Live Broadcasting Apps
Want to share a live video feed with the world? Thanks to a ton of different apps, now you can. Imagine having a live video stream of your dog while you are at work or having a live video feed of the washer to know when your clothes are done. There are endless possibilities. We compare our favorites in this AppGuide.
Ustream Live Broadcaster lets you broadcast high quality video to the world. This works over 3G and Wi-Fi. You can switch between the front or back cameras on the fly. There is a simple one click button to share your streams with the world. If you have viewers you can interact with them in the chat room. There has never been an easier and simpler way to stream live video with the world. The latest Ustream app is also great if you want to view live streams. Ustream Live Broadcaster is the essential video streaming app for the iPhone.
Mini WebCam is so close to being an essential app. The free app sends a live video stream out of your iPhone. You can select the quality level and even use your iPhone 4s flashlight. Unfortunately, there is no access to the front camera and the microphone is not used. Those are two big features that are missing. Still, this is one of the best free apps out there for streaming video.
JumiCam Webcam streamer
JumiCam works in conjunction with a desktop or laptop computer. This app will recieve video streams from as many cameras as you can set up. The app works over 3G and is one of the best we have found for computer to iPhone streaming. The downside is you need a Windows computer for it to run. If you have Windows, this is a great app.
CloudCam lets you share what your iPhone camera is seeing with the world. Rather than a video feed it will send out an image every few seconds. This technology enables you to have longer battery life, but you lose audio and an actual live video feed in the process. The interface and setup is as easy as they come. If you don’t need a true video stream, this may be the app for you.
JustView is a free app that sends photos from a computer’s web cam to this app. You need to be on the same Wi-Fi network for the app to work. The functionality is very basic and not very advanced. For a free app it is okay. We would love to see a paid version that has even more advanced features.
Another option is iphCAM. The $1.99 app has many of the limitations the other apps do. The setup and configuration is very easy. There is nothing that makes this app stand out above the others. It is a decent app, but nothing more.
Air Cam Live Video
Air Cam Live Video works okay. We had problems getting the 3G access to work. For local Wi-Fi streaming the app worked great. There are some nice features like motion detection, which triggers the video to start. There is night mode and even two-way video streaming. This one will need a Mac or Windows computer to work as the host. The app acts as a viewer of your computer's web cam. Air Cam Live Video is okay, but really needs some work before we can fully recommend it.