Get started with mmhmm

mmhmm was built to make work over video better. Read this guide to get started and learn the basics.

Download and install mmhmm

Select an operating system below for instructions on how to install mmhmm on your device.

Mac
Note: mmhmm on Mac requires macOS 12.3 or later.
  1. Go to the mmhmm download page and download mmhmm for Mac.
  2. Open the mmhmm.pkg installer file.
    • If you're prompted to give the installer access to your Downloads folder, click OK.
    • If you encounter a The installation failed error, learn how to troubleshoot and resolve it.
  3. When the installation is complete, click Close.
  4. A prompt will appear requesting access to your camera and microphone. Click Allow for both permissions.

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  5. Next to Install the mmhmm camera, click Install.
  6. A prompt will appear asking you to enable system extensions which are required for mmhmm to work properly. Click Open System Settings.
  7. In the Privacy & Security settings, click Allow in the System software from application "mmhmm" was blocked from loading section.

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  8. Click Done. This will open the mmhmm desktop app.
  9. Click Log in with browser. If you don't have an mmhmm account, click Create one here.
Windows
  1. Go to the mmhmm download page and download mmhmm for Windows.
  2. Open the mmhmm.msi installer file.
  3. When the installation is complete, click Finish. If the Launch mmhmm checkbox is selected,  the mmhmm app will open automatically.
  4. Click Log in with browser. If you don't have an mmhmm account, click Create one here.
Web browser
Go to ooo.mmhmm.app/talk in your web browser. No further installation is required.
iPhone and iPad
Note: You can only join mmhmm conversations using the Join mmhmm app for iPhone and iPad.

Download and install the Join mmhmm app from the Apple App Store.

Learn the basics

After you download and install mmhmm, open it. You'll be greeted with the start screen, followed by the general user interface.

Tip: Click the images below to zoom in/out.

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Click here to show/hide definitions

New presentations tab

Create a new mmhmm presentation or record a video using the Questions AI interview feature.
Import slide deck
Import a slide deck or PDF into mmhmm.
Presentations library
Open the presentation library and choose one of your existing presentations or videos to work on.
New presentation layout
Create a new presentation with a slide layout.
Questions
Make a video with Questions - mmhmm will start an interview and record your answers for you.
Open most recent presentation
Open the most recent presentation you worked on.
Cancel Close the welcome screen.

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Click here to show/hide definitions

New presentation/
Questions video

Create a new mmhmm presentation or record a video using the Questions AI interview feature.
Add content to slides Use this menu to add content to your presentation slides.
Presentation library
Open the presentation library and choose one of your existing presentations or videos to work on.
Currently opened presentation
View the name of your current presentation. Click the name to edit it. Click the drop-down arrow for more options.
Questions
Analyze your video using AI and add more information to your video.
Recorded videos list
View a list of all recorded videos that are related to the currently opened presentation. You can watch, edit, or download them here too.
Record video
Record a video and upload it to mmhmm. 
Stage
This is where you will appear on screen as a presenter.
Sidebar
Access your appearance, background, pointer, and slide content settings. The options in the sidebar change depending on what's selected on the mmhmm stage.
Add new slide
Create a new slide from a list of default layouts.
Show notes/Mini remote
Open the mini remote and speaker notes window.
Undo/Redo
Undo or redo an action. (Not available in the video editor.)
Camera and microphone
on/off
Turn your microphone and camera on and off. You can also select your mic, camera, or speaker output here.
Slide tray
This is where all of your mmhmm presentation slides appear.
Invite people Invite other people to your mmhmm conversation.
Join a conversation
Join an existing mmhmm conversation.
Account and app settings
Access account, theme, and language settings, mmhmm terms of service, and privacy policy. Also, access videos you created and ones shared with you.
Help
Search the help center, ask the mmhmm community, contact support, watch tutorial videos, read release notes, access quick tours, or go on a live video call with an mmhmm expert.
Turn sidebar and slide tray on/off Show or hide the sidebar and slide tray.

Set up your camera, green screen, and microphone

Camera

To appear as a presenter in your mmhmm conversation or presentation, you'll need to connect your webcam to mmhmm.

  1. Click the dropdown arrow next to the Camera icon.
  2. In the menu, select the camera you want to use.

Your camera image will appear on the stage along with your background and slide content.

Learn how to optimize your webcam setup for mmhmm.

Green screen

If you have a physical green screen, you can use it to give you greater control over how your image appears in mmhmm. To set mmhmm to use a physical green screen:

  1. Click the dropdown arrow next to the Camera icon.
  2. In the menu, select I have a greenscreen.

If you don't have a physical green screen, the virtual green screen included with mmhmm requires no additional setup. The virtual green screen is applied automatically whenever you use the Silhouette frame, or when you enable a background color with the Circle frame.

Microphone

To talk in your mmhmm conversation or record your mmhmm presentation, you'll need to connect your microphone to mmhmm.

  1. Click the dropdown arrow next to the Microphone icon.
  2. In the menu, select the microphone you want to use.
  3. Test your mic by making some noise and watching the sound input level display. If it moves along with the sounds you’re making, your mic is working properly. 

Choose your background

Set the tone for your presentation or conversation by choosing the perfect background.

  1. In the sidebar, go to the Backgrounds section and choose a background.
  2. To browse more backgrounds, click See all.

Learn more about changing and customizing your background.

Adjust your appearance

A great show uses space, lighting, and special effects to make the speaker look their best.

  • In the sidebar, adjust the settings under Appearance to change how you're framed, add visual effects, communicate with hand gestures, and more.

Learn more about adjusting your appearance.

Create a presentation

Create a presentation in mmhmm to help you convey your message.

  1. Click the + New button in the top left corner of mmhmm to open the new presentation window.
  2. Create a new presentation by clicking a layout thumbnail or by clicking Import at the top of the window to import a slide deck or PDF. 
  3. Add slides to your presentation by clicking Add Slide on the bottom left corner of mmhmm.
  4. Add photos, videos, animated GIFs, and share your screen to provide context and clarity to your presentation or video.

Learn more about adding slides and media to mmhmm.

Record and share videos

Save time on meetings by recording and sharing your presentation as a video with others. You can even invite other people to join your recording.

Learn more about recording and sharing videos.

Watch videos on mmhmm

Want to check out content other people have created in mmhmm? Watch videos on mmhmm shared by you, someone else, or someone in your organization.

Learn more about finding and watching videos on mmhmm.

Use mmhmm with video conferencing tools

mmhmm is compatible with most popular video conferencing tools, including Zoom, Google Meet, Microsoft Teams, and more. To use mmhmm with your video conferencing app:

  1. Open mmhmm.
  2. Open your video conferencing tool.
  3. Choose mmhmm as your camera input.

Learn more about connecting mmhmm to video conferencing tools

Level up in mmhmm

Now that you know the basics, here's how you can get even more out of mmhmm:


Try mmhmm for free! Don’t see the answer to your question? If you’re having technical difficulties or want to suggest a topic for this guide, submit a support ticket or email us at help@mmhmm.app.

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