News: Qik videos coming to YouTube

I should just call Mike Arrington at TechCrunch and let him post this one (I want to focus on innovative people, not so much on news), but what the heck. Qik’s engineers just told me that they turned on their YouTube integration.

I’ll test this out tonight at the Flickr party and let you know how well it works. Well, actually, you’ll be able to see the results! They will show up on YouTube here.

Some notes from the engineers:

- YouTube is slow at processing uploads (I’m sure you’re aware…)
- this is using a newly-available format for Qik videos: .3gp files. I wonder what other device might be able to play these .3gp files….
- the quality of the upload is dependent on the quality of the source; a 640*480 Qik file will be sent to YouTube at that resolution (although it will be transcoded down by them). Given the way YouTube handles video quality, I’d try to produce videos at a higher than usual quality setting in order to get good YouTube quality out of it.
- there’s a 10-minute limit on video length. longer ones won’t go.

Looks like it might not be completely ready for everyone to test yet. I’ll bring you more on this as it happens.

Comments

  1. Sarah: I believe it is, yes. And, yes, others should be able to do the same thing.

    Why do you like Flixwagon, by the way?

    Did you visit Kyte.tv at SXSW? Which one do you think will win? I sure am enjoying the competition between these three.

  2. Sarah: I believe it is, yes. And, yes, others should be able to do the same thing.

    Why do you like Flixwagon, by the way?

    Did you visit Kyte.tv at SXSW? Which one do you think will win? I sure am enjoying the competition between these three.

  3. Robert, I’m happy about that. I was going to write you an email, but I guess I’ll just comment instead.

    Flixwagon allows you to customize your player so it can match your site. They have a cool widget that plays all of your videos in one place and allows your audience to twitter directly to their accounts with a remote ajaxy drop down sign in to their twitter.

    Flixwagon has a longer lag delay than Qik, but has higher quality video. I’d rather have the higher video quality. I need to find my bluetooth headset so I can use that for a mic because the N95 mic sounds bad in loud situations.

    Looking forward to watching all your videos from the Flickr party.

  4. Robert, I’m happy about that. I was going to write you an email, but I guess I’ll just comment instead.

    Flixwagon allows you to customize your player so it can match your site. They have a cool widget that plays all of your videos in one place and allows your audience to twitter directly to their accounts with a remote ajaxy drop down sign in to their twitter.

    Flixwagon has a longer lag delay than Qik, but has higher quality video. I’d rather have the higher video quality. I need to find my bluetooth headset so I can use that for a mic because the N95 mic sounds bad in loud situations.

    Looking forward to watching all your videos from the Flickr party.

  5. I watched the video with Patrik and the Newton and I’m jealous. I’m also envious of that battery you have for your N95. What type of battery is that?

  6. I watched the video with Patrik and the Newton and I’m jealous. I’m also envious of that battery you have for your N95. What type of battery is that?

  7. Quality is an interesting topic.

    Qik actually offers the user a choice: you can have the highest possible quality (up to 640*480, 30 frames per second), or you can choose a setting that will ensure your video has no delay over a wide range of cell phone connections.

    Choosing the right default for our users is a challenge (and explaining how it all works is something we still need to get better at).

    For the N95 (under menu -> settings) :
    Optimize for -> Max Quality
    Quality -> Normal (this is 320*240, same as the player)

    – this will produce a good, 3G-streamable video on AT&T’s network. A lot of Robert’s videos are shot with lower settings, because what he’s really after is the realtime interaction.

    If you are getting delay with those settings, and you want to prevent it, you can change the Optimize for to “min delay”. This will tell Qik that it needs to work to keep the delay at a minimum, sacrificing video quality if necessary due to low phone bandwidth.

    And finally, if you want the very best possible image an N95 can produce, set Quality to “High” to force 640*480. If you don’t mind some delay while the video goes out (or if you’re on wifi), the results here can be simply astounding.

  8. Quality is an interesting topic.

    Qik actually offers the user a choice: you can have the highest possible quality (up to 640*480, 30 frames per second), or you can choose a setting that will ensure your video has no delay over a wide range of cell phone connections.

    Choosing the right default for our users is a challenge (and explaining how it all works is something we still need to get better at).

    For the N95 (under menu -> settings) :
    Optimize for -> Max Quality
    Quality -> Normal (this is 320*240, same as the player)

    – this will produce a good, 3G-streamable video on AT&T’s network. A lot of Robert’s videos are shot with lower settings, because what he’s really after is the realtime interaction.

    If you are getting delay with those settings, and you want to prevent it, you can change the Optimize for to “min delay”. This will tell Qik that it needs to work to keep the delay at a minimum, sacrificing video quality if necessary due to low phone bandwidth.

    And finally, if you want the very best possible image an N95 can produce, set Quality to “High” to force 640*480. If you don’t mind some delay while the video goes out (or if you’re on wifi), the results here can be simply astounding.

  9. Nice! Is this integration automatic? Quite good for streaming video from the phone. You n95 users are lucky: 640*480 video; mine can’t even get 320*240.

    So when’s that Tesla Roadster video coming? ;)

  10. Nice! Is this integration automatic? Quite good for streaming video from the phone. You n95 users are lucky: 640*480 video; mine can’t even get 320*240.

    So when’s that Tesla Roadster video coming? ;)

  11. sarahmeyers: I just tried out your videos on Flixwagon and learned that you can’t do this: http://qik.com/video/35841 (live audience interactions).

    Also, your quality seems very jerky compared to most of my Qik videos.

    Also, did you know that you can upgrade your Qik quality in Qik’s settings? The reason I don’t do that is because it often can’t send those extra bits, so starts buffering, which gives my live viewers a bad experience.

    More tests ahead!

    Also, I can’t figure out my Flixwagon account password, so I can’t get the new version. Qik automatically downloads new version from the client. Much better!

  12. sarahmeyers: I just tried out your videos on Flixwagon and learned that you can’t do this: http://qik.com/video/35841 (live audience interactions).

    Also, your quality seems very jerky compared to most of my Qik videos.

    Also, did you know that you can upgrade your Qik quality in Qik’s settings? The reason I don’t do that is because it often can’t send those extra bits, so starts buffering, which gives my live viewers a bad experience.

    More tests ahead!

    Also, I can’t figure out my Flixwagon account password, so I can’t get the new version. Qik automatically downloads new version from the client. Much better!

  13. miraculously, my Motorola V235 would be able to play those files, they’re the default format for Motorola Phone Tools. And I always thought they we’re a standard…

  14. miraculously, my Motorola V235 would be able to play those files, they’re the default format for Motorola Phone Tools. And I always thought they we’re a standard…