The newest app to grab my attention is TouchCast. I often find apps that I like, but this app is sparking love! TouchCast is being touted as “video and web coming together.” The app allows users to create videos that are fully customizable. The videos need to be shot and viewed with an iPad for optimal performance, but the videos can still be viewed with limited interactivity from computers and smartphones.
Are you feeling vApp-id?
Nothing is vapid about TouchCast, but its Video Applications (vApps) are mind-blowing. Users can create videos and add vApps. The vApps add interactive components to the TouchCast recordings that are both professional in appearance and highly customizable. Below is a screenshot of the all the vApps that are currently available.
Wait! There’s more!!
Beyond vApps, there is a useful whiteboard feature that allows users to draw directly on the video or on a blank screen. There are also several video effects that can be added to the live video feed, and another really cool feature is the teleprompter. That’s right, a teleprompter. The teleprompter is found on the cameral tab and is fully adjustable. The teleprompter appears on the side of the iPad nearest the camera so that you appear to be looking at the camera while reading your script or scanning your notes.
Beyond the teleprompter you can fully prep a TouchCast’s vApps, titles and whiteboard annotations and save them as projects, which can then be used in the TouchCast recording.
How to experience a TouchCast
TouchCast videos can be uploaded to Youtube, however the interactive features aren’t available. Viewers of TouchCast videos will find the optimal viewing experience on an iPad 2 or new. However, viewers can go to the TouchCast website (www.TouchCast.com) in either Chrome or Safari and enjoy the interactive viewing experience.
TouchCast in the Beginning (aka last month)
TouchCast was just added to the App Store on June 27, 2013 and I am sure there will be bugs, but it is one of the neatest apps I have seen in a long time. The main limitation (for the time being) is the 60 minute upload limit. TouchCast is currently free, which means limits. However, they are developing a subscription plan that will allow users to buy more time in the future.
TouchCast’s Bright Future
On a final and morally sound note, TouchCast has a strict content guideline policy. They intended to enforce their commonsense guidelines, which are meant to prevent violent, sexually explicit, or hateful videos and comments. It is nice to see that a sense of community is being established early and that this app will be used to its’ fullest potential for the good of all.
Feel free to view my TouchCast – http://www.touchcast.com/chathamit/Sample-Touchcast