Using Swivl

This past week the CETL has acquired a lecture capture device called Swivl. It allows the user to record 360 video and audio with iPhones, iPads, and iPod touches. To learn about it works please watch the video below:

In the interest of really testing it out, I created a video myself. I followed all the steps and created a slide presentation that you can see by going to this link: or below with the slideshare embed feature plus a video to go along with with (embedded below via youtube):

*** 9/25/2014 3pm UPDATE: To see the presentation (It is working! click here)


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Image of the email notification.

After creating this video, Swivl provided me with the option to save the video to my camera, upload to the Swivl cloud, to preview, edit or delete it. When previewing the video from my iPad I could see both video captures: the slide presentation and the video capture side by side. When selecting to send it to the Swivl cloud I have encountered several issues. First, the processing time for the video, which was only about 5 minutes long, was super long: almost 12 hours. I received an email (seen below) notification when it was ready, but if you are recording a 50 minute lecture it would take too long to process. I sucessfully was able to download the video to my iPad’s camera roll and I was able to upload the video to youtube (embedded above). However, when I would go on the Swivl cloud to see how my video would look like an error message appeared: “The video could not be loaded, either because the server or network failed or because the format is not supported,” (pictured below), which is odd since I created the video with the software they have provided. I tried to re-upload the recording. This time around the processing time was a lot faster, but I still had the error message in my video.

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The image of the error message, which you have already seen if you have clicked on the link to my shared Swivl presentation.

I tried to use the support tab on the website, but that didn’t seem to work either. I tweeted to the company (see tweet below) and you can see their twitter response below as well.

I will email support[at]swivl[dot]com as per their suggestion and update the outcome of that here. But ultimately the video recording capability of the Swivl was really good. The quality of it when previewed on the iPad is excellent and I assume that when you see them on the cloud it is great as well. When saved to the camera roll and uploaded onto YouTube the video quality was compromised. Unfortunately, when you save the presentation (video+slides) you cannot save to your iPad camera roll, which would bypass the “network problem” or “not supported video format.” Yet, the Swivl cloud is now in its beta phase, perhaps it will get better from more updates. If so, it will be a great solution for mobile 360 degree lecture capture.

The email notification with the link to your shared swivl presentation.

The email notification with the link to your shared swivl presentation.

*** 9/25/2014 3pm UPDATE: The issue was resolved and to see the presentation click here.

By the way, when you are done with your video you may share it by getting the public link (the hyperlink destination found on the “click here” from the paragraph above) or you may email the presentation directly to the person you want to share this with via email. They will receive an email notification like the image featured here.

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