Defense Video & Imagery Distribution System

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Defense Video & Imagery Distribution System
Country United States of America
Branch United States Third Army
Type Information
Role Media and public relations

The Defense Video & Imagery Distribution System, acronym DVIDS, is an American media and public relations operation run by the Defense Media Activity (Defense Media Activity), on behalf of the Department of Defense.[1] The operation supports all branches of the U.S. military and its coalition partners serving Worldwide.


DVIDS receives public affairs and combat camera content and live video feeds from a network of portable Ku-band satellite transmitters, located in various places around the world, as well as in a hub in Atlanta, Georgia.[2] DVIDS provides to the media and the public videos, photographs and print products, including publications,[3][4] as well as interviews with service members, commanders and non-military experts.[5] DVIDS currently uses Aspera software for its data and imagery transmission and storage needs.[6]

The Director of DVIDS Operations is Logistics officer Major Scott M. Betts.[7]

Private sector partners[edit]

The Third Army has awarded the contract for the provision of DVIDS services to Encompass Digital Media, Inc.,[8]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ FAQ DVIDS website
  2. ^ dvidshub. YouTube. 
  3. ^ The Red Bull Express, newsletter of the 34th Infantry Division
  4. ^ "Round-Up" (PDF). Newsletter of US Regional Command Southwest, Afghanistan. 
  5. ^ About DVIDS DVIDS website
  6. ^ Press release
  7. ^ "Personnel". 
  8. ^ Champsaur, Angie (September 2010). "The First Line of Defense" (PDF). Encompass Digital Media. 

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