Manage your DJI drone’s firmware like a boss with your Mac

Manage your DJI drone’s firmware like a boss with your Mac

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If you’re having firmware issues on your DJI drone or you’d just rather not have to do it wirelessly with your phone or tablet, there’s a great way to handle it with your Mac. Here’s what you need to know.

Products used in this guide

First thing’s first

The first thing to do is download and install the DJI Assistant 2 application on your Mac. There are a few different versions of it, and while the features and how the apps work is basically the same, each version is specific to different drones.

There’s a version for most of the drones made in 2018 and earlier, including the Mavic Pro and Mavic Air, a dedicated version for the Mavic 2, the Phantom, and many other DJI products besides. All you need to do is make sure you check you’re selecting the right version for your drone from the downloads page.

It’s also a good idea to use whatever USB cable came with the drone to connect it to your Mac. We’ve experienced issues that were rectified simply by using this cable instead, so it’s a good idea to make sure you use it.

How to update your DJI drone firmware with your Mac

The images below were gathered using the Windows version of DJI Assistant 2, but the application and steps required is the same on the Mac.

  1. Connect the micro USB cable to the drone.
  2. Connect the same micro USB cable to your Mac.
  3. Turn on the drone (press then press and hold the power button in most cases.)
  4. Open the DJI Assistant 2 application on your Mac.

  5. Select your drone from the main screen.

  6. Select firmware update from the left-hand menu.

  7. Once the available firmware builds have populated, select the most recent one.
  8. Click the start update button.

The app will now download the latest firmware and flash it to your drone. The process will take a little while and the drone will reboot as part of it.

Besides being an easy way to update to the latest firmware, you can also use DJI Assistant 2 as a way to reset your drone to factory settings, refresh the current firmware installation, or downgrade to an older build if there are bugs you’re not happy with in the newer ones.

How to update your DJI controller with your Mac

Unless your drone and controller have consistent firmwares, you’ll get warning messages when you try to fly and you’ll be forced to update before taking off. So while you’re updating the drone, update its controller in a very similar way using your Mac.

  1. Connect the micro USB cable to the controller.
  2. Connect the same micro USB cable to your Mac.
  3. Turn on the controller (press then press and hold the power button in most cases).
  4. Open the DJI Assistant 2 application on your Mac.
  5. Select your controller from the main screen.

  6. Select firmware update from the left-hand menu.

  7. Once the available firmware builds have populated, select the most recent one.
  8. Click the start update button.

As with the drone, the DJI Assistant 2 app can also be used to downgrade the controller’s firmware, refresh or restore to factory settings.

There are plenty of other things you can do with the DJI Assistant 2 app, but for most people handling firmware is the biggest convenience. By using it you can minimize your risk of having to download anything before you fly, though as it can’t handle battery firmware updates, you’ll still need to download these through the DJI Go app on your phone or tablet.

Our top equipment picks

DJI Assistant 2 works with all recent DJI drones, but it’s a great time to pick up the Mavic Pro Platinum featured here.

Droning on

DJI Mavic Pro Platinum

$880 at Amazon

Quiet, great battery life and priced to move

The Mavic Pro Platinum is quieter than the original model while still boasting the same great 12MP camera capable of stunning 4K video.

Since the Mavic 2 line arrived in 2018, prices of the previous generation Mavic Pro Platinum have fallen a fair bit. It’s still a phenomenal drone, but now within reach of tighter budgets.

Additional Equipment

To manage your drone and controller’s firmware from your PC you also need the free DJI Assistant 2 application.

DJI Assistant 2

Free at DJI

Manage firmware, flight logs and more from your Mac with the DJI Assistant 2 app.

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January 24, 2019 at 10:35AM

Live Photos: The ultimate guide

Live Photos: The ultimate guide

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The idea of moving pictures isn’t new (any Harry Potter fan will tell you that!) but thanks to Live Photos, everyone can take and share them!

Live Photos aren’t quiiiite video, but rather a full-on 12-megapixel photo that animates 1.5 seconds of motion before and after the still. Super cool, right?!

You can take them with any iPhone from the iPhone 6s onward, as well as iPad Pro.

How to take a Live Photo with your iPhone or iPad

Live Photo can easily be turned on and left on, or turned off and only turned on when you expressly want to use it — which is a great option if you’re looking to save the battery and some space on your iPhone.

Since Live Photos (which combine a 12-megapixel JPG image with a ~15FPS MOV file) take about twice the amount of storage, and require you to keep the camera relatively still for three seconds, both your storage and patience might lean you towards the latter approach.

