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Litchi is compatible with: Mavic Pro, Phantom 4 Normal/Advanced/Pro, Phantom 3 Standard/4K/Advanced/Professional, Inspire 1 X3/Z3/Pro/RAW, Inspire 2, Spark.

For DJI Spark, all flight modes are supported except Waypoint and Orbit.
If you are using Spark with the remote controller, you must connect using Wi-Fi between the RC and the mobile device, connecting via USB OTG is not currently supported.

These help pages are English only. Alternatively, you can download a PDF using one of the links below.
Please be aware the PDFs are often out of date and may not reflect the latest version of the online Help.

Last Updated: 6 November 2017

General


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  1. Flight Modes: Use this dropdown to change the flight mode.
  2. Radar: Shows the position of the aircraft relative to the operator's mobile device.
  3. Flight Telemetry: Shows altitude relative to power-on elevation, distance from home point to aircraft and speed on all axis. In Follow mode, the distance between the mobile device and the aircraft is shown.
  4. Show/hide small view: Tap to minimize the size of the small view. Tap on the small view to switch the map and video views.
  5. Aircraft: Shows the aircraft location on the map. Tap to add a Waypoint or Point of Interest at the aircraft location.
  6. Mobile Device: Shows the mobile device location on the map. Tap to add a Waypoint or Point of Interest at the mobile device location.
  7. Home Point: Shows the home point location on the map. To set a new home point, drag this marker to another location.
  8. Take Photo: Tap this button to take one or several pictures depending on the current photo mode. Works while recording for most resolution/field of view settings. Depending on the photo quality setting, using this button while recording will either take screengrabs (max 1080p resolution) or full resolution pictures (at the cost of interrupting the recording for two seconds).
  9. Record: Tap this button to start and stop recording.
  10. Gimbal Pitch Indicator: Shows the current position of the gimbal tilt. Top is horizon (0°), bottom is -90°. To move the gimbal, touch the video screen, then scroll up or down. The faster you move your finger, the faster the gimbal speed.
  11. Zoom to Mobile Device: Tap to zoom the map to the current mobile device location.
  12. Unlock Map Orientation: By default the map is oriented towards North. Tap to have the map rotation continuously adjusted to match your mobile device's position relative to north.
  13. Camera Settings: Tap to open camera settings.

Status Bar

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  1. Mode Switch Button: Tap to change the flight mode.
  2. Satellite Count: Shows the number of satellites that the aircraft is locked onto.
  3. Extender Battery: Shows the remaining Range Extender battery percentage.
  4. Battery Status: This bar shows the status of the aircraft battery. The part in red represents the battery required to go home.
  5. Aircraft Status/Connected Button: Shows the current aircraft flight status. Tap this button to connect to the aircraft when it shows a red "Disconnected" or to disconnect otherwise. Disconnecting manually can be useful when you want to cache the google maps for offline use. When connecting/disconnecting to/from the aircraft, Wi-Fi will be turned on/off automatically.
  6. Uplink: Shows the strength of the remote controller signal.
  7. Downlink: Shows the strength of the video downlink signal. Tap to boost the phantom's video signal.
  8. Aircraft Battery: Shows the remaining aircraft battery percentage.
  9. General Settings: Tap to show general settings.

General


When starting the app for the first time after installation, you will need to be connected to Internet in order to register the app with DJI servers. Registration with DJI servers can be done without being connected to a DJI drone. The registration is done in the background, if the registration failed you will be notified with an error popup. Be aware that some Internet connections may have troubles connecting to DJI servers, in such a case make sure to try a different Internet connection (home wifi, mobile data connection, a friend's connection, public wifi, etc).

Connecting Litchi to your drone


First, ensure you are using the latest DJI firmwares on both your aircraft and remote controller if you are using one. You can update the firmware using DJI Go, or for some of the older aircraft models download them from dji.com. Then, depending on your platform, follow the steps below.

Android

For remote controllers with a USB connection (Mavic Pro, Phantom 3 Advanced/Professional, Phantom 4 Normal/Advanced/Pro, Inspire 1, Inspire 2), follow these steps:

  1. Make sure no DJI-based apps (including DJI Go, Litchi and other third party DJI drone/osmo apps) are running in the background. If there are any, force kill them
  2. If you have another app (such as DJI Go) set as the default for the remote controller USB connection, you will need to clear the defaults for that app in your mobile device (Settings - Apps - DJI Go (or other app name) - Clear Defaults). Please note that with Android 6+, some devices automatically set the app you start as default, so this step needs to be done everytime you want to switch app (for example from DJI Go to Litchi and vice versa)
  3. Start your aircraft and remote controller, and let them initialize for a few seconds
  4. Plug the remote controller into the mobile device
  5. You will see a popup asking which app to start, select Litchi in the popup to initiate connection
Info Make sure to watch this video tutorial.
Known issue For Samsung Galaxy S5, Xiaomi Mi5 and LG G4 devices running Android 6+, connecting to Litchi with any aircraft model except the P3Standard/P34K/Spark will only work if Litchi is the only DJI-based app installed on the device (DJI Go, or other third party DJI apps must not be installed on the same device).

For drones with a Wi-Fi connection (Phantom 3 Standard, Phantom 3 4K, Spark), follow these steps:
  1. Make sure no DJI-based apps (including DJI Go, Litchi and other third party DJI drone/osmo apps) are running in the background. If there are any, force kill them
  2. Force close all DJI-based apps (including DJI Go and other third party DJI drone/osmo apps). Please note step 1 is not enough. To force close an app, go to your mobile device Settings - Apps - DJI Go (or other app name) - Force close
  3. Start your aircraft and remote controller if you are using one, and let them initialize for a few seconds
  4. Connect to the Wi-Fi network of the aircraft
  5. Start Litchi

iOS

  1. Make sure no DJI-based apps (including DJI Go, Litchi and other third party DJI drone/osmo apps) are running in the background. If there are any, force kill them
  2. Start your aircraft and remote controller if you are using one, and let them initialize for a few seconds
  3. If you have a Wi-Fi based drone (P3 Standard/P3 4K/Spark): connect to the Wi-Fi network of the aircraft, if you have a USB-based remote controller, plug the remote controller into the mobile device
  4. Start Litchi


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  1. Flight Modes: Use this dropdown to change the flight mode.
  2. Radar: Shows the position of the aircraft relative to the operator's mobile device (Android only).
  3. Flight Telemetry: Shows altitude relative to take-off elevation, distance from home point to aircraft and speed on all axis. In Follow mode, the distance between the mobile device and the aircraft is shown.
  4. Show/hide small view: Tap to minimize the size of the small view. Tap on the small view to switch the map and video views.
  5. Aircraft: Shows the aircraft location on the map. Tap to add a Waypoint or Point of Interest at the aircraft location.
  6. Mobile Device: Shows the mobile device location on the map. Tap to add a Waypoint or Point of Interest at the mobile device location.
  7. Home Point: Shows the home point location on the map. To set a new home point, drag this marker to another location. You must be flying in order to move the Home Point.
  8. Photo/Video Switch: Use to change the camera mode.
  9. Take Photo/Record: Tap this button to take a picture while in photo mode. Tap to start and stop recording while in video mode.
  10. Gimbal Pitch Indicator: Shows the current position of the gimbal tilt. Top is +30° above horizon, bottom is -90°.
  11. Zoom to Mobile Device: Tap to zoom the map to the current mobile device location.
  12. Unlock Map Orientation: By default the map is oriented towards North. Tap to have the map rotation continuously adjusted to match your mobile device's position relative to north.
  13. Camera Settings: Tap to open camera settings.

Status Bar

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  1. Mode Switch Button: Tap to change the flight mode or to log in to your Litchi account.
  2. Satellite Count: Shows the number of satellites that the aircraft is locked onto.
  3. RC Battery/Virtual Joysticks: Shows the remaining remote controller battery percentage. When connected to a drone without remote controller, tap to show/hide the virtual on-screen joysticks.
  4. Battery Status: This bar shows the status of the aircraft battery. The part in red represents the battery required to go home.
  5. Aircraft Status: Shows the current aircraft flight status.
  6. Uplink: Shows the strength of the remote controller uplink signal.
  7. Downlink: Shows the strength of the video downlink signal.
  8. Aircraft Battery: Shows the remaining aircraft battery percentage.
  9. General Settings: Tap to show general settings.

Regaining Control

Whenever the drone flies autonomously, you can regain control instantly at any time using the remote controller's flight mode switch.
For newer drone models (Mavic Pro, Phantom 4, Spark, Inspire 2), toggle the flight mode switch from "P" to "S"(sport) mode in order to regain control. You may switch back to "P" mode afterwards.
For older drone models (Phantom 3, Inspire 1), toggle the flight mode switch from "F" to "P" mode in order to regain control. You may switch back to "F" mode afterwards.
When connected to the drone without remote controller (for example with Spark or Mavic Pro), you can use the red stop button in the left button bar to stop an autonomous flight and regain control.

Camera Settings

General camera settings as well as shooting modes (Single/HDR/Burst/AEB/Timelapse) can be adjusted after a tap on the camera settings icon under the shutter/record button.
An exposure info panel is also shown at the top of the video screen when connected to the aircraft.
To set the ISO/Shutter Speed/Aperture/Exposure Compensation, tap on the Camera Settings button, then "Exposure Settings".

Camera Focus

For cameras with adjustable focus, tap anywhere on the video preview to trigger autofocus at that location.
For the Mavic Pro, Phantom 4 Advanced/Pro and Inspire 2 X4S, you can set the Focus mode to AFC (Autofocus Continuous) in the camera settings.
For the Mavic Pro, you can also do a long press on the video preview to set the focus to Infinity (everything in focus). iOS only.

Exposure Metering

By default exposure metering is in Center mode. If you wish to use Spot metering, follow these steps:

  • If your camera supports adjustable focus, tap on the green square icon at the top left of the video preview to switch to Metering mode.
  • Tap anywhere on the video preview to set Spot metering at that location.
To go back to Center metering, tap again on the Spot metering icon and the icon will disappear.

Camera Zoom

Optical zoom: For cameras which support optical zoom, hold the RC's C2 button and use the left RC wheel to adjust the focal length.
Digital zoom: For cameras which support digital zoom, use the custom function "Digital Zoom In/Out".

Gimbal Roll Adjustment

To adjust the gimbal's roll angle, hold the RC's C2 button and use the right RC wheel.

Bluetooth Controllers

Litchi allows you to control Wi-Fi based drones (Spark, Phantom 3 Standard, Mavic Pro) with a bluetooth controller when no DJI remote controller is connected.
If you are looking for a compatible bluetooth controller, we recommend the Mad Catz CTRL i for iOS.
Litchi will automatically recognize and accept input from a bluetooth controller after it is paired with your mobile device.

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  1. Left and Right Joysticks: Used to control the drone the same way you would control a drone with a DJI remote controller in mode 2.
  2. A: Take a photo.
  3. X: Start/Stop recording.
  4. B: Triggers the custom function bound to C1.
  5. Y: Triggers the custom function bound to C2.
  6. Directional Pad - Y axis: Moves the gimbal up/down.

FPV

The FPV mode allows you to fly the aircraft manually using the joysticks.


