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How to broadcast live from a drone?

2024-02-20
How to broadcast live from a drone?

Live streaming from a drone is an increasingly popular way to spice up events, create engaging content and share unique bird's-eye shots. In this article, we will provide detailed instructions on how to stream live from a drone, and recommend the devices that will be best for it.

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How to connect?

Most drones connect to streaming platforms via companion apps provided by the drone manufacturer. Such an operation requires a strong and stable internet connection.

For DJI camera drones, it depends on the type of remote control you use.

Method 1: Using the DJI Fly app

Controllers such as the DJI RC 2/DJI RC-N2 do not support installing third-party streaming apps, but it does support RTMP streaming via the DJI Fly app to various platforms such as Facebook, YouTube, Twitch and others. Here are the detailed instructions:

  • In the DJI Fly app, go to the camera view.
  • Click the Transmission icon.
  • Choose the streaming platform you want to use.
  • Log in to your account on the streaming platform.
  • Customize transmission settings such as resolution and bitrate.
  • Click Start Transmission.

Bonus tip: you can also broadcast to the actual live camera view from the fPV drones e.g. Avata using the DJI Fly app and googles DJI Goggles 2 and DJI Goggles Integra.

Method 2: Live streaming software

You can also use live streaming software to broadcast video from your drone to any platform. Popular live streaming software includes m.in.:

The easiest way to make such a connection is to use an HDMI cable. In this situation, your drone's controller must allow such connections. The following article presents such a list. If you don't have HDMI output on your remote you can also connect it wirelessly by following the instructions in this video.

Method 3: Use Encoder

Some companies offer dedicated encoders for streaming, which allow you to transmit video from your drone in high quality. These encoders are typically used by professionals who need the highest image quality and transmission stability. Dedicated encoders for streaming:

DJI controllers with HDMI output

There are two controllers that have a built-in HDMI output. These are DJI RC PRO (Compatible with DJI Mavic 3 /Pro/ Pro Cine/ Cine / Classic drones, DJI Mini 3 Pro and DJI Air 2S drones.) and DJI RC Plus, which can be used with drones (Matrice 300/ 350 RTK, Matrice 30/ 30T).

You can also connect a DJI RC2 controller thanks to the USB-C output. HDMI - USB-C direct cable or adapter required.

Kontrolery DJI z wyjściem HDMI

Drones that allow live broadcasting

We present a list of drones that we recommend for live broadcasting.

DJI Air 3

Versatile and beginner-friendly, it offers a balance of performance and camera quality, providing enough power for most streaming situations and improved wind resistance.

DJI Mini 4 Pro

Portable, lightweight, with a good camera and decent battery life, ideal for those who value mobility.

DJI Avata

User-friendly and agile, with built-in propeller protection, ideal for safe first-person view streaming in tight or confined spaces.

DJI Mavic 3 Pro

The best option for drone streaming, especially for those looking for cinematic shots. Offers superior Hasselblad image quality and advanced obstacle sensors.

DJI Mavic 3 Classic

The Mavic 3 Classic offers many of the advantages of the Mavic 3 Pro without its triple camera system, providing a more affordable but very good alternative.

Summary

Using the instructions in this article, anyone can start their adventure in drone live broadcasting. A beginner can easily connect the drone using the DJI Fly app, while advanced users are advised to invest in a controller DJI RC PRO.

Author
Marcjanna Hubert
Chief editor of the Megadron blog, professionally involved with drones for 5 years. Student of New Media in Communication. Passionate about graphic design and travel, fascinated by the magic of storytelling through video. Creates a bridge between Megadron and customers by adding social media content: Instagram i Facebook.
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