CIRRUAS App Full Tutorial
Table of Contents
The Full Story And Some Flight Basics
Mobile Device Support
- Android 6 and newer work best.
- Android 5 is reliable.
- Android 4 and older are not supported.
- IOS is on the roadmap.
Quick Start – Mapping Mission
Select Flight Mission:
Tap the cross to Zoom in on your location.
Use the slider to set your flight elevation.
Tap the Imagery Icon to switch to an image background.
When you like everything – Tap GO
(Might be a good idea to look up before launching and avoid hitting a tree or power line).
The drone will do a quick safety check, then take off.
You can Take Control of the drone at any time, or the drone will return home and land when it has finished the mission.
See the full story below for more detail, or watch this video.
Quick Start – Full Motion Video (FMV) Mission
Connect your drone – Open the CIRRUAS App – and select flight mission.
Scroll down to Camera settings.
Then scroll down to Advanced Camera Settings and set the video to record 1080p at 30 fps – Then click Done to apply the change.
Or you can tap Choose > Free Flight
CIRRUAS FMV Data Capture
CIRRUAS Office Workflow
The Full Story & Flight Basics
Normally you will be flying in P Mode on Newer DJI Systems.
And F mode on older DJI Systems
The Mavic and Spark only have P & S
So.. fly in P
If you encounter any kind of problem during the mission – you can switch from P to S – Or F to P and take manual control of the drone.
You might stay away from A mode unless you are an expert. A or Atti mode turns off GPS and Collision Avoidance sensors so the drone will drift off in a slight wind.
Stick with P/F/S and you will be in good shape.
The Full Story – Grid Missions
Grid Missions are best for mapping large areas, terrain, and stockpile volumes.
These Projects come in all different shapes and sizes, so we built a rectangular grid and a custom grid.
Use the Grid mission if your project is rectangular.
When you are ready you can tap Go. After clearing the safety check the Drone will take off and fly straight up to the altitude you set.
The drone will then fly the grid mission, and return home at the altitude you set.
* Pro Tip – Can the CIRRUAS app fly a grid with an off-nadir camera angle? Yes!
The drone will fly to the first waypoint of the grid mission and rotate the Gimbal to -89.
You can then use the left-hand wheel of the controller to change the angle.
Switch to the live video screen to fine-tune the angel.
If you are 3D modeling a large terrain project with buildings on it, you might fly the whole thing with a nadir (-89) gimbal – then fly the whole site again with an off-nadir gimbal.
This may give you better detail on the sides of the buildings. The exact gimbal angle will vary by project but is usually between -75 and -45.
The Full Story – Orbit Missions
Orbit missions are very useful for very tall objects like buildings, water towers and communications towers where the combination mission won’t work.
This is a very simple mission where you can adjust the flight height and radius, and CIRRUAS will capture the images.
Several Orbits can be captured back to back to map tall objects.
We pre-programmed a gimbal angle, but feel free to change it using the right-hand wheel on the controller.
See the video below for more help.
CIRRUAS Orbit Mission
The Full Story – Combination Missions
The CIRRUAS combination mission produces very good 3D models of cars and small structures.
Kind of a secret (but no one reads the tutorial anyway) – the CIRRUAS App will fly as low as 5 meters above the ground.
This is dangerous for obvious reasons but really helps to produce quality data on cars and car accidents.
Please practice a few Combination missions at 20 or 30 meters before attempting the 5-meter flight.
Choose the Combination Mission, then move the Green dot (tap and hold) to the center of what you want to map.
Tap and Hold on the red dot to adjust the radius of the Combination Mission:
Adjust the flight height to safely clear the tallest object near your mission.
*Pro Tip – If your android device has GPS – then you are the blue dot. If the object you want to map does not show up in the imagery, then walk to the center of your mission and move the green dot to the blue dot. Use the location of your Android device to set the center of your combination mission.
See this video for more details.
