Parrot and Quicklink Demo HEVC Aerial TX

Aerial footage shot from a Parrot Bebop drone at the Paris Air Show was used to demonstrate the live transmission capabilities of Quicklink’s Midi Backback.

The Parrot Bebop drone was demonstrated to show its capability of broadcasting live HD. Video was encoded with the H.265 / HEVC Midi Backpack and transmitted via the Inmarsat BGAN HDR service. The video and audio output was then decoded by the Quicklink standard playout server solution.

Parrot perched at Paris Air Show

Parrot perched at Paris Air Show

“Our 400 grams Bebop drone embedding a digitally stabilized HD camera was showing amazing live footage during this air show. This was made possible thanks to the efficient Quicklink HEVC encoding/decoding solution, key technology to keep high quality video while using such low bitrate connection,” said Yannick Levy, VP corporate business development at Parrot.

The backpack houses 15 bonded connections including Wi-Fi, USB and LAN. The encoder itself weighs 1.14 kgs. The unit automatically aggregates all available bandwidth, without disruption of transmission – even as satellite, microwave or cellular connections are added or dropped. The per-network cellular connectivity status includes data such as throughput and network delay per connection in an easy visual display.

Quicklink server

Quicklink server

The Quicklink Midi also automatically optimises its transmission to minimise latency with satellite. The encoder is fully tested on the Thuraya satellite, VSAT and Ka network. The encoder also has full Inmarsat BGAN HDR Integration and control as well as inbuilt GPS functionality with custom integration to your own mapping system.

The 51stshow took place at the Le Bourget Parc des Expositions from15 to 21 June.

There's a free 30 day trial of the HEVC /H.265 codec on offer with the purchase of the Quicklink Midi Backpack.

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