DVIDS: Digital Video and Imagery Information System

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I recently discovered DVIDS

DVIDS is a state-of-the-art, 24/7 operation that provides a timely, accurate and reliable connection between the media around the world and the military serving in Iraq, Afghanistan, Kuwait, Qatar and Bahrain.

Through a network of portable Ku-band satellite transmitters located in-theater and a distribution hub in Atlanta, Georgia, DVIDS makes available real-time broadcast-quality video, still images and print products as well as immediate interview opportunities with service members, commanders and subject matter experts.

DVIDS . . .

  • Facilitates remote interviews with commanders and subject matter experts engaged in fast-breaking news.
  • Links media to deployed military units.
  • Enables embedded journalists to transmit broadcast quality video from the field.
  • Fulfills requests for products quickly via satellite, fiber and the Internet.
  • Submits daily bulletins detailing archive additions and email alerts about breaking news.
  • Coordinates holiday greetings, “shout-outs” and special events programming involving soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines deployed to Operations Iraqi and Enduring Freedom.
  • Maintains a searchable archive of video, photo and print products.

Mission
The DVIDS mission is to serve as a turnkey operation that facilitates requests for Public Affairs video, audio, still imagery and print products; coordinates interviews with soldiers and commanders in a combat zone and provides an archive for ongoing operations in Iraq, Afghanistan, Kuwait, Qatar and Bahrain.

[Footage of Apache helicopter pilots identifying and targeting insurgents placing improvised explosive devices.]

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