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  1. Auto Take Off: Use this to perform an automatic take off. The aircraft will then rise to 5m and hover.

FPV

The FPV mode allows you to fly the aircraft manually using the joysticks.

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  1. Auto TakeOff/Land: Use this to perform an automatic take off, Return to Home or landing. For take off, the aircraft will rise to 1.2m and hover.
  2. Home Lock: When enabled, moving the right joystick down (mode 2) will bring the aircraft back to the home point regardless of its current heading.
  3. Course Lock: When enabled, moving the right joystick up/down (mode 2) will move the aircraft forward/backward in the direction defined by its heading at the time Course Lock was enabled.
  4. VR Mode: Enter VR mode using this button.
  5. Share Video Stream: Tap to share your video stream. On Android and iOS, you can share it to Facebook Live (requires internet connection). On iOS you can also share the video stream to a nearby Litchi Vue app.
  6. Tripod Mode: Enable/disable Tripod mode. In Tripod mode, the maximum speed is limited to 2.2mph (3.6kph). Responsiveness to joystick movements is also reduced for smoother and more controlled movements. Tripod mode is only supported by later drone models (Phantom 4 Advanced/Pro, Inspire 2, Spark, Mavic Pro)

Litchi Vue Streaming

Platforms Litchi Vue is only available on iOS at this time.

Litchi Vue allows streaming the drone video from the pilot's mobile device to a second mobile device using a Wi-Fi connection. This feature has a trial version that lets you stream for up to 20 minutes, and can be purchased to unlock unlimited streaming.

The following video explains how to use Litchi Vue:


Warning Bluetooth must be turned off on at least one of the 2 devices before using Litchi Vue.

Follow these steps to setup Litchi Vue:
  1. Ensure both mobile devices are connected to the same Wi-Fi network (via a personal hotspot or external Wi-Fi router, Internet is NOT required).
  2. Connect the drone to the pilot's mobile device (device A) and start Litchi.
  3. On device A, tap on the Litchi Vue streaming button at the top right corner of the video view. The icon will turn yellow indicating you are now available for streaming.
  4. Start the Litchi Vue app on the second mobile device (device B), you should then see the name of device A appear in the list of the available streams. Tap on it to connect.
  5. The drone's video stream will now be displayed on both mobile devices. On device A, the Litchi Vue icon turns green indicating you are connected to a nearby device.

Within the Litchi Vue app, you can enable VR mode for better immersion.

Important Because Litchi Vue requires a Wi-Fi connection between the 2 devices, it is not compatible with Wi-Fi based aircraft models such as the P3 Standard and the P3 4K.

Ground Station / Waypoints

Litchi's Ground Station mode allows you to setup waypoint missions.
Place multiple waypoints on a map however far you want and the aircraft will fly from waypoint to waypoint and complete the mission even if the signal is lost.
On Android, to enter the Ground Station, press the Flight Mode icon at the top left of the Litchi screen. Select "GS". You can then start editing missions.

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  1. Go Home: Tap to trigger Return to Home.
  2. Start/Pause/Resume Mission: In edit mode, tap this button to show the pre-flight report and then start the mission. While in a mission, this button will allow you to pause and resume the waypoint mission.
  3. Save Mission: Tap this button to save a mission.
  4. Load Mission: Tap this button to load a previously saved mission.
  5. Drawing Tool: Toggles the drawing tool. When on, you will be able to draw a path of waypoints on the map.
  6. Clear All: Tap to reset everything in the editor.
  7. Mission Info: Shows general mission information. In edit mode, the total distance and time will be shown. During a mission, the "target" waypoint number will be shown.

Waypoints

To add a waypoint, tap anywhere on the map. You can add up to 15 waypoints.
To view the waypoint settings, tap the waypoint itself. To drag a waypoint, do a long press on the waypoint, then move it around.
To delete a waypoint, tap the waypoint to open its settings, then tap the minus icon at the top left corner of the waypoint settings window.
To insert a waypoint between two consecutive waypoints, tap the first waypoint of the two to open its settings, then tap the plus icon at the top left corner of the waypoint settings window. A waypoint will then be inserted between this waypoint and the next, it will be placed exactly in the middle of these two waypoints.

Waypoint Settings

  • Altitude: The altitude of the waypoint relative to the elevation of the aircraft where it was powered on.
  • Speed: The speed of the aircraft while travelling from the previous waypoint to this waypoint.
  • Stay Time: The time in seconds that the aircraft should pause for at the waypoint. 0 for no pause
  • Banked Turn: When enabled, the aircraft will do a curved turn at this waypoint, when disabled it will stop at the waypoint then turn.

Drawing Tool

The drawing tool allows you to quickly setup a waypoints mission, simply draw the path you want the aircraft to follow!
To enter the drawing mode, tap the pencil icon located in the top right corner of the map. Then, draw the mission path on the map.
When you are done, lift your finger from the screen and a Batch waypoint settings window will appear, use it to set global settings for the waypoints that will be created from the drawn path.
In this window, you will find an additional setting, the "Waypoing Spacing" which is the minimum distance between the waypoints that will form the drawn path. Slide all the way to the left to select "Optimized" which will automatically determine the minimum amount of waypoints required to form the drawn path.

Loading / Saving a mission

Missions can be planned anywhere, you do not need to be connected to the aircraft in order to plan a mission.
To save a mission, tap the save button in the left button bar. Enter a filename, click Ok and the mission will then be saved in the "LitchiApp/missions" ("missions" on iOS) folder located in the mobile device's internal storage.
To load a mission, tap the load button in the left button bar, select the mission then click load.
When logged in to your Litchi account, missions will be synced automatically across all of your devices as well as on the Mission Hub.
By default, missions sync'ed in your account will be private and not visible to anyone unless you set them to public in the Mission Hub.

Running a mission

Press the "Play" button located in the left button bar to show the mission preflight report. If the mission is valid, you will be able to tap the Go button in the report window to start the mission.

Pausing a mission

Pausing a mission can be done by tapping on the pause button in the left bar.

Stopping a mission

Stopping a mission can be done by switching the RC S1 switch from top position to middle position and then back to top position.

Waypoint


Info Waypoint mode is supported by all DJI drones except Spark.

Litchi's Waypoint mode allows you to setup classic waypoint missions as well as advanced camera moves such as Selfies and Cable Cams.
Place multiple waypoints on a map however far you want and the aircraft will fly from waypoint to waypoint and complete the mission even if the signal is lost.
The maximum aircraft speed in this mode is 15m/s (no wind).
Enter the Waypoint mode by pressing the Flight Mode icon at the top left of the Litchi screen. Select "Waypoint". You can then start editing missions.

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  1. Go Home: Tap to trigger Return to Home (Android only). Return to Home can also be triggered using the remote controller.
  2. Start/Pause/Resume Mission: In edit mode, tap this button to show the pre-flight report and then start the mission. While in a mission, this button will allow you to pause and resume the waypoint mission.
  3. Mission Settings: Tap this button to display the mission settings.
  4. Save Mission: Tap this button to save a mission.
  5. Load Mission: Tap this button to load a previously saved mission.
  6. Add Point of Interest: Toggles the Point of Interest mode. When on, a click on the map will add a Point of Interest.
  7. Drawing Tool: Toggles the drawing tool. When on, you will be able to draw a path of waypoints on the map.
  8. Clear All: Tap to reset everything in the editor.
  9. Mission Info: Shows general mission information. In edit mode, the total distance and time will be shown. During a mission, the "target" waypoint number will be shown, as well as the current state of the aircraft.
  10. Batch Edit: Tap to enter Batch Edit mode. Allows you to easily edit multiple waypoints at once.

Mission Settings

  • Heading Mode: Defines the heading of the aircraft during the mission. Choose between "Toward next Waypoint" ("Auto" on iOS) where the aircraft will point toward the next waypoint, "Initial Direction" ("Initial" on iOS) where the aircraft will keep the heading it has when the mission is started, "User Controlled" ("Manual" on iOS) where you are able to control the heading of the aircraft during the mission using the left joystick left/right (mode 2) or "Waypoint Defined" ("Custom" on iOS) where the aircraft will use the heading defined at each waypoint. Using "Waypoint Defined" ("Custom" on iOS) also means that the aircraft will smoothly transition from one waypoint's heading to the next.
  • Finish Action: Choose an action that the aircraft will perform at the end of the mission. Available choices are "None", "Go Home" ("RTH" on iOS), "Land", "Back to First Waypoint" ("Back to 1st" on iOS) and "Reverse". When using "Reverse", the only way for the mission to end is if you manually stop it, "Reverse" allows you to let the aircraft fly to the last waypoint and then replay the mission in reverse using the joysticks or the cruising speed slider.
  • Path Mode: Choose between "Straight Lines" where the aircraft will go straight to each waypoint then turn, or "Curved Turns" where the aircraft will not stop at waypoints and instead take curved turns (how large the curved turns are depends on each waypoint's curved size setting).
  • Cruising Speed: Defines the autonomous flight speed of the aircraft. If you do not use the remote controller's right joystick (mode 2) during the mission, the speed the aircraft will travel at is the cruising speed. Can be set to negative values if you want the aircraft to travel backwards autonomously. Can be adjusted while the mission is in progress.
  • Max Flight Speed: If you use the remote controller's right joystick (mode 2) while the mission is in progress, you can increase the speed of the aircraft up to the "Max Flight Speed".
  • Default Curve Size: When adding a new waypoint, the previous waypoint's curved size will be set to the "default curve size percentage" of the minimum length available on both adjacent sides of the waypoint.
  • Default Gimbal Pitch Mode: Default Gimbal Pitch Mode to be used for newly added waypoints.
  • Rotations Direction: When set to Managed, aircraft rotations from waypoint to waypoint will always use the shortest direction (clockwise/anticlockwise).

Waypoints

To add a waypoint, tap anywhere on the map (make sure that the POI toggle is not on). You can add up to 99 waypoints.
To view the waypoint settings, tap the waypoint itself. To drag a waypoint, do a long press on the waypoint, then move it around.
To delete a waypoint, tap the waypoint to open its settings, then tap the minus icon at the top left corner of the waypoint settings window.
To insert a waypoint between two consecutive waypoints, tap the first waypoint of the two to open its settings, then tap the plus icon at the top left corner of the waypoint settings window. A waypoint will then be inserted between this waypoint and the next, it will be placed exactly in the middle of these two waypoints.
Important The 3D distance between consecutive waypoints must be between 0.5m and 2000m.

