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Lights! Action! Drone! The DJI Inspire 2 drone operates the 5K camera: a Zynq SoC its “internal engine”

by Xilinx Employee on ‎12-12-2016 09:06 AM (43,328 Views)


With its 5.2K@30fps/4K@60fps gimbaled Micro Four Thirds video camera, DJI’s new Inspire 2 drone is designed to take cinema-class aerial cinematography to an entirely new and much smarter level. But you’d be mistaken to think of the Inspire 2 drone as merely a flying camera platform. It’s a smart, very smart, flying camera platform with multiple secondary cameras that look forward, downward, and even upward to automatically avoid obstacles so that the camera operator can concentrate on capturing the action on video, even while the drone is flying at 54kph! In reality, it’s a cinema camera in a drone form factor.


Here’s a simplified diagram of DJI’s new Inspire 2 drone:



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DJI Inspire 2 Drone with automatic, multi-dimensional obstacle avoidance



The DJI Inspire 2 drone does not just avoid obstacles, however. Its on-board intelligence allows it to automatically point the camera and keep it pointed on a selected object with its high-res video camera (a feature called Spotlight Pro), to autonomously fly to a designated point in space (TapFly) while avoiding obstacles, to fly along a designated object while keeping the main camera trained on that object (ActiveTrack), and to autonomously fly home at the press of a button using a real-time map that it’s constructed during its flight.


But words are one thing and video, that’s a whole ‘another thing (turn your headphones up):






Note the cinematographer testimonials in the above video. They’re not just about the way the DJI Inspire 2 flies. They’re also waxing enthusiastically about the video quality delivered by the drone’s main camera and CineCore 2.0 image-processing system in the formats pro cinema requires: CinemaDNG, Apple ProRes, and RAW. The DJI Inspire 2 drone helps to make cinema production affordable, fast, and efficient.


By the way, there’s a Xilinx Zynq Soc pulling a lot of the strings inside of this drone, but you’d already guessed that, right?


Want to see how DJI shot the above video? I did, so here’s the “making of” video: