I’d like to be able to send short videos of myself to customers to answer fast questions, say HI, help with small issues, etc. Here’s what I’d like to be able to do:
Record short videos on my Mac and/or iPhone/iPad
Quickly and automatically have those videos synced up to the cloud
Have an URL generated automatically linking to the video that I can then copy/paste into an email or Slack message to a customer
Allow for viewing on any platform, regardless of what technology the customer is using
I doubt I’ll record long videos (most will be 5 minutes or less) and then don’t need to be shareable to many people. Mostly, only one person will need to see it and it can vanish shortly after that.
There are several, paid services such as BombBomb, Bonjour, and Covideo that offer version of this. I’m happy to pay for a service that does this well, but so far the ones I’ve looked at are either very expensive (starting at $50 a month and up for one person) or seem to have buggy software and weird user interfaces.
Wondering if there’s a way this could work with some combination of iCloud, Dropbox, and/or Hazel. I already use all of those.
Awesome! I’m so glad I mentioned it. I often fall into the trap of thinking everyone must know about the stuff that I know about.
dropbox-uploader.sh is a handy tool for working around the fact that the Dropbox app itself is entirely un-scriptable, and has lots of other features as well.
The other thing I sometimes use it for is uploading a file when Dropbox is either not running or busy syncing other files. Because it is accessing Dropbox directly, you can get it uploaded faster than if you waited for the app to sync.
FYI - it can be installed via brew install dropbox-uploader but when you go to use it, the name of it is dropbox_uploader.sh. I think brew has a thing against underscores. Because reasons. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
The first time you run it, you’ll have to go through the process of setting up Dropbox OAuth, but the script walks you through all of the necessary steps, and it’s a one-time setup, and well worth the hassle.