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8 Free Resources For You To Make An Online Video Easily

8 Free Resources For You To Make An Online Video Easily

The world of online marketing is constantly evolving, thanks primarily to innovation and the popularization of new media and techniques. This year, video has emerged as the single most effective commercial marketing tool, with U.S. citizens alone watching an estimated 1.2 billion advertisements online every single day. With the number of online video users expected to double to a staggering 1.2 billion by 2016, businesses are increasingly keen to reach out to this burgeoning and motivated audience.

While the creation of audio-visual video content was once a costly exercise, online marketers can now access a wide selection of freely available resources. Consider the following tools as you look to create your video.

Masher

The tools that you use to create your video will depend primarily on the nature of the content, but for anyone looking to combine a number of individual clips, Masher is the ideal application. It boasts a large collection of succinct video clips and a diverse music library, making it easy for marketers to quickly develop an effective audio-visual product. It even allows you to add your own content and clips, while text can be inserted through videos to optimize their impact.

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    Animoto

    New York based Animoto is another free video creation tool. It is based on cinematic artificial intelligence. This cloud-based platform makes it possible for users to quickly create videos using still images, audio tracks and text, while slide-show presentations can also be transformed into audio-visual content. The only issue is that this free software only allows users to create 30 second videos, although this is the average length of promotional and marketing content in the UK.

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      Memoov

      Another freely accessible tool, Memoov is a service that allows you to create animated videos. Not only is it cloud-based and suitable for individuals with minimal multimedia experience, but it also enables users to develop five minute videos that can be used for marketing or educational purposes. With a host of existing images, characters and pre-recorded dialogue, Memoov makes it easy to bring a fundamental marketing vision into life.

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        Stupeflix

        Stupeflix is similar to Masher, in that it is ideal for users who wish to create a video montage that incorporates linked or random clips. There are one or two significant differences, as Stupeflix allows you to drag and drop your favorite images into a predetermined sequence, while it is also far easier to add text that enhances the quality of your video. The only downside is that you have to add your own audio files, as the software only features a single default track.

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          Photo Peach

          If your aim is to create an audio slide-show rather than a video, then Photo Peach may be the ideal application for you. It is unique in that users can develop content from images held in their social media accounts, including Flickr, Picassa and Facebook. Carefully selected images from your computer’s hard-drive can also be selected, while the technology also features more intuitive caption and text functionality. It is also easy to determine a favored sequence on Photo Peach, especially in comparison with the more heralded Animoto.

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            Izzy Video

            This is a slightly different resource in terms of its orientation, but it is also one that has great value among novice marketers and directors. It essentially delivers free to access and cutting edge tutorials on the art of creating audio-visual content, from promotional adverts to full-length films and video clips. Including expert guidance for individuals who wish to create videos using their iPhone or tablet, Izzy Video is a must have tool for inexperienced creatives.

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              WeVideo

              In terms of freely accessible and collaborative tools, WeVideo remains the standard bearer. By allowing users to upload their own media or borrow heavily from an extensive library, it opens the boundaries of possibility and enables them to follow their creative goals. The video editor tool also provides you with the capacity to modify the sound of individual elements of your footage, which is particularly important if you intend to use music or narrative. On another note, every video that you create can be saved in your Google Drive account, making them easily accessible through the Cloud.

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                GoAnimate

                Perhaps one of the most underrated resources is the excellent GoAnimate, which is free to access and allows users to create simple videos within a matter of minutes. Featuring step by step guidance and easy to utilize tools, GoAnimate ensures that the process of uploading images and creating a functional sequence can be completed in little more than a few clicks. While GoAnimate allows for less flexibility and creative thinking than other resources, it is ideal for marketers who are either novices or looking to develop a number of small, simple videos.

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                  The Bottom Line

                  With video and audio-visual media now dominating the online marketing space, it is increasingly important that you look to promote your business through this medium. By accessing these free and easy-to-use tools, it is possible to create one or a series of videos that are capable of engaging an audience and motivating them to find out more about your venture.

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                  Published on September 20, 2018

                  11 Google Chrome Apps and Features to Help You Get More Done with Less Effort

                  11 Google Chrome Apps and Features to Help You Get More Done with Less Effort

                  In today’s fast-paced and never-ending busy world, we are overwhelmed by tasks that need to be completed by tight deadlines. With so much technology it is difficult to find the right tools to help boost our efficiency. And, many tools get obsolete so its essential to stay up-to-date to know when you will have to make adjustments to these tools. Independently of where you work, there’s a good chance that you have to be working on a PC or a laptop.

                  Do you are feel like you do not have enough time, or cannot accomplish much as of late? It is recommended to take a step back and look at the big picture. Also, you want to explore new and innovative ways to improve productivity.

