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Hi Everyone, I am trying to find a free app to make social videos. Does TechSoup offer anything please and if not - what is a good resource? What are the best ones out there? - Merrill
Hi, there is a free app Legend on Google Play Store, you can insert photos and text in minutes, click export and it will render it as a video or a giff, you can save it on mobile and send it on pinterest, facebook, twitter... If you need soemthing more serious be cautious social networks like twitter can take only a certain time length as well as file size.
I'm confused... what do you mean by "social videos"? And why wouldn't whatever recording program came with your Smart Phone or computer work?
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Thank you so much Leo. The info is very helpful. I appreciate your thoughts.
Hi Jayne, Thanks for responding. I will use the phone videos. One problem I have with that is that I am not sure they look professional enough. Secondly - I have seen some programs online that enable you to make short videos in which you can either mix some of your own pics or - you can use their pics and platform to create messaging - without your own pics or videos. I am trying to figure out a way to do more video and have it look as professional as possible.
social media does have the length issue, depending on what you are trying to achieve and the time you have, I am guessing outsourcing the videos is out of the question, but I can recommend you website Fiver the people there do all kinds of stuff for $5. If you decide to do it your self the problem goes different. To make a professional video thats done in software like Adobe Premier and other similar software. The basic knowledge can teach you to edit videos but first few will take time. If you dont want to mess with software the video from the phone can give you basic quality if you steady your hand, use creativity, and my opinion is there is a time limit or size limit on some social networks. Look up on YouTube software for editing videos.
"One problem I have with that is that I am not sure they look professional enough."
You don't necessarily want them to look "professional" - for instance, I hosted an onsite event where we showed videos from nonprofits that were participating in our online hackathon. The videos of people speaking simply, from the heart, went over with the audience much more than the videos with the perfect fade ins and fade outs, the music perfectly mixed underneath, etc.
Make sure the audio is clear, that you can understand it even if someone is just listening. Make sure the voice that speaks is lively - I've seen far more videos made boring by audio than the visuals. And be sure you put in closed captioning, using not only by people who are hearing impaired but also people that want to watch your video but aren't in a place where they can listen to it. Even for short videos on social media, this is important, as a sign that you are an inclusive organization.
"I have seen some programs online that enable you to make short videos in which you can either mix some of your own pics."
I do that with the iMovie that came with my Mac. In fact, I've used the old version of iMovie on my old Mac because it's easier than the new version for me.
For quick how-to videos with just slides and me talking, I've just used the free version of Quicktime.
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