How To FPV? (Part 2) Controller and Sim Setup | START Flying!


Hey guys and welcome back to part two of the how to fpv series and today we’re going to be talking about setting your radio up with a simulator and I’ll talk about a couple different simulators mainly there are liftoff and velocity own the one I’m going to be using today is velociter and i’ve tried others there is another one called free rider and there are some free ones out there but I suggest downloading velociter because that’s the one we’re gonna be working with and that’s the one I will show you how to set up and how to make it feel as realistic as possible this is the one that I have had the best luck with getting it to feel as realistic as this drone in real life so that’s one we’re gonna be working with we’re gonna be setting up the radio and that is you know from turning it on all the way going through to you know setting up the sticks calibrating everything plugging into the computer and making sure everything is working and then I’ll also show you this the settings that we’re going to be using on velocity and to make it feel more realistic because ultimately the stock settings do feel good and I think a lot of simulators out there do you feel pretty good but at the end of the day you want it to feel as realistic as possible and you don’t know what realistic feels like until you can fly the real thing so I’m telling you from my personal perspective that I have spent hours setting this up to make it feel as real as possible and I feel like I’ve gotten very close as close as I possibly can and that’s what we’re gonna be using so let’s go ahead and get started this is my personal opinion again like how to get into fbb in a way that seems to be the most viable as far as less less money out of your pocket more experience and ultimately a better overall experience with flying fpv because you’re gonna be able to go from knowing nothing all the way to 100% which is flying one of these with comfort and also confidence that you know you’re not going to be going out and feeling scared like you’re gonna kill yourself or kill somebody else because you’re flying this like flying chainsaw through the air and you don’t know how to disarm it so this is step two again this is the second video of our fpv series of how to get into fpv and yeah we’re gonna start out with what we purchased in the last video which is a q 7x or QX 7 whatever you want to call it this is the bare-bones budget model from f our sky it’s called the Q 7x and it’s around one hundred and seven bucks our QX seven whatever and yeah this is the radio we’re dealing with you can buy other radios from fr sky our spectrum or jetty or whatever you want but this is the one we’re gonna be dealing with the day and again this is kind of the bare-bones budget model but it can get you from zero all the way to 100% and a lot of even pro pilot sees this radio so don’t feel like this radio it’s gonna hold you back this thing can do anything you can fly planes with it you can fly multirotors weather you can drive cars with it you could have a robot you can do anything with this thing so just don’t feel like you’re getting something that’s only a specified for one thing it can fly everything it can even fly one of these little guys which I’m going to talk about in the next video so simulators let’s get back to setting up our radio like I said you probably want to go ahead and start downloading velocity on I’ll talk about that here in a little bit when we actually get on the computer but first we’re going to turn on a radio and we’re gonna set it up so that it’s perfectly perfectly calibrated and you know our radio is ready so that we can plug it into the computer and get it going so first of all we’re gonna turn the radio on by holding down that center button make sure it’s charged up obviously charge it up use the owners manual figure out how to charge it up I think it charges us be 100% sure this is not the radio that I use on a regulator I use the X 90 which charges via plug on the side so when you turn it on there’s going to be a thing that says you know switch warning or if your throttle wasn’t at zero it will say throttle warning so for example here in the United States and in most places in the world there is something called mode 2 which has throttle and rudder on the left and it has a lurin and elevator on the right now there are other modes out there I suggest you googling them if you are curious about them or if your radio is set up differently and throttles on the right you’re most likely going to be mode 1 which means throttle is switched to the right side I don’t want to confuse anybody but just in general it should all work the same it’s just things are in different places for most people mode 2 is going to be the standard so again throttles on your left you want to make sure throttles down always because ultimately it can lead to problems if your throttles up it’s always gonna warn you and say hey put your throttle down if it’s not up or if it’s not down when you turn so once you get going you want to try to make sure all the switches are switched back because that’s just kind of the safe position that it wants if you don’t want to do that you can hit exit and you will get to the main screen now the main screen on yours probably will say model 1 but we’re going to make a new model because we want to set up a model specifically for the simulator so how we’re going to do that is we’re gonna get on the home screen you can hit exit a bunch of times if you feel like