July 6, 2020·8 min read

19 Awesome Vidyard Hacks You Need to Know About

Impress your prospects, customers, and coworkers with super cool 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 things that even the most experienced users may not know about.

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

  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 Make Your Speaker Bubble Bigger
  8. 1.6 Move 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 Create an Animated Avatar Using Loomie
  14. 1.12 Record From an Incognito Browser Window
  15. 1.13 Record PowerPoint, Excel, and PDFs with Cam
  16. 1.14 Screen Record Items That Aren’t in Your Chrome Browser
  17. 2.Vidyard Video Viewing Hacks
  18. 2.1 Multitask While Watching Videos Using Picture-in-Picture
  19. 3.Vidyard Video Platform Hacks
  20. 3.1 Switch Up Your Background Using Zoom
  21. 3.2 Add Your Video’s Length to its Thumbnail
  22. 3.3 Set a Custom Link for When Viewers Share Your Video
  23. 3.4 Record a Zoom Call and Send it Directly to Vidyard

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 labeled “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

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.

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.

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. Make Your Speaker Bubble Bigger

Have you ever wanted your speaker bubble to take up more of your screen when you’re doing a hybrid screen record-webcam video? Now you can.

  1. Resize your window until it’s only a fraction of your full screen (about one-quarter of the screen works well)
  2. Open the Vidyard Chrome extension and choose Screen + Cam then Tab Only
  3. Click the Start Recording button
  4. Your speaker bubble will take up a significantly larger portion of the screen
  5. You can resize your window to adjust the size of your bubble

Bonus: If the thing you want to record with the large speaker bubble is a Google Slides presentation, do these two things before opening up the Chrome extension.

  1. In Google Slides, hit Present
  2. Then, select the icon that looks like four tiny arrows pointing at one another or Command+Shift+F to Exit full screen

6. 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.

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-know 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 you 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

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.

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

screenshot showing recording input options for mic and camera

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11. Create an Animated Avatar Using Loomie

Want an animated video without the hassle of… learning how to animate? There’s an app for that. LoomieLive allows you to create an animated version of yourself and then use it in asynchronous video recordings (or on video calls).

  1. Download LoomieLive for desktop and follow installation instructions
  2. Get the Loomies mobile app from the Apple App Store or Google Play
  3. Use the mobile app to customize your animated avatar
  4. Open the Loomie desktop application
  5. Open the Vidyard Chrome extension
  6. Choose LoomieLive Camera as the video input under Recording Input Options
  7. Hit Start Recording
  8. Use the LoomieLive control panel to give your avatar some extra flair by waving, giving a thumbs up, laughing, and more

Note: The Loomies mobile app is only available for users in the U.S. Users outside of the U.S. can still use the desktop app with a default avatar, but cannot customize it.

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 into Vidyard
  5. Google will prompt you to allow Vidyard to use your camera and microphone—select Allow
  6. Proceed as usual

13. Record PowerPoint, Excel, and PDFs with Cam

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.

You have a couple of options for recording media that’s not in Chrome.

If you’d like to include a speaker bubble from your camera in your screen recording, then you need to get your desired media into your browser.

For PowerPoint, Excel, and PDFs, one of the easiest options is to simply import your file into Google Slides, Google Sheets, or Google Drive so you can view it in the browser.

If you don’t need the cam, then you can follow the instructions for the next Vidyard tip.

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14. Screen Record Items That Aren’t in Your Chrome Browser

If you’d like to record something on your desktop, you have a couple of options.

  • Option 1: Use an external monitor and open the Chrome extension to begin the recording from there, but select the other monitor for the actual recording area.
  • Option 2: Shrink the size of your browser as much as possible and hide it behind whatever it is you’re trying to record. You can use the Trim function to remove the portion of your video that shows the resizing once you’ve finished recording.

Note: You will not be able to include a speaker bubble in these recordings. They will have to be screen recording only.

screenshot showing screen selection options in Vidyard Chrome extension

Vidyard Video Viewing Hacks

15. 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

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

Vidyard Video Platform Hacks

16. Switch Up Your Background Using Zoom

With the rise of remote work and 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.

17. 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 tip 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.

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

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

19. 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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Kendall Walters

Kendall Walters

Kendall is the Content Marketing Manager at Vidyard. A pop culture geek and bibliophile, 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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