This is my pitch to you guys. Well for one, we're gonna look at the different kind of flight modes just kind of as an overview. This is my pitch to you guys for us to learn this sort of old-school or the standard flight mode first. And that is, when you're flying and you go right, it's copter right. When you go left, it's copter left. When it's nose in at you like this, and you go right, it's gonna go left, right? And I know a lot of my friends that are filmmakers that want to get a drone and start filming, they see that and they're like, oh my gosh, I can't deal with that. And so with these copters they have these Home Lock and Course Lock modes. And they're really handy when, you know, sometimes for safety reasons or maybe you're not as good in a standard mode but they also have some sort of, they open up some cinematic sort of shot possibilities. Some camera move possibilities. But what I would encourage you, is not to head right over for there and start flying in those modes becaus...
e what can happen is you get disoriented, you forget what mode you're in, and then all of a sudden you're going the wrong way. Or you just can't think quick enough to stay out of harms way. I was talking to a friend of mine just recently and he's like, oh I just crashed my drone again and yeah, I was in some mode and I thought I was in this and this, that and the other. And so with great power comes great responsibility, right? And there's an intense amount of power. Not just flight power, but technology power. I mean, there's just so many cool options. We've got Home Lock, Course Lock, ActiveTrack. These are now, these are ever changing, right? Its as drone manufacturers think of them, they're coming out with new modes. In the case of the Phantom Four, this is basically just a screen grab, these icons off that interface, so, ActiveTrack, TapFly, Point of Interest, Waypoints, Follow Me Mode. There's all kinds of different modes that we can use to take off the pilot load on one hand and focus on the shot, but in the beginning we're gonna just be looking at sort of the standard flight mode.
So flight modes on the Phantom Four, the Inspire One, a lot of drones, they have lots of different kinds of flight modes. One thing that some of you will be tempted to do in the beginning, is to fly a lot in a couple of these flight modes in particular. There's one called Course Lock and there's one called Home Lock. What that is, is when say for example, it was locked on a home point, if I push out away from me, it's gonna go always away from me. If I pull back to me, it's always gonna come back to me. Come back to home base. Left is gonna go left of home. Right is gonna go right of home. Course Lock's similar. You set a course and then it moves forward, backward, left, right based on whatever course you set. So, those in the beginning can seem like easier modes to fly in, and they are in some way, but what I want us to look at is how to fly in the traditional mode. Which is sort of first-person, seat-of-the-cockpit kind of mode. Where, when you take a left, if the drone's facing away from you, you take a left, it's gonna go left. Take a right, it's gonna go right. But when it's pointed at you, you take a left, it's gonna look like it's going right, right. But it's still actually going aircraft left. So that's what I wanna teach us in the beginning here, is how to master those basic flight skills flying in a standard mode. Not using it in intelligent flight mode, if you will, but to learn sort of the old-fashioned way. The way that I grew up flying remote-controlled aircraft. So we'll look at those. There's also some semi-autonomous modes, which we'll look at in detail in future lessons. But right now we're gonna just, I'm gonna demonstrate Course Lock and Home Lock. (propellers whirring) Okay, so right here, I have it in just our standard flight mode. You know, if I'm facing away from myself, if I go right, it's gonna go right. If I go left, it's gonna go left. It's not intelligent flight mode right now, it's just in standard. So if I turn it around and face us, and if I go right, it's gonna seem like it's going left. But one thing that helps to learn this mode, turn your back on it. And now if you go right, it kinda makes more sense if you're first learning. You know, right's right, left's left. So that's a little trick you can do when you're first learning. So, at any rate, let's try playing around with some intelligent modes, okay? So you've gotta be, you gotta have the dial on the transmitter. There's P, S, and A. P basically is a GPS-enabled mode. If you see the screen right here, if I have it in P mode, it has this little option with the copter right there. You click on that. It opens up all these different modes. So right now, I'm gonna scroll onto the second page. And let's go to Course Lock, well let's actually go to Home Lock first. So Home Lock's there. I'm gonna hit Apply. And now it's enabled. So see how it's facing us? Well, if I push away, it's gonna go away. If I pull back, it's gonna come to us. And then if I go right, it's gonna go right of me. Right of home. And left is gonna go left of home. So that's Home Lock, right. Alright, so now let's put it on a Course Lock. I'm gonna stop Home Lock. Maybe I'll back it up, get it a little bit closer to us. And right now it's fighting a wind so bad, I'm gonna put it into Sport Mode. See that's one of the weird things about going into Home Lock or Course Lock. You kind of have to re-orient yourself once you get out of that mode. Okay, so now it's facing us and it's acting normal, okay. So let's put it on a Course Lock. Let's say that we want the course to be, right now we're seeing the left side of the craft. So in a standard mode, if I go right, it's gonna go away from us, right? If I go left, it's gonna go towards us, right? But if I set it on a course, so actually what we'll do, is our course will be right in front of us, okay. So I want our course to be right. I'll put it into one of the intelligent. I flipped it back on the P switch here. And I'll put it into Course Lock. Alright, so now it's asking me, what do I want my course to be. Okay, well I'll just make this my course. It's gonna be going, forward is gonna be the course. So I will hit apply. Now watch what's cool about this. If I go forward, it's going forward just like in a standard mode, right. But then if I yaw the craft left, watch this. It still goes forward. It has some cool options for getting some cool cinematic moves. It may be a little challenging in this wind, but you can see the advantage. Like if you put it on a course, no matter how you yaw the craft, here, I'll try to bring it back to us. It's fighting a wind, but. So check this out. I'm gonna put it, it's still in Course Lock mode. Watch what I can do. I'm gonna push it away from us. And look, I can yaw the craft around. And it's just going away from us. And if you try to do, that's actually a pretty good skill to master in standard. Like learning how to do, that's called a pirouette. I mean, man, if you can do a moving pirouette without any sort of intelligent flight mode control, you're pretty good on the sticks to do that. I mean, I can do it, but not as precisely as what the craft can do with its software. So if that makes sense, Course Lock, you set it on a course, no matter what you do, you yaw the craft, it's gonna do it's thing. Home Lock, anytime you pull it back towards you, for example, let's toggle back over to Home Lock. It knows where we are. When we took off it noted where we were, okay, where home was. If I click Home Lock here, hit Apply. Now if I go like, back towards me here, it's gonna come back home. And actually I'm gonna go left of here so we can kinda see what happens. It's fighting a wind so bad right now, but what I'm doing is I'm pushing forward stick. Now remember when I push forward stick, before when I was over there, it was going away from us. Now when I push forward stick, it's going away from us there. So it's going away from home. When you push forward like this, it goes away from home. Now if I bring it back, before when it was over there, it would come back here. You know, it'd come this direction. Now if I pull the stick back, I mean, I could not know where the craft was. So for example, if I'm not looking at it and I just pull the stick back. I'm looking away, I'm not thinking about what I'm doing. And it's right over our heads right now. That can be a really nice safety feature. So if you happen to be super far away and you don't know where it, if you're have a hard time seeing it, you don't know where it is, you can either hit the Return to Home button which is kind of a cool feature, Which takes the home point data. Or you can simply put it into Home Lock, pull the stick back, and it's gonna come back to you.