While it's easy to snap a photo to share on social media sites or text it to a family member or friend, this is not the case when it comes to sharing videos. We often capture a snippet from a concert, our pets doing something adorable or a major milestone in a child's life, but just save the video on our devices, never to be seen again.
The problem is video files are often too big to email, and they take up a lot of space on our phones, so we might end up deleting them, or you have to use different apps for sharing them with family versus friends.
Of course, you can just save them to Dropbox, iCloud or an external drive, but that is like putting your videos in the attic, where no one will every see them again.
However, now, you can view, store and share all these memories in one central location with family and friends with the app TVibes.
"TVibes is your own personal TV channel in the cloud, where you can upload all the videos from your phone, where they stream automatically to your channel and they are immediately taken off your phone," TVibes CEO and co-founder Uri Schneider told Tech Times.
The videos play like a TV program, so users can see all videos from a specific day, event, hashtag or location, with the videos playing automatically, almost like a TV show.
Users can share their everyday videos their way by choosing from four different privacy settings: share with soulmates, family, friends and everyone. Anyone can follow a particular user, but they will only be able to view the videos that user allows the public to see. Simply swipe a particular video to change the settings.
Users can easily discover videos from all around the world by searching for people, hashtag or by location. For example, you can search for Madison Square Garden and see videos taken from users who attended a recent concert from your favorite performer.
Why not just use YouTube? Users can follow a channel, but not a specific subject, topic or person — say Kayne West, for example. You can follow his YouTube channel, but cannot see all the videos from people who have attended his concerts. With TVibes, you no longer need to browse various platforms to find content based on a particular person, topic or event.
"YouTube is something that people don't really use anymore for their everyday videos. It's more like a giant warehouse where you find every video you want on the planet, but it's not really personal," Schneider said.
TVibes allows users to follow a specific subject and get notified when a new video appears. "So, I always get to see what's new, which can be very useful for events or for news like citizen journalism," Schneider said. "So, if something happens like a demonstration around the world, you can follow it by hashtag and get notified when there's new content, which doesn't really happen on YouTube or Facebook."
Users can record videos at any length right from the app or upload from the Camera Roll. Once you enter a location or hashtag and choose to make the video public, the video will be added to that associated channel, even if that means creating a new channel for a topic that doesn't have related videos shared yet.
Instead of live broadcasts like Meerkat or Periscope, Schneider called TVibes "near live" videos. This decision was made to eliminate the limitations of live videos such as having to be on the app to see a specific broadcast at a specific time. Additionally, users don't have to rely having an Internet connection at that moment to share, and live videos are sometimes broadcasted in lower quality.
TVibes is available for free for iOS, with an Android version currently being worked on to be released in a few weeks.