Flying in Acro Mode requires a lot of skill and practice. It’s not easy even for those who have experience with “regular” drones. However, Acro Mode is not the only way you can fly Cinematic FPV.

Every flight controller has 3 types of flight modes:

Angle Mode

  • The drone remains parallel to the ground without stick input
  • Limited stick input (no full flips or rolls)
  • You can’t set the transition speed

Horizon Mode

  • The drone remains parallel to the ground without stick input
  • Full stick input (you can do flips and rolls)
  • You can set the transition speed

Acro Mode:

  • You have to manually correct the drone position
  • Full stick input

Angle mode is similar to a regular drone flight while Horizon mode is something more in between. In Horizon mode you can perform flips and rolls. But with the help of the gyro, your quad will complete self-leveling parallel to the ground automatically.

Benefits of Horizon:

  • Simpler to get a nice composition
  • Flying indoor or in close-proximity environments becomes more manageable
  • Easier to get a smooth shot when cruising

Horizon Mode Settings

The key to flying Cinematic in Horizon mode is to set the flight controller so it corrects your drone as smoothly as possible.

To set the Horizon mode you need to go to the PID Tuning tab in Betaflight and change the settings:

  • Strength: how hard is the feeling of self-leveling on your radio controller sticks (from 5 to 10 si very soft)
  • Transition: how much faster is the returning parallel to the ground (from 50 to 100 for a gentle transition)

Remember, to activate Horizon mode with the switch on your radio controller you must enable “HORIZON” from the “Modes” tab.

Flying Cinematic in Horizon Mode

If you’re flying in Acro mode and you want to go forward you must push the roll upward stick and then recenter the stick on the radio. When flying in Horizon mode you have to keep pushing the roll stick upward to go forward.

You can practice Horizon mode in a simulator such as LiftOff.

You can try different Horizon techniques by changing the Strenght values in the Flight Controller settings.

You can practice Horizon by doing Split-S and Yaw Turn maneuvers.

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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