How to take videos and photos with Bebop Drone

Here we explain how to take video and photographs with Bebop Drone.
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Shoot photos and videos

Bebop Drone can shoot videos and photos using a fish-eye lens camera mounted on the front. Bebop Drone can change the camera angle up, down, left, or right regardless of it's attitude. Then videos and photos will be stored 8GB memory mounted on Bebop Drone. But unlike the AR.Drone, vertical camera can not shoot videos and photos. This is used only in the attitude control.
Bebop Drone In "VIDEO SETTING" screen of the Setting menu, you can specify the photographing method. Select "Video quality" to "STANDARD" or "HIGH" quality. File size becomes about 1.5 times bigger when you select "HIGH" mode. Change "Frame rate" from 24, 25 or 30 fps. And you can select "Roll Stabilization" ON or OFF. "Antiflickering mode" Specify the video refresh rate.
Bebop Drone You can see detail setting screen by tapping camera icon.
Bebop Drone This is detail setting screen of video mode. Change shoot mode by tapping camera icon.
Drag gauge of bottom of screen to adjust Exposure compensation between EV+1.5 - EV-1.5.
Tap Bebop Drone Back in the top left of the screen to return flight.
Video mode
Recording automatically starts when you tap Bebop Drone take-off button, and Bebop Drone video will blink. Every time you tap Bebop Drone video , recording is terminated or initiated. There is no way to pause the recording. Noted that the lapse 25 minutes from the start, recording will stop automatically. And every time you tap Bebop Drone photo , you can shoot Full HD resolution photo.
Photo mode
Every time you tap Bebop Drone photo , you can shoot 4K high resolution photo. You can also take a video by tapping Bebop Drone video .
Timelapse mode
It will automatically take pictures at regular intervals. In Timelapse mode, you can not soot videos.
Bebop Drone By tapping on "Auto Hz" in the upper right corner of the screen, the refresh rate of the movie can be switched.
Bebop Drone Tap "AWB" at the top right of the screen to switch the white balance. You can choose from "incandescent bulb" "sunlight" "cloudy weather" "LED lighting". Switch according to the lighting of the shooting location. Usually, "AWB (AUTO)" would be good.
Bebop Drone In "Photo mode", you can switch the type of photo to shoot by tapping on the part marked "DNG" at the center of the screen. You can choose photo format from below.
DNG(Digital Negative)
Non-machined fisheye image, High resolution image so-called RAW format. Photo size will be approximately 30MB.
JPEG
JPEG compressed image. Photo size will be approximately 3MB. Photos taken with Photo mode includes latitude, longitude, altitude information measured by GPS in Exif information.
JPEG180
It is a fisheye image converted directly from DNG format to JPEG. Includes latitude, longitude, altitude information measured by GPS in Exif information.
Photos taken in Video mode becomes no fish-eye lens specific distortion (distortion corrected) image. But DNG format taken with Photo mode will be fisheye lens image directly, and JPEG format becomes trimmed into a rectangle with the strain of fish-eye lens. And when you shoot in DNG format, same image is stored in JPEG format too.
Bebop Drone In "interval mode", you can switch the shooting interval by tapping "8 sec" at the top right of the screen. Drag the white circle up and down to change the shooting interval.
Bebop Drone This is a still image taken during the Video mode. Fish-eye distortion was corrected.
Bebop Drone This is a JPEG format still image taken during the Photo mode. Fish-eye distortion was remained. You can see blue propellers on the left and right in this image. This photo was taken from an altitude 13m.

Length and numbers can be saved


Video length and photo numbers can be taken in the built-in memory depends on the format and the imaging method. In case of video, it will consume a capacity of about 3.7MB per second, then about 2.5GB was occupied in 11 minutes flight. Since about 0.8GB of built-in 8GB memory have been used for system area, remaining 7.2GB can store about 2.8 times of 11 min. flight video. So after you change the battery twice, try to delete or retrieve the video.

Change camera angle


Camera direction of Bebop Drone was fixed, but you can change the shooting range with following operations.
Ace mode
Change camera angle by dragging the right controller up, down, left, or right.
Normal / Joypad mode
Change camera angle by dragging up, down, left, or right the screen with two fingers.

Can shoot night view ?


Unfortunately because of low camera sensitivity, you can not take a decent picture without exceptionally bright place.

About attitude in shooting


Videos and photos taken by Bebop Drone will performed tilt correction always by sensing it's attitude. Images will continue to maintain the correct vertical and horizontal angle, even it's body was turned upside down when caught in the tree or crashed on the ground, or during acrobatic somersault flight. Therefore, even in somersault flight, you would not notice it in captured video.

Format of videos and photos


video format
Video H.264 (MPEG4-AVC) 1080p, 30FPS, Level4.0 baseline profiles
Audio none
Container .mp4 file format
photo format
Video mode Full HD resolution 1920 x 1088 pixel JPEG format ( with strain correction, no GPS info.)
Photo mode : DNG 4K resolution 3208 x 4608 pixel DNG format ( no strain correction, no GPS info.)
Photo mode : JPEG 4K resolution 4096 x 3072 pixel JPEG format ( no strain correction, with GPS info.)

Retrieve photos and videos

To retrieve photos and videos from Bebop Drone, there are two ways. One is download to iPod / iPad / iPhone (FreeFlight Pro apps) via Wi-Fi. The other is download to PC / Mac by connecting with USB cable.

Download to iPod/iPad/iPhone


Bebop Drone While connecting to the Bebop Drone by FreeFlight Pro, tap internal memory remain size display.
Bebop Drone List of videos and photos recorded in the internal memory of the Bebop Drone. Tap the right square mark you want to download, then tap "transfer" in the lower right of the screen.
Bebop Drone Transfer from Bebop Drone to iPod / iPad / iPhone will start. In addition, large files such as video will take long time to download. I recommend to use PC connection to transfer videos.
Album "Bebop Drone" has been created in (photos) App. And videos and photos transfered are stored there. This can be view from "My Gallery" menu of FreeFlight Pro app too.
You can take out these videos and photos to PC like other videos and photos taken by iPod / iPad / iPhone.

Download to Windows PC


Bebop Drone
Turn on the Bebop Drone, and connect the Bebop Drone to the computer with microUSB cable. MicroUSB connector is located in the upper left of power button.
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Wait for a while, then such a message will appear on the PC and connection complete.
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Then internal memory of Bebop Drone can be accessed as a USB memory from Explorer. You can delete, move and copy them to the PC.
However, you can not copy files from PC to Bebop Drone.

Download to Mac


Bebop Drone
On Mac, you must use free software "Android File Transfer". At Download page of Android File Transfer click "DOWNLOAD NOW" to download file "androidfiletransfer.dmg". When you click that file, this screen will be appear. Drag left icon to the right to finish installation.
Bebop Drone
Turn on the Bebop Drone, and connect the Bebop Drone to the computer with microUSB cable. MicroUSB connector is located in the upper left of power button.
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Click "Android File Transfer" from "Launchpad".
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You can see the internal memory of Bebop Drone like this. You can copy videos and photos to Finder, or remove them with right-click menu.

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Overlay GPS flight info

If you sign-in to Parrot's online service PARROT CLOUD, "PUD file" which includes GPS flight information will be upload to PARROT CLOUD after end of flight. Using two free soft "Garmin Virb Edit" and "FlightData Manager", you can make flight video overlay with GPS flight info See below for details.

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