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Share and Store Video with iCloud: Apple's Cloud Storage Solution

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Overview:

Apple iCloud has the most users of any cloud storage service in the United States. With so many cloud storage options like Windows SkyDrive, Amazon Cloud Drive, Dropbox, and Box to name a few, why is iCloud so popular? iCloud incorporates the same sleek design and simple user interface that has become integral to the brand and appealing to users. Not to mention if you're an Apple user, it's likely that you have an integrated Apple ecosystem using Apple mobile devices, computers, iPods, and iTunes. iCloud fits right in to this ecosystem by providing you a space to automatically store your files on the cloud - video included - so that you can access them from anywhere.

For example, you can download a movie from iTunes to your computer and stream it from your television via AppleTV, automatically upload iPhone videos to iCloud so that you can edit them on your computer, or store your music in the cloud so that it doesn't take up valuable hard drive space.

Getting Started with Apple iCloud:

All you need to start using iCloud is your Apple ID and password. If you own an Apple device, such as an iPhone, MacBook, or iPod, you had to create an Apple ID to start using your device. Use this same information to log into iCloud from any internet-connected device, and you can start uploading and accessing files.

Using iCloud with iTunes:

Apple's iCloud puts an emphasis on integration with iTunes. Anything that you purchase on iTunes - whether it be a movie, show or song, you can access anywhere you have internet by using your iCloud account. To use iCloud on your computer you'll need to have a current version of iOS - either OSX or 10.7.4 and later. Then, you can turn on iCloud by going to System Preferences, clicking on iCloud, and choosing the applications and devices you'd like to sync to your account. You can choose to enable iTunes, iPhoto, email, calendars, contacts, and documents.

iCloud doesn't include Quicktime integration. This is probably because internet speeds aren't fast enough to accommodate large video uploads, which would make iCloud less efficient. Video uploading will probably come in the future, but for now, you can enjoy any of the videos you download, rent, or buy from iTunes on any mobile device or television that has an internet account. To do this simply log in to your Apple ID from your chosen internet enabled device, and you'll be able to browse your iTunes account as though you were sitting in front of your home computer. If you purchased a there-day movie rental on your laptop but want to show it to your kids on your television, just access it via the cloud!

In addition, any of the music, movies, or shows you purchase on your iPad, iPod or iPhone will be accessible using iCloud. A good rule of thumb is if you purchased it using your Apple ID, you'll be able to access it from anywhere. This includes all of the mobile applications you've purchased for your device from different photo and video editors to special effects and social video apps. If you want to upgrade your iPhone, all of these apps will be stored in the cloud so that you can download them again for free to your new device.

Using iPhoto for Photos and Home Movies:

iPhoto's integration with iCloud is perhaps the best feature for video lovers. Any of the movies you take using your iPhone, iPod, iPad, or even the built-in camera on your laptop can be stored and saved in the Cloud.

Apple mobile devices take great quality HD video, and with mobile editing applications like iMovie, iSupr8, Threadlife, Directr, and more, you can produce and save professional videos on your phone. Most mobile video editing apps include a feature that lets you export your completed video to your camera roll. Once a video is saved to your camera roll, you can either upload it to iCloud directly from your mobile device, or import it to your laptop and upload it to iTunes. Either way, the video will be stored for safe keeping, and you'll be able to access it to show to friends and family anywhere you are.

iCloud is a great resource for iOS users. If you already have an Apple device, get started with iCloud to integrate your video files for your viewing and listening pleasure!

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