Sometimes I can pop an answer off the top of my head, but often I have to dig around to give you the right info. That’s what takes so long because I have to find the time to dig around. 🙂
Here’s a real-time account of what it’s like when I figure out an answer. Poor Kristina had to listen to me ramble and discover the answers in a 5-minute conversation.
Here’s how it went.
Kristina K. asked: I am look for an app that I can make a video message that will not break the bank! I tried Magisto and love it but have to subscribe to do what I want to do :/ Can you assist??
This question required a little more research, so I called Kristina to clarify what she meant by “video message.” In our five-minute conversation, Kristina got to hear how the nerdy sausage is made.
Kristina: We’re having an employee appreciation event, and I want to be able to make a little teaser video with pictures and words on the slide.
is my favorite for that! And I think it’s free for the first 30 seconds…. [me going to Animoto’s pricing page]. Oh it looks like they’re asking $8 a month for the basic version. Hmmm. Well I think if you go through the app and not the site, you can get the 30 seconds. Hmmm.
Kristina: I’m not afraid of paying, but I just want to get the right tool.
Me: Google Photos has an option to let you make movies from photos. [Clicks on Google Photos Assistant area]. Hmmm. You can make a movie for your pet, pictures from 2017, selfies… looks like they don’t give you much control.
Ok, let me look at Facebook. It has a free slideshow tool that doesn’t come with any bells or whistles, but we could take a look. [Opens new tab to Google how to make a free slideshow video with Facebook. Gets distracted by another idea.]
Why don’t I Google “create slideshow free with words”… Ok. There’s Magisto, there’s Animoto.
OH! There’s Wondershare
saying they’re the #1 Free Slideshow Maker! I love Wondershare products. [Goes to site.] Hmmm. Looks like free is not free. The download is free, but it costs money to actually make it work. So… no.
Ok, there’s Photosnack. I like their products
…. It looks pretty easy, but you are limited to 15 photos and you can’t download in the free version.
OH! Duh! I forgot about Adobe Express
! They let you create little movies, web pages and social media posts for free! Oh, use that!
But here’s the deal… you can’t download the videos with Photosnack or Adobe. I have to have the video because sometimes I can’t go online to show it and sometimes I have to embed it in a presentation. So I have this little trick. Don’t tell them I told you. I use Snagit by TechSmith
to record a screen video when I’m playing the online video. Then I can save it. Snagit is like $50, and I use it for screencaptures all the time.
Kristina: Is it a one-time charge?
Me: Yes! And I use it all. the. time. for much more than just stealing videos.
Kristina: Thanks so much for your ideas.
I have one more thought. If you don’t want to worry about doing this yourself, there are tons of people on Fiverr who do this kind of stuff for you
. Just choose someone and give them all the photos and words. They pay for Animoto, Magisto and all that and do a great job. You’re probably going to pay more than the base price of $5, but it may be worth it.
Kristina: Great! Thanks again.
Me: I’m so happy I could help. Now you have to share what you come up with when you’re finished.
Kristina: Will do!