How to Use Loom for Beginners

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The world of business has changed and adapted tremendously since the covid-19 pandemic. One of the biggest changes we had to make was how we communicated with our clients and customers. Many businesses and companies alike took to Zoom and Google Teams to stay in touch with their remote employees. But that’s not what we’re here for.

Today, we are here to discuss the online tool Loom. What is Loom? Loom is a screen recorder that can be used to record your desktop screen with the addition of using a camera and voice in the recording. Want to know the best part? You can use this platform absolutely free! While there are limitations to the free version of Loom, it’s suitable for an individual. If you want to get more out of Loom, the option for a paid business version is available too.

 

So how does Loom work?

To get started with Loom, all you need to do is create an account. If you want to upgrade to the paid version, you can go ahead and do that during sign-up. How much does it cost? Loom for business is $10 per month, which is roughly R173 at the time of writing. Or you can save 20% by paying annually which works out to $8 per month, roughly R140 at the time of writing.

 

Getting started with Loom for beginners

The first thing you’ll see once you’re in your Loom account is your video library. You’ll always have access to videos you’ve recorded. When clicking on a video you can see how many views it has, when it was recorded, who has left comments, and more.

To record a video, you click on the blue ‘Record a video’ button on the bottom left-hand corner. A menu will pop up which gives you the option to record with a camera or microphone, or both, or neither. The choice is yours. Don’t forget to allow access in the top left of your browser when the notification pops up!

loom record screen

If you click on the ‘New Video’ button, you also get the option to upload a video. This is helpful to send videos to colleagues and clients as a link that they just need to open and view in their browser. They can then also leave comments on the video to ask questions or share the link with other people.

Loom has created a few getting started video tutorials to show you how it works. These tutorials are great because they show you exactly how Loom looks and works. Perfect for those who are more visual learners. And what better way to show off a screen recorder, that with a video?

Editing videos

Yes, you read that right. You can also edit the videos you record before sharing them. Some examples of what you can do are trimming your video, adding call-to-actions, and creating thumbnails.

Summary

Loom is a fantastic tool to use to visually collaborate and explain things to colleagues, employees, clients, etc. You can use Loom to record instructions, ask questions, create presentations, create guides and tutorials and so much more. The best part is you can easily share your video links, and no one needs to download anything.

Loom also has a browser extension and desktop app, so you can have quick access to record anytime. How cool is that? Screen recording helps eliminate the need for lengthy in-person meetings. The digital world of business is truly advancing!

 

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