UPDATE August 2021: Unfortunately, Vidnami was sold to GoDaddy and the app has now closed down and is no longer available to new or existing customers. The only service comparable to Vidnami now is Instant Video Wizard.
UPDATE August 13, 2020: I’ve updated this post with some newer information and links that relate specifically to Vidnami now that the Content Samurai brand name has been retired. This is a tool I still use myself. It and Camtasia (a tool that does a different job) are the only video creation tools I use.
UPDATE May 14, 2020: Content Samurai has recently been rebranded as Vidnami. The online video creation tool is the same and it’s still owned and operated by the same company. The tool just has a different name. If you want to know more about why this change was made, I cover it in this blog post and in this video. The features in the videos below are all included in Vidnami.
UPDATE: October 28th: One limitation in Content Samurai has been the number of music tracks that were available to use from inside the app. Yes, you could always download a royalty-free music track from YouTube’s Audio Library (you need to be logged in to access it) and then upload that music track to Content Samurai.
But now, 125,000 music tracks from Storyblocks Audio have been made available directly inside Content Samurai. Tracks are sorted by genre making it easy to select music to suit the mood of your video.
UPDATE: September 9th – 48 Brand New Templates have just been added into Content Samurai, which is now my favourite video tool!
Here’s a sneak peek:
This is the BIGGEST UPDATE to Content Samurai since it was first launched – and here’s what makes these new styles so incredibly effective…
- A vivid highlight box and modern fonts make your videos instantly stand out in social media feeds.
- Engaging text animations capture attention, while not being too distracting – so your message gets delivered in the clearest and most powerful way possible.
- Professional color schemes means your videos instantly look like they’ve been designed by a high-end Graphic Design agency (You can also tweak the colors to create Custom Templates that match your business branding)
These stunning new templates are available in both landscape and square format, so they are perfect for creating viral content videos and social media video ads.
Table of Contents
- 1 Why Video?
- 2 How To Grow Your Email List With Video
- 3 Making Videos For YouTube
- 4 My Vidnami / Content Samurai Overview
- 5 What Is Vidnami / Content Samurai?
- 6 Recording Voiceovers
- 7 Vidnami / Content Samurai Review
- 8 The Newest Features
- 9 Building a Video Agency Business
- 10 Vidnami / Content Samurai Discount Pricing
- 11 How Effective Are Vidnami / Content Samurai Videos In The Real World?
- 12 My Bonuses
- 13 Conclusion
One of the least used tools for getting leads for list building for email marketing purposes is web video marketing, and the Vidnami (formerly Content Samurai) online video maker speeds up the process of creating professional quality videos.
Why bother using software to make videos?
Because it takes far less effort to rank a video on YouTube and in Google than it takes to rank a website or page in the Google search engine.
Bing and Yahoo have their place as search engines, but Google still has the lion’s share of search traffic.
And, since YouTube is owned by Google, they’re going to rank pages on one of their own properties highly, aren’t they?
How To Grow Your Email List With Video
Start by placing a link to your squeeze page in your video description on YouTube.
Make sure that your link is the first thing in your description.
If you put it further down, a viewer will have to click the Expand button to see your full description and link, so not having it front and center is a missed opportunity.
Always use the http:// or https:// prefix in your link. If you leave it out, your web address won’t be hyperlinked!
Make your link pretty. Ugly links tend to make people wary.
Use a (free) WordPress plugin like Pretty Link Lite to create a link that’s on your website and has a relevant name (e.g. joescamping.com/camping-tips-newsletter).
Write a good video title that contains at least one relevant keyword. This is for SEO purposes.
Create a detailed description for your video in YouTube.
I usually place the text script for the video in the description. This aids in SEO and helps others see your video in the search results when they do a search on Google or YouTube.
Use tags in your video setup on YouTube that are related to the topic of your video. These too will help your video show up when people are looking for stuff about your topic.
Finally, don’t rely on YouTube to pick the best thumbnail image for your video.
If you have an image editing app, create a thumbnail image yourself and include the title of the video in that image. Upload to YouTube and make it your default thumbnail image.
