Qik Releases Alpha Of Video Camera Streaming Application

Users of Series 60 devices are may have heard of Qik before. It essentially turns the video camera on your phone into a streaming webcam. A bunch of readers just let me know that Qik has released a version of their application for the BlackBerry that really shows some potential. I don’t know what I would stream but I think it may be cool for launch parties and conferences!

Currently they are supporting the 8120, 8130, 8300, 8320, 8330, 9000/Bold, & 8220 Pearl Flip.

You can read more about the support on their blog or sign up at this link. If you already have a Qik account you can just download the application at: http://qik.com/dl/165.

How is the alpha release of Qik different?
In this alpha release, Qik on BlackBerry works a bit differently than the other devices.

  • When you start Qik, a screen is shown with just one button – Stream. Press the center button to start streaming. This will bring up the camera application and you’ll be off streaming live to the web. When you are ready to stop, just press the center button again.
  • Depending on the network condition, after you press stop, you may see a progress % on the top right hand corner indicating the video that is left to be sent. It is advised to wait for the stream to be completely uploaded prior to streaming again.
  • In this version, the chat does not show up overlayed on the camera.
  • For best performance, use BlackBerry OS 4.5 and above.
  • Your BlackBerry should have a SD card and video capture should be set to the directory: SDCard/Blackberry/Videos.
  • The video capturing mode should not be set to the MMS mode.

Thanks to Kira, Akash, & Tashanna for sending this one in!

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  1. So far, does not work on a VZW 8330 Curve.

  2. Not having any luck running it on a Verizon Pearl 8130, either.

    Get to the log in screen, enter username and password, press ‘sign in’ and it tells me that it’s connected, but will not progress any farther than that.

    Novel idea, and would really like to get this working.

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