Tips for better video on DJI Mavic 2

 

One very effective method to get more cinematic shots from your Mavic Pro is by changing the in-camera look for your image. Firstly, inside of the video settings of the DJI Go App, select D-Log, which is the proprietary log gamma color profile implemented by DJI. The footage may look bland and tasteless at first, but by preserving all of the details in the shadows and highlights, you can season your shots easily, giving you the flexibility to really dial-in the look for your shots.

By default, the footage that comes out of the drone may appear just a little unsharp and a bit too contrasty. To achieve a more cinema-like feel, try setting the Sharpness to +1 and the Contrast to -2. This should help you to achieve a more organic look, which you see in most, if not all major films.

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Besides tweaking the image itself, the movement captured in your video can separate an amateur shot from a more professional looking one. Since the gimbal system of the Mavic Pro is not advanced as those in the Phantom or Inspire series, simpler maneuvers are recommended. This includes moving the drone up, down, forward, backward, or side-to-side, rather than doing a combination of moving the drone body and the camera separately. By perfecting simple movements, you reduce the amount of jitter and shake from the shot, mimicking the look of a $5,000 drone with one that is less than $999.

Lastly, doing some minor color grading in post can really add some cinematic aesthetic to your Mavic Pro shots. By increasing the contrast and dropping some of the highlights in the shot, you end up with footage that has more visual appeal than what was originally shot with just the D-Log color profile. If you want to pursue the typical Hollywood visual style, you can try pushing your shadows towards a teal color and moving your mid tones towards an orange color.