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Cloud Capable Car Cameras Compared: BlackVue Vs. Thinkware

Cloud Capable Car Cameras Compared: BlackVue Vs. Thinkware

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Dash cam connected to the BlackVue cloud, connected to your smart phone app
Cloud connectivity is a feature that only a few high-end dashboard cameras support. Cameras can connect to the manufacturer’s servers (the “cloud”) via an internet hot spot in your car. From there, you can receive notifications about security incidents on your phone, and even watch video footage from your car live over the web, on the other side of the world if need be.

At the time of this writing, only two dash cam manufacturers allow for cloud connectivity: Thinkware, and BlackVue. However, while BlackVue’s cloud has been around for a couple of years and supports a variety of options, Thinkware’s cloud has only very recently been introduced and is still in its infancy. Below, we’ll give you a quick overview what you can expect from each of these manufacturers.

As capabilities increase and more dash cam brands join the club, we’ll keep expanding this article. Feel free to check back here from time to time for a quick reference on what features are currently being offered.

Requirements

To allow for your dash cam to be permanently connected to the internet, you’ll need a portable Wi-Fi hotspot in your car, along with a SIM card from your preferred wireless operator.

BlackVue Cloud: Remote Viewing From Anywhere

BlackVue have been offering their Over-The-Cloud service for a couple of years now. Their service is the only one that will actually let you stream your dash cam’s video footage over the internet.

Here’s an overview of the features they offer:

  • Remote live viewing
  • Receive a notification when an impact is detected (while driving or in parking mode)
  • Receive a notification when cloud connectivity is lost
  • Store and play back video in the cloud
  • GPS tracking (also available for fleets)
  • Voice communication with driver

An account is needed to use BlackVue’s cloud service. While they do offer a free account, it is limited in what it allows you to do. Here’s a list:

  • 10 minutes of live streaming per day
  • Connection to one BlackVue cam
  • 5 GB of cloud storage
  • 100 video downloads per month.

If you need additional options like more bandwidth, more daily viewing time, or the ability to connect several dash cams to one account, you can opt for a paid upgrade. For example, for $10/month you get unlimited live streaming, and for $20/month you can connect to up to 3 BlackVue cameras.

That being said, the free account should probably be sufficient for most private users.

Blackvue Cloud-Compatible Cameras

The following BlackVue dash cams can connect to the cloud:

DR900S series
DR750S series
DR650S series
DR650GW series (only models manufactured after April 2015)

Thinkware Cloud: The Newcomer

Thinkware only implemented their cloud service a short while ago, with the release of the Thinkware F800 Pro in late 2017. They do not offer video streaming at this time. Here’s a list of features that the Thinkware cloud currently supports:

  • Receive a notification when an impact is detected while driving or parked
  • Locate vehicle (also available for fleets): Receive the exact GPS location of your vehicle(s) on a map, along with driving direction and speed
  • Geo-fencing: Receive an alert when your car leaves a predetermined area

UPDATE (Oct 2019): The brand new Thinkware U1000 ist the first Thinkware dash cam to support remote live view over the cloud, in addition to the features listed above.

Thinkware Cloud-Compatible Cameras

Thinkware dash cams that offer cloud connectivity:

Thinkware U1000 — has live view
Thinkware Q800 Pro — live view coming soon
Thinkware F800 Pro — no remote live view, but supports the other cloud features

 

 

Z-Edge S3

Z-Edge S3

https://dashboardcamerareviews.com/z-edge-s3/

The forward facing camera of the Z-Edge S3 is rather bulky. The rear camera is tiny though.

Technical Specifications

— Dual channel dash cam
— Max. resolution: 1080p @ 30fps (front and rear)
— Price: Amazon US / CA / UK / DEeBay US / UK / AUmore vendors
— WDR Super Night Vision
— 2.4″ Screen
— Novatek 96663 processor
— Video format: MP4
— Photo resolution: 12M
— Supports up to 128 GB MicroSD cards (over 11h video)
— 64GB card holds >5h of video
— Time and date stamp on video
— Loop recording, auto on/off, G-Sensor
— Parking mode: Impact triggered, unbuffered, records 30 seconds after event
— Operating temperature: from -12°C to 60°C (10°F to 140°F)
— Storage temperature: from -20°C to 71°C (-5°F to 160°F)
— Interface: USB 2.0
— Lock file button
— Player software for Windows / Mac
— Internal battery: 450mAh (lasts about 30 minutes)
— Internal microphone and speaker
— Adhesive mount
— Languages: English, Simplified Chinese

