Join Jim Heid for an in-depth discussion in this video Streaming live, part of DJI Mavic Pro: Tips, Tricks, & Techniques.
- If you've ever gotten your drone up in the air and then thought I wish I could share this view with everyone, then this video is for you. Because the DJI GO app can stream your drone's video feed live to a bunch of different social networks. You can narrate what you're seeing with your phone or tablet's microphone picking up your voice. Your friends can comment on your live broadcast. They can like it, all the usual social notworking stuff, and when you stop the live stream, you can choose to have your video saved on that social network so friends who missed it can watch it later and so that you can watch it later yourself.
At the risk of stating the obvious, live streaming requires that you be in a location with good internet access, either a solid wifi connection or good cell service. Let's see it in action as we go out on location and do a live stream to Facebook. So here we are back at our ball field. Let's do a live Facebook stream. The drone is already in the air, and it's pointed back at the crew here. So I'll tap on the general settings button here. And we have the option of streaming to a variety of different platforms, including YouTube and Facebook.
We'll use Facebook here, and the first time you do this, you'll have to authorize the app to be able to talk to Facebook. You've probably done that with other types of apps before. We've already done that. So I'll tap Facebook. I'll tap Go Live. And I can give it a description, and I can also choose whether this is public or viewable only to my friends. We'll do this to the whole wide world. And I'll call this Live from a shoot. And I'll tap Go Live, and we get this little countdown on the screen.
And you can see in the upper left corner, we're getting a little status display, and now we are live. Hello world, we are broadcasting live to Facebook from a Lynda.com LinkedIn Learning video shoot here in sunny Carpinteria, California. We're looking back at our crew right now. Say hi everybody. And we can continue to fly around. You can see that in the upper left corner, you'd normally get a little microphone readout telling us that we're getting audio, but we're also getting a count of how many viewers, and right now we've got two viewers looking in.
We are actually recording a live stream here that's going to go into a Lynda.com LinkedIn Learning course about the DJI Mavic Pro as we fly around. Just across the freeway there, the headquarters for Lynda.com and LinkedIn Learning. (barking) And just beyond eyeshot of the camera is a happy dog barking, getting ready to play with its ball. And with that, we're going to bring that stream to a close. To do that, we just tap the live indicator in the upper left, and we have the option of saving the audio recording and saving any Facebook comments that came in during our stream.
I'll leave that option on, and I'll tap end Facebook Live, and we get a little reminder here that we can tag friends and add hashtags and all that good stuff, and Facebook is telling us that that video is posted to our timeline. It's that easy to do a stream to the world or to just your friends from a drone. So there we were, live, worldwide, with a drone that fits in a small bag. Now the Mavic Pro streams to Facebook at a pretty low resolution. Don't expect anything remotely close to the high definition video that the drone can record.
You probably also noticed that the video can be a little jumpy depending on your network connection and on the signal strength between your drone and your remote controller. And most important, reading and verbally responding to comments during a flight is distracting. It's one of those external pressures from the PAVE acronym that we talked about at the start of this course. So if you go live, do it carefully, and don't let your online friends distract you from your friend up in the air.
- Safety checks
- App settings
- Startup, takeoff, and landing
- In-flight data displays
- DJI GO tips
- Flight modes
- Streaming live
- Adjusting focus
- Exposure and white balance
- Still photography and panoramas
- Shutter speed
- Aerial video
- Using the gimbal
- Using the remote controller