Cardinal Directions Photo Mission for Litchi Instructions


This application will convert a Google Earth kml file to a Litchi csv file.

  1. In Google Earth Pro:
    1. Use Google Earth Pro to navigate to the mission area.
    2. From the ribbon select the "Ruler" tool.
    3. In the Ruler tool, select the "Circle" tab.
    4. Click once on the map at the desired point of interest (POI).
    5. Drag to (and click) where the first waypoint is to be located.
    6. In the Ruler tool click on "Save".
    7. The New Path window will open. Click OK.
    8. In the "Places" window pane, right-click on "Circle Measure" and "Save Place As" a kml or kmz file.
  2. In page one of Cardinal Directions Photo Mission for Litchi:
    1. Select the desired units and direction of travel.
    2. Select the number of photos desired (four or eight).
    3. Lock the photos to cardinal directions if it is desired to take photos at exactly North, East, South, and West.
    4. Select the mission and POI height
    5. Use the file chooser to upload your kml or kmz file.
    6. Generate the mission and review the resulting parameters.
  3. In page two of Cardinal Directions Photo Mission for Litchi:
    1. Review the parameters and calculations.
    2. Download the csv file.
  4. In the Litchi Mission Hub:
    1. Use the Missions menu to import the csv file created by Cardinal Directions Photo Mission for Litchi.
    2. In "Settings" make sure that the "Heading Mode" is set to "Custom(WD)".
    3. Adjust the Litchi mission parameters (such as speed) as desired
    4. Use the "Rotate" tool if desired to align the photo waypoints with the faces of the property.
    5. Go fly!
Cardinal Direction Photos at The White House (don't actually try this)

A type of mission that is sometimes useful for real estate is a mission which will automate the capture of a set of photos at the cardinal directions around a property. For example, one might want to have a photo of a property from the north, east, south, and west. While this can be done manually, this application will help to automate that procedure.

Using Google Earth Pro it is possible to create a circular path around a property so that the created path can be used to define the cardinal photo locations that can be imported into the Litchi Mission Hub as a waypoint mission.

This web application will take a circular path (from a kml or kmz file) and use it to produce a set of four (or eight) waypoints, each with the appropriate headings, gimbal pitch angles, and photo actions. While you might be able to do this manually, this application will help to make that process very easy, allowing one to specify other parameters such as the direction of travel and height.

Direction of Travel:
Number of Photos:
Lock Directions:
Mission Height:
POI Height:
Kml/Kmz File Upload:
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by Wes Barris