Find out how to use Periscope to broadcast footage live from your DJI drone.
Periscope, Twitter’s live video service, is available as app for Apple and Android phones.
The development team at Periscope have been in operation only slightly longer than a year (they launched end of March 2015), but they have clocked up some impressive statistics. In just 12 months, there have been more than 200 million broadcasts created on Periscope!
The platform has been growing constantly and at a rapid pace. Instagram now has over 500 million users, twice its count from two years ago, and it has 300 million daily active users.
Periscope offers drone flyers an amazing possibility to reach a global and extremely wide audience for their aerial videos.
It’s the right time to take full advantage of it!
So if you have an iPhone 5S, 6, 6+, 6S, 6S+ with iOS 8.2 or higher and a DJI Inspire, Phantom 4, Phantom 3 Professional, Phantom 3 Advanced or Osmo, start streaming your live video from your drone, once you have Periscope app downloaded on your iPhone.
Currently, Periscope’s new ability to live stream from DJI drones only works with Apple iPhone 5S and upwards.
How to Use Periscope from your DJI Drone
- First, connect your iPhone to the DJI controller using the USB to Lightening cable
- Turn on the drone and the controller. Press the ‘On’ button, release the ‘On’ button, press and hold it again until the light panel is fully lit
- Make sure the external camera icon is visible
- Open Periscope on your iPhone
- Tap the Broadcast Tab to begin and you are off! Well done!
4 Live Broadcasting Tips When Using Periscope With A Drone
1. Switch camera in real-time to offer different sights and improve storytelling
While transmitting your content, you can switch between broadcasting from the drone’s camera and the front-facing camera on your iPhone just by double tapping the iPhone screen.
If you’ve got a GoPro, Periscope also lets you swap between all three. Swipe right during a broadcast to select which camera source you’d like to transmit from, i.e. DJI, GoPro, front-facing iPhone camera, or back-facing iPhone camera.
Switching camera allows you to feature different views and increases your storytelling options.
Another interesting option to try out is Periscope Sketch feature.
It allows you to draw on broadcasts in real-time and highlight items of interest.
You can pull up this feature during a live broadcast and easily highlight what’s going on around you. Remember the people who are watching your periscope want to see things from that bird’s eye point of view!
3. Lock the screen
You can lock the screen by tapping on the lock screen icon. Unlock by swiping across the top area on the iPhone.
4. Tag your video properly
The possibility to use Periscope to broadcast live from your drone is made even more attractive thanks to two recent updates to Periscope.
The first is that Periscope videos don’t disappear after twenty-four hours any more. They are now saved by default and can be seen forever unless the users decide to delete those clips they don’t want to keep. This represents a fundamental shift for Periscope. You can now build your channel and maintain your presence as you do on other social networks.
The second is that Periscope video can now be searched through an improved search feature that allows use of hashtags. Users can now search for broadcasts by topic or title.
As a consequence, adding the relevant hashtags to your title ensures that your broadcasts are more easily discovered by users searching for content like yours, who will likely subscribe to your channel.