you’re not on the home screen get to the home screen you’re gonna hit this middle button between page and exit and you’re gonna see this thing that says model select you’re gonna scroll down to an open position in this case 7 is open for me I’m going to hold down the bar sorry click the button on the right under the spinning wheel thing and i’m gonna say create model again pushing down on the center button of that wheel it says something about the SD whatever it doesn’t matter it made it so anyways we have a new model it’s called mono 7 what we’re gonna do is we’re gonna hit exit and we’re gonna hit the middle button again and then we’re gonna hit page and then that will bring us to the setup page ok so we can name our model here if you want let me go in here and just call it sim I’ll try to do that really quickly so that we can get going here because I know this video is gonna be a little longer than the average video and width so we got it named sim you hit exit it’s highlighted again we scroll backwards to the very bottom of the page you can go this from the top if you want we’re gonna find D 16 we’re gonna click the middle button we’re gonna make sure it’s lit blinking we’re gonna scroll to the left until it says off and we’re gonna hit sinner there and then exit so what that did is that turned off the internal transmitting module so that there’s not actually anything being transmitted while we’re playing a simulator because we don’t need anything to be transmitting while we were playing the simulator so you go back to the main screen and now we’re gonna do one thing that’s pretty crucial and a lot of people actually don’t do this we’re gonna calibrate the sticks on the radio so how you’re gonna do that is I’m gonna go back to the home page hitting XE a couple times hold down that center button and then you’re gonna see radio setup now you can set up the date you can set up the battery voltage range and all that stuff here if you want but what we’re gonna do is we’re going to hit Paige Paige Paige Paige Paige Paige Paige until you get to 9 of 9 up in the right-hand corner you’ll see 9/9 says the calibration it says entered to start I just go ahead and Center the left stick as pathes like much as possible I’m gonna hit this button on the right it says set six to midpoint what that means is you’re gonna set the throttle stick to its middle point and what that actually means is to look at it and try to Center it as much as possible visually from the top to make it adequate and very similar to the one on the right because this other one is held by Springs and Center and this other one on the left is only held in the spring from side-to-side motion but not up-and-down so Center it as much as you can from top to bottom and then you’re gonna enter it and what that does is it starts the calibration there’s no timing involved but you do need to do what it says next which is move sticks and pots to there because it just says move sticks and pots but you want to move them to their farthest position so that you get the maximum travel and maximum range on your sticks and what that does this shows you the maximum travel minimum travel and it also shows where the the midpoints are it shows the radio so that it can tell you know hey when he’s fully over here that’s he’s fully over there and it shows because you calibrated it correctly so when we’re done with that we’re just gonna set it back up you can do the pots if you want I don’t ever do the pots because we don’t use potentiometers for multirotors then it says move sticks ball enter when done so we move everything around we’re good we hit Enter it’s done this Calot this radio is calibrated it’s calibrated for the sim it’s calibrated for everything it calibrates as a whole it doesn’t just calibrate for that one model so you don’t need to do it every single time so you’re gonna hit exit and you’re gonna go back to your home screen and we have a home screen now our things set up internal modules off we’ve calibrated the radio we can set throttle back at zero the next thing we’re gonna need is we’re gonna need a USB cable so that we can hook this radio up to the computer so why would we need to hook it up to the computer well you can do it wirelessly I’m sure there’s someone out there that’s gonna comment and say oh well they make a wireless train report mobile I can do this well this is the cheapest option right so we’re gonna deal with a USB mini today this is a USB mini cable and it used to be mini is kind of weird it’s the only thing that uses the only thing I use it for is it charge my freakin electric toothbrush but you know I have one lying around and yeah I usually recommend them being 2 to 3 feet long so that you can get away from your computer you don’t have to sit right next to it with this short little cable trying to play on your simulator so again you know one that’s like 2 to 3 probably 3 feet long this particular one has USB 3 or on the left side and it has micro or sorry mini USB on the right it’s not micro USB not the one that your you know that your Android charges with but the one that’s bigger than that that’s between and typical USB and the microwave so this is mini USB and that plugs into the bottom of the q 7x if you have a idea sorry an X 9d which is the radio that I use then it plugs out on the back which is poor design because when you set it down it ultimately has a USB thing sticking out of it and it can break off the q 7x our QX 7 has actually gotten a lot better and it’s on the bottom but do be aware that these things are