Basic cloud storage (Google Drive, Microsoft OneDrive, Dropbox, Box) is fine if you’re storing some home videos. However, it’s extremely inconvenient if you're doing lots of video editing because these tools slow down the entire process by adding unnecessary steps to editing a video:
- Downloading your video from the storage drive
- Uploading it to your native video editing software
- Downloading it from the editor once changes are finished
- Re-uploading the new video to your cloud storage drive
- Deleting the old version of your video file so you don’t have duplicate copies
And you have to go through that process every single time you want to make an edit.
Not to mention, people doing lots of video editing often need to collaborate with team members about the editing, and these simple cloud storage options like Dropbox lack any kind of collaborative editing features. All in all, this entire process is just clunky.
That’s why we think that if you’re doing professional or high-volume video editing, you need a cloud storage solution specifically optimized for video editing.
That’s Reduct.Video. It’s an entirely web-native video editor that lets teams:
- Store unlimited video files in the cloud
- Get extremely accurate transcriptions of videos
- Edit videos by just editing the text of transcripts
- Share, tag, and collaborate with team members
In this post, we’ll talk about how our cloud storage/online video editing platform works so you can jump right in and get started on your first video project.
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Reduct is a high-quality transcription and word-based video editing platform that allows users to edit videos by editing their transcripts. Want to see our video editor in action? Get in touch with our team to kickstart your free 30-day trial .
Cloud Storage for Professional Video Editors: How Reduct.Video Works
Reduct lets you upload videos of all formats and codecs, and since we don’t put a cap on storage space, our platform accepts even the largest of video files — so if you have hundreds of recordings or super-long videos, we got you covered. And uploading videos is super easy, you can:
- Upload files directly from your computer (you can also drag and drop in video files from external hard drives)
- Import videos with a link; this allows you to pull videos from other cloud storage services and video streaming platforms
- Connect Reduct with your Zoom account to import cloud recordings from your Zoom library
Our platform also walks you through the entire process so there is no confusion.
When uploading video files, you’ll assign them to Project-Based Folders — a.k.a. Dedicated folders of videos for each of your different projects. These allow you to easily group related videos together, keep your library clean, and make sharing videos with other teammates easier (more on that later).
After uploading your video files, our platform compresses large files so your recordings load quickly and playback smoothly. But don’t worry, we still maintain the quality of your video files; compressing videos just makes them easier to work with by preventing large files from slowing down the software — which can happen when storing videos in other cloud services.
Then, unlike all video storage solutions available: Reduct speeds up the entire video editing and production workflow by allowing you to edit your video files directly in the cloud.
Reduct’s Word-Based Video Editing Tools
Reduct is a word-based editing platform, so all video editing starts with a transcript. Then you edit your video file by editing the text of the transcript.
This unique way of video editing allows anybody (even users with absolutely no video editing experience) to use our platform and create engaging, shareable video stories.
Plus, this method allows you to distill large volumes of videos really fast, so it’s great for people who have a lot of videos to review and edit, such as researchers, marketers, brand storytellers, documentary filmmakers, video journalists, and so on.
Let’s talk more about how to use our word-based video editing tools.
Note: It’s worth mentioning that word-based video editing really only works for videos that have a lot of spoken content (i.e., people speaking and clear conversations). So if you’re editing videos that don’t have a ton of dialogue — say you’re making a music video or wedding video — you will need a different type of video editor. Reduct integrates with editors like Adobe Premiere Pro and Apple Final Cut Pro X, that way you can save video files in Reduct and push recordings back and forth between platforms when you need to do more advanced video editing.
Receive a High-Quality, Polished Transcript (Fast)
First, choose what type of transcription service you want: Computer or human.
- Computer transcripts are generated in minutes. They’re about 85% accurate, but editable if you want to correct any mistakes. This transcription method is best for really clear recordings (i.e., video/audio with no background noise, clear speakers).
- Human transcription is about 99% accurate and the better option when you have poor-quality audio (i.e., video/audio with background noise, speakers who are hard to hear, speakers with unclear accents, speakers who talk over one another), or if you have lots of industry-specific language or acronyms in your video.
Human transcription takes a little longer than computer transcription, but we guarantee a 24-hour turnaround on recordings — no matter the length — so you can get started on your video projects within a day. We also provide all of our users who opt for human transcription a computer transcript to review in the meantime.
We offer the cheapest overnight human transcription service available — charging $1.67 per minute of audio — so that our human transcription option is accessible to all of our users.
Highlight & Save the Most Important Moments
After you get your video’s transcript, you can save key moments and pull important clips just by highlighting transcript text. All of the clips are saved as Highlights, and you can:
- Download Highlights if you just want to pull one specific clip — for example, if you’re a researcher pulling testimonials or a marketer creating short clips for social media
- Use Highlights (video clips) to create a longer highlight reel (video story)
- Add tags to your Highlights to categorize video clips and improve their searchability — Hint: this feature is also really helpful if you’re transcribing videos to do qualitative research
- Share Highlights with other team members or external collaborators
Search Back Through Recordings & Highlights with Ease
As you highlight, you can tag all of your video clips to group similar clips together and make searching through footage easy. Hint: this feature is also really helpful if you’re transcribing videos to do qualitative research
Unlike regular cloud storage tools that just operate by search term and file name, our search analyzes tags, transcript text, and even details like who uploaded the video and when to help you find what you need without digging through your library for hours.
