In case you haven’t found a video or music streaming service that you love yet, SplashCast launched today with some new twists. SplashCast enables anyone to create streaming media ‘channels’ that combine video, music, photos, narration, text and RSS feeds. These user-generated channels can be played and easily syndicated on any web site, blog, or social network page. When channel owners modify their channel, their content is automatically updated across all the web pages ‘tuned’ to that channel.
According to SplashCast CEO Michael Berkley, SplashCast is different from other online video sharing sites:
“First, SplashCast is not a site; it is a service that allows you to play dynamically updated channels of content on your web page, blog, or social network page (like MySpace).
Second, while we believe video is a very powerful medium to communicate and entertain, video is not always the best medium. SplashCast is a mix-media service. This allows you to combine video with photos, music, text, and your own narration. You can now tell your stories in almost any way imaginable.
Third, SplashCast is a true syndication service. If you create a channel, whenever you add new content all the web pages currently â€œtunedâ€ to your channel instantly receive the updated broadcast. If you create a channel people find interesting, you could find yourself broadcasting on hundreds or even thousands of web sites.”
SplashCast is in public beta now, so get out and give it a shot!
Update: I did a quick test of the SplashCast video function using some slides (from our last golf trip to Crosswater in beautiful Central Oregon) and music for a quick slideshow. The photos uploaded quickly, and the audio upload function worked well too, although if you click ‘NEXT’ before the indicator shows the file has completed upload, it will say ‘Audio Not Found,’ so you need to be patient.
Double update: Can’t get the SplashCast video to embed…so click here to see the test file.