DJI Mavic Pro Picture Settings – No More Soft Footage

DJI Mavic Pro Picture Settings – No More Soft Footage

what up guys welcome back to another
episode Atti Bear here and I’ve seen a lot of
you guys complaining about the focus feature with the DJI Mavic pro and I
am pretty sure we all will have the same problem with the DJI Mavic Pro Platinum so I decided to do a tutorial on how to properly use the focus feature
with the DJI GO 4 app so I will give you a thorough overview on how you can
tweak the sharpness of your footage and what you have to do to always keep a
sharp and crispy image as you like it but before we get into all the techie
stuff and all the adjustments don’t forget to subscribe to my channel and
make sure to check out also the written articles on and make
sure that you visit my next uploads cuz I’m pretty sure there will be a lot of
stuff in there that you are looking for so let’s jump right into the features
let’s start with the focus peaking feature this one is the first and the
most important feature I’m going to show you today in order to activate the focus
peaking feature select the picture settings menu in the bottom right corner
then select the gear symbol and go all the way down to focus peaking threshold
if you ever were wondering where those weird red lines are coming from on your
controller well this feature is what is controlling
those red lines in this menu you can set threshold for these lines so if you
select none the lines are completely turned off and if you select high you
really need to be in complete focus to see any kind
of red lines on your screen most of the time I’m using normal threshold cuz this
gives you a good average where you don’t have too many lines and you can actually
quite good determine whether you’re in focus or not the second thing you can
adjust for a crispy image is the picture style and this one can have
really big implications on your footage to access it select the camera symbol on
the top and then select style in the menu in the custom picture style menu
you are able to adjust the sharpness the contrast and saturation settings in this
order these settings have a dramatic effect on your footage so make sure to
test them out before you use them in the real life to give you a better
understanding how these settings are affecting your footage I will give you a
series of test shots where I compare the sharpness from minus 2 to plus 2 let’s
begin with a reference shot where the sharpness is set to zero setting the
sharpness to zero has some big pros and cons one big Pro is that you don’t
receive any kind of noise in your footage a big con is on the other hand
as you can see in the corn field down below you don’t see too much detail in
the fine lines so it’s kind of a bit mushy but not too much so it’s a kind of
good average to go with and with that said for all the users out there that are
not going to edit their footage in post the normal picture style is more than
sharp enough for you but if you want to get a bit more crispy you will
definitely need to take a look on the other sharpness settings that are out
there if you’re taking tests for it yourself make sure that you are moving
your drone around cause with the movement you get some motion blur and
this is what will cost you some additional sharpness in your footage
okay so next up sharpness +1 since my recordings are all in 4k you will
definitely benefit on a 4k display with this footage to see how much the
sharpness is affecting this footage so with sharpness +1 you will
that there is more noise in the footage the shadows are a bit more noisier
unrested but you will also notice that on the fields you get way more details
on the grain and also on the trees if you look closely to them so if you pause
this video on a random point you can see how crispy the sharpness +1 setting
actually really is next up sharpness +2 in my opinion
sharpness +2 is really a beast I don’t like it too much because it introduces
really a lot of noise and the shadows and you already start to receive some
artefacts which I really don’t want in any of my footage on the other hand it’s
unarguable that you receive a ton of additional information in your footage
as you can see on top of this field or in the corn or also in the trees so
you’re welcome to pause this video at any given time to check out the
additional info as you can see now let’s check out the sharpness – 1 next at a
glance you immediately see that there is no real sharp edge in this footage it
even kind of looks dull so on the other hand there is absolutely no noise in
this footage so if you are on a job where you have to ramp up your ISO maybe this could be a lifesaver where you can compensate for the noise in the
high ISO with the sharpness -1 and if you pause this video you will
notice that the individual images have way more motion blur than the image
before next up the absolute overkill sharpness
-2 if you ever want to ruin your 4k footage sharpness – 2 is the best way to
do as you can see here with this settings you definitely are losing a ton
