Video is becoming easier than ever for people to create and share across websites and social media with the increase of free online video creation sites. There are so many free online video sharing sites that can offer free creation or video hosting, this whole medium for content creation and sharing is exploding at a massive rate.
Did you know that more than 500 million HOURS of video are watched on YouTube every day?
It’s no wonder that nearly 90% of online marketers now utilize video as part of their overall strategy!
If you are looking for an inexpensive foray into the world of online video creation, below are the applications that I have personally tried and recommend. I have chosen these applications because they are easy and intuitive to use, give you a professional result, and won’t break the bank.
I absolutely LOVE Lumen5, which is a super easy to use ‘text to video’ creation tool. You can choose to upload a text article into Lumen5 manually, or simply copy the URL of the post or article you want to make a video from, and let the magic happen. Lumen5 uses Artificial Intelligence (AI) to fetch the URL content then suggest a ‘storyboard’ along with images or video clips from it’s stockphoto library. You can also upload your own images and video into your storyboard.
With all this happening behind the scenes, you can easily create a polished and professional video clip ready to publish and share within half an hour.
- Pricing Options:
- Forever Free option (no credit card required ever)
- Pro Plan $49 per month
- Business Plan $99 per month
- Enterprise Plan – POA
- Read my Lumen5 Product Review here
Does Lumen5 have an affiliate program?
Here’s a short video I created using the free Lumen5 subscription. Once I had created the video, I was able to download it to use on my website, Facebook, Twitter and of course my YouTube Channel.
YouTube now has a creator studio which gives you far more flexibility when uploading your videos to this platform. Some of the functionality and features include the ability to edit and trim uploaded videos, optimize your video for SEO, add audio from their selection of royalty free music, enhancements, end screen and annotations – so the Creator Studio is also a great option for editing and polishing your video creations.
All videos uploaded to YouTube can be optimized for SEO, which means that your video will be locatable in google searches.
- Pricing – FREE
Does YouTube have an affiliate program?
No. However it does have a YouTube Partner Program.
Once your YouTube channel reaches 4,000 watched hours in a twelve month preiod, and you have a minimum of 1,000 subscribers, you will be eligible to join the YouTube Partner Program.
This means you can monetize your videos on YouTube, through advertisements served on your videos and from YouTube Red subscribers who watch your content. Learn more about the YouTube Partner Program here.