My first videoask

Are you looking for a more personalized way to reach out to people online? A videoask is a video-based form that allows you to start asynchronous video conversations with respondents.

What can you do with a videoask? We've seen people use them to recruit and interview new team members, generate and qualify leads, collect video testimonials, coach clients, even create documentary films. Really the sky's the limit! See for yourself. ūüôā

To get started quickly, you can try out one of our templates. To create your first videoask from scratch, read on...

Create your first videoask


Log in to your VideoAsk account.



Click Create your 1st videoask.



Give your videoask a name.



Choose whether you want to Collect contact details. By default the contact form will be turned on, click the toggle to turn it off.


Note: If you do not enable a contact form, respondents will appear anonymously as "Humans" and you will not be able to reply to them. 


Select which language you want to use for your videoask. This is the language of the prompts and interface text, not the transcription and caption language.


Note: These settings can always be updated later, so don't stress if you're not sure!


Click Create videoask.



Now you'll be prompted to select your video source. For this article we will record a new video, but you can also upload a video or gif file, select from the Pexels or Giphy library, or record a screenshare.

To record a new video, click Webcam. 



Before you can record, you'll need to give VideoAsk permission to use your camera and microphone. Click Request permissions. 


Your browser should now show a pop-up window asking for permission to your camera and microphone. Click Allow.



Click the camera and microphone icons at the top of your screen to select which camera and microphone you want to use for your recording.



If you need some help remembering what you want to say in your video, toggle on Notes and jot down a script or outline.

Note: Notes will only be visible to you when recording your video and will not be visible to respondents viewing your videoask.


Tip: Often the most engaging videos are more natural, so we recommend working with a loose structure instead of writing out and reading an entire script! 


Remember to make eye contact with the camera! When you're ready, click the red button to start recording.


You will receive a 3 second countdown before the recording begins.


Each video can be up 2 minutes long. A timer will count down at the bottom of your screen as you record to tell you how much time you have left.


When you are finished recording, click the Red button.

Pro tip: You can also use the spacebar on your keyboard to start and stop recordings - this is very useful so you can keep looking at the camera until the very end!


You'll now get the chance to preview your video footage. To save it and proceed, click Yes. To re-record, click No. 


Note: Re-recording does not use up your minutes. We count minutes only for videos that are transcoded and saved, either through recording or uploading an external file.


If you would like to add any overlay text on top of your video, type it into the Overlay text box. 


Choose the overlay text size from the dropdown menu:


Choose whether to Darken the video for text readability by clicking the toggle.


Finally, choose whether you want your video to fit or fill the screen. If you choose to Fit video, the entire width will be shown. If you leave this setting off, your video will fill the screen, with the exact dimensions depending on screen size.



When you're satisfied with your settings, click Continue.



Next you'll be prompted to add a title to your videoask step. This won't be visible to your respondents, but if you're creating a multi step videoask it's a useful way for you to keep track of what each step is all about. 



Now it's time to select an answer type for this step of your videoask. Each step may only have one answer type (ie Open Ended or Multiple Choice, but not both). By default, each new step will use the Open Ended answer type. 


Click the dropdown menu to select a different answer type.


Each answer type has its own configuration options. Any changes you make will be automatically saved and reflected in the live builder.


You can also interact with the builder to see what your videoask flow looks like. This will not submit any responses.



When you're finished editing, click Done. 


That's it! You now have your first videoask. To view it in action and submit a test response, click your videoask link. Or, to preview your videoask without submitting any responses, click the Preview button next to it.


Each videoask can have as many steps as you want (as long as you're on one of our paid plans) in order to ask different types of questions, create funnels, or create a unique video experience.

To add more steps, learn how to create a multi step videoask. Or if you're ready to start getting responses, learn how to share or embed your videoask.

Note: Limited videoask editing capabilities are available in the iOS app. In the Android app, you can reply to respondents, but currently cannot build or edit forms.

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