Livestreaming is no longer the providence of the video gamer! Those who put their physical limits to the test can now directly link their action footage to their online following by using their GoPro with the newly integrated Periscope application for the iOS.
What Do You See with Periscope?
Like how the periscope (or other imaging devices such as sonar) on a real submarine helps the underwater vehicle perform its mission, Periscope enhances the capabilities that your GoPro already possesses. The periscope’s eyepiece lets your avid fans peer through the Internet and see through the viewpoint of the GoPro camera. Now, instead of experiencing your footage through the filter of the editing process and the lapse of time, viewers can follow along with every moment as it happens.
How Do You Use Periscope?
If you want to take advantage of Periscope, you’ll need an iOS device alongside a GoPro Hero 4 Black or Silver. The app is freely available in the Apple Store, so all you have to do is search for and then install it. Although there’s a version of the app for Android devices, the GoPro integration has only made it onto the iOS version for now. It’ll be up to the Apple users to show the versatility of livestreaming action filmography being readily in the hands of enthusiasts and crews around the world.
From there, the app works with an intuitive design reminiscent of social media sites, no doubt in thanks to it being made by Twitter. Linking the stream to your hosting service is as simple as it is for computer users, and you’ll automatically store a backup of the video in your phone’s memory. You can continue to use the iOS device for chatting with followers or looking for inspiration for your next clip.
Periscope won’t eliminate the need for the editing room, but knowing that something is happening in the moment creates a connection with the audience that cannot be replicated in any other way. We might soon be looking through the eyes of those shattering the barriers of human capabilities as they tear through the waves, mud, snow, and air in the eternal search for the limits of our existence. We could also be watching the moments when they fail in stupendous fashion, reminding us that even our heroes and athletes are still just people like us.