Free Video Tools You Should Be Using

free video tools Apr 13, 2017

With so many video tools to choose from it's easy to go into overwhelm. It's a jungle out there, for sure. There are so many apps, sites, tools and resources it can be hard to figure out which ones are right for you, which ones do what they say they're going to do and which ones you REALLY need. So I am breaking down some of my favorite video tools, sites, apps and more. Even better these are all free or have free trials so you can try before you buy. How cool is that?!?

Video Hosting

  • YouTube - Besides being the second largest search engine. Regardless of whether or not you will be sharing your videos from YouTube, you should absolutely be posting your videos to YouTube if you are interested in getting views, traffic and subscribers. 

    In my opinion, this is the best free video tool out there. I love getting knee deep in all the lovely video statistics. Kind of dorky, I know. I just can't help myself. Just to name a few of the reasons why I love YouTube. It's a must for any video blogger. 
  • Vimeo - I've had a Vimeo account since 2008 and for me, Vimeo has always been the place where the filmmaker community congregates and shows off their videos. The quality of video here in comparison to YouTube is noticeable. Unlike YouTube, Vimeo offers password protection for your videos & the embed videos have a sleeker and cleaner aesthetic.
  • Wistia -  provides professional video hosting with amazing viewer analytics, HD video delivery, and marketing tools to help understand your visitors.

The key is to know which platform to use to host your video. Let's say for instance you're creating a video that showcases the ways to work with your clients, you would absolutely want to put that on YouTube to gain the most exposure. If you're creating an opt-in video series maybe hosting your videos on Vimeo and having them password protected is a better option. Or you really want to dig into heatmaps and add snazzy calls to actions inside your videos then check out Wistia.

Slideshows & Presentations

  • Animoto - Love me some Animoto. This is the program I used to create my old intro for my videos and now I use it to create some seriously pro looking promo videos. This is an easy way to create and share extraordinary videos. Their online video maker turns your photos, video clips and music into really sleek looking videos in minutes. Super easy to use. If you want more options they do have paid versions as well. 
  • Adobe Spark - Create impactful social graphics, web stories and animated videos with Spark’s free graphic design app.
  • Prezi - They say ideas matter and they make it fun to animate those ideas For Free! Make your ideas come to life with this cool tool, your next presentation/screenshare will be anything from boring. So many creative ways to use this tool, the only thing limiting you is your imagination.

Editing Programs (online)

  • WeVideo - Really easy to use online video editor. They have three editing levels so you can choose which works best for your editing style. This is a great way to edit your videos online. They also have an app. sweet!
  • Camtasia - This one is just a free trial. Love free trials, it gives you a chance to see if it is the right tool for you, before you invest. This tool promises to help you create professional videos without having to be a video pro. Easily record your on-screen activity or import HD camera video, customize and edit content, and share your videos with viewers on nearly any device.
  • ScreenFlow - This one is just a free trial. The easy-to-use editing interface lets you creatively edit your video, and add additional images, text, music, animations and transitions for a professional-looking screencast.

Screen Capture

  • Jing - Is a simple way to start sharing images and short videos of your computer screen. Jing gives you the ability to add basic visual elements to your captures and share them fast. Works on both PCs and Macs
  • ScreenFlow - This one is just a free trial. Allows you to record from your laptop camera and record your screen.  
  • Camtasia - This one is just a free trial. Love free trials, it gives you a chance to see if it is the right tool for you, before you invest. This tool promises to help you create professional videos without having to be a video pro. Easily record your on-screen activity or import HD camera video, customize and edit content, and share your videos with viewers on nearly any device. There are a ton of great features here and this works for both Macs and PCs.

Video Apps

  • Clips - A new iOS app for making and sharing fun videos with text, effects, graphics, and more.
  • Cute CUT - Easy to use iPhone video editor with all the cool features. This app supports 6 types of media video(from album or camera), photo(from album or camera), SELF-DRAW, text, music, voice. Compatibility: Requires iOS 4.3 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. This app is optimized for iPhone 5.

That's my round up of free video tools you should be using for now. Are you using any of these programs, what are your thoughts? Let me know in the comments section below. What are your favorite FREE Video Tools?

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