pretty fragile so you can break it off just you know understand that things are fragile and you’re dealing with something that’s you know a little tiny piece of metal ass connections outside of it in my case I know there’s gonna be some Mac haters out there I have a MacBook Pro here I’m dealing with I’m dealing with USB C and I have a USB or whatever so I have to have a dongle I’m sure you can find a USB C 2 USB mini but I don’t have one so I had to find a dongle so we plug that into our computer I’m gonna go ahead and start our screen recording so you can see what I’m seeing and then we’re gonna plug this into our radio now you need to make sure that the radio is on when you plug in the USB because if you plug in the USB and then you try to turn the radio on it won’t turn on so you need to plug it or sorry turn the radio on and then plug in the USB so we’ve already done that radio is on we’re plugging our USB it says on the screen USB joystick or USB SD storage I want to click USB joystick we’re good to go things hooked up at the computer it’s ready to go it’s being used as a joystick throttles down all switches are away from us and we are getting to the computer where now we’re gonna go download velocity on I’m assuming you guys have already downloaded at this point because I can’t sit here in download it because this video would take forever but I just go on you know search Blas Adreno –gel and ultimately it leads me to lhasa drone fpv racing simulator and i download it there is another simulator called liftoff and I’ll talk about that right now that is actually under steam it’s a steam game so if you guys are familiar with like counter-strike or something like that you know of steam steam has games on it obviously you can download liftoff which is on Steam i downloaded it recently the more recent version because i talked to those guys fairly regularly and i tried it i didn’t necessarily find it to feel as realistic as i’m used to on velociter but it look more visually appealing my computer can’t really handle the highest setting of graphics so you may take that into consideration when you’re downloading certain games you can degrade the graphics but ultimately liftoff is more of a game than it is a stimulator now I know that it’s a good simulator but it is more of a game it looks more like a game where velocity run is definitely more of a simulator than it is a game but it does look very good now there’s other ones called free writer and there are they’re free ones out there I do suggest if you want an easy turnkey situation I’m not being paid by velocity or and I don’t have any affiliation with it it’s just the one that I know and that’s the one that I’m suggesting so 20 bucks I guarantee you will have a good experience with it so anyways I’ve downloaded the loss of drone I’m gonna go ahead and open that up the drivers should work these day this day and age it’s not like you have to go out and find all these weird drivers to get stuff to work anymore I should just kind of work turnkey but if you do have a problem I’m sure if you google the loss of drone or Taranis FR sky driver for simulator I’m sure you can find the drivers that you need and I actually think that velocity I’m on their site has the drivers that you need to download to make this work so we’re gonna go ahead and click play on the screen and we’re gonna set this up and yeah so once we get all this stuff going there are actually some settings that you’ll need to put in aside from the stock settings on the simulator that will make this drone feel very intuitive and natural now what I say what I mean when I’m saying intuitive and natural is I want something that when I move my thumb in a natural way like hey you know something’s coming and I just do it under natural reflexes under muscle memory that it does exactly what I want it to if it’s too sensitive I might over overcorrect and crash if it’s not sensitive enough I might not have enough movement to get something to happen and I might crash as well so I wanted to feel as natural and more like whole like holistic as far as your brain is not really thinking and you just do things that’s how I want it to feel that’s how I set up my real drones so drone setup is a little bit different than playing setup because you’re not dealing with a physical surface that is directing air you’re dealing with speeding up and slowing down motors so when you’re talking about tuning a quadcopter it’s a little more involved you have to understand like hey I want this roll rate based on this amount of spin like how fast does a spin at full deflection when I add expo is it it’s all calculated stuff it’s not physical things moving air and how fast those move direct – determines how fast the quadcopter move it’s it’s very much all calculated stuff based on speeding up and slowing down motors so not to get super technical on you but that’s just kind of the generic set up of you know quad copters it takes a little bit more like understanding of flying a quad copter to be able to set it up and it’s kind of the catch-22 with PID tuning you almost have to be a good pilot to understand how to PID tune but you have to be able to PID – to be able to go be a good pilot it’s like I don’t know it’s a super gnarly catch-22 and I’ve been struggling with this since the beginning but ultimately I think I figured something out that works for me and I’m gonna try to share that with you guys so once we get on here at velocity run we’re gonna go to controller and you can set it up through here you just want to make