Posts made in April, 2008

Webcam feature upgraded

Posted by on Apr 25, 2008 in Change Log, Technical | 7 comments

Our record-by-webcam feature has been the one aspect of the site that we’ve been the least happy with for some time. We’re happy to announce that today it has been upgraded significantly.

There’s still a few things we want to do to improve it further but we wanted to bring you the main improvements right away. Notably the issues that many people were having with audio should now be fixed, we’ve simplified the interface to make it easier to use, and we’ve added visual feedback for volume so you know the audio is working.

Please give the webcam feature a try and let us know any issues or thoughts you have in the comments section below. Some more technical details follow…

Technical – We have removed the resolution options as they were confusing for many people. We have set the resolution and quality to fixed values which should work well for most people in most situations. We plan to improve on this by adding a feature that will auto-test your upload bandwidth upon initialization of the webcam and set the quality and resolution accordingly. This will mean that everyone gets the best possible quality for their connection speed. Naturally people’s internet connections vary a great deal in terms of speed, particularly when it comes to upload speed. This is the relevant aspect for recording video into our site. There is a known issue which remains relating to very short clips. In this situation you may experience the WorldTV buffering logo appearing, although this doesn’t affect the recorded clip.

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WorldTV in the Guardian Newspaper

Posted by on Apr 24, 2008 in Press Coverage | 0 comments

Vic Keegan writes in the Guardian newspaper today a detailed article about WorldTV and calls it a “a laboratory for tomorrow’s film and television producers”.

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Tip: Add a password so your channel is secure

Posted by on Apr 23, 2008 in Tips for use | 16 comments

When you first create a channel in WorldTV you do not need to enter a password to access the channel editor. You simply visit your Editor URL which we send you by e-mail.

This works fine for many people but is really not very secure.  We strongly recommend people add a password so that other people can’t mess with your channel.

It’s easy to do, simply visit Channel Settings and look for the option which says “Use password to access the Editor”. You’ll find it on the Channel tab.

Adding a password (aka ‘secret word’) is especially important for channels that are set to public.

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WorldTV heads East

Posted by on Apr 20, 2008 in General News | 0 comments

WorldTV has a crack squad of coders working hard behind the scenes to bring you all the clever features that make up WorldTV.

Myself (Alx) and Toby are today heading off today to the Ukraine for a couple of weeks to work alongside our development crew.

If you’re interested in following our trip, I’ll be blogging about it on my personal blog complete with live mobile phone videos like this one (archived videos here), and Toby will be twittering.

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Tip: Make your channel public

Posted by on Apr 15, 2008 in Tips for use | 7 comments

Have you made a cool channel? Want the World to see it?

When you create a channel in WorldTV it is not public by default. This means it will not appear on the WorldTV World page. If you’ve been wondering why your channel does not appear on this page, this is almost certainly the reason.

Simply go into your Editor page and look under Channel Settings. On the Channel tab you should see a checkbox which says ‘List Channel Publicly’. Tick this box and you’re done.

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