DJI's new drone-control app supporting Facebook Live video streaming is now available, allowing pilots to beam a drone's eye view across the social network. Announced as an upcoming feature back at Facebook's F8 2016, the company's annual developer event, held in April, the functionality effectively uses your smartphone as a conduit to Facebook Live, rebroadcasting the drone's video stream you'd usually rely on for navigation.
Of course, sharing footage from DJI drones has been possible from the start, though it was never designed to be done in real-time. Instead, while the UAV would beam back video to the controller app for use in avoiding obstacles you might not be able to see from the ground, or to correctly frame video you subsequently wanted to use, it would be captured to an onboard memory card.
With Facebook Live support, there's no waiting for the drone to land. Those with a Phantom or Inspire model that use the DJI GO app for control can now broadcast.
We're checking with DJI as to whether users of its Osmo stabilized camera - which uses the same gimbal-mounted camera as its drone counterparts - can also be used with Facebook Live, and will update when we know more.
[ Good news, Osmo owners - you'll be able to stream through Facebook Live too]
Initially, the functionality is available in the DJI GO app for iOS, the update for which has been released to the App Store today. The same feature will be available for Android devices "soon", DJI says.