Russel Brown, long-time creative with Adobe, seems to have been bitten by the quadcopter bug. He has put together an impressive set of instructables in the shape of twenty narrated ‘Take Flight’ episodes showing different aspects of photo and video post processing workflow in Adobe’s tools.
Each episode is pretty comprehensive and only marginally depends on previous lessons. So if you need to gen up on the process to create a panorama from your GoPro you can launch straight into that episode. Going through all the episodes in sequence won’t hurt though; it is likely to give a good sense of how to take aerial photos and video while in the field to suit your tools if you use Adobe’s. It might boost inspiration too.
The episodes happen to be built around footage taken from the DJI quadcopters (Phantom and Phantom Vision), mostly captured with the GoPro. Adobe’s software sports lens correction for the GoPro cameras, enabling you to get a straight horizon in both photos and video – which in turn helps with stitching panoramas together.
Adobe has also released a lens correction profile for the proprietary camera that ships with the DJI Phantom Vision, which is apparently called the FC 200. It doesn’t appear to be available directly from Adobe yet but DJI has made it available on their site together with instructions on how to install it. Before the FC 200 lens profile became available I got good results by using the GoPro Black lens profile with the FC 200 but dialing lens correction back to 90%.
While on the topic of the Phantom Vision FC 200 camera, DJI has announced that a software update is due out later this month which will enable the camera to capture RAW images in DNG format. This might result in better images from the Phantom Vision as it seems the jpgs it produces are quite heavily compressed.