Create telemetry projects in After Effects with 3 different workflows: GoPro, DJI and GPX files. Scroll down to find information about each workflow and answers to common questions.
Adobe After Effects 2020 or newer.
Yes. Expand the duration of your composition from its settings, unhide and unlock all the hidden layers and extend their duration as well.
Keep in mind that Adobe After Effects cannot import mgJSON files longer than 3 hours. If that is what you need, either find a way to compress the duration of your data before converting it to mgJSON, or use Telemetry Overlay instead.
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Plus, get updates and support for one year, then optionally extend them for a fraction of the initial cost.
Not easily. For that, use Telemetry Overlay instead.
Yes. Telemetry Overlay allows you to create your data dashboard without the need of third-party professional tools like After Effects. It has an easy drag-and-drop interface, hundreds of customization options and more gauge options and data types.
Record with GPS-enabled GoPro cameras and prepare the data for After Effects with Telemetry Extractor.
These cameras contain GPS, accelerometer, gyroscope, ISO, shutter speed and more data: HERO11, HERO10, HERO9, HERO8, HERO7 Black, HERO7 Silver, HERO6 Black, HERO5 Black, Max and Fusion.
These cameras contain accelerometer, gyroscope and in some cases camera settings: HERO5 Session and HERO7 White.
There, export your data to the After Effects format (mgJSON)
Mostly because it can join the data of consecutive videos as a single MGJSON file, so you can create longer, more comprehensive visualizations.
Depending on your camera model, these are the available streams:
Use the After Effects template to select the gauges you want to display, import the MGJSON file, drop it into the desired gauge composition and use the Control layer's effects panel to set the imported data as a source and customize how it looks.
Record drone flight logs as video subtitles from the DJI app and prepare them for After Effects with the DJI SRT Viewer.
Some drones record the data in a separate .SRT file (caption, subtitles), while others embed it in the MP4 video file.
Before your flights, make sure to enable the Video Captions option in the Camera Settings of the DJI Go 4 App
Yes. You can load multiple .SRT files on the Flight Data Viewer at the same time. They will be sorted and merged based on their date. This will allow you to visualize more complex flights.
It can visualize the data over map and satellite imagery and export the data to a range of formats
Speed, Distance, Altitude, GPS Path, Altitude Path (graph vs time), Speed Tracker (graph vs time), Course Direction, Camera Settings (ISO, Shutter Speed and Aperture), Vertical Speed and Time. Some drone models do not include all the gauges
You will need to retrieve the .SRT files, located next to the video file in the SD card. If your drone does not generate the files (Mavic Mini, Phantom 4 Pro, Inspire 2), you can generate them from the MP4 file with the Subtitle Extractor.
Load your .SRT on the Flight Data Viewer to visualize your GPS on a map or satellite images. Then export it to mgJSON (After Effects animation)
Use the DJI Telemetry Overlay for After Effects to select the gauges you want to display. Import the MGJSON file, drop it into the desired gauge composition and use the Control layer's effects panel to set the imported data as a source and customize how it looks.
To some extent. The subtitle data of some models is not a 100% accurate and needs smoothing in order to look accurate. You can play with the smoothing control both in the DJI SRT Viewer and in the After Effects Template until you find the sweet spot for your use case and model.
Record your video with any camera and record GPS data with a phone, smartwatch or activity tracker.
Many data loggers, activity trackers and GPS-enabled devices record or export data to the GPX file format. Even just a smartphone is enough to record accurate GPS data as GPX files, with apps like these:
If possible, set your device to record at a high rate, 1 sample per second (1Hz) or shorter.
Start the camera and then record your GPS tracking device (or phone) the moment you start logging your location.
In After Effects, cut out the section of the video before the GPS logging starts and the data and video will be in sync.
Convert your GPX file with the To mgJSON tool. Then import it in After Effects, drop it into the desired gauge composition and use the Control layer's effects panel to set the imported data as a source.
Experiment with the Control layer to customize the behavior and look of your gauge. You can change the colors, sizes, shapes, units (metric, imperial, nautical, american), accuracy, smoothness...
Speed, Speed Tracker (graph vs time), Distance, Altitude, GPS Path, Altitude Path (graph vs time), Course Direction, Slope, Vertical Speed, Acceleration, Time.
3 template projects
Learn to use the software
Workflow for GPX files (any camera)
Workflow for GoPro videos
Workflow fro DJI drone videos
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