So recently I’ve been using a new video tool called FlexClip. It’s an online app accessed via your web browser that lets you create and edit videos. In this blog post I’ll be sharing my experience of using FlexClip and why you should definately give it a try!
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE
So let’s talk about video editing. Over the past few years, I’ve used several different video editing packages to edit and develop short videos and screencasts. I tend to categorise video editing tools into three groups; the heavyweights; the adobe suite, Premiere Pro and After Effects, the midweights; Camtasia and Filmora and the lightweights; which is where I would place FlexClip. I categorise these based on their ease of use, functionality and hardware requirements.
Even though I describe FlexClip as a lightweight video editor, it’s a formidable contender to the likes of Camtasia and Filmora! Being browser-based means there is no installation required and all the video processing and legwork is done in the cloud, meaning I can even create and make videos on my Surface Go!
FlexClip, an easy-to-use video maker that helps businesses and individuals create professional marketing videos as well as family stories with ease.
So what can you do with FlexClip? Well take a look at the below video. I created this within an hour of signing up. It’s a little promo video for the elearning academy.
The interface is similar to the cloud animation tools Powtoon and Vyond. This makes it feel familiar, so I instantly found it really easy to get to grips with. However, if you do need some extra help, there is a tutorial that you can access.
You start a new project, either a blank canvas or from a template then edit the elements using the different tool options. There are lots of pre-made elements you can add to your videos, such as intros/lower thirds which is great as it means you don’t have to create your own. You can even upload your own video and audio, however, I only used media from the library so can’t comment on this feature right now.
Videos are created using different slides or scenes (imagine Microsoft PowerPoint). You then create or upload your content, add elements, colours and media and it’s all woven together at the end to create your video.
I’ve listed some of the key features below.
- Add music
- Record voiceover
- Add a watermark
- Trim, merge and split video
- Aspect ratio and resolution
- Zoom and rotate
- Media library
I personally really liked the amount of stock video and photograhpy that was available in the media library, as well as the templates. I liked being able to upload my own media (company logo) and incorporating it into the video. General video editing was a breeze; trimming, merging and splitting video.
I really liked that I could use this on my Surface Go. When I am at home I have a dedicated work machine for all my heavy work; heavy video editing (gigabytes of video!) graphic design, articulate storyline. When I am out and about I use my Surface Go and will tend to use lighter tools such as Articulate Rise. FlexClip gave me the option of doing some lightweight video editing on the go, as I only needed my browser to use the software. This is really convenient!
There are three pricing tiers for FlexClip. Free, Basic and Plus. I used the Plus package, which is the top tier. If you purchase an annual subscription, the price is reduced slightly.
I think FlexClip is extremely well priced, especially when you consider you’re getting access to music and stock video too. If the price were to increase, then it starts entering Camtasia and Filmora pricing brackets which might put some people off. But as it currently stands, it’s great value for money.
PROS AND CONS
So onto the pros and cons. The main issue I have with FlexClip is that it was difficult to “undo” an action. Once you’d added in or changed an element, the only way to get it back was to recreate the scene. This meant I ended up creating a scene, duplicating the scene and keeping it as a backup in case I made I change I didn’t like. This was a bit frustrating, but it wasn’t a complete show stopper.
The 5 minute video limit might be an issue for some people, however I would use Camtasia or Filmora for heavier projects that require gigabytes of video editing.
- Easy to use – good for beginners
- Pricing is reasonable
- No need to install anything – browser based
- Media library is well stocked
- Difficult to undo an action
- 5-minute video limit
I personally think that FlipClip is a good video editing tool for beginners. I mean, it can’t really get any easier! If you compare it to the likes of iMovie, Camtasia and Filmora, I’d say that FlexClip is easier and quicker to learn. However, everyone is different and I’m pretty sure anyone who is perhaps used to using adobe or apple products might say otherwise.
Overall I really enjoyed using FlexClip. I would recommend FlexClip to anyone who needs to do some light video editing on the go. I’d also recommend FlexClip to beginners who perhaps want to dabble in video editing without paying out hundreds of pounds for expensive software packages, which are full of features that beginners will never use or need!
Access to the stock video and audio make it easy to create videos for multiple purposes, from marketing and promotional videos to training and educational videos. This makes it really diverse and applicable to many different use cases.
If you want to know more, please visit the FlexClip website https://www.flexclip.com. Signup for a free account and try it out yourself!