Part of the point of keeping up with all the new apps and services is to stay aware of how things are shifting. But the best result is often finding something you want to use because it fits you and how you operate in the world. For example, if you feel that video conferencing tools are missing an element of fun, you might want to check out Spin. If you want more features on your mobile video app, Cameo might do the trick. And if you think you have some videos worth selling, then definitely check out LittleCast.
Have Fun Video Meet and Greets Using Spin
Spin is a new, mobile-only iOS app that offers a unique approach to video chat/conferencing with a number of interactive features that put PandoDaily writer Carmel DeAmicis into a sometimes loopy state though her description of key features is quite lucid:
"Through touch you can move around the faces of the people you’re talking to, making them larger or smaller, assembling them as you wish. You can adjust the volume of individual participants, muting annoying ones with a single tap."
"There’s an array of effects much like Google Hangouts. You can throw tomatoes at fellow video chatters and send paper airplanes that whiz from your screen into theirs. You can draw in the spaces between your faces. You can watch videos or look at pictures together [from third party sources such as YouTube and Instagram]."
"You can invite up to 10 people, so you can throw a party on the platform. You can flip the camera around to show people what you’re looking at in the outside world."
"You can send a one click email invite for people to enter the call. Even if they’re not a Spin user, no sign up is necessary."
But DeAmicis shares a much more important element that makes Spin different:
"Spin taps into your inner child and turns video conferencing into playtime. It’s like Snapchat for video, not about factual communication as much as emotional connection. And Justin Timberlake look out — it’s bringing silly back."
And this is why I think musicians should check out Spin and consider it for small online group gatherings. Like Mig33's miniblogging and messaging platform, the idea that getting together online should be fun is a key element.
Fun can't be forced and Spin's approach might not be for everybody. But Spin's combination of interactive gestures, silly features and connection to other services strikes me as a unique opportunity for small online shows and meet and greets.
Shoot and Edit HD Mobile Video with Cameo
Cameo is a new iOS app for creating HD mobile videos that's designed to take a more feature-rich approach than most currently popular video apps.
Special features include collaboration with up to three friends in a real time video shoot, lots of editing tools and opportunities to share your video via Cameo and other social networks.
Here are some musical examples:
Sell Videos on Facebook Via LittleCast
I'm not sure how well individual music video sales are doing on iTunes but I think that digital bundles of videos, such as all the official music videos you've done or a combination of behind the scenes moments, official music videos and live segments, have a lot of potential.
Whatever your thoughts on that matter, if you decide you do have footage to sell, you may want to check out LittleCast. In addition to handling sales and delivery, LittleCast also specializes in sales via Facebook and mobile apps.
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Hypebot Senior Contributor Clyde Smith (@fluxresearch/@crowdfundingm) also blogs at Flux Research and Crowdfunding For Musicians. To suggest topics for Hypebot, contact: clyde(at)fluxresearch(dot)com.