Front Camera:
— Max. resolution: 1920×1080 @ 30fps (2560×1440 in front-only mode)
— Bit rate: 12 Mbps
— OV4689 sensor
— Size: 91mm x 70.5mm x 35mm
— Angle of view: 150° diagonal

Rear camera:
— Max. resolution: 1920×1080 @ 30fps
— Bit rate: 12 Mbps
— Size: 54.4mm x 40mm x 32mm
— Angle of view: 150° diagonal

Z-Edge S3 Review

The Z-Edge S3 is a Chinese dual-lens dash cam that was released in early 2017. While it’s advertised to support 1440p resolution, this is only true when you run it in forward-only mode. When recording front and rear, it records 1080p each way, which is still a decent resolution though.

Video quality is good overall, except for the rear night video feed which is only average quality. The rear camera turns out not to be light sensitive enough to record decent video when it’s dark.

While the Z-Edge S3 doesn’t support gimmicks such as GPS and Wi-Fi, it does have a basic, impact-triggered parking mode. The camera will start recording whenever a vibration is detected by its G-sensor. It record for 30 seconds, drawing power from its battery.

With parking mode powered by an internal battery, no hard-wiring or external battery pack is required. According to the manufacturer, the internal battery will last for 30 minutes. This should be enough for recording any incidents unless you leave your car parked for a very long time.

Of course, having an internal battery makes the Z-Edge S3 more susceptible to heat failure. If you are looking for a dash cam to use in a hot climate, we recommend getting a device with a capacitor instead.

The S3 supports memory cards up to 128GB in size. A 16GB card is included. While this is OK to get you started, a 16GB card will hold less than 1.5 hours of video in a 1080p front-and-rear setup.

For dual-lens cameras, we recommend using at least a 64GB class 10 card. Keep in mind that continuous video surveillance is quite taxing for the memory chip. The larger the card you use, the longer it will last. Larger cards have longer recording cycles and therefore the data on the card gets overwritten less frequently, improving the card’s lifespan.

This camera has a 2.4″ screen that can be configured to turn itself off after a couple of seconds, so as not to distract you from driving. You can watch your video footage on the built-in screen, or connect a computer via USB. Viewing software is included for PC and Mac, or you can just use any video player to watch the MP4 encoded video.

Some people use the Z-Edge S3 as a taxi cam, however the rear camera doesn’t have infrared lights so it’s not ideal to record the passenger cabin at night. Here’s an overview of dash cams better suited for monitoring your passenger cabin.

This camera is on the lower end of the price spectrum for front-and-rear dash cams. While it comes without any extras except for a simple parking mode, the S3 has turned out to be quite reliable and is clearly recommended if you’re looking for a low-cost front and rear dash cam.

Z-Edge S3 Video Samples

For full original video quality, make sure to watch on full screen and select maximum video resolution (use the cog icon in lower right corner). You may have to rewind the video after changing the resolution.

Day Time Front Video Sample

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Front video is a bit grainy, and nearby license plates are a bit washed out by sunlight. Overall video quality is good though.

Day Time Rear Video Sample

YouTube Video

Rear video quality at day is also good. You can read number plates of nearby cars by pausing the video.

Night Time Front Video Sample

YouTube Video

Forward video quality at night is good as well. It’s easy to read the license plates of cars driving by. Note that this particular sample video shows a PIP configuration (with the rear video feed showing in the upper right corner).

Night Time Rear Video Sample

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Rear video quality at night is only average. The image is fuzzy and you can just barely see what’s going on. Other car’s license plates are only readable when very close, e.g. when pulling to a stop behind you at a red light.

Where To Buy

The Z-Edge S3 is available for sale from the following vendors:

Amazon US / CA / UK / DE

eBay US / CA / UK / AU

Walmart

Alternatives

For the latest in tech, check out our up-to-date list of the best dash cams of 2019/2020.

How To Schedule YouTube Videos Using YouTube Video Scheduling

How To Schedule YouTube Videos Using YouTube Video Scheduling

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Scheduling YouTube videos to publish when it’s most strategic for you and your organization or company is something you can now do using YouTube scheduling features. If you use other social media, you are probably used to scheduling tweets, Facebook posts, and WordPress posts, among others, on those platforms or on a more comprehensive social media distribution platform like Hootsuite.

