Twitter’s video streaming platform, Periscope, is about to open up to live drone streaming. DJI pilots will soon be able to stream footage straight from their drone onto the social media platform.
If you haven’t heard of Periscope yet, the idea is pretty simple. It’s been designed to help you ‘explore the world in real time through someone else’s eyes’. Using Periscope, any Twitter user can livestream video from their mobile device for their followers to watch. Followers are alerted when a stream has started, so they can tune in live or re-watch videos for up to 24 hours.
Today Periscope announced a number of new features ready to go, and one in particular will be of interest to drone pilots. The platform will soon be compatible with drones, allowing for a video to be broadcast live from the camera of your quadcopter.
The move means that Periscope users can broadcast a single stream through a combination of drone and phone. All you have to do is connect your phone with the DJI remote and you’re in business. You can even narrate over your drone video.
To begin with, only the DJI Inspire, Phantom 4, Phantom 3 Professional, Phantom 3 Advanced and Osmo will be supported, but Periscope has recently launched compatibility with GoPro cameras too. That’s a recipe for some extreme livestreams.
The video platform is also adding a feature to help users search for streams by keyword or topic. Hashtags such as #dronefootage, #music and #food should help develop communities interested in the same kind of content. The third new Periscope feature will be the ability to mark a video with #save, which will hold a record of the video on your timeline, instead of removing it after 24 hours.
All of this means that drone footage may be about to hit the mainstream like never before. From content marketing for brands to simply showing off your backyard or holiday destination, soon everyone will have the tools to create their own extreme streams.
Periscope’s Drone streaming will only be made available on iOS.
Facebook has already launched a similar drone streaming service, after the social media platform opened up Facebook Live to developers last month.