You recently purchased a Parrot Bebop-Pro Thermal and you want to know the ins and outs of using your drone for the first time. Well here’s some great news, we’ve created a How To video that explains exactly what you need to do to get your drone up in the air safely and quickly.
There has been a major update in FreeFlight Thermal since the How To video was shot, the text below includes the updated steps on how to use your Parrot Bebop-Pro Thermal optimally.
Step 1: Install the dedicated application, FreeFlight Thermal
Go to the Google Store and download FreeFlight Thermal, the dedicated piloting application for Parrot Bebop-Pro thermal.
Before purchasing Parrot Bebop-Pro Thermal, you can make sure your tablet is compatible with the piloting application, FreeFlight Thermal. Use the Compatibility Check button in the app settings on the new Home Page.
Step 2: Setup the drone and Parrot Skycontroller
Screw the tablet holder onto Parrot Skycontroller. Make sure you adjust the holder to fit your tablet, to do this place your tablet into the holder and tighten it.
Step 3: Configure and pilot the drone
Connect your tablet to Parrot Skycontroller using the micro-USB cable, switch on the controller by pressing the central white button. Then turn on Parrot Bebop-Pro Thermal. As the controller and drone have already been paired in the factory, the connection is automatic. When the drone is connected, the central button on the controller turns green. Start the FreeFlight Thermal app, if it doesn’t start automatically. The updated software now has a new homepage that displays a preflight checklist on the left-hand side of the screen.
Then you need to calibrate the drone, go to Piloting and tap the Settings button, then Position and then Calibration. Follow the animations shown on your screen. In the same tab you’ll find the Geofence feature with which you can create an altitude and distance perimeter for your drone. Make sure Geofence is not limiting your mission.
Before your drone takes off, you can mechanically orientate the thermal camera in three different positions, depending on the planned mission. You need to adjust it manually before taking off.
Also, ensure that the checklist on the left-hand side of the screen is ticked green. With FreeFlight Thermal 3.0.0, you can choose to start flying directly in thermal or visual view by pressing the corresponding tile.
To takeoff, press the central black button located on your controller, the drone will then takeoff and hover at 1 meter above the ground waiting for your instructions. To land your drone press the same central black button as you did to takeoff. Make sure the drone is in unobstructed area where the ground is flat.
In the Settings you can change the vertical and horizontal speed of the drone to make your flights much smoother. We strongly recommended doing this when you fly in narrow areas.
In your flight interface you’ll find the two following piloting pre-sets:
Fast: lets you access the intervention site rapidly.
Slow: allows you to collect qualitative information at a slower speed.
When you fly outside, make sure the GPS icon is green before taking off. That way you can use the Return to Home feature that allows the drone to come back to its departure point at any time, by simply pressing the button. Make sure there’s no obstacle between you and the drone when you use this feature.
Step 4: Switch between views (visual and thermal)
FreeFlight Thermal provides live streaming and recording of both visual and thermal images. On the piloting interface, the FLIR button switches between the front HD camera and the thermal imaging view. The direction of the drone depends on the camera being used. In thermal imaging view, the direction of the drone is automatically reversed. In other words, the drone adapts its direction depending on the view selected. You will manually pilot the drone to conduct an inspection, making the camera you’re using the leading camera.
Step 5: Capture videos and photos using the time-lapse mode
To record HD videos with the front camera, press the record button and to stop recording, press the same button again.
With FreeFlight Thermal 3.0.0, you can record a thermal time-lapse by selecting the time-lapse mode (in the bottom left-hand side) in thermal view. Then press the red Recording button (bottom right). To take a thermal photo, press the Capture button above the red Recording button mode (in the bottom left-hand side) in thermal view.
On the right tab, you can choose between three different color pallets, dynamic, hotspot and normal. When recording thermal videos or using the time-lapse mode, you can press any area of the live feed to check the temperature. In doing this you pause the live feed. Press the play icon underneath the temperature to resume the live feed.
Step 6: Retrieve and export your thermal videos and photos
Go back to the homepage of the app and browse the drone’s memory (by tapping the memory button in the top navigation bar). Select the media (videos and photos) you want to transfer to your smart device by clicking the TRANSFER button (videos and photos files might be represented by an image of a hand in thermal view).
To access the transferred videos and photos, go to MEDIA GALLERY by tapping on the corresponding tile on the Home Page. The first section is dedicated to videos, the second section to photos. Press Play to start the thermal video or tap on a picture to open the file.
Tap the screen to get the temperature (your video will pause at that moment and tap the display to resume the video). There are three thermal color pallets available on the right-hand side, change if needed. You can also change the thermal color gradient on the left-hand side of the screen.
Note: If needed tap EXPORT to convert the thermal videos in .mp4 format and thermal photos in .jpg. Exported videos can be read with any player. To access the internal storage of your device go to: Internal storage/DCIM/Bebop 2
Now all that’s left to do is share your drone footage with your clients and partners.