When it comes to creating videos you don’t need to rush out and buy expensive equipment. There are plenty of free tools that you can start using at first. Then as your experience improves you can decide whether or not more expensive tools will be helpful.
Jing is a free tool that allows you to capture video, still images and basic animations. You can easily capture portions of your screen that you would like to share. Or you can create a tutorial type of video where you share a process or method with your viewers.
You can save your creations directly into Screencast dot com and share your links all over the web.
This is similar to Jing above but is a paid version that works on any Mac. You can record your screen, edit your videos and software and create demos. If you are looking to create high resolution videos then this might be a tool worth investing in at some point.
Again Camtasia is a screen recording and video editor. It is more powerful than Jing, and is made by the same people. You can download a smaller version of this program for free, Cam Studio. Plus it works on both Windows and Mac operating systems.
Snagit also allows you to record videos from your screen. You can try Snagit out for free for 30 days. It’s a great tool for resizing and adding text to your images too.
Windows Movie Maker
This is a free program that is available for all Windows users. On Windows 8.1 you need to download this from the Microsoft App store. On earlier versions it is included in the operating system.
Windows movie maker allows you to easily create a movie from your slides or photos and add a sound recording to it. If you are just starting out this is a great tool to use to become familiar with making movies.
A free tool that allows you to record your voice or a sound track for your video. You can edit your footage and cut out any blank spots. Then simply convert it and export it into your video making software. Works great with Windows Movie Maker.
Both of these tools help you create fantastic looking slides and templates for your videos. Keynote is the Mac version while PowerPoint works on Windows.
You can add images, icons and animation to your slides and then export them into videos. Newer versions of PowerPoint allow you to create your own soundtrack before saving.
People forget about this little hidden gem. QuickTime Player is available on both windows and mac, and it has the ability to record your screen, so perfect for recording on screen tutorials or powerpoint presentations.
All of the above tools will help you learn how to make videos quickly and easily.