How to Export Large Videos from the DJI Go App on Android

by | Mar 20, 2018 | Android, Robotics | 0 comments

A couple months ago, I upgraded my smartphone to a Google Pixel 2 XL. The engineers and developers – and the marketing team – behind this phone placed a strong emphasis on the device’s camera performance. One of the reasons I purchased this phone is because the lens on the DSLR I have been using for many years, a Nikon D3200, broke. I thought I would try to replace the entire camera with a smartphone. So far I have been extremely impressed by the results.

Anyway, one of the benefits of using a smartphone as your camera daily driver is that there are a number of accessories on the market to make your smartphone an even more capable camera platform. I use two different accessories primarily: a macro lens from Moment, and a DJI Osmo Mobile gimbal. This video is about the application used to control the DJI Osmo Mobile, DJI Go.

I have been using the DJI Osmo Mobile recently to record videos of the Capers II hexapod. One of the impressive features of the gimbal is the ability to track moving objects, like the robot walking around. The DJI Go app can capture, edit, and share video. However, there is a big problem with the app that I run into fairly often. The app, for some reason I do not understand, cannot export videos larger than 500MB. It does not take a very long video to exceed this 500MB ceiling. Then your videos end up stuck inside the DJI Go app, unable to be exported to other services or shared with others.

This quick tutorial covers how to get your longer videos out of the DJI Go app and into whatever other service you want to use.

Open your File Manager

The first step in saving your video to a location other than inside the DJI God application is to access your phone’s file manager. Different phones have file managers located in different locations. Some phones have a file manager app pre-installed out of the box, for others, file manager apps can be installed from the Play Store, like Google’s own Files Go app, other phones, like my Google Pixel 2 XL have a way of accessing a file manager through the settings. However the file manager works on your phone, open the app you use to explore your phone’s directory structure.

Locate the DJI Folder

With your file manager app open, you should find a directory in your phone’s internal memory entitled DJI. Open this directory.

Open the Camera Directory

Then, inside the DJI folder, you should find a directory entitled Camera. Open this directory.

Locate and Save Your Video

Inside the camera directory, you will find all of the videos recorded in the DJI Go application. The first step is identifying the video you want to save, then opening that video in your phone’s default video player app.

With the video file open on your phone. You should find a menu, typically in the upper-right corner of the screen, with an option to send or save your video file. Simply choose the location or app you want to use to save or share your video, and the rest of the process will be handled by that service.

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