AirMagic – Simple & Quick way to awesome images
    Mar21

    AirMagic – Simple & Quick way to awesome images

    Look, I get it. Maybe you are like me and have gigabytes of photographs and videos you took with your drone. With the videos, I tend to edit at least some clips but all those photographs usually go neglected. Well, perhaps this will change my Instagram game finally. Corrections & Fixes for your specific drone: So what kind of Magic Errrr sorcery does AirMagic do? It first determines which drone was used to capturing the photograph and then uses it’s stored lens correction fix parameters for that specific camera. It then uses the camera specifics to apply other corrections to give the best image. Next, it uses Algorithms & AI (Artificial Intelligence) to analyze each image. Based on factors in the photograph, it applies adjustments to increase/decrease color, remove haze and enhance the Sky in the photo. The best part is, so far you have only dragged an image onto AirMagic or loaded an image through its Open Image Dialog. No matter which drone you have, the app will be able to improve your images. AirMagic at the time of writing, supports RAW, JPEG, TIFF, and PNG files that are at least 800×600 pixels in size. There are several styles you can apply Normal Style, Chinook, Cinematic, Emotional, Sandstorm & Zephyr are just some of the styles available right away. There will be more styles available for purchase in the online store. You can get quite the variety of looks with the included styles. Save custom export settings for even more speed One nice thing about AirMagic, is that you can save export settings and quickly recall saved settings, so you don’t have to select everything manually all the time. Makes exporting different sizes and types a breeze. AirMagic works as a Plugin for Lightroom and Photoshop Free to Try Download a free trial of AirMagic here. If you like the results you see, save some coin with our promo code: Use Promo QUADCOPTER for a 20% discount just for QuadcopterGuide readers!   The Full version gets you: Watermark-free images Ability to Export larger than 1200px max Batch processing Change the intensity of the AirMagic adjustments Save enhanced images to your computer in a format of your choosing and quality Further styles to enhance the look and style of your photos   Stay tuned and subscribe to our YouTube Channel for Videos on AirMagic and other useful drone...

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    Purdue University & Indiana State University drone program – Unmanned Aerial Systems
    Mar06

    Purdue University & Indiana State University drone program – Unmanned Aerial Systems

    Many Universities are expanding their curriculum to include a Drone Program or Unmanned Aerial Systems fields of study. Purdue & Indiana State University are amongst these Universities. As a matter of fact, Indiana State University was the first University in the Midwest to offer a Drone Program. During a recent MeetUp, students of a local Indiana High School experienced the DJI Mavic Air, Phantom 4 Pro and Inspire 2. They also learned about the expanding drone industry. Representatives from the Purdue Foundry & Indiana States faculty were on Site. “We’re trying to connect those resources. We’ve got great academic resources here ISU, IU, Purdue. Unfortunately, a lot of that engineering, scientific talent, leaves the state. So we want to create more opportunity here.” – Purdue Foundry Director Jason Salstrom Indiana State University offers a B.S. in Unmanned Systems but also a minor in UMS. Purdue also offers a Major in Unmanned Aerial Systems. “Indiana realizes that there is a commercial opportunity out there. Commercial applications for unmanned systems is about to take off.” – Mike Collins Please Support QuadcopterGuide If you’d like to stay up to date with all the latest drone/gimbal news, rumors, and reviews, then follow us on YouTube, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram or sign up for our email newsletter. Purchase your next drone directly from DJI or retailers like Amazon. By using our links, we will make a small commission, at no cost to you. Thank you for helping QuadcopterGuide...

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    New FAA Registration Info & Rules – How do I register my drone?
    Mar04

    New FAA Registration Info & Rules – How do I register my drone?