YouTube is now catching up, but it may not be easy to find the settings and take the steps you need to do so. Here’s what you need to know.

There are currently four possible status settings you can give your YouTube video when you upload it. They are:

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YouTube Video Scheduling Is Newer

Previously, uploading and publishing were synonymous. You had to make sure to get things right, because your video was immediately out in the world. You could delete your video, but it may have already been viewed with links established to it via other social media that referenced it.

The opportunity to mark a video Private, and then change the setting to Public manually if and when you were ready to publish helped to mitigate against this problem, allowing YouTubers to prepare more carefully for publishing.

But, as many YouTubers gained followings and were earning money from their monetized videos, demand increased for the kind of scheduling features available on other social media. After all, YouTube stars have to travel and produce videos constantly, and publish on a consistent schedule to build their audience (as recommended in YouTube’s own PlayBook, and covered in this MiniMatters blog post). This needed to happen even if YouTubers were on vacation or in places where it just was inconvenient to click “publish.”

Now YouTube Video Scheduling is available to most everyone who puts in a little effort, even if you don’t have a large number of channel subscribers or views and even if you are not actively monetizing your videos. AND, if you want to be as strategic about your video communications as you are about your other social media communications, you should use this feature!

YouTube’s Features and Benefits Chart

In this chart, YouTube shares what benefits and features are available to different levels of “creators”–from the beginner to the middle-level to the top-level creator-partners with over 75,000 cumulative watch hours in the last 90 days.

We don’t know if you can make it to that top level, but follow these instructions, and you can get to the middle level, which will enable you to schedule YouTube uploads and messages about your videos.

1. Check to see if you already at the level that allows YouTube video scheduling and don’t need to do anything more. Click upload, and click the downward facing triangle to the right of the word “public.” Does the option “Scheduled” appear? If so, you are ready to go, and skip to the bottom of this post.

2. If you do not have the “Scheduled” option, you need to obtain the appropriate Creator status. You’ll need to “verify” your channel to do this. To check on this, login to your Channel, click Creator Studio, then Channel, then Status and Features. If your channel is verified and YouTube considers you a “partner,” your Account Status will say “Partner Verified.” If not, go through the verification process noted here.

3. Although the YouTube video scheduling feature is not specifically noted on the YouTube Features and Benefits Chart and we were not able to pin down the exact, current requirements for securing this feature with Google, the YouTube video scheduling feature should become available once you verify your channel and achieve this mid-level status.  If not, another option to beef up your stature is to add an associated website to your channel. Information on that step is here. Others have suggested that enabling monetization (in Channel Settings), even if you don’t monetize a single video, may be of help if this feature is not appearing.

Use the YouTube Video Scheduling Feature

SO, you’ve unlocked this great feature, and now the trick is to use it. When you upload your video, choose Scheduled for your video status. (You’ll have to make sure your upload default settings are not on Public, Unlisted or Private at Creator Studio>Channel>Upload Defaults.) Then go ahead and choose your date and time.

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You’ll also receive a confirmation by email that your scheduling has succeeded.

Try modeling your video distribution on that of prominent YouTube Creators. Create a set of videos at once and line them up to publish on a consistent day and time. Prepare your other social media posts on a complementary schedule that will reference these videos soon after they are published in order to generate the maximum initial impact, which gives your videos greater potential to be spread, recommended and watched.

Good luck with your scheduling!

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Street Guardian SGGCX2

Street Guardian SGGCX2

https://dashboardcamerareviews.com/street-guardian-sggcx2/

Product photo of the Street Guardian SGCCX2 car camera

Technical Specifications

— Max. resolution: 1920×1080 @ 30fps
— Price: see SGGCX2PRO (replaces the SGGCX2)
— Bit rate: 15 Mbps
— Aperture: F/2.0
— 1.5″ screen
— Startup time: 12 seconds
— External GPS (receiver included)
— WDR Super Night Vision
— Size: 72mm x 45mm x 35mm
— Weight: 76g
— Novatek 96655 processor
— Sony EXMOR IMX323 CMOS image sensor
— Angle of view: 120° diagonal
— Operating temperature: from -20°C to 70°C (-4°F to 158°F)
— Storage temperature: from -40°C to 85°C (-40°F to 185°F)
— Seamless recording
— Video formats: MOV, MP4
— Supports up to 256 GB class 10 MicroSD cards (over 37h video)
— 64GB card holds over 9h of video
— Time and date stamp on video
— Loop recording, auto on/off, G-Sensor
— Interface: miniUSB
— Lock file button
— CPL filter included
— Internal capacitor instead of battery
— Internal microphone and speaker
— Adhesive mount (suction cup mount available separately)
— Languages: English, Spanish, Russian, Portuguese, German, Italian, Japanese, French, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese

