iPhone is a content production device

Sometimes I need to prepare multimedia content for demonstration. Not every occasion I have enough time to prepare the demo, especially when I don’t have my notebook computer with me.

Well, I do have a computer with me almost all the times – my iPhone! A lot of bloggers and podcasters share their experience of using iDevices for content production. Besides emails, tweets and photos, I think it is time for me to produce something new solely on my iPhone – my first blog about app recommendation for video streaming.

First of all I need some video contents besides the videos captured by my iPhone. Video Download is a free and easy to use app which can save files to Camera Roll.


Then I use Photos to trim a 4min 20sec video into 1min 20sec, the result .mov file is 4.23MB in size. I would like to demonstrate CDN video streaming by Progressive Download, WMS and HLS. The first one is simple, I upload the trimmed video form Camera Roll to CDN origin storage via FTP using iTransfer.


Here is the progressive download link:
Progressive Download

WMS and HLS need more effort. I use Safari to access my Encoding.com account and transcode the .mov file to wmv and HLS.


The .wmv file is 9.3MB. I upload it to CDN again. iPhone needs third party app to view video streamed by Microsoft Media Server (MMS) protocol. I use yxplayer:


Here is the WMS link, copy the URL and add it as a new stream in yxplayer:
Windows Media Streaming

Encoding.com compresses the HLS files into a 14.44MB Tar archive and sends to my FTP account. I download the Tar file to my iPhone using iTransfer and then uncompress it into 40 files (.m3u8 and .ts) using Unarchiver.


There is no simple way in Unarchiver to upload these 40 files to CDN, I have to click each file and select to open it by iTransfer! The file extension will be truncated to no more than three letters when opened by iTransfer, so I need to rename those five .m3u files to .m3u8. All done, here is the HLS link:
HTTP Live Streaming

Switching over different apps, taking screen captures and finally I compete this article using WordPress app. With apps and cloud services, iPhone becomes a content production device.

This is my first blog written on iPhone.

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