For those avid Periscope users among you, Katch.me has proved to be a valuable service when it comes to capturing your live broadcasts easily and seamlessly. All you had to do was connect you account to Katch and they would save your scopes indefinitely. Unfortunately for both you and I, Katch has announced that it is to shut down for good. So what are the alternatives to Katch?
The news of the closure will come as a major blow to those who use and love their service and will leave many Periscopers wondering what to do next. Well here is what we know about the forthcoming closure.
In a statement released on their website, Katch announced;
After 12 months of building the best way to save and discover mobile live streams, it is with great disappointment that we must announce that Katch will be shutting down.
We would like to thank all of our users for an incredible year. It has been an honor to be a part of this vibrant and inspiring live stream community.
While it is sad to see that they just couldn’t maintain the service,the harsh truth is that we must now forget Katch and look for alternatives. Having been around for some time (yes I know that makes me seem old), it is not the first time I have seen a handy piece of kit go to the wall. There are lessons to be learnt from this, the biggest one being, do not become overly reliant on one service!
When it goes you will find yourself between a rock and a hard place and the time and energy it takes to work out your next move would be most certainly better used focusing on what really matters. With that said the impending closure of Katch does leave us with some questions, but the big question now is: what are the alternatives to Katch.
Alternatives to Katch?
Well at the moment I am still asking myself that question, unfortunately I can’t seem to find a similar service to Katch. On a side note, this is usually an indicator that no one else thought this was a wise market to enter, hence the forthcoming closure of Katch. So without an automated service what do you do?
Luckily for you guys I recently wrote a blog post outlining ways to get your Periscopes onto Youtube and doing this involves capturing them of course. With Katch out of the equation, here are the remaining ways to capture your scopes so that you can repurpose them.
1- Save your scope to your device
Looking at alternatives to Katch, this by far the simplest ones and it really speaks for it’s self. Once you have finished a scope you are given the option to save the broadcast to your device. For those of you on an iPhone this means your “Camera Roll” or those of you on Android it’s “Save to Gallery”. You can automate this process so you don’t have to worry about remembering to save it. To do this just follow these steps:
To automatically save all video streams to your camera roll:
- Navigate to the People Tab.
- Tap the Profile icon in the top right corner
- From your Profile page, tap Settings.
- Turn on ‘Autosave Broadcasts.’
Of course the biggest problem with this is, having the free space on your device to store the broadcast. I don’t know about you, but I know I just do not have the space to store a lengthy scope on my phone. So is there another way that you can save your Periscopes without clogging up the memory on your mobile device? You bet you ass there is!
2 – Save your replays to your Computer
Given the fact that Periscope recently released a desktop version that would allow you watch live broadcast and replays, we can use this to get our recordings. If you head over to Periscope and type in the Url of your account, in our case it would be https://www.periscope.tv/@_contentacademy. You will be able to see all of your replays.
Then you will require some screen capture software like Camtasia or Screenflow, at this point all you have to do is press play on the the replay you want and hit record. Boom you now have your recording!
3 – Use your Mac and iPhone combo to record the replay
As I have said before I am a bit of an Apple “Geek” so like many of my fellow Apple “iSheep”, (which I have been called before) I can hook up my phone to my Mac and go that way and here is how.
- Open up Quicktime Player
- Click on “New Movie Recording”
- Then beside the record button, there is a small arrow, click this
As you can see from the image above, you get a dropdown menu. What you need to do is select your iPhone as not only the camera, but also the microphone.
- Open up your Periscope App.
- Select the Periscope you want
- Hit “Play” on your iPhone
- Select record on the “QuickTime” Player
- Boom it is now recording the video from your phone
Once the video has finished, stop the recording and save itI hesitate to say “It’s as easy as that” because I know there are many of you thinking “That’s great, I don’t have a Mac or an iPhone, I’m all about the Android”.
Well my droid friends, I do have a solution for you, but I am afraid those are all the free alternatives to katch. The final one will cost you $14.99. However as I have said before in a previous blog post, this next method is actually my favourite and the one I use.
4- Use Reflector to record your screen
The fourth and final way as we look at alternatives to katch does involve some extra software which you have to pay for, but it does have it’s advantages. Refelctor is a mirroring app, that allows you to mirror the screen of your device on your Mac or PC. Refelctor then lets you record the screen and the audio from your phone. This also works for both IOS and Android devices, so should solve the issue for everyone.
There is one catch (no pun intended, get it? Katch??), you have to pay for it. Reflector costs $14.99 to download, but that is it. It is a one off payment for the software and runs very easily.
Again you can simply turn on reflector and connect your device, then go to your Periscope App, select the Periscope you want and hit record. It is really that simple, once the scope is finished, stop recording, save it.
As you can see from the image at the side, my screen is incased within an iPhone. This iPhone stays on the recordings and it is great for adding a bit of production value to the recordings. If you check out some the videos on our YouTube Channel, you can see how we have used this iPhone to almost make it feel like you are watching a scope live.
Apart from that there really isn’t much difference between using Reflector or connecting your iPhone directly to your Mac. However, if you do not have a Mac or an iPhone and are using a Windows/Android pairing, then Reflector will most certainly solve your problems for you.
*Note* – The big kicker with these last three alternatives to Katch is the fact that it has to be done within the 24 hour period while it is still up on Perisope.
So there you have it, Katch may be leaving us, but there are alternatives to katch. Just remember before Katch closes it’s doors for the final time, you may want to go and download your scopes or upload them to YouTube.