of information and everything gets kind of smooshy and more washed out than
before so I wouldn’t recommend using sharpness – 2 ever since sharpness – and
+ 2 are out of the race in my opinion I’m now giving you a side-by-side
comparison of the normal picture style and sharpness – and +1 so you’ll be able
to decide for yourself which one is the right for you the moment the transition
moves in you already can tell that there is a big difference between sharpness 0
and sharpness +1 especially in the shadows of the trees you see that there
is some noise introduced with this setting on the other hand you get a bump
on the crispness of your image and you are also able to spot more details in
your footage overall while the drone is moving you won’t spot too many
differences between the two settings but when the Drone starts to turn to the
left side when the trees come up again you will notice that sharpness +1 has a
benefit over sharpness 0 when it comes to the details of the leaves and the
branches so for me personally the decision comes down to these two
settings when it comes to the perfect crispy image if you pause the
side-by-side comparison you will notice that there are only little differences
between the two sharpness settings the biggest difference comes when there is
motion introduced into the footage and the motion blur kicks in now let’s compare sharpness 0 against
sharpness – 1 the difference between 0 and – 1 sharpness isn’t as big as
it was between 0 and + 1 some differences are easily spotted so for
example if you look at the treetops you will notice that this high contrast area
is definitely not benefiting from the loss of sharpness since there is not
much detail left to begin with by the introduction of additional movement the
motion blur takes away again another portion of the little details you have
left especially with the fast side words movements of the Mavic you will see that
the motion blur is amplified in the treetops in my opinion this setting is
something that you can use if you have a lot of noise in your footage otherwise I
wouldn’t recommend using it so maybe better stick with the normal picture
style or the plus 1 all the shots you’ve seen here today were taken with the
manual focus point on the Mavic so let’s talk about how you can focus your Mavic
when you’re out on the run there are two different ways on how to get to DJI
Mavic pro camera to get in focus but what are you doing if the autofocus on
the DJI Mavic Pro is failing you there is also a manual way to get the focus
right with the Mavic getting your focus right is always depending on the
scene you’re shooting so if you’re shooting something like a landscape
scene or something you will need to move your focus near to the Infinity but if
you’re shooting something up close you will have to go for the flower the macro
area so basically this is it what you are looking for but to get the nice
smooth sweet spot you need the peak focus feature in this example I’m going
to show you how the focus dial is affecting your focus area you can see in
this setup that the focus is in a good average and i’m dailing towards the
flower e.g. macro area you see that the focus is
shifting from the treetops to the foreground so if you go all the way in
either directions you will lose all your focus in your footage so you definitely
need to find the sweet spot within those two areas so in this setup we are trying
to achieve a good overall focus throughout the whole image in order to
achieve this we need to spin the dial in the direction of the infinity symbol and
I’ll be honest with you hitting a real sweet spot where the overall image is
completely focused can be hard at times so a big screen like from an iPad will
be of great assistance if you have one so using the manual focus can be tricky
at times but when you get the hang of it it will definitely improve your drone
footage cause you get the focus always as you want it and you don’t have to
rely on the autofocus of the Mavic okay so what do you think about this little
tutorial here I hope this will help you to get rid of all the nasty smooshy and
unsharp footage you have produced in the past hopefully not too much of it but
I’m hoping that this will help you to improve your drone footage and it
definitely helped me to increase the production value of my drone footage the
techniques I showed you in this video sometimes can require some practice and
you will not get it right at the first time but as always you have to practice
what you want to be good at so go out go fly and hopefully you come back with
great footage so did you get the focus right in the past with the Mavic all the
times hit me up in the comments below and tell me what you did wrong then and
what was your worst experience with the focus on the DJI Mavic Pro
also don’t forget to subscribe to my channel cause I am waiting patiently for
my DJI Mavic Pro Platinum and when it’s here I will do a thorough comparison
between the Mavic Pro and the Mavic Pro platinum so hit the like button and I’m
hoping to see you next time oh and thank you for watching