    New FAA rules require all drones (over 250 grams) in the U.S. to display the FAA registration number on the outside of the drone. Until now this registration information could be labeled inside of battery compartments for example. FAA Rule requiring Registration Information visible on the outside of your drone The FAA claims Good Cause for Immediate Adoption based on a few arguments. One being that Members of law enforcement have expressed concerns that the old rule of just placing the label anywhere on the drone, including inside the battery compartment, presents “an imminent risk of harm to first responders”. It is claimed that when responding to security incidents involving drones, first responders attempt to identify the owner/operator. Of course, one way of doing this is to figure out who this person is based on the FAA registration information on the label. This requires law enforcement personnel to physically handle the drone and in some cases open compartments. This poses “an unnecessary safety and security risk” to those individuals, as well as others in the immediate vicinity of the drone, due to potential concealment of explosive devices in compartments, including battery compartments. This new rule requiring placing the registration number on the external surface of the aircraft assists in mitigating this risk, as the drone doesn’t have to be handled. The FAA had planned to implement this rule after receiving feedback from Law Enforcement Agencies in 2016 and 2017 but was not able to implement the rule immediately. One reason for this was the litigation challenging the applicability of the entire Registration process for model aircraft (section 336 of Public Law 112-95). The uncertainty was resolved when the registration requirement was signed into law on December 12, 2017. Due to the “Good Cause for Immediate Adoption” the Rule becomes effective 10 days from publication -> (Feb 25, 2019). You have until March 15th, 2019 to comment on the new Ruling. You may do so here.   US Registration Requirements How do I register my drone? It’s pretty simple, follow these steps: If you are flying a drone in the U.S. that weighs more than 0.55lbs (250 grams) it must be registered. You can do that by visiting faadronezone.faa.gov Review the rules: Recreational/Hobby or Commercial Mark your aircraft. The good news is you have several options: Engraving the registration number Using a permanent label, from say a label maker Using a permanent marker to visibly and permanently write your registration info on the exterior of your drone STAY IN TOUCH! If you’d like to stay up to date with all the latest drone/gimbal news, rumors, and reviews, then follow us...

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    Drone helps SWAT team defuse armed standoff – Impossible US1
    Feb28

    Drone helps SWAT team defuse armed standoff – Impossible US1

    Impossible Aerospace built a drone last year which is essentially the Tesla of drones. The US-1 quadcopter can fly up to two hours per charge.   A model with a fitted FLIR camera was flown above the Denny’s restaurant in Campbell, California which was part of the armed gunman standoff. On February 8th, a man started his day with a cup of coffee at 5AM. Later this man pulled a gun on an employee. Police used a bomb-sniffing robot as well as the drone to assist with the situation. The Impossible Aerospace US-1 flew for 45 minutes while using its FLIR thermal camera in addition to a normal camera to assist monitoring the building from above. SWAT teams used tear gas to try and flush out the suspect. The drone’s camera spotted tear gas escaping through a kitchen vent, instead of getting the suspect to leave the building. From this feedback, SWAT decided to use even more tear gas. When the suspect finally surrendered, it was believed to be due to the tear gas used.   Police Captain Gary Berg stated after the incident: “The use of the US-1 drone helped us optimize the safety of our officers and the community while providing valuable information to the command post through the live video feed.” The Impossible Aerospace US-1 drone starts at $7,500 without any cameras.   STAY IN TOUCH! If you’d like to stay up to date with all the latest drone/gimbal news, rumors, and reviews, then follow us on YouTube, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram or sign up for our email newsletter. Purchase your next drone directly from DJI or retailers like Amazon. By using our links, we will make a small commission, at no cost to you. Thank you for helping QuadcopterGuide...

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    SanDisk announces 1TB microSD card & Sandisk special deals
    Feb27

    SanDisk announces 1TB microSD card & Sandisk special deals

    The race to increase storage capacities onto even the smallest memory cards continues. Western Digital’s SanDisk brand has launched the worlds first 1-terabyte microSD card. Sandisk & WD products are currently on a limited time sale on Amazon. Check out the low prices on memory cards and hard drives here Check out the Deals At the Mobile World Congress, the new 1TB microSD card was launched. The Sandisk UHS-I card is claimed to have read speeds up to 160MB/s and 90MB/s write speed. Of course, the card will be an SDXC card, as the standard was developed for cards between 64GB to 2TB storage capacities. SDXC cards are best formatted with exFAT to allow the larger file sizes common today. The card will be available from April for $449.99 retail. That’s a pretty hefty premium over the $199.99 512GB card.   Large capacity cards for drones The Mavic 2 Pro and Phantom 4 Pro v2 currently accept microSD cards only up to 128GB. The question is, when will drones be able to use cards over 128GB cards. The much-awaited Phantom 5 is expected to be released in the coming months, will it be the first DJI drone to accept microSD cards over 128GB? Perhaps the Phantom 5 will take normal sized SD cards. This could point towards an increased max bitrate, a hope many have, as this would be a welcome feature of the rumored drone. As long as DJI consumer drones have a max bitrate of 100Mbps (12.5MB/s) the question is, do we need cards larger than 128GB? What is your strategy when it comes to memory cards? Would you rather have a few “smaller” cards and avoid the risk of losing too much footage in case something happened, or do you buy the largest card possible to avoid having to mess with changing them? Let us know in the comments below!   STAY IN TOUCH! If you’d like to stay up to date with all the latest drone/gimbal news, rumors, and reviews, then follow us on YouTube, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram or sign up for our email newsletter. Purchase your next drone directly from DJI or retailers like Amazon. By using our links, we will make a small commission, at no cost to you. Thank you for helping QuadcopterGuide...

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