Better “lifecasting” with Veodia

Funny, instead of heading up to the big Facebook shindig I went down to Veodia. Never heard of them? Well, Rafe Needleman, who runs the Webware blog, used Veodia to broadcast the Facebook shindig to the world.

Unfortunately the video that Rafe did is totally useless and doesn’t show off Veodia very well. If we’re going to do live cameras we need to have microphones that are directional. They are expensive. The one I used at CES cost about $900 but only picked up whoever you aim at.

Anyway, Veodia is aiming their service more at corporate types than competitors like Justin.tv, Ustream.tv, or the just-announced Blogtv.com.

What makes it better than those? For one, it uses standard MPEG, not Flash. So it works on Apple TV and iPods. For two, the quality usually is a lot better (if you have enough bandwidth to send a decent signal, which Rafe didn’t have).

Also, it does a lot better job at recording what’s being sent than Ustream does (it does it on the server side automatically and automatically replaces the video stream with the recording at the end of a broadcast).

Some cons against Veodia? They aren’t going with an advertising-based business model. That means they are going to charge the content providers if they use more than a preset amount of bandwidth (which hasn’t been set yet). While it’s free it’s a great service (and there will be a free version, even after they come out of beta) but it could get pricey for someone like me who can get thousands of people to watch a single show.

Also, they don’t yet support 16:9 video format so on Apple TV the video doesn’t fill the screen the way that my show, for instance, does. But they are working on that.

Oh, and you can only encode video from a PC so far, they are working on a Mac version.

Anyway, I’m running about three to four week lead times on my show, so this interview will be up in about a month.

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