Not all countries and regions regulate drones in the same manner. Always educate yourself on the current laws and regulations of the country, state province or municipality you are flying in. Always fly safely.
Remote-controlled aerial photography poses quite a few challenges. With regards to technical capabilities, you will need following:
When you have a platform that fulfills all or at least some of these criteria, the most common workflow is to record HD video and photos to an onboard SD card for later use.
To add live streaming, you could consider mounting a 4G/LTE device directly to the aircraft and broadcast directly to any nearby cell tower.
If there were fully autonomous drones that were legal to operate without a human on the ground, it would perhaps be the way to go for ultimate reach.
However, in most practical scenarios we have an operator on the ground within line of sight of the drone. To be able to compose stunning shots, a video link to the ground is often desired and nowadays several of the available options are digital and of fairly high definition. This makes the spot of the ground operator a good place to pick up a video signal for broadcasting.
DJI is a market leader in off-the-shelf multi rotors, who tends to consistently get good marks on all of the points above and is an option to consider when you need something that works out-of-the-box.
DJI is probably not the only brand supporting live streaming to Iris Platform, but the key to simple live streaming from drones is to look for built-in RTMP forwarding capability, which DJI offers.
This guide will focus on how to broadcast using the RTMP protocol from a DJI Phantom 3 Professional and should also be applicable to later Phantoms as well as DJI Mavic and the DJI Inspire series.
DJI's handheld remote control includes an HD video receiver.
HDMI output exists as an optional extra, this is a viable way to live stream if you involve additional pro gear, which is not always desirable in the field. However most of the time the operator also attaches their phone or tablet to the remote control via a USB cable, to act as a display for the live feed and telemetry via the DJI GO app.
Conveniently, this app also has support for forwarding to various online services, including the Iris Platform.
Start up the drone and the controller.
Keep the propellers off for safety, unless you are in the field and intend to fly!
Attach your iOS or Android device via USB to the controller and launch the DJI GO app.
Enter into the
Open Settings (marked
...) and in General settings, scroll down to
Select Live Broadcast Platform
Create Custom Live Broadcast dialog, enter as
RTMP URL, an RTMP
Input created in Iris Dashboard.
In the DJI GO app, concatenate Iris Dashboard's
separated by a forward slash
url: rtmp://3fc7ccef.fme.bambuser.com/b-fme key: f11a03d04dce3233f91b3742a0112f03195e937a
produces this value for the DJI GO app
Tap next followed by start.
The app counts down from 3 and the live stream starts. A live streaming indicator appears in the top left corner and allows you to start and stop live streaming independently of other Drone operations (such as the photo controls on the right hand side, which affects the recording to the onboard SD card).
Your live stream now appears in your Iris Content Dashboard and can be incorporated in your real time video workflows just like other content you ingest to Iris Platform.
You can now ensure the RTH point has been set, take off and have your flight live streamed to the world. Once set up, the live streaming can be started and stopped while in the air, should you desire not to include the takeoff and landing in the broadcast.
After landing the aircraft and moving the onboard SD card to your computer, you could upload any full 4K quality recordings and photos you produced during the flight to Iris Platform, should you so desire. Look for the upload form in Iris Content Dashboard.
Please contact your Bambuser Iris sales representative for further guidance and support.