Overcast introduces new clip-sharing feature

Overcast is one of the best podcasting apps that exist, and is introducing a new feature that should make it even more useful for listeners: the ability to share episode clips to share online.

The latest update of the application allows users to convert an extract from a podcast into a short video, which can then be shared on social networks (or by email or text message). Marco Arment, developer and founder of Overcast, points out in a blog post that people have been able to share podcast episodes for a long time, but it has been a cumbersome process and it is easier to share a short video than an audio link.

To share a clip in the application, click on the share icon in the upper right corner and select the "Share clip" option. That will take you to the interface to select the desired segment of the episode you're listening to. Then, you can customize it a bit to share it as straight, vertical, horizontal or square video audio, and add a "Shared Overcast" credential, if desired.

Arment uses his publication as an opportunity to seek the health of the global podcasting industry, and made an attempt at the recent Luminary startup, which was launched earlier this week with a blunt blow. The application was launched with considerable support from venture capitalists, qualifying as "Netflix podcasting" and with a large list of premium programs. However, because it was also released with a free level for people to listen to the existing programs, many creators felt that the application was using their programs to attract listeners to sign up for their exclusive. As a result, numerous studies have withdrawn their shows.

Many in the world of podcasting see the release of Luminary as a threat to what it is so far, it has been a fairly open system. Arment says that "for podcasting to remain open and free, we must not leave the main deficiencies of the proprietary and blocked services to exploit," and points out that podcast sharing is not exactly the easiest thing to do. Hopefully, this update will make the practice a bit easier to perform, and perhaps make it easier to present someone with a show they have not yet heard.

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