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Video Communication

Updated on November 5, 2014
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Free Online Video Communication Tools

Online Video is a great way to communicate with friends and family, as well as for business purposes. As per stats, it is the fastest growing media in the world. People prefer watching videos rather than reading text and can retain more information.

Given that I have family and friends in different parts of the world, I've been using many video communication platforms, over the years, in order to keep in touch with them via vids.

I use these free online applications, featured on this web page, to send video emails, to chat online, to create greeting cards, to make tutorials, to edit vids, to upload to YouTube, and much more. Featured on this web page, you will find a variety of video communication platforms that I have personally tested and use each of these for various purposes on a regular basis.

Online Video Stats and Facts 2013-2014

Before we proceed and explore different online video tools and platforms available for us to use in order to communicate online, watch this short overview below with some interesting facts and statistics about online video in 2013-2014.

Skype

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This image was created by the author using public domain clip art from Pixabay | Source

Skype Video Communication

Live Video Chatting and Video Conferencing

Skype is free video and teleconferencing software application with which you can communicate with your family and friends via instant text messaging, voice chat, and video chat.

The other cool Skype feature is screen sharing by which you can share your screen with the other person you are communicating with. This screen share feature is great if you're tutoring or making a presentation online.

Skype is also available free of cost and I've used it for many years now. I also use Skype for long-distance calling within US and Canada for a small yearly fee. With my Skype subscription, I can make phone calls to land-lines and mobile devices as well.

Watch the Skype overview video below. For a more detailed review of Skype features, how to download and use it, visit my Skype Online Communication Review.

Video Overview of Skype Online Communication

Animoto

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Animoto Videos

Animoto Turns Pictures into Music Videos

Animoto is a phenomenal video generating online platform which is simple to use, yet great for creating quality vids productions. With Animoto, you can create vibrant montages using your pictures and turning it into a cool music video.

Animoto is an online video production application, so there is nothing to download. All you need to do is open a free online Animoto account through their secure website. In order to create an Animoto vid, you choose a pre-designed template, upload and arrange your pictures, choose music for your video, and Animoto automatically produces the video. You can then upload your vids to YouTube, share it with friends and family via social networks, or download it to your computer.

Animoto is great for creating personal video greeting cards for any occasion, as well as, for business purposes like photography, real estate, advertising, and so on. You can check my short tutorial below on how to create Animoto videos.

Video Overview of Animoto

CamStudio

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CamStudio Video Screen Capture

Make Online Video Tutorials with CamStudio

CamStudio is a video screen capturing desktop application with which you can create instructional online tutorials. With the free CamStudio software, you can capture the activity from your computer screen in video form as well as audio to produce training tutorials for various purposes.

Using CamStudio, you can capture video in AVI (Audio Video Interleaved) format, as well as, convert the vids into SWF (i.e. Adobe streaming Flash) format. CamStudio vids can be edited using editing software like Window Movie Maker which we will cover in the next section. You can also upload your vids to video-sharing sites like YouTube.

CamStudio is fairly easy to use and helps create quality tutorials. The video featured below was created using CamStudio, you can feel free to check it out and learn how to create online tutorials using CamStudio.

Video Overview of CamStudio Screen Recording

Windows Movie Maker

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Windows Movie Maker Video Editing Application

Creating and Editing Video with Windows Movie Maker

Windows Live Movie Maker is a video creating and editing software application which comes free with Microsoft Windows 7. With Windows Movie Maker, you can edit existing vids as well as enhance the audio.

In terms of video editing, you can add multiple vids to merge, trim the video, split it, speed up or slow down video, add transitional effects, and much more. You can also use Windows Live Movie Maker to create vids using pictures by using the AutoMovie themes feature.

Watch the tutorial below to get a quick overview of Windows Live Movie Maker.

Video Overview of Windows Movie Maker

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Logitech Webcams and Headsets

I have used different types and makes of webcams and headsets. My preference is Logitech webcams and headsets. They are quality and durable products which I'm comfortable recommending based on my own personal experience using them for the past few years. The Logitech product featured here is available at Amazon.

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      Anthony Godinho 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @TransplantedSoul: Yeah, I've looked at Camtasia and it's one I'd like to try in the future. Thanks for your feedback...it's appreciated!

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      TransplantedSoul 4 years ago

      I use a huge range of video communication tool. Check out Camtasia Studio (expensive - but awesome)

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      Anthony Godinho 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @Alexander_Bedrik: I'll have to check SplitCam to see what it is all about and how it works on Skype. Thanks for letting me know.

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      Anthony Godinho 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @anonymous: Glad you found this helpful. Video communication helps a great deal and you can use it for both, personal and business purposes.

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      Alexander_Bedrik 5 years ago

      yesss, i'm using splitcam program for webcam effects in skype and yahoo messenger

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      very helpful! ;) thanks a lot for sharing your knowledge and experience. well done :D

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      Anthony Godinho 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @Lady Lorelei: I'm glad you found it useful. I've enjoyed using these very useful video communication platforms these past few years. Thanks for feedback and for stopping by! :)

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      Lorelei Cohen 5 years ago from Canada

      I've bookmarked this page on video presentations so I can come back and use it as a resource. You really do put out some very helpful lenses. Thank you.