Video Creation Software - Which One

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Hi all,

I saw the great sales video of Gary Ambrose (Memberspring) and wondered what type of software he used to make the video.

At present I use Vegas Movie Studio, but would like to create video,s with the graphics on the right hand side and the typed words on the left with my own talk over.

Does anyone know of any software which is reasonably priced and easy to use to make these.

Regards
Bevmart
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  • Profile picture of the author Marty S
    You need a screen capture program like Camtasia (PC) or Screenflow (Mac). But the graphics for his video are created with Power Point (PC) or Keynote (Mac). Its really a rather simple video to emulate with these tools.
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  • For Mac, Keynote+Screenflow is a combo that cannot be beaten for quick video presentations.
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  • To answer the threadstarter's question...

    Memberspring.com's video used Keynote (Mac program). That's very clear, as evidenced by the build-ins for his texts.

    Either the video was created by screen-capturing a Keynote presentation with Screenflow, as someone earlier suggested, or exporting a Keynote presentation as a .mov file, which the 2010 version of the program alllows.
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  • Profile picture of the author Steve Holmes
    Camtasia Studio - Beginner

    Sony Vegas Pro 9 - Intermediate

    Adobe After Effects CS5 - Expert
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    • Profile picture of the author Jonathan Denney
      Originally Posted by Steve Holmes View Post

      Camtasia Studio - Beginner

      Sony Vegas Pro 9 - Intermediate

      Adobe After Effects CS5 - Expert
      All of that is correct except Adobe After Effects is not a core video editing software, it is an effect creation software. It's kinda like Photoshop but in motion with a lot of key framing involved. Adobe's video editor is "Adobe Premiere" which I highly recommend for intense video creation.
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      • Profile picture of the author Steve Holmes
        Originally Posted by Jonathan Denney View Post

        All of that is correct except Adobe After Effects is not a core video editing software, it is an effect creation software. It's kinda like Photoshop but in motion with a lot of key framing involved. Adobe's video editor is "Adobe Premiere" which I highly recommend for intense video creation.
        There are some things i use for video production and not just "effects" in after effects. CS5 is incredibly powerful and more of an all in one.

        The only reason i would use something else such as pro 9 is for audio, so i guess "correct" will be relative to experience.
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  • Profile picture of the author Rob Barbour
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  • Profile picture of the author Online Bliss
    I still use Adobe Premier
    but I may try to add Camtasia
    and merge the best of both worlds.
    It's hard to change when you are so well versed
    on a certain platform.
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    • Profile picture of the author antonroy
      I'm on a Mac - you can do those features with Keynote and Screenflow (it's $99)...
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  • Profile picture of the author tht222
    Animoto for promo videos
    Sony Vegas if you really want to get into the nitty-gritty details
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    Camtasia for tutorial videos
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  • Profile picture of the author halfbakedrew
    what is the point of making videos with software over just using a video camra?
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    • Profile picture of the author mr2monster
      Originally Posted by halfbakedrew View Post

      what is the point of making videos with software over just using a video camra?

      1. Easier to organize your thoughts
      2. Don't have to worry about lighting, backgrounds, etc.
      3. You can still make videos, even if you're camera shy
      4. Cheaper point of entry, software is cheaper than a video camera

      There are lots of other reasons.


      Personally, for me, I've been trying to make videos more using both live video and presentations mixed together. Screen recordings are starting to wear thin on me and I think the human interaction helps build rapport.

      It takes a bit of work to become "aware" of yourself when you're on camera though. Weirdly, there is an actual learning curve to looking natural, even if you memorize your script perfectly.
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    • Profile picture of the author twistedpixel
      Originally Posted by halfbakedrew View Post

      what is the point of making videos with software over just using a video camra?
      To generate raw material for your video you either use a camera or if it's a software tutorial, web tour, etc..a screen capture program (camtasia, etc). You can also create raw material using your still camera, graphics program or presentation software like powerpoint. This would be referred to as the "production" stage

      The raw "material" is then "finished" (edit,sfx,music,vo, etc) using software like final cut, vegas or premiere - or in the case of camtasia, you can edit within the application itself. This is called the "post production" stage

      Programs like After Effects are not typically used for editing, it's primary purpose is for compositing or complex effects that are not easily handled in your editing software.

      Animoto is not an editing solution. It automatically edits your uploaded music, pics and videos in a very dynamic and cool way - but leaves you little control compared to professional editing solutions.
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  • Profile picture of the author eQuus
    How can static pictures and text be considered a video? This type of presentation needs a new name.
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    • Profile picture of the author mr2monster
      Originally Posted by eQuus View Post

      How can static pictures and text be considered a video? This type of presentation needs a new name.

      Video is the medium. Just like text, or audio.


      In fact, at the very base of the definition, video is simply a sequence of still images.


      Video is the technology of electronically capturing, recording, processing, storing, transmitting, and reconstructing a sequence of still images representing scenes in motion.
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      • Profile picture of the author Steve Holmes
        Originally Posted by mr2monster View Post

        video is simply a sequence of still images.
        Hehe, well said.

