Have you ever captured something awesome on the video camera of your BlackBerry® smartphone and wanted to share it with others? Maybe you caught some footage of your dog chasing its own tail, or your friend’s funny celebration after scoring a goal during a football game. Today I’d like to provide an overview of the various options available to you when you decide to share these videos with your friends and family.
If you haven’t had the opportunity to capture a video on your BlackBerry smartphone, let’s go through the steps now, so that you can try out the sharing options.
To capture a video on your BlackBerry smartphone, select the Video Camera icon – which can be found within the Media folder – and tap the Record button that appears in the middle of the screen to start recording. You can zoom in and out by swiping up and down on the trackpad/ball, as well as toggling the video lighting feature on and off by tapping the spacebar. After capturing your video, press the Menu key and select Rename; this function will allow you to pick a new name for your video.
It’s easy to share your new video with your family and friends after you’ve finished capturing it on your device – all you need to do is select the Mail Envelope icon labeled Send. After you select this option, you will be presented with a list of ways you can send this video to your contacts.
You can also send a previously captured video to your contacts. To do this, select the Videos option that appears in the Media folder. Highlight the video you would like to share, and select Send from the Menu. After you select this option, you will be presented with a list of ways in which you can send the video to your contacts.
As mentioned earlier, when you select the Send option, several methods to share the video are presented to you. Here are some of the options I use the most.
• Upload to YouTube® – This option will allow you to upload your video to the YouTube website. During the upload process, you’ll be able to specify broadcast options in addition to specifying other important information, such as tags and which category the video should appear in. (Prior to uploading your video to YouTube, please read the terms and conditions which apply to uploading videos to YouTube.)
• Email – This option will allow you to attach your video file in 3GP format to a new email message . If you have multiple email addresses integrated within your BlackBerry smartphone, change the Send Using field to the email address that you would like to send the new email message from.
• Messenger Contact – This option will allow you to send the video and description of the video to a contact within BlackBerry® Messenger (BBM™). The BlackBerry Messenger contact will be given the option to accept or decline the video transfer.
• Bluetooth® – If you are paired with another BlackBerry smartphone using Bluetooth, you can transfer the video file over the Bluetooth connection. For more information on how to use this feature, check out an overview of the Bluetooth feature contained in the following knowledge base article: “Transfer a file using Bluetooth technology between two BlackBerry smartphones.”
Now that you are aware of the various methods of sharing a video, pick one and try it out with a friend. Depending how you share videos, you might incur additional charges from your wireless provider. Contact you’re your wireless provider to confirm the details of your data plan before sharing any videos if you are unsure.
If you have any questions about sharing videos, leave a comment and let me know!