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Working From Home Video Resources

This article continues a special series titled “Creating Resiliency During the COVID-19 Crisis.” 

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Looking to raise the level of your working-from-home game with video, videoconferencing, video production, virtual classrooms, interactive video, and more? Here are some useful resources you may not have run across.

Web conferencing

Cisco has enhanced the free version of its Webex videoconferencing software. Google Cloud offers GSuite customers an enhanced version of Hangouts. You can try Adobe Connect free for 90 days.

Distance learning

People eager to learn how to do sales onboarding and training better will find plenty of material in Adobe’s terrific collection of courses, webinars, blogs and more about distance learning.

Social Media

Videos uploaded directly to social media (as opposed to links to videos hosted on other platforms like YouTube) get higher engagement. Preferred formats vary across platforms and are subject to change. This Always Up-to-Date Guide to Social Media Video Specs from Sprout Social should come in handy.

Managing and distributing your video library

Panopto is inviting companies to try their corporate video management approach— dubbed “Enterprise YouTube” — free for three months. The goal is a searchable, customizable library of on-demand video assets that takes full advantage of all the video creativity you can muster from internal resources and external partners. (A workplace productivity study by Panopto and YouGov actually put a dollar value on the cost.)

Screencasts

TechSmith is offering its powerful screen grabber Snagit, and its collaboration platform, TechSmith Video Review, free to use through the end of June.

Video messaging

Vidyard offers the new Vidyard for Internal Communications free through June 30. In addition, there is a free version of their popular video messaging app.

Interactive Video

You can enhance videos (including existing videos) with clickable chapter headings and interactive elements like polls and quizzes with free open source software from H5P. It is compatible with WordPress and other CMS.

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Bruce McKenzie

A writer with a background in public broadcasting and corporate marketing communications, Bruce McKenzie pioneered the “2-Minute Explainer®” brand video for technology businesses in 2004. Customers have included numerous enterprise technology companies (Cisco, IBM, BMC, Brocade/Broadcom, Software AG, CA Technologies, CompuCom) as well as B2B startups. Rebranded “Technology Business Video” in 2017, the company today produces a variety of “tactical” videos to reach buying team members throughout the sales cycle. We take everything marketers want to say and transform it into short videos that communicate stuff buyers want to know. It’s basically what good writers do, made visual. Visit www.techbizvideo.com to learn more or set up a chat about tactical videos with the Technology Business Video professionals.

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