Best software in 2015 to create VSL's?

by Dayne Dylan Banned
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Hey Warriors, I'm looking for a good program that will help me make great VSL's. I'm not worried about the script, or voiceover...I just want something that'll put all the elements together easily.

Any suggestions?

Thanks in advance
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  • Profile picture of the author Dayne Dylan
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    Just found EasyVSL.com, but in the past I read it had a lot of bugs.

    Has it gotten better or are there other programs that are better now?
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    • Profile picture of the author Matt Callen
      Originally Posted by Dayne Dylan View Post

      Just found EasyVSL.com, but in the past I read it had a lot of bugs.

      Has it gotten better or are there other programs that are better now?
      Hi Dayne,
      Yeah - EasyVSL is bug free (or at least 100% of all known bugs have been fixed. The original bugs that were mentioned way back in January '15 were fixed within a couple weeks of launch, but for whatever reason, the original people who posted about the bugs or blogged about them did not update their comments. That's the crux about reading old reviews and posts. haha.

      If any new issues come in to our support desk (usually user-specific at this point) , we usually get them fixed within a day or two. Thus far, we have had nearly 40 software updates and new versions coming out with either completely NEW features or add-ons with the software based on the feedback from our customers.

      The full version log can be found at Version History so you can see that this software is continually being updated for our 30,000+ customers.

      hope this helps!
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  • Profile picture of the author Manish Sapkota
    video maker fx, easy sketch pro
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    Another vote for easy sketch pro. It is a life-saver.
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  • Profile picture of the author Jason Kanigan
    Why complicate things? Powerpoint (or its openoffice equivalent) plus a screen capture tool does the trick perfectly well, and for a lot less $$.
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    • Profile picture of the author Kurt
      Originally Posted by Jason Kanigan View Post

      Why complicate things? Powerpoint (or its openoffice equivalent) plus a screen capture tool does the trick perfectly well, and for a lot less $$.
      PowerPoint 2010 and 2013 both export as video, so there's no need for a screen capture program to create videos using PPT, although they can come in handy too. Also, OpenOffice Impress doesn't export as video so you will need a screen capture program if you use OO.


      PowerPoint has a free 30 day trial, then it's only $6.95 a month to "rent" from the cloud. I think it's a great value and is my favorite program for creating marketing videos.


      If someone must go the free route, then OpenOffice and ActivePresenter (a free screen capture/video editing program) will do the trick. But for only $6.95 a month PowerPoint will save a lot of time. There's also tons of free and cheap media made for PowerPoint that will make video making even easier.
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      • Profile picture of the author Sarevok
        Originally Posted by Kurt View Post

        PowerPoint 2010 and 2013 both export as video, so there's no need for a screen capture program to create videos using PPT, although they can come in handy too. Also, OpenOffice Impress doesn't export as video so you will need a screen capture program if you use OO.


        PowerPoint has a free 30 day trial, then it's only $6.95 a month to "rent" from the cloud. I think it's a great value and is my favorite program for creating marketing videos.


        If someone must go the free route, then OpenOffice and ActivePresenter (a free screen capture/video editing program) will do the trick. But for only $6.95 a month PowerPoint will save a lot of time. There's also tons of free and cheap media made for PowerPoint that will make video making even easier.
        This dude knows his stuff.

        ActivePresenter is money. (Slang terminology for awesome).

        PS:

        I've never bothered using the export video feature in PowerPoint.

        Is it easier than just using ActivePresenter to record? (Can you edit video with PowerPoint?).
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        • Profile picture of the author Kurt
          Originally Posted by Sarevok View Post

          This dude knows his stuff.

          ActivePresenter is money. (Slang terminology for awesome).

          PS:

          I've never bothered using the export video feature in PowerPoint.

          Is it easier than just using ActivePresenter to record? (Can you edit video with PowerPoint?).
          I don't see any reason not to just use PPT and export directly as video.


          Note that PPT 2010 only exports as WMV, while PPT 2013 exports as WMV and MP4.
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    • Profile picture of the author Dayne Dylan
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      Originally Posted by Jason Kanigan View Post

      Why complicate things? Powerpoint (or its openoffice equivalent) plus a screen capture tool does the trick perfectly well, and for a lot less $$.
      I'm on a Mac

      I need something that can easily sync up a voice over as well.
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      • Profile picture of the author Kurt
        Originally Posted by Dayne Dylan View Post

        I'm on a Mac

        I need something that can easily sync up a voice over as well.
        Powerpoint for Mac.
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        • Profile picture of the author Dayne Dylan
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          Can you easily sync up voice over on PP or no?
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          • Profile picture of the author Kurt
            Originally Posted by Dayne Dylan View Post

            Can you easily sync up voice over on PP or no?
            Yes I can.