You can also add Cards (as they’re called) into videos that provide hyperlinks to external websites. You can add links to your own website or to your squeeze pages and landing pages.
All the above suggestions make it more likely that your video will appear in the search results for specific keywords which, in turn, will direct more traffic to your squeeze and landing pages.
And that, of course, leads to you getting more subscribers.
And the best bit? You don’t have to pay anything for those leads! 🙂
Making Videos For YouTube
YouTube is the largest video site on the planet, so it makes sense to put your videos there so they get the most exposure.
You can then add your videos to other sites like MetaCafe.
If you want to know how to make videos for YouTube, there are three basic formats to consider:
- Putting yourself on camera
- Recording over-the-shoulder style videos
- Creating text based videos with music soundtracks and/or voice overs (what Vidnami does)
Many people don’t want to appear on camera even though it’s now the easiest way to create videos since every smartphone has the ability to record video.
The over-the-shoulder style videos are created to teach or demonstrate something on the computer.
It may require you to record a voice over explaining what you’re doing. And, again, some people don’t like the sound of their own voices and would prefer not to have to speak on video.
The third type of video can be considered a marketing video. It speaks directly to the viewer, putting text on slides.
To spice things up, background images, motion backgrounds and music can be added, and text can be displayed with a variety of animations.
My Vidnami / Content Samurai Overview
What Is Vidnami / Content Samurai?
Vidnami / Content Samurai is an online video maker.
Since it’s a web-based tool, it doesn’t require you to download any software to your PC or Mac.
You could even use it on a mobile device, though I haven’t done that personally!
Ease and simplicity of use is key here.
You provide this video marketing software with a text script and it then creates easy-to-read slides with your text.
I find that one sentence per line gets the best results.
The software highlights keywords and phrases in your text as it creates the slides.
It then automatically selects background or associated videos to use that are related to the text on that slide.
You can always manually edit the text on your slides, change the text layout and change the images or motion backgrounds used on them, so you have full control of the final result.
To add some dynamism to the videos you create, images can zoom in or out.
It’s well-known that dynamic displays attract the eye much more than static ones (it’s why you often see them in store windows).
This is the video equivalent of that.
You can also add video clips between slides – this allows you to insert footage you may have recorded yourself of footage you have the rights to use.
My Vidnami Dashboard
Originally, Content Samurai only created videos in the 16:9 (widescreen) format but a recent update to the tool allows for the creation of square videos which are more popular on social media sites like Facebook, Instagram and Google Plus.
That same feature is a part of Vidnami and has in fact been expanded with the addition of several new square video templates.
Where Content Samurai had a library of several 10s of royalty-free music tracks that you could add to your videos, Vidnami has over 30,000.
If you can’t find something there you like, you can always download royalty-free music tracks from YouTube to use.
If you want to add a voice over to your video, you can record one directly in the software or upload a prerecorded one.
A text-to-speech feature which reads out the text on your slides in a pretty good approximation of a human voice was added to Content Samurai. This feature too, is incorporated into Vidnami.
A range of Male and Female voices from the USA, UK and Australia are available.
One neat feature is being able to set the duration of a given slide.
This becomes more important the more text is on the slide and if a voice over is being used.
You can delay the slide transition to the next one until the voice over has spoken the words on the slide.
Here’s a recent product review video I created using Content Samurai, as it was then named – the voice-over was created by the text-to-speech feature in the online video maker:
The obvious person to record a voice over for your video is yourself.
But, if you don’t want to do this you can always hire a professional voice over artist on the likes of Fiverr.
Professionals charge by the spoken word and usually charge $5.00 per 25-50 words spoken. So the longer your voice over, the more you’ll have to pay.
Another option is to use a text-to-speech service to read your script in a human-sounding synthetic voice.
Some of these voices are very good these days.
This option is pretty redundant now that Vidnami / Content Samurai contains its own text-to-speech feature.
The video below that I created, showcases the service’s features and includes a synthetic voiceover created using the technique I outline above.
UPDATE: Now that Vidnami / Content Samurai has its own inbuilt text-to-speech technology, using the technique above is no longer necessary. Plus it takes a lot more time than having Vidnami do the text-to-speech conversion for you. And the voices are better quality too.
