Once you’re blogging pictures and text with your iPhone, the next step is to add streaming video, audio and location-based features into the mix.
If you’ve already nailed the basics with our guide to iPhone blogging, try this guide to becoming a next-gen genius. In next to no time you’ll be showing your audience events live, as they happen, chopping up video like a mobile-toting Stephen Spielberg, and beaming audio interviews direct to the web, for hordes of baying listeners to gorge on. With an iPhone in your pocket, it’s all dead easy too. Read on, and we’ll show you how.
Film and edit video with ReelDirector
The iPhone 3GS has limited video editing features built in, letting you trim and share the clips you record, but it’s hardly a creative process. Edit videos properly with ReelDirector’s range of sophisticated tools. While it’s certainly not a replacement for desktop video applications like Final Cut, or even iMovie, it’ll let you to combine clips and make effective edits on the move.
ReelDirector will arrange and combine video clips and let you add captions. It also has 27 tasteful transitions which can be added or changed non-destructively (which means you can undo them without needing to start editing the video all over again). Splice them inbetween clips and you’ll avoid nasty jump-cuts between one clip and the next.
Once you’ve finished with your mini-movie, you can share it via email or save it back into iPhone’s library to be posted using a blogging app, like WordPress 2 for iPhone or Tumblr. ReelDirector costs £4.99.
Qik and UStream for live video coverage
As well as recording video clips to post on your blog, you can also make use of Vodafone’s data tariffs to stream video straight from your iPhone 3GS to the web. That means you can show events in real time, whether it’s a family event you want to share with relatives abroad, or an attempt at presenting your own roving web TV show.
Fire up Qik Live and you’ll be able to stream video directly from iPhone mobile phones to the web, as well as saving them instantly online to view again later. You can sign up for a Qik account directly from the Qik Live app, so there’s no need for a laptop to get up and running. Once you’ve begun filming, you can point your viewers towards the live stream to let them to watch almost live (there’s a slight delay, while the video makes its way from the iPhone to their desktop) or share the recorded videos after the event, using Twitter, YouTube and Facebook.
UStream Broadcaster also allows you to stream video directly from your iPhone 3GS and to share the clips to Twitter, YouTube and Facebook. It will also let you register for a UStream account from the app. Be careful to select UStream Broadcaster and Qik Live as there are several similarly named apps in the iTunes App Store. Both apps are free.
AudioBoo for instant audio capture
While Tumblr’s blogging app will let you record and post audio to your blog from your iPhone 3GS, there’s a better solution for producing instant audio clips that you can embed on any blog, share on Twitter and post to Facebook.
AudioBoo’s iPhone app is free and lets you post audio straight to multiple services immediately after you’ve recorded it. The interface is incredibly simple, with one-touch recording and one-button uploading. Once you’ve recorded a clip, it’ll be saved on your AudioBoo page, so it’s available to AudioBoo’s community of audio addicts. You can also share any recordings you make automatically, using Twitter or Facebook.
Sharing your location with Twitter
Talking about what you’re doing is great, showing the world what you’re up to with photos and video is fantastic, but there’s another way to blog: by sharing your location.
Use Twitter to post updates, and you’ll be able to geotag your tweets with location data. When your audience sees the update, it’ll come paired with a map showing your exact location. It’s useful if you want to tell your readers about a particular event or venue, giving them the ability to find the location on Google Maps, and also lets your audience follow your every move. Blogging a round the world road-trip? Let your Tweets tell people how far you’ve got!
To let Twitter to use the iPhone 3GS’ built-in GPS, you need to visit Twitter.com, log-in (or register) and go to settings. Under ‘Account’, you’ll find a tickbox to allow geotagging. You can then either visit Twitter using the iPhone 3GS’ Safari web browser or download an app to handle your tweeting. We recommend Tweetdeck, which supports geotagging. Don’t worry about mistakenly tweeting your location when you’re using Tweetdeck, the app will warn you each time you send an update, and you’ll be given the option to hide your location.