Overview

Easily design perfect cinematic shots with the KeyFrame skill. Set up your sequence by adding keyframes and adjusting the camera framing at each keyframe. Repeat, reverse, speed up or slow down your sequence and watch as Skydio autonomously flies your custom flight path.

CS_Note_callout-icon.jpg KeyFrame does not rely on GPS and uses the visual navigation system of your Skydio drone.

In-Depth

Step 1 - Select the KeyFrame skill

Navigate to Flight Skills > Cinematic > KeyFrame

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Step 2 - Add keyframes

Fly to your first keyframe location and adjust the drone and camera position as desired.

Placing your initial keyframe close to your Launch Point will improve the accuracy of your flight path. KeyFrame paths set far away from your launch point may be less accurate.

Select Add to lock in the keyframe location and position.

Continue adding keyframes. You may add up to 100 points.

Select Done when you have completed your sequence.

 

 

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Step 3 - Play it back

After adding all your keyframes, fly your spline (custom flight path) by tapping the play button.

Choose the speed at which the drone will fly to each keyframe. Increasing the speed may affect the spline, so keep in mind Skydio will not fly the exact same path at two different speeds.

CS_Note_callout-icon.jpg The max speed you can set during a KeyFrame is 11.2 mph (5 m/s). 

Your drone will begin at the last keyframe added and fly through your sequence until it reaches the first keyframe added.

You may Edit or Add keyframes to your sequence at any point.

If you want even more control over the framing of your shot, use the Free Camera mode within the Skill Settings to manually control the camera movement while Skydio flies the spline autonomously.

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CS_Note_callout-icon.jpg If you need to take manual control at any time, you can press the red “X” button in the top right and your keyframes will automatically be saved.

Repeat a KeyFrame

The Skydio 2 app will automatically save your KeyFrame spline across flights, giving you the ability to load a KeyFrame sequence from a previous flight.

In order to fly the same spline, make sure you take off from the exact same position and exact same orientation as your previous flight. If you move your launch position, your keyframes will move too. After launching, open the KeyFrame skill and go into the settings menu. You will then see an option to load your previous keyframes.

CS_Note_callout-icon.jpg This is an experimental feature, meaning you may encounter bugs when attempting to repeat a KeyFrame sequence.

Explore More

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