iPhone App Review: Qik Live
Size: 3.3 MB
Rate: 4 out of 5 Stars
Itâ€™s been a long wait, but now itâ€™s finally available in the iTunes app store! Qik Live debuted on December 24th, 2009 â€“ just in time to capture those special holiday moments! Qik Live is a live video streaming app that allows you to share pieces of everyday life experiences with your friends and family as they happen via your cellphone / iPhone.
Creating a video is quite easy. If youâ€™re a first time Qik user, a short registration page will show up when you launch the app. Itâ€™ll ask you to create a new username, password, and if you want your location to show when you stream. The latter option can be changed when you start streaming or in the settings options.
Once you fill out the form, youâ€™re ready to start streaming live video! Click on the red button at the bottom and your video is live! You can also record an offline video if you like. And the video will be uploaded when your toggle the online button. The Qik app has two parts to it. The top display is whatâ€™s being recorded in your video. The bottom display is where your live audience can chat with you.
To change the video options, tap on the video display. Options include Mute, Toggle chat, Set permissions (Public or Private video), Edit video details, Share Video, and Send email.
In the â€œShare Videoâ€ option, you can post your video onto various social networks including Facebook, Twitter, 12seconds.tv, Brightcove, YouTube, Tumblr, or your contacts. To activate these social networks, you must first log onto Qik.com and add in the credentials. The newest share option is the ability to â€œadd contact.â€ You can select contacts from your addressbook and an email will be sent to your friends/families telling them where the link to your Qik video is.
More options are available when you log into the Qik.com website. You can update your settings and add additional social network options to your account. For example, you can set your account to send an automatic tweet when you start streaming, or have your video uploaded to 12seconds, or YouTube by default.
The user interface is beautifully done and the app is very user-friendly. The are a few minor improvements that Iâ€™d like to see on the Qik Live iPhone app though. I would love a landscape mode where the chat overlays the video and the record button is on the side. Holding the iPhone sideways seems more natural to me because itâ€™s similar to holding a camera.
In addition to the mobile app on various mobile platforms, Qik also comes to the desktop called Qik-in-Touch. Qik-in-Touch is a desktop air app that will notify people of when live videos happen. Itâ€™s very fun to see what your family and friends are up to, the moment it happens, right on your desktop!
Although Qik Live is new to the iTunes App Store, it has been supported on various phones. See the supported phones page for more information.
Some things to remember before using Qik are:
- Recording videos with the app uses up a lot of battery power.
- Set your privacy settings accordingly.
- You can connect with your audience and talk to them over Qik.
- There are multiple ways of using Qik â€“ have fun, be creative, and enjoy!
Overall, Qik is a great app that lets you experience what your friends and family are doing no matter where you are. That way you never miss an important moment again. Qik Live for the iPhone is freely available in the iTunes App Store.