CIRRUAS Combination Mission
The Full Story – Free Flight Missions
We built the free flight mission for the odd jobs.
Maybe you are modeling only half of a building, a landslide in the mountains, or a mining pit that is 700 feet below your feet.
If you have a newer DJI drone with a 20-megapixel camera – remember we can only write a photo to the SD Card every 3 seconds.
Steady smooth flight is usually the best.
The Full Story – Full Motion Video (FMV) Missions
The CIRRUAS app is the fastest and easiest way to plot your DJI Video on an ESRI Map using the Full Motion Video (FMV) extension.
Before you fly – it is pretty important to set your drone to record 1080p video @ 30 frames per second in .mp4 format.
You can try other resolutions and frame rates, but you may not be happy after multiplexing.
The video recording can be as long as you want.
For Inspire and Matrice drones you can fly north & have the gimbal facing west or any other direction.
Your video log will be under the ” i ” menu.
These logs are persistent on the device (unless you uninstall) so you can send them from the field, or when you get back to the office.
” Send Log as attachment (with chooser)” is recommended. This will give you a MISB log that is ready for multiplexing.
When you get back to the office – Copy the Log and the DJI Video to the same folder.
Open ArcMap and find the Video Multiplexer tool.
- Drag & Drop or browse to the video
- Put the CIRRUAS log in the MetaData box
- Tell the Multiplexer where to output your video
- Check the “Calculate Corner Coordinates”
- Input the Average Elevation in meters above sea level (Hint – We put it in the name of your CIRRUAS log)
Click Ok to run the multiplexer.
Your multiplexed video will be a slightly larger file size than the original video because the metadata is now embedded.
Drag and drop the multiplexed video into the video manager and click Play.
If you are having trouble please watch these videos.
What is the Reference Altitude and why would I need to Fix it?
At times the altitude from the drone and your mobile device may be inaccurate.
If your FMV Video looks inaccurate or you are not getting the camera field of view to display on the map, then step 1 is to fix your reference altitude and multiplex again.
The “Fix reference altitude” will go fetch you a better altitude to improve your FMV product.
The Full Story – Camera Settings
Camera settings can make or break your project, so we made them quick and easy to get to.
Tap ” i ” then scroll down to Camera settings – for the basic settings.
The Full Story – Other Settings
Unlock the Osmo in both places, then turn it on.
Next – Go to your WiFi Settings and connect to the Osmo.
The default password is 12341234.
Tap on the ground mission, and you will get the live feed from the Osmo.
The red record button will allow you to capture photos at a 2-second interval or start recording video.
The 2-second timer provides good overlap at a normal walking speed. This tool is useful for 3D reconstruction and for indoor mapping.
The Osmo sphere capture was designed to set the Osmo on a tripod in the room, then start the data capture from outside the room. This allows evidence to be captured without the investigator is in the photos.
Due to the wide range of motion, it is easy to get lost with the Osmo gimbal, so we built in a reset button. This will bring the camera back to front and center regardless of where it used to be:
If you still have questions – this short video will help you get set up.
Local Data Mode
Local Data Mode is enabled by default. This will eliminate transmission of data to international servers.
You will need to contact us to disable it, but you should not see any disruption to your workflow.
How to Close the CIRRUAS App
Sounds kind of silly, but we have improved the closing of the application too.
Drone flying applications on Android operating systems have been known to drain the battery even when the app is closed.
We built in some features to make sure the application is really closed, and not eating your battery.
When you are all done – Go back to the CIRRUAS home screen:
- Drone may take off to 4 feet and just sit there. Click here for the Solution.
- Drone may not take off after I hit GO . Solution
- Drone may land at the end of the orbit mission instead of the home-point. Remember you You have Control and can land it manually.
Error Logs and Reporting
Tap go, and watch the CIRRUAS app fly a Circle / Grid / Circle / Circle. Tap on the live video icon if you want to monitor the camera angle.