These days there is a smartphone in everyone’s pocket, which means most people have a decent camera with them everywhere they go. On a daily basis, we record memories that we want to cherish; from a funny moment with your mates to that time you went bungee jumping, or your kid’s first birthday. But should you back up photo and video content on the cloud?
This generation has taken more photos and videos than all previous generations combined. But unless we save these files somewhere safe, in years to come, we’ll be worse off than our grandparents. At least they have real photo albums!
Everyone KNOWS that it’s a good idea to back up your files – to keep them saved in more than one place in case your hard drive fails or you drop your phone in water. But until recently, backing up meant finding the right cord, then plugging your device into your computer and waiting for the files to copy across.
No more space
Aside from keeping a safe backup of your videos, there is one other annoyance with being a smartphone videographer: pretty quickly your files start to take up a lot of space – your phone was not meant to hold hundreds of gigabytes of data like computers and external hard drives are. We’ve all seen that dreaded ‘you are running out of space’ message – and it always seems to come just when you want to capture something really cool with your camera.
What’s the solution?
Backing up your videos ‘to the Cloud’, directly from your phone over WiFi or cellular connection is likely to be your simplest and safest solution.
Cloud storage simply means saving your files in an online storage space, rather than on your physical PC or phone. The cloud storage companies save your files to secure servers in multiple locations to ensure your data is never lost. Because it’s all done over the Internet, you don’t need to connect to your PC via cords and cables to backup.
There are countless sites to choose from, each offering different benefits:
- RealCloud account: Get a RealPlayer Premium Plan or RealTimes Premium Plan to back-up your computer content or mobile phone content. Need more go Unlimited!
- Google Drive and Microsoft SkyDrive: These services make working on the same documents with other people really easy.
- Dropbox: They helped the cloud storage trend take off and are now used by thousands of people around the world to save and share their files.
- Copy.com: Great option if you want to share folders in the cloud with others.
- iCloud: if you have an iPhone, you can pay for an iCloud subscription and automatically back up your phone over wireless.
- …and so many more!
Cloud backup for video and photo
If you love shooting videos and snapping photos, then you will need a Cloud storage service that is reliable for streaming content . Video files are larger than other file types, and can easily get corrupted or saved in a format that isn’t compatible with other devices.
This is where RealPlayer and RealTimes comes in. Whether your on a desktop PC computer or on your iOS or Android mobile phone. Both application are optimized for video, so files can be quickly uploaded to your RealCloud account over WiFi or cellular connection as soon as you’ve shot them.
With our apps on your computer or phone, you just need to select the video(s) from within the app and hit ‘Upload’. That’s it! It’s saved to your personal storage space. Plus, because it’s saved in the cloud, you can delete the original file from your phone to keep space free for your next video.
Once you upload a video to the RealCloud from any device regardless of format, it is optimized by our SurePlay™ technology. So it is ready to play on any other device in the right format, whenever you want to watch it. So you can rest assured that the file will be watchable in the years to come.
Cascade Dropbox Content into RealTimes
We just added Dropbox access to RealTimes, so you can use media stored in your Dropbox account in new and exciting ways. Turn photo and videos stored on Dropbox into RealTimes Stories. Connect your Dropbox account in the RealTimes app on your mobile device. This is the easiest way to expand your storage! You can even start creating RealTimes Stories with your stored photos and videos once your Dropbox account is synced in the RealTimes app. This is another exciting way to do more with your memories. Images and videos you use from Dropbox, stay in Dropbox so you don’t have to worry that they might get accidentally deleted.
Learn how to sync Dropbox with RealTimes.
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