As you may have noticed, if you had a look to my videos, I’m a big fan of Camtasia by TechSmith: I started to use it ages ago, I keep using it and I actively participate to the user forums as well.
One year ago they introduced Video Review, a totally online product that enables your team to review video materials before publishing it.
I was so lucky to be able to take part to the beta version testing phase of it and, at the end of the trial testing period, TechSmith offered my company to buy the subscription for a really good discounted price but…the usual stingi…ehm “budget constraints” prevented me to buy it.
After changing division I spend more time deploying training than producing them but, just recently, I was involved in a video project to make some courses available on-line due to the COVID-19 issue.
So I immediately thought again about this tool and, I was pleased to discover that TechSmith is offering an extended and generous trial period of 120 days! So I decided to seize the moment and embrace it again.
So, without any further ado, what is Video Review exactly?
Video Review is a totally online tool from TechSmith, subscription-based, that enables your team to review interactively your videos before to publish them.
The usage is really simple: after logging in to the platform just upload your video and name it, then you can invite your reviewers.
They will receive an invitation email. The first time they may need to create a login with the TechSmith portal if they do not have it. [I noticed some integrations are possible with Gmail accounts but I have not explored them yet]
It is possible to leave comments while you play the video, all the comments will be visible on the right pane and a bookmark is displayed on the timeline as well.
But the good part is that it is possible to leave comments drawing on the videos as well. Some tools are available:
Square, arrow &freehand line tools. The last one is to change the colours of the element you draw.
With the help of these tools, you can draw on the video to add more ‘intuitive’ meaning to your comments.
Every time you leave a comment the author of the video and the reviewers receive an email.
The author can reply to the comments, mark them ”resolved” and eventually upload a new version of the video for another round of reviews.
How much it cost?
The actual listed price is 167.62 £ (GBP) per year and it comes with:
- Ability to manage up to 25 video projects at a time
- No bandwidth or file-size limits
- Free email and phone support
- Currently available in English only
- Ability to purchase multiple licenses for teams
What do I think about it?
I love it and I reccomend it to everyone has the need to collaborate with other in the review process of video materials.
If you do not want to be plagued by the ‘infinite jest’ of threaded ‘reply to all’ emails about your videos, with incredible lengthy threads that not even the most sophisticated AI engine can understand, Video Review is what you need!
Where can I find it?
You can get more information about this product and buy it on the TechSmith official website.
Where can I see a quick demo?
NOTE: This is not a sponsored article. TechSmith has not proposed to review their products and no one paid me to promote them. I wrote this review because I genuinely like the product.