NOTE: The Street Guardian SGGCX2 has been discontinued, and is replaced by the SGGCX2PRO which supports adding an optional rear camera.

Street Guardian SGGCX2 Review

The SGGCX2, released in 2018, is an improved version of Street Guardian’s already excellent SG9665GC dash cam. It uses a similar casing, made of high quality materials, and with a discreet wedge-shape. One of the major improvements is that it allows the lens to swivel around up to 90 degrees, so the camera can be mounted on vertical windows.

Informally this camera is also known as Street Guardian SG9665GC v4. However the manufacturer says that there have been enough changes to warrant a new model number. (See below for a complete list of all the changes.)

Street Guardian are an Australian company that are well known for their attention to detail and outstanding customer support. They consistently get very good ratings from their clients. Should you need any help installing or using your camera, call them or contact them by email, you’ll usually get a fast and helpful reply.

Video quality is excellent at day, and very good at night time — seriously rivaling Vicovation’s Opia2, which has thus far been our favorite camera in terms of video quality.

When you order the SGGCX2, you can choose between various sizes of memory cards, ranging from 32GB up to 256GB in capacity. Recording at a bit rate of 15Mbps (fixed), a 64GB SD card will give you over 9 hours of recording, and a 256GB card will allow you to hold a whopping 37.9 hours of video.

Of course, this being a high-end camera, it comes with all the must-haves such as loop recording, auto on/off, date and time stamp, speed stamp (can be turned off), GPS location display, and so on.

A G-sensor will notice any impacts and mark the relevant video files for safekeeping. A lock file button is also present that allows you to flag any footage that you would like to keep.

Parking mode is not supported though.

The SGGCX2 comes with a CPL filter that reduces reflections on the wind screen when driving in bright sunlight. For most dashboard cameras, this is an optional accessory that you have to buy separately.

The lens angle is 120°, which isn’t a whole lot, however bear in mind that a larger lens angle also leads to a fish-eye distortion (though some cameras compensate for that electronically).

This camera’s operating temperature range is quite large. It works between -20°C to 70°C (-4°F to 158°F), however the ideal operating temperature is from -10°C to 60°C (14°F to 140°F). Only the Lukas LK-7900 camera functions at even higher temperatures.

Differences To The Previous Model (SG9665GC v3)

Here’s a list of what has been updated with regards to the preceding model:

  • Better night video
  • Better quality lens (same as in SG9663DC front and rear camera)
  • Lens swings 90 degrees for mounting on vertical windows
  • Increased heat and cold tolerance
  • Sony Exmor 323 sensor (as opposed to 322 in previous model)
  • Warranty can be extended from 12 to 24 months by registering online
  • Cables no longer hit the window when plugging them into the top ports

Summary

This is definitely one of our favorite single-channel dash cams for 2018. Its records great video quality, comparable to the more expensive (and bulkier) Vico-Opia2. Customer support is excellent, and Street Guardian have been consistently getting the best customer feedback of all the dash cam manufacturers out there.

Plus, depending on what size memory card you order, you can get it for below $200 at the time of writing. If you don’t need parking mode and are looking for a high quality, single-lens dash cam, the SGGCX2 is one of the best you can get at this time.

Too Expensive?

If you prefer to save about 25% of the price and don’t mind getting the older version, the SG9665GC v3 (also a great camera!) is currently on clearance sale, both on Amazon and eBay.

Video Samples

For full original video quality, make sure to watch on full screen and select maximum video resolution (use the cog icon in lower right corner). You may have to rewind the video after changing the resolution.

Day Time Video Sample

YouTube Video

Day time video quality is excellent, very sharp, with vivid colors and a great level of detail. License plates are easily visible even when driving by.

Night Time Video Sample

YouTube Video

Night video quality is very good. Most license plates of overtaking or overtaken cars can easily be read, even without pausing the video.

