App review: UStream Broadcaster

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A lot of people have probably already heard about UStream and the services they provide. To be quite honest, it’s nothing special. There are a lot of websites out there that give you a profile and allow you to use a webcam or something like Procaster to stream a shot of yourself, a movie, or a video game being played. When UStream released an android app, i was reluctant to grab it at first. What am I gonna do, browse the streams or read profiles? I figured I could always uninstall if it wasn’t anything to write home about, so I went ahead and downloaded. After playing around and getting things set up, I am throughly impressed. The app isn’t about viewing streams, it’s about broadcasting. Had I been paying attention, I would have known this. The exact name of the app is UStream Broadcaster. They also have UStream Viewer if you just want to view streams. Pretty self explanatory right? OK, let’s get right into this.

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The first thing you will have to do is register a new account, if you don’t already have one. I ran into some problems here. I made my account in the app. After trying several times to log in and still receiving an incorrect password notification, I went ahead and made an account online. After that, things went smoothly. When you create an account online, you have the option to use OpenID, Google sign in, or Facebook. I just used an older e-mail, but hey, the more options the merrier, right? After you create a unique username, you have to create a unique stream name. Makes sense because you can use UStream to search streams you want to view. Like I assume most people do, I always check an app’s settings (preferences) as soon as possible. From the settings menu you can choose default channel, whether or not UStream asks for your location on stream startup, if you want to start in local or live mode, quality, resolution, and any social networking sites you want your stream shared on. I haven’t used UStream for a very long period of time, but I don’t think you should need much more than this. I should mention there wasn’t huge differences in quality and resolution. Having said that, I would recommend staying with the top settings in both those areas. Now on to the streaming.

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Once you are logged in you are presented with two options, Local or Live. Local let’s you record videos to your phone so you can upload them to UStream later. This feature is only good for wanting to record a video when you don’t want anyone watching you stream it. After streaming anything, you have the option to save using local or live with Share & Upload. From there you can use UStream, Facebook, Twitter, or YouTube. There really isn’t much more to local streaming than that. It’s nice that they included the feature, but live streaming is what makes this app worth it.

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(Please ignore the lines in the picture, this was an error associated with the screen grab utility I was using. Thanks.)

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