                  In this article, I outline 11 features and apps within the Chrome browser that can help you do just that.

                  Minimizing Tabs

                  Let’s face it we all have more than a dozen tabs opened on our computers. One neat trick to still keep most of them open is to turn them into pinned tabs. On Google Chrome you can right-click the tab and select “Pin Tab” option. This turns the tab into an icon enabling you to continue multitasking.

                  Pinning a tab anchors the tabs on the left of your toolbar; a great benefit of the “Pin Tab” feature is that you can’t close these tabs accidentally since the “X” disappears after pinning them.

                  Incognito Mode

                  Google Chrome is a very easy-to-use and intuitive. But, Google does collect our browsing data; so to remedy this, you can use Incognito Mode. This feature does not keep your browsing or download history. You can enable or access it in three different ways:

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                  1. Press Ctrl/Command+shift+N
                  2. Select File Menu and choose New Incognito Window
                  3. Download extension New Incognito Window

                  This feature is very handy if you’d rather not have your browsing history stored and utilized for future advertisement or suggested pages.

                  Save Webpages as PDF Files

                  Have you ever browsed interesting or important information and then forgot to bookmark or save it in “favorites”, making it impossible to find again? Chances are you have done this on a number of occasions.

                  Thankfully, there is an easy solution. You can save webpages as PDF files. On your keyboard, press control/command+p and you will be able to save webpages as PDFs.

                  Open Recently-closed Tabs

                  Ever had dozens of tabs opened and all of a sudden your browser shuts down? It has probably happened to all of us. You can easily recover all of your tabs using two approaches. Don’t panic if this happens because there is a workaround and solution for it.

                  One is by pressing Ctrl/CMD+Shift+T.

                  The other approach is to click on the three vertical dots on your browser and hover over “History”.

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                  Solve Mathematical Problems

                  Google’s Chrome browser doesn’t just search for relevant and updated information. It is also capable of performing some mathematical problems. Within the omnibox (Chrome’s address or URL bar), you can perform mathematical exercises.

                  For example, if you are struggling with percentages you can search 20 percent of x amount and it will instantly provide a result. Pretty handy, right?!

                  Play Media Files

                  Are you frequently met with difficulties when playing or watch a video files? Well, once again Chrome comes to the rescue. You can can listen or play videos from all sorts of movie or music files (mp3, mp4, .mov, .mkv, .ogv, .webm, .wav, etc.) by simply dragging the file into the search bar.

                  In addition, you can view images, PDF files and Microsoft Office files, too.

                  Navigate Swiftly Between Tabs

                  With all of those tabs opened comes great navigation responsibilities. Rather than clicking through every tab, you can use shortcut keys like Ctrl+Tab to navigate all of the different tabs. Also, you are able to navigate to the first tab by pressing Ctrl-1, Ctrl-2, and so on. If you want to switch to the very last tab, press Ctrl-9.

                  Stay Focus(e)d

                  Computers nowadays have awesome capabilities.

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                  Sometimes we like to get work done, but let’s face it, we’re all human. We sometimes procrastinate by visiting a website we really like, or maybe take a break with watching a flick on Netflix, a video on YouTube or browsing Facebook.

                  With Chrome’s StayFocusd extension, you can truly stay focused and get more done in less time.

                  This extension naturally helps you stay more productive by limiting the amount of time you spend on websites. You can set the time and it will automatically block those sites after a certain period.

                  Grammarly for Editing

                  Grammarly is a must have, and it’s really a complete powerhouse. Grammarly helps you check your grammar and spelling for everything you write online.

                  You can use it professionally or as a student, which will make the editing process much easier and more efficient. Furthermore, it can automatically check for typos when you send an email, type a Tweet, or post a Facebook comment. It’s like having your own personal copyeditor!

                  Loom

                  There are times that words in an email or written text in a chat app will just not convey the right meaning.

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                  There is a saying that a picture is worth a thousand words. Well, the same is true of videos.

                  With Loom, you can capture, narrate and immediately share video recordings of your screen, which will help coworkers understand issues you are facing, or to easily convey an explanation on screen. Plus, with video you will be able to easily walk people through a process, and you can use it to create simple how-to videos.

                  Chrome Calendar Extension

                  No matter what your level of responsibility is at your job, Google Calendar is another essential resource to have at your fingertips.

                  Specifically, you can have this extension added as an icon in the toolbar of your browser, which I highly recommend. Once you add the extension to your browser, you can check for upcoming events with a single click without leaving your current page.

                  Final Thoughts

                  Google Chrome has definitely evolved from its inception. As you can see you have a very powerful tool that comes as a free installation and is loaded with dozens of capabilities. The above listed Chrome apps can resolve some of the most common obstacles to your time management and productivity.

                  Featured photo credit: Andrew Neel via unsplash.com

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