News Samsung Software, , , , , , , — July 13, 2012 17:04 — 0 Comments

Dropbox to the rescue for storing video on a smartphone

Dropbox, Samsung, smartphones, video, storage

Some mobile carriers are already offering 50GB of free Dropbox space on the Galaxy S3

One of the biggest problems of filming on a smartphone is what to do with all that video you shoot.

Uploading it onto your computer is not always an option. A few months ago while in San Francisco I did a video interview with a media guy, and realised to my horror that I had not deleted previous footage from my iPhone and was left with about two minutes worth of space for the interview — aarrgh!

Step in Dropbox to prevent such further calamities. To meet the soaring demand of people filming on smartphones the company has released new software that makes it easy to upload pictures and video from memory sticks and digital cameras to its cloud storage area.

Dropbox has announced this week that it is doubling the amount of storage in two of its plans aimed at consumers, and introducing a third category that allows for up to 500 gigabytes of storage, the NYT Bits blog reported.

That is enough storage to hold roughly 45 hours of high-definition video from the latest smartphones and about 75,000 songs or the contents of a bookshelf 5,000 yards long.

“People are getting used to the benefits of storing things in the cloud,” said Drew Houston, chief executive of Dropbox. “Consumers were telling us that even with the largest plans we offered, they couldn’t load everything they wanted.”

“For both video editing and publishing it’s a real problem when all of that video is stuck on a phone,” Houston told Bits. When videos are in Dropbox, they are automatically transcoded, which means that the audience can watch them directly on the Web, without having to download a lot of data to their machines.

The NYT digital blog also reported that Dropbox has made deals with Samsung and HTC that get Dropbox automatically loaded ontohigh-endphones.

This of course will allow people to shoot video with their cameras and automatically store it elsewhere.

I really can’t fathom out Apple’s iCloud, is it any good, or has it missed a trick by not getting into bed with Dropbox when it had the opportunity a couple of years ago?

At the moment I am having to manually upload video from my iPhone to my MacBook. Maybe I should look at a data plan from Dropbox, I already use the free version for storing and swapping other files.

The other alternative is to buy the new Samsung Galaxy S3, I guess.


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Tony Myers has written 866 articles for Smart Movie Making

Fooling around with the iPhone since 2010. Taking it to the next web by writing about new media, new technology, new wave cinema and the digital revolution.

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