In this short video, we talk about “How to do a Pano Mission”.
Before getting started, a few housekeeping settings. Make sure your drone’s camera is set to:
-At least a 12 megapixel resolution
-4×3 aspect ratio
Now onto the Pano Mission. There are basically two components to every Pano Mission. The first is just a simple image to identify the property. Take 4-5 pictures of the front of the property at about roof level or slightly above. Use your best judgement about how close or far away from the building you should be to get it in frame, or the best angles to capture it from. The better these images look, the more likely they are to sell. We sometimes call these beauty shots.
The second component is the panorama itself. To shoot a panorama, you don’t need special software. You’ll just shoot about 25 pictures in 3 steps. We’ll do all the image stitching on our end.
The first step is to position your drone somewhat away from the property, not directly overhead. This is a little counter-intuitive, but the reason is that we want to see the front of the property in the panorama, which is usually far more attractive than just the top of the roof. Altitude should be about 100 ft for most buildings, but for tall buildings, feel free to go higher. Once your drone is in position, take one picture looking straight down. Make sure to keep your drone in exactly this position for the entire panorama, otherwise we’ll have weird stitching issues later on.
The second step is to angle your camera to 45 degrees, or halfway between straight down and the horizon. Take about 12 pictures all around by rotating your drone in a full 360. Just rotate a little, snap a shot, rotate a little, snap a shot… until you’ve covered the full 360. There should be about a 20% overlap between each picture, which is a good thing and helps us with stitching.
The third step is similar to the second, but with the camera pointed at 0 degrees or looking straight toward the horizon. Take another 12 pictures all around in a full 360.
***Mavic owners please make sure to take extra rows of images for your 360 Pano (0-30-60-80-90 degrees) due to the smaller field of view compared to the Phantom series. This also applies to any drone or camera that has a smaller field-of-view than a Phantom 4***
And that’s it. In total, the panorama should consist of about 25 pictures – 1 straight down, 12 at 45 degrees, and 12 at 0 degrees. When you’re done, go to the website, DroneBase.com, and upload the pictures to the right Pano Mission. You’re done!
To get a better idea, check out some example Pano Missions that were successful. You can also learn even more details from out Pano Mission Troubleshooting guide. Good luck out there and thank you from the DroneBase team!