I don’t know if it has anything to do with the current situation, but Instagram seems to be working hard on improving its web-based experience. After enabling direct messaging from a browser, Instagram now lets you watch live streams from your computer, too.
The coronavirus outbreak has made many people work, teach and study from home. To make this easier, Google Suite is now offering free access to advanced Hangouts Meet video-conferencing. If your work has moved online as well, you can take advantage of this offer no matter where in the world you are.
Coronavirus has had many events canceled and postponed, including this year’s NAB. While The Photography Show in Birmingham has been rescheduled and Adobe Summit switched online, NAB didn’t offer any alternative at the time of cancelation. But now it appears that we’ll have one after all. In late April 2020, NAB will be streamed in the form of a “virtual trade show.”
Although still somewhat popular, webcams have become practically obsolete these days with the use of phones, laptops and monitor with built-in cameras. They still serve a purpose, but selfie cameras on phones probably get a lot more of our attention now. At one point, though, webcams were the pinnacle of computer imaging tech for many consumers.
In 1994, San Francisco State University students Jeff Schwartz and Dan Wong set up the FogCam. A webcam that has run in various parts of the campus for the last 25 years, but now it’s shutting down.
A Chinese vlogger known as “Your Highness Qiao Biluo” recently came under fire after she was busted for using a face filter to make herself look younger. Thanks to a glitch during a live stream last week, Qiao Biluo appeared without her usual filter. And as it turned out, she is much older than she presents herself to be online.
YouTube’s live streaming has been very popular since they introduced it in 2011. But for many users, it’s just been too complex to deal with. On the desktop you have to set up some kind of capture & streaming software like OBS, Wirecast, or X-Split; None of which are the most intuitive of applications. With mobile, it’s a little easier, although the capability hasn’t been around as long.
Now, YouTube is changing all that with new live streaming from directly within your browser and mobile app. This change was inevitable, really. Facebook’s live streaming has become ridiculously popular, and YouTube has been struggling to draw those people onto their platform instead. Now, this may change things a little.
Photobombing can end up with some hilarious photos and videos. However, if it ruins your once-in-a-lifetime shot, I don’t think you’d feel like laughing. This is precisely what happened to a camera guy from The Weather Channel while he was shooting Georgia Dome’s implosion yesterday. And it’s sad and hilarious at the same time.
If you’ve been on the Internet at any point in the last few weeks, you’ve probably heard of this eclipse that’s about to happen. It seems there’s a lot of feeds going up and down today as demand to view it online increases. I’ve been keeping an eye on a few of them myself. Even NASA’s own feeds have been quite flaky for me at times today.
But, don’t worry. Google has the power, and NASA’s public TV feed is also streaming out live through their YouTube channel, too.
Game capture hardware maker Elgato has created Cam Link, a tiny and handy device that lets you turn any camera you have into a webcam. Although it’s aimed mainly at gamers who want to stream and record their gaming sessions, you can use it for other purposes as well. You can stream videos on YouTube or just use it as a webcam for video chat. And it’s a pretty affordable gadget.
The US Presidential inauguration is only a few days away. It will take place on January 20th, and we now know the technology behind the event coverage. In case you live far away and don’t want to miss a thing, Nikon and USA Today have enabled live streaming. They have announced the choice of the gear for the occasion – it will be a set of customized Nikon KeyMission 360 cameras.