Two Tools To Help You Develop Video Content For Your Small Business
This is the second in our series on Tools to Help You In Your Small Business. The focus of this article is on tools that you can use to generate Video Content for your small business online.
PowToon is a fairly new software as a service offering which allows businesses to develop content videos utilizing animation which are widely seen today in a lot of business videos. There is a free offering as well as two premium ones with increased functionality.
Powtoon allows you to create animated videos easily without having to have an in-depth understanding or knowledge of video creation or editing. For the free version, they provide a set number of animated figures and only allow you to develop up to a 5 minute video in standard definition using royalty free music, as well as, including a watermark. Once you finish development, you are able to post the videos on your YouTube Channel. If you understand how to use animations and timings in PowerPoint, you will be able to create a PowToon video for your business. If you would like to add voice to the video, you can add your own audio, or you can hire online someone to read your script for a very reasonable price.
The premium versions of Powtoon provide greater functionality which includes:
Slidetalk.net is another software as a service which will allow you to upload a PowerPoint presentation and develop a script using TTS (Text to Speech) which can then be published as an MP4 file. Text to speech has come a long way in the last few years and has improved greatly. Within the script, you can add commas and phonetic spelling in order to improve the quality of the voice. There are several choices for voices from both a gender, language, and accent perspective.
Slidetalk.net also offers free and premium level versions. With the free version, there is a limitation on the number of slides you are allowed to create and you can only post the video to SlideTalk's YouTube Channel. For the paid version, it is dependent on how many videos you plan to create, whether you purchase a subscription or pay as you go. I paid $5.00 for a 5 minute video which I could download and post anywhere, as well as, upload to our YouTube Channel. I found this a very cost effective option.
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