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February 8, 2021·8 min read

20 Awesome Vidyard Hacks You Need to Know About

Impress your prospects, customers, and coworkers with super cool Vidyard hacks, tricks, and hidden features that’ll take your videos to the next level.

Vidyard can do a lot. I mean, seriously A LOT. But there are some cool Vidyard hacks that even the most experienced users may not know about.

These Vidyard hacks, tricks, and little-known features will take your video game to the next level and have you feeling like a pro in no time at all.

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  1. Contents
  2. 1.Vidyard Chrome Extension Hacks
  3. 1.1 Set Up Keyboard Shortcuts for the Chrome Extension
  4. 1.2 Hide Recording Controls
  5. 1.3 Cut Out Background Noise Using Krisp
  6. 1.4 Add Flair to Your Video with Snapchat Filters
  7. 1.5 Move Your Speaker Bubble
  8. 1.6 Resize Your Speaker Bubble
  9. 1.7 Doodle on Your Screen Recording
  10. 1.8 Go Full-Screen on a Google Slides Presentation Without Losing Your Speaker Bubble
  11. 1.9 Screen Record on Pages That Don’t Allow Screen Recording
  12. 1.10 Use an External Mic and/or Camera
  13. 1.11 Send a Video in a LinkedIn Message
  14. 1.12 Record From an Incognito Browser Window
  15. 2.Vidyard Video Viewing Hacks
  16. 2.1 Multitask While Watching Videos Using Picture-in-Picture
  17. 3.Vidyard Video Platform Hacks
  18. 3.1 Record PowerPoint, Excel, and PDFs with the Vidyard Desktop App
  19. 3.2 Switch Up Your Background Using Zoom
  20. 3.3 Add Your Video’s Length to its Thumbnail
  21. 3.4 Set a Custom Link for When Viewers Share Your Video
  22. 3.5 Record a Zoom Call and Send it Directly to Vidyard
  23. 3.6 Record and Share Videos Right Through Slack
  24. 3.7 Time Out Your Video Script with One Click

Vidyard Chrome Extension Hacks

1. Set Up Keyboard Shortcuts for the Chrome Extension

Nothing makes you feel like a pro quite like knowing keyboard shortcuts. With the Vidyard Chrome extension, you get to choose your own.

Keyboard shortcuts are available for four key controls: Activate the extension, cancel recording, pause/resume recording, and restart recording.

  1. Click the puzzle piece icon in Chrome then choose Manage Extensions
  2. Click the three line “hamburger” menu in the top left corner of the screen and choose Keyboard shortcuts
  3. Scroll to the extension labelled “Screen and Webcam Recorder – Vidyard” and type your desired shortcuts into the boxes provided

You set whatever you like for each, so long as it includes one of the following keys:

  • Mac: Command, Ctrl or Alt
  • Windows: Ctrl or Alt

Vidyard hacks shown using Chrome.

2. Hide Recording Controls

Every time you create a screen or webcam recording using the Vidyard Chrome extension, a set of controls shows up on the screen and appears in your final video.

But they don’t have to.

  1. Open the Vidyard Chrome extension
  2. Click the gear icon to visit the settings tab
  3. Untick the box marked Show recording controls

Note: This pairs well with using keyboard shortcuts to control the Chrome extension.

Vidyard hacks screenshot showing how to hide recording controls using the Vidyard Chrome extension.

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3. Cut Out Background Noise Using Krisp

Whether it’s chatter in an open office or your dog barking in the background while working from home, background noise can be a serious distraction in your videos.

Krisp is a Chrome extension that lessens background noise and it works with the Vidyard Chrome extension. That means you can record videos with crisper, cleaner audio (even if your workspace is anything but).

The free version allows up to 120 minutes of use per week. Just toggle it on, then start your Vidyard recording.

A man in a car doing a Krips and Vidyard microphone test.

4. Add Flair to Your Video with Snapchat Filters

Ephemeral messaging app Snapchat is well-known for its fun, entertaining, and sometimes downright strange filters. Dog face filter anyone?

But did you know that you can actually get those same filters on your desktop and use them in your Vidyard webcam videos? It’s true!

  1. Download Snap Camera and follow installation instructions
  2. Open the Snap Camera application
  3. Browse or search for a filter you like
  4. Open the Vidyard Chrome extension
  5. Choose Snap Camera as the video input under Recording Input Options
  6. Hit Start Recording

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5. Move Your Speaker Bubble

This one isn’t, strictly speaking, a hack. It’s just a super cool little-known feature. Simply click on your speaker bubble and drag it where you want it to appear on your screen.

Note: You can combine this with the bubble resizing hack to really customize the look of your hybrid screen record-webcam videos.

