5 Ways to Start the Conversation

Discover five ways to start a conversation in content shared from Screencast.

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Stop lengthy email threads by using Conversations to comment directly on shared content in Screencast as a team. Move work forward by sharing information and ideas asynchronously in the comments.

Follow these tips on ways to get the conversation started:

  1. Share Feedback
  2. Ask a Question
  3. Add a Discussion Prompt
  4. Identify Specific Areas with Annotations
  5. Reply or React with Emojis

1. Share Feedback

Stop at specific points during a video and enter comments to provide feedback or ideas. This is great for sharing design feedback, collaborative brainstorming, reporting issues, or general idea sharing.
Visual feedback example

Send screenshots of documents, copy, or websites to request or provide copy edit feedback.
Copy edit example


Add an annotation with your comment to point out specific areas. Learn how.

2. Ask a Question

Pose a question in the comments to request additional context, get an answer to a specific question, start a discussion, or ask for help or training. The content owner receives a notification that you’ve added a comment and can respond to your question.

3. Add a Discussion Prompt

Whether you are the content owner, a contributor, or a viewer, you can add conversation prompts in the comments to start the discussion to get the information you need.

Discussion example

Start a Discussion

  • Ask questions to spark the conversation.
  • Frame the context by including what viewers should keep in mind as they watch or view the content.
  • Add a conversation thread at different points in a video to discuss that topic.

Review request example

Solicit Feedback

  • Include what type of review you’re seeking and the specific feedback criteria.
  • Include instructions for where reviewers should provide the feedback and the deadline.
  • Or, enter a simple prompt in the comments, such as, “Provide your feedback here.”

Resource link example

Asynchronous Share Outs and Demos

  • Get group feedback, brainstorm next steps, or request a decision.
  • Anticipate questions and provide responses or answers for FAQs.
  • If a video references a resource, provide a direct link to the content in the comments.

voting example


Add choices as separate comments (Choice #1, Choice #2, etc.) and provide instructions to have viewers click the Thumbs up icon to vote for their top choice.

4. Identify Specific Areas with Annotations

Add arrows, frames, or draw on the content to call attention to specific items in an image or video.
Annotation with comment example

  1. In the Conversation pane, click to select a color.
    Select color from dropdown
  2. Click to select the Square, Arrow, or Freehand tool.
    Select tool
  3. Click and drag to draw the shape or a freehand drawing on the content.
  4. For frames or arrows, click and drag a handle to resize or rotate.
  5. Enter a comment into the field.
    Enter comment into field
  6. Click the Submit button.

The Markup icon icon indicates markup in a comment. Click the icon on the comment to view or hide the markup on the video or image.

5. Reply or React with Emojis

To add an emoji to a comment or reply, click the Emoji Picker button to open the options and click to select an emoji.
Emoji dropdown

Here are some ideas to get you started:

  • Report project status with visual indicators.
    Emoji reply example for project status
  • Reply with a check mark when a task or follow-up action has been completed.
    Emoji reply example for task completed
  • Send praise or celebrate a milestone.
    Emoji reply example for praise