In today’s post I am going to be discussing my take on the latest video creation software, Video Motion Pro which launched on April 21st.
As a software developer, great software is something I really adore, but not every app released by even good companies make the cut. Check out my full video review to find out what I REALLY THINK about Videomotion Pro after playing with it for a couple hours to make a video.
Hint, it’s not all rosy, but it has some neat features. Is Videomotion Pro for you? Watch my point-blank honest review and decide for yourself.
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What is Videomotionpro?
Videomotion Pro is a new video creation application just released by Josh Ratta’s company, InmotionTech. Following the blockbuster success of VideoMakerFX, Explaindio, and others in the video marketing space, I expect we will continue to see many new offerings in the video creator software category.
Videomotionpro Features List
- Import Media (Video Clips and Images)
- Green Screen Editing (Premium Version)
- Animated Lower Thirds (Editable Text and Logo Images)
- Animated Intros & Outros (Editable Text and Logo Images)
- Record from Screen
- Record from Webcam
- Drag and drop Video Elements to Timeline
- Trim Video Segments
- Add Background Audio
- Render videos in different sizes and qualities
- Upload to YouTube
- Save Video Projects and Open Projects
- Add Text Elements to Video
Does Videomotionpro live up to the launch hype?
So first let me say that I really expected to love this software. It looked a LOT like Camtasia visually, which is exceptional, but with a bigger library of animated template elements, and the green screen editing is something I’ve always wanted to try (but Camtasia lacks).
But once I got into the software and started actually editing the videos, I realized that there are some things that Camtasia just does a lot better, and a few things that were REALLY frustrating in Videomotionpro as far as usability. But it’s not all bad and there are definitely some things I really liked.
So here are my detailed remarks on the features of Videomotionpro, and how easy each of them was to use.
Videomotionpro’s Animated Lower Third, Intro & Outro Templates
The number of the included library of animated templates for lower thirds, intros and outros is pretty big, compared to what Camtasia comes with, and very attractive.
Some of the template elements Camtasia comes with are simply getting fairly dated looking, and I find myself using the same ones over and over or just not using them because they are so limited. Videomotionpro on the other hand are very modern and current looking, and there are many different styles to choose just the right presence for your video branding.
A couple of things however ARE lacking in the animated template elements.
- Elements have to be compiled before they are added to the screen, and once compiled cannot really be edited. So if you decide you want to change the text, you have to go through the whole process of selecting the element, changing the text, changing the color and font, selecting the logo from your computer again… in other words it’s pretty inconvenient compared to how easy editing the configurable parts is compared to other editors like VideoMaker FX and Camtasia.
- You cannot shorten or lengthen the animations in the video like you can with regular images, and text elements. So if you try to trim an animation on the timeline, Videomotionpro will ignore you as you click the scissors. No error message, just nothing happens.
Videomotionpro’s Timeline Interface Behavior is Quirky
The timeline is one of the features I really love in my existing video editing app, Camtasia, which I’ve been using for several years. So when I saw a similar feature on Videomotionpro I was prepared to fall in love all over again. I pretty much assumed I was going to just adore it. But once I got working with it, that’s not what happened.
Because, unfortunately, the timeline in Videomotionpro turned out to be one of the most frustrating parts of the application.
Here are the things that drove me crazy about the Videomotionpro timeline:
- Automatic Layer order for new elements is opposite of what it should be. In Camtasia, when you add an item to the timeline, it automatically is added to the topmost layer, where it is visible above the other things already added to the timeline. In Videomotionpro however, when I dropped something new on the timeline, no matter which layer I dropped it on, it went to the bottom of the stack– you know.. BEHIND my video clip! Now you can drag things around to re-order them, sure, but you shouldn’t have to on every single item, if the default behavior was more sensible.
- Automatic timeline positioning in Videomotionpro snaps to the start of the timeline for every item, no matter WHERE you try to drop it. Which again means, you have to drag it around extensively to try and get it where you want it, particularly if you want that element at the END of the video. Camtasia on the other hand, does this correctly, and snaps it to whatever position in the video you are editing now.
- Even worse once you start dragging an element over a very long video, there is some sort of stuttering of the display that stops you from dragging it all the way to the end of the video easily. And since every element is dropped at the START of the video, this problem will always show up for elements you want at the end.
- The timeline has a completely separate layer track for each and every element on the timeline, and they can’t occupy the same space even if they don’t overlap each other on timing. This means if you have 20 elements in your video, you will have 20 layers to sort through, which can get unmanageable fast. (Now according to an email I got literally FIVE MINUTES ago 🙂 Josh says this is scheduled to be fixed by mid-May, so this irritation may go away soon.)
Now I think they are on the right track with this feature– and if they can resolve some of these quirks, then it may well move up to being a worthy contender in the video creation software space.
Videomotionpro Audio was not Impressive
The audio produced by the app may be fine for videos recorded with something else that you just want to decorate with animations and trim up a bit, but as you can see from my video above, when I captured from my webcam and played a short burst of that recording in Videomotionpro, the sound was awful.
Now in fairness, I recorded the whole video using the webcam mic, and you can hear just a little bit of external noise in the sections of the review I recorded with Snagit, but that noise bleed is just much worse with Videomotionpro. According to Josh’s latest email however, they are planning on adding support for higher end microphones, which probably means a better codec and some improvement on this front.
Green Screen Editing is Super Easy
The green screen editing feature is another of those features I really was salivating over when I saw it on the list and the demo, and it lives up to what I expected.
- It’s flexible enough to allow you to pick green, or any other color as the color to drop out, and allows you to adjust the tolerance of what pixels are selected to be replaced with a background.
- Plus, the ability to reduce the sharpness of the cutout element at the edge makes it so scenes look more natural instead of looking like obvious fakes.
If you do Green screen videos much, then this feature is probably worth the price of admission.
Rendering Videos in Different Dimensions and Qualities is Easy
Camtasia and I have always had a bit of a love hate relationship on video sizing because it’s hard to get it to let you change the size after the blank project is created. So this is one thing I was really impressed with in Videomotionpro.
- At rendering time, you can just choose from one of the pre-loaded video sizes, and choose the rendering quality, for larger or smaller file sizes.
Most of the other features of the application worked roughly as expected, and because Josh has a roadmap for new improvements, I expect that Videomotionpro will continue to get better post launch. But am I ready to kick Camtasia out of bed…. er.. No. 🙂
Videomotionpro rates a solid 3.5 stars on my scale, as of launch.
So if you are in the market for a video editing application and you are willing to wait a little while as the application to get better, this could be a great way to eventually get Camtasia-like features on the cheap.