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Mavic Air ND Filters by Freewell Gear | What Are Drone ND Filters

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In this video, we are taking a look at Freewell Gear’s ND filters for the DJI Mavic Air. If you’re new to drone cinematography you might be wondering what an ND filter is and why you would use them. ND stands for neutral density and in simplest terms, it is just like a pair of sunglasses for your drone’s camera. There is a lot of confusion on what exactly an ND filter does, so let me clear it up a bit. An ND filter allows you to set the correct shutter speed on your drone’s camera to get the perfect amount of motion blur. There is a rule when trying to capture cinematic footage with your drone (180 Degree Rule). Basically, the rule is that you want your shutter speed double what your frame rate is. For example, if you are filming at 30 fps you would want your shutter speed at 60 (1/60th second). If you’re filming at 60 fps then you would want your shutter speed at 120 (1/120th second). This will give the perfect amount of motion blur that the eye and brain are comfortable with.

The problem with setting these low shutter speeds is that it lets in a lot of light and makes the video overexposed and blown out. This is where an ND Filter comes in (sunglasses). They allow you to set a low shutter speed and still have correct exposure.

Freewell gear sells ND filters for all the most popular drones including the DJI Spark, Mavic Air, Mavic Pro, Phantom Series and even your GoPro and Karma Drone. I have used the Freewell gear ND filters for several years for my GoPro and many drones and have always been pleased with the products. When it comes to ND filters they come in several levels ND4, ND8, ND16, ND32, ND64. They even have an ND 1000 for those times when you want to take long exposure photos with your DJI Mavic Air.

They also sell versions of their ND filters that are polarized. Setting polarization within the filter really helps cut out glare from water and can really make for a cleaner image, it also helps make the sky a little deeper blue. With Polarized ND filters, they can only be used 90 degrees from the sun. The sun cannot be in front of or behind your drone. This does make lining up shots a little more difficult. If you just want quick and easy filters I would stick with ones that are not polarized.

Watch our video where I show ND filter installation instructions and a demonstration of how ND filers work with the DJI Mavic Air.

ND Filters Standard Day Set: https://amzn.to/2yENG2D
ND Filters Bright Day Set: https://amzn.to/2tr9fPd
ND Filters All Day Set: https://amzn.to/2yFPkRJ

Mavic Air (DJI Website) https://goo.gl/t74LaQ
Mavic Air (Amazon) http://amzn.to/2EccQaM

 

 

Here are some screen caps from the test video. You can see the side with no ND filter has no motion blur. This is okay for photos but undesirable for video. The side with the ND 4 filter installed has nice motion blur.

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DJI Mavic 2 Pro/Zoom

LifThor Sif XXL The Ultimate Tablet Mount for DJI Mavic 2, Mavic Air and DJI Spark

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If you are in the market for a strong and durable tablet mount for you new DJI Mavic 2 Pro or Mavic 2 Zoom you might just want to take a look at the Lifthor SIF XXL mount. The Lifthor Sif XXL is capable of holding tablets from 9.7″ all the way up to 13″ This makes it compatible with the iPad Air, 9.7″ iPad Pro, 10.5″ iPad Pro and the 12.9″ iPad Pro. This mount system works with the DJI Spark, Original Mavic Pro/Platinum, DJI Mavic Air and the new DJI Mavic 2 Pro/Zoom models.

What really drew me to this setup when looking for a mount I could use with a larger iPad is how durable it is. If you have used other mounting systems in the past you know that some cheaply built mounts are not very secure and you will find your iPad bouncing around and quite wobbly. The LifThore Sif XXL is rock solid yet still extremely light to hold. Another key benefit to this system is the fact that all your controls are completely visible when a larger iPad is mounted. Other mounts tend to block your view of controls and you are constantly tipping the device just to see your buttons.

The LifThore Sif mounting system can be changed up at any time. If you change the size of your tablet you don’t have to re-purchase a whole new kit. You simply have to swap out the clamp to accommodate the new size of phone or tablet. There are optional accessories like lanyards to hang it around your neck you can even purchase a sunscreen to help you view the screen on really bright days.

Watch our full video review of the LifThor Sif XXL tablet mount on YouTube and visit Thors Drone World to purchase.

 

Lifthor Sif XXL Tablet Mount for DJI Spark, Mavic Pro, Mavic Air, Mavic 2 Pro, Mavic 2 Zoom.

 

Lifthor Sif XXL Tablet Mount with a 10.5″ iPad Pro mounted.

 

Lifthor Sif XXL Tablet Mount for DJI Spark, Mavic Pro, Mavic Air, Mavic 2 Pro, Mavic 2 Zoom.

 

The mounting plate fits perfectly into the remote.

 

Lifthor Sif XXL Tablet Mount for DJI Spark, Mavic Pro, Mavic Air, Mavic 2 Pro, Mavic 2 Zoom.

 

A nice data cable is included for connecting your remote to your tablet.

 

Option sunshade for the Lifthor Sif XXL Tablet Mount. Comes in a variety of sizes to suit any tablet size.

 

The included lanyard that comes with the Lifthor Sif XXL Tablet Mount.

 

The Lifthor Sif XXL Tablet Mount breaks down easily for packing in a backpack or drone case.

 

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Turn You Mavic Air Into A Handheld Stabilized Camera | PGYTECH Handle & Tripod Review

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If you are an owner of the DJI Mavic Air you may just want to take a closer look at the PGYTECH Mavic Air handle and tripod accessory. This nifty little device turns you Mavic Air into a handheld stabilized camera. Some of its key features are built-in phone mount, built-in tripod, and integrated GoPro mount.

The Mavic Air has a really good camera, in fact, it has a higher bit rate than a GoPro Hero 6 Black, it makes sense to use it as a camera to capture ground footage as well. This saves you having to pack extra cameras and camera gear if you want to grab a few quick shots from the ground to blend in with your drone videos. Then when you consider the fact that many of us already own all the Mavic Air ND filter sets that can be used when filming handheld as well.

The PGYTECH handle and tripod has a nice build quality and is extremely lightweight, this makes packing it in a backpack easy and convenient. If you carry a GoPro in you drone pack as well then it is a double win as this handle does have a built-in GoPro mount. You can use your GoPro and mount your smartphone to get a nice feed of what you’re filming.

A nice little must-have accessory for the DJI Mavic Air. Watch our YouTube video review for an in-depth review and sample footage shot on the Mavic Air while mounted in the PGYTECH handle and tripod accessory.

Handle & Tripod (DJI Store) https://bit.ly/2w1z4XG
Mavic Air (DJI Store) https://bit.ly/2BMIThx

Handle & Tripod (Amazon) https://amzn.to/2LeXRvT
Mavic Air (Amazon) https://amzn.to/2PvceQj

 

 

PGYTECH Handle & Tripod for DJI Mavic Air.

 

The PGYTECH Handle & Tripod makes it easy to film hands-free with its built-in tripod.

 

PGYTECH Handle & Tripod for the DJI Mavic Air.

 

Remove the cradle of the PGYTECH Handle & Tripod to reveal a standard GoPro mount.

 

PGYTECH Handle & Tripod with a GoPro mounted.

 

The PGYTECH Handle & Tripod fold up nice and compact for easy packing in a camera bag or backpack.

 

PGYTECH Handle & Tripod for Mavic Air.

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