Waypoint Settings

  • Altitude: The altitude of the waypoint relative to the elevation of the aircraft where it took off. The waypoint's altitude is also shown above the waypoint marker on the map.
  • Speed: The speed at which the aircraft will travel from this waypoint to the next. By default the aircraft will use the mission's cruising speed setting, but the cruising speed can be overriden for each waypoint using this setting.
    Warning This setting is only in effect when the aircraft is in range of the remote controller. If signal is lost during the mission, the aircraft will continue the mission at the speed it was travelling at when it lost signal.
  • Curve Size: Defines the size of the curved turn at this waypoint. A bigger size means the aircraft will start the turn earlier while travelling to this waypoint. This setting only applies when the mission setting "Path Mode" is set to "Curved Turns". It also does not apply to the first and last waypoints as there are no turns at these waypoints.
    Info The path of the curve is drawn in turquoise on the map. It will update dynamically as you adjust the curve size setting.
  • Heading: The direction relative to north in which the aircraft will look at when arriving at this waypoint (0° is North, 90° is East). This setting only applies when the mission setting "Heading Mode" is set to "Waypoint Defined" ("Custom" on iOS). If two consecutive waypoints have different headings, the aircraft will smoothly transition from one heading to the other while travelling from the first waypoint to the second.
    Info The waypoint heading is represented by the blue aircraft icon on top of each waypoint. It will update dynamically as you adjust the heading setting.
  • Rotation: When two consecutive waypoints have different headings, the aircraft will smoothly rotate from the first heading to the next. This setting defines the direction in which the aircraft will rotate, clockwise or anti-clockwise.
  • Gimbal Pitch: Choose between "Disabled" where the gimbal pitch control will be manual, "Focus POI" where Litchi will automatically control the gimbal pitch to keep the selected POI in the center of the frame (blue markers), or "Interpolate" where you can specify the gimbal pitch angle at this waypoint. For "Interpolate" to work, the previous or next waypoint need to be set to "Interpolate" as well. Litchi will then automatically adjust the gimbal pitch angle to start and end at the specified angles, and smoothly transition while travelling between the two waypoints.
  • POI: Use this setting to change which POI a waypoint will focus on. By default, when adding a waypoint it will focus on the nearest POI, if there is one.
  • Actions: Each waypoint can have up to 15 different actions (more details below).

Waypoint Actions

Actions are performed when the aircraft arrives at the waypoint. There are six different waypoint actions, three of which accept an additional parameter.
You can add up to 15 different actions for each waypoint.
Important Waypoint actions are ignored when the mission "Path Mode" is "Curved Turns" as the aircraft will not stop at waypoints then.

  • Stay for: The time in seconds that the aircraft should pause at the waypoint. Maximum 32 seconds.
  • Take Photo: The camera will take one picture. For this action to work, recording must of off.
  • Start Recording: The camera will start recording.
  • Stop Recording: The camera will stop recording.
  • Rotate Aircraft: The aircraft will rotate to the specified angle. The parameter is the angle relative to North that the aircraft should rotate to (0° is North, 90° is East). For example, setting it to 270° means that the aircraft will rotate to point towards West. If the aircraft is already pointing West before starting this action, it will not rotate at all.
  • Tilt Camera: The gimbal will move to the specified angle (tilt). The valid value range is +0° to -90° (look down).

Panorama Preset

A tap on the small white icon next to the action settings of each waypoint will automatically add the necessary actions for a full 360° panorama made up of 7 photos (51° angle variation).
Important Ensure that the aircraft is not recording when it arrives at a waypoint for a panorama as the preset will not stop recording automatically.

Point of Interests

Placing Point of Interests (POI) on the map allows you to easily set up the orientation the aircraft will have during the mission when the mission "Heading Mode" is "Waypoint Defined" ("Custom" on iOS).
Additionally, Point of Interests also enable the use of the "Focus POI" waypoint gimbal setting.
To enter POI edit mode, tap the POI toggle located in the top right corner of the map. When this button is enabled, tap anywhere on the map to place a POI.

When adding a new POI, all waypoints which have no assigned POI will have their heading setting adjusted in order to target the new POI.
To drag a POI, do a long press on the POI, then move it around. This will automatically adjust the heading setting of the waypoints that are currently targetting the POI.
To view the POI settings, tap on the POI. You will be able to adjust the POI's altitude which is used for the "Focus POI" waypoint gimbal setting.
To delete a POI, while the POI settings window is displayed, tap on the top left corner trash icon. Deleting a POI will automatically reassign nearest POIs for waypoints which had the now-deleted POI in target.

Waypoint Gimbal Pitch

Litchi can control the gimbal pitch automatically during the mission, as long as the aircraft is within range of the remote controller. To specify how the gimbal pitch should be controlled, each waypoint has a Gimbal Pitch setting which can be one of the following:

  • Disabled: The gimbal pitch control will be manual from this waypoint.
  • Focus POI: Litchi will automatically control the gimbal pitch from this waypoint to the next to keep the selected POI in the center of the frame. The POI altitude will be taken into account to determine the gimbal pitch angle.
  • Interpolate: You can specify the gimbal pitch angle at this waypoint. For "Interpolate" to work, the previous or next waypoint need to be set to "Interpolate" as well. Litchi will then automatically adjust the gimbal pitch angle to start and end at the specified angles, and smoothly transition while travelling between the two waypoints.

Drawing Tool

The drawing tool allows you to quickly setup a waypoints mission, simply draw the path you want the aircraft to follow!
To enter the drawing mode, tap the pencil icon located in the top right corner of the map, under the Tools submenu. Then, draw the mission path on the map.

When you are done, lift your finger from the screen and a Batch waypoint settings window will appear, use it to set global settings for the waypoints that will be created from the drawn path.
In this window, you will find an additional setting, the "Waypoing Spacing" which is the minimum distance between the waypoints that will form the drawn path. Slide all the way to the left to select "Optimized" which will automatically determine the minimum amount of waypoints required to form the drawn path.

Batch Edit

The Batch Edit tool allows you to easily edit multiple waypoints at once.
To enter Batch Edit mode, tap the Batch Edit icon located in the top right corner of the map, under the Tools submenu.
While in Batch Edit mode, additional buttons will display at the bottom left of the screen which can be used to select all waypoints (Select All), edit selected waypoints (Edit), delete selected waypoints (Delete) or exit Batch Edit mode (Cancel).
To select a waypoint, tap on the waypoint's marker. You can select as many waypoints as you want.
To edit the selected waypoints, tap the "Edit" button located in the buttons bar at the bottom left of the screen. A waypoint settings window will then appear, it contains the same settings as when editing a single waypoint. When you are done making changes, tap the "Apply/OK" button to apply the changes you made to all previously selected waypoints. Only modified properties marked with a star icon will be applied to the selected waypoints.
For the altitude, there is an additional setting allowing you to set an altitude relative to the "Home" point (similar as when editing a single waypoint), relative to the "Current" waypoint altitudes, or relative to the "Ground".
"Current" can be used to increase or decrease multiple waypoint altitudes by an offset, for example if you set the altitude to +30m relative to "Current", all selected waypoints will have their current altitudes increased by 30m.
When the "Ground" option is selected, Litchi will automatically calculate the correct waypoint altitudes given the ground elevation at each waypoint, using the ground elevation at waypoint 1 as the reference. For the best results and because waypoint 1 is used as a reference, it is strongly advised to place waypoint 1 in a location close to where the drone will take off (i.e. similar ground elevation). This option requires internet as it uses the google elevation data which is only available online.

Loading / Saving a mission

Missions can be planned anywhere, you do not need to be connected to the aircraft in order to plan a mission.
To save a mission, tap the save button in the left button bar. Enter a filename, click Ok and the mission will then be saved in the "LitchiApp/missions" ("missions" on iOS) folder located in the mobile device's internal storage.
To load a mission, tap the load button in the left button bar, select the mission then click load.
When logged in to your Litchi account, missions will be synced automatically across all of your devices as well as on the Mission Hub.
By default, missions sync'ed in your account will be private and not visible to anyone unless you set them to public in the Mission Hub.

Running a mission

Press the "Play" button located in the left button bar to show the mission preflight report. If the mission is valid, you will be able to tap the Go button in the report window to start the mission.

Pausing a mission

Pausing a mission can be done by tapping on the pause button in the left bar.

Stopping a mission

Stopping a mission can be done using the red stop button in the left button bar.

Cookbook

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1. Interpolate Method

General Settings
  1. Set Custom Button 1 to "Waypoint at Aircraft"
Mission Settings
  1. Set Cruising Speed to 0 and RC Speed to the highest speed you want the aircraft to travel.
  2. Set Default Gimbal Pitch to "Interpolate"
Steps
  1. Fly the Phantom to the Waypoint 1 location, set your heading, and Gimbal Pitch, and press Custom Button 1.
  2. Fly the Phantom to the Waypoint 2 location, set your heading, and Gimbal Pitch, and press Custom Button 1.
  3. Run the mission.
Note : Rotation defaults to the shortest path but can be modified in Mission Settings.

2. POI Method

General Settings
  1. Set Custom Button 1 to "Waypoint at Aircraft"
  2. Set Custom Button 2 to "POI at Aircraft"
Mission Settings
  1. Set Cruising Speed to 0 and RC Speed to the highest speed you want the aircraft to travel.
  2. Set Default Gimbal Pitch to "Focus POI"
Steps
  1. Fly the Phantom to the Waypoint 1 location and press Custom Button 1.
  2. Fly the Phantom to the POI location associated with the Waypoint 1 and press Custom Button 2
  3. Fly the Phantom to the Waypoint 2 location and press Custom Button 1
  4. Fly the Phantom to the POI location associated with the Waypoint 2 and press Custom Button 2
  5. Run the mission.
Note : Rotation defaults to the shortest path but can be modified in Mission Settings.

Selfie

Introduction

Selfies are video recordings of a subject, typically yourself, in which the recording starts with a close-up of the subject and zooms out as the aircraft moves away from the subject, while keeping the camera focused on the subject.

There are several methods to doing a selfie.  It can be done manually in FPV mode by simply hovering the aircraft in front of the subject while focused on the subject and then flying the aircraft backwards and up at the same time.  This method works fine but may not maintain the subject in the center of the shot.

Doing a Selfie in Waypoint Mode

  1. Set up Mission Parameters as desired
    1. Set Default Waypoint Gimbal Pitch to "Focus POI"
    2. Set Cruising Speed to 1. This is extremely important since that is the speed that the aircraft will fly as it tries to find the 1st WP. 
    3. Set RC Speed to the max speed you want for the selfie.
  2. Set up Waypoints
    1. Start up and fly your aircraft to where you want the selfie to begin at least 10 meters away from people, 
    2. Add a waypoint by one of the two following methods.
      1. Deselect the Add POI Button (if it is selected) and press the aircraft icon in the map view or
      2. Press a Custom Button that has been set to "Waypoint at Aircraft"
    3. Fly your aircraft to where you want the selfie to go next, and add another waypoint. 
    4. Repeat this for as many waypoints as you want, always remembering to point the aircraft towards you and framing yourself in the video feed.  
  3. Fly the aircraft back toward the start of the selfie mission.
  4. Set up POI.  This will focus all your waypoints on yourself or any subject for that matter.
    1. Place a POI at your location in one of the two following methods
      1. Press the Add POI button and press the blue dot, which represents the location of the RC, on the map screen or
      2. Press a Custom Button that has been set to "POI at Device".  
  5. Run the mission
    1. Remember to push the RC switch to P (or S for Mavic/Phantom 4/Inspire 2/Spark) to cancel the mission.
    2. Press Run.
    3. Use the RC Pitch Stick (Forward/Back) to control the speed of the aircraft.

Follow

Follow causes the aircraft to follow the movements a subject.
The subject is usually the mobile device that is connected to the drone but it can also follow a pin on a map.
The maximum aircraft speed in this mode is 4.2m/s (no wind).

