This is an updated post from 2015.
When I was 12 or 13, my father thought it would be a good idea for me to get extra mathematics lessons from a well-known teacher in our small town. On Saturday afternoons, I would take a walk to see this teacher by myself (it was a very safe neighborhood) to get those extra lessons.
On my walks on these afternoons guess what I did ? I pretended to be on the Oprah show being interviewed !
It’s been over 20 years since my imaginary talks with Oprah. And things have changed A LOT.
One of the things that has changed ? You don’t need to appear on a syndicated talk show to get your message across to your audience. You don’t necessarily have to pay the gatekeepers to get into the “gate” that leads to fame and fortune.
You and I have access to the same tools that have made others household names and for incredibly low prices too.
If you’re a content creator of any sort and have not created any videos, consider this post official permission for you to start creating, educating, entertaining and getting your message out there with video. Here are 24 inexpensive video tools to help you achieve that.
Video Creation Tools
Adobe Spark Video : You can use Adobe Spark Video as a web application or as a downloadable app on an iOS device. I would not do it justice describing it so I encourage you to play around with it for yourself.
Screencast-O-Matic – Nervous about putting your face on video ? That’s why I love screen capture. Screen capture software ($15/year). This is what I use for my capturing my screen when I create tutorial videos for my Youtube Channel as well as my Udemy courses. It works beautifully and is easy on the pocket.
Camtasia – Camtasia is popular but if you can afford it, it’s probably the best investment ($300 for PC Users, $99 for Mac) you’ll make for a screen capture/video editing software combo. Camstudio is another software you can use to capture
Emaze – Emaze allows you to create extremely stylish presentations. Add your voice to these presentations using any of the screen capture software I’ve mentioned above and you have a masterpiece.
Microsoft PowerPoint – Great for simple recorded presentations. If you don’t have access to this, an alternative would be to use the Presentation software that’s a part of Google Drive.
Videohive – I recently discovered Videohive and what a treasure trove it is! You get editable video templates starting as low as $3 that you can use for everything from intros for your video blogs to explainer videos describing your product or service. Buy a template from Videohive, find someone on Fiverr or Elance who can edit in your content and voila – you’re on your way to some truly stunning piece of video content.
Videoscribe – Want to create whiteboard animated videos fast ? Videoscribe allows you to do that. They even have a 7-day free trial. You will have to use their premium packages if you want to download the videos you create to your computer.
Windows Movie Maker – Simple video editor for PC. It’s an inexpensive option if you are not ready to buy the one that comes with Camtasia just yet.
Audacity – Audacity to great for editing background noise out of your videos. There are some amazing tutorials on how you can use Audacity to do this on Youtube.
Magisto – I really love Magisto. It easily turns your super bland videos into artistic creations out of this galaxy (that might be a slight exaggeration). Magisto takes your videos/pictures that you want to edit, adds musics and some really cool effects and creates a masterpiece for you. You can download Magisto as an app on Android and Apple devices.
Proprompter – A handy teleprompter without paying for a studio of your own. I got this description from the iTunes store for Proprompter – ProPrompter is the original professional level teleprompter app created by professional teleprompter manufacturer Bodelin technologies for use with your iPad, iPhone or iPod touch as a smooth scrolling teleprompter.
iMovie – Simple video editor for Mac users.
Animoto – Similar to Magisto above, Animoto will take your videos, pictures and text and turn it into a masterpiece. There’s a 14-day free trial (Hint : Do you know why I tell you if there is a free trial ? Because 7 days or 14 days is enough time for you to create some stunning content that could follow you and your brand around for years. Don’t have the money yet ? Take adavantage of the freebies for now & create something phenomenal, put in the work and one day YOU WILL be able to afford it. That’s how I created my first Udemy course – I took advantage of Camtasia’s free 30-day trial to create something that is now generating sales each month. Okay, I’m off my soapbox now.)
Wideo – Another one of my exciting discoveries. You’ll have to try it out for yourself to see how amazing it is though.
Videopad – Great alternative to Camtasia’s video editor.
I use very inexpensive things for creating my own videos. If you’re brave enough to stand in front of the camera for your videos you will a microphone, video camera and good lighting. In my case I use the microphone on my Logitech ClearChat Comfort/USB Headset H390, a Logitech HD Webcam C310 and Limostudio 700W Photography Light Photo Video Studio for lighting. Grand total for all these was around $150 and they give me just what I need.
If you don’t have time to be editing videos yourself Fiverr and Elance are both great places to find peeps who will gladly make edits to your videos and make them look super professional. I had someone on Fiverr create this Promo video for my Udemy course on goal-setting.
Youtube – Gary Vaynerchuk got his start here and ever since I read his book Crush It! , I made it my goal to get on video and talk about the things I’m passionate about – things like how to build an online presence for ANYTHING you are doing using simple and easily available tools.
I love Youtube and the opportunity to offers anyone (really) to connect with their audience and build their brand. I was on Youtube a few days ago and I was amazed at how larger brands are actively getting in on the action by working with some Youtube stars to bring their products before the audiences of these vloggers. Amazing ! And those vloggers are getting some nice pocket change for those gigs trust me 😉
Wistia – Wistia is a wonderful place to upload your videos and is also a cleaner interface for embedding videos into your website for your more premium content.
Vimeo – Vimeo is similar to Wistia but gives you less storage. I like Wistia better but I must say Vimeo has also been good to me. It also takes longer for your video to go live on Vimeo if you are using their free version.
Was this post helpful to you ? Do you use any tools for video I did not list ? I’d love to know about them.
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