Ever want to stream full 1080 video from a Quadcopter? Thanks to DJI, now we can. The company has released a new downlink platform called Lightbridge. The platform works at ranges just over a mile and can stream realtime with minimal latency. It can be viewed either through regular production displays or an app for iOS and Android. The system has AV and HDMI connections and work with anything from a a GoPro all the way up to a DSLR like the Canon 5D Mk3. It works on all of the company’s flying platforms.
Lightbridge retails for $1699. The company also announced pricing for its S1000 Octocopter (8-rotors) which can carry a payload up a professional DSLR. The S1000 costs $6560.
DJI Releases Real Time HD Video Streaming Tool for Aerial Cameras
New ‘Lightbridge’ wirelessly transmits full HD video at ranges up to 1.7 km (1.05 miles)
Designed for professional photographers and cinematographers to monitor details during production
Integrates with all DJI platforms, including the newly released eight-rotor S1000
HANOVER, March 17, 2014 – DJI, a global leader in aerial photography and cinematographers platforms, today announced the launch of Lightbridge, DJI’s first video downlink system capable of streaming HD video in real time.
The Lightbridge transmits images at a range up to 1.7 kilometres, allowing photographers and cinematographers operating flying cameras to see 1920×1080 video from their camera with almost no latency.
Images can be viewed either through traditional production video monitors or through their smartphones via the Lightbridge app available for iOS and Android.
“Before the Lightbridge, transmitting images remotely meant either a significantly delayed feed or low resolution images – both of which make it difficult to capture the perfect shot,” said DJI CEO Frank Wang. “With the Lightbridge, we wanted to complete our set of products for creators who want stable, clear and perfectly framed images from the sky.”
With HDMI and AV inputs, the Lightbridge works with cameras ranging from professional DSLRs to action cameras. The system also integrates with DJI’s full range of flying platforms.
DJI also announced the official release of its long-anticipated eight-rotor Spreading Wings S1000 (‘S1000) platform, which can carry professional DSLR cameras, including the Canon 5D Mark III.
“With the S1000 and the Lightbridge together, professional photographers and videographers have the perfect solution for creating amazing images from the sky,” said Mr Wang.
The Lightbridge is available for MSRP US$1,599 while the S1000 is available for up to US$6,560. For a list of international dealers carrying these products please visit DJI.com.
DJI Innovations (“DJI”) is a global leader in developing and manufacturing small unmanned aerial systems (sUAS) for commercial and recreational use. DJI was founded and is run by people with a passion for remote-controlled helicopters and experts in flight control technology. The company is dedicated to making aerial photography and videography more reliable and easier to use for professional photographers, cinematographers and hobbyists around the world. DJI’s global operations currently span North America, Europe and Asia, and its revolutionary products and solutions have been chosen by customers in over 50 countries; for applications in film, advertising, construction, farming, and many other industries.
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