Warning It is advisable to only use the Follow feature in wide open areas.

Enter the Follow mode by pressing the Flight Mode icon at the top left of the Litchi screen. Select "Follow". Press the Follow Settings icon on the left side of the screen.

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  1. Mobile Device GPS Accuracy: The estimated accuracy of your mobile device's location, in meters/feet. If you draw a circle centered at your mobile device's location, and with a radius equal to the accuracy, then there is a 68% probability that the true mobile device's location is inside the circle. If this number is red, it means your current location accuracy is over the minimum location accuracy general setting. In such a case, you will not be allowed to start Follow. If you are having difficulties getting a good location accuracy, try another area, try another mobile device, or increase the "Location Accuracy" general setting. Setting the "Location Accuracy" to a higher value will allow for a bigger margin of error for the mobile device GPS signal, but the follow me movements may be less precise.
  2. Follow Touch Mode: Tap to toggle the Follow Touch mode. In this mode, the aircraft will follow the Touch mode marker instead of the mobile device.
  3. Follow Settings: Tap to display the follow settings (more details below).
  4. Touch Mode Marker: When the Follow Touch Mode is enabled, tap anywhere on the map to set this marker, which the aircraft will follow. The marker is also draggable.

Follow Settings

For Follow to work, the app needs to know the position of the subject in relation to the aircraft. The easiest way to set these relative values is to fly the aircraft at the relative position the aircraft should be in when the subject begins to move, and press the “Set from Aircraft Position.”
All settings can be altered in real-time.

  • Set from Aircraft Position: Sets the relative altitude and distance from the aircraft's current position.
  • Altitude: The altitude from which the aircraft should follow the subject.
  • Distance: The distance from which the aircraft should follow the subject.
  • Gimbal Control (auto/manual - auto by default): When set to automatic (auto), causes the gimbal to point at the subject automatically. If the option is set to manual, the user will be required to control the gimbal manually.
  • Subject Height: The height of the subject that the camera should point at.
  • Horizontal Movements (enabled/disabled - enabled by default): When set to off, horizontal movements will be disabled and only the aircraft's altitude, yaw and gimbal will be controlled by Litchi. This can be useful to simulate a fixed camera in the sky.

Running a Follow session

Press the "Follow" button at the bottom of the settings screen to initiate a Follow session. The Follow button will change to a Pause button that can be used to pause the Follow session.
When initiated the aircraft will first take off if required, then proceed to the designated relative position as indicated in the settings. It will then move as the subject moves.

Stopping Follow

Stopping a Follow session can be done by changing the RC S1 switch from top position to middle position and then back to top position.
Prefer the S1 switch as it will also give control back to the operator.

Follow


Platforms Follow mode is only available on Android at this time.

Follow causes the aircraft to follow the movements a subject.
The subject is usually the mobile device that is connected to the drone but it can also follow a pin on a map or a second mobile device running the Litchi Magic Leash app.
The maximum aircraft speed in this mode is 16.7m/s (no wind).

Warning It is advisable to only use the Follow feature in wide open areas.

Enter the Follow mode by pressing the Flight Mode icon at the top left of the Litchi screen. Select "Follow". Press the Follow Settings icon on the left side of the screen.

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  1. Mobile Device GPS Accuracy: The estimated accuracy of your mobile device's location, in meters/feet. If you draw a circle centered at your mobile device's location, and with a radius equal to the accuracy, then there is a 68% probability that the true mobile device's location is inside the circle. If this number is red, it means your current location accuracy is over the "Maximum Location Accuracy" general aircraft setting. In such a case, you will not be allowed to start Follow. If you are having difficulties getting a good location accuracy, try another area, try another mobile device, or increase the "Maximum Location Accuracy" general aircraft setting. Setting the "Maximum Location Accuracy" to a higher value will allow for a bigger margin of error for the mobile device GPS signal, but the follow me movements may be less precise.
  2. Follow Touch Mode: Tap to toggle the Follow Touch mode. In this mode, the aircraft will follow the Touch mode marker instead of the mobile device.
  3. Follow Settings: Tap to display the follow settings (more details below).
  4. Touch Mode Marker: When the Follow Touch Mode is enabled, tap anywhere on the map to set this marker, which the aircraft will follow. The marker is also draggable.

Follow Settings

For Follow to work, the app needs to know the position of the subject in relation to the aircraft. The easiest way to set these relative values is to fly the aircraft at the relative position the aircraft should be in when the subject begins to move, and press the “Set from Aircraft Position.”
All settings except "Altitude Reference" can be altered in real-time.

  • Set from Aircraft Position: Sets the relative altitude, distance and heading from the aircraft's current position.
  • Altitude: The altitude from which the aircraft should follow the subject.
  • Distance: The distance from which the aircraft should follow the subject.
  • Heading Mode (North/Course - North by default): Heading mode “North” means that the aircraft will point its nose to the angle you set relative to North. For example if you set it to 0, the nose will point to North while keeping the subject in the center of the frame. Heading mode “Course” means that the aircraft will point its nose to the angle you set relative to the subject's course (only works if the subject is moving faster than 1m/s). For example if the heading is set to 0 (Leash), the aircraft will follow the subject from behind. Likewise if you set the heading to 180degree (Lead), the aircraft will follow the subject from the front.
  • Heading: The angle from which the aircraft should follow the subject (the reference is defined by the Heading Mode).
  • Gimbal Control (auto/manual - auto by default): When set to automatic (auto), causes the gimbal to point at the subject automatically. If the option is set to manual, the user will be required to control the gimbal manually.
  • Subject Height: The height of the subject that the camera should point at.
  • Subject Offset: Only change this setting in situations where you want the aircraft to follow the subject's movements while looking in another direction relative to the subject. The default 0 degrees causes the aircraft to face the subject. An offset of 180 degrees will cause the aircraft to face completely away from the subject.
  • Altitude Reference (Power-on Elevation/Mobile Device Elevation - Power-on Elevation by default): When set to Power-on Elevation, the aircraft will fly at the altitude set relative to the elevation where the aircraft was powered on. When set to Mobile device elevation, the aircraft will fly at the altitude set relative to the mobile device elevation which means it will continuously adjust its altitude as the subject moves up or down in altitude (for example if the subject moves up a hill). Mobile Device Elevation is only available if your mobile device has a pressure sensor.
    Important When using Mobile Device Elevation, Litchi expects you to start the Follow session with a power-on elevation similar to the mobile device's current elevation. If the aircraft is already in the air, ensure that it was powered on at an elevation similar to the mobile device's current elevation.
  • RC Joystick (enabled/disabled - disabled by default): When on, you are able to adjust the altitude using the left joystick up/down, the distance using the right joystick up/down, and the follow heading using the left joystick left/right. The follow heading is the heading of the aircraft relative to the subject, so moving the left joystick to the right and holding it there will result in the aircraft doing an orbit around the subject in a clockwise direction.
  • Horizontal Movements (enabled/disabled - enabled by default): When set to off, horizontal movements will be disabled and only the aircraft's altitude, yaw and gimbal will be controlled by Litchi. This can be useful to simulate a fixed camera in the sky.

Running a Follow session

Press the "Follow" button at the bottom of the settings screen to initiate a Follow session. The Follow button will change to a Pause button that can be used to pause the Follow session.
When initiated the aircraft will first rise to 4m altitude, then proceed to the designated relative position as indicated in the settings. It will then move as the subject moves.
If the aircraft is grounded when starting Follow, it will only take off if the 'automatic take off' general setting is enabled.

Stopping Follow

Stopping a Follow session can be done using the red stop button in the left button bar.

Litchi Magic Leash

Download Litchi Magic Leash on the Play Store: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.flylitchi.lml
Or Download Litchi Magic Leash on the Apple Store: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/id1031764016
Litchi Magic Leash allows the subject of the Follow mode to be a different mobile device from that which is connected to the RC. In other words the aircraft will follow a mobile device that is not connected to the RC. Both mobile devices must be connected to the internet for Magic Leash to work.

Warning At this time, Litchi Magic Leash does not transfer pressure data. This means that if you go up or down a hill using Litchi Magic Leash, the aircraft will not adjust its altitude.

Follow these steps in order to setup Litchi Magic leash (mobile device connected to RC is device A, second device is B):

  1. On device A, start Litchi, connect to the aircraft, switch to Follow mode, and tap the Magic Leash Button (top left corner of Follow settings) to connect, then remember the PIN code that pops up
  2. On device B, start Litchi Magic Leash, tap the Magic Leash icon to connect, then enter the PIN code from step 1
  3. Your two mobile devices are now paired. Start the Follow session on device A.

The following video explains how to use Magic Leash:

Orbit

Orbit causes the aircraft to circle around a point of interest. The Phantom 2 version of Orbit is available as in-app purchase.
Enter the Orbit mode by pressing the Flight Mode icon at the top left of the Litchi screen. Select "Orbit".

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  1. Go Home: Tap to initiate Return to Home at any time.
  2. Save Flight: Tap to save the current Orbit parameters.
  3. Load Flight: Tap to load a previously saved Orbit flight.
  4. Stop Orbit: Tap to stop an Orbit session.
  5. Orbit Settings: Tap the point of interest marker to bring up the Orbit settings window (details below).
  6. Radius: The orbit circle is displayed on the map with a yellow line.

Orbit Settings

To bring up the Orbit settings window, place a point of interest marker on the map, then tap on it.

  • Altitude: The altitude at which the aircraft should orbit.
  • Radius: The distance from which the aircraft should orbit from the point of interest. Setting the radius to 0 will have the aircraft execute a panorama regardless of the selected heading mode.
  • Speed: The speed at which the aircraft should orbit (maximum orbit speed is limited to 4.2m/s).
  • Entry Point: The point on the circle where the aircraft will start orbiting. Please note that the map is orientated towards North by default.
    Important Make sure there are no obstacles between the entry point and the initial position of the aircraft.
  • Heading Mode: Defines the orientation of the aircraft while orbiting. Can be set to "Center" or "Outwards".
  • Direction: Defines the orbit direction, clockwise or anti-clockwise.
  • Ascend First: Whether or not the aircraft will first rise to the preset altitude before proceeding to the entry point. For safety reasons, it is recommended to leave this enabled.

Running an Orbit session

Press the "Start" button at the bottom of the settings screen to initiate an Orbit session.
When initiated the aircraft will first rise to the preset altitude if "Ascend First" is enabled, then proceed to the entry point on the Orbit circle. It will then start orbiting.

Stopping Orbit

Stopping an Orbit session can be done by changing the RC S1 switch from top position to middle position and then back to top position, or by tapping on the stop button in the left bar.
Prefer the S1 switch as it will also give control back to the operator.

Orbit


Info Orbit mode is supported by all DJI drones except Spark.

Orbit causes the aircraft to circle around a point of interest while optionally having the gimbal keeping focus on it.
The orbit parameters (radius, altitude, speed) can be altered in real-time.
Enter the Orbit mode by pressing the Flight Mode icon at the top left of the Litchi screen. Select "Orbit".

