Today we are announcing a brand new feature for VS beta (Android).
We heard from a lot of you guys that you'd like to see more automated flight control in Vertical Studio, to film interesting shots using the simplicity that visual tracking allows. One of the most common shots we've all done is the visual orbit, but flying a beautiful circle around a subject is far from straight forward.
The standard way to film an orbit in DJI GO, and other apps you're familiar with, is to open a satellite map view, pick a point of interest, a radius, altitude and speed before starting an orbit. We find this seriously tedious. So we’ve built a different version of orbit, leveraging the core tracking functionality that lets you select any subject in the camera view and touch a single button to orbit.
Point to note: Visual orbit is meant for stationary subjects. The difference is in how you pick the point of interest. Rather than picking a GPS point of interest on a map, visual orbit works by automatically triangulating the GPS location of your subject using tracking.
Here’s a tutorial on how to use it.
Step 1: Select a subject as usual.
**Step 2: Once a subject is selected. You'll see a checkbox popup that's labelled "Orbit". Click it. **
**Step 3: Once you click orbit. You'll see a slider with the velocity value set to "0". This is the starting position for the orbit. Radius and height are set to the current position of the drone relative to the subject. **
Step 4: You can now drag the slider left or right to control the direction and speed of the orbit. And that's it!
**Here’s how it works under the hood. **
When you select a subject using the standard tracking UI, VS starts tracking your subject for a short period of time, during which it automatically triangulates the GPS position of your subject, using information about the GPS position, height, gimbal angle and initial motion of the drone. The orbit then uses GPS to fly a continuous smooth circle around your select subject.
We're eager to have you guys try this and let us know what you think.