Even more convenient? Our Fuzzy Search feature searches by concept and theme, so you can find content that’s relevant to your search without specifically searching it. For example, if you’re looking for all of your clips around “winter shoes” or “winter clothing,” our search would pull clips with terms like “snowboot” and “parka.”
Easily Create Meaningful Narratives from Your Video Clips
Once you’ve reviewed your transcript and highlighted all of the clips you want to use in your video project, you can begin building those clips into a longer highlight reel. You can also pull clips from other different recordings into one longer video, too.
You can drag and drop Highlights into whatever order suits you best, and rearrange clips as you go. Our platform automatically creates seamless transitions so you don’t have to spend hours (attempting to) cut clips at exact moments and compile them together in a way that flows.
Then, you can use the strikethrough editing, text slides, captioning features to polish up your video projects.
- Strikethrough: Edit out everything that you don’t want by striking through the transcript text. You can use this to remove unnecessary commentary, interviewer interjections, long tangents, filler words, and so on.
- Text Slides: Place text slides between video clips to provide extra information or insert images. You can use these to build context, introduce speakers, or switch topics.
- Captions: Reduct automatically captions your videos by pulling transcript text; captions make your videos accessible to viewers across all platforms, and as a result, improve overall engagement. You can also disable captions or download the video’s SRT file if you want to subtitle your videos, instead.
After your video is edited, you can share it with others from the Reduct platform. But also note that all of your highlight reels remain editable, so you can come back into your project and make changes as needed. All edits are reversible and nothing is set in stone.
Collaborating With Team Members in Reduct
Reduct also goes beyond the basic commenting and at-mentioning features available in cloud storage drives and has collaborative features so teams work on video edits together, in real-time. This saves you from the time-consuming process of downloading and sending your video file off every time you need somebody else to help with edits.
With Reduct’s User Permissions, you can add other team members to your video projects at any time: You can do this before kicking off edits so you can collaborate throughout the entire process, or you can add others when it’s time for review. You can always change up permissions too, so you can add or remove users at different stages of editing.
Adding other Reduct users to Project-Based Folders is straightforward, and User Permissions let you control exactly how others interact with your video files. The four different User Roles include:
|Role||Access||Create project||Upload recording||Tag, Edit and Share video||Highlight and Comment|
|Team Editor||All team projects||√||√||√||√|
|Guest Editor||Specific projects by invitation only||X||√||√||√|
|Team Commenter||All team projects||X||X||X||√|
|Guest Commenter||Specific projects by invitation only||X||X||X||√|
Our Presence feature lets you track other Editor’s changes in real-time so you can avoid stepping on each other’s toes and get through the editing process quickly and more smoothly.
You can learn more about our collaborative video editing features in our other post.
Reduct’s Simple Sharing Options
To simplify sharing with stakeholders and other non-Reduct users, Reduct assigns every highlight reel a custom URL; so you can just copy this link and send it off instead of downloading and packaging video files to send via email.
Our share links work across email platforms, messengers, and workspace collaboration tools, and they direct users to the Reduct platform where they can view and comment on your video project. To improve the user experience, share links also provide users with an interactive transcript to view alongside your video; users can search for the content they’re most interested in, skip around, or switch between watching and reading. We allow unlimited free guest seats, too, so you can send the share link to anyone without worrying about extra fees or share limits.
Reduct is a convenient cloud storage software for video editors because it has unlimited storage capacity, built-in editing features (that don’t require a dozen tutorials to learn to use), and real-time collaboration tools for teams to work together on video projects. It also integrates with more advanced video production software when you need to do extra fine-tuning. Try Reduct for free with a 30-day trial.
Other Top-Rated Cloud Storage Drives for Videos
If you don’t need a cloud storage drive with built-in editing features, check out some of the cloud storage options below.
The first four options in this list are better if you’re using cloud storage drives for personal or individual use, while the last few options are better for teams or business professionals. Most of them have free storage options to get you started, and tiered packages for you to move into as your video library (and storage needs) expand.
Good For: Individuals or Personal Use
Google Drive offers users up to 15 gigabytes (GB) of free storage. Beyond that, users can upgrade to Google One. The plans include:
- Basic: 100GB of storage for $1.99/month
- Standard: 200GB for $2.99/month
- Premium: 2 terabytes (TB) for $9.99/month
Google’s cloud storage works on all internet browsers, and they offer mobile apps for iOS devices and Android phones, so you can access your files anywhere you have an internet connection. It’s a go-to option for people who are already familiar with GSuite and use Google’s workspace tools, and it’s popular amongst families since Google One lets you add family members (for free) to your storage plans.
