TVU Networks Partners With DJI to Deliver World’s First Aerial Newsgathering Pack for Live Drone Video Transmission
Joint Solution Combines TVU One and DJI Inspire 1 to Deliver Live HD-Quality Video Transmission in Sustained Air Flight to Any Location at Sub-Second Latency; Companies Announce Full Integration Across Product Families
MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA – April 13, 2015 – TVU Networks, the global technology leader in live IP video transmission solutions, and DJI, the world’s most respected and innovative drone manufacturer, today announced the release of the world’s first Aerial Newsgathering Pack, giving news organizations and professional video production crews the ability to transmit live full HD video to any broadcast facility or CDN.
The solution combines DJI’s Inspire 1 drone with TVU’s recently introduced TVU One IP video transmitter to deliver a fully-integrated live transmission solution capable of delivering live video from practically any location. Both the TVU One transmitter and Inspire 1 drone fit in a portable pack for fast deployment. The solution is capable of transmitting in full HD with sub-second latency with more than 20 minutes of fly time for the drone and will be on display at NAB 2015 in TVU booth SU3605 and DJI booth C1707.
TVU and DJI have also announced a strategic partnership that includes full integration of the entire TVUPack family of IP transmission solutions with each DJI drone solution – including the Phantom series. As drone technology becomes more accessible to broadcast organizations, this joint partnership will enable broadcasters to quickly deploy drone technology into their existing production workflows, and use TVUPack’s proven live transmission technologies to deliver professional-quality HD video. With TVUPack, HD video footage can be transmitted from the drone directly to a production facility for live on-air television broadcast or a CDN for live Web broadcasting using any combination of cellular, WiFi, Ethernet, microwave, satellite or MIMO MESH connections.
This joint solution has already been used in the field, as TVU provided live mobile transmission capabilities to DJI during the launch event for the Phantom 3 drone series. During the event, Phantom 3 drones transmitted live aerial video from Santorini, Singapore and Hollywood to simultaneous live events being held in Munich, London and New York City using TVUPack transmitters and TVU Grid live IP video distribution solution.
“DJI is committed to providing the most powerful and flexible drone technology to customers, and we are excited to enter into a partnership with TVU Networks, the industry leader in IP video transmission technology. The ability for TVUPack to deliver live HD video from one of our drones to any broadcast production facility or CDN in the world with sub-second latency is astounding, and provides a powerful tool for DJI customers to integrate drones into their broadcast activities,” said Eric Cheng, General Manager, DJI San Francisco.
“DJI is recognized as providing the industry standard in drone technology, and we are thrilled to enter into this partnership. By combining the best available drone technology with TVU’s proven, leading IP video transmission solutions, we are once again opening new possibilities for how broadcasters can deliver innovative live video to viewers from more locations than ever before,” said Paul Shen, CEO, TVU Networks.
About TVU One
TVU One delivers the same industry-leading transmission resiliency and performance, video picture quality and low latency of a full-size TVUPack backpack transmitter, but in a 90% smaller and ultra lightweight form factor. With TVU One broadcasters can fully leverage a small, lightweight IP video transmitter in the field without sacrificing performance, feature functionality or picture quality. The solution can transmit simultaneously over up to ten IP connections, including cellular, Microwave, MIMO Microwave Mesh, Ka-band and Ku-band satellite, BGAN, WiFi, and Ethernet. Connections can be added or dropped without interrupting transmission. Using TVU’s patented IS+ transmission protocol and Smart VBR technology, TVU One is able to deliver full HD video at 10 Mb/s with sub-second latency.
About DJI Inspire 1
The DJI Inspire 1 drone is the world’s first flying 4K camera that offers midair transformation as well as a built-in wireless HD video transmitter, stabilization indoors without GPS, and more camera control than ever. DJI’s most advanced technology comes together in an easy to use, all-in-one flying platform that empowers users to create unforgettable shots.
The Inspire 1 includes strong carbon fiber arms lift out of sight, giving a full, unrestricted 360⁰ view of the world below, and Vision Positioning technology that provides accurate position holding even when GPS is unavailable. The sensors determine the Inspire 1’s location and altitude and lower the legs automatically when landing. Inspire 1 users can also take complete control of its camera and flight system with a comprehensive mobile app. Everything from manual camera controls to flight telemetry and even auto takeoff and landing are just a tap away.
About TVU Networks
Headquartered in Mountain View, CA, TVU Networks is a technology and market leader in IP-based live video solutions. TVU’s solutions help transform broadcasters’ SDI-based video acquisition, transmission, routing, distribution and management operations to an IP-based infrastructure. TVU serves customers of all sizes in more than 80 countries from industries that include news broadcast, web streaming, law enforcement, sports, corporate and government. In broadcast markets around the world including the USA, China and other major economic powers, TVU is the dominant market leader with more than half of all news broadcast stations using its IP video solutions, which includes TVUPack, the award-winning mobile live cellular uplink solution and TVU Grid, the award-winning IP video switching, routing and distribution solution. TVU Networks is a pioneer in IP video technology and is leading the way in helping organizations looking to transition to a predominantly IP-based infrastructure. Many of the largest news broadcast station groups in the world have deployed TVU Grid and are leveraging it in their existing workflow infrastructures. More information about TVU Networks can be found at www.tvunetworks.com.
Headquartered in Shenzhen, widely considered China’s Silicon Valley, DJI benefits from direct access to the suppliers, raw materials, and young, creative talent pool necessary for sustained success. Drawing on these resources, we have grown from a single small office in 2006 to a global workforce of over 2,000. Our offices can now be found in the United States, Germany, Japan, Beijing and Hong Kong. As a privately owned and operated company, DJI focuses on our own vision, supporting creative, commercial, and nonprofit applications of our technology.
Today, DJI products are redefining industries. Professionals in filmmaking, agriculture, conservation, search and rescue, energy infrastructure, and more trust DJI to bring new perspectives to their work and help them accomplish feats safer, faster, and with greater efficiency than ever before.