Here are a couple of more recent videos that I created with Content Samurai that are short advertisements:
Vidnami / Content Samurai Review
So what’s it like actually using Vidnami / Content Samurai in practice?
It’s actually very easy video maker to use.
You paste in your text script. Like I said above, the best results for your video are achieved by having one sentence per line, so break up any paragraph that has more than one sentence.
You then click a big button to start generating your video slides.
At the end of that process, you can add a background music track and/or voice over.
There’s always the opportunity to tweak your slides to get them exactly how you want.
When you’re happy with everything, you click another big button to create the final video.
You then download the video and manually and upload it to YouTube.
I always make new videos Private (hides the video on YouTube) while I edit the video title, description, tags and thumbnail image for SEO purposes.
Once that’s done, only then do I make the video Public (makes it available for anyone to watch).
You can render your video in rectangular and square formats if you want. You don’t have to create a separate project for each.
This webinar gives you an inside look at the Content Samurai online video creator and how easy it is to create videos with it (Vidnami will be almost identical):
- Easy video creation – it’s all point and click and copy & paste operations.
- You can let Vidnami create the final video for you based on its default setting or you can tweak your slides before video creation to achieve the result you want.
- You can add images or motion video backgrounds (see below) to your videos.
- Another feature is a quality text-to-speech option eliminating the need to to create a voice over yourself.
- The latest feature allows you to speed up your videos by a small amount so that the presentation appears more energetic and passionate, though this feature is best used with a voice over.
- There is nothing to manage outside the service (apart from filing your downloaded videos).
- Since the tool runs in the cloud, you can access it and your video projects there anywhere you have an internet connection (and the Chrome browser)
- There are 270,000 Content Samurai users out there, so this is a strong company that’ll be around for years to come.
- The software only works in the Google Chrome browser.
- This is a subscription based online video creation service. It costs $47 per month (see below for better pricing)
- Since the video projects are stored in the cloud, if you cancel the service or if it should go offline for some reason, you will lose access to those projects.
- Obviously, with this being an online tool, you need a reliable internet connection to use it.
Vidnami / Content Samurai is the only product on the market that allows you to create all 4 types of video that your business needs to be successful:
- Videos To Generate Traffic – Social media videos are a great way to attract attention and generate traffic
- Videos To Build Trust – Content videos that deliver practical tips are an excellent way to build trust with your audience
- Videos To Make Sales – Video Sales Letters help you to convert more visitors into paying customers
- Videos For Your Courses – Online course videos are a great way to build products and share your information with the world
Check out these posts to see just how easy it is to create videos with Vidnami:
- How To Make Professional Video Content From Your Kitchen Table With Vidnami (Content Samurai)
- This Is How Easy It Is To Make Videos With Vidnami
- Vidnami Gets A New Game-Changing Artificial Intelligence Engine
- Vidnami Gets A New Game-Changing Feature…
Here’s how its features and pricing compare to other popular online video creation platforms:
And there’s more on the comparison between these online video creation services in this post.
The $35/mth pricing for Vidnami includes the 25% lifetime discount you can get on fees from the links on this page.
Other Vidnami-related posts you might be interested in:
The Newest Features
1. Adding Motion Video Backgrounds
In a nutshell…this new feature means that you can now add cinematic full-motion video clips behind your text with just a single click of your mouse…
Adding full motion backgrounds to your videos is a fantastic way to:
- Create eye-catching content that demands attention and generates leads and sales for your business 24 hours a day.
- Produce viral videos for your own business or for your clients in less than 5 minutes.
- Explode your audience on platforms like Facebook, YouTube, Instagram, and LinkedIn.
The video above shows just how easy it is to add motion video backgrounds to your own videos for that added professional touch.
2. Text-To-Speech Synthesis
One of the deficiencies in Content Samurai was that it had no speech synthesis feature like some competing products.
That’s now been addressed with the introduction of the text-to-speech feature.
Now you can create videos that have quality human-sounding voice overs reading the text in your videos.
This a real time-saver if you don’t want to record your own voice or can’t afford to hire a professional voice-over artist.