        Sorry for double post!
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    • Profile picture of the author Black Hat Cat
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      Originally Posted by eQuus View Post

      How can static pictures and text be considered a video? This type of presentation needs a new name.
      So, if a car isn't moving, it's not really a car?
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  • Profile picture of the author Online Bliss
    How can static pictures and text be considered a video? This type of presentation needs a new name.
    Yeah, that would be called PowerPoint.
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  • Profile picture of the author seobro
    Folks, sorry, vegas sux. I have it the expensive one. It does not work well with certain formats that I use. Like the new HD movie mpg. Works great with the ol skool 640X480 with I was using back in 2001, but this is 2010 and people want HD movies now.
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    • Profile picture of the author twistedpixel
      Originally Posted by seobro View Post

      Folks, sorry, vegas sux. I have it the expensive one. It does not work well with certain formats that I use. Like the new HD movie mpg. Works great with the ol skool 640X480 with I was using back in 2001, but this is 2010 and people want HD movies now.
      Vegas Pro 9 handles HD without problems as long as your hardware is current. I do everything in HD and found Vegas to work better than anything else PC based. (I have CS5 Premiere too)

      Sorry to hear it didn't work out for you
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      • Profile picture of the author iw
        Camtasia for Mac is $99 and for Windows is $299. But Camtasia for Windows has a lot of features that cam for Mac doesn't have. The price itself justified the difference.

        Camtasia Windows comes with some animation footage from Digital Juice - Great site for footage

        Overall, Camtasia = Quality.
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    • Profile picture of the author RichardHK
      Originally Posted by seobro View Post

      Folks, sorry, vegas sux. I have it the expensive one. It does not work well with certain formats that I use. Like the new HD movie mpg. Works great with the ol skool 640X480 with I was using back in 2001, but this is 2010 and people want HD movies now.
      Sorry, but Vegas does not suck. I suggest you upgrade to the latest version which is quite cheap and it does do HD of course. Sony Vegas is not the original OP problem. Whatever you get, you have to learn a little to use.
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    • Profile picture of the author mr2monster
      Originally Posted by seobro View Post

      Folks, sorry, vegas sux. I have it the expensive one. It does not work well with certain formats that I use. Like the new HD movie mpg. Works great with the ol skool 640X480 with I was using back in 2001, but this is 2010 and people want HD movies now.

      Sounds more like user error to me... I LOVE Sony Vegas and my HD stuff turns out perfectly fine.
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    • Profile picture of the author tj
      Originally Posted by seobro View Post

      Folks, sorry, vegas sux. I have it the expensive one. It does not work well with certain formats that I use. Like the new HD movie mpg. Works great with the ol skool 640X480 with I was using back in 2001, but this is 2010 and people want HD movies now.
      What version of Vegas do you have?

      Timo
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  • Profile picture of the author Martin Salter
    Bev

    To answer your original post. You can actually use Sony Vegas Movie Studio to achieve what you want without spending more on another video program. I have Camtasia, Adobe CS4 Master collection, which includes After Effects and Premier Pro. But I also have Movie Studio 6 from Sony and use it to make many videos.

    Reason: It's quick and its easy to make slide show style videos and even to animate some simple effects.

    Just PM me your details and I call you on Skype and talk you through how you can do it if that would help.

    If you have no voice recording software, then get yourself a free copy of Audacity. That will be used to make the voice over, then you will use Sony Studio to make your video.

    You may be surprised at the videos you can make with just original static images, and then using Sony Vegas.

    Let me know if you would like help on this.

    Regards

    Martin
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  • Profile picture of the author Mukul Verma
    CamStudio does it have an editing portion.

    I am looking for one for my outsource employee (prefer free).

    Cheers,
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  • Profile picture of the author hd-sam
    Sony Vegas Pro is definitely one of my favorites. Intermediate level but IMO it's easy to use, and has some great effects that are standard.
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  • Profile picture of the author Black Hat Cat
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    Originally Posted by bevmart View Post

    Hi all,

    I saw the great sales video of Gary Ambrose (Memberspring) and wondered what type of software he used to make the video.


    Regards
    Bevmart
    It clearly wasn't one that requires short videos. I think I dozed off after listening to him drone on for 20 minutes. Never did find out what he was offering.
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  • Profile picture of the author Gary_The_Ace
    Originally Posted by bevmart View Post

    Hi all,

    I saw the great sales video of Gary Ambrose (Memberspring) and wondered what type of software he used to make the video.

    At present I use Vegas Movie Studio, but would like to create video,s with the graphics on the right hand side and the typed words on the left with my own talk over.

    Does anyone know of any software which is reasonably priced and easy to use to make these.

    Regards
    Bevmart
    I used Keynote for Mac, and Camtasia for Mac ...

    There ya go.

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    • Profile picture of the author Jill Carpenter
      Originally Posted by Gary_The_Ace View Post

      I used Keynote for Mac, and Camtasia for Mac ...

      There ya go.

      - Gary Ambrose
      Have you tried screenflow? I always feel a bit ripped of with camtasia for mac as it doesn't have the feature to highlight the cursor (or at least mine doesn't). Also found rendering much better in screenflow.
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  • Profile picture of the author 24 by 7
    Windows Movie Maker.

    Other software costs money, and can be a loss if they are not that good.
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    • Profile picture of the author Sten
      I prefer Camtasia as well. It is very easy to use and everything is self explaining. Give it a try.
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