            BTW, your first post didn't mention Mac and said you weren't worried about voice overs. You'll get better responses if you give more details.
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            • Profile picture of the author Dayne Dylan
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              I meant I wasn't worried about the software to make a voiceover, etc. But I did say I needed something that can easily put all the elements together.
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              • Profile picture of the author Dayne Dylan
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                Anyone use this? It actually looks pretty good. It was mentioned earlier in this thread.

                http://www.videomakerfx.com
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  • Profile picture of the author Raydal
    I bought EasyVSL in the early days and it did have some bugs but
    they have worked out the kinks. I think it is the best /easiest /cheapest
    solution to using PowerPoint and a screen recorder. You can see a
    sample output here:
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    • Profile picture of the author Kurt
      Originally Posted by Raydal View Post

      I bought EasyVSL in the early days and it did have some bugs but
      they have worked out the kinks. I think it is the best /easiest /cheapest
      solution to suing Powerpoint and a screen recorder. You can see a
      sample output here:
      Copywriting Course - Amazing Secret Copywriting Strategies of The 15% Conversion Sales Letter

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      You don't need a screen capture program to make videos using Powerpoint. As I've posted dozens of times, PowerPoint 2010 and 2013 export directly as video.

      File => Export => Export as Video

      That's not hard.

      Also, I'd bet I can make VSLs using Powerpoint using text files faster and easier than EasyVSL can, including recording the voice over (which can be done directly in PPT) and syncing with each slide (which is done automatically when recording audio using PPT).


      PowerPoint can also use video (or videos) as backgrounds and is good with animated transparent GIFs, something many video programs can't handle. A good collection of animated GIFs make video making very easy.
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      • Profile picture of the author GlenH
        Originally Posted by Kurt View Post

        You don't need a screen capture program to make videos using Powerpoint. As I've posted dozens of times, PowerPoint 2010 and 2013 export directly as video.

        File => Export => Export as Video

        That's not hard.

        Also, I'd bet I can make VSLs using Powerpoint using text files faster and easier than EasyVSL can, including recording the voice over (which can be done directly in PPT) and syncing with each slide (which is done automatically when recording audio using PPT).
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        There is no option File => Export => Export as Video in PP 2010. It must be only 2013.

        And I can't see any way of recording the voice-over in 2010 PP
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        • Profile picture of the author Kurt
          Originally Posted by GlenH View Post

          There is no option File => Export => Export as Video in PP 2010. It must be only 2013.

          And I can't see any way of recording the voice-over in 2010 PP
          I found a number of videos in about 60 seconds on Youtube that show how to record audio in PowerPoint 2010.


          I've also seen videos on YT that show how to export as video in PPT 2010.
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    • Profile picture of the author Dayne Dylan
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      Originally Posted by Raydal View Post

      I bought EasyVSL in the early days and it did have some bugs but
      they have worked out the kinks. I think it is the best /easiest /cheapest
      solution to suing Powerpoint and a screen recorder. You can see a
      sample output here:
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      -Ray Edwards
      Thanks Ray, I appreciate the update on this. This was the one program that seemed like it fit exactly what I wanted...but the reviews in the past were not good.

      This seems like a much, much better option than putting all the elements together on PP, that's for sure.

      Thanks again!
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      • Profile picture of the author Kurt
        Originally Posted by Dayne Dylan View Post

        Thanks Ray, I appreciate the update on this. This was the one program that seemed like it fit exactly what I wanted...but the reviews in the past were not good.

        This seems like a much, much better option than putting all the elements together on PP, that's for sure.

        Thanks again!

        No, it's not really..For starters, if you want to "put all the elements together", you need an additional recording software such as Audacity for Easy VSL, then import your MP3(s) into EasyVSL.


        PPT lets you record directly into your presentation/video.
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  • Profile picture of the author Kurt
    Let me also add, I haven't used EasyVSL and just watched the videos, so...


    If you already have a video voice over recorded, it's probably faster and easier to use EVSL. However, if you need to record the voice over, then PPT will be easier.


    EVSL is probably a little easier to learn at first, while PPT is more powerful and has many more features. However, once you learn how to create VSLs the right way using PPT, PPT will be faster and easier.
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  • Profile picture of the author Dayne Dylan
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    I'll already have the voice overs done for me.

    I also like in EASYVSL how you can import your entire script, simply add markups to the end of each line, and it automatically creates all the main slides at once.

    Does PP do this?
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    • Profile picture of the author Raydal
      Originally Posted by Dayne Dylan View Post

      I'll already have the voice overs done for me.

      I also like in EASYVSL how you can import your entire script, simply add markups to the end of each line, and it automatically creates all the main slides at once.

      Does PP do this?
      I' haven't used the new PPT so I didn't know about the video export feature,
      but this was my biggest hurdle as well--chopping up the text for each slide.

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      • Profile picture of the author Dayne Dylan
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        Originally Posted by Raydal View Post

        I' haven't used the new PPT so I didn't know about the video export feature,
        but this was my biggest hurdle as well--chopping up the text for each slide.

        -Ray Edwards
        I agree Ray, this feature is a HUGE one
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      • Profile picture of the author Kurt
        Originally Posted by Raydal View Post

        I' haven't used the new PPT so I didn't know about the video export feature,
        but this was my biggest hurdle as well--chopping up the text for each slide.

        -Ray Edwards
        PPT will import txt files, .doc, .docx and lots more and "chop up" the text into individual slides automatically when importing. You can then use the "master slide" feature and modify all of the slides at once with images, colors, fonts, backgrounds, animations, etc, and/or customize each slide individually.


        Plus when you get PPT for $6.95 a month, you also get Word, Excel, etc.
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