Where To Buy The Street Guardian SGGCX2

This camera has been replaced by the SGGCX2PRO. A couple of units are still available at

Amazon DE

Alternatives

For the latest in tech, check out our up-to-date list of the best dash cams of 2019/2020.

Animated Video Gets Donors to Raise Hands for Planned Giving

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Animated video is a useful planned giving tool

In 2015, the National Center for Homeopathy (NCH) used this customizable, animated video from MiniMatters to reach their members via the web, email blasts and social media, and raise awareness around planned giving opportunities. In response, four donors raised their hands to make planned gifts.

The contributions from these donors will be significant for the Center, and Executive Director Alison Teitelbaum is now able to steward the gifts and strengthen relationships with the donors. “In the past, we usually found out once or twice a year that someone left us in their will. Now, people are letting us know ahead of time, so that we can assist them in finding the best way to make their gift,” she said.

Planned givers making themselves known to you

Planned gifts can be large and, if asked, loyal donors can be quite open to making these gifts. Also, according to Blackbaud (2004), 70 to 90 percent of planned gifts are unknown to the charity until after the donors’ deaths. Thus, a video like this that raises awareness of the opportunity for planned giving may influence many more people to reach out to the organization.

What has happened

  • Using a $699 customizable video format created by MiniMatters, in just two weeks, NCH gained a tightly structured, well-branded planned giving marketing tool that could immediately be used on the website, emails and social media.
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  • More people are now notifying NCH of their planned giving intention, so NCH can assist donors in finding the best way to make their gifts and grow their relationships with these donors.
  • The membership now knows that NCH has a planned giving program.

MiniMatters’ role

MiniMatters created the animated video in a way that includes the prospective donor in the story. MiniMatters customized it with NCH’s logo, color palette, and call to action with contact information. NCH was then easily able to upload the video to YouTube, embed it in its website and link to it in email and social media posts.

Animated video production services

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Your organization can get a customized version of this animated video for just $699. It makes a great and easy centerpiece for an email or social media communication.

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Policy Videos Showcase Transportation in America’s Economy

Policy Videos Showcase Transportation in America’s Economy

https://www.minimatters.com/policy-videos-showcase-value-of-transportation/

Policy videos are part of a new trend in which policy makers complement the traditional “white paper” with multimedia content. Videos like this one share policy positions through personal stories, visually compelling perspectives, and engaging content for a broad range of audiences. It also gives government executives a powerful tool that they can share with members of Congress, State legislators, other budget and policy decision makers, and constituents.

Policy videos as a communications tool for state and federal government leaders

In 2015, MiniMatters collaborated with ICF International, High Street Consulting, and Parsons Brinkerhoff to complete the project, “The Role and Value of Transportation in America’s Economy: Four Case Studies About How Economic Growth is Creating New Transportation Needs.” The project was requested by the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO)transportation website Policy Videos Showcase Transportation in Americas Economy %page and was intended to assist CEOs and other top managers at state Departments of Transportation. It was completed under the guidance of the National Cooperative Highway Research Program of the Transportation Research Board Project 20-24, which is part of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. This timely study addresses issues important to state departments of transportation and transportation professionals at all levels of government and the private sector.

Transportation videos focused on agriculture, e-commerce, domestic energy, and the millennial workforce make a compelling case for public investment

This first of four policy videos focuses on transportation’s crucial role moving U.S. farm products to markets both near and far. Through the telling of this story, viewers can easily see how farmers and related agricultural businesses depend on the current transportation systems all along the supply chain. Viewers are also challenged to keep this transportation infrastructure maintained and up to speed, so U.S. farmers can continue to compete in a global economy. The other three videos tell similarly compelling stories about how the changing economy requires changes in transportation investments. They include the rise of the millennial workforce, e-commerce, and domestic energy production.

Policy makers are turning to video because it:

  • Visually tells the story of policy impacts on individuals in a way that written reports with a lot of tables and numbers can’t
  • Supplements and dovetails with other communication formats, such as briefing papers, white papers, and infographics, as in this project
  • Is shareable, serving as as a tool that people can quickly share with those making policy and budget decisions, such as members of Congress and senior executives in state and federal government

MiniMatters’ role in policy videos

As an integral part of this project’s video team, MiniMatters provided storytelling, scripting, filming, voice-over, and editing services. Once finalized, this video was added to the project website, so people can link to it in email and social media posts. MiniMatters’ principal, Barbara Haupt, brings a strong background in public policy and economics and was able to help craft many of the messages on the overall project website, as well as in the videos.

