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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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                  Last Updated on February 15, 2019

                  7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

                  7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

                  Now that 2011 is well underway and most people have fallen off the bandwagon when it comes to their New Year’s resolutions (myself included), it’s a good time to step back and take an honest look at our habits and the goals that we want to achieve.

                  Something that I have learned over the past few years is that if you track something, be it your eating habits, exercise, writing time, work time, etc. you become aware of the reality of the situation. This is why most diet gurus tell you to track what you eat for a week so you have an awareness of the of how you really eat before you start your diet and exercise regimen.

                  Tracking daily habits and progress towards goals is another way to see reality and create a way for you clearly review what you have accomplished over a set period of time. Tracking helps motivate you too; if I can make a change in my life and do it once a day for a period of time it makes me more apt to keep doing it.

                  So, if you have some goals and habits in mind that need tracked, all you need is a tracking tool. Today we’ll look at 7 different tools to help you keep track of your habits and goals.

                  Joe’s Goals

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                    Joe’s Goals is a web-based tool that allows users to track their habits and goals in an easy to use interface. Users can add as many goals/habits as they want and also check multiple times per day for those “extra productive days”. Something that is unique about Joe’s Goals is the way that you can keep track of negative habits such as eating out, smoking, etc. This can help you visualize the good things that you are doing as well as the negative things that you are doing in your life.

                    Joe’s Goals is free with a subscription version giving you no ads and the “latest version” for $12 a year.

                    Daytum

                      Daytum

                      is an in depth way of counting things that you do during the day and then presenting them to you in many different reports and groups. With Daytum you can add several different items to different custom categories such as work, school, home, etc. to keep track of your habits in each focus area of your life.

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                      Daytum is extremely in depth and there are a ton of settings for users to tweak. There is a free version that is pretty standard, but if you want more features and unlimited items and categories you’ll need Daytum Plus which is $4 a month.

                      Excel or Numbers

                        If you are the spreadsheet number cruncher type and the thought of using someone else’s idea of how you should track your habits turns you off, then creating your own Excel/Numbers/Google spreadsheet is the way to go. Not only do you have pretty much limitless ways to view, enter, and manipulate your goal and habit data, but you have complete control over your stuff and can make it private.

                        What’s nice about spreadsheets is you can create reports and can customize your views in any way you see fit. Also, by using Dropbox, you can keep your tracker sheets anywhere you have a connection.

                        Evernote

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                          I must admit, I am an Evernote junky, mostly because this tool is so ubiquitous. There are several ways you can implement habit/goal tracking with Evernote. You won’t be able to get nifty reports and graphs and such, but you will be able to access your goal tracking anywhere your are, be it iPhone, Android, Mac, PC, or web. With Evernote you pretty much have no excuse for not entering your daily habit and goal information as it is available anywhere.

                          Evernote is free with a premium version available.

                          Access or Bento

                            If you like the idea of creating your own tracker via Excel or Numbers, you may be compelled to get even more creative with database tools like Access for Windows or Bento for Mac. These tools allow you to set up relational databases and even give you the option of setting up custom interfaces to interact with your data. Access is pretty powerful for personal database applications, and using it with other MS products, you can come up with some pretty awesome, in depth analysis and tracking of your habits and goals.

                            Bento is extremely powerful and user friendly. Also with Bento you can get the iPhone and iPad app to keep your data anywhere you go.

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                            You can check out Access and the Office Suite here and Bento here.

                            Analog Bonus: Pen and Paper

                            All these digital tools are pretty nifty and have all sorts of bells and whistles, but there are some people out there that still swear by a notebook and pen. Just like using spreadsheets or personal databases, pen and paper gives you ultimate freedom and control when it comes to your set up. It also doesn’t lock you into anyone else’s idea of just how you should track your habits.

                            Conclusion

                            I can’t necessarily recommend which tool is the best for tracking your personal habits and goals, as all of them have their quirks. What I can do however (yes, it’s a bit of a cop-out) is tell you that the tool to use is whatever works best for you. I personally keep track of my daily habits and personal goals with a combo Evernote for input and then a Google spreadsheet for long-term tracking.

                            What this all comes down to is not how or what tool you use, but finding what you are comfortable with and then getting busy with creating lasting habits and accomplishing short- and long-term goals.

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