Want to use the DJI Mavic Air 2's new 8K hyperlapse feature? This how it will look on most computers right now unless you download a specific video player.

Earlier this month, we reviewed DJI's latest consumer-grade drone: the Mavic Air 2. The compact machine boasts an array of features normally reserved for higher-end, professional-grade drones. Notably, DJI touted the fact that the Mavic Air 2 now offers users the ability to capture 8K hyperlapse video.

When conducting our initial review, we were only able to test out 1080p hyperlapse, which is also available on the Mavic 2 Pro and Zoom models. The day the Mavic Air 2 was officially made available to the public, DJI released a firmware update that included the ability to capture 8K footage. When trying it out this past week, the process was straightforward enough. However, I found it impossible to view the recorded hyperlapse clips on a computer.

This is what the 8K hyperlapse clip pictured above should look like (screenshot captured using sPlayer software). DJI is currently working on a firmware update to improve compatibility, expected in early June.

At first I thought the files, taken on different memory cards and uploaded to both my MacBook Pro and iMac, outfitted with recent OS updates, were corrupted. As it turns out, either there's a computer hardware limitation or the video player you choose to play back on doesn't have the correct codec.

The Mavic Air 2's 48MP camera is what makes 8K footage possible. In hyperlapse mode, the drone takes a series of photos using the full 48MP sensor and automatically merges them together to produce a short time-lapse video. The issue with computer hardware or video codec, mentioned in the previous paragraph, creates the checkerboard effect seen in the top image when the footage is played back.

It appears that YouTube does handle the Mavic Air 2's 8K hyperlapse videos correctly. Want to try playing the original video file on your own computer? You can download it here.

8K hyperlapse video clips will successfully playback using sPlayer software, which is free to download and available for both Windows and Mac. DJI tells us that it's aiming for an early June firmware update that will allow 8K hyperlapse footage to be more widely compatible with other software. Additionally, a 4K hyperlapse update is expected to arrive in 'late June or early July', and 2.7K hyperlapse at a later date.

If you're new to creating hyperlapse videos, keep in mind that recording 1 or 2 clips can take up most of your battery life – depending on the length of your shooting interval and the overall video clip time selected. The Mavic Air 2 battery boasts a maximum of 34 minutes flight time. The minimum interval between shots for 8K hyperlapse is 6 seconds, versus 2 seconds for 1080p. As a result, a 5 second clip at a 6 second intervals will take 12 minutes, 30 seconds to record.

If you're eager to shoot 8K hyperlapse footage with your Mavic Air 2, you may want to hold off a bit. As of now, you'll either need to download sPlayer to view it or wait a bit for the next firmware update from DJI.