My friends Marty and Ian from DroneMaui.com invited me and my family out on their boat today to try and observe some humpback whales. We got to see some amazing action and as usual, our boat was able to stay well away from these majestic creatures because of our drones. The day before we went on a Pacific Whale Foundation boat and I am always a bit disturbed by how close the boats get to the whales and their whale babies. If they had drones with HD downlinks the boat would be able to stay farther away and offer the people onboard a better view of the action. Hopefully in the future these boats will incorporate the use of drones just like they use hydrophones. The more respect people have for these creatures the better we will all be able to protect them.
The Inspire 1 reveals its first major flaw
The DJI Inspire 1 will not take off from a small boat on the water because the IMU will not initialize. The Phantom 2 has always flown just fine off of boats, so until this gets fixed this is a major downside for the Inspire 1 for me. If you want to fly off of boats, you should NOT buy the Inspire 1 (yet).
Whale Footage and Adobe PREMIERE
Today I flew my Phantom 2 instead of the Inspire 1 because of an IMU calibration issue while on a moving boat. I set my GoPro 3 black to 2.7k 30fps and got some cool, interesting footage of some amazing humpback whales. This is my first time using the lens correction in Adobe Premiere and it totally fixed the fish, curved horizon. If you follow the blog, you know I used to use Windows Movie Maker but I recently switched to Adobe Premiere pro because I am working with 4k now. This software is more complex but it is able to do much more if you take the time to learn it. If you like this video, feel free to share it!