use a Bluetooth game controller with the Ryze Tello drone. Ryze does not make a dedicated controller for the Tello, you can however use various game controllers to fly the Tello. These Bluetooth controllers for iOS are normally used to play games on you iPhone or iPad but they also work quite well to control some drones. Now one thing I would like to point out is that these Bluetooth controllers will not give you any extra range for your drone unlike other drones such as the DJI Spark. A Bluetooth controller is different in the fact that it does not connect directly to the drone. The controller connects to your iPhone and then the iPhone to the drone.

The controller I opted to go with is the Speedy controller by PXN. Setup is quick and easy and the controller has a nice quality build. What ever brand you go with make sure it comes with a phone mount. This is important so you can mount your phone while flying.

To set up your Bluetooth remote with your Tello Drone you will need to do the following steps.

  1. The first thing you need to do is power on and put your controller into pairing mode. You do so by long pressing the power button for 4 seconds until the battery lights start to blink slowly. Then press the “wireless” icon beside the lights to enter into pairing mode. The lights will now blink fast to signify it has entered pairing mode.
  2. Now you will need to pair the controller to your iPhone/iPad via Bluetooth. Open up the Bluetooth options in the settings app on your iPhone. Find the listing for the “Speedy Controller” or what ever brand you are using and click on connect. Your phone will now be paired with your Bluetooth controller. This step only needs to be done once.
  3. At this point you can connect the Tello drone to your iPhone via WiFi as you normally do.
  4. Launch the Tello app and that is it. The Tello app will automatically detect that there is a Bluetooth remote connected. You can go to the settings within the Tello app to view a diagram of what buttons can be used for shortcuts (see Below).

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Here is our YouTube video demonstrating how to connect a Bluetooth game controller to the Ryze Tello Drone

 

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Using The DJI Mavic Air With DJI Racing Edition Goggles

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In this video I go over the necessary steps that need to be taken in order to fly your DJI Mavic Air with the DJI Goggle Racing Edition. Before the two are compatible you must update the firmware on the DJI Goggles or you will not get a video feed. To update the firmware on your DJI Racing Edition Goggles simply download the DJI assistant version 2 from the listed location and follow the steps below.

Download DJI Assistant

How To Update Firmware On DJI Goggles Racing Edition

Once the DJI Assistant V2 software is installed, plug-in your goggles to a USB port on a desktop or laptop computer with the USB cable that came with your Racing Edition Goggles (same port as charging on goggles). With my computer I must have the goggles powered on and connected first before I launched the DJI Assistant or it will not recognize my goggles. This may not be the case for everyone. Once the DJI Assistant is launched you will notice your goggles listed, click on the goggles icon to detect and upgrade the firmware. You will see a list of available firmware versions. You must install the latest version for your DJI Mavic Air to be compatible with the DJI Racing Edition goggles. The update process will take about 3 to 5 minutes to complete. Once it has finished you are now ready to soar FPV style with your DJI Mavic Air.

How To Connect Mavic Air to DJI Goggles RE

One thing to note before connecting your Mavic Air to the DJI Goggles Racing Edition is that it only supports one display at a time (first one that is connected). The way I like to do it is to set up the Mavic Air and controller as if I was going to be flying with a smart phone display. Launch the DJI Go 4 app and connect to the Mavic Air. At this point you will now have the visual feed on your smart phone. Now Power on your goggles and wait for it to fully load. In the mean time unplug the mini USB connector from the side of the Mavic Air controller. Your video feed will now be lost on your phone. Using the micro USB cable that came with the DJI Goggles, plug the micro USB end into the goggles (Charging Port) and the USB-A end into the USB port on the bottom of the controller. At this point you should now have the video feed from the Mavic Air in your goggles. Your all set to fly. If there is no feed you may have to use the navigation on the goggles to set the correct input.

The reason why I like doing this extra step and connecting the phone first is that at any time during the flight if you want to view the feed on your phone again all you need to do is unplug the goggles and re-plug the micro USB cable back into the side of the controller. You will now have a normal feed back on your smart phone or iPad.

Watch our video tutorial showing you how to update the firmware on the DJI Racing Edition Goggles and how to connect all the equipment.

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