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  1. Go Home (Android only): Tap to initiate Return to Home at any time. Return to Home can also be triggered using the remote controller.
  2. Save Flight: Tap to save the current Orbit parameters.
  3. Load Flight: Tap to load a previously saved Orbit flight.
  4. Orbit Settings: Tap the point of interest marker to bring up the Orbit settings window (details below).
  5. Radius: The orbit circle is displayed on the map with a yellow line. It is updated in real-time if you change it during an Orbit session.

Orbit Settings

To bring up the Orbit settings window, place a point of interest marker on the map, then tap on it.

  • Altitude: The altitude at which the aircraft should orbit. Can be changed in real-time using the left joystick up/down (mode 2).
  • Radius: The distance from which the aircraft should orbit from the point of interest. Can be changed in real-time using the right joystick (mode 2). Push the joystick up to reduce the radius, or push it down to increase the radius.
  • Speed: The speed at which the aircraft should orbit in degrees per second. The maximum selectable speed will vary depending on the selected radius. Can be changed in real-time using the right joystick (mode 2). Push the joystick to the right to increase the clockwise speed, push it to the left to increase the anti-clockwise speed.
  • Entry Point: The point on the circle where the aircraft will start orbiting. Please note that the map is orientated towards North by default.
    Important Make sure there are no obstacles between the entry point and the initial position of the aircraft.
  • Heading Mode: Defines the orientation of the aircraft while orbiting. Can be set to "Center", "Along the circle (Forward)", "Along the circle (Backward)", "Outwards" or "User Controlled (Manual)". The heading can be changed in real-time using the left joystick (mode 2). Push the joystick to the left to turn left, and to the right to turn right.
  • Direction (Rotation): Defines the orbit direction, clockwise or anti-clockwise.
  • Gimbal Control (auto/manual - auto by default): When set to automatic (auto), causes the gimbal to point at the orbit center automatically. If the option is set to manual, the user will be required to control the gimbal manually.
  • Subject Height: The height of the orbit subject that the camera should point at. If Gimbal Control is set to auto, use the RC's gimbal wheel to adjust to subject height during an Orbit session.

Running an Orbit session

Press the "Start" button at the bottom of the settings screen to initiate an Orbit session.
When initiated the aircraft will first rise to the preset altitude, then proceed to the entry point on the Orbit circle. It will then start orbiting.
If the aircraft is grounded when starting Orbit, it will only take off if the 'automatic take off' general setting is enabled.

Stopping Orbit

Stopping an Orbit session can be done using the red stop button in the left button bar.

Failsafe

If signal is lost between the aircraft and the mobile device, the aircraft will continue the Orbit session until it reaches the critical battery level. It will then land in place automatically, even if your failsafe is Return to Home.

Virtual Reality

Available in all flight modes, the VR mode immerses you into a First Person View, the video stream appears right in front of your eyes!
You also have the ability to control the gimbal by moving your head.

To start VR mode, tap on the goggles icon located the top right corner of the video screen.
The VR mode requires the use of a phone together with external mobile VR goggles. Litchi is compatible with most VR goggles.
Below are some recommendations:

It is highly recommended to get a pair of goggles with a headstrap, not all of them comes with one.

Warning The VR mode brings you into another world, be aware of your surroundings as you will not be able to see your aircraft.


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  1. Altitude: Displays the altitude of the aircraft relative to the elevation where it was powered on.
  2. Distance: Displays the distance from home point to aircraft. In Follow mode, displays the distance between the mobile device and the aircraft.
  3. Speed: Displays the current aircraft speed.
  4. Satellite Count: Shows the number of satellites that the aircraft is locked onto.
  5. Battery: Shows the remaining aircraft battery percentage.
  6. VR Settings: Tap to bring up the VR settings (more details below).

VR Settings

  • Exit VR: Tap this button to exit VR mode.
  • Display OSD: Turn this on to display the On-Screen Display (altitude, distance, speed, etc.).
  • Text Depth Offset: Increase or Decrease the OSD text depth offset to make it more comfortable to read.
  • Head Tracking: Turn this on to enable moving the gimbal using head movements.
  • Gimbal Speed: Defines how responsive the gimbal will be to your head movements. A higher value means it will move faster.
  • Aspect: Two video aspect ratios are available. 16:9 or 8:9.

Virtual Reality

Available in all flight modes, the VR mode immerses you into a real First Person View, the video stream appears right in front of your eyes!
You also have the ability to control the gimbal by moving your head. VR mode requires a remote controller.

Info By harnessing the power of your mobile phone, the VR mode brings you the most immersive FPV experience at less than a quarter the cost of the least expensive FPV glasses solution.

To start VR mode, tap on the goggles icon located the top right corner of the video screen.
The VR mode requires the use of a phone together with external mobile VR goggles. Litchi is compatible with most VR goggles.
Below are some recommendations:

It is highly recommended to get a pair of goggles with a headstrap, not all of them comes with one.
Additionally, if your goggles expose the mobile device camera to the outside, you will be able to take advantage of the mobile device camera toggle in Litchi (except for P3 Standard).

Warning The VR mode brings you into another world, be aware of your surroundings as you will not be able to see your aircraft.


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  1. Altitude: Displays the altitude of the aircraft relative to the elevation where it was powered on.
  2. Distance: Displays the distance from home point to aircraft. In Follow mode, displays the distance between the mobile device and the aircraft.
  3. Speed: Displays the current aircraft speed.
  4. Satellite Count: Shows the number of satellites that the aircraft is locked onto.
  5. Battery: Shows the remaining aircraft battery percentage.
  6. VR Settings: Tap to bring up the VR settings (more details below).
  7. Home Direction: Shows the heading of the aircraft relative to the home point. When this icon points towards the bottom of the screen, it means the aircraft is heading towards the home point.
  8. Record: This icon will be displayed when the camera is recording video.
  9. Uplink/Downlink Signal: Displays the uplink and downlink signal strength.

VR Settings

  • Exit VR: Tap this button to exit VR mode.
  • Display OSD: Turn this on to display the On-Screen Display (altitude, distance, speed, etc.).
  • Depth Offset: Increase or decrease the OSD depth offset to make it more comfortable to your eyes.
  • Gimbal Head Tracking: Turn this on to enable moving the gimbal using head movements.
  • Gimbal Speed: Defines how responsive the gimbal will be to your head movements. A higher value means it will move faster.
  • Aircraft Head Tracking: Choose between Off, Immersive or Joystick to enable rotating the aircraft using head movements (details below).
  • Aspect: Two video aspect ratios are available. 16:9 or 8:9. Android only.

Aircraft Head Tracking

In Immersive mode, rotating your head left/right causes the aircraft to rotate left/right mirroring the angle you are looking at relative to the reference which is established when VR mode is started.

In Joystick mode, rotating your head left/right is similar to using the left joystick's left/right axis (mode 2). As an example, the more you rotate your head to the left, the faster the aircraft will rotate to the left. The zero point, at which the aircraft will not rotate, is set when VR mode starts using the current mobile device orientation at that time.

Mobile Device Camera

For remote controllers with C1/C2 custom buttons (all aircrafts except P3 Standard), you can bind the custom function "Toggle Mobile Device Camera (VR)" to either C1 or C2.
This allows you to switch between your drone's camera view and your mobile device's camera view, making it very easy to keep track of your surroundings with the goggles on.

Focus

Focus allows you to easily keep a subject (Point of Interest or Mobile Device) in the video frame while flying the aircraft manually over the subject.
The gimbal pitch angle is automatically controlled by Litchi.
Enter the Focus mode by pressing the Flight Mode icon at the top left of the Litchi screen. Select "Focus".

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  1. Focus Settings: Tap to bring up the Focus settings window (details below).
  2. Point of Interest: The point of interest marker.

Focus Settings

  • Subject: Choose between Point of Interest (to be placed on the map) or Mobile Device.
  • Subject Height: The height of the subject that the camera should point at.

Running a Focus session

If your subject is a Point of Interest, place it on the map before starting the session.
Then, press the "Start" button at the bottom of the settings screen to initiate a Focus session.

Stopping Focus

Stopping a Focus session can be done by changing the RC S1 switch from top position to middle position and then back to top position, or by tapping on the stop button in the Focus settings screen.
Prefer the S1 switch as it will also give control back to the operator.

Focus

Focus allows you to easily keep a subject (Point of Interest or Mobile Device) in the video frame while flying the aircraft manually.
The aircraft rotation (yaw) and gimbal pitch angle are controlled by Litchi as well as the gimbal yaw for Inspire 1-2.
Focus is compatible with Litchi Magic Leash (Android only, iOS coming soon), making it possible to focus on an external mobile device!
Enter the Focus mode by pressing the Flight Mode icon at the top left of the Litchi screen. Select "Focus".

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  1. Focus Settings: Tap to bring up the Focus settings window (details below).
  2. Point of Interest: The point of interest marker.
  3. Forward/Backward Axis: Represents the "Joystick Reference" pitch axis along which the aircraft course is locked. Shown when "Aircraft Rotation" is enabled and a custom "Joystick Reference" is selected.
  4. Left/Right Axis: Represents the "Joystick Reference" roll axis along which the aircraft course is locked. Shown when "Aircraft Rotation" is enabled and a custom "Joystick Reference" is selected.

Focus Settings

  • Subject: Choose between Point of Interest (to be placed on the map) or Mobile Device.
  • Subject Height: The height of the subject that the camera should point at. You can also use the RC's gimbal wheel to adjust to subject height while in flight.
  • Aircraft Rotation: When enabled, Litchi will control the yaw (rotation) of the aircraft. Recommended for Mavic and Phantom 3-4 users.
    Warning There is a tiny amount of lag with joystick controls when this setting is enabled, use carefully.
  • Joystick Reference: Choose between "Default" (joysticks respond as normal), "Aircraft Heading" (course is locked based on current aircraft heading, similar to Course Lock, can be changed in real-time using the yaw joystick and can be reset using C1/C2 "Course Lock" custom function), "Mobile Device Orientation/Device Heading" (course is locked based on your mobile device orientation), "Home-Aircraft (H-A) Bearing" (course is locked based on the bearing between the home point and the aircraft location) and "Mobile Device-Aircraft (D-A) Bearing" (course is locked based on the bearing between the mobile device and the aircraft location). For each option except "Default", axes will be drawn on the map for reference, the large magenta axis is the pitch axis (forward/backward) while the small blue axis is the roll axis (left/right). Only applies when Aircraft Rotation is enabled.
  • Joystick Speed Limiter: Use this setting to slow down the overall speed of the aircraft. Only applies when Aircraft Rotation is enabled.

Running a Focus session

If your subject is a Point of Interest, place it on the map before starting the session.
Then, press the "Start" button at the bottom of the settings screen to initiate a Focus session.

Stopping Focus

Stopping a Focus session can be done using the red stop button in the left button bar.

Litchi Magic Leash (Android only at this time)

Download Litchi Magic Leash on the Play Store: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.flylitchi.lml
Or Download Litchi Magic Leash on the Apple Store: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/id1031764016
Litchi Magic Leash allows the subject of the Focus mode to be a different mobile device from that which is connected to the RC. In other words the aircraft will focus on a mobile device that is not connected to the RC. Both mobile devices must be connected to the internet for Magic Leash to work.

