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.

[info text="KeyFrame uses the visual navigation system and does not rely on GPS."] 

Quick Steps

Step 1 - Select the KeyFrame skill

    • select the Skills menu
    • select the Cinematic tab
    • select 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 to add up to 100 keyframe points
    • select Done when you have completed your sequence
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Step 3 - Play it back

    • select Play
    • choose the speed at which the drone will fly to each keyframe. Increasing the speed may affect the spline. Skydio X2 will not fly the same path at two different speeds.
    • your drone will begin at the last keyframe added and fly through your sequence until it reaches the first keyframe added
    • Edit or Add keyframes to your sequence at any point

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When playing back a KeyFrame sequence, Skydio X2E will dynamically slow down around sharp turns, allowing you to increase speed without sacrificing accuracy. Helps to avoid cutting corners to maintain your drone’s position along the spline

For more control over the framing of your shot, use the Free Camera mode in the Skills settings menu to manually control the camera movement while Skydio X2 flies the spline autonomously.

[info text="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

Your KeyFrame spline is automatically saved across flights, giving you the ability to load a KeyFrame sequence from a previous flight.

To fly the same spline, ensure that you launch from the same position and same orientation as your previous flight. After launching, select the KeyFrame skill settings menu and load your previous keyframes.

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

KeyFrame settings

Adjust the KeyFrame setting by selecting the Skills setting icon  X2-user_guide-flying_x2-flight_screen_icon-7__skill_settings_.png
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[note] The max speed you can set during a KeyFrame is 29 mph (13 m/s). A positive speed indicates left to right on the timeline. A negative speed indicates right to left on the timeline. Roll controls the left and right horizontal movements of your drone. Left or right joystick may vary depending on your Flight Mode. [/note]
  • Off: Joystick movement does not affect the speed.
  • Absolute: roll joystick input directly maps to drone movements. Skydio X2E will stop when the joystick is centered.
  • Relative: roll joystick input increases or decreases speed. Skydio X2E will maintain its current speed when the joystick is centered.
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  • Position Accuracy: X2E will dynamically slow down to 11 mph (5 m/s) around sharp turns, allowing you to increase the maximum speed without sacrificing accuracy
  • Constant Speed: X2 will fly at the set speed but may drift from the path around sharp turns
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Skydio X2E Manuals and Guides

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