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Phantom 4 and Periscope

Today I tried to Periscope from my Phantom 4 for the first time and my experience was meh. This is a neat idea but it is not ideal, the quality is very poor, even when I was on WiFi the video quality looked very poor.

Here is a live stream on cellular data, which I admit I only had about 2 - 3 bars of service;

Here is a live stream from my house, 15 feet or less from my WiFI router, full bars, still meh;

As you can see, it didn’t make much of a difference in terms of quality — both streams looked like crap.

I like the idea of being able to do this but I had a ton of issues; from my screen going black, to the audio not working, to people joining but the app still telling me I had zero viewers even though I seen the ’so and so just joined’ message.

The biggest issue I see with trying this is obviously the connection. You have 2 areas that are ideal; rural areas with beautiful landmarks like waterfalls or covered bridges or city/urban areas where a poor connection or interference to the cellular connection is just as likely. I guess with an urban area you could connect to WiFi, but as you can see in my video above it didn’t seem to make much of a difference. Hopefully Periscope/Twitter continues to work on this and one day we will have beautifully streamed aerial footage from drones to Periscope (which I am a huge fan of) or even Facebook Live. I really like the idea and I do plan on trying to stream again in the near future!

If you’d like to catch one of my Phantom 4 Periscopes you can follow me on Twitter @crizzonet or on Periscope @crizzonet.

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