May Edition: What We’re Exploring

From our Director of Communications and Outreach: iPhone Desktop Recording

Did you know you may already have the tools you need to record short how-to, or training videos in your pocket?
I discovered a fantastic feature for iPhone that helped me in a pinch. Here’s a video I recorded from my iPhone showing you how to record your iPhone screen. It’s simple and easy!

From our Communications and Outreach Specialist: Open Broadcaster Software for Live Streaming and Desktop Recording
Open Broadcaster Software (OBS) is software for desktop video recording and live streaming. I used OBS when creating the Canva.com tutorial video. The software allows me to record my desktop as well as my voice through a USB mic. You can also set up a webcam to record yourself. OBS not only allows you to record but also allows you to set up live streams. I have been looking into how to use OBS with Facebook Live. I found this helpful tutorial on how to set up the live stream. One benefit to using OBS for your Facebook Live is being able to switch out what the viewer is watching. Usually, with Facebook Live streams, you only have the webcam/video camera pointed at the subject, but with OBS you can switch to a desktop view or presentation view.The best part about OBS is that it is free to download. You can download OBS from their website: https://obsproject.com/ Here is an OBS Beginner Tutorial video I found on Youtube that goes over how to setup OBS: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XllRHuCe07A​


From our Multimedia Specialist: Add Adobe Spark to Your Graphic Design Toolkit

When it comes to creating social media content, quality is key in demonstrating your organization’s professionalism and establishing trust in your messaging. Adobe Spark (spark.adobe.com/home/) is a free graphic design app that can help you create short videos, static image posts, and more. Upload your own videos and images, or search their free photo library, to create attention-grabbing social media posts that can be easily shared across Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. This app can be accessed and used on the web or on a mobile device.
Here’s an article that can help you get started using Adobe Spark to create videos: http://forums.techsoup.org/cs/community/b/tsblog/archive/2017/09/08/video-storytelling-made-easy-with-adobe-spark.aspx.