LiftOff is one of the best FPV simulators. The physics of the game feel almost real, as well as the drone customizations available. However, most of the preset settings are made for FPV racing or freestyle. Here some tips to use the game to practice Cinematic FPV:

Tip 1. Use slow rates

Rates determine the resolution of the radio controller sticks by combining three parameters:

  • RC Rate: defines the sensibility at the center of the stick
  • Super Rate: defines the sensibility at the end of the stick
  • RC Expo: reduces the sensibility at the center of the stick

The combinations of RC Rate and Super Rate determine how fast the drone can rotate to a degree per second. This result is called Max Velocity. The term “slow rates” means a Max Velocity between 400 and 500.

Most of the preset rates on LiftOff are made for racing and freestyle, which is why they need a fast Max Velocity. In Cinematic FPV you must not perform quick maneuvers; rather, you need to fly as smoothly as possible.
Changing the rates can improve your flying style a lot.

Here some example rates:

RC Rate 1
Super Rate 0.7

RC Rate 0.8
Super Rate 0.65

Tip 2. Improve Yaw Control

Yaw is the most difficult axis to control because it’s in the same stick as the throttle (Mode 2). You can improve your yaw control by doing some exercises, such as the orbit or a figure eight around two objects. Try to always keep the object in the center of the frame.
Using the Yaw in coordination with the Roll and Pich axes gives you better control of the drone, especially in proximity flight.

Tip 3. Do clean lines

By clean lines, I mean don’t try to over-control your quad. Try to understand the physics of the drone and how it slides.
Clean lines are really cinematic, especially if you fly among objects without changing direction too many times.

Tip 4. Learn how to do a split-s

Learning how to do a split-s is fundamental. This is probably the only trick you need to learn for good cinematic flying. You can do a split-s by doing a half roll and a half pitch.
Combining Roll and Yaw gives more smoothness to the split-s.
You can also train yourself by doing a split-s with an object in your frame. This exercise is perfect for achieving better flying precision.

Tip 5. Relax and flow

When I started FPV, I always felt a sense of tension when I practiced. Try to relax your hand muscles to improve your flying performance.
When you feel comfortable and relaxed, you can achieve a good state of flow.
Flow is an unconscious state that you can only reach with a lot of practice.

Stefano Rinaldo

Stefano Rinaldo

Hi, my name is Stefano Rinaldo and I live in a small town among the Dolomites. I started my journey in the drone industry about 8 years ago as a videomaker and aerial cinematographer in a company specialized in multirotor and RC stuff. Three years ago I dived in the incredible world of FPV. After months of trial and error, I figured out how hard it is. This is why I started FilmFPV to make FPV more easy and accessible for filmmakers, content creators, and drone pilots.

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