Using govidigo is easy. This page tells you everything you need to know to get the most out of creating, annotating and sharing your videos.
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That will bring up a pop-up box asking you to confirm the installation. (Don't worry; govidigo is perfectly safe to install.)
Once installed, a blue "V" button will appear permanently in the top right of the Chrome browser. It's that we'll click to start govidigo...
To get started with govidigo simply click its blue "V" button in the top right of the Chrome browser.
This will bring up the pop-under window shown to the right. The first time you do this you'll be prompted to login. You can create a free account here.
Once you've logged in, you'll see the pre-recording options shown to the right. Choose whether to record screen or webcam, and whether to include audio from your microphone too.
When ready, hit "Start recording". The first time you do this, Chrome will ask you to confirm that you're happy to share access to your screen/camera/microphone. Once you consent, recording will begin, preceded by a short countdown. (You can turn off the countdown in preferences.)
If you chose to record your screen, you'll be able to annotate the screen...
While you're recording, the govidigo recording toolbox will appear in the bottom right of the screen.
If you're recording screen, it will look as shown in the top image; if you're recording webcam, a simpler version will show, as in the lower image.
One of govidigo's coolest features is the ability to annotate the screen while recording screen. To do so, use the annotation tools shown in the top image. These are as follows:
You can also change the colour and stroke thickness of anything you draw/write with the picker tools:
Setting the active colour or thickness affects any currently selected item(s) you previously added. To select an item, click it; it will turn lime green, denoting that it is now selected. To deselect items, click an empty area of the page that you haven't added any items to.
To wipe the canvas of all items you've added, use the dustbin icon .
One thing that's important to understand when recording screen is that, by default, the page is in Page + canvas mode.
This means an invisible canvas sits atop the page, on which you can draw and add shapes.
Note, however, that in this mode you cannot interact with the page, e.g. click links, select text etc.
You can interact with the page by changing the screen mode to Just page. In this mode, the canvas (and all items you've added) will disappear, leaving only the page. You're now free to click links or interact with the page in any other way.
The final mode, Just canvas, does the opposite - it hides the page and leaves only the canvas and your drawn items. This means you can use govidigo as an instant whiteboard!
Another cool feature available to you while recording screen is Stamps. Stamps are pre-made text items you can specify in your govidigo account which you can then add to the page without having to type them out each time.
For example, if you're a teacher using govidigo to mark students' homework, it would be annoying to have to constantly type "spelling" each time a student misspells. Instead, we can create a Stamp. Here's how:
Once you've made your masterpiece, stop recording by clicking the red "Stop" button in the recording toolbox
A pop-up box will appear (shown right) allowing you to preview your video before deciding to save or discard it.
To save it, first give it a title. The default title is taken from the current web page's title.
A third option allows you to download the physical video file rather than saving to govidigo's servers; this can be useful if you plan to upload it to YouTube or embed it into a PowerPoint presentation, for example.
On saving your video, the upload process will begin. A progress bar will keep you informed as to how this is going, and once done you'll be given a unique link to your video which you can share with colleagues and friends.
You can also access all previously-saved videos from your Videos area.
You can set certain global preferences within the govidigo Chrome extension. To do so, start govidigo and click the cog icon to access the preferences area.
The available preferences you can adjust are: