In case you have not heard of Qik, you better put your geek hat on and get up to speed. So, what is Qik? Qik is a website that allows you to share video from your mobile device to the Internet. You can log into Qik using your Facebook or Twitter account and whenever you upload a video, your followers will be notified. Qik has been available on most of the other mobile platforms but only recently became available to the iPhone.
Previously, Qik was only available to iPhone users whom had jailbroken their phones. However, it seems that with the acceptance by Apple of the UStream app that the floodgates may start to open on other streaming video applications.
The Qik app for the iPhone is pretty straightforward. For first-time user, when you open up the app, you need to sign up for your Qik account. Then you can either link you Facebook and Twitter accounts if you want. I would assume most would want if you were planning to share online. After that, you’re ready to record video and start streaming live video!
The Qik interface is divided into two parts. The top section displays the video camera and the bottom is a chat panel that lets you send text message to your friends or live audiences.
By default, the video recorded will be shared publicly. If you choose to keep videos private, the app also provides an option to tag the video as private and upload it to your account. At this point, it is not in your public folder but rather in your private folder. You can then visit the Qik site from within the app and when you click on the video you can choose to ?share? it by entering the email of the folks you wish to share with. They will then have access and be able to watch the video.
The Qik app lets you easily post videos to other social networks including including Facebook, Twitter, 12seconds.tv, Brightcove, YouTube, Tumblr or Blogger. Before you can share the videos to other social networks, you have to activate them by supplying the credentials in qik.com via “Edit Network” option.
Like the UStream app, Qik will be very popular among families and friends who want to share moments with each other that they cannot all attend. Simply point your browser to qik.com and you can view what awesome moments that others are sharing.
While many users have been very happy to hear about the Qik application finally being made available, there has been some concern that the app is not completely functional as advertised. Many have complained about the chat function not working when you stream live video. Personally, I do not experience the problem. If you encounter any issue, don’t forget to let us know by leaving comment below.
Overall, Qik is a great app and it’s free for download [iTunes link] in App Store. If you don’t want to miss any precious moment and share it with your friends, go ahead and install Qik on iPhone.
Wait… You’re not using iPhone 3GS and you can’t record video? Qik knows both iPhone 2G and 3G lacks the video camera support. So, it also comes with another iPhone app called Qik VideoCamera that lets you capture video on older version of iPhone. To learn more about it, check this direct iTunes link.