A Vidyard speaker bubble with a woman in it.

6. Resize Your Speaker Bubble

Also not a hack per say, but it is a new feature that you should all know about. You can now resize the speaker bubble to really customize the look of your hybrid screen record-webcam videos.

This is a great way to catch the attention of your audience right upfront. Start off with the bubble in the large size to introduce yourself and then when you are ready to start your presentation and speak to slides or a website behind you, resize your bubble and move it to the side so they can see what you are speaking about.

7. Doodle on Your Screen Recording

Ever wanted to underscore a point you were making or draw viewer attention to something specific on a screen?

Good news! It’s totally easy with a little-known built-in feature.

  1. Open the Vidyard Chrome extension
  2. Choose either the Screen + Cam or the Screen option
  3. Hit Start Recording
  4. In the Chrome extension control panel (in the bottom right of your screen), click the pen icon to Toggle Draw Controls
  5. Choose from three pen size options by clicking the dot
  6. Select your pen color by clicking the paint palette (your ink will be gray by default)
  7. Use your cursor to draw on your screen

Whatever you draw will begin to fade in a few seconds, making it easy for you to highlight multiple things (for instance, if you’re recording a how-to video).

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8. Go Full-Screen on a Google Slides Presentation Without Losing Your Speaker Bubble

While presenting from the Google Slides edit screen—which shows thumbnails of slides along the left-hand side of the screen along with edit options along the top—is a popular option, sometimes you want to minimize potential distractions.

This Vidyard hack makes the slide you’re presenting the focus of your screen.

  1. Click the downward arrow next to Present in the upper right-hand corner
  2. Choose Presenter view to make your slides full-screen within your browser window
  3. Close or minimize the Presenter view popup (you don’t need it)
  4. To avoid having black bars around your presentation, resize your browser window to fit your presentation
  5. Open the Vidyard Chrome extension, choose the Screen + Cam option and select Tab Only
  6. Hit Start Recording to begin capturing your screen

Vidyard hacks screenshot showing a speaker bubble over a presentation slide.

9. Screen Record on Pages That Don’t Allow Screen Recording

Some sites don’t allow you to begin a screen recording, but that doesn’t mean you can’t record those sites—just that you can’t start there.

  1. Open up your desired unrecordable site in a tab
  2. Open up a site that allows recording (such as Google) in another tab
  3. Open the Vidyard Chrome extension, choose the Screen + Cam or Screen option and select Full Desktop
  4. Begin your screen recording on the other tab, then flip to the site you’d like to record
  5. Once you’ve finished your recording, you can use the Trim option on your video edit page to remove the beginning portion of your video

Note: An alternative option is to do a Tab Only recording where you begin on the recordable site, then immediately navigate to your desired site. As with the other option, use Trim as needed.

Vidyard hacks screenshot showing a Vidyard webpage.

10. Use an External Mic and/or Camera

You don’t have to rely on your computer’s built-in webcam or your headphones. If you want to bump up the quality of your video messages, you can connect an external camera and mic.

  1. Open the Vidyard Chrome extension
  2. Click the downward arrow next to Recording Input Options to view sources
  3. Select your desired cam and mic from the appropriate dropdown menus

Vidyard screenshot showing recording input options for mic and camera when using Vidyard.

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11. Send a Video in a LinkedIn Message

This is a brand new Vidyard hack that few know about yet, but you can now record and send a video using Vidyard in a LinkedIn message. This is game-changing when using LinkedIn for prospecting. Instead of taking multiple steps to email someone a video, you can now send them an introductory video straight in your very first point of contact in a LinkedIn message.

  1. Install the Vidyard Chrome extension
  2. Open the Compose Message window in LinkedIn and you should see the Vidyard logo at the bottom of the message window.
  3. If you do not see the Vidyard logo, click on the Vidyard Chrome extension logo in your Chrome browser, go into Settings and hit Reload
  4. Once the Vidyard logo is showing in the LinkedIn message window, you can click on the logo to start recording a video as usual

12. Record From an Incognito Browser Window

Need to record something on an incognito browser? You’ll have to allow the extension to work in that mode.

  1. Right click on the Vidyard Chrome extension and select Manage Extensions
  2. Scroll to Allow in incognito
  3. Toggle to ON
  4. Start an incognito browsing session and sign in to Vidyard
  5. Google will prompt you to allow Vidyard to use your camera and microphone—select Allow
  6. Proceed as usual

Vidyard hacks screenshot showing the toggle to allow filming in incognito.

Vidyard Video Viewing Hacks

13. Multitask While Watching Videos Using Picture-in-Picture

This is a great productivity hack, especially for long videos. Using Google’s Picture-in-Picture extension, you can watch a Vidyard video in a small window while on another page.

