After playing around with Periscope for a while I though I would try and reproduce what I can do on a Google hangout or webinar for example and that’s use more than one camera.
Now for any one unfamiliar with Periscope and its main competitor Meerkat, these are live streaming video apps for mobile devices like the iPhone, iPad and Android. Periscope is owned and part of Twitter and it has become the main player in this market with about 8x the number of users than Meerkat even though they both launched at about the at time.
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The biggest attraction is that you can just start a scope or broadcast as easily as taking starting a video and that is it your live, all the people that follow you will receive a tweet saying your on air now.
Whilst this a great for just doing a quick broadcast, the medium allows for so much more and allows you to connect and interact like nothing else. Problem is you are stuck with the camera in the device you using and at the moment you can not get an external video stream in to the apps, so using a different camera cant be done… or can it?
If you do a bit of side ways thinking then it is possible and that what video shows. I originally tried just using the iPhone to look at a lanscape screen and just seeing a slice of it but I found that if you use all the cameras in portrait mode the the resolution almost doubles from 1080 to 1920 lines, which gives a much better quality, if you expanded that out to a landscape format it would be almost 4k quality.
The setup is cumbersome and not portable but it proves you can do a multi cam Periscope session or Meerkat if you use that one as well.
The great thing about this is that it allows you to do anything that want including green screen, graphics, picture in picture etc and then show it in Periscope.
I hear that there may be a solution available soon that does allow an external video stream in to the Periscope app and if that is so then the final link stage with the mobile device looking at the screen will be eliminated but all the rest using the video switcher and the multiple cameras will remain the same.
When Periscope finally get around to give us landscape mode then we will have something that could be a serous rival to Google hangouts.