How to use FreeFlight Pro

The following is an explanation of how to use FreeFlight Pro with your Parrot Bluegrass after downloading the mobile app. Follow the guide!

 

 

 

 

The main screen of FreeFlight Pro

 

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1 - Access to the Side Menu: open Flight Plan, buy a drone and check for updates.

2 - My flightsview the flight history and sign up to My.Parrot/Parrot Cloud.

3 - Connect to the drone by pressing the "V" button.

4 - Remote Control: configure the buttons of Parrot Skycontroller and Parrot Skycontroller 2.

5 - Fly and film/Learn to fly: access the piloting interface.

6 - Buy a drone/Flight Plan: the brick can change if Flight Plan is purchased (in-app purchase).

 

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When your drone is already saved in the app:  

 

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To detect the drone, use the "V" button to view the drones.

 

 

 

 

The description of the buttons when FreeFlight Pro is connected to the drone:

 

 

 

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1 - Side menu

2 - Connected dronename of the drone and information on the drone: hardware version, software version, GPS version, number of flights, last flight, total flight time and last error.

3 - Internal memoryshow the available space and the number of new photos.

4 - Wi-Fi network 

5 - Remote control: configure the buttons of Parrot Skycontroller and Parrot Skycontroller 2.

6 - Flight Plan (in-app purchase) *

7 - Fly and film

* Flight Plan may appear on the main screen once the drone is connected at least once.

 

The My flights button is used to view the flight history.

 

 

How to adjust your drone with FreeFlight Pro

 

The settings icone_settings.png are used to adjust the flight behavior, location, FPV view and Wi-Fi settings.

 

 

Flight settings

 

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The piloting settings:

  • Piloting mode. 3 options, i.e. Normal (using the smartphone's accelerometer), Joystick and Expert.

  • Max pitch of the drone. The greater the pitch angle, the faster drone will go - concerns Parrot Bebop Drone/Parrot Bebop 2.

  • Max pitch speed

  • Max vertical speed

  • Max rotation speed

  • Bank turn (for Parrot Bebop Drone and Parrot Bebop 2), for a more sporty flying mode.

 

Positions, distances and limits

 

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  • Flat Trim for Parrot Bebop Drone, Parrot Bebop 2 and Parrot Disco, the Flat trim upgrade must be activated on a flat surface.

  • Calibration The app often requires the drone to be calibrated. It is advisable to calibrate the drone before each take-off.

  • You can set the minimum and maximum altitude whenever this is permitted by the settings of the drone

  • Geo-fencing sets a limit to the range of the drone.

 

First Person View

 

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FPV can be enabled by default if auto start is enabled.

NB: FPV mode is not available on tablet.

 

Network settings

 

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Network

 

You can change the Wi-Fi network name of your Parrot Bluegrass. Press WPA2 to set a password for your drone's Wi-Fi network. 

 

 

 

Location

 

Select the country in which you are flying the drone. 

For Parrot Disco, Outdoor mode must always be enabled. 

 

Wi-Fi band

Connect the drone to the 2.4 GHz or 5 GHz Wi-Fi bands.

The 2.4 GHz Wi-Fi band allows you to extend the range of the Wi-Fi signal. It is usually more crowded than the 5 GHz Wi-Fi band, especially in urban areas.

The 5 GHz Wi-Fi band provides a more reliable connection between Parrot Disco and your smartphone. Check the user guide or the technical specifications of your smartphone to see if it supports a connection to the 5 GHz Wi-Fi band. If this is not the case, only use the 2.4 GHz Wi-Fi band. 

*Note: the graph at the bottom of the screen shows the traffic on the Wi-Fi bands.

 

Before you fly your drone, check for restrictions regarding the use of Wi-Fi frequencies in the planned flight location. Certain frequencies may be restricted or prohibited. The country selection and activation of the Exterior option are used to adjust the Wi-Fi settings according to the legislation of the country selected. Based on these settings, not all the channels may be permitted. In some countries, for example, the use of the 5 GHz Wi-Fi band may be prohibited outdoors.