The important thing to remember is that a Live Photo is not a movie. It doesn’t start when you hit the shutter. Instead, it grabs the photo.

Think of it this way: the moment you hit the shutter is the mid-point of your live photo, the still that’s wrapped in animation before and after. Grasp that, and your Live Photos will turn out just the way you want them!

  1. Launch the Camera app from your Home screen.
  2. Tap the Live Photo button, top center (looks like a set of diffusing rings) to toggle it on (yellow).
  3. Tap the Shutter button to take your Live Photo.

The Live Photo icon will animate with a brief ripple and a yellow LIVE label will pop up to briefly alert you that it’s on. A white LIVE OFF label will briefly alert you when it’s not on.

How to view Live Photos on a newer iPhone model

Viewing a Live Photo on one of Apple’s current-generation iPhone models (iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus) is easy-peasy!

  1. Launch the Photos app from your Home screen.
  2. Find the Live Photo you want to view.
  3. Press firmly on the photo to animate it.

It’ll blur for just a second and then start to play.

How to view Live Photos on an older iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch

If someone who can take a Live Photo sends or shares one with you, as long as you have an iPhone or iPad — even an older one that can run iOS 9 or later — you can still watch it come to life.

  1. Find the Live Photo you want to view.
  2. Touch and hold the photo to animate it.

How to share Live Photos on your iPhone or iPad

You can share your Live Photos right from the standard iOS Share sheet. Here’s how!

If your social service of choice currently doesn’t support Live Photos, here’s how you can share them elsewhere.

  1. Launch the Photos app from your Home screen.
  2. Find and tap the Live Photo you’d like to share. If a photo is a Live one, you’ll see a gray "Live" indicator in the upper left of your screen.
  3. Tap the Share button on the bottom left of your screen. It’s a box with an upward-pointing arrow.
  4. Tap a sharing method. You can share to just about any social media platform, and you can even share your GIFS to YouTube.
  5. Follow the on-screen prompts to share it like you normally would with the method of your choice.

How to set a Live Photo as the wallpaper

You can set Live Photos as your wallpaper on iPhone 7 or later or as a clock face on Apple Watch, which works especially well for loved ones, children, pets, and landscapes.

  1. Launch the Photos app from your Home screen.
  2. Find the Live Photo you want to use as your wallpaper.
  3. Tap the Share button.
  4. Tap the Use as Wallpaper button.
  5. Tap Live Photo on the lower right of your screen if it’s not already selected.
  6. Tap Set. You can’t adjust the size of a Live Photo wallpaper.
  7. Tap Set Lock Screen, Set Home Screen, or optionally Set Both.

How to extract a still shot from a Live Photo

If you want the photo without the live, you can make a copy that gives you just that. You can also export Live Photos as GIFs, if you want the live without the photo!

  1. Open the Photos app.
  2. Select the Live Photo you want to extract a still shot from.
  3. Tap the Share icon in the bottom left corner of the screen.

  4. Tap Duplicate in the option tray at the bottom of the screen.
  5. Tap Duplicate as Still Photo.

A copy of the still photo will appear in your library right next to the original Live Photo. You can delete the Live Photo if you no longer want it to take up storage on your iPhone.

How to turn a Live Photo into a GIF

There’s no longer any need to connect your iPhone to your Mac and go through the rigmarole of picking a GIF creator app. You can do it all right in the Photos app!

  1. Launch the Photos app from your Home screen.
  2. Find and tap the Live Photo you’d like to turn into a GIF.
  3. Swipe up on the center of the screen to reveal the animation options.
  4. Tap Loop if you’d like to loop the Live Photo as a GIF. You can also choose to "Bounce" it á la the Boomerang app for Instagram.

You’ll then be able to find your GIF in the Animated album in the Photos app.

How to use Giphy to turn GIFs into Live Photos

Questions?

Let us know in the comments below!

Updated January 2019: Updated screenshots and steps for all the latest for Live Photos and added all of our Live Photos how-tos into this one ultimate guide!

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January 11, 2019 at 12:05PM

33 of the Best Mac Tips from 2018

33 of the Best Mac Tips from 2018

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Great Mac tips from 2018

Happy New Year! We’ve put together a collection of some of the best Mac tips and tricks we covered from the past year, 2018. These are certainly not the most popular tips from the year prior, but they are some of the more interesting or useful tips and tricks for Mac users to know, covering a broad range of topics. Some you may know, some you may not.

Anyway, browse around and take a look at the link list below, and perhaps you’ll learn something new!

And if you feel like sharing any of your own favorite tips or tricks you learned in the past year, feel free to share them below in the comments!

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January 1, 2019 at 02:33PM