Follow these steps in order to setup Litchi Magic leash (mobile device connected to RC is device A, second device is B):

  1. On device A, start Litchi, connect to the aircraft, switch to Focus mode, and tap the Magic Leash Button (top left corner of Focus settings) to connect, then remember the PIN code that pops up
  2. On device B, start Litchi Magic Leash, tap the Magic Leash icon to connect, then enter the PIN code from step 1
  3. Your two mobile devices are now paired. Start the Focus session on device A.

Panorama

The Panorama mode allows you to easily shoot 360° horizontal and spherical panoramas.
Enter the Panorama mode by pressing the Flight Mode icon at the top left of the Litchi screen. Select "Panorama".

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  1. Panorama Settings: Tap to bring up the Panorama settings window (details below).

Panorama Settings

  • Type: Choose between "Horizontal" (one row at 0°), "Spherical 2 Rows" (2 rows at 0°/-45°), "Spherical 3 Rows" (3 rows at 0°/-30°/-60°) or "Spherical Custom" where you can specify each row's angle manually from -90° up to 0°.
    All Spherical panoramas also take 2 additional photos at -90°.
  • Photos per Row: The number of photos that the aircraft should take for each row.
  • Wait Time before each Photo: Additional time that the aircraft waits before taking each photo, helps stabilization. Only available for custom Panoramas.
  • Wait Time after each Photo: Additional time that the aircraft waits after taking each photo, helps stabilization. Only available for custom Panoramas.

Running a Panorama session

Fly the aircraft to the location you want to take the panorama, then press the "Start" button at the bottom of the settings screen to initiate the session.

Stopping Panorama

Stopping a Panorama session can be done by changing the RC S1 switch from top position to middle position and then back to top position, by tapping on the stop button in the Panorama settings screen.
Prefer the S1 switch as it will also give control back to the operator.

Processing a Panorama

Here is a non-comprehensive list of software you can use to stitch the photos together and create a panorama:

Panorama

The Panorama mode allows you to easily shoot horizontal and spherical panoramas.
Enter the Panorama mode by pressing the Flight Mode icon at the top left of the Litchi screen. Select "Panorama".

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  1. Panorama Settings: Tap to bring up the Panorama settings window (details below).

Panorama Settings

  • Row(s): The number of rows for the panorama. The vertical range from "Top Row Angle" to -90° (bottom) is equally divided by the number of rows.
  • Top Row Angle: The top row's angle, from 0° (horizon) to +30° above horizon. Not applicable to Spark.
  • Photos per Row: The number of photos that the aircraft should take for each row.
  • Width: The width of the panorama in degrees.
  • Nadirs: The number of Nadirs (bottom shots) that should be taken.
  • Mode: Choose between "Aircraft Rotation" and "Gimbal Rotation". This setting is only available for gimbals which are able to yaw (e.g. Inspire 1-2). If "Gimbal Rotation" mode is selected, the gimbal will rotate instead of the aircraft.
  • Capture Strategy: Choose between "Column by Column" and "Row by Row".
  • Wait Time before each Photo: Additional time that the aircraft waits before taking each photo, helps stabilization.
  • Wait Time after each Photo: Additional time that the aircraft waits after taking each photo, helps stabilization.

Running a Panorama session

Fly the aircraft to the location you want to take the panorama, then press the "Start" button at the bottom of the settings screen to initiate the session.

Stopping Panorama

Stopping a Panorama session can be done using the red stop button in the left button bar.

Processing a Panorama

Here is a non-comprehensive list of software you can use to stitch the photos together and create a panorama:

Track

In Track mode, Litchi uses state of the art computer vision algorithms to track a selected object on the video preview and keep it in the frame.
You have the choice to either fly the aircraft manually while Litchi keeps the object in the frame, use the Orbit feature to instruct the aircraft to Orbit around the tracked object, or start Follow where the drone will autonomously follow the tracked object.
The aircraft rotation (yaw) and gimbal pitch angle are controlled by Litchi as well as the gimbal yaw for Inspire 1-2.
Enter the Track mode by pressing the Flight Mode icon at the top left of the Litchi screen. Select "Track".

Warning Because Litchi decodes the video, runs the algorithms to track the object and renders the video, all of this in real-time, a high performance mobile device is required. Be sure to close all background applications and screen recorders before using Track. Video lag will kill tracking.

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  1. Track Settings: Tap to bring up the Track settings window (details below).
  2. Stop Tracking: Tap to stop the current Track session.
  3. Start/Stop Orbit: Tap to start or stop an autonomous Orbit around the tracked object. The speed at which the aircraft will orbit can be changed in the Track settings.
  4. Forward/Backward Axis: Represents the "Joystick Reference" pitch axis along which the aircraft course is locked. Shown when "Aircraft Rotation" is enabled and a custom "Joystick Reference" is selected.
  5. Left/Right Axis: Represents the "Joystick Reference" roll axis along which the aircraft course is locked. Shown when "Aircraft Rotation" is enabled and a custom "Joystick Reference" is selected.
  6. Tracked Object: A green rectangle around the object means Litchi is confident it is tracking the correct target, an orange rectangle indicates less confidence, a red rectangle indicates a very low confidence.
  7. Start/Stop Follow: Tap to start or stop an autonomous Follow.

Track Settings

  • Aircraft Rotation: When enabled, Litchi will control the yaw (rotation) of the aircraft. Recommended for Mavic and Phantom 3-4 users.
    Warning There is a tiny amount of lag with joystick controls when this setting is enabled, use carefully.
  • Joystick Reference: Choose between "Default" (joysticks respond as normal), "Aircraft Heading" (course is locked based on current aircraft heading, similar to Course Lock, can be changed in real-time using the yaw joystick and can be reset using C1/C2 "Course Lock" custom function), "Mobile Device Orientation/Device Heading" (course is locked based on your mobile device orientation), "Home-Aircraft (H-A) Bearing" (course is locked based on the bearing between the home point and the aircraft location) and "Mobile Device-Aircraft (D-A) Bearing" (course is locked based on the bearing between the mobile device and the aircraft location). For each option except "Default", axes will be drawn on the map for reference, the large magenta axis is the pitch axis (forward/backward) while the small blue axis is the roll axis (left/right). Only applies when Aircraft Rotation is enabled.
  • Joystick Speed Limiter: Use this setting to slow down the overall speed of the aircraft. Only applies when Aircraft Rotation is enabled.
  • Orbit Speed: Controls the speed of the autonomous Orbit around the tracked object.

Running a Track session

Select the object you wish to track on the video preview using the Pinch gesture (with 2 fingers, see image below).


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When you are happy with the selection, release your fingers from the screen and Track will automatically start.
It is recommended to start Track while the aircraft is airborne.
To select a different object, simply start the procedure again.
Info To recenter the current selection, double tap where you want the new object center to be on the video preview.
For optimal tracking, ensure the background scene is not too cluttered and that there is enough contrast between the tracked object and its surroundings. It is also important to select your object carefully. Avoid including too much of the background in the selection and make sure the object you want to track is not too small on the video preview.

Orbit

During a Track session, you can start an Orbit using the Start Orbit button in the left button bar.
The speed at which the aircraft will orbit can be changed in the Track settings.
Additionally, while Orbit is in progress it is possible to control the aircraft's altitude, pitch and increase/decrease the Orbit speed using the joysticks.

Follow

In Follow mode, Litchi takes entire control of the drone to have it follow the tracked object. The maximum aircraft speed in this mode is 10m/s.
It is possible to control the altitude of the drone while Follow is in progress using the joysticks.
For an optimal Follow, avoid selecting an object that is horizontally or vertically aligned with the drone's field of view.
Follow should not be used where the terrain has elevation changes as the aircraft will not adjust its altitude should the tracked object change altitude.
Warning Under non-optimal conditions, Litchi may fail to keep track of the object causing the aircraft to follow an unwanted path. Always be ready to intervene and regain control using the remote controller mode switch or the "Stop Tracking" button.

Stopping Track

Stopping a Track session can be done using the "Stop Tracking" button in the left button bar.

Settings

General

  • Units: Use to switch between Metric or Imperial units.
  • Show Battery Voltage: When enabled, shows the aircraft battery voltage under the battery percentage.
  • Show GPS Coordinates: When enabled, shows the current latitude and longitude of the aircraft next to the altitude, distance and speed indicators at the bottom left of the screen. In addition, when enabled this setting allows you to edit waypoint coordinates in Waypoint mode.
  • Map Type: Use to switch between Standard (no imagery), Satellite (imagery) and Hybrid (imagery + street names).
  • Map Auto Zoom: Enable/disable map auto zoom.
  • Map Safe Area Radius: When not 0, a red circle will be drawn on the map to represent a safe distance area. Note that this is only a visual help and will not limit you in any way should you wish to go out of the bounds of this circle.
  • Find My Aircraft: Tap to enter a map screen which will display the last known location of your aircraft.
  • Reset All Settings: Tap to reset all settings. Requires a restart.
  • Help: Tap to view this help page. Requires an Internet connection to access the first time. After that, it will be cached for offline use.
  • Language: Changes the language of the application. Requires a restart.

Camera

  • Auto Record: Enable/disable Auto recording. Auto record starts/stops when motors start/stop.
  • Photo Quality When Recording: Choose between "Screengrabs (Instant)" and "High Resolution (JPEG)". While recording, and if set to "Screengrabs" taking a picture will in fact take a screen grab of the video being recorded. This has the benefit of being instant and will not stop the recording, on the other hand the resolution maxes out at 1080p. The second option, "High Resolution" means that if you try to take a photo while recording, the app will stop recording, take a photo and restart recording, the result is a much higher quality picture at the cost of a recording interruption.
  • Auto Boost FPV: When enabled, the aircraft camera signal will automatically be boosted when motors start.
  • FPV Boost Power: The power value that the camera signal will be set to. Higher means better range, but it also means increased chances of overheating. 13dB is a good compromise.
  • Show Camera Controls: Show/hide camera controls.
  • Grid Lines: Show/hide grid lines on the video screen, useful to help framing a shot.
  • Preview Quality: Select the quality of the video stream. 640x480 15 fps or lower is recommended.
  • Camera Action When Connection Is Broken: Select the action you want the camera to perform when the connection is lost.
  • Reset Camera Settings: Tap to reset the camera settings. A restart of the aircraft is required to fully reset the camera settings.
  • Format SD Card: Tap to format the SD Card.

Aircraft

  • Go Home Altitude: Use this to set the altitude that the aircraft will return at when Return to Home is triggered.
  • Auto Go Home When Low Battery: Enables/disables automatic return to home when battery is low.
  • Dynamic Homepoint: When enabled, the home point will continuously be updated to the current location of your mobile device. Very useful in Follow mode.
  • Calibrate Compass: Tap to start calibration procedure. The aircraft LEDs will turn solid yellow and you can then start the "calibration dance".
  • Log Flights: Enable/disable flight logs. Flight logs are saved in the mobile device's internal storage in the "LitchiApp/flightlogs" folder.
  • Minimum Selectable Altitude: Defines the minimum altitude that can be set in autonomous flight mode settings.
  • Maximum Selectable Altitude: Defines the maximum altitude that can be set in autonomous flight mode settings.
  • Maximum Location Accuracy: This setting defines the maximum location accuracy required for Follow mode to work. If the mobile device GPS shows a higher accuracy than this value, Follow sessions will fail to start. Additionally, if during a Follow session the mobile device GPS accuracy jumps to a value that is higher than this setting, the aircraft will stop moving until the accuracy comes back to a healthy level. As a result, it is important to set this value correctly. It defaults to 15 meters, but if you are having issues with GPS accuracy and depending on your environment, you may want to increase the default value.
  • Gimbal FPV mode: Enables/disables the gimbal FPV mode. When enabled, the gimbal will synchronize with the aircraft movements to provide a first person view experience.
  • Gimbal Gesture Control: When on, tap the video screen and scroll up or down to move the gimbal.

