The GoPro KARMA system is making a huge comeback since its original release in 2016. We have found the most epic ways to fly your drone to create that ultimate cinematic look.
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GoPro has included an array of features with the KARMA system which may seem advanced to the regular eye but actually super easy to implement. The best way to achieve the cinematic effect on your KARMA is simply using the autonomous modes that comes equipped with every GoPro KARMA drone.
What’s neat is when you start an Auto Shot Path and are using a HERO4 or HERO5 camera, the camera automatically switches to video mode and starts recording with the last video settings. If the move is paused or aborted, video recording does not automatically stop. This is good because you wouldn’t necessarily want to abruptly stop your recording.
Auto Shot Paths are automatic maneuvers that help you with moves that are difficult to complete manually. There are four shot paths: Dronie, Cable Cam, Reveal, and Orbit.
In order to use the shot paths, a GPS connection is required. If GPS is lost during an Auto Shot Path, the move is automatically cancelled.
Take selfies to the next level by zooming out from your perspective. With Dronie, the drone points toward the controller, then flies upward and away at a constant rate from your position. During this move, you can roll the Camera Tilt Wheel on the controller to adjust the camera’s tilt angle.
The drone flies to the set distance, then flies back to the starting point. You can always pause or cancel the movement, if needed.
Set two points and fly in a straight line between those points
With Cable Cam, the Karma Drone automatically flies between two points. During setup of this shot, you fly to the first point and mark it, then fly to the second point and mark it.
You can adjust the velocity, speed, and vertical position of the drone during this maneuver. This Auto Shot Path is continuous and only ends when you cancel it or press the Land button.
Fly straight ahead while tilting the camera up to the horizon. With Reveal, the drone flies from one point to another. You set the camera tilt at the starting and ending points, so the camera gradually reveals a scene as the move progresses.
The joysticks are disabled during this path to ensure the smoothest line of flight.
Fly in a perfect circle while keeping the subject centered in your frame. With Orbit, the drone flies in a circle around a specific point. To establish the central point, you fly the drone directly over the point of interest and mark it on the touch display. From there, you fly at least 16ft (5m) away from the center point and set the radius distance.
Once this Auto Shot Path is started, you can rotate the drone 90 degrees in either direction, adjust the altitude, and increase or decrease the circle radius. You can also adjust the overall speed of the drone as well as its direction.
Having done these auto shot paths myself, any pilot can maneuver these 4 shot paths well within the battery life of a flight session. In fact, you can probably execute two sets of each shot path before landing KARMA to home