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DJI Inspire 1 Camera Settings 19th October 2015

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:

Video Size
Video Format
NTSC/PAL
White Balance
Style
Color

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:

Sharpness -1
Contrast -3
Saturation -3

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:

D-Log Mode
ISO 100
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.

Rob Johnson

I am a film maker, drone pilot, climber, mountaineer and photographer based in the mountains of Snowdonia, North Wales.

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  1. Johan Botha • 17th March 2016

    Hi Rob,

    Thanks for your help with the camera settings, took delivery of my Inspire 1 V2.0 last week, after using your settings my footage just looks great!! Reply


    • Rob Johnson • 24th March 2016

      Hi Johan

      Thats great, thanks very much for taking the time to comment and enjoy your Inspire!

      Rob Reply


  2. Jon Boyton • 5th April 2016

    Great article and very helpful as I'm just getting to grips with the Inspire Pro with the stick DJI lens. What ND filter are you using? Reply


    • Rob Johnson • 17th April 2016

      Hi Jon

      I am using a circular polariser, mine is made by Kenko and its a Japanese filter that is not expensive but does the job nicely.

      All the best

      Rob Reply


  3. Orrie • 18th May 2016

    Hello I'm am new to the inspire family I have the 1 pro....I'm having some issues with weak image transmission which is causing my feed on my ipad to be choppy and my final video on my SD card to be flickery. I'm not getting a clean consistant video. Also I'm getting something in my status that say Strong interference detected. I'm not in a big city so I'm not sure if its wifi issues...So I'm kinda stuck? any sugguestions Reply


    • Rob Johnson • 19th May 2016

      Hi Orrie
      I have had problems in the past using my iPad where the real time feed was poor quality. For some reason it was fine on my iPhone and then the problem was solved with a firmware update so it would be worth checking that you have your firmware fully unto date. I have experienced the Interference issue around radio masts. Neither issue has affected the quality of the video once downloaded from the SD card though and that makes me think you have more of a problem. I would get it looked at by your local DJI dealer. Reply


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