From the FreeFlight 6 application:

With ANAFI Work, several control modes are available:

  • Manual flight
  • Cameraman
  • Follow Me (In-app purchase)
  • Smartdronies
  • Touch & Fly
  • Flight Plan (In-app purchase)

 

Tap the “PILOTING MODE” box in the bottom bar of the HUD of FreeFlight 6 to access the piloting modes options.

Tap a mode to select it. Each mode is associated with a specific behavior, which this section describes.

Manual flight

The Manual flight mode is ANAFI’s default mode. It enables you to pilot the drone and fully control its camera tilt and zoom.

When you release the commands in Manual flight mode, ANAFI stays in position, hovering.

 

Cameraman

The Cameraman mode enables you to keep an object or a subject in the center of your frame, while you pilot ANAFI around it/him/her.

Frame the object or subject you want to film and fly around.

Tap the “PILOTING MODE” box in the bottom bar of the HUD to access the options. Tap “Cameraman” to select this piloting mode.

Draw a rectangle with your finger on the screen of your device, around the object or subject you want ANAFI to follow. When your target is locked, the blue rectangle turns to green and the orange “LAND” box at the center of the top bar of the HUD turns red and displays “STOP”.

Fly ANAFI around your target. The drone keeps your target in the center of the frame. Therefore, if you push the right joystick of the Parrot Skycontroller 3 to the left, ANAFI circles around your target clockwise. If you push the right joystick of the Parrot Skycontroller 3 to the right, ANAFI circles around your target counterclockwise.

When the Cameraman mode is activated, ANAFI manages the gimbal tilt to keep the target in the center of the frame. Therefore, the left trigger of the Parrot Skycontroller 3 is deactivated in this mode. However, you can still control the zoom, with the right trigger.

When you release the commands in the Cameraman mode, ANAFI keeps following the target if it is moving. If the target is immobile, ANAFI stops and stays focused on it.

To end the following of your target, tap the red “STOP” box at the center of the top bar of the HUD.

When no target is selected, or when the following of the target has been ended by the pilot, ANAFI’s behavior is similar to that of the Manual flight mode.

  • Activate and monitor the Cameraman mode with care: always check your flight plan and the trajectory of your subject are clear from obstacles and safe, always retain visual contact with ANAFI, and always be ready to stop the following (tap the “STOP” box of your HUD) in case a danger or any sort of unexpected obstacle arises.

 

Follow Me (in-app purchase)

The Follow Me mode was designed to enable ANAFI pilots to have their drone follow them in action. It must be purchased from the Google (Android) or Apple (iOS) stores to be activated.

Fly ANAFI at least 5 meters (15ft) high and 10 meters (30ft) in front of you, facing you – FreeFlight 6 will inform you with a red alert at the bottom of the HUD if you are too close from ANAFI or if it is flying too low.

Frame yourself.

Tap the “PILOTING MODE” box in the bottom bar of the HUD to access the options. Tap “Follow Me” to select this piloting mode.

Both a drone GPS synchronization and a device GPS synchronization are imperative to activate this mode: upon first activation, the following page appears.

Tick the box on the bottom left on the page if you do not want this warning to appear again when no prerequisite is missing. Tap “FLY” to access the Follow Me mode.

Draw a rectangle with your finger on the screen of your device, around yourself. When ANAFI has a lock on you, the blue rectangle turns to green and the orange “LAND” box at the center of the top bar of the HUD turns red and displays “STOP”.

ANAFI keeps you in the center of the frame. Therefore, if you push the right joystick of the Parrot Skycontroller 3 to the left, ANAFI circles around you clockwise. If you push the right joystick of the Parrot Skycontroller 3 to the right, ANAFI circles around you counterclockwise.

In the Follow Me mode, ANAFI manages the gimbal tilt to keep you in the center of the frame. Therefore, the left trigger of the Parrot Skycontroller 3 is deactivated in this mode. However, you can still control the zoom, with the right trigger.

