Using Google Plus as a Production Tool


Eric Martin, former Interactive Media Specialist for Vision Maker Media, worked at Vision Maker Media from 1996-2015 and is currently the Content Media Strategist for Nebraska Educational Telecommunications.

Using Google Plus as a Production Tool

Date Posted: 
2012-06-05 00:00

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Recently, I've been using Google+ a lot, not as a social network, but as a way to communicate. I've also been talking with producer about ways they can use it in their productions in order to reduce costs and increase their efficency. Here's a few ideas:

  1. Use the Google+ Hang Outs to talk with your production team. It's free and you can have up to ten people on at once.

  2. Upload your rough cuts or parts of the film you want to disucss to a private link on YouTube and use the YouTube button in Google+ Hang Outs to watch the footage in unison. People in Google+ Hang Outs can all control the playback of the video. The participants' audio is automatically muted, but there is a little button on the screen that you can click on if you want to make a comment about the video while it is still playing.

  3. Use the screen share button to discuss things like your website development or equipment that you need to purchase, where it is easier to show someone what you are talking about than to send an e-mail to a link and then type out what you want them to see. I've personally done both of these to great effect.

Google+ Hang Outs Air is in beta right now and if you get a Google for Non-Profits account, you should be able to use it right away. I think this could be a great tool too for such things as virtual screenings and Q&As with filmmakers where you have a panel taking part in a Google+ Hang Out that has the YouTube video of the film (or selected clips) and have the general public watch it. I don't think it would work right now, but hopefully soon.

If you come across other applications that you think work well, let me know and I'll share them here. Also, let me know if you are interested in being a guinea pig for the Google+ Hang Out Air screening idea.



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