I you haven’t already, check out the “Blistering Reviewed” video further up this page to listen to just one of the synthetic voices in action.
3. Energy Boost
This new feature gives any voice track an “Energy Boost“ by increasing the vocal speed without changing the pitch.
By increasing the speed of any marketing voice track you can…
- Increase Conversions
- Boost Engagement
- AND Improve Retention
And best of all, this new Energy Boost feature works for in-app recorded voice tracks, uploaded voice tracks, and for Content Samurai’s Auto-Voice tracks.
Building a Video Agency Business
If you’re a savvy entrepreneur or a work from home mom or dad looking for a way to make some extra cash in between school runs, then you can build a video agency business creating videos for local businesses with Content Samurai.
- You don’t need a product to sell
- You don’t need a big mailing list
- You don’t need to have a massive following on Facebook or Instagram
- And it doesn’t involve network marketing
This webinar replay will show you how to go about building this kind of online business…
Vidnami / Content Samurai Discount Pricing
Vidnami costs $47 per month so it is definitely a little on the expensive side.
However, it’s price is the same as the major competing online video creation service – Instant Video Wizard.
Both started out charging $97/mth for their services.
Instant Video then dropped their fee to $67/mth.
Content Samurai responded by dropping theirs to $47/mth.
And finally, Instant Video Wizard dropped to $47/mth as well.
If you’re looking for some video templates to get started with, there are 5 that are available as one of the bonuses if you pick up Vidnami’s Lifetime 25% discount:
You can always test drive Vidnami here, free, for 14 days to see if the tool is right for you. Or you can grab a 25% discount on monthly fees here in this special offer available to my readers.
Here’s a post which explains how you can rank higher by using videos if the idea of video marketing is new to you.
This short webinar shows you how you can create Viral Videos for social media:
How Effective Are Vidnami / Content Samurai Videos In The Real World?
It’s all well and good talking about how you can create videos with this tool and I’ve shown some examples of videos I’ve created with it.
But more important is the exposure, traffic and sales that videos created with Vidnami / Content Samurai are generating for the users and their businesses.
For example, a user named Sergio has built a YouTube channel called Natural Cures and has found that using Vidnami / Content Samurai is a great way to generate high quality videos quickly and easily.
For example, here’s a video that Sergio created that describes a natural way to unblock a clogged drain that has now had over 2,926,782 views(!)…
And it gets even better…
Here’s another video Sergio made explaining 7 natural weight loss tips which has had over 11,244,299 views…
…Or how about this video about garlic which now has a staggering 26 MILLION VIEWS!
Two things you should note about Sergio’s videos:
- He uses computer-generated voices in his videos
- He has not taken the time to create thumbnail images that contain his video titles
Yet, despite this, his videos are getting a humongous number of views!
That should prove that Vidnami / Content Samurai does get results!
As I mentioned at the top of this post, Vidnami/Content Samurai is no longer available and that Instant Video Wizard is the closest tool to what Vidnami offered.
So I’m including the same bonus package for Instant Video Wizard as I did for Vidnami:
I’m offering a package of 24 bonuses to you if you decide to buy Instant Video Wizard through any of my links (you’ll also get a 20% discount).
Bonuses are delivered automatically after ordering.
So is Vidnami / Content Samurai the best video creation software tool?
For creating quality marketing videos where you don’t want to appear on camera yourself, it’s certainly one of the top tools.
It has a range of features that make videos dynamic and engaging with its library of royalty-free videos, images and music.
Easy video creation is the name of the game here.
At first glance, the pricing would seen a bit steep, especially if you’re on a small budget.
But you can
save 25% on monthly fees here.
Videos are much easier to rank these days than websites and web pages.
They’re an easy way to drive traffic to your offers and to your squeeze and landing pages to get those all-important subscribers onto your mailing list.
So, if you’re looking into web video marketing and you need an online video maker that takes the pain out of making videos for YouTube and other video sites, Vidnami / Content Samurai is certainly one tool you should consider.
If you’ve any questions, comments or experiences about Vidnami / Content Samurai, please leave a comment below…
All the best,
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