Vocal Video Release Notes

A running log of Vocal Video product updates and new features.

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v30, released August 7, 2021

  • Added support for uploading external video clips.   You can now add animated logos, B-roll footage, external responses not collected by Vocal Video, and much more as video scenes and include them in your published Vocal Videos.  More details here.
  • Enhancements to adding video scenes and copying video scenes.
  • Search and filter for responses and external video clips.

v29, released June 25, 2021

v28, released June 5, 2021

  • Enterprise and Professional customers can now use Custom Data fields to include additional information beyond the regular form fields in the Video Collector. More details here.
  • Response pages redesigned
  • Increased video rendering speed

v27, released May 28, 2021

With v27, we added fine-grained controls for adjusting speaker audio and soundtrack settings, as well as a library of 45 vetted templates for capturing video testimonials including example questions, email copy, and customer use cases.

Audio Normalization and Adjust Soundtrack Dynamically are both options that are selected and applied in the publishing process. Scene by scene audio edits can be previewed in the Vocal Video Editor.

  • Vocal Video Audio Normalization: By default, we now only normalize the loudness of the people speaking in your videos.
  • Adjust Soundtrack Dynamically: If you'd like to make sure your video's soundtrack doesn't sound too loud when people are speaking, you can enable our "Adjust Soundtrack Dynamically" option, which will include the soundtrack in the audio normalization process.
  • Scene by scene volume controls: You can now adjust volume for each video or audio scene, which can be particularly helpful in creating compilation videos or highlight reels.

Our brand new library of 45 video testimonial templates, including example questions, email copy and examples from Vocal Video customers, is now available to browse and create within your Vocal Video account.

v26, released April 29, 2021

v26 was all about increasing the ease and quality of sharing the videos you publish with Vocal Video. We see customers regularly embedding their content on the websites, blogs, and landing pages and sharing via Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram as well as community platforms like Slack, and this release just makes that even easier and more elegant.

  • Design improvements to Vocal Video published video pages. (These pages include the video and transcript, like this one.)
  • One-click video sharing to social media channels
  • Improved Embed Builder, including new visual options. Details on how to use the Embed Builder here.

v25, released April 6, 2021

In v25 we made significant improvements to the Vocal Video Editor, including performance enhancements for creating Highlight Reels.

v24, released March 23, 2021

We're happy to announce that in v24 we've enabled video collector support in Safari on Mac OS. We've been able to make this change because Apple has (finally) added support for the industry-standard in-browser video & audio recording technology that our video collector experience depends on.

In addition, Apple has made strides in supporting these open standards in iOS and iPadOS. Thanks to that, your subjects can now record audio responses on mobile devices and tablets, in addition to desktop platforms where this was already possible. This means Vocal Video collectors now work seamlessly with ALL major browsers, across all categories of devices -- mobile, desktop, and tablet. And most of the niche browsers like Opera, Brave, etc work great as well.

Here's what else you'll see in v24

  • Video collectors now supported on Safari desktop
  • Subjects can now record audio responses on mobile, across all browsers
  • Improved video recording on iPad with portrait support
  • Localized transcriptions: You can now set the transcription language for each of your Collectors in the Questions section. When a response is received, the subtitles will be automatically generated in the chosen supported language. We currently offer English (United States), English (United Kingdom), Chinese (Simplified), German, French (Canada), French (France), Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese (Portugal), Portuguese (Brazil), Spanish (Spain), and Spanish (Latin America)

v23, released March 5, 2021

In v23 we released a much-requested capability for Professional and Enterprise users: the ability to include a custom video release or waiver in the collection experience. You can read more on the details here.

Additionally, all Vocal Video customers will now have the ability to personalize their Collectors with our new URL builder so that subjects do not need to fill out their contact information. You can read more about this here.

  • New feature: ability to upload custom click-through video releases to Video Collectors
  • Personalized invitation URL builder

v22, released February 15, 2021

Vocal Video Thumbnail Builder
Vocal Video Thumbnail Builder screenshot

With v22, all Vocal Video customers can create and customize thumbnails for each of their videos. This makes our ad-free hosting and embedding even more powerful, and puts important creative control with a simple interface in the hands of all users.

  • New Thumbnail Builder available in the Vocal Video Editor, with 10 suggested thumbnails per clip
  • Ability to upload custom thumbnails
  • Collector template directory improved for easier browsing
  • Referral program expanded and improved

v21, released January 19, 2021

  • Brand new explainer video now on homepage
  • Vocal Video Knowledge Base released
  • Resources design and navigation refresh
  • Improved full frame capture recording

Released: January 11, 2021

v20 Vocal Video now allows you to have more choice and control over the visibility of the videos that you publish.   All videos by default are published as public.   Public videos are ones that have their own unique URL for sharing, can be embedded on a blog or website, and are indexed by search engines like Google.

Now, with Team and Professional plans, you can set the desired visibility on a video by video basis when you publish or set the default visibility behavior for all your videos at the account level in the settings section of the application.

In addition to public visibility, you can choose from unlisted or private visibility options.   Unlisted videos are videos where you still may want to share them with colleagues or embedded them on your site or blog, but you do not want them to be indexed by search engines.   Private videos have no public URL and can't be embedded or accessed, unless logged into the Vocal Video application.

Vocal Video Referral Program

We just announced our referral program.   Please spread the love!   Tell a friend about Vocal Video and we'll happily give you a $100 Amazon gift card and your friend will receive $100 off their Vocal Video annual subscription.   It's a win win!    More details of the program can be found here.

Released: November 20, 2020

v18 Vocal Video now offers a complete video marketing platform from start to finish - including the critical ability to embed videos in your website or blog with ad-free hosting and remove watermark from videos.

Video marketing often involves time-intensive and expensive touch points with multiple employees, agencies and software vendors. With our new release of ad-free video hosting and video embeds, you can now collect, edit, publish and embed new testimonial videos with ad-free hosting with one simple solution: Vocal Video.

Here’s a complete list of the brand-new features you’ll now find in your Vocal Video account:

Video embeds and ad-free video hosting

Perhaps the most important step in your journey of creating brand new video content is sharing it with your audiences. We’ve made it easy to grab the embed code from each video and seamlessly drop it into your website or blog. The video hosting is also included, so no need to pay for expensive new software to host your videos, or deal with ads on Youtube and Vimeo.

Remove watermark from videos

Team plans and above all now have the ability to remove the watermark from published videos. Vocal Video branding can be toggled off for video collectors as well in Professional plans. (Plan breakdown here.)

Redesign of the Dashboard

The most arresting change you’ll notice logging into Vocal Video is the updated design of the user dashboard when you first log into the application. For new users, a short video tour of the application is available as well as a checklist of the critical first steps to launching a video collector and creating new videos from customers, influencers and more. Brand-new video tutorials take you through the basics as well as advanced features. Video drafts and the Collector Builder are easily accessible from the first page.

Activity Feed

You’ll see on the right a running feed of all activity highlights in your account from all users. New responses and automatically created video drafts, new users, and new published videos are all now highly visible.

Mobile friendly

Collecting videos has been seamless with the Vocal Video Collector since day one. In this release you’ll notice a much more mobile friendly experience in the video editing and publishing experience as well.

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