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herein2021

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I'm assuming you have looked at On1 RAW and also at Topaz Labs?

ON1 RAW wasn't even close for me when I tried it and was terribly slow, I have never heard of the other one but I checked their website and it doesn't look like it will meet my needs either.

I think many applications can replace LR and maybe even the little that I do in PS, but if the time it takes to perform those tasks is twice as long or counterintuitive then in the long run the extra time spent editing the footage will add up to more than the cost of the Adobe Subscription. After big events I need to be able to process thousands of pictures within hours and so far I haven't seen any SW that can match my current work flow speed.

As much as I hate paying the subscription, and certain limitations of LR, it seems to have some secret ingredient that no one else can match when it comes to RAW processing efficiency.
 

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I usually use DXO labs as a lens correction pre-application and then output to DNG for use with Adobe with my M2P, it really cleans up the image smearing you can get in the corners.

But with my new EVO II Pro, I am finding DXO does not support Autel files. So I am looking for another option here to get the pre-output still images as tight as they can be. On that note, just on their own the files from the 6K / 20MP camera look really uniform in sharpness, only trace smearing in the very corners so I think they would clean up to darn near perfect with an app that has the profiles.

What are people using to accomplish this with the DNG output from Autel birds?
 

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I usually use DXO labs as a lens correction pre-application and then output to DNG for use with Adobe with my M2P, it really cleans up the image smearing you can get in the corners.

But with my new EVO II Pro, I am finding DXO does not support Autel files. So I am looking for another option here to get the pre-output still images as tight as they can be. On that note, just on their own the files from the 6K / 20MP camera look really uniform in sharpness, only trace smearing in the very corners so I think they would clean up to darn near perfect with an app that has the profiles.

What are people using to accomplish this with the DNG output from Autel birds?

I just use Lightroom, select the DJI Phantom 4 FC330 profile then slide the distortion correction slider to the left until the horizon straightens/distortion clears. The EVO II has a narrower effective FOV than the DJI drones so there is less distortion that needs to be fixed.

I don't know anything about DXO, but more than likely it is like LR and you can just make your own camera profile. All a camera profile is is distortion correction, vignetting correction, and sometimes edge sharpening and slight edge color correction, all of these things can be done by hand then saved as a preset for that camera.
 
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I just use Lightroom, select the DJI Phantom 4 FC330 profile then slide the distortion correction slider to the left until the horizon straightens/distortion clears. The EVO II has a narrower effective FOV than the DJI drones so there is less distortion that needs to be fixed.

I don't know anything about DXO, but more than likely it is like LR and you can just make your own camera profile. All a camera profile is is distortion correction, vignetting correction, and sometimes edge sharpening and slight edge color correction, all of these things can be done by hand then saved as a preset for that camera.
I can give that I try, thanks.

DXO is pretty much next level and top dog for cleaning up the soft or even smeared corners without discarding image area. I suppose I can reach out to them to see if they will ever support Autel products.

Also, I don’t really use Lightroom on aerial images so I imagine these same types of presets can be used in ACR?
 

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I’m looking for recommendations on both photograph and video editing software. I’m interested in something that I can purchase outright as opposed to a subscription. I’m also looking for something that is suitable for beginners.
A good beginning software suite is Cyberlink PowerDirector (video) and PhotoDirector (photo).
 

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I can give that I try, thanks.

DXO is pretty much next level and top dog for cleaning up the soft or even smeared corners without discarding image area. I suppose I can reach out to them to see if they will ever support Autel products.

Also, I don’t really use Lightroom on aerial images so I imagine these same types of presets can be used in ACR?

I never use ACR, just LR and PS so I am not sure if ACR has this capability. Within DXO you can probably pick a DJI drone and it will fix the image for you. I picked the P4 profile within LR because it has a very similar sensor to the EVO II and it did a pretty good job at fixing the edges. Within DXO if it has a profile for the Mavic 2 which is the same sensor as the EVO II and a similar lens then it might get you close enough to what you are looking for.

Personally I am not shooting fine art with my EVO II so the DJI P4 profile is good enough for me. My typical drone footage is of construction sites, big events, real estate, and of people......none of that requires image perfection in my book.
 

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I am mainly a stills photographer, with very little experience editing videos (usually just take them as-shot straight from my drone). I use both Mac (laptop) and PC (desktop).

DaVinci Resolve (free) is packed with features, and is actually an industry standard for video production (alongside the more expensive Final Cut Pro).

I use an older standalone Lightroom (no subscription) for stills but there are cheaper options like Affinity Photo or ACDSee that are just as good. There are even free options like RawTherapee and Darktable, and honestly any of these programs will adjust whatever you want; it's more a matter of layout, workflow, ease of use, speed, etc.

BUT if you have a Mac: The free software (photos / iMovie) that comes with any Mac does a great job for both photos and videos. It's very intuitive and I was able to make a very basic video, and add a soundtrack, the very first time I used the software, without needing to study manuals or instructional videos.

If you're new to editing, try some of the free options, use them to their limit, then if you find yourself wanting more, you can upgrade.
 

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