Monday, 29 June 2015

10 Top Tools for Creating Short Videos That ROCK

10 Top Tools for Creating Short Videos That Rock - Kim Garst
Videos are bigger than ever. According to eMarketer, videos are now the #2 most popular type of content which marketers are producing (right after articles). But creating short, powerful videos can be hard – especially without the right tools.
Fortunately, there are some AMAZING tools out there that can help you create, edit and jazz up your videos. Whether it’s tutorials, product demos or even just short, candid videos, apps can help. Here is a list of 10 top tools for creating short videos that ROCK!

1. Animoto

Animoto Example
Available for iPhone and Android, Animoto lets you create videos using the pictures and videos you have on your phone. It has a full range of templates you can use to create a variety of themed videos; and the paid option for businesses comes with additional features, including music, analytics and the ability to add your logo.
Cost: Free for a 14-day trial; $29.99/month for the business version.

2. Prezi

Prezi Example
Create amazing video slideshows from any device or computer. With a variety of professionally-designed templates to choose from, you can customize to your heart’s desire.
Cost: Free version; $20/month for the pro version.

3. GoAnimate

GoAnimate Example
Create amazing animated videos using their wide selection of themes. It is like having a professional, customized, animated video produced for a fraction of the cost! Add or remove characters, change backgrounds, add lip-syncing and script your own unique story!
Cost: Free for a 14-day trial; $39/month for basic plan (requires watermark).

4. Magisto

Magisto Example
An app available for iPhone, Android and Windows, Magisto lets you create beautiful videos quickly and easily using videos and photos you already have on your phone. Lets you add music, themes and special effects, and then share on social media. Users select the music and theme, and then Magisto’s Emotion Sense Technology extrapolates on these to create a video that elicits the appropriate emotional response.
Cost: Free for the basic version; Cost for premium upgrade varies depending on device.

5. Viva Video

Viva Video Example
FREE video editor available for iPhone and Adroid. Personalize your videos with stickers, titles, special effects and live dubbing. Storyboard shooting style lets you tell your own story, and allows you to edit, merge and trim your videos.
Cost: FREE

6. Directr

Directr Example
Provides a fully guided video creation experience. By asking questions and showing examples throughout the process, it’s like having a professional video director helping you along the way.
Cost: FREE

7. Moju

Moju Example
Using your own images or selfies, create short, audio-free (and therefore smaller and faster) video creations. Adds motion and animation to your images to create eye-catching, unique videos made up of 24 frames or less.
Cost: FREE

8. WeVideo

WeVideo Example
Easy-to-use tool that lets you drag and drop clips and use custom themes to create simple videos. Lets you add text, special effects and audio, and gives you the option to pan and zoom. For more customization, try the Advanced (premium) version.
Cost: Free basic version; $4/month for premium version

9. PowToon

PowToon Example
A free tool that lets you create animated videos and presentations. Perfect for making product demos, tutorials or clips to share on social media.
Cost: Free basic version; $19/month for premium version

10. Socialcam

Socialcam Example
A simple app that allows you to create videos perfect for sharing on social media. Touted by Tech Crunch as “Instagram for video”, this tool offers a variety of filters, and lets you customize your titles and soundtracks.
Cost: FREE
Having easy-to-use tools for creating and editing your videos can make all the difference. Whether you want to create videos for your blog or for social media, the 10 tools above can help you create short videos that ROCK!
Looking for more video tips? See my post How to Crush It on Facebook with Videos and Your Smartphone.
What tools would you add to this list? Share below!
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