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Loom is a web extension that simply lets you record a video in a browser that you can easily share anywhere, embed directly in other services, edit details of, label, make private or public, watch back at faster speeds. It uses your mic and camera seamlessly and IT JUST WORKS. That’s the ticket. I have used other plugins before that offer the same idea, but they are kinda clunky, not private, & I don’t know where they go in my workflow.
I have used other plugins before that offer the same idea, but they are kinda clunky, not private, have odd permissions or FLASH, & I don’t know where they go in my workflow.
Loom sold me on the ‘integration’ play it offers. If you have Loom installed and come across a Loom link in a site it recognizes it embeds the video for you inline where you want it. WOW. Video context for so many things I do daily makes it so much easier. I have had people uploading video to youtube to share with me, uploading entire mp4s to Slack to share bugs with the team, etc.
Loom puts a little icon in any form where I can use it – cool that’s a great idea I’ll use a video for this PR of new features or this bug report that requires 12 steps to get setup for! Not only that – I know everyone else will see it too and if everyone can use it and be easily reminded it’s there and should be used, guess what, it can go in the workflow with ease!
I’m now excited to continue improving our QA processes as I know people have access to Loom as well for FREE.
No more excuses why no one can repo your issue due to a poor description, no more being unable to explain why you are doing something this product breaking way, no more testing without built-in mic & camera for those oh-so-good reactions to our app amazing you. NO, you can right now – instead of your screenshot – click on Loom and with your mic, camera, and the screen being recorded and instantly captured with no fuss talk and walk me through what you are doing, why, and what is not working for you. WHEW!
I am sure there are others out there discovering even better uses for this, but right now tightening up our QC is a goal of my companies and this tool feels like a big win in a pile of spreadsheets and lackluster QA options for small team.