DC Video production services for policy matters

MiniMatters is a certified women-owned business, serving government, government contractors, associations, foundations, nonprofits, and businesses primarily in Washington, DC, Maryland, and northern Virginia, but also in other areas of the country. We have served in the roles of prime contractor as well as sub-contractor.

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Video Donation Cards – YouTube Tips

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Video Donation Cards – Tips for YouTube Fundraising

Video Donation Cards can be used to engage members, people who benefit from your programs, and supporters to help your cause. If you are aware of tips and strategies for using the Donation Cards on YouTube, they can be a fundraising game changer. This post will show you the benefits of YouTube Donation Cards, a sample and, most importantly, YouTube tips and strategies that will help you raise money using video donation cards.

Video Donation Cards can be a fundraising game changer

Video Donation Cards are a new type of YouTube card that are a really important feature for nonprofits that you should try. Benefits include:

  • Engaging your audiences for fundraising when your nonprofit is front and center in mind. With YouTube’s more than 1 billion users, the impact to your nonprofit could really add up.
  • With organized communications including through social media, you can engage your board, supporters, and others to donate and add YouTube Donation Cards to their own videos to promote your nonprofit even more.
  • The YouTube Donation Cards were designed for mobile and to operate smoothly there, whereas other clickable overlays for donations may not even appear on mobile.
  • It’s easy to add YouTube Donation Cards to your videos. In fact, once the Tourette Association of America saw the feature, they immediately began adding it to older videos.
  • Donations are processed through the well-recognized Network for Good that will also send donor receipts. And, as icing on the cake, Google will pay the processing fee so your nonprofit will receive 100 percent of the gift.

Example of YouTube Video Donation Cards for a 501c3: The Tourette Association of America

This compelling video with a video Donation Card was produced by MiniMatters during the Tourette Association of America national conference. The Donation Card teaser for “What it’s like to have Tourette – Mary tells her story” pops up about 10 seconds into the video.

YouTube tips and strategies for nonprofits using video Donation Cards

  • Leave enough space in your video design, especially on the right side, so the YouTube video Donation Cards don’t cover over other important content.
  • Add Donation Cards to videos that are already popular, ideally high quality ones showing the impact of your work on the lives of real people.
  • Create a campaign, contest, or other activity that explicitly lets your community know that you are using YouTube Donation Cards and point them to a reference (such as this post) that shows them how easy it is to add YouTube Donation cards to their own videos.
  • Organize an event where people can create videos and upload them on the spot, adding YouTube Donation Cards. Provide a printed reference of the key steps to do this.
  • Does one or more of your nonprofit’s leaders, members, or donors have a strong YouTube following? Reach out to them to invite them to add YouTube Donation Cards to their videos.

How to make YouTube Video Donation Cards for your video

Need step by step instructions? Click here for the 4 steps for making YouTube Video Donation Cards for the videos of your nonprofit organization (with pictures to guide you).

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Add a YouTube Donation Card to Your Video – 4 Easy Steps

Add a YouTube Donation Card to Your Video – 4 Easy Steps

https://www.minimatters.com/add-youtube-donation-card-video-4-easy-steps/

How to add a YouTube Donation Card to your videos

A YouTube Donation Card is a new feature that enables viewers to donate to your 501c3 nonprofit from your YouTube videos. You can use Donation Cards to engage members, people who benefit from your programs, and supporters to help your cause. And, Google pays the credit card processing fee. This post has the basic steps. But first, here’s an example.

YouTube Donation Card for The Tourette Association of America

A YouTube Donation Card can be seen in this video, “Teen with Tourette – Mary’s Story of Awareness and Acceptance” which was produced by MiniMatters. The Donation Card teaser pops up about 10 seconds into the video.

Here are the steps to add a YouTube Donation Card to a video of your own.

Step 1: Select “Donation Card” from the card options list for your video.

From within your YouTube account, choose a video or upload a new one. As in this example, click the Cards icon with the small letter “i,” and then click the blue “Add card” button. Choose “Donation” and click “Create.”

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Step 2: Select the 501c3 nonprofit you want to feature.

This can be your own or one where you are a board member or volunteer, or one whose work has benefited you.