When you release the commands in the Follow Me mode, ANAFI keeps following you from a constant distance if you are moving. If you stay immobile, ANAFI stops and stays focused on you.

To have ANAFI stop tracking you, tap the red “STOP” box at the center of the top bar of the HUD.

When no target is selected, or when the tracking has been ended by the pilot, ANAFI’s behavior is similar to that of the Manual flight mode.

In addition, the Follow Me mode features a series of exclusive Dronies which can be activated as you move, always keeping you in the center of the frame. For each Dronie, two options are available (they are listed between brackets):

  • Orbit (left or right): ANAFI circles around you in a full 360°.
  • Parabola (10 or 30 m): ANAFI flies in a circular arc over your head, gaining 10 or

30 meters in altitude and turning 180° at its peak.

  • Tornado (10 or 30 m): ANAFI performs a double “Orbit” around you, one going

up 10 or 30 meters, the other going down 10 or 30 meters, back to its original height.

  • Boomerang (30 or 60 m): ANAFI flies away from you for 30 or 60 meters,

with an ascending angle following that of the starting gimbal tilt, then comes back to its starting point.

To select a Follow Me Dronie, make sure you are in the Follow Me mode and that ANAFI is tracking you.

Tap the “Select Dronie” box in the bottom bar of the HUD.

Tap a Dronie to select it. Tap the option you have chosen to activate the Dronie: after 2 seconds, ANAFI starts moving around you. The corresponding Dronie box fills with green as the Dronie unfolds.

  • Activate and monitor the Follow Me mode and each Dronie with care: always check your flight plan is clear from obstacles and safe, always retain visual contact with ANAFI, and always be ready to stop the following (tap the “STOP” box of your HUD) in case a danger or any sort of unexpected obstacle arises.

 

  • To optimize the drone’s tracking, always make sure you remain visible by ANAFI: do not let an obstacle obstruct the camera’s view and do not hide in the shadows, or ANAFI could lose track of you.

 

Smartdronies

ANAFI features two Smartdronies:

  • the Boomerang Dronie can be accessed through this menu – refer to the above section for details about the Boomerang Dronie;
  • however, the smartest of ANAFI’s dronies is the Dolly Zoom.

We will not spoil it for you: just make sure you have a memorable scenery behind you. Frame yourself (or better yet, your group of friends!) with ANAFI: keep the drone at least 5 meters away, at man level, between 1 and 2 meters above the ground.

Check that the flight path of your drone is perfectly clear: at least 30 meters behind it, flat and without obstacles.

Tap “Smartrdronies” from the “PILOTING MODE” box menu.

As for the Follow Me mode, both a drone GPS synchronization and a device GPS synchronization are imperative to activate this mode: upon first activation, the same warning page appears as for the Follow Me mode.

Tick the box on the bottom left on the page if you do not want this warning to appear again when no prerequisite is missing. Tap “FLY” to access the Smartdronies mode.

              Tap the Dolly Zoom Dronie to open its three options: try them all and enjoy the magic!

 

Touch & Fly

The Touch & Fly mode enables you to fly ANAFI to, or around, any point on the map.

Tap “Touch & Fly” from the “PILOTING MODE” box menu. The map of your surroundings opens full screen. The live image captured by ANAFI is minimized in the bottom right corner of your screen.

  1. Waypoint :
  • Tap a point on the map to select a destination for ANAFI: this point is marked as a white circle with an orange border. ANAFI immediately starts flying toward the selected point.
  • Use the slider on the right of the screen to control the drone’s altitude (the orange figure inside the circle) when it reaches its destination.

  1. POI :
  • Select “POI” and press on map to create a point of interest (POI), marked as a white square diamond with a blue borer.
  • Control the height of the POI (the blue figure inside the square diamond) through the slider on the right: this effectively controls the tilt of the gimbal, while you use the Parrot Skycontroller 3 to fly around your target. ANAFI remains focused on the POI.

