There are a lot of barriers to effective communication between you and your remote workers. There’s language barrier, cultural barrier, and geographic barrier, to mention a few. From my experience, I have found out that the best way of communicating with my VAs (aside from Asana) is by using screen recording apps.
Recording your screen is definitely the best way of teaching your remote workers something that would otherwise be confusing using text instructions. You can produce video clips for simple instructions, but you can also do longer recordings for training purposes.
According to studies, people learn better with both audio and visual rather than just visual (text and pictures) or just audio. In addition, recording videos for training purposes help you systematise your processes, and more (the benefits of using screen recording apps in outsourcing would probably need a separate blog post!)
Below is a comparison of 6 screen recording apps to help you decide which one to use based on your preferences and budget considerations.
|Software||Captures screen and webcam simultaneously?||Editing||Sharing||Cost per user|
|Screencast-o-matic||Yes||Yes||Yes||$15/year or |
|Screenflow (Mac)||No (but there’s a workaround)||Yes||Yes||$99.99|
Just by looking at the price, you can tell that Camtasia will allow you to produce professional quality screen capture videos. However, professional quality also means more complicated editing than other tools available. The layman might be required to really study the editing manual to get better results and thus, value for their money.
Screencast-o-matic is reportedly a more user-friendly screen recording software. The good thing about this program is that it has a free version that works almost the same as the paid version, allowing you to record 15-minute long videos, which should be enough for giving out instructions to your VAs or providing brief pieces of training. However, this free version does not allow you to edit your videos. It’s either you opt for the PRO version or you use other free or built-in video editing software on your computer.
Just like Screencast-o-matic, Screenpresso has a free version. However, though free, this tool still allows simple editing of the video you have just recorded. The only downside is that the output would have watermark or logo of Screenpresso on them. The Pro version, on the other hand, provides all the basic necessities as shown in the table above, and priority tech support on top of those.
This software does not have a paid version, so its features are all there is to it. Nevertheless, it is reportedly good enough for simple recording and editing, with a maximum of 45 minutes recording time. Another good thing about Ezvid is that it does not apply watermark on your output and has text-to-speech feature, but the major drawback is that you cannot save your recording in your PC. You can only upload it directly to YouTube.
SmartPixel is tool that is easy to learn and use according to a survey conducted by Top 10 Reviews. It is a recording and editing tool that satisfies the basic needs of most consumers. The only downside is that the capture is less clearer than other similar software. This might have an impact on tutorial videos that has a lot of texts involved. Nevertheless, the should be a workaround for this.
One obvious downside of this app is that it’s only perfectly compatible with a Mac. Other than that, Screenflow is a good tool for recording the screen. You can use it for either capturing your screen or yourself with a webcam, but if you want to do both simultaneously, Mr. Google is a good place to find good workarounds.
Depending on your needs, the details you need to show in your screencast, your resources and other tools, there is a screen recording app that will work for you. Each one of the software presented has both strengths and limitations. But for someone like you who is resourceful and systematic, I’m sure these limitations are just another challenge to overcome!