sure that when you throw throttle up on the left and you y’all that little quadcopter on the right there is doing exactly what you want it to do if it’s not fiddle around with that if you have comments I’ll try to comment try to come into comments and like help you guys out but I’m pretty sure it should just work for you once you get in here we’re gonna go to single-player I’m gonna tell you the model that I use so I’ve used all of these models I’ve tried different things and just so happens that this one called a little bastard always works for me it always feels the best so that’s the one that I use I’m gonna select little bastard I’m gonna go to you know countryside let’s just go ahead and go to city I would say for super advanced our super beginners just go to countryside because it’s very open city works pretty well because it’s actually pretty fun to fly in the city and yeah we don’t worry about laps or anything even though it says you know a single lap well I don’t worry about it we’ll just click go what’s this thing loads I’ll show you the settings that you need actually have them screenshotted right here so I can bring them up but I’ll show you how to get to them and I’ll put links in the description so you can like you can see those settings so what you’re gonna do once you’re in here adjust to things first you’re going to adjust and you can click this little you can click this little guy right here on the while I’m wheeling okay here we go so you can click this guy the little question mark and it tells you all of these things that you need to know to adjust certain things in this game what you want to do is you want to adjust your field of view to around a hundred one hundred and seven degrees yeah 107 degrees and then you also want to adjust your camera angle to 25 degrees and why I say that is because ultimately that’s what we’re going to be using on the real drone the camera angle that I have is 25 degrees and the camera field of view I have is around 107 s it’s a little different in real life like I think it’s 120 but that’s kind of what it equates to when you’re flying in a game is run out okay I’m in 107 so next we’re one I want to go to advanced drone setup and again just take my word for it put these settings in you will be happy if you really need to downturn like take down some of the settings to make it a little bit slower a little slower to respond you can take RC rates right here down to one point five on your aileron and roll or your elevator and roll sorry so it’s rolling pitch whatever you want to call it so you can take it down to if you do that I guarantee you you’ll be a lot more comfortable flying but ultimately I feel like you should be at too because that’s going to give you that reaction speed and it’s better to get used to something that’s more sensitive and be more finesse Philon the sticks than it is to get something where you’re having to move this huge thing to get any kind of movement out of the drug so we’ve go ahead we’ve gone ahead and set that up then the next thing the last thing that we need to do is we need to sing change the quad settings and again this is something that you know comes from the factory a certain way as far as how these guys set it up and I just always tweak it to get it to feel the way that I want it to feel these are the settings that I set it to to make it feel the way that I wanted to feel I’ve adjusted everything pretty much I’m a Jesper Prowler prop our prop size and pitch I’ve adjusted a propeller power I’ve adjusted prop wash and drag front drag top drag side all this stuff I’ve adjusted slightly some of it I haven’t and I’ve also turned off battery emulation because we don’t want to be worried about battery sag in a game we’re worried about getting stick time in and we want be as consistent as possible so when you’re done with that you’re gonna click okay and you’re going to make sure that everything is working correctly for you you’re gonna make sure that your throttle is doing what its needing to do your y’all doing what its needing to do and your pitch and roll are doing what they need to do and yeah you can crash into stuff and do whatever you want to do so with that being said we are pretty much done actually so that is setting up your radio and getting it linked into your computer now in the next video we’re going to talk about actually buying something to fly for real but I suggest flying this for at least a week getting probably one hour a day you know I would say get about six to seven hours of flight time stick time until you feel comfortable flying on this on this simulator doing things where you know you can fly it anything you want to fly at and avoid it or you know go between something figure it out and just ultimately stick to flying on the sim so that you get more and more stick time especially now in the winter it’s a lot easier to fly on the simulator and hit spacebar when you crash than it is to go out and crash into some snow and have to go find it we’ll talk about all the stuff in future videos the next video is going to be about this guy this is actually the acro be from movie drones and these things are pretty awesome so we’ll talk about you know buying your next drone will talk about goggles and you know what what I think you guys possibly would want to buy to ultimately have a very good experience in fpv as a whole so thank you for watching and I hope to see you guys in the next video which would be part 3 of how to fpv Cheers dude you

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