Shall we talk about video again?
Creating video is either something you love or you hate. Unlike medicine, a spoonful of sugar doesn’t make video go down. If you are reading this, the chances are you don’t like sitting in front of the camera talking, and who can blame you?
There are some alternatives, some very cost effective alternatives to recording a video, and there’s no need for you to be on screen (unless you really want to).
The above video is made using Sparkol’s Video Scribe software, you can sign up for a free 7 day trial of their pro package. The free version of the software is branded, but the unbranded subscription is very low at $22 a month for unlimited videos.
When you join Sparkol you’ll find plenty of training videos showing you how to get started. The above video took 20 minutes, you can imagine how good these look when you spend time on creating them. Music is included in the pro package and there is a market place where you can purchase specific images for your scribes. As video creation goes this is fun and people enjoy watching them.
The above video was created using Animoto, the paid version of Animoto. There is a free version with limited templates and a maximum of 30 seconds per video, the next upgrade is around $30 per year or $2.50 a month. There is the option to upgrade further and remove all the branding from your videos at approximately $289 per year. When you subscribe to Animoto you can choose from more templates and more music. Out of the three sites mentioned in this post Animoto has the best music by far!
Animoto is great for creating slide decks and adding music to them. My daughter created one with her holiday photos, so it’s very simple to use.
In this example I’ve used the free version of Go Animate. You are allowed up to 30 lines of dialogue and are limited to the scenes you can create a video with. Business use (and marketing videos come under business use) is just $50 a month.
Whichever option you decide to try you will need a script to create your video from. That means you can re-purpose existing content from your blog and adapt it for video
All three video services allow you to download the videos and upload them to You Tube when you take out a subscription.
Creating videos has just become a lot easier
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