Get to Know R1

What does it do? R1 is an autonomous flying camera combining artificial intelligence, computer vision, and advanced robotics. It was built from the ground up for full autonomy based on visual sensing. In a nutshell, R1 has the ability to: Fly itself while intelligently following you Capture amazing, cinematic 4K video Give you as much or as little control as you want through the mobile app Not run into stuff while doing all of the above How does it do it? R1 has been designed around the id...

Skydio, Inc.1 Year Limited Warranty - Skydio R1 LIMITED WARRANTY COVERAGE AND PERIOD OF COVERAGE The following limited warranty (“Limited Warranty”) is provided by Skydio Inc., (“Skydio”) and is applicable to your Skydio R1, including any Skydio-branded accessories provided to you with such device (collectively the “Product”). The Limited Warranty is effective upon Skydio’s receipt of your payment in full for such Products. We make no warranties, whether statutory, express or implied, regardi...

Many users tell us that their R1 footage seems "fuzzy" when played back on YouTube. Unfortunately, this is a common problem with YouTube due to its aggressive compression codecs. In this tutorial, you’ll learn the best export settings to use in your video editing application to avoid YouTube’s aggressive compression of your footage. Check out the video above, and don't hesitate to reach out to us if you need more help or have any additional questions.

Skydio R1 uses a two-axis gimbal to stabilize your footage as R1 flies and films you. However, if you want to stabilize or smooth out your footage even further, you can achieve this in two ways. The first method is by using the Skydio R1 App to export the clip after the flight. The second method requires that you import your footage into the non-linear editor of your choice to stabilize your footage (like Adobe Premiere). Check out the video above for details on these two options, and don't ...

R1 produces a somewhat "flat" image to allow for the greatest dynamic range when editing or color correcting in post-production. Although this low-contrast image allows for a greater degree of control in post-production, many users want to know how they can quickly generate the best possible image quality without having to spend a lot of time and effort.  This video will help you quickly generate professional results with your R1 footage using three simple adjustments found in most video edi...

Skydio footage (from both Skydio 2 and R1) has a wide-angle field of view which is similar to popular action cameras or wide-angle camera lenses. In the video above, we present two ways that you can remove this wide-angle "fisheye effect" from your R1 footage. Overall, we recommend using the Skydio app for this edit: it's quick, effective, and also stabilizes your footage at the same time. The other option for removing fish-eye distortion requires a computer with Adobe Premiere Pro. Check ou...

R1 App

Apple Watch is the perfect companion to your R1, allowing you to stay in the moment as you direct R1 from your wrist. Check out our quick video to learn how to use Apple Watch with R1: Notes: iOS 11 (or greater) and WatchOS 4 (or greater) are both required on your devices. Although it's an incredible companion to the Skydio R1 app on your phone, Apple Watch is not meant to be used as a standalone controller for R1. In other words, an iPhone with the Skydio R1 app installed is still required...

The Skydio R1 app has options for generating stabilized video clips. Check out this short video to learn how to use stabilization:   Note that you must be connected to your R1 via WiFi to enable clip creation (including stabilization). See this article for more info on creating clips with the Skydio R1 app: How to create & share video clips with Skydio R1 Be sure to see our related articles for more tips and tutorials!  

Cable Cam unlocks shots that used to require large, cumbersome camera motion control rigs, like cranes or dolly tracks. To learn more about using Cable Cam with Skydio R1, check out our quick tutorial video (or read on): Cable Cam allows you to set up a specific path for your R1 to follow between any two points in the air while avoiding obstacles and tracking a subject.   To get started using Cable Cam, first make sure you’re using the latest version of the Skydio R1 app (iOS or Androi...

The Skydio R1 app includes "one-shot" skills, which offer entirely new methods of capturing stunningly cinematic shareable moments. To learn more about using one-shots, check out our tutorial video (or read on): One-shot modes are specific and customizable motions your R1 will perform once before returning back into the continuous cinematic skill you were in before. One-shots can be triggered while R1 is following a subject, or triggered independent of tracking - for instance, if you’d like ...

