Sunday, June 13, 2010

To Qik or not to Qik

QIK is live streaming from phone to web, It has the advantage that a low quality video is then available on the Qik website (they have rss so can be used in aggregations).

* The disadvantage is that you don’t have to think - just tern on and spray wobbly-cam with verbal meandering.

For outreach journalism we prefer shoot then upload - as then you have time to review it

* BUT in an emergency - or very dramatic moment then Qik is appropriate as the video is on the web NOT ON YOUR PHONE which is a good thing if your phone is confiscated or smashed.

So 1% of time (dramatic/dangerous) Qik is useful - 99% of the time it’s better to shoot and store local on device then review and upload to push up production values.