Wetoku is a video service which makes it dead simple to interview someone and share that video interview. They call this bringing the “talking heads” experience to your viewers. Once the recording is complete, you can copy the embed code and paste it into your blog or website. You can also get a link directly to the interview, hosted on Wetoku, and share it that way.
Once you’ve created your Wetoku account, creating an interview is as simple as clicking Start your interview. This will prompt your for a Title for the interview along with the Interviewer and Interviewee. Then, you will get a link that you will send to the person you want to interview (the interviewee). Once they click the link and you have both authorized Wetoku to access your camera, you’re good to go. It’s really that simple, just hit record.
During the recording, you can chat with each other off camera, which is sometimes useful to keep a live recording cohesive and flowing. There is nothing worse than a rambling video interview. Many might want to compare Wetoku with TinyChat or other video chat services, but many of those treat their videos as disposable. Your video disappears into the wind, never to be seen again. Still other services make video recording and publishing simple, but don’t provide a method for interviewing someone remotely, you’d have to be physically next to the interviewee.
While Wetoku does provide a solid product, there is one primary improvement that I would like to see and that is the ability to edit the resulting interview. Sometimes, you need to cut out parts, add an intro or outtro, maybe clarify things with captions. Currently, none of this is possible. The best solution would be for Wetoku to provide simple video editing online, but this might be a little much for them to handle alone. Second best solution would be to allow you to download the video so that you could edit it with the software of your choosing.
For an example of Wetoku in action, check out our interview with Windows 7 Program Manager Cordell Jones. Go get your Wetoku account (it’s free, after all) and tell us what you think.Category: Startups, web 2.0 | Tags: Blogging, live video, video interviews, web video, wetoku