  1. Install the Picture-in-Picture extension
  2. Open a Vidyard sharing page and click play on the video
  3. Navigate to another website
  4. Reposition the video in a desirable spot on your screen (optional)
  5. Continue watching while you do something else

Vidyard hacks screenshot showing Picture-in-Picture while viewing a Vidyard video

Vidyard Video Platform Hacks

14. Record PowerPoint, Excel, and PDFs with the Vidyard Desktop App

Because the Vidyard Chrome extension is a Chrome extension, it can only record from Chrome which means you must have a Chrome window open and begin your recording from there.

Well, we hacked ourselves and made a desktop app to record media that’s not in Chrome.

Now it’s easy to download the Vidyard Desktop App and record everything your heart desires.

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15. Switch Up Your Background Using Zoom

With the rise of remote work and the proliferation of video conferencing, virtual backgrounds have become more popular than ever.

But, you don’t have to restrict your virtual digs to your Zoom calls. You just have to set up a call where you’re the only participant.

  1. Open up Zoom and click New Meeting
  2. Once in, click the upward arrow next to Stop Video and select Choose Virtual Background…
  3. Select your desired virtual background and close the popup window
  4. Click Record and choose where to save your meeting recording
  5. Once done, upload the recording to Vidyard

Bonus: With the Vidyard for Zoom integration, you can push your Zoom recording directly into Vidyard. Visit our Knowledge Base to learn about the requirements and set it up in your Vidyard account.

A man using a fake background in a Zoom call.

16. Add Your Video’s Length to its Thumbnail

Want viewers to know how long the video they’re about to watch is before clicking play? There’s a Vidyard hack for that.

For this one to work, you have to use the Vidyard Player API on your webpage to add additional metadata to the thumbnail.

Get the snippet of code and instructions in this Knowledge Base article.

Vidyard hacks screenshot showing the timecode in a video thumbnail.

When people share your video, it’ll push to the video-sharing page by default.

But, there may be times when you’d like the video to be viewed in the context of the web or landing page it lives on rather than the sharing page. Luckily, you can actually customize that sharing link so that shares of the video will direct to that page instead.

  1. In your Vidyard library, navigate to the video you’d like to change
  2. Under the Settings tab, go to Player Design
  3. Click the Edit button
  4. Open the Share Options menu
  5. Toggle the Custom Sharing Link option to ON
  6. Enter or paste the web address that you’d like video shares to be directed to under Link

Vidyard hacks screenshot showing the toggle to add a custom sharing link in Vidyard.

Note: The URL must begin with http:// or https://

18. Record a Zoom Call and Send it Directly to Vidyard

Did you know that Zoom actually integrates with Vidyard? Good news—it does!

Even better news: That makes it easy as pie for you to record a Zoom meeting and send it directly to your Vidyard account.

Whether it’s a team lunch and learn you want to save for those who missed it, an interview with an influencer you plan to share on social, or a sales call you’d like to review later, you can quickly and easily save all of your Zoom calls in Vidyard.

The integration lets you automatically generate English-language captions for your Zoom recordings, secure your video, share it via a Vidyard hub, and more.

Find out more about what it does and how to set it up through this Knowledge Base article.

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19. Record and Share Videos Right Through Slack

Vidyard is also integrated with Slack.

Sometimes you have a lot to tell your colleagues, but nobody wants to read an IM novel—and juggling schedules to set up a video conference is a pain in the neck. With the Vidyard integration, you can easily record and send an asynchronous video without leaving Slack. Can you say productivity hack?

Once you’ve added the Vidyard app to Slack, just type /vidyard to start recording. When you’re done, you can review the video, then DM it straight to a colleague or post it to a channel. The video plays right inside Slack. Viewers can react and comment to keep the conversation rolling.

20. Time Out Your Video Script with One Click

Want to estimate your script’s length and make sure you stay within a certain time limit before you start filming? We created an easy-to-use Video Script Timer, where all you have to do is copy and paste your script and, voilà!

Just plug your script in and select your reading speed to discover your script’s length. When you know how long your script will be, you can make more informed decisions when creating your video. And more informed decisions mean fewer takes, giving you back valuable time.

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We hope these Vidyard hacks help you on your video journey. By embracing these Vidyard hacks, you’ll become a pro in no time!

This post was originally published on July 6, 2020. It was updated on May 17, 2021.

Kendall Walters

Kendall Walters

Kendall is a content marketer, pop culture geek and bibliophile, and she’s a walking encyclopedia full of (mostly useless) trivia. When not producing the kind of content you *actually* want to read, she can be found learning brush pen lettering and swing dancing.

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