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Step 3: Name your Donation Card and enter the teaser text.

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Step 4: Set your Donation Card timing.

Slide the indicator along the timeline below the video to set the time when the small “i” inside the circle in the top of the video will change to your teaser phrase. Save your changes and you’re all set.

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The Results

When played, your video’s Donation Card teaser text will pop up for a few seconds at the designated time.

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When the teaser text is clicked, your viewers are given the opportunity to donate. After the Donation Card closes, it will continue to be accessible by clicking the “i.”

Viewer Chooses Amount After Clicking YouTube Donation Card Teaser Text

 

For tips and strategies for using YouTube Donation Cards to raise money for your nonprofit or charity, continue on to Video Donation Cards – YouTube Tips.

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Video Library – How to Build Yours by Filming at the Office–5 Tips

Video Library – How to Build Yours by Filming at the Office–5 Tips

https://www.minimatters.com/video-library-office-filming/

Video Library – How to Grow Yours with Office-Based Filming

Here are 5 tips that will help you succeed with office-based video filming as a way to grow your organization’s video library.

1. Focus on a few key types of videos.

As you build a video library, it’s good practice to choose just 1 or 2 types of video to start. With this, you can establish a solid foundation that you can build on later. Tried and true easy formats include:

A. Scripted informational or message videos using a teleprompter – Short videos using a teleprompter make it easy to have your CEO or other department leaders communicate a clear explanation of an event or program, or a message for your stakeholders. You can also add in photos, graphics, or other footage, as needed. Here are a couple of samples of this style of video.

Training Promo Video

New Chapter President Welcome Video

B. Testimonial videos using one uninterrupted clip – By interviewing your stakeholders, you can usually get at least one substantial clip that attests to the value of your organization or a particular initiative. Add some background music, the name and affiliation of the speaker, and your logo and call to action, and you have a complete video. Here’s a sample.

Member Testimonial Video

2. Use your branding in your video.

Your videos will look sharp and cohesive in your video library if you incorporate your organization’s branding and adhere to any style guidelines your organization has. To prepare for incorporating branding into your videos, you’ll also want to:

  • Have your logos in a vector format (.eps or .ai), so that you can stretch them to the large size needed for HD video without experiencing pixilation.
  • Know your official colors (in RGB format, which is used for video).
  • Have your official fonts available for any graphics such as lower-thirds and calls to action that will be incorporated.
  • For extra pizzazz, you can also incorporate a logo animation if you have one, or have one made that puts your logo “in motion.”

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Your videos should have a goal, a target audience, and an action you want the audience to take–whether clicking to a website, donating, engaging in an advocacy action, or others. It’s good to confirm these key pieces early with everyone who needs to weigh in. This will avoid videos being “off the mark.” Establishing the basics will also help in the next step of developing interview questions or a script.

 4. Write questions or video scripts based on goal, audience and call to action.

If you’re drafting interview questions, we recommend a combination of questions that are more directed and ones that are more open-ended. Both types of questions should be based on the goals for the video. We also recommend that you ask at least one question about the interviewee’s feelings about the topic, as they are likely to speak with more passion.

For scripts, at least one other person should review your draft, and you should try speaking the draft out loud to be able to edit it into more “spoken-style” language that will be easier for the speaker to read without stumbling.

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Someone at your organization can take charge of reserving an attractive, relatively large, quiet room–such as CEO’s office or conference or board room–where most of the filming can take place. Then, schedule each of the interviews, allowing sufficient time for set up and break down of the equipment.

*BONUS TIP – Don’t forget to think about video distribution.

Think beforehand about what video platform you are planning to use (e.g. YouTube, Vimeo), what features of the platform you want to use (e.g. Donation Cards or annotations), how you are going to share videos on social media, and who is responsible for posting. With this, you’ll be ahead of the game when your videos are done and you want to get them in front of the people important to you.

