This post will address some of the features of the WimTV platform designed and developed by WimLabs in line with the evolution of the new age of video on the web.
- Being creators and masters of our ideas and of the content we want to publish.
In previous posts we have analysed the WimTV “legal” context. In particular we have examined the relationship between the content rights holder and the WimTV platform. The main difference with the majority of other platforms is that WimTV offers hosting, payment and streaming services but does not claim any right to content uploaded to the platform.
The issue of WimTV rights is not just a matter”for lawyers”, but is very practical because the users who want to exploit the results of their creativity must be able to flexibly define how the contents published on the platform shall be used.
In WimTV publication is no tthe simple “put your video on your page” of other platforms. Indeed in WimTV you can post a video that has an attached Creative Commons or a “normal” copyright license. In the latter case, the video can be published for free or for a fee. In the last case the user must have a PayPal account where the revenues can be collected.
- Live streaming: from camera to mobile.
Another important feature is live streaming. From the console you can open as many “channels” you need and populate them with “events” each of which has a beginning and an end and can be for free or for a fee. If you are using a desktop you can use the PC camera or an external camera. You can also use our WMLE software (WimLabs Media Live Encoder) to connect an IP camera (e.g. connected via WiFi).
A very welcome feature is the the recording by WimTV of an event while it is being streamed. After the event you will find the video of the event already in your area (WimBox) ready to be published (to WimVod). As any other uploaded video the recorded video can be oublished with a Creative Commons or copyright licence, in the latter case for free or for a fee.
If you are using a mobile handset you can do very much the same things. In particular you can live stream from your smart phone ot tablet using an external app (e.g Wowza) to capture the video of your handset and send it to the WimTV server for distribution.
- Give a value to what you watch
So far we have talked about WimTV from the viewpoint of a web TV, but we have not considered the end user, the one who watches videos on WimTV. Well, there’s not much to say because an end user does not need anything specific if not a browser for desktop or mobile. The end user wishing to watch a video for a fee will pay with a credit card or (more comfortably) with PayPal. Each payment will immediately credited to your PayPal account minus the WimTV commission of the 30% which includes the PayPal fees).
Should we stop here? Of course not. Withe the “subscription” functionality available soon a web tv will be able to sell the vision of a certain group (a “bundle“) of videos for a specific period of time. We also have other things in the pipeline that you will know very, very soon
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