Bambuser for broadcasting

App Review

By Rummana Ferdous Fagun

Bambuser is a simple live streaming app which can come in handy for activists, journalists and others alike. Amid an emergency situation there is no time to access social media or websites. In case of keeping evidence also, this app can be very useful. All you have to do is open the app and start recording.

app-reviewBambuser is a free or paid service according to use. It’s free for individuals but businesses must pay for streaming here. You can use Bambuser to live stream from mobile devices including phones, tablets and also through computers. For phones, it is available in all the major platforms like android, IOS, windows, Symbian etc. Download the app and open an account which requires just an email address.

Opening the app will show you three buttons, one is the red one for recording, another for checking your recorded/streamed videos and another for settings. You can change the video quality, audio quality and privacy according to your need.

Another thing you can do with this streaming service is to share the video in other websites alongside Bambuser. There is ‘embed your player’ setting which allows you to generate a HTML code for any certain video or the entire channel. The HTML can be embedded in other websites. Bambuser also supports automatic sharing to Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, Blogger, Reddit, MySpace, Flattr, FourSquare, Yammer and Identi.ca. Just open the ‘connect’ option in settings and select the services you want to add.

After that, all you need is a good internet connection; but if you cannot connect to the web the video will still be saved in the app and can be uploaded later. People watching your channel can see your live stream, share it, comment with other viewers in a chat window, and see information about your location and phone, they can see previous livestreams as well. You’ll also be able to see how many people have watched the broadcast, while it was live and after it was posted. People can also subscribe to and ‘follow’ your Bambuser channel; you’ll be able to see how many followers you have and follow others’ channels as well.

However, if it is important to keep your video private or restricted, you can limit who sees your streams. For instance, you can limit viewing to specific Bambuser users, specific Facebook friends, or only to yourself. Also, if you need to delete a video you simply have to login to your account. Here, you can add titles and set privacy levels to each broadcast. One drawback of Bambuser is that it lacks the traffic offered by Ustream, Justing.tv, and Livestream, making it a bad choice, if you’re hoping to circulate your videos and Bambuser generally offers fewer features than these other sites making it unpopular among bloggers. But, in case of accessibility and easiness it is pretty good, so not a total loss.

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