Ask MiniMatters about an office filming package to build your video library

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70mai 1S

70mai 1S

https://dashboardcamerareviews.com/70mai-low-cost-dash-cam/

Technical Specifications

— Max. resolution: 1920×1080 @ 30fps
— Price: ~$40 Amazon US / CA / UK / DE / FReBay US / UK / AUAliExpressmore vendors
— Aperture: F2.2
— Bit rate: 16 Mbps
— Wi-Fi
— Size: 100mm x 55mm x 32mm
— Weight: 70g
— Sony IMX323 sensor
— Processor: Mstar MSC8328P
— Angle of view: 130° diagonal
— Operating temperature: from -20°C to 60°C (-4°F to 140°F)
— Video format:
— Supports up to 64 GB MicroSD cards
— Time and date stamp on video
— Loop recording, auto on/off, G-Sensor
— Interface: USB
— Apps for Android / iOS
— 240mAh Li-ion battery
— Internal microphone and speaker
— Unique electrostatic mount
— Voice control

70mai 1S Review

70mai 1S is a tiny Chinese low-cost dash cam that supports Wi-Fi. The English version was released in mid 2018. While this camera is being marketed as “Xiaomi 70mai” by some vendors, we haven’t found it anywhere on Xiaomi’s web site. We have contacted Xiaomi and are currently waiting for a reply from them to confirm or deny whether this is actually a Xiaomi product.

We’ve found this camera’s video quality to be not the greatest. Video is quite blurry, and while it is good enough to read license plates of other cars during the day time (at least when driving at slow speeds), you won’t be able to make out most licenes plates at night.

On the plus side, the 70mai is very small and stealthy. It doesn’t have a screen, and only comes with two buttons: One for power, and one to reset it to factory default settings.

The power button also serves to toggle Wi-Fi and to format the SD-card. Otherwise, you control the camera either through voice commands, or by Wi-Fi using the smart phone app which is available for Android and iOS.

A green indicator LED shows you that the camera is recording normally. A red light indicates abnormal recording (i.e. some kind of fault), and blue color means the camera is starting up.

Voice commands let you order the camera to take a picture, record video, turn sound recording on or off, and toggle Wi-Fi on/off. Unfortunately, the camera’s speech detection is not very accurate, so it may at times perform random actions due to its misinterpretation of conversations or music in the car.

Wi-Fi control with the app (iPhone or Android) works pretty well, however the connection is not fast enough to comfortably watch video footage over wireless. If you ever want to look through more than a few video clips, its easiest to take out the card and stick it into a computer.

A troubleshooting tip: If you have installed the phone app but can’t connect to the camera via Wi-Fi, try turning off cellular data in your phone’s settings. This forces the phone to communicate with the dash cam’s wireless network only.

The camera has a G-sensor that will detect any potential impacts. The corresponding footage will be saved in a protected folder to keep it from becoming overwritten. There is no way to protect footage manually though.

The 70mai comes with a unique “electrostatic sticker” mount, which is kind of a hybrid between an adhesive and a suction cup mount. The electrostatic sticker mount looks somewhat similar to a suction mount that sticks to your windshield, but smaller and flatter. You then stick the camera to the electrostatic sticker with an adhesive pad, so there will be no marks on the windshield.

Opinions on the mount are divided: Some users like it, and it seems to work pretty well at high temperatures. Other users complain that the camera falls off the windshield though.

The user manual is available for viewing here if you’d like to have a look.

Summary

All in all, this is a very basic dashboard camera whose main features are stealth due to its low visual profile, and Wi-Fi so you can control it with your smart phone. It doesn’t support GPS or parking mode. Video quality is sub-par.

The 70mai 1S may suit you well if you are specifically looking for a cheap, Wi-Fi enabled cameras that isn’t too noticeable.

However, if you would rather buy a car DVR that’s a bit more reliable, check out the Yi dash cam which costs about the same, and produces notably better video. The Yi is larger and doesn’t support Wi-Fi, but has great user ratings for its price, and its screen and buttons that make it easier to set up and use.

70mai Video Samples

For full original video quality, make sure to watch on full screen and select maximum video resolution (use the cog icon in lower right corner). You may have to rewind the video after changing the resolution.

Day Time Video Sample

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Day time video quality is fair. While the footage is not very sharp, license plates are easy enough to read at lower speeds. When driving at cruise speed though, the number plates of other cars are to blurry to make out.

Night Time Video Sample

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NIght time video quality is only average. You can more or less see what’s going on on the road, but even the leading car’s license plates is barely readable.

Where To Buy

The 70mai 1S is available for sale from the following vendors:

Amazon US / CA / UK / DE / FR / ES / IT

eBay US / CA / UK / AU

AliExpress (global)

Walmart

Alternatives

For the latest in tech, check out our up-to-date list of the best dash cams of 2019/2020.