Litchi Waypoint Missions for your Drone Business
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Litchi Waypoint Missions for your Drone Business

Learning to use Litchi's Waypoint Mode for professional Drone Construction Progression Reporting and more.
4.4 (25 ratings)
Course Ratings are calculated from individual students’ ratings and a variety of other signals, like age of rating and reliability, to ensure that they reflect course quality fairly and accurately.
81 students enrolled
Last updated 10/2019
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This course includes
  • 3.5 hours on-demand video
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll learn
  • Students will learn about the Litchi App for Drone Flight
  • Students will learn about Waypoint Missions in Litchi
  • Students will learn how to create Waypoints that can be used over and over again for time lapse and progression reporting
  • Students will learn how to use Litchi to create "actions" at each waypoint
  • Students will learn how to use waypoint missions to create smooth drone cinematography.
  • A DJI Drone that is supported by Litchi will be helpful.
  • Android or iOS smartphone for using Litchi
  • Students will benefit from having the Litchi App on their Android or iOS device (not required but helpful for following along)
  • Basic knowledge of drone flight. Students should be familiar with the DJI Drone setup.

In this course students will learn about using the Litchi App for creating Waypoint Missions for their DJI Drones.  Waypoint missions can help students create flight paths that can be used over and over again.  Commercial applications include still photography time lapse over long periods of time, and video missions that can be repeated over time as well.  Commercial applications include real estate photography and video, construction progression reporting, and more.

Who this course is for:
  • Part 107 Drone Operators
  • Drone hobbyists looking to become commercial operators
  • Students interested in Autonomous Drone Flight
  • Students interested in Drone Construction Progression Reporting
  • Drone pilots interested in creating re-usable missions for long term drone projects.
Course content
Expand all 18 lectures 03:24:44
+ Introduction
1 lecture 04:28

Welcome to the "Litchi Waypoint Missions for your Drone Business" course.  This lecture gives you an overview of what we'll be covering in the course, and what we won't be covering.  If you have an interest in creating interesting autonomous flight plans for your DJI Drone I believe you'll find this course very interesting.

Preview 04:28
+ Introduction to the Litchi App - A look at the Litchi App and its features
4 lectures 48:07

In this lecture we're going to take a first look at the Litchi interface.  Litchi offers a host of special shooting modes.  FPV (First Person View), Waypoint Missions, Orbit Missions, Panoramic photography, Focus, and tracking as well.  For many drone pilots this might be the only app you'll ever need.

Preview 08:48

Litchi has so many options that you know there's got to be a lot of settings that go along with the options.  Overall system settings, photography settings, and settings unique to each of the special modes Litchi offers.  In this lecture we're going to take a look at the main app settings accessible from the upper right corner of the Litchi App

Main Settings On Litchi - Max Altitude, Return to Home, and other settings

For most any decent drone app on the market there will be photo and video settings to deal with as well.  While this course doesn't cover creating the optimal photography and video setups, we will take a look at where the settings are.  It will be up to you to improve on your still and video settings to get the most out of your images and video.

Photography and Video Settings Overview with a connected DJI Drone

Before launching into the main part of the course, Waypoint Missions, we'll take a quick look at the FPV interface overall.  We'll also launch the Mavic 2 Pro in FPV mode to give students a feel for the basic interface on Litchi.

First Person View - A quick flight using Litchi's FPV with a Mavic Pro drone
+ Waypoint Missions - The core focus of this course. Litchi's most powerful tool!
6 lectures 01:21:05

In this lecture we're going to introduce the feature that you're really here to see.  The Waypoint mission mode.  Creating waypoints can help you replicate flights time after time of the same location.  Same speed, same flight path, same settings to generate time lapse video and photography starts here.

Waypoint Missions - The most powerful feature in Litchi!

Litchi offers several different ways to setup missions.  In this lecture we'll take a look at the Litchi Mission Hub.  Drone operators can log in to Litchi's mission hub website and view previous missions, and also create new missions right from the website. 

Oh, and Litchi also syncs your missions between your smart phones, tablets, and the Mission Hub website!

