5 Mobile Apps to Create Engaging Videos for Your Facebook Page
Video is the best medium to convey ideas, emotions and to communicate with people. Starting with TV commercials, companies of all sizes have successfully used video to persuade people to buy their products and services and to become loyal customers.
In this digital age, you can record, edit and publish video, all on your smartphone, making easy work of creating short engaging videos. And with social media platforms encouraging content sharing in video form, videos are becoming effective as marketing materials.
Facebook in particular, stands out as the top social media platform for video sharing, with more monthly videos viewed than YouTube. In this article I’ll introduce you to some simple-to-use apps that will help you become a master video maker all from your mobile phone.
Magisto is a free app that comes with optional add-ons making it one of the most affordable and easy-to-use tools for creating videos. It works like this:
- You select photos and images
- You select a mood for your video from the available options offered by the app
- You add a soundtrack, either from the library
- You add the finishing touches: define the length of the video and add a title
- Magisto quickly edits the video for you and makes it ready for you to share on social media
It does not get simpler than this, does it? Magisto is available both as browser based and as a mobile app for Android and iOS, so you can get creative whenever and wherever you are.
Flipagram is another free mobile app for Android, iOS and Windows Mobile. It can pull together photos and short video captures. You can leave either the recorded sound of the videos, or add a soundtrack from Flipagram’s rich library. The finished video can be shared on any social media platform of your choice directly from your mobile phone.
Animoto is one of the smartest video making software for beginners. You do not have to do anything else except upload photos and a song. Animoto then analyses the images and the rhythm of the music and creates visually compelling transitions between the images.
With Animoto you can create great slideshows for tutorials and how-to videos. Animoto costs $16AUD per month for personal use (it includes the Animoto watermark on the videos) or $41AUD per month to remove their logo, and is available on a browser, iPad, iPhone and Android phones.
4. Legend App
Legend App is a very simple and straightforward iOS, Windows Mobile and Android app which adds animated text overlays on your photos or videos. Legend App is extremely useful for creating and sending quick and impactful messages with an actionable CTA over a photo or video of your product offerings. Legend App is worth every cent, costing $1.99USD with no other in-app purchases.
If you want to get very creative customising your videos, then you should try Videoshop. But be warned, more creative freedom involves a more complex user interface, and more work from you. If you are willing to spend some extra time creating your videos, Videoshop is an excellent choice and costs $2.99USD, and it allows you to:
- Add photos and videos and crop them to exact size or duration
- Insert a song, sound effects or record yourself for a voice over
- Arrange the images/video clips in the exact order you want them to be displayed
- Add transitions, texts and video effects, speed up or slow down the video
- Add styles and filters
Videoshop allows you the freedom to create artistic and compelling videos which will certainly increase your engagement on Facebook.
Now that you have these five tools, or at least some of them, you are ready to make your own videos and engage your Facebook community.
What video creation apps do you use? I’d love to hear of any you suggest.
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