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October 18, 2023
Remote video recording used to be a time-consuming and highly technical process. Unless your video production and technical skills were already up to speed your choice was to:
Thankfully, now there is a better option: Using remote video recording software, like Vocal Video, which makes it super easy to record videos at a distance.
You can edit quality videos and publish them in a fraction of the time, at a fraction of the cost, and with higher quality than you could ever get with just a Zoom recording.
In this article, we’ll:
If you’re ready to try Vocal Video for free — no credit card required — sign up here, or learn more here.
The Usual Challenges of Remote Video Recording
Without using a remote video recording platform, the process of capturing video at a distance can be complex and tricky to navigate, especially if your technical skills don’t match the task at hand.
To record higher quality remote videos the process goes something like this:
Bring all the files together in one video — which gets complicated if you have more than one participant to include in the video.
Then, use sound and image editing software, like Adobe Premier, to splice everything together and dress it up for publication on social media, your website, your YouTube channel, or anywhere else.
This whole process is extremely time-consuming for everyone involved.
Whoever is being recorded has to be up for the task of recording their own portion of the video and audio and safely sending those files to you.
Plus, it can be a huge pain to easily email or share large video files over the Internet.
Participants also need to be available to take a significant chunk of time out of their work day for a long recording session — that will work if you are recording your own employees, but it will be more difficult to convince one of your customers to do so.
If everything goes well (and that’s a big “if” considering how complex the process can get and how many people are potentially involved), you will get a high-quality video at the end, but it will have cost you a lot of time, payroll hours, and the general hassle of organizing the logistics of the entire thing.
If you want to avoid the hassle of remote video production using the process we outlined above, you could opt for a simple screen recording of whichever video conferencing platform you usually use.
That is a very easy solution, of course, but the first downside of that is poor video content quality. Additional issues with this approach are:
It’s really easy to replace the entire remote video recording process we just described using Vocal Video, including shooting the video and editing it.
We have specifically designed our platform to be almost effortless to use.
In fact, we make it all automatic or let you do it with tools that even a complete beginner can become proficient with in around 15 minutes.
Here’s how that’s done:
As soon as your respondent agrees to record a remote interview, you simply send out a link to what we call a video collector (essentially a software interface that guides them through the recording process — more about this later).
Your respondents can use their own devices to record the video (including iPhones, iPads, Android smartphones and tablets, or a webcam on a PC), all without downloading any additional app or other software. Using these devices, rather than a screen recording, for example, boosts footage quality.
The collector makes it very easy to record a video. All respondents have to do is read each question you want them to answer and press the record button.
Once they’ve answered each of your questions, and they’re happy with the recording, they click to finish and you will get a notification that you have a video recording in your inbox.
The whole recording session should take no more than 10 minutes.
To make things super easy for you, and reduce the amount of editing you need to do, Vocal Video automatically does several editing jobs for you:
So, you can use the videos exactly as they are, which saves lots of time, or make your own additional changes with minimal effort.
Our editing tools are designed for anybody to use, whether or not you have any video editing knowledge.
Here’s what our editing interface looks like:
You can change the order of each ‘scene’ just by dragging and dropping them into the position you prefer.
Our tool allows you to easily trim each scene in your video to remove pauses and cut out any information that is “off message”. This makes your video punchier and more impactful.
You can easily make changes to colors, overlays, graphics, and background music.
Our highlight reel feature is great if you have several interviewees you want to feature, or more than one video you’d like to use to create a longer reel of video content. It’s also great for showcasing a few examples of great testimonials.
To add extra scenes to the main video you are working on, simply select relevant scenes from other videos.
To make the process even easier, as well as automate a lot of the editing, we provide you with templates that help you request testimonials.
Each testimonial includes copy for 3 outreach emails, a suggested set of questions, and an explanation on how to use them.
Each email sequence has been specifically designed to get you the best response rates for a variety of use cases.
Our range of 45 templates also include ready-to-go themes (graphics, colors, overlays, and music) for the video collector. All these elements are fully customizable, but give you a running start at organizing the job of asking for, recording, collecting, and editing video testimonials.
Get started with our video testimonial templates here.
For most people, using Vocal Video exactly as described will be enough. But, if you want to add an extra level of quality to your videos, we suggest the following very simple process:
This gives you a chance to check out where they plan to record the video and suggest better positioning, lighting and background. You can also adjust eye-level, or adjust webcam positions.
As an incentive to provide a customer video testimonial, and if you expect your customer to provide you with a really valuable marketing asset, offer them some recording equipment in return for their participation.
To improve both visual and audio quality, some useful equipment may be: a ring light, a 1080p webcam, or audio equipment (such as a high quality microphone).
This will give you some higher quality raw footage to work with, which will supercharge the already great quality of your Vocal Video testimonial.
Girish Redekar recorded this event promotion video for the Product-Led Alliance (at home!) with a USB microphone connected to his computer, and you can get similar results with most decent webcams.
VideoPeel focuses on collecting videos from customers as quickly and simply as possible, in a similar way to Vocal Video.
Users can send a link to remote interviewees to record videos. Recordings can be made on a range of devices (Android, iOS, and desktop) and can be lightly edited to add a logo, star ratings, and text overlays.
However, VideoPeel’s editing tool is limited in scope as it offers no trimming function, for example, and no possibility of adding text slides or other graphics or audio features.
Question prompts are also given to interviewees on a single slide at the beginning of the recording. As a result, videos have to be recorded in a single take and include answers to several questions. This leads to potentially long answers that stray off message.
To read a more detailed analysis of VideoPeel and its competitors, see our article here.
VideoAsk is designed to facilitate “video conversations” and works well for replacing email messages or chats with video messages.
Customers or prospects who are contacted by video message — usually embedded into the body of an email as an animated GIF — can then send back their own video messages in response, setting up a back-and-forth ‘conversation’.
These video messages can be more attention grabbing and be quite powerful for sales conversions, asking for feedback or taking a survey, as it sets up exchanges that can feel more authentic.
For the purposes of remote video recording, however, VideoAsk doesn’t offer templates for video testimonials, or editing tools to enhance the raw videos you receive from customers.
The only option is to re-record videos, if you or your customer are unhappy with how they turned out. This means that to use these messages as video content for your marketing campaigns, you’ll need to use third-party editing software.
Boast.io is a testimonial platform rather than a dedicated remote video recording platform. It does, however, include video recording as an option feature for customers to add to their five-star written reviews.
The video footage you get is raw and because Boast.io doesn’t include its own video editing suite, you either use the videos unchanged, which won’t be ideal for a marketing campaign, or you have to download them and edit them in separate video editing software.
Snagit is a screen and remote video capture app, which records video directly from your screen which can be useful for training videos. It allows you to focus on a specific area of your screen, or a particular window, webpage, or application, while editing out other areas, which is where it stands out from most of its competitors.
For remote video recording, it requires that you set up a video conferencing link with whoever you want to record, so it is limited to the video and audio quality of whichever conferencing platform you use.
As outlined above, video conferencing platforms, while fast and efficient for recording online meetings and webinars, are lacking in video and audio quality.
They also require you to use separate video editing software to edit down the footage you record and require you to set up a mutually agreed time for the recording.
Vocal Video is a quick way to record high-quality remote videos without needing to get to grips with new technology, rafts of new equipment, and a complicated editing system. It streamlines the whole remote video recording process — from recording and editing, right through to hosting — and makes it easy to record a remote video whenever you need one.
If you’re ready to try Vocal Video for remote video recording — no credit card required — sign up here, or learn more here.
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