AnswerStage enables you to quickly collect and combine videos created by people in different places. There are two key roles on AnswerStage:
For Speakers, your role is easy: Just record your answer and you're done. The rest of the steps are for Producers. Note that you can be both a Speaker and a Producer if you want, and even create videos of just you speaking. It's up to you!
If you're responding to a question, you probably clicked a link or entered a QCode created by an AnswerStage Producer. By doing that you loaded a question into your app. If for any reason you don't see a question loaded, click on the email link again or manually enter the QCode displayed with the question.
To record an answer or response, click on the movie camera icon to launch the camera on your phone. Note that the app defaults to your front camera. You can click the black switch-view icon to use your rear camera. If this is your first time loading the app, you'll need to grant permission to use your camera and microphone so your video can be captured and saved.
When you are ready to record, press Start. It's helpful if you have a stand to stabilize your phone, but it's not essential. Sometimes moving around makes your responses more interesting.
AnswerStage will read your question to you and begin a countdown. When the countdown is complete, recording will begin and so you simply answer your question.
When you are finished with your answer, press Stop.
You can now review your recorded answer and decide if you want to save it. If you do, press Save. Otherwise, press the Re-Do button to re-record your answer.
Note that you have the option to save your answer video to the photo album on your phone. Saving it to your phone helps the app respond faster especially with slower speed connections.
AnswerStage will optimize and compress your video, and then upload it to the cloud. You can see these steps happening by watching the progress bars.
Make sure that you're in Questions mode which is the furthest left button on the bottom menu. Press the large plus (+) button to add your own question or request. Alternatively you can import someone else's question by using QCode button at the top.
If you're authoring your own question, just type in the text.
You'll have three options when you're done entering your text. (1) You can record your own answer to the question, (2) You can ask others to record answers, or (3) Save the question for later.
If you select "Ask Others to Answer," your email program will launch and you'll be able to specify who you want to invite to contribute to your video. The text of your question and default wording is added to the body of your message. You can keep this as is, or edit to add your own introduction or more contextual information. Just don't edit or remove the link. That link is the key for others to access your question.
AnswerStage will automatically create captions for answers.
Press on Captioned checkmark or the Manage Captions button to launch the caption editor, where you can fix any word or phrase misinterpretations.
Use Studio Mode to produce your video.
1. If you want your video to have a title (optional), enter it into the Title prompt.
2. Click "Add From Questions" or "Add From Archive" and then select the answer videos to include. You can change the order or remove them once they're in the Studio. Just click on the question when it's in the Studio and you'll see the option to "Move to Top", "Move Up", "Move Down" or "Move to Bottom". The order that you choose in the studio is the order in which they'll play in your produced video.
Be sure you have your profile filled out. To get your Profile Photo set up, click on the Default Profile photo. You can either choose an existing photo that's on your phone or tablet, or take a photo directly to serve as your Profile Photo.
Your profile photo is often used in the conclusion of you videos. In certain kinds of templates such as the audio-only "Radio" Template, your photo will displayed while you are speaking.
Fill in the text profile fields.
You can also enter and edit your profile at any time by clicking on the three dot menu in the upper right corner and then selecting "My Profile."
Note that you only have to fill out your profile information once, and it will be used each time you produce a video. You can update it as needed.
3. Choose a Template and Theme for your video.
4. Select whether you want to including Captions on your video. If you check this box, the words that are said will show in the video synchronized with the speaker. If you use captions make sure that you've gone through the Caption review process. The videos are automatically transcribed with surprising accuracy but there are inevitably mistranscriptions you'll want to fix. You can also use Advanced options to omit the Introduction, or choose music, sound effects and "Jump Cuts". Note these options may vary by client.
5. When you click "Create AnswerStage Video", a professional looking video will be produced for you "in the cloud". Because videos are very large, this could take several minutes. You'll be notified by email when your video is ready.
6. When the video is complete, you can review it, and if you like it, press Save to Gallery.
Use Gallery to view and share your produced videos. With AnswerStage, you can share videos three ways:
1. Download the video file and share it from your phone. Press on the download icon, and your video will be download to the AnswerStage photo album on your phone. From there, you can use any of your social or video apps to share the video file.
2. Copy a link to your clipboard and then paste it into whatever service you choose (such as LinkedIn, email or Facebook).
Click on the Share icon to launch the Link to Video Page. You can copy either the Video File link or the Preview Page link.
3. Direct-share from the AnswerStage app. Also from the Link to Video page, you can click on YouTube, LinkedIn, or Twitter to share directly with any of these services.
You can also get a subtitle (caption) file, by clipping on the captioning icon.
You'll also notice there's an Archive section where previous answers are stored, just in case you want to use them in another video. They can be included into videos in the Studio mode as noted above.
That's it. Enjoy being on AnswerStage!