Note: Google One only works for personal Google Accounts, business users cannot access Google One.
Good For: Individuals or Personal Use
If you’re an Amazon Prime member, you can also take advantage of Amazon’s free online storage platform: Amazon Photos. Despite the name, Amazon Photos stores more than just photos, it also accepts things like documents, spreadsheets, and PDFs, and they have “full-resolution” storage for video (so your videos play back at a high quality).
Amazon’s storage drive accepts up to 5GB of video. If 5GB doesn’t cut it, you can add more video storage to your Amazon Photos drive. Amazon’s storage plans are:
- 100GB of storage for $1.66/month
- 1TB of storage for $6.99/month
- 2TB of storage for $11.99/month
Amazon also offers “enterprise” storage plans (up to 30TB of storage) for businesses. If you’re interested in those plans, you’ll have to contact Amazon for more information on pricing.
Good For: Individuals or Personal Use
Apple’s personal cloud storage, iCloud, is popular for iOS and MacOS users who want to save the content (a.k.a. videos) from their personal devices on the cloud. This makes accessing files on different devices easier and transferring devices (ex. iPhone 11 to iPhone 12) more convenient. It’s also recommended for people who use iMovie to do their video editing.
Apple automatically grants you 5GB of free storage when signing up for iCloud. Beyond that, you can purchase:
- iCloud+ with 50GB of storage for $0.99/month
- iCloud+ with 200GB of storage for $2.99/month
- iCloud+ with 2TB of storage for $9.99/month
Good For: Individuals or Personal Use
Microsoft’s cloud storage software is favored amongst Windows users, and people who already use Office365 and are familiar with Microsoft’s platform. They have a couple of plans to cater to individuals:
- Basic: 5GB of free storage
- Standalone: 100GB for $1.99/month
- Personal: 1TB for $6.99/month
- Family: 6TB for $9.99/month
Microsoft OneDrive, traditionally, is recommended for personal (individual or family) use. However, they now offer a “business” version of their cloud storage and file sharing solution. These business plans offer each user 1TB of storage and vary in terms of features and pricing. If you’re interested in Microsoft’s OneDrive business plans, you can learn more about them here.
Good For: Teams or Professional Use
Dropbox is a cloud storage service geared towards business professionals who have a lot of files to store and share and need the ability to easily collaborate with teams. In addition to its basic “storage and sharing” features, Dropbox has a lot of extras, like real-time commenting and project management tools, to help teams work together more productively. That said, they don’t have any fun features for videos.
They offer two personal plans — Plus and Family: Plus is for individual users, the Family plan lets up to 6 users store and access files. With these plans, you can choose between 2TB or 3TB of storage space (for $9.99/month or $11.99/month, respectively).
Dropbox also provides three business plans:
- Professional: 3TB of storage, 1 user, for $19.99/month
- Standard: 5TB of storage, 3+ users, for $15 per user per month
- Advanced: Custom storage space (beyond 5TB), 3+ users, for $25 per user per month
Each plan has different features provided within, you can read more about the breakdown of features on Dropbox’s website.
Good For: Teams or Professional Use
pCloud offers new users up to 10GB of free cloud storage, and they have two other plans for teams who need extra storage space:
- Premium: 500GB of storage for $175 (one-time payment)
- Premium Plus: 2TB of storage for $350 (one-time payment)
They also have features like a built-in video player for easy streaming, and they accept all file sizes, so you can use pCloud to store large video files.
As a “cloud storage drive for businesses,” pCloud also has some advanced features like branded share links and team folders. They also have extra secure storage options for teams who have confidential files to keep private.
Good For: Teams or Professional Use
Sync offers up to 5GB of free storage for new users — as well as additional storage plans for individual users — and business plans for teams and large companies. Here’s a breakdown of Sync’s storage plans:
- Solo Basic: 2TB of storage for $8/month
- Solo Professional: 6TB of storage for $20/month
- Teams Standard: 1TB of storage for $5 per user per month
- Teams Unlimited: Unlimited storage for $15 per user per month
- Enterprise: Custom requirements and pricing for teams with 100+ users
Sync is a highly secure cloud storage drive that keeps videos private with end-to-end encryption. You also have the option to require two-factor authentication upon sign-in to keep unwanted users out. It also has a variety of sharing and collaboration features (i.e., permissions, commenting, file requests) to help teams, especially remote teams, work in unison.
Try Reduct for Free with Our 30-Day Trial
The beauty of Reduct is that it’s not just a cloud-based storage solution or just an online video editor, it’s both to make the process of video editing in the cloud smoother and easier. Not only that, but we provide everybody with unlimited video storage, and Reduct’s entire platform — including all of our word-based video editing features — is so intuitive that anybody can use our software without needing a bunch of training. (If you’ve edited a text doc, you can edit videos in Reduct.)
To learn more about the ins and outs of our platform, and how you can start using Reduct to store and edit videos, get in touch with our team to start a 30-day free trial.