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  1. 🔴 What was your worst Focus experience with the Mavic?
    Have you seen my review of the latest Firmware Update of the Mavic? ➡️
    Make sure to check out the extended written article to this Video: ➡️

  2. Hey Atti!, Are you using any ND filters? My footage at +1 looks way more noisy than yours 🙁 … or is this a shutter speed issue that's introducing more noise?

  3. I do not think it is noise you see with +x sharpness but compression artifacts – 60Mbits simply cannot handle so many details in the footage. 0 sharpness is really sweet spot as other settings are blurry or overshaprned with visible compression.

  4. 0, -1, -1 is my go to setting right now with blue color setting. I like the blue color setting. It makes the sky pop.

  5. Just what I needed. I think its about personal taste… I set sharpness to -1 because I saw some videos about ideal settings where more than one person talked about it to be more cinematic and stuff…. but in reality, I'm not shooting cinema movies, so I prefer more crisp.
    Your video just open up my eyes to switch these settings more often.

  6. In 2017 we should not need to worry about SOFT footage. @DJI we don't need any more different colour Mavics ! We want Mavic with a decent camera!

  7. FYI for folks who name shop: Products with the word "Pro" in the title are Amateur grade products and usually inferior.
    This applies to audio equipment, photo, automotive, ect… Professional grade products DO NOT label the product PRO.
    There is no such thing as a PRO Inspire nor is there a PRO Red Camera.
    PRO = Domestic Amateur use. PRO is a marketing tool to entice you into buying into "planned obsolescence."

  8. I am a newbie, can you tell me what accessories I should get for my Mavic Pro to film and take stills of property and buildings. The pro package I got came with the bare minimum.

    Thanks for the great video, it was very informative. I plan on watching more of them.

  9. My images were blurry on a sunny day and I changed the settings to 1080p 23fps, thinking it wouldnt matter …but my images were blurry. Do you suggest changing it sharpness -1? I think the default is is set 0.

  10. This shows again that the Mavic's noise reduction is still disabled with sharpness +1, and is terrible when it is active.

  11. what app/program can i use to do a color grade for me as in i take the video from the mavic in d-log? drag it on the computer open an app/program and drop it in and it will do all the color grading for me to make the color pop a auto porgram ? something simple

  12. To start off I watch too many YouTube videos when I get interested in a new toy. Someone once said to me “to take something complex and explain it in simple terms is to have masted that subject.” Your explanation and quality of production are to be complimented. I recently purchased a product that I’d like to review it in various configurations and decided to go with a DJI drone. One of my biggest concerns is to buy the Air, a now discounted Platinum, or wait for the II. You’ve been a nice cushion while impatiently waiting.

  13. Great video! One of the best sharpness tests for the Mavic out there!
    Since "everyone" recommended the +1 sharpness setting, I've been using that a lot. In good lightning that looks quite OK, but if there are a lot of shadows I see a lot of noise! The sharpening is also a bit too strong. So, for everyday footage I think I will use the 0 setting. Can't bother with Neat. For night scenes with max ISO, I guess -1 will do the trick as you mentioned. Thanks!

  14. This is a very good video in not only explaining the difference of sharpness but also showing. Now I know for sure I will be using +1 sharpness and depending on importance of footage will be using neat video to denoise once I purchase it. I already have many corrective and color LUT's so just need the neat video to make the footage really good. Thanks for this I really learned a lot especially about the focus.

  15. I've found every video on Mavic Pro settings on YouTube and still get distorted footage and pictures. I was thinking the camera just isn't truly 4k.

  16. So with manual focus, wouldn't you have to constantly focus manually as you fly? Seems it would be terribly bothersome. Am I missing something?

  17. great video! I want to make you a question; I am not a drone profesional, I am current videographer and in a past wedding I made some shoots with the mavic pro, but now I am seeing and it looks like a gaussian blur… I use the Log and I think I set the sharpness in -2 because of the nervous of the wedding and because in the configuration of any Canon or Sony videocameras I use to set this in the minimum… I supponse that nothing can be done now… ??

  18. Apparently you don’t know a lot about video and drones. The processor in a drone is not powerful compared to let’s say a MacBook Pro or Windows equivalent. So don’t use for things you can do in post production must better and easier. Like sharpening, saturation. Well pretty much every video operation. Shoot in autofocus while flying, so the red lines don’t contribute very much, only consumes battery and processor power. Make the video as flat as possible and do color grading in post. Using a flat profile will preserve the highs and lows much better allowing to grade them in post. An interesting discussion, on a Mavic Pro, is to leave the camera cap on or not. Leave the cap on prevents micro vibrations in the camera, micro vibrations that will influence sharpness negatively on the cost of possible sun flares in the cap. A professional NLE like DavinciResolve 16 Studio can take away a lot of the flares.

  19. I've ran a -1 to +3 test on the M2Z and P4PV2.0 and the difference is Amazing. I run +3 all the time but I think under low light it's where it's bad but I'm not 100% sure.

  20. This is by far the most informative video I need for sharpness and focus. Thank you so much. I’m using the mavic pro and it was definitely the sharpness setting at -2 and Manuel focus turned on that I did not know

  21. Good video. I will now shoot better video because of this. When I get to Heaven and I'm on gate duty when you arrive, you're getting a pass my friend.

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