The Skydio R1 has the ability to follow both humans and cars. To use car follow in the Skydio R1 app, connect to your R1 via WiFi, then select either Car Follow or Car Tripod using the skills selector at the bottom of the Flight screen. Use the tracking indicator (the 'plus' icon) to select the vehicle you would like to follow. Here are a few guidelines around using car follow: Note that R1 is not able to avoid other moving objects such as other cars. Only use car follow while off-road or on...

R1 and the Skydio app can help you easily capture and save still images from any of your flight videos to the camera roll on your phone - here’s how: Connect to your R1 via WiFi, then tap on the Videos tab within the Skydio app to view your flights: Tap on any flight and use the play/pause button or the timeline to locate the exact frame you’d like to use to create your still photo. Once you’ve found your frame, just tap the camera icon in the lower right corner of the preview window to save...

Flying R1

In addition to being a fully autonomous flying camera with predictive subject tracking, R1 can also be flown manually while retaining full obstacle avoidance. There are two methods within the Skydio app to use for manual flight. One-Handed Steering During flight, when not following a subject (or when using a specific Skill), the Skydio app can be used to fly R1 manually using your phone: If following a subject in any mode, tap STOP to end following (note that the Stop button will change t...

We’ve optimized R1’s flight behaviors based on its ability to track a subject accurately. Using the Skydio app and a variety of different skills, you can adjust R1 to get the perfect shot. Based on which mode you’re using, or whether or not R1 is currently tracking a subject, here are the altitude (height) specifications for R1:   When tracking a subject When NOT tracking a subject Max height ceiling (in an area with good GPS signal): 8m (26.2ft) 20m (65.6ft) Max height ceiling (in a...

R1 has been tested in a wide range of temperatures and has a recommended operating temperature range of 0°C - 35°C (32°F - 95°F). Because R1 uses visual navigation to see the world around it and avoid obstacles, it shouldn't be flown in falling snow, rain or fog. Keep your R1 batteries warm While R1 works well for winter activities like skiing and snowboarding, etc., we recommend using caution when flying in temperatures approaching 0°C. The battery in R1 may not perform at peak efficiency wh...

For the best performance - and to keep your R1 flying safely - here are some tips, tricks, and guidelines to follow when you’re out and about. Choose the right place and time to fly There are some common-sense guidelines to consider when choosing a time and place to fly. Please check out this article for details: Where can I fly my R1?. Check your R1 before you fly Once you’ve found a safe place to fly, follow these steps before every flight: Make sure your R1 batteries are fully charged (...

R1 is designed to be easy to use, and using a few common sense guidelines should help you to find an appropriate and safe place to launch and fly. When choosing a time and a place to operate your R1, please follow these general guidelines and suggestions, and be sure to check out our related articles for even more detail. Follow the law In the US, it’s illegal to fly drones within 5 miles of an airport. Always follow FAA guidelines for drone piloting and check out helpful resources like knowb...

Use caution and common sense guidelines when flying near the water. Check out our short video for tips when flying R1 near or over the water (or read on for more details): Flying any drone over water presents some unique challenges. Unlike solid ground, visual navigation is less reliable over water because of its changing geometry and texture. Skydio R1 is not waterproof but has the ability to safely fly over larger bodies of water and adds additional safeguards to keep R1 securely tethered ...

R1 Battery and Charger

We recommend using the high-quality USB-C cables that came with your R1 (USB-A to C and USB-C to C) for downloading video from R1 to your computer. While other USB-C cables may work, please note that not all USB-C cables share the same build quality or data transfer specification, and thus are unsupported for use with R1. Be sure to check out our related articles for more info and tips.  

R1 uses rechargeable lithium polymer batteries (often abbreviated as LiPo), which are used commonly throughout many consumer electronics products. Best Practices and Safety Guidelines Charge your R1 batteries using only the Skydio supplied charging dock and power adapter. We recommend using the provided power adapter; however, most USB-C power adapters that are rated from 40W up to 100W should be compatible as well (charge time may be affected when using non-Skydio chargers). Connecting your...

A yellow LED on the R1 battery means that it has entered a power-saving mode. It will return to normal (blue, pulsing to indicate that it is charging) as soon as you place it on the charger. Check out our related articles for more information.