• Hippo Video Account. Sign-up here if you are a new user. 

  • Hippo Video Chrome extension. Click on this link to install.

To enable minimalistic icons:

  1. Log-in to Gmail using your credentials.

  2. Click on the Settings icon on the top right corner of your Gmail. The Settings pop-up will appear.

Note: You now have two different views of options to record and send video emails either use Buttons or Icons. If you feel Buttons inside the compose box are more intrusive then you can opt for Icons. You can switch between both anytime. By default, the Minimize buttons toggle will be disabled.

  1. Click on the Toggle button to enable the option.

Note: If the Toggle button is on then you will have Icons and if the Toggle button is off then you will have Buttons.

To send 1:1 video emails from Gmail:

  1. Click on the Compose from the left-side panel and you will see a New Message pop-up on the right bottom. 

  1. Click on the Send 1-1 Video icon at the bottom.

  2. You will see a pop-up with two options - Record with screen-recording or Choose from library.

Note: Webcam Mic are selected by default. To capture your screen while recording the message, select Screen. Otherwise, you can leave it unchecked and proceed to the next step.

  1. To record a new video:

Note: The Enable Teleprompter feature within Hippo Video will prompt your scripts on the screen and lets you talk without the need to check your notes.

  1. Before recording, if you have any lengthy scripts then enable the teleprompter by following the below steps else skip to Step f:

  1. Click on Enable Teleprompter.

  1. Now, you can either select from the list or create a new one.

  2. In case, if you want to add a new script then click on the Add New Script at the top of the video.

  3. In the new tab, fill in the details, and click on Save.

  4. Navigate back to your recording tab and click Refresh  near the Add New Script link.

Note: You have the options to modify the text size, line space, and even the speed of the teleprompter before the recording begins.

  1. Now, click on Start Recording to record your message.

  1. Once the recording is complete, click on Finish Recording.

  1. To personalize your video:

  1. Select the text New Recording above the video to change the default video name to a name of your choice.

  2. Click on Edit Video, to trim out any awkward pauses at the beginning or end of the video by clicking on the Scissor icon.

  1. You can also crop, add emojis or callouts, blur out parts of the screen or resize your video.        

  2. Click on the T icon to add text.

  1. Use the orange seek bar at the bottom to enter Start Time and End Time for the text and click Save. It determines the duration and position of the text in the video.

  1. Once you have completed editing, your video is now ready to be shared.

  2. If you wish to send out your video via a landing page, click the ‘Landing Page’ tab on the top right corner to select a landing page template to embed.         

Here’s a Pro Tip: You can create one sales page for multiple videos and the entire team can use it while sending videos. The Merge fields will be auto-replaced by sender & prospect information eg: First Name, Company name, etc.


  1. Thenclick on the ‘Thumbnail’ tab on the top right corner to choose a thumbnail for the video.    

Here’s a Pro Tip: It is recommended to choose an animated GIF thumbnail over a static one.

  1. Once you’re done, click on the Insert Video

  2. Fill in the details and then click on Insert Video to finish up. 

  3. You will notice the video gets pasted as a thumbnail inside the compose mailbox.

  1. Enter the prospect’s email and choose the template or enter the message below. 

  2. You also have an option to edit/delete the video below the inserted video.

  3. Now, click on the Send. You have successfully sent a video email to your prospect from Gmail.

  1. To send a video reply:

  1. Open the email and then click on the Reply button at the bottom.

  2. You will notice the Hippo Video icon in Reply message at the bottom.

  1. Click on the Send 1:1 Video icon and then Start recording the video or Record with screen-recording or Choose from library.

  2. Now, click on the Send. You have successfully sent a video reply to your prospect from Gmail.

  1. To track your videos:
    Apart from the convenience to record and send videos, You can also track your videos using Hippo Video real-time analytics within your Gmail account. 

    1. Navigate to the Notification icon available on the right-hand corner to see how your video emails are performing.

  1. Navigate to the Email Reports icon available on the right-hand corner,

    1. Click on the Gmail Reports tab, to see the total count of your video emails are sent, opened, and watched rate.

  1. Click on the Campaign Reports tab, to see how your video emails sent and their corresponding actions.


  1. Is there any way to minimize CTA buttons inside the Gmail compose window?

     Yes, there is an option to enable the minimal view of icons inside the Gmail Compose 
    Window. By switching on the Toggle button inside the Settings icon on the top right corner of  
     your Gmail.