DJI, the world's largest manufacturer of consumer drones, streamed the first Facebook Live video from an aerial platform Tuesday as part of its partnership with the social media leader. The video was streamed during Facebook’s annual F8 developer conference in San Francisco, where a DJI Phantom 4 drone broadcast attendees in the Herbst Pavilion to a live audience watching on Facebook around the globe.
“DJI’s Phantom 4 is the premier aerial solution for video and other imaging needs, and we are pleased that our partnership with Facebook allowed its developers to experience some of the capabilities of our flagship consumer drone,” said Michael Perry, DJI’s Director of Strategic Partnerships. “As Facebook Live expands the reach of exciting live video, DJI’s line of image stabilization and aerial products are the ideal equipment solution to make any video extraordinary.”
With live video an increasing focus of online and mobile activity, DJI’s line of market-leading Phantom consumer drones and Inspire professional drones are a leading choice for streaming high-quality aerial imagery. The image stabilization technology in those drones is also available in the Osmo, a handheld video platform that delivers rock-solid imagery even in shaky environments. Facebook Live video streaming functionality will be available later in April for all devices controlled by the DJI GO mobile app.
The Phantom 4 drone used in Tuesday’s demonstration is DJI’s most advanced quadcopter camera platform for consumers, offering highly advanced computer vision and sensing technology to make professional aerial imaging easier for everyone.
The Phantom 4 includes ActiveTrack technology, a point-and-click system to keep the camera automatically centered on any subject as it moves; TapFly technology, which allows users to simply tap a point on a control screen to allow a drone to fly there autonomously; and an Obstacle Sensing System that continuously scans for obstructions and either stops short of them or routes the drone around them.