A blast from the past has returned with a firm grip on the future! Welcome back, RealPlayer!
RealNetworks – remember them? – has turned up out of the blue with a cloud-based video sharing solution that was not only a surprise, but will simplify sharing videos even more than has been previously attempted by countless social media sites and software applications. Sure, there’s been cloud sharing, but nothing quite like this.
From the official press release:
RealPlayer Cloud’s seamless multi-device functionality is enabled by SurePlay™, a revolutionary technology from RealNetworks that enables seamless auto-formatting of videos to fit the device type, size of screen, available bandwidth and storage space available on the device.
RealPlayer Cloud apps are available as a free download on six platforms – Android Phones, iPhones, iPads, Windows PCs, Roku TV Players, and any other device via a Web Browser. RealPlayer Cloud comes with two gigabytes of cloud storage for free to all users in the U.S. and Canada.
Normally this is where I’d lament the lack of a Windows Phone app, but for once, there’s a web app that can be accessed from any browser – including mobile ones. This seems to be a basic consideration that many mobile solutions seem to miss out on. Web apps don’t get nearly enough credit these days!
As one might guess, RealNetworks has a vision: to make video sharing far easier and faster. I’ve had a little time to play around with the web app, and am willing to say they’re well on the way to their goal. It’s a breeze to upload and share videos to other devices or social networks, and the best part is that you don’t have to wait for it to finish uploading and encoding before you unleash your creations upon the world. As soon as you start your upload, you can start sharing. All of the encoding is done in the cloud as it uploads, so it removes the step of having to waiting ages for it to finish both those steps before you can even consider showing your friends.
You can find more info about the RealPlayer Cloud at http://www.real.com/cloud. Upon sign up, you get 2 GB of storage free, and there’s an opportunity to earn additional free storage by uploading videos, sharing videos, and trying out the mobile versions of RealPlayer Cloud. There are, of course, paid options as well. Check out the page for more details.
I had actually pretty much written off RealNetworks quite some time ago in the advent of better quality codes that weren’t bound to a single program. After reading – and seeing – what RealPlayer Cloud has to offer, they will definitely be finding their way back onto my computer.
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