Speech

  • Enable Speech: Enables/disables voice announcements and warnings.
  • Feedback Frequency: In seconds, determines the minimum frequency at which the voice feedback will be made.
  • Altitude Feedback: Enables/disables continuous altitude feedback.
  • Distance Feedback: Enables/disables continuous distance feedback.
  • Speed Feedback: Enables/disables continuous speed feedback.
  • Battery Feedback: Enables/disables continuous battery feedback.
  • Warnings Frequency: In seconds, determines the minimum frequency at which the voice warnings will be made.
  • Warn When Battery Drops Below: Voice warnings for the aircraft battery will start at this percentage.
  • Warn If Satellite Count Drops Below: There will be voice warnings for the satellite count whenever it drops below this value.

Settings

Info Not all settings apply to both platforms

General

  • Units: Use to switch between Metric or Imperial units.
  • Show Battery Voltage: When enabled, shows the lowest aircraft battery cell voltage under the battery percentage.
  • Show GPS Coordinates: When enabled, shows the current latitude and longitude of the aircraft next to the altitude, distance and speed indicators at the bottom left of the screen. In addition, when enabled this setting allows you to edit waypoint coordinates in Waypoint mode (Android only).
  • Map Type: Use to switch between Standard (no imagery), Satellite (imagery), Terrain (topographic) and Hybrid (imagery + street names).
  • Map Auto Zoom: Enable/disable map auto zoom. Android only.
  • Map Safe Area Radius: When not 0, a red circle will be drawn on the map to represent a safe distance area. This is only a visual help and will not limit you in any way should you wish to go out of the bounds of this circle. Android only.
  • Enable GEO System: Enable/disable the DJI Geospatial Environment Online system (no fly zones). When disabled, Litchi will instead use the previous No Fly Zone system which is no longer updated.
  • Show GEO Warning Zones: Show/hide GEO Enhanced Warning and Warning zones on the map. iOS only.
  • Use Amap Imagery (for China Mainland): To be used in conjunction with the "Calibrate Map for China Mainland" setting. When the map is calibrated, Google's imagery will not map to their true location, enable this setting to fix it. iOS only.
  • Calibrate Map for China Mainland: If you are in mainland China, enable this setting to get correct GPS coordinates on the map. iOS only.
  • Show Home Orientation: When enabled shows a line between the home point and the aircraft on the map.
  • Find My Aircraft: Tap to enter a map screen which will display the last known location of your aircraft.
  • Reset All Settings: Tap to reset all settings. Requires a restart.
  • Help: Tap to view this help page. Requires an Internet connection to access the first time. After that, it will be cached for offline use.
  • Language: Changes the language of the application. Requires a restart.

Camera

  • Auto Record: Enable/disable Auto recording. Auto record starts/stops when motors start/stop.
  • Hardware Decoding: Enable/disable hardware video decoding for the live video preview. Some devices may perform better with the hardware video decoder. iOS only.
  • Cache Videos: When enabled, recording videos with the drone will also cause Litchi to save the video to the "Litchi Video Cache" album in the Photos app. iOS only.
  • Cache Photos: When enabled, photos you take will be saved to the 'Litchi Photo Cache' album (in the Photos app). Photo Caching does not work when the image format is set to RAW or when using the Interval capture mode. Photo Caching does not work during Waypoint, Pano and Track sessions. iOS only.
  • Photo Preview: Requires "Cache Photos" setting to be enabled. When enabled, after taking a photo a preview will be shown along with a share button providing an easy way to share the photo to Facebook. iOS only.
  • Peak Focus Threshold: For cameras which have variable focus, this setting will highlight the areas that are in focus. iOS only.
  • Over Exposure Warning: Highlights overexposed areas on the video preview. iOS only.
  • Enhance Display for D-Log Filter: When using the D-Log digital filter, the video preview will be enhanced for better visibility. iOS only.
  • Video Format: Choose between MOV and MP4. This setting affects the format of the video stored on the aircraft SD card. Requires aircraft connection in order to change.
  • Anti-Flicker: Choose between Auto, 60Hz and 50Hz. Requires aircraft connection in order to change.
  • Show Camera Controls: Show/hide camera controls. Android only.
  • Show Histogram: Enable to show the histogram which can be moved anywhere on the screen. Showing the histogram may cause performance issues on less powerful devices.
  • Grid Lines: Show/hide grid lines on the video screen, useful to help framing a shot.
  • Preview Quality: For Lightbridge-based aircrafts only (P4/P3/I1/I2). Select the quality of the video stream from 4/6/8/10 Mbps or Auto. On Auto, both the channel and preview quality will be selected automatically.
  • Transmission Channel: For Lightbridge-based aircrafts only (P4/P3/I1/I2). Select a transmission channel between 13 to 20 or Auto. On Auto, both the channel and preview quality will be selected automatically.
  • Ocusync Preview Quality: For Ocusync-based aircrafts only (Mavic). Select the channel bandwidth between 10MHz and 20MHz or Auto. On Auto, both the channel and preview quality will be selected automatically.
  • Ocusync Transmission Channel: For Ocusync-based aircrafts only (Mavic). Select a transmission channel or Auto. On Auto, both the channel and preview quality will be selected automatically.
  • Frequency Band: Sets the Lightbridge frequency band. It is only supported by Inspire 2 and Phantom 4 Pro. For the other drones with Lightbridge, the frequency band is always 2.4 GHz.
  • Double Output (HDMI): Enable to have the video stream output to the HDMI module in addition to the app.
  • Use FPV Camera as Video Source: Switches between the main camera and the fpv camera as video source. Inspire2/iOS only.
  • Lightbridge 2 Video Source: For Lightbridge 2 aircrafts only. Select the video source that will be displayed in the app.
  • Lightbridge 2 Channel Switch: For Lightbridge 2 aircrafts only. Switches between the different video channels. iOS only.
  • Format SD Card: Tap to format the SD Card.
  • Format SSD: Tap to format the SSD Card (Inspire 1 RAW/Inspire 2). iOS only.

Aircraft

  • Go Home Altitude: Use this to set the altitude that the aircraft will return at when Return to Home is triggered.
  • Maximum Altitude: Sets the maximum flight altitude.
  • Dynamic Homepoint: When enabled, the home point will continuously be updated to the current location of your mobile device. Very useful in Follow mode. Android only.
  • Signal Lost Behavior for Manual Flying: This defines the behavior of the aircraft if signal is lost while flying manually, choose between "Hover", "Landing" or "Return To Home".
  • Smart Return to Home: Enables/disables the Smart Return-To-Home (RTH) feature. When it is enabled, aircraft will request to go home when remaining battery is only enough for completing the go-home action.
  • Vision Positioning System: Enables/disables the vision positioning system. Mavic/Phantom 4/Inspire 2/Spark only.
  • Collision Avoidance: Enables/disables collision avoidance. Mavic/Phantom 4/Inspire 2/Spark only.
  • Active Obstacle Avoidance: Enables/disables active obstacle avoidance. When enabled, and an obstacle is moving towards the aircraft, the aircraft will actively fly away from it. If while actively avoiding a moving obstacle, the aircraft detects another obstacle in its avoidance path, it will stop. Collision Avoidance must also be enabled. Mavic/Phantom 4 (Advanced/Pro)/Inspire 2/Spark only. iOS only.
  • Landing Protection: Enables/disables landing protection. During auto-landing, the downward facing vision sensor will check if the ground surface is flat enough for a safe landing. If it is not and landing protection is enabled, then landing will abort and need to be manually performed by the user. Mavic/Phantom 4/Inspire 2 only.
  • Precision Landing: Enables/disables precision landing. When enabled, the aircraft will record its take-off location visually (as well as with GPS). On a Return-To-Home action the aircraft will attempt to perform a precision landing using the additional visual information. This method only works on a Return-To-Home action when the home location is successfully recorded during take-off, and not changed during flight. Mavic/Phantom 4 only.
  • Calibrate Compass: Tap to start calibration procedure. The aircraft LEDs will turn solid yellow and you can then start the "calibration dance".
  • Log Flights: Enable/disable flight logs. Flight logs are saved in the mobile device's internal storage in the "LitchiApp/flightlogs" folder. Android only.
  • Airdata UAV User Token: Enter the token from your https://airdata.com/ account here. Your token should look like this: HD12345678. This token is a secure way to associate your flight logs with your account when they are uploaded to Airdata UAV.
    Info Click here to learn more about how to setup Airdata UAV with Litchi.
  • Airdata UAV Automatic Sync: When enabled, and if your user token is valid, your flight logs will be automatically synced with your Airdata UAV account given the presence of an Internet connection.
  • Sync Photo/Video Previews: Photo preview screenshots and video preview screenshots will be automatically taken by Litchi during flights. Using this setting, you can allow Litchi to automatically sync up to 4 or 10 photo/video previews per flight log to your Airdata UAV account. Android only.
    Warning This setting may increase the data usage of the app significantly.
  • Sync with Airdata UAV Now: Use this button to manually trigger a sync of your flight logs with your Airdata UAV account.
  • Auto Take Off (Follow mode): When enabled, you will be able to start Follow sessions from the ground. If disabled, the aircraft will be required to be in the air before starting an autonomous flight. Android only.
  • Maximum Location Accuracy: This setting defines the maximum location accuracy required for Follow mode to work. If the mobile device GPS shows a higher accuracy than this value, Follow sessions will fail to start. Additionally, if during a Follow session the mobile device GPS accuracy jumps to a value that is higher than this setting, the aircraft will stop moving until the accuracy comes back to a healthy level. As a result, it is important to set this value correctly. It defaults to 15 meters, but if you are having issues with GPS accuracy and depending on your environment, you may want to increase the default value. Android only.
  • Gimbal mode: Switch between the FPV mode, Yaw Follow mode (default) and Free (Inspire series only). In FPV mode, the gimbal's roll will mirror the right joystick's movements (left/right, mode 2).
  • Gimbal Extension (+30°): When enabled, the gimbal's maximum pitch angle is extended to +30° above horizon, instead of the default 0°. Not applicable to Spark.
  • Gimbal Gesture Control: When enabled, tap the video screen and scroll up or down (as well as left/right for the Inspire 1-2) to move the gimbal.
  • Gimbal Endpoint Auto Release: When enabled, the Inspire 2 will automatically rotate when the gimbal reaches the yaw angle limit. Inspire 2/iOS only.
  • Front Aircraft LEDs: Switches the aircraft's front LEDs on or off.

