Touchcast, for iPad only, creates an interactive presentation that mixes video with web content. It brings broadcast quality tools for making video blogs, reviews, how-tos, news broadcasts, and more with a touch-friendly and interactive interface. Users also can browse and see what other TouchCasters have made and follow them similar to a social network.
What sets TouchCast apart from other video creation apps is the ability to add what the developers call vApps (short for video apps), so viewers can interact with the video. So, for example, if a TouchCast user records a video in front of the iPad camera, the user can overlay elements such as web pages, maps, photos, Twitter streams, polls, quizzes and more. Users watching the video can click on these multimedia elements and interact with them while the video continues to play.
TouchCast has several video filters which can be applied to the video to give it a unique look. It also lets you quickly switch to a Whiteboard to allow drawing a diagram onscreen. And when there is a lot of audio in the video, the user can use a pre-written script and display it in an onscreen teleprompter that the audience will not be able to see.
The videos are hosted online on the user’s TouchCast channel. From within the app, users can share these TouchCast videos via Facebook, Twitter and email. Users can also upload it to YouTube as a regular, non-interactive videoTouchCast.
The TouchCast tutorial provides an overview for using the app.
- Download the TouchCast app on an iPad.
- Browse published TouchCasts.
- Investigatethe basics to record your initial video (all of which are optional):
• Effects Tab: Green Screen (iPad only)
- Either, start from scratch with “Create New” or use a Theme (both under “new TouchCast”) or start by importing a video file (a special theme in the theme menu called “Video Import” under “New TouchCast”)
- Record in the Studio and polish in the Editor.
- Save and/or Upload in the Broadcaster.