Using Litchi's Mission Hub Website to see missions and create new missions.

Drone pilots can also plan missions for Litchi directly on their smartphones & tablets.  Both iOS and Android are supported, and the amazing feature to note is that once you build a mission on one platform, that mission will be sync'd to all other registered devices.  So you could plan out a mission on a larger tablet, and then when you go into the field to execute the mission you could switch to a smaller device.  Less gear to carry around!

Planning a waypoint mission with your smartphone or tablet.

The final way Drone Pilots can plan a mission  is to go out into the field, connect up your drone, controller, and smart device, and create waypoints while flying.  This allows pilots to see the exact location of the drone while setting up their mission.  This is by far the most accurate way to set up missions when being exacting is what you need.  It allows you to identify hazards while on location, work around them, and create missions for compelling photography and video. 

Plus, setting up your missions in the field is fun, and allows you a little more flight time!

Create Waypoint missions with your controller, smart device, & drone! Part 1

In the last lecture we setup a mission with our drone, controller, and smart device.  Now it's time to take a look at our results.

Fly your newly created mission in the field - Part 2

Photo waypoint missions are great for creating time lapse photography over the course of days, weeks, or months.  We setup our mission waypoints and setup our shots at the same time.  Each time we run the mission we'll get an image that matches up with all previous missions.  These types of photography missions allow commercial drone pilots to provide clients with extremely accurate views of a project location time and time again.

Setting up and flying a photo waypoint mission. Repeatable results made easy.
+ Advanced Waypoint Mission Settings - Using Actions To Accomplish Your Goals
3 lectures 25:15

In this lecture we'll take a closer look at the global settings for your waypoint mission.  What you setup in the settings menu will effect how the overall mission works.  Don't worry, in the next lecture we'll talk about customizing each waypoint if you need to.

Waypoint Mission Settings Window - So Many Options!

In this lecture you'll learn about setting each waypoint up.  You can do different things waypoint by waypoint if you need to.  It's actually quite amazing.  The level of control you're offered by Litchi allows some very customized autonomous flights!

Editing single waypoints in a waypoint mission - Alter your flight any time

You can create global settings for your flights, individual waypoint settings.....and you can do batch editing for your flights as well.  Litchi allows an incredible amount of control, and it offers so many ways to edit your missions to perfection!

Batch waypoint updates - Changing an entire mission can be accomplished easily.
+ Wrapping up on the Litchi Waypoint Missions Course
2 lectures 15:50

Litchi's Orbit Missions offer some powerful features as well.  Nothing on the order of Waypoint missions, but if you need a quick orbit of a structure or an area you'll be interested in this feature as well.

Litchi's Orbit Missions - Much simpler than Waypoint Missions, but useful still.

As I noted at the beginning of this course, Litchi's Waypoint Missions are incredibly powerful and can be used for a wide array of projects.  While we talked a lot about Drone Construction Progression reporting, there are applications that we haven't even thought of yet.  With a little creativity I'm sure you can find business uses for waypoint missions in your own drone business as well.

As student comments come in I'll be looking to updating this course.  So please be sure to leave comments and reviews and we'll work together to grow this course further.

Final thoughts on the course for students
+ Bonus Material - What's Next? An overview on creating progression reports.
2 lectures 29:59

This isn't really a simple question.  After using Litchi to document a job site you're just at the beginning of the process for delivery to your clients.  How do you want to present your results from your Litchi Flights?  Video only?  A custom slide show presentation?  Power Point?  Keynote?  A custom website?  There are so many options.

Preview 13:44

This second bonus lecture gives students a view into adding multiple clips over multiple months in order to create a progression video.  You don't have to be a Final Cut user to understand what's going on.  The bottom line is pretty straightforward.  Delivering final progression reports to clients will require video editing knowledge, photo editing knowledge, Internet sharing platforms, web development, and more.  This isn't here to discourage you, but instead to clue you in on how you may want to go about getting your final content to your clients.

Video Delivery - An overview of a progression video with Final Cut Pro X