I’ve been experimenting with the possibilities of mobile Vodcasting (Video casting) recently.
The N-Series Nokia’s make this a painless exercise (the multimedia capabilities of the NSeries phones is exceptional – it’s just their lack of text entry options and poor battery life that let then down – you really need to carry a Bluetooth keyboard with you all the time for any length of text input):
- Place your smartphone in a deskstand. Turn on the camera on your smartphone, or start the ‘camera’ application.
- Choose ‘use secondary camera (the ‘front low resolution camera)
- Choose video mode and ‘shoot’ your vodcast. This will be saved as a 176×144 .3gp (H263 mpeg4) compressed video, suitable for mms or emailing. The built-in microphone does a reasonable job of recording the audio accompanying the video.
- Edit your video recording
- Upload your edited video to your online video host or Blog – using either email or Shozu.
Non NSeries cameraphones:
The Sonyericsson P1i does not have a built-in video editor, nor does the front camera record stills or video – it’s solely for video conferencing 😦 .
However the main camera records video at 320×240, 15fps. To edit and upload your video clips from the P1i:
- Create a free Jumpcut or Photobucket account.
- Find your email upload address, and email your video clips to Jumpcut or Photobucket from your P1i
- Logon to your Jumpcut/Photobucket account on a computer and edit your uploaded clips into a ‘movie’.
- Embed the final ‘movie’ into your Vox blog etc…
Obviously Jumpcut and Photobucket can also be used with the Nokia NSeries phones as well – their online video editors are more fully featured than the built-in video editor on the phones, and Jumpcut or Photobucket also provide extra features such as embedding a video player in most blog hosts, and voting polls etc…
Below is an example of a Vodcast created by recording clips on an N95 secondary camera & a P1i, then uploaded via email to a Jumpcut account and edited into a short ‘movie’ using the Jumpcut editor – pretty cool technology! (Pity about the video 😉 )