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  • Multirotor
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  • Pilots
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Can I use the transmitter that came with my first quadcopter on a new one? In most cases, you will not be able to use the same transmitter with a new quadcopter. Transmitters have a binding process that links them to the receiver inside the quad. Different manufacturers have differently proprietary systems that will only work with their receiver units. Trying to adapt the transmitter to a different manufacture’s receiver will simply just not work. –Gerry Yarrish What features should I look for when buying a new transmitter? First and foremost you want reliability. Fortunately most well-known brands of radios systems have this reliability. One of the primary features that your radio system should have is some type of telemetry. Getting real-time battery status during the flight is extremely important. Does the controller feel comfortable in your hands? Ergonomics can be an important factor when flying throughout the day. –John Reid Higher end transmitters have a number of the assignable functions along with telemetry, which is highly recommended. There are many different flight controllers available, which one should I use? Like radio systems, flight controllers should be reliable and fit the needs of the multirotor your flying. If you are operating a 200 to 300mm size quad, you’ll want a a small unit that doesn’t weigh much. However, if you are operating a much larger multirotor that will have a camera mounted to it, you’ll need a controller with more complex programming options. When you’re flying smaller quads, look for a controller with different flight modes along with good stabilization. Once you have moved on to larger multirotors, you will need a controller that offers very good stabilization, the ability to operate more than four motors and some type of control and programming support for the camera gimbal system. –John Reid Flight controllers turn the stick movement from the receiver into electrical pulses that regulate the speed of each motor so the drone can perform correctly. 36

Should I buy a multirotor with an integrated camera gimbal or a detachable one? This is a very common decision that many operators have to make, especially with the variety of multirotors on the market. An essential factor to keep in mind before buying any multirotor is the availability and cost of replacement parts. Most of us tend to focus on the specs and performance numbers but, having flown multirotors for years, I know that unexpected things like hard landings (or even worse!) can happen. If the camera gimbal is fully integrated and the multirotor sustains severe damage, it may not be possible to salvage it from the airframe. One of the main advantages of a multirotor with an integrated gimbal and camera is the simplicity of operation. Since all the components are designed to work together, you won’t have compatibility issues. If you plan to take videos, you will get better results if the multirotor has a stabilized gimbal in addition to the camera. Some of the more affordable multirotors have an integrated camera but no gimbal. These may be suitable for taking still images but the quality of the video will be disappointing. The primary advantage of buying a multirotor that accepts a variety of aftermarket gimbals is the flexibility you will have Having an integrated camera is easier for pilots who just want to fly and shoot, but it will only work with the drone it is attached to. in choosing a camera that is best suited for your application. Also, most independent cameras have a host of adjustable parameters that are not usually available on integrated cameras. Some of these features may be essential if you are doing commercial photography. Adding an aftermarket gimbal does require extensive knowledge and experience, however, and may be too complex for novice users. Begin by evaluating your needs. If you are considering a professional setup, a multirotor with a detachable or aftermarket gimbal is likely the route you will want to take. -Gus Calderon What video-editing program is the best? With so many options at so many different price ranges, how do you select what’s right for you? If you have a decent amount of computer literacy and you aren’t intimidated by the application, Resolve Lite by Black Magic Design is my top choice for those on a tight budget because it’s free. It can handle almost any file type, but the layout takes some getting used to. Resolve is a color corrector first and editor second, though the recent version aims to change that. An application this powerful and free is worth being installed on your computer. If you are willing to invest some cash, one of my top choices for an aspiring editor is Adobe Premiere Pro. Premiere Pro utilizes the industry standard source/record style editing layout and can support just about anything you throw at it. Its well-thought-out user interface and direct integration with other Adobe applications make Premiere Pro a solid choice for creative minds of all skill levels. –Robert Rodriguez We hope these solutions have answered any questions you have, but if not please drop us a line at or message us on Facebook! Team RotorDrone is here to help you succeed with your multirotor flight. K Flight Success 37

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