While vaccinations are on the rise the pandemic is still with us and that means chronic under and un-employment remains for many. The struggle to wriggle a dollar out of social media can be intense with self-promotion being high up on the list if you want to get noticed.
Problem is, in case no one noticed, without employment there is little to no money to promote yourself in or to the vast legions of social media. If you are trying to pay the bills and put food on the table with YouTube, Instagram, and other platforms then promotion is a necessity just as wrenches are tools of the trade for mechanics.
Not everyone is a video editor, nor do we all have access to such applications. At least not quality versions and some free services can leave a lot to be desired. If you are in need of a fast and easy-to-use online promo maker for short video clips, then FlexClip.com deserves a look. While there are several paid tiers, they also provide a free basic service which I checked out for this review.
The editor passed my first test of ease of use as I never needed instructions. Just dove in and hoped it wasn’t the shallow end of the pool. Turns out I was worried about nothing as you can choose from a large library of templates or you can start from scratch with items like Text, Overlay, Element, Background, Music, Watermark, and format size. There are lots of nice overlays and elements.
You can lay out your first project before you sign up to see what things look like and feel like which is always a plus. The templates are extremely straight forward with minimal changes needed on the ones I looked at. Remember this is a short promo, thirty seconds to one minute at the maximum, to put your name, service, or idea in front of as many people as possible.
There is a very nice dashboard, as we’ve come to expect from such services, that places a lot of stuff in front of you like templates, projects, and stock video. Keeping in mind the limitation of one stock video per month it becomes important to know that you can import your own media, record screen, or audio.
While the 480 SD format isn’t the best in the world it’s far from the worst and can serve as a good springboard for getting your message out anywhere you can post the video. It also serves as a good way to test the final results of the service before deciding if a paid tier fits better fits your needs. The paid tiers have 720 up to 1080 resolution.
Overall, it was a pleasant experience with no surprises, an easy-to-use dashboard and interface that made testing the service a pleasure. If you are looking for this type of online service (they have a downloadable app too) then cruise over to FlexClip.com to start creating your own short, promotional video clips.
M.D. McCallum, aka WarLord, is an international award-winning commercial graphics artist, 3D animator, published author, project director, and webmaster with a freelance career that spans over 20 years. Now retired, M.D. is currently working part-time on writing and select character development projects. You can learn more about MD on his website.