Using cinematic modes in the Skydio app

Like your own personal camera crew, Skydio R1 knows what to film and intelligently flies itself during your activity to get the best shot. Using the Skydio app, you do have a wide range of control over the type of shot you’d like to capture with R1, via an ever-growing library of unique cinematic modes.

Anytime you want to get creative while flying R1, just swipe and select a different mode in the app. In most modes, you can even adjust the relative height and direction of your R1, as well as zoom in or out to get the right shot. The onscreen controls in the Skydio app work in harmony with each cinematic mode to give you intuitive control over your R1’s point-of-view:

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Here are the current cinematic modes and how the Skydio app controls are used for each. This list will continue to grow and evolve with updates to the Skydio app.

Mode Description Controls
Follow Follows the subject for fast action.
  • Left/right arrows: Position of R1 around the subject
  • Height slider: Elevation
  • Zoom: Range to subject
Orbit Orbits around the subject.
  • Left/right arrows: Orbit speed/direction
  • Height slider: Elevation
  • Zoom: Range to subject
Side Stays to the side of the subject based on motion.
  • Left/right arrows: Position of R1 around the subject (resets to side when moving)
  • Height slider: Elevation
  • Zoom: Range to subject
Lead Stays in front of the subject based on motion.
  • Same as Side
Tripod

Stays fixed in one place, but the camera moves to point at the subject.

Tip: Use this mode when you want R1 to be really high above the subject.

  • Left/right arrows: Move left/right
  • Height slider: Move up/down
  • Zoom: Move forward/back
Smooth Smoothly follows for cinematic video. Allows the subject to move more in the frame without R1 adjusting as frequently.
  • Same as Follow
Stadium Stays high above the action, for field sports or similar activities.
  • Left/right arrows: Position of R1 around the subject
  • Height slider: Moves height ceiling
  • Zoom: Moves back
Joysticks Standard joysticks, with obstacle avoidance.
  • Controls are joysticks
  • Pan/tilt the screen for gimbal controls

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