Video Motion Pro is a tool designed to streamline video creation. You can record screen capture videos, and edit them. Video Motion Pro is being touted as a Camtasia Studio alternative, which is a bold claim. I have used Camtasia for years and it really is the market leader, but it is expensive, and Video Motion Pro may offer a cheaper alternative. But does it create good videos? That’s what I want to look at in this review.
I’ll start off by saying that I really wanted to like this software, and I was excited when I saw the official video for the product, so I bought it.
From the sales video, it looks like a great tool for building videos, with a much smaller learning curve than Camtasia Studio.
Some of the nice features that come built into the tool is the ability to add intros and outros. That is, nice introductions and ending to your videos without having to have any technical skill. You simply pick the intro (or outro) that you want to use, and edit the text.
Adding an Intro
Once you’ve edit the text and added your own logo, you click a button to add the Intro to your timeline. The intros and outros are all animated.
Another nice feature is the ability to add “lower thirds”, which again require the simple editing of the text field. Lower thirds are idea places to add in a little more information during your video, like a title and maybe the video author. Here is an example of a lower third:
As you can see from the screenshot, there is a problem though. My text is too long and is cut off. I can see no way of changing the font size for my lower third.
Finally there is also an option to create green screen videos where you can add your own background to a talking head (for example). I haven’t tried this out.
The Biggest Problem with this tool?
There is a screen capture feature that allows you to capture your screen. This is vital for the kind of tutorials I do, and the kind I know a lot of my students want to create for sites like Udemy. However, the screen capture is very primitive. It captures the whole screen, and only the screen set up as the primary display in Windows. That means for people like me who work on dual screen monitors, I have to record only my laptop screen instead of where my main work is done (on my large external monitor). I suffer from neck problems, so this isn’t an option. I could of course switch monitors to create tutorials, but it’s too much of a hassles, and does not solve the biggest problem I have with this tool, which is zooming.
It is not possible to zoom into an area of the screen to record, for example, just a small area. The WHOLE screen is captured, and my monitor resolution is 1920 x 1080, so a lot of information would be captured that was not relevant to my video. If I could at least zoom into areas when editing, this would not be so much of a problem, but unfortunately you cannot do that either.
This tool has been advertised as a low cost alternative to Camtasia, and I have seen it being promoted as a tutorial creator for Udemy courses. In my view it is neither. Yes it is cheaper, but it is too basic and does not address key issues. When I have submitted my own courses to Udemy, the one suggestion I always get is to think of students on mobile platforms and zoom into relevant areas of the screen when I am explaining something. For example, if I was explaining the options in a menu item of some software, this would look good on a mobile device if I was capturing the menu in my screen capture software:
In a video captured with Video Motion Pro, it would look like this:
That wont be easy to see on a mobile phone.
I did ask the support if zooming was possible, either during recording or editing, but was told it was not. They said they would add it as a suggestion for the future though. Their support was quick though, so that is a positive.
Therefore, while there are some nice features of this tool, I think it needs a lot of work before it can be seriously used for screen capture style tutorial videos. As for a low cost alternative to Camtasia, I just don’t see it. Sorry.