With the release of the iPhone 3G S and the iPhone 3.0 software comes the ability to not only shoot 30fps VGA video but also edit it while on the device. You can then upload directly to YouTube or Mobile Me using the “Send to MobileMe” and “Send to YouTube” buttons, or send as an email attachment. But what about other services like Facebook, Flickr, Blogger, MySpace, Picasa, Revver, Shutterfly, SmugMug, Viddler, Vimeo, WordPress, and all the others? Here’s how to do it, and yes–there’s an App for that!
Some services such as Flickr and Vimeo allow you to use the “Email Video” button to email your video to a unique email address tied to your account. Once their server receives your email, it adds it to your account. That’s definitely one way to do it, but there’s an even better way. For those of you who are familiar with jailbroken iPhone Apps, you may be familiar with shooting video using the freely available video recorder app. It worked great (not as good as the iPhone 3.0’s capabilities), but it too was limited by the ability to upload to popular video sharing sites.
The solution is a free App in the App Store that has been around since September 2008 called Pixelpipe. It will take photos and videos stored on your iPhone and upload them to the services that you specify–currently, over 75 services are supported. In addition to the iPhone 3G S, they also support Nokia Share Online, Google Android, and the ability to upload your media via MMS and email, much like the aforementioned Flickr and Vimeo services. I’m very excited to try this out once MMS is enabled by AT&T. You can also use IM apps on Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux to upload your content.
The Problem With Email Services
Here’s the problem with email-based upload services, including the one that comes with the iPhone 3.0 software. It simply will not let you email large video file attachments. If you try, you get a “Video Too Long to Send” error message. That not only rules out emailing a video to a friend, but also email it to Flickr, Vimeo, and other services such as Posterous. That’s not a 3G limitation either, sports fans, that nifty little error message also pops up if you’re on WiFi!
All it takes is a free account at the Pixelpipe website and a few minutes to configure the services that you want to upload to. Once configured, just fire up the Pixelpipe App on your iPhone, select the videos or photos you want to upload and let it rip! You can even configure from within the Pixelpipe App which sites you want to enable for upload.
I tested this only with Facebook, and it worked like a charm. Within a few minutes I reloaded my Facebook Wall and there it was, ready for all my friends and family to watch. In addition to adding your own blog (which requires your domain name, login, and password), the following 75 services are supported at this time:
75 Pixelpipe Supported Services
12seconds.tv, 23, 72photos, Adobe Share, Atom Blog, Bebo, blip.tv, blogger, box.net, Brightkite, Buzznet, Dailymotion, drop.io, DropShots, Drupal, facebook, flickr, Fotki, Foto Time, FriendFeed, Friendster, FTP, PHP Gallery, Google Talk, hi5, Hyves.net, identi.ca, imageloop, ImageShack, imeem, ipernity, Jaiku, Kewego, Kodak, Gallery, Kwippy, Kyte, Livejournal, MetaWeblog, MobileMe, Moby, Movable Type, MySpace, Nokia Share on OVI, Phanfare, PhotoBox, Photobucket, Photoservice.com, Pic.im, Picasa, PictureTrail, Pikeo, Ping.fm, Pix.im, Plerb, Plurk, Qipit, Radar, Revver, Scribd, Seesmic, Shutterfly, SmugMug, Snapfish, Snapmylife, Squarespace, Tinypic, Tumblr, TweetPhoto, Twitgoo, TwitPic, Twitter, TypePad, Viddler, Vimeo, Vox, Webshots, WordPress, Yfrog, Youare, YouTube, Zenfolio, ZoomIn, and Zoomr. Whew! That’s quite a list, and I’m sure they’re adding more all the time so if the service that you want isn’t listed, ask them!
Even though it would be nice to have a “Send to Facebook” button within the Camera App itself, it’s unrealistic to think that Apple would support more than just a few core services such as YouTube and their own Mobile. But thanks to the awesome development community, there alternatives and I’m sure this is just one of many that will be made available to mobile devices.
I found the Pixelpipe App very easy to use and even gave me the option to enter a title for the video before uploading it. There are options within the App to modify destinations, add new ones from the huge list of 75, warn you if you’re not on WiFi, setup default keywords, and more. There’s also a tab to view the queue of your uploads so you know how much longer it’s going to take before they’re done.
The only problem is that it hasn’t been updated for the 3.0 iPhone software, so it has some quirky side-effects such as showing you a photo thumbnail of your video in addition to your video, and the video shows no thumbnail at all. So each video is represented in the Pixelpipe media list as two items: a .JPG and a .MOV. I hope to see this App updated soon to resolve this glitch. What is happening is the iPhone saves two files when you create a new video: a .JPG to represent the video in your Camera Roll, and the .MOV video file itself. Pixelpipe clearly needs to be updated to support this.