DJI Drones Used to Document Burning Man


Streaming live, aerial footage in HD at a large event is difficult. Doing it in a harsh desert environment, far away from the comforts of normal shooting conditions, is a feat that has never been accomplished before.

But that was the challenge for Eric Cheng, DJI's Director of Aerial Imaging, who went to Burning Man this year as a volunteer staff member.

The project was a success, and the resulting live aerial views were broadcast in real-time to Burning Man’s Ustream webcast at

Dust storms, generator-driven electricity, and a crowded Wi-Fi/RF environment were just some of the difficulties that almost stood in the way of capturing this amazing footage:

The wireless video transmission was sent from a Phantom 2 to the media-streaming center half a mile away, where the video was then streamed live to the web. This didn’t pose a problem for DJI Lightbridge, enabling the footage to be seen, in real time, by people who were unable to attend Burning Man.

The equipment used included:
• DJI Phantom 2 drone with a Zenmuse H3-3D 3-axis gimbal
• DJI Lightbridge (air system on Phantom 2, ground system on a local field monitor, and a second ground system in slave mode at the media streaming center)