Frequently Asked Questions
1. What is Faculte’s mission?
Faculte was founded in 2007 with a simple mission: to enable experts to effectively share knowledge with online video and rich media. Our flagship product, the Faculte Studio, in an online solution for creating and managing online learning videos and channels. Faculte makes online teaching and learning easy, engaging and collaborative.
2. What does “Faculte” mean?
The Middle English Dictionary’s top two definitions of “Faculte” are:
1. The power, ability, facility, opportunity, possibility to do something.
2. A field of knowledge or experience.
We believe that the name “Faculte” captures in one word, the essence of our entire mission statement wherein our goal is to help people and organizations share and sell knowledge online. Cool huh, to find one word that captures our entire mission and vision?
3. What is Faculte Studio?
Faculte Studio is an online solution for creating, managing, distributing and monetizing interactive online videos and channels. Faculte Studio allows experts and content publishers to create, publish and distribute engaging online learning videos; it enables the creation of learning communities; and it facilitates the integration of rich media into internal and external online business communities.
4. What is a Broadcast?
A broadcast is an interactive video presentation that can be made up of video, images, audio and documents as well as content created through the Broadcast Studio’s tools to present such as narration, annotation, and webcam recordings. A Broadcast plays through Faculte’s universal multimedia player and can be easily embedded in different sizes on a website or blog, linked to on its own dedicated page or embedded as a widget.
5. How much does it cost?
Please visit our Pricing Page to learn more about what it costs.
6. How do I earn money from my content?
There are three ways to earn money using the Faculte Studio:
1. Join the Faculte Community
2. Create an account on Faculte and use the Faculte Studio build-in payment features
3. Create an account on Faculte and use your own mechanism to monetize the content
If you join the Faculte Community, or use Faculte’s payment features to charge for content created on your own Faculte Studio account, Faculte will charge transaction fee on the sale of every broadcast or series purchase. The transaction fee is calculated as follows:
|Broadcast Price||Faculte Community Transaction Fee||Your Own Faculte Account Transaction Fee|
|$1 – $100||40% of broadcast (or series) price||15% of broadcast (or series) price|
|>$100||$40 + 30% amount over $100||15%|
If you are a member of the Faculte Community, at the beginning of every month, Faculte will disburse to the account owner’s PayPal account the total payments collected during the previous month for all the paid broadcasts purchased from that account, minus the Faculte transaction fee, provided that the balance in the account exceeds $50.
If you have your own Faculte account, the behavior described above is the default. However, the account can also be set up so that the money you generate from selling your content will go directly into your PayPal account, and Faculte will bill you each month for the transaction fees you owe.
7. Do I need to install any software to use Faculte?
Faculte requires no software to be downloaded or installed. All that you require is your browser and the latest Adobe Flash Player plugin, which you can get here for free. All files and data created reside on secure Faculte servers.
8. What browsers does it work on?
We have tested it on the most popular web browsers: Internet Explorer (versions 6, 7 and 8), Mozilla Firefox, Opera, Safari and Google Chrome on Windows XP, Windows Vista and the Mac. If there are additional browsers or operating systems that are critical to your needs, let us know!
9. Are there any limits on creating broadcasts?
In theory, there is are time or size limits. The length of the broadcast really depends on the context. For marketing, it will probably be shorter. For training it may be longer. Our customers have created broadcasts that vary in length from a quick 1-min biz communication show-and-tell, to 10 mins marketing/demos broadcasts, to up to 30 mins product tutorial and training broadcasts.
10. How do I share a broadcast?
Once you make a broadcast, you have several options. You can send the broadcast as a link through email. Or you can copy the URL for the broadcast (each broadcast gets its own URL) and use that within documents, emails, web pages or on social networks. Or you can copy the embed code and embed the broadcast as a widget within your site or blog page.
11. Can I control the privacy of my content?
When you make a broadcast, you can specify whether you want the broadcast to be visible to everyone or whether you wish to place a password on it. You can even come back later and add a password to a broadcast that has already been distributed. With this very simple mechanism, you can now control access to all content that belongs to you.
12. What is the difference between a broadcast and a file?
A broadcast is an interactive online video created using Faculte Studio. A broadcast can be anything from a single pre-produced video clip to a mash-up of media with narration and annotation. Since a broadcast is always hosted on faculte.com and accessed through a link, it is streamed directly online and not downloaded, adn it is managed and tracked through the Faculte Studio. That means you can update the content of the broadcast anytime you want, even after you have shared and distributed it. A file on the other hand is exactly that – a file! Once you share a copy of it somewhere, you have no ability to control the content and the access of that copy ever again!
13. What kind of files can I include in my broadcast?
You can include videos, images, audio, documents (like Powerpoint, pdfs, Excel and Word documents). You can also record your voice through a microphone or record video through your web cam.
14. I can make a video using Movie Maker or iMovie, and share it on YouTube. Why do I need Faculte?
YouTube is great for sharing promotional and entertainment videos, and when you share your videos on YouTube, you are granting the company the right to use your content in anyway it sees fit, and the right to integrate advertising in it as it sees fit. We believe that means you lose control over your content and your brand. This maybe fine if the objective of your video is promotional or entertainment. But if your goal is to educate your professional and business customers, or to distribute learning and knowledge within your organization; we believe that control over your content and brand is very important. And we haven’t even addressed the fact that with Faculte Studio, you can simplify the process of creating, distributing, managing, and tracking your content 10 folds by using a single online platform rather than a combination of tools and services.
15. What’s next for Faculte?
You tell us! Seriously, we want you to tell us what you would like to see in our product. We have a long wish list of our own but would love to hear from you.