 

  • Tap “STOP” from the red box at the center of the top bar of your screen to halt ANAFI, or to reset a POI.

 

Flight Plan (in-app purchase)

The full documentation for Flight Plan will be available online shortly.

It is a powerful tool, which enables you to fully prepare and configure your flights and filming sessions, from home, on the train, in a plane, or anywhere else you can take your phone with you.

Through an example, this section will teach you the basics of automated flight and shooting management, with ANAFI and Flight Plan.

  • Tap Flight Plan from the “PILOTING MODE” box menu. The map of your surroundings opens full screen. If you are not connected to ANAFI, the minimized live view is black, as on the screen captures that follow.
  • Find your next dream flying spot on the map.

Example : Consider this pointy bit of land, with a lighthouse in the middle. Say you could fly ANAFI and shoot a film there. Let’s do it!

First, select your initial waypoint: ideally, very close to your intended take-off point. Tap the screen to set it. The green circle represents the waypoint, the white figure the altitude of the drone, and the white arrow the direction of ANAFI’s camera.

  • Tap the white arrow and hold it to move it around. In this example, we want ANAFI to frame the lighthouse as it starts the flight.

  • Tap the map to set the second waypoint: the distance between the two waypoints appears on the screen.
  • Use the slider on the right of the screen to set the altitude of the waypoint. In this example, ANAFI will climb from 3 to 30 meters between the initial waypoint and the second waypoint.

  • Add waypoints to tour the area
  • End your Flight Plan where you intend to land.

The tip of the peninsula is a POI: we want ANAFI to focus on it while it flies around it.

  • Tap it and hold your finger on the screen to call choices (POI/Close).

  • Tap “Point of interest” to add the POI. It appears as a blue square diamond. The figure in the center represents the height of the POI, which you can modify using the slider on the right of the screen. All waypoints turn white as they can now be selected to be linked to the POI.

  • Tap waypoints to link them to the POI. In this example, we want ANAFI to film the tip of the peninsula as it flies around it: we have selected the three waypoints to the left of the peninsula.

The arrows of those waypoints have turned toward the POI and are colored in blue, the last one which was selected has a blue border around the white arrow.

  • Tap the POI to confirm your choices. Blue waypoints are linked to the POI, which appears as a white square diamond with a blue border. During the entire blue part of the flight, ANAFI’s camera will stay focused on the tip of the peninsula, enabling you to achieve the smoothest flyby shoot. Green waypoints remain independent from the POI.

  • Tap a green waypoint to edit it: use the slider on the right of the screen to modify its height; tap and move its white arrow to set the direction of ANAFI’s camera. For this example, we had the drone point toward the land at most steps of the Flight Plan, and toward the lighthouse at take-off and landing, with a descent from 30 to 3 meters between the last two waypoints.

All you have to do now is to close FreeFlight 6, to get to your flying spot, to prepare ANAFI, your Parrot Skycontroller 3 and your device for the flight.

  • Tap the “PILOTING MODE” box on the HUD to call the options. Select “Flight Plan”: the last plan you have set up appears.

 

  • Tap the green arrow on the right of the left bottom bar of the Flight Plan interface to begin the Flight Plan: ANAFI takes off, flies to the first waypoint and starts the Flight Plan. At the end of the Flight Plan, depending on your settings and depending on your version of FreeFlight 6, ANAFI lands at, or hovers over, the last waypoint you have set.

That is why, for this section, we have chosen to consider that ANAFI’s final waypoint is also its landing spot.

Note : Activate and monitor every Flight Plan with extreme care: always check your drone’s route is clear from obstacles and safe, always retain visual contact with ANAFI, and always be ready to stop the Flight Plan (tap the “STOP” box of your HUD or reclaim commands of the drone) in case a danger or any sort of unexpected obstacle arises.

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