DJI Air 3 Vertical Mode (Video) – Droneblog


The DJI Air 3 is a preferred and popular drone for numerous in the pastime. It is understood to be terrific for newbies, lovers, veterans, and even specialists searching for an affordable business drone for customers.


Taking a page from the initial 2016 Mavic Pro, the Mini 3 Pro was launched 6 years later on, in 2022, with vertical shooting. This was particularly enjoyed by those utilizing social networks platforms like TikTok, Instagram, and Facebook.

The DJI Air 3 also has vertical shooting, however it may not be precisely what you are anticipating.

This short article and video will discuss what vertical mode really is on the DJI Air 3, in addition to function as detailed guides demonstrating how to allow and utilize Vertical Mode.

What is Vertical Shooting

Vertical shooting, or shooting in picture mode, is turning a video camera tall-wise, rather of length-wise, for a shot.


For a lot of landscape professional photographers, shooting images in horizontal orientation, otherwise referred to as landscape mode, is most typical.


Generally, picture professional photographers shoot their topics frequently in picture mode, and landscape professional photographers in landscape mode.

Drones, due to their wide-angle lenses, up till just recently, have actually primarily fallen under the landscape crowd: horizontally oriented videos and images.

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With the appeal of social networks websites like TikTok and Instagram, vertical material (both videos and images) is now rather prevalent, with every market possible utilizing vertical material, from Real Estate to major-brand giants.


What is the advantage of shooting vertically?

When videos and photos are shot as vertical material and after that published, audiences do not need to turn their phones to get the very best view, like they would if they were published as horizontal material (landscape orientation).

Study Cases: DJI Mini 3 Pro and Mini 4 Pro

The Mini 3 Pro reestablished vertical material to the pastime. The Mini 4 Pro, as the follower, has actually kept this going.


Like the initial 2016 Mavic Pro, the Mini Pro line has video cameras that physically turn 90 degrees This suggests that there is no difficult software application processing going on to produce vertical-like material.

At journalism of the C2 button on the back of the DJI RC or RC 2, or a double-press of the fn button on the RC-N1 or RC-N2, you can trigger the Portrait/Landscape Mode Switch. This will alter the Mini Pro’s cam orientation vertically or horizontally and the other way around.

Once the material has actually been recorded, it can be submitted, as-is, to any social networks website in the proper orientation. Or, you can pick to modify it initially, and after that submit it.

Just like a DSLR or Mirrorless cam, shooting in this manner on the Mini Pro keeps the resolution of the images, as the whole sensing unit on the 1/1.3- inch CMOS cam is utilized.

To get this result when shooting horizontally (in landscape orientation) on a non-vertical shooting cam or drone, the sides of the image are cropped or cut off in modifying software application. After this, the image remains in the proper ratio for publishing. In this case, a little the image is lost due to cropping.

When shooting vertically, the Air 3 is various than the Mini Pro.

Air 3 Vertical Mode

Let’s get this something out of the method: Vertical shooting on the Air 3 just uses to videos and not images. It can not shoot vertical images.

Now, with that out of the method, unlike the Mini Pro line, the DJI Air 3’s double cam system does not physically turn vertically, 90 degrees.

How does it get vertical video? It does so by utilizing the software application techniques I quickly pointed out earlier.

Rather than needing you to acquire video modifying software application to physically crop the material to publish to social networks, whatever is done within the Air 3.

That’s. You do not need to go into DaVinci Resolve, Final Cut Pro, or Adobe Premier, pick an element ratio, and designate the crop location or established keyframes or sequencing.

When shooting video vertically, the Air 3 instantly puts darker (not entirely nontransparent) locations along the beyond the screen, revealing what material in the middle of the screen will be taken.

  1. While this remains in no chance real vertical shooting, it does assist:
  2. Line up the subject with the vertical shooting location, and

ease the requirement to do any operate in post to effectively publish the material on social networks

Once you have actually shot your video footage, it is all set to go if you do pick to right away submit it.

How to Shoot Vertical Videos

When shooting vertical videos, there are just 2 resolutions that can be utilized, which remain in the 9:16 element ratio. These are:

4K is not readily available in the vertical shooting mode.

The great news is that there is a broad variety of frames per 2nd represented through both the 1080p and 2.7 K resolutions. These are: 24, 25, 30, 48, 50, and 60fps.

The procedure of shooting vertical videos is rather easy: Step 1:

Step 1b

With the Air 3 on and in Live View in the DJI Fly app, alter your mode from image to video, if in image mode. It can be left as is if it is currently in video mode. Step 2:

Step 2

Whether you remain in Pro mode or Auto, on the bottom right-hand corner of the screen, press the resolution to get in the resolution settings. Step 3:

Step 3

Change from the present, non-9:16 ratio resolution to either 1080p 9:16 or 2.7 K 9:16.

Choosing either 1080p or 2.7 K resolution with the 9:16 ratio will alter the video to vertical mode. Onscreen, you will see your vertical shooting location in between 2 dark and a little nontransparent bars. Step 4:

Step 4

Proceed to movie as you generally would with any other element ratio, keeping in mind to strike the record button.


As a side note, you can likewise remain in the 70 mm cam and also shoot either 1080p or 2.7 K vertical video without any concerns whatsoever.

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