There is an increasing tendency to forego unnecessary meetings in favor of other ways to update your team members. Asynchronous (or “asynchronous”) meetings are more productive and less time consuming, especially with these free asynchronous video and voice messaging apps for work.
In a nutshell, asynchronous meetings are like instant messaging or social networking. But instead of a text message, you record a quick voice message or a video (of yourself or your screen) and share it with your team. You can improve productivity by using asynchronous communication in common business tasks like daily backup meetings, team check-ins, and project updates.
1. Beseda (Web): Free Asynchronous Video, Screen Sharing and Voice Messaging
Beseda is an asynchronous chat tool that allows teams to communicate via video and screen recording, voice messages, text messages, or a combination of the two. You’ll need to create an account to get started, but it’s free to use and doesn’t appear to have any restrictions or paid features yet.
Your dashboard shows all the chat rooms you have created or joined in Beseda. The second tab is for unread messages in any of your chats, so you can quickly see updates.
Each chat room has a name and a short description to state its purpose. For example, the daily table meeting has four points that the participants will address in their daily update. You can send the room link to anyone to join, and all they need is an account.
When you post a message, you’ll receive a three-second buffer before recording begins. Video messages can be webcam-only, screen-recording only, or combine the screen with your webcam in a bubble at the bottom left of the screen. Voice and video messages have a maximum limit of five minutes, while text messages don’t seem to have any. When you record your voice or video, Beseda tries to automatically transcribe the recording, but we don’t do that well in our opinion.
2. Yac (Web): Asynchronous meetings that anyone can join, with voice and screen recordings
There are some great free video calling apps with which you can quickly create a room and send the link to others. Yac is a similar free app for creating a custom meeting or chat room that anyone can join when you share the link. But instead of video calling, you share voice messages and screen recordings.
After you create a meeting, you can also set a deadline for the meeting and invite people directly through the app. You need a Yac subscription to create or join meetings, create your own user profiles, and send direct messages to colleagues. You can also start a “channel” for different recurring meetings.
In your private Yac room, you can post messages as voice recordings or screen recordings. Participants can then reply to this message, creating a thread. Recipients can replay messages at 1x, 1.5x and 2x speeds, go 10 seconds forward or rewind, and react with emojis.
Yac also automatically transcribes all voice messages using the AI engine. In our tests, this didn’t work particularly well, although it could be the result of accents.
3. Threadit (Web, Chrome): Longest asynchronous video and clip stitching
Threadit is one of the coolest new apps created by Google that you should try. You can use it as a web app on any browser, and there’s a Chrome extension that acts as a shortcut to quickly launch new Threadit status updates.
There are two great reasons to choose Threadit over other asynchronous video messaging clients. The first is the message time limit. Currently, Threadit lets you record messages for up to 70 minutes, which is easily the longest video recording available for free plans in async apps.
The second reason is that it allows you to capture a clip and stitch it together automatically. When you start recording via webcam, you can pause your message at any time to create a “clip”. You can delete clips or re-record them if you make a mistake, and Threadit will use Google’s video AI software to stitch your clips together into a seamless and cohesive message.
A recorded Threadit message can be shared with anyone, allowing them to view it even if they don’t have an account. You can also download your Threadit videos to use them elsewhere.
Download: Threadit for Chrome (Free)
4. Weet (Web): Organized chat room for Asynchronous Work Video
Weet is another asynchronous video app for the workplace with a focus on hosting chat rooms. With a free account, you can create a “workspace” and invite people to it. You can also set up multiple channels in that workspace. So, for example, you can create a group as a workspace and assign different channels in it for daily backup meetings, demos, demos, etc.
A video in Weet can be up to eight minutes long and includes a webcam, share your screen, or a combination of the two. You can add filters and virtual backgrounds to your webcam recordings. You can also pause recording to create clips that you can delete or rearrange in the video.
Weet has powerful video editing features, making it great for demos and presentations. You can trim your videos, add chapters and captions, and create GIF thumbnails.
Some features have a fee wall for premium accounts. In the free account, you can watch the last 10 videos in any workspace and shoot in 720p. That’s a good enough restriction to see if Weet is right for your group, before purchasing the premium plan.
5. PingPong (Web): Slack alternative to asynchronous meetings and work notifications
Slack is the preferred messaging app for most workplaces, with a focus on real-time text chat. If you want similar features but in an asynchronous communication style, PingPong is a great free alternative.
The app looks and works a lot like Slack, allowing you to create channels for different topics or workspaces and add people to it. But within each channel, you can’t just send new messages to create a chronological list of messages. Instead, in each channel, you create a new thread and send messages in that thread.
Messages can be text, audio or video, where video also allows screen sharing for demos. PingPong will also automatically transcribe your videos and voice messages, but not very well. Other participants can reply to your thread or react to your message.
PingPong also has a “Pings” feature, which is a personalized task list. You can add any message to your own ping, thus keeping your to-do list within the app.
Asynchronous work style helps beat burnout
With a wide range of free asynchronous communication apps for teams, you can choose exactly what’s right for your business needs. And it’s best to do it early if your employees or you get tired of Zoom calls and Slack chats.
There’s a real fear of burnout in the “always-on” work culture that’s built around remote working. A major reason for that is instant communication driven by messaging and video calling apps. But by choosing to see and respond to messages when you’re in the right mindset, you can break these bad work habits and become more productive.
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