How to Use Quick Shots with the DJI Mavic 3 (and 3 Classic)

Many experienced users often dismiss QuickShots and considered it a feature for beginners. So it was a bit surprising to find it in the flagship model of DJI prosumer line, the Mavic 3 (and 3 Classic), a model aimed at professional and prosumer users

Quick Shots with the Mavic 3 (and 3 Classic) are pre-programmed movements used to capture cinematic footage avoiding possible mistakes. These moves are especially interesting for real estate videography, for revealing moves in cinematography, or for quickly gathering footage of an unknown location

Quick Shots are often associated with MasterShots, which are a series of automated moves for quickly producing short movies. More info about MasterShots in my detailed article

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Settings for Quick Shots with the Mavic 3

Examples of the different Quick SHots with the Mavic 3

There is a choice of six different moves

  • Dronie
  • Rocket
  • Circle
  • Helix
  • Boomerang
  • Asteroid
Selection of individual Quick Shots and maximum distance

For some of them, it is possible to choose the maximum distance: for Dronie from 25 meters up to 120, for Rocket from 25 to 80, and for Helix 10 meters to 120

Selection of exposure and resolution for Quick Shots with the Mavic 3

For all the different shots, in the bottom right part of the screen, manual or Auto exposure are available. The video resolution can be set at 4k or 1080p, with a frame rate of 30 fps

Target selection for Quickshots with the Mavic 3

A target must be selected by drawing a box around it before hitting the shutter. If the subject is a person, car, or bicycle it will be automatically recognized and a plus sign will appear above it, it can be selected by simply tapping on the plus sign

Once the shot is completed, the aircraft returns to the starting point, which is very useful if we want to do several Quickshots in succession in the same location

Dronie Quickshot with a moving target

In the case of a moving target, several Quickshots try to maintain the subject in the same position on the frame. In this Dronie with minimum distance value, the camera maintains this distinguished gentleman in the frame while he walks. The resulting clip is very short, but the drone rotates the camera to keep him in the rame

Quick Shots with the Mavic 3: Dronie

The setting

The setting is a monastery at the foothills of Mount Etna, sloping down towards the Mediterranean sea, offering excellent possibilities for parallax shots with the nearby villages

Dronie Quick Shot with the Mavic 3

In the example, the distance is set to the minimum value. The aircraft moves away and raises slowly in altitude, maybe the distance is in this case too short. Increasing the distance things get more interesting. This is an excellent move to reveal the surroundings of a landmark or to use it as the final shot at the end of a movie. The movement is quite slow, so on many occasions, it is better to increase the speed while editing

Quick Shots with the Mavic 3: Rocket

Rocket Quick Shot with the Mavic 3

Rocket is a very useful move for real estate or videography in general. The drone goes up in elevation while advancing towards the target, which is maintained in the same position on the frame. It is very similar to a crane shot, which is really hard to perform manually. Above you can see examples at minimum and maximum distance and at increased speed

Quick Shots with the Mavic 3: Circle

Circle Quick Shot with the Mavic 3

With Circle there is no choice over the distance, only the direction can be selected, clockwise or anticlockwise. The drone will make a full orbit around the target maintaining a constant distance. I do not find this Quick Shot particularly useful, as the same move can be performed with much more control using Point of Interest

Quick Shots with the Mavic 3: Helix

Helix Quick Shot with the Mavic 3

Helix is another interesting way to show the surroundings of a scene. The aircraft orbits around the target while raising in altitude. When a high value for distance is selected, the aircraft might reach the maximum height value entered in the Safety tab of the Setting, in this case, an error message will appear on the screen. It is suggested to start the move from a lower altitude

Quick Shots with the Mavic 3: Boomerang

Boomerang Quick Shot with the Mavic 3

In Boomerang mode the aircraft draws an ellipse around the target rising in altitude during the first half of the move and descending in the second part. Another very interesting variation for a cinematic move or for a clip for real estate. There is no control over the distance

Quick Shots with the Mavic 3: Asteroid

Boomerang Quick Shot with the Mavic 3

The last one, Asteroid, is great fun to show to friends who have not seen a tiny planet before, but it is not as useful as the others in videography

Some creative examples of the use of Quickshots are in my article 9 drone moves for stunning cinematic video

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I am Vittorio Caramazza, aka Vicvideopic, the founder of this website and author of all the posts. I am a videographer and photographer contributing to several stock agencies. I am an Adobe Certified Expert in Photoshop and Lightroom. I have 10 years of experience with dron videography and photography. I was struck by drone syndrome in 2013. I have owned and tested in depth the following drones: Phantom 3, Phantom 4, Phantom 4 Pro, Mavic 2 Zoom, Mavic 2 Pro, Mavic Mini, Mini 2, Air 2, Air 2s, Autel Evo Nano Plus, Mavic 3, Mini 3 Pro, Mini 3. My home has turned into a breeding ground for drones. I am the owner of two YouTube channels specializing in Videography and Photography, with a focus on drones My main channel is VicVideopic (in English): My other channel is Drone Mitico, the Italian version.: I am currently based in Sicily (Southern Italy), but I tend to move quite often. After all, this is one of the main benefits of being a digital nomad…

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