 

If you notice a problem with the quality of the Wi-Fi connection: 

1.   Select Manual mode.

2.   Select a channel from the drop-down menu or press an access point directly on the graph. Give priority to a channel that's not very crowded (transparent) or free (no curve).

 

Information

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Consult the information on the drone.

 

Recording settings

Go to the image settings

 

1.   On your smartphone, launch the FreeFlight Pro app.

 

2.   Go to FLY & FILM.

 

3.   Press the icon to the left of the save button

https://community.parrot.com/t5/Base-de-connaissances-Bebop-2/FreeFlight-Pro/ta-p/150177

 

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The image settings appear. 

 

 

  

Presentation of the modes

There are three modes:

  • Video

  • Photo

  • Burst

Switching from one mode to another

 

1.   Go to image settings.

 

2.   Press the icon of the mode highlighted in red, in the upper left of your screen. A dropdown list appears.

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3.   Press the icon of the mode to be applied. The new mode is applied.

 

Video mode

 

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1 - Mode

2 - Number of images per second

3 - Number of megabits per second

4 - Anti-flicker settings

5 - White balance

6 - Take a picture

7 - Lens aperture

8 - Definition

9 - Camera exposure

10 - Start recording a video

11 - Recording time

 

Photo mode

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1 - Mode

2 - Photo format

3 - Anti-flicker settings

4 - White balance

5 - Take a picture

6 - Lens aperture

7 - Definition

8 - Image exposure

9 - Photo mode status

 

Burst mode

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1 - Mode

2 - Photo format

3 - Anti-flicker settings

4 - White balance

5 - Interval between each photo

6 - Lens aperture

7 - Definition

8 - Camera exposure

9 - Start burst mode

10 - Burst mode status

 

 

Managing the image settings

 

Number of images per second

 

You can change the number of frames per second of your videos. The more frames per second, the smoother the video.

 

1.   Press the icon corresponding to the number of frames per second. A dropdown list appears.

 

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2.   Press the number of frames per second to be applied to your videos. The number of frames per second is applied.

 

Number of megabits per second

 

1.   Press the icon corresponding to the number of megabits per second. A dropdown list appears.

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 2.   Press the number of megabits per second to be applied to your videos. The number of megabits per second is applied.

 

Anti-flicker

 

Remove the flicker effect on the video. Select the frequency that corresponds to the electrical frequency of your country. If you select Auto, the frequency band will be selected based on the country specified in the Wi-Fi settings.

 

To set the frequency:

 

1.   Press the anti-flicker settings icon. A dropdown list appears.

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2.   Press the frequency for your country or press Auto. The new frequency is applied.

 

White Balance

 

Adjust the white balance according to the conditions:

 

 

 product_0901_icn_auto.png     Automatic

 

product_0901_icn_sunny.png    Outdoor sunny

 

 product_0901_icn_cloudy.pngOutdoor cloudy

 

 bulb3.png      Indoor neon lighting

 

 bulb2.png      Indoor bulb lighting

 

1.   Press the white balance icon. A dropdown list appears.

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2.   Press the corresponding conditions.  The white balance is set.

 

Exposure of the image

 

Adjust the exposure of the image. To do this, drag the slider at the bottom of your screen to the left or right.

 

Photo format

 

You can select from the following three formats:

 

  • DNG: select this image format for taking high resolution photos.

  • JPEG: select this image format to take medium resolution photos.

  • JPEG 180°: select this image format to keep the Fish-eye effect of the camera in your photos. This format does not store the image's metadata.

 

To set a format:

 

1.   Press the format icon. A dropdown list appears.

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2.   Press the format you want to apply. The format is set.

 

Interval between each photo

 

When you're in burst mode, you can set the interval between each photo. For example, if you select 10 seconds, your Parrot drone will take a picture every 10 seconds.

 

To set the interval between each photo:

 

1.   Press the icon corresponding to the interval between each photo.

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2.   Move the slider up or down to determine the interval. The interval is set.

 

Map mode

Map mode is opened by pressing the 19-mapbutton.png button at the bottom left of the piloting screen.

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Update : 26/02/2019
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