Video builder honest review

Video Builder Honest review

Today I’m doing a review of a new cloud based software called Video Builder

Video builder honest review

 

One thing I do over and over is test software. While most people who have been following me for any length of time know that I write posts to this blog around 3  – 5 times a month talking about different products that I have reviewed what they dont realize is that I test many times more than that each month in order to find the few good ones that are worth writing about.

Video Builder is one that I initially did not like to much. Honestly the reason I did not like it was due to something that is likely going to be one of its primary selling points: the fact that it has ‘avatars’ with a text to speech functionality. The reason I did not like it was because I am 100% sure that actual videos of a live person are going to convert much better. I mean think about it, when was the last time you have seen a marketers sales video use an avitar and a text to speech robo voice?  When was the last time you have seen a Facebook video ad like that? Never right? Want to know why? Because they don’t work as well as real person videos. Its that simple.

However I know that despite the fact that I’m giving real life examples that confirm my belief that robo, text to speech videos dont work as well as real life ones people are going to want to make them anyway because they dont want to, are afraid to, or dont have the ability to make their own real life videos. So I decided to test Video Builder myself to see if there was going to be other things about it that I did like.

Happily there  was. In fact there where lots of things that I liked about it. As I said the avatar system is going to be the main selling point for most people promoting this and honestly thats a shame because I think they might miss out on one of the coolest things about Video Builder. The fact that it is a very functional, cloud based, video editing software.

First of all it comes with a respectful library of pre-made images, backgrounds, video backgrounds, sound effects, stock videos, and music that you can use in your videos (I have the ‘basic’ version according to my dashboard). Beyond that you can import your own media into the system. I was able to import a audio file, a video, and a  PNG graphic without issue.

Second of all it has all the functionality you would expect in a video editor. It has a full timeline for adding elements into your video with up to 4 tracks (layers) of elements. It allows you to clip elements in your timeline (useful for editing out errors in video or audio).

 

econd of all it has all the functionality you would expect in a video editor. It has a full timeline for adding elements into your video with up to 4 tracks (layers) of elements. It allows you to clip elements in your timeline (useful for editing out errors in video or audio).

It also gives you full control over each element allowing you to resize or position it exactly as you like. In fact when I think about the main features I use in my much more expensive  AVS Video Editor software this has almost all of them.

 

It also gives you full control over each element allowing you to resize or position it exactly as you like. In fact when I think about the main features I use in my much more expensive  AVS Video Editor software this has almost all of them.

Sure it does not have the more advanced transitions (it does have transitions but they are very basic and kind of suck) that you will find in a more expensive video editing system however for basic video editing, the kind of stuff that you will be doing more often than not, Video Builder is going to be a very good option at a very low price.

There are unfortunately a few things that I did not like about the system.

In the graphic above you can see I added a lower third animation. This is made with a built in wizard that while very easy  to use wizard and while you can edit things like the colors and the actual text I did not see any option to edit the font that it uses. Also in the preview the animation does not actually animate like it does in the final rendered video. These things are also true when adding normal animated text to your videos. No font option that I could see and no proper animated preview.

Beyond that I do not see any actual way to edit a lower third or text animation once you create it with the wizard and add it into your video. If you want to change it you need to delete it from the videos timeline and create it again from scratch.

I also found what I believe to be an actual bug. Video Builder comes with a built in way to capture video via your web cam.

In my  testing it seemed to work correctly, however after making my video it showed an error message where the video preview should have been and did not seem to actually save my recording. This is something that I made the vendors aware of and it may be something that is specific to my browser (Im using  FireFox). Also its something that is not the end of the world given that you can just import screen cast videos instead of actually recording them with the software. That’s actually what I do using my more expensive video editor anyway. I record my  webcam videos with screencast-o-matic then edit them with my video editor. Even though this bug is not a ‘deal breaker’ for me, and something that may be specific to me,  it is something I needed to report in the interest of being totally honest and transparent.

So what do I think of Video Builder over all?

Well I know that people are really going to be hyping up the avatar text to speech functionality. I also know that people customers buying this are going to be loving that functionality as well because they are going to be thinking “Yay I dont have to make videos” I do once again want to be clear  that while avatars and text to speech are very cool and fun to play with they will not convert as well as  actual live videos, with a live person on the screen speaking.   What I personally like about Video Builder most is the fact that it is a viable video editing and creation software that is not only cloud based but is being sold at a price that is extremely reasonable. This makes it a perfect option for anyone just getting started or on a tight budget who wants a functional tool but does has not gotten to the point where they can comfortable invest in a more expensive solution.

A quick note about the reviews on this site: I am an affiliate for every product I review. The vendors of these products give me them without charge in order for me to test them. However all my reviews are done as honestly as possible and I make no promises to the vendor prior to writing my review. Should you click a link on this site that takes you to a paid product this link will be an affiliate link and I will be paid a percentage of the sales price should you decide to purchase that product.

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