The DJI Inspire 1 camera settings are something that I have been experimenting with this year and in this article I thought I would share what I have learnt.
You have the following options under your control when setting up your camera in video mode on the DJI Inspire 1:
You can also adjust shutter speed and ISO directly from the transmitter so lets have a look at what works best for me.
Video Size – I tend to film everything in 4k. This allows me to crop and zoom my image in post production if I want to. You can choose a frame rate of 24 or 25 fps – I tend to shoot 25fps because it allows me to set my shutter speed at a multiple of my frame rate – see more later on.
Video Format – I shoot MOV files but there is little practical difference between MOV and MP4.
NTSC/PAL – This deals with colour encoding. I am based in the UK and so shoot PAL. If you are in the US or Japan then you will probably shoot NTSC.
White Balance: Use manual white balance controls to avoid the white balance changing during the shoot. The settings are self explanatory.
Style: This allows you to adjust contrast, sharpness and saturation. The triangle symbol represents sharpness, the B & W disk represents contrast and the rectangle represents saturation.
If you will only be using footage from this camera in your final edit then you can leave things as they are and you will be happy with the finished product as it gives a nice balanced image. The video below was shot with the Style settings in “Standard”
If you want to grade your footage in post production so that it blends seamlessly with other cameras then you will want to set the custom settings which I do as follows:
Color: I use the D-Log setting. This mode can greatly improve the final quality of your videos as it provides a wider dynamic range, as well as more information and greater detail. This allows for greater creative control in post-production.
Shutter Speed & ISO: I generally keep the ISO low at around 100-200.
Shoot with a 180 degree shutter angle. This means doubling your frame rate with your shutter speed and gives a much nicer finished image, avoiding rolling shutter.
24fps = 1/48 S.S. , 30fps = 1/60 S.S. …. and so on…
I use the Zebra Highlights in the camera settings menu to help me determine exposure.
Edit: This is even easier with the new X5 camera as you can set the camera up in shutter priority mode.
Summary: Here is a list of the settings that I generally film with when I want to get the most from the camera in post production:
4K 25fps with shutter speed 50, 100 or 150
ND Filter attached to the camera
Custom Camera Settings – Sharpness -1, Contrast -3 and Saturation -3
Anti-Flicker – Auto
Zebra Highlights – Over exposure warning on
Here is some ungraded footage with those settings:
The footage then needs to be colour graded in post production and we use Final Cut Pro X or Adobe Premier Pro. That will be the subject of a separate post.