For those of you who’ve been looking forward to our updated collaboration feature since we hinted at it back in January, we’re happy to say that it’s finally here. Now—thanks to a few tweaks and some long nights from our tech team—creating, managing, and participating in group collaborations is easier and more powerful than ever before.
This video was edited by VidMob editor Billy Higgins. Hire Billy here.
A Look at the New Group Collaboration Features
Collaboration—no matter what the project—can be a messy and complicated endeavor when not executed properly. Such is the nature when working with multiple participants! Therefore, management is key in creating any successful group collaboration…VidMob projects included.
So we set out to create collaboration features that made managing collaborators roles, input, and interaction as simple and straightforward as possible. Which will make leveraging the power of group storytelling and experience that much more effective for our users.
How did we do that? By implementing a role assignment feature that allows the project owner to dole out different levels of interaction with the project details, editor communication, project drafts, and payment.
The roles are broken down into five types of collaborators, each with their own unique set of abilities and actions within the project:
Project Owner: initiates collaboration by inviting others to join his or her project. A project owner maintains complete control and direction over the project, just as they would in a non-collaborative project.
Co-Owner: assigned by the Project Owner, Co-Owners have all the same capabilities as a Project Owner with the exception that they cannot view or hire available editors.
Full Collaborator: like Owners and Co-Owners, Full Collaborators can access the collaboration Group Chat, add notes to media, and add/delete additional media, view all drafts, and share/download final project. However, they are exempt from the Editor Chat.
Limited Collaborator: the default role given to all collaborators when invited to join the project by the Project Owner. Limited Collaborators can chat, add media, and view the final project. They cannot, however, view drafts, add media notes, or participate in the Editor Chat.
Media-Only Collaborator: ideal for collaborators that you only need media from or for projects you’d prefer to maintain total control over. Media-Only Collaborators cannot view drafts, add notes to media, delete media, or view/share/download final projects. Assigning collaborators to this role is ideal for larger crowd-sourced projects, say for big brands or organizations, or for wedding projects, where you’d prefer the final draft to be a surprise for all your guests who collaborated.
Communication is another key factor for successful collaboration. So we knew designing strategic avenues for communication between both collaborators and the editor were going to be crucial (and help make our users’ lives a whole lot easier!)
The Group Chat: was designed to make messaging between the Project Owner and their collaborators less complicated. Now, if a Project Owner wants to test the group’s pulse on a recent draft, project notes, or overall project vision, they’ll never have to leave the app to do so. And if a Project Owner would prefer to do away with the Group Chat, it can be easily disabled.
The Editor Chat: is for the Owner and Co-Owner only. For this reason, we recommend limiting the amount of Co-Owners you assign to any given project, as too many cooks around the pot could cause unwanted confusion for your editor and unnecessary delay in draft delivery.
We knew this feature would be especially important for those users that invite lots of contributors. Because, in any group project, if the responsibility and contribution is equally shared so too should the cost be equally shared.
Similar to how Uber allows its users to split a payment amongst those sharing a car, so too can our users split the payment of their joint project amongst those collaborating. And doing so is quite simple:
How to Use Split Pay
1. Assign your collaborators to their appropriate roles before initiating split payment. This will ensure that you can decide as a group on your budget for the project.
2. In group chat, decide amongst your collaborators how much you would like to spend on the project (either per person or total cost of project).
3. In the role assignment screen, select the collaborators you’d like to invite for split payment.
4. Send the invite and wait for your collaborators to accept. Sometimes, sending a friendly “nudge” reminder may be necessary.
5. Upon acceptance of an editor, the total cost of the project will then be evenly split amongst all who have accepted the project owner’s split payment invitation.
Use Collaboration to “Wow!” with Your Next Project
Now that you’re all caught up on our collaboration updates, it’s time to test out these new features for yourself!
If you’re looking for a little collaboration inspiration, we’ve got a few ideas and examples below:
Weddings/Honeymoons: No videographer necessary when you can use VidMob with all your guests! Watch a “familymoon” example here.
Sporting Events: Watch this video the Sacramento Kings posted to their Facebook Page using crowd-sourced content here.
Family Holidays: Preserve your holiday traditions and memories in video. Like Team VidMob did this past Thanksgiving here.
Travel: Remember your vacations from everyone’s perspective, like this family did here.
And for an inside look at where in the app you can locate these new features, watch our Collaboration Feature Walkthrough below.
This video was edited by VidMob Editor Ethan Donnelly. Hire Ethan here.
We hope that you are as excited about these app updates as we were in creating them for you! Let us know in the comments below how you’ll be using these new features to improve your group collaborations. And for more updates and project inspiration, be sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.