If you’re in the camp that says short videos are the hot thing and every small business owner should be adding this medium to their social arsenal of ways to reach customers, then you might want to think about going ‘Pro’ with Jing.
Last week, I wanted to do a Jing video for my blog article and it’s easy enough to use the free Jing to record and share my video. The sticking point is that it’s NOT easy to put on YouTube and then embed the video on my website. I know there are programs to convert the Jing .swf file into something YouTube likes (MPG4 is best), but once I run the conversions, the resulting video still didn’t work right. I tried both iWisoft and one other converter and couldn’t get either of them to do the conversion correctly.
Then I remembered the Jing Pro for just $15/year. So I signed up for it! Now, I had to re-record my video since it won’t convert what’s already been recorded, but no big deal.
What You Get With Jing Pro
- Jing condenses your video so it’s not as large – better for sharing.
- Upload directly to YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, FTP or Flickr (note that you will need to setup/link these services before you do your video. It’s nice to have the 1-click and ability to send right where you want it.
- Ability to go from your webcam (for a shot of your face), and then back to your screen. This is kind of cool.
- No more ads at the end of your video
- Still restricted to 5” of recording. Wish it was 10” for Pro users
Here’s my current configuration. The instructions to upload to multiple social places are easy to follow.
Regarding the 5” Time Limit
Jing explains in their blog they did not increase the time limit because they want the product to be for more for the on-on-fly type videos that you want to quickly do and share with people. File sizes with longer time lengths was also mentioned as a deterrent.
Most social media people say that videos are a big attraction, but they need to be short – under 3” to keep surfer’s attention. It seems we get on-line, our patience and attention levels go way down. I know when I’m searching for information, I like to get right to what I’m looking for.
So if you’re into video for posting on a website or sharing socially, what are you using and why? Please leave a comment or contact me via lynn (at)www.lynna.dev.