Jul 1st, 2011

Facebook is okay. Twitter is neat. But Google+ is already opening doors. With the new “Hangout” feature, the Phandroid team tested out something we’ve wanted to do for a LONG time: video podcasting. The main thing holding us back in the past was a simple technology to get the job done. Well, check out what we were able to accomplish with Google+:

What we did was extremely simple:

  • Create a private G+ Hangout with those video podcasting
  • Use Camtasia, set the recording area to a custom size that fits the Hangout video
  • Press the record button and start your podcast!

I had to use a microphone that recorded the sound coming out of my laptop speaker, so sound quality wasn’t good. Kevin and I were also using our built-in laptop cameras so our video quality wasn’t great. But when it comes down to it, this was a test run that can be greatly improved upon- we just wanted to test it out, share the idea, and see what you folks think.

Most of all, I hope Google takes notice and continues building this out as a native feature set with YouTube integration. Some things I’d like to see:

  • Set private Hangout/Podcast participants, but allow other Circles or the general public to view the video stream
  • Enable the “host” to selectively allow people watching (but not participating) to get face-time: this could be the equivalent of “calling in” to ask a question or having a guest on-air
  • Allow recording of the video which would automatically be uploaded to your YouTube account for future viewing
  • Take it one step further and imagine live polls, overlay graphics/text, and elements that would not only improve hangout as a feature for friends but make it the most compelling (and free) video podcasting solution on the planet.

So… what do you think?

Keep the opinions coming!

Please sound off in the comments if you’d like to see more of these videos:  what specific topics/ideas would you like us to cover?