I have seen various threads with queries like this but I can’t quite get it all in perspective.
So here I go.
I realise that auto settings (on my DJI Mini 2) can be bettered with some ore experience, some ND filters and some experimenting in ‘Pro’ mode.
But my understanding of that is, it gives you more flexibility in how you want the image to appear from an exposure aspect but that it allows you to adjust frames rates, shutter speed and ISO within a rule called the 180 rule which can make motion blur more natural.
I am yet to really understand the 180 rule and as such it is not particularly a question from me, especially as I don’t have any filters yet. I mention it more to show the experienced people here what I understand so far. So if it’s possible I’d like to park all that for another day and get back to the other things I’m noticing.
Flying in cine mode and being as gentle as I know how on the sticks in auto settings, I have tried 24, 25,30 FPS in 4K. Grabbing the footage from the SD card and into iMovie I believe I see the least jitter when panning horizons at 30 FPS. Thats contrary to most advice I’ve seen. As 24 FPS seems to be recommended for cinematic shooting, most advice comes from that concept but I think the reality is, just because I’m panning in cine mode as slowly as I can my footage does not truly qualify as Cinematic. Here I believe there is misconception in the 24 FPS advise. Does it sound reasonable that 30 FPS in 4K (in the absence of ND filters and ‘pro’ mode experience) might do a better job than 24 or 25?
Taking some nice footage in to my editing tool (iMovie only I’m afraid - suggestions welcome) the yaw movements look smooth enough. I can choose to export from there in many resolutions from 4K downward. Thats with 4K chosen, why choose less? And once complete Qucktime (Apples default player) increases the jitter of the panned horizon. So I’ve now moved from thinking the tiny bit of jitter I had was on a par with many bits of footage I see from experienced ‘Dronies’ to much more irritating jitter.
Hmmmm……Is that a fault of iMovie, QuickTime or both ?
So I decided to export one at 1080p and things generally improve.
I have uploaded to you tube (I would post here and I’m happy to provide a link to those interested but I have kept it private and the reason is simply that the backing track will almost certainly breach copy right and I wasn’t putting up there but decided I would test it. If I upload publicly I will have to choose something else in future.
Now the first thing is, 720p is the max resolution I can upload on my free account as far as I’m aware.
I have seen some posts recommending Vimeo so I’ll chest that out. But by now I’ve been through so much that I have lost sight of the amount of jitter. In fact to add to that some gimbal yaw in the down direction looks quite bad (I need to go back and check that I thought the original was OK and I certainly hope so).
I’m getting to the point where I think I might be better off taking footage in 1080p?
That way I’ll have more SD card space, less reduction during processing (Which ends up in QuickTime) and less reduction if I upload to you tube. Should all that help the softwares mentioned deal with with the jitter or does it simply mean as I only start with 1080p quality from the drone, that the result will be worse than if I started with 4K?
Or put another way, do you only truly benefit from 4K by taking the settings out of auto mode, slapping on filters, having top notch editing software with strong processing performance and paid subscriptions for higher quality uploads to You tube or competitors?
Having got that far I know it will also depend on what the viewers screen is capable of.
I’m happy enough to not put super fuel into a ford fiesta but I’d also like to know if I’m missing the point and could gain more from 4K. Could there be something wrong with the drone?
Please pm me if you want the link to the 9 minutes of footage.
And thank you if you made it to the end of this very long read.