Loom

What is Loom?

Loom is a quick and easy way to make personal touch instructional videos.

Loom

Look & Feel

It’s very easy to record and share with Loom

  1. The default option is to have your face in a circle in the left-hand corner of the screen (very comforting for online students – yes, you are a real person). If you choose you can opt for no image at all.
  2. There are a number of different ways to share your video – twitter, facebook, gmail and an embed code for web-pages.
  3. If you’ve viewed the screen-cast before, it’s possible to fast forward up to 3X to the important part.
  4. You can also see the video in full-screen mode.

You can be up and running with Loom in 30 minutes.

Integration with Chrome & Firefox

To use Loom add it as a firefox Add-ons, and as a Chrome extension – You can also allow it to embed into your Gmail.

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  1. You may not be able to see clearly but Loom appears as small gray flower, it becomes pink when it is active.
  2. It also appears inside Gmail where you can store screen-casts and reuse them again.

So, What Are the Downsides?

If you remember that Loom is an instructional product meant for showing and explaining how to do something right now  – there are no downsides. But videos are like snap chat – they “disappear” after seven days. However, if you get friends and co-workers to sign-up Loom can change that! At present it is not possible to annotate. Videos are limited to 10 minutes – but that’s a good thing 😀 Give Loom a try (and did I mention it’s free).

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