Speech

  • Enable Speech: Enables/disables voice announcements and warnings.
  • Feedback Frequency: In seconds, determines the minimum frequency at which the voice feedback will be made.
  • Altitude Feedback: Enables/disables continuous altitude feedback.
  • Distance Feedback: Enables/disables continuous distance feedback.
  • Speed Feedback: Enables/disables continuous speed feedback.
  • Battery Feedback: Enables/disables continuous battery feedback.
  • Smart RTH Warning: Enables/disables smart RTH voice warning when flying in VR mode. iOS only.
  • Warnings Frequency: In seconds, determines the minimum frequency at which the voice warnings will be made. Android only.
  • Warn When Battery Drops Below: Voice warnings for the aircraft battery will start at this percentage. Android only.
  • Warn If Satellite Count Drops Below: There will be voice warnings for the satellite count whenever it drops below this value. Android only.

Keys

You can set up to 2 different custom functions, for the C1 (left) and C2 (right) custom keys located in the back of the remote controller.
You can also bind 2 different custom functions to C1 Long press and C2 Long press.
In addition, for Mavic you can bind custom functions to any of the 5 buttons of the 5D joystick.

  • Map/Video Switch: Switches between the video and map as full screen/small screen.
  • Reset Gimbal: For the Mavic/Phantom 3-4/Spark: toggles the gimbal between horizon and looking down. For the Inspire 1-2: resets the gimbal yaw.
  • Gimbal Pitch/Yaw: Inspire 1-2 only, switches between pitch and yaw gimbal control for the remote controller wheel.
  • VR mode: Toggles VR mode.
  • Pause/Resume Flight: Depending on the current autonomous flight mode status, pauses/stops or resumes the flight.
  • Home Point at Aircraft: Moves the Home Point to the aircraft's current location. You must be flying in order to move the Home Point.
  • Home Point at Device: Moves the Home Point to the mobile device's current location. You must be flying in order to move the Home Point.
  • Front LEDs: Switches the aircraft's front LEDs on or off.
  • Toggle Mobile Device Camera (VR): In VR mode, use this to switch between the drone's camera view and the mobile device's camera view. Useful if your goggles expose the mobile device's camera to the outside.
  • Toggle VR Immersive: In VR mode, use this to enable/disable the Aircraft Head Tracking mode 'Immersive'.
  • Toggle VR Joystick: In VR mode, use this to enable/disable the Aircraft Head Tracking mode 'Joystick'.
  • Center Autofocus: For cameras with variable focus, this custom function will trigger autofocus at the center of the video preview.
  • Digital Zoom In: Zooms in up to 2x. Only works for supported cameras and resolutions.
  • Digital Zoom Out: Zooms out. Only works for supported cameras and resolutions.
  • Toggle Portrait Mode: Toggle the camera's Portrait mode. Mavic only.
  • AE Lock/Unlock: Auto exposure lock/unlock.
  • Focus to Infinity: Sets the camera focus to Infinity (everything in focus). iOS/Mavic Pro only.
  • Toggle Tripod Mode: Enable/disable Tripod mode. In Tripod mode, the maximum speed is limited to 2.2mph (3.6kph). Responsiveness to joystick movements is also reduced for smoother and more controlled movements. Tripod mode is only supported by later drone models (Phantom 4 Advanced/Pro, Inspire 2, Spark, Mavic Pro)
  • Toggle FPV/Main Camera (Inspire 2): Switches between the FPV camera and the main camera on an Inspire 2.

  • Course Lock (FPV, Focus): In FPV mode, Toggles Course Lock. In Focus mode, resets the "Joystick Reference" setting when "Aircraft Rotation" is enabled and "Joystick Reference" is set to "Aircraft Heading".
  • Home Lock (FPV): Toggles Home Lock.

  • POI at Aircraft (Waypoint, Orbit, Focus): In Waypoint, Orbit and Focus mode, adds a Point of Interest at the aircraft location.
  • POI at Device (Waypoint, Orbit, Focus): In Waypoint, Orbit and Focus mode, adds a Point of Interest at the mobile device location.

  • Waypoint at Aircraft (Waypoint): In Waypoint mode, adds a waypoint at the aircraft location. The newly added waypoint will have its altitude, heading and gimbal pitch angle automatically set to the current aircraft altitude, heading and gimbal pitch angle.
  • Waypoint at Device (Waypoint): In Waypoint mode, adds a waypoint at the mobile device location.

  • Follow Heading Mode (Follow): In Follow mode, switches the heading mode between "North" and "Course".
  • Follow from Aircraft Position (Follow): In Follow mode, sets the relative altitude, distance and heading from the aircraft's current position.
  • Subject Offset from Aircraft (Follow): In Follow mode, sets the subject offset setting based on the current aircraft heading relative to the follow heading setting.

  • Orbit at Aircraft (Orbit): In Orbit mode, sets the radius and altitude from the aircraft location. Only works if the Orbit center is already set.

FAQ

1. Why is Litchi not connecting to my Phantom 2 Vision/Phantom 2 Vision +?

When starting the app for the first time, you will need to be connected to Internet in order to validate the app with DJI servers.
Some Internet connections may have troubles connecting to DJI servers, in such a case make sure to try a different Internet connection.
Additionally, Litchi is only able to connect to your aircraft if there is no Wi-Fi password. If you added one, make sure to remove it first.

2. My Waypoint/Follow/Orbit flights fail to start, why?

Double check that you are using the latest supported firmware.

3. How to regain control of my aircraft during an autonomous flight?

Flip the remote controller mode switch from the top position to the middle position and then back to top position straight away. The aircraft will then stop the autonomous flight and you will regain control instantly.

4. Will the aircraft avoid obstacles if there are any?

No, always be aware of your surroundings when using any of the autonomous flight modes, the aircraft will not avoid obstacles should there be any.

5. Which firmware version do I need to use Litchi?

The latest public firmware.

6. Is my Android device supported by Litchi?

As a general rule, Litchi supports most mid to high-end Android devices. There are many Android devices and versions out there, and even two similar devices can yield very different results, for this reason there is no list of supported devices. The best way to find out if your device is supported by Litchi is to purchase the application and give it a try. If it ends up not working, you can ask for a refund during the 2 hours window. Please do let us know if you find a problem, and we will do our best to fix it.

7. Follow mode fails to start with error: "Your GPS location is not accurate enough to start Follow mode", why?

This error means that your mobile device GPS is not accurate enough, not to be confused with the aircraft's GPS signal. The "Accuracy" number at the bottom left of the screen shows how good your mobile device GPS signal is. If it is red, you will see this error as your mobile device is not able to determine a precise enough location. Many things can affect your mobile device GPS signal such as weather conditions, your location and environment, etc. In most cases it should be relatively easy to get less than 10 meters accuracy which is the default requirement for Follow to even start. Note that you can adjust this minimum requirement with the "Location accuracy" setting. Setting it to a higher value will allow for a bigger margin of error for the mobile device GPS signal, but the Follow movements may be less precise.

8. Is there an iOS version?

We have no iOS plans for the P2 vision series.

9. I purchased the app on one device, can I install it on other devices?

You can install the app on as many devices as you want as long as they use the same google account that was used for the original purchase.

10. I won't have Internet access where I want to fly, will I still be able to see the maps?

If you cache the maps prior to the flight, you will be able to see them even when offline. To cache maps while connected to Internet, drag the map around where you are planning to fly, zoom in and zoom out. You can exit Litchi in between but avoid restarting the mobile device as it may clear the cache.

FAQ

1. Why is Litchi not connecting to my DJI drone?

Please refer to the General tab section "Connecting Litchi to your drone".

2. Autonomous flights (Waypoint, Orbit, Follow, etc) fail to start, why?

When using a remote controller, its mode switch needs to be in the F position (or P for Mavic/Phantom 4/Inspire 2/Spark) in order for the aircraft to perform autonomous flights. If the problem persists, double check that you are using the latest supported firmware.

3. How to regain control of my aircraft during an autonomous flight when using a remote controller?

Flip the remote controller mode switch into the P position (or Sport for Mavic/Phantom 4/Inspire 2/Spark). The aircraft will then stop the autonomous flight and you will regain control instantly.

4. Will the aircraft avoid obstacles if there are any?

For the Mavic/Phantom 4/Inspire 2/Spark obstacle avoidance will work when it is enabled. For all other aircrafts, obstacles will not be avoided.

5. Which firmware version do I need to use Litchi?

The latest public firmware.

6. Is my Android device supported by Litchi?

As a general rule, Litchi supports most mid to high-end Android devices. There are many Android devices and versions out there, and even two similar devices can yield very different results, for this reason there is no list of supported devices. The best way to find out if your device is supported by Litchi is to purchase the application and give it a try. If it ends up not working, you can ask for a refund during the 2 hours window. Please do let us know if you find a problem, and we will do our best to fix it.

7. Follow mode fails to start with error: "Your GPS location is not accurate enough to start Follow mode", why?

This error means that your mobile device GPS is not accurate enough, not to be confused with the aircraft's GPS signal. The "Accuracy" number at the bottom left of the screen shows how good your mobile device GPS signal is. If it is red, you will see this error as your mobile device is not able to determine a precise enough location. Many things can affect your mobile device GPS signal such as weather conditions, your location and environment, etc. In most cases it should be relatively easy to get less than 10 meters accuracy which is the default requirement for Follow to even start. Note that you can adjust this minimum requirement with the "Location accuracy" setting. Setting it to a higher value will allow for a bigger margin of error for the mobile device GPS signal, but the Follow movements may be less precise.

8. What is the difference between Litchi for Android and Litchi for iOS?

Currently Litchi for iOS allows you to fly in Waypoint, Orbit, Pano, Focus, VR and Track modes. Android also has Follow mode which will be added to iOS soon. Litchi Vue Streaming is currently only supported on iOS.

9. I am experiencing lag/freezes with the video stream, how can I fix it?

First make sure you are using the latest public firmware on both the aircraft and the remote controller if you are using one. Then ensure there are no apps running in the background, including screen recorders. If you have a P3 Standard, P3 4K or Spark on Android, prior to starting Litchi make sure that you force close DJI Go (or any other SDK apps) by going to your device Settings -> Apps -> DJI Go -> Force Close. For lightbridge-based drones (P3/P4/I1/I2), make sure you are using 4Mbps as preview quality. If you are still having issues, it is likely that your device is either not compatible or not powerful enough to run Litchi.

10. I purchased the app on one device, can I install it on other devices?

You can install the app on as many devices as you want as long as they use the same platform and the same "main" account (Google or Apple) that was used for the original purchase. If you want to use Litchi on both Android and iOS, you will need to purchase Litchi on each platform.

11. I won't have Internet access where I want to fly, will I still be able to see the maps?

If you cache the maps prior to the flight, you will be able to see them even when offline. To cache maps while connected to Internet, drag the map around where you are planning to fly, zoom in and zoom out. You can exit Litchi in between but avoid restarting the mobile device as it may clear the cache.

12. I am experiencing disconnections while mid-flight on Android with a USB-based remote controller, how can I fix it?

In your mobile device settings, make sure Settings -> System -> Developer Options -> USB Debugging is turned off. If that does not fix the problem, try a different USB cable.