SplashCast, new way of media syndication

February 7th, 2007 at 12:00 am

“Flexible, powerful and easy to use.” This was how Alex Williams of SplashCast described their site. SplashCast allows users to create streaming media channels by combining audio, videos, photos, texts, and RSS feeds. These channels are then played and syndicated anywhere in the web, may it be a website, a blog or a social network page.

There are some notable features outright. First, when you update or change your channel, the content is automatically updated across all the web pages linked to that channel. This keeps you updated across the web which is very convenient for you. Also, SplashCast has a “skinless” player which makes it quite adaptable to any web page. The player will allow the syndicated content to blend completely without compromising the original format and design of the host site. Moreover, according to the About Page of the site, SplashCast provides some sort of security and trackability for content owners and creators. Splashcast promises that this security will no way affect the content’s viral distribution potential. They failed to mention, however, specifics about those security measures.

Registering is easy enough, you just need to fill up some fields like user name, email, passwords and birth date. Once you’re in, you can create a show immediately. When you create show, you could upload audios, photos, videos, and texts directly from your hard drive or you could paste the URL address or conduct a search for files already uploaded in the services, for photos you could browse Flickr folders and for videos you could upload from YouTube. You easily arrange the sequences of your segments through simple drag-and-drop. Then if you’re satisfied with your sequence, you can publish it wherever you want.

There are some interesting things too like statistical information of your shows or channels. Statistics can be viewed traditionally or through maps or graphs. The type of players can be changed too.

With creativity the only thing hindering your contents, you can basically have as many channels as you like, with each channel containing varying contents.

According to the creators of SplashCast, they created that service for everyday users. If you’re familiar with the stuff, it would be easy to create a show and publish it online. However, if you’re new at sharing media online, then you might find SplashCast a little intimidating and at times really confusing. But once you figure it out, and if you spend some time on it you will definitely will, you will find the service very entertaining to use.