I have always been fanatical about taking A LOT of pictures of my family. I want to document each and every precious memory together, most especially now that my kids are teenagers and will be off on their own in a few years. Whose to say if or when we’ll ever be able to get together often to do fun things together. Our daughter already has plans on moving our West. If she does it might be years before we’re together again. Sigh… that makes me so sad.
I’ll admit that I haven’t taken as much videos over the years as I should have. My husband used to take videos all the time of our kids when they were little. As year went by and technology improved it made it very expensive to shoot a lot of videos so we stopped doing it. I couldn’t even tell yo where are video camera is.
Thankfully our iPhones take video. Ever since we started using iPhones my entire family has taken a lot of videos.
It’s great to have the technology to take videos on your phone. But then what? Does it sit there on your phone for only your eyes to see or do you share it with friends and family.
You can upload the videos to YouTube but not all videos are something you want the world to see. It’s not easy to email or message videos if they are too long. So what else can you do?
Introducing a smartphone application that allows you to store your videos on your own private cloud and then watch them on other devices such as your home computer, tablet or even your television. You can even share the videos with others via text or e-mail.
Can you believe such an app is FREE?
The app is called RealPlayer Cloud.
I admit that I can be “technologically challenged” at times however RealCloud Player was quick to set up and super easy to use.
To get started with RealPlayer Cloud, follow these easy steps:
Sign up for your free account
You can also sign in to your account at www.real.com from any computer, smartphone, or tablet’s web browser.
To add the RealPlayer Cloud account to the Roku device visit http://www.roku.com/channels/#!details/30800/realplayer-cloud or add it from the Channel store once your Roku is hooked up to your TV.
It’s that easy!
Each free account comes with 2 GB of space. You can earn extra space when you set up other devices to your account and other tasks. You can also sign up for a premium account (Silver, Gold or Platinum) down the road if you find that you need more space.
You can shoot videos directly from the app or shoot videos as you would regularly on your device and they will automatically be picked up by RealPlayer Cloud. I am grateful that it does that because a few times I forgot to shoot the video from the app. It was OK since the app picks up videos from your device and brings them over the to app.
I like that you can organize videos too which make it easier to find a specific video you are looking for. You can set them up in categories such as vacation, parties, family member’s names, months or any other way you see fit. Right now mine are filed under Summer 2014. I plan on having a Holidays 2014 folder soon. I also have a folder for Random videos.
Now that you have a great place to store and organize you videos – how do you share them with loved ones? It’s easy!
You can watch your videos from most devices such as other phones, tablets, computers and even your television. All you need to do it log into your account and you can watch the video/videos instantly.
RealPlayer Cloud has SurePlay technology which converts the videos so they are easy to watch no matter what device you are watching them on. That means you can watch them full screen on your television and not an itty bitty version of it.
If you have a Roku device you can also set that up with RealPlayer Cloud and watch them form the Roku device.
You can also move videos to different devices too.
Most videos you’d love to share with others. RealPlayer Cloud makes it easy to PRIVATELY share videos with anyone. You don’t have to upload them on social media sites (such as Facebook), especially if it’s a video you want to keep private.
You can easily e-mail or text message videos to loved ones. There is no length limit either which is a nice thing since I tend to take long videos.
Your video recipient doesn’t need to have a RealPlayer Cloud account to watch the video. They simply hit the play button and the video starts playing for them. It’s so easy even those who are “technologically challenged” like me can watch videos sent to them via RealPlayer Cloud.
Of course you can still share videos on Facebook and Twitter from RealPlayer Cloud too.
I’m loving the app so far.
The image I used (above) was taken when I first downloaded the app. Now when I open the app you can see my videos (screen shot) right from the app’s home screen. The only reason why I didn’t use a screen shot now is because my 16 year old cousin appears in the large video viewing area and I don’t like to share images of family or friends without their consent.
I’ve been able to get some great videos from our cousin’s Sweet 16 party, Roosevelt Island (NYC), the local state park and so much more. I’m looking forward to taking plenty of videos on the first day of school and the holidays. As my daughter puts it in a few weeks it will be her LAST “first day” of school because she graduates next June. Needless to say I MUST get that on video not only for us but also to share with the grandparents.
I am loving watching the videos on the television. It’s so much nicer to see them “larger” as well as allow everyone to watch all at once instead of passing the phone around.
We were using an older version of Roku but we are now using Roku 2 and the RealPlayer Cloud works perfectly with it. More on that in another post.
RealCloud Player would love to give a lucky reader a special prize package which includes a Roku 2, a $200 gift card so that you can take your family out some place special and capture the moments on video AND 1 year of RealCloud Player’s Premium Gold ($99 value!). Thank you RealPlayer Cloud!
This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and will end on August 28, 2014 at 11:59 PM (EST). The winner will be chosen at random using a random number generator from all eligible entries. The winner will be notified via e-mail and will have three days to reply or a new winner will be chosen in their place.
To enter please comment on this post and tell me what types of events/situations do you like to video tape and share with loved ones?
For extra entries you can use the Rafflecopter widget (below) but you must complete the initial entry requirement or the additional entries wont’ qualify (I do check). Extra entries are optional.
*I received the same prize package in exchange for my participation. There was no other compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in anyway.