There’s a new video creation tool on the block called Instant Video Wizard which has just gone on sale today.
I got an opportunity to get an early look at Instant Video Wizard, so here’s how these two tools stack up against each other…
How Videos Are Made
Both apps are cloud based and the tools can be accessed anywhere you have an internet connection. So there’s no difference there.
The only difference is in the rendering times due to the power of the servers each service uses. I haven’t used both tools in anger, so to speak, to test such differences, but my sense is that Instant Video Wizard is slower at rendering completed videos than Content Samurai. This could be due to the large number of people who are all buying it and testing it out and using it at the same time!
The method for creating videos is the same and it looks like Instant Video Wizard (IVW) is a clone of Content Samurai. The apps come from entirely different companies and I think Jon Leger, who’s behind IVW used the look of Content Samurai videos and tried to improve on those.
In both apps, you paste in a text script which gets turned into slides, with each slide showing a couple of lines of text.
Both apps also auto-select background images to use on slides, based on keywords in the text on that slide. Instant Video Wizard does allow you to fine tune the keywords for a slide so you can get more relevant background images.
Both apps also allow to to select a specific image to use on a slide.
In Content Samurai, images are added to auto-fit the width of a slide. This can result in the top and/or bottom of a slide being cropped. IVW seems to auto-fit images into the slide which can result in distorted images (people can look short, fat and ultra-wide but none of the image is cropped).
For a bit of dynamism, Content Samurai allows background images to zoom in or out. Instant Video Wizard instead allows background images, and the text portion of slides to slide in and out from various directions (e.g. background image slides in from the left and text slides in from the right).
Instant Video Wizard also provides thousands of animated backgrounds that can be added to slides, an option not currently in Content Samurai.
Both apps also allow you to position text at the center, top, bottom, left or right of a slide. Each slide can have its text positioned individually.
Both apps also provide royalty-free music tracks to add you your videos. Instant Video Wizard has thousands of tracks, categorized by music genre whereas Content Samurai only has a few tens of tracks.
Both apps allow you to upload your own music track should you prefer that option.
Again, both apps allow you to record your own voiceover or to upload a pre-recorded voiceover.
Instant Video Wizard’s Extras
In addition to the much larger libraries of background images, animated backgrounds and music tracks, Instant Video Wizard also contains a library of tens of thousands of PLR articles on a huge range of topics.
So, if you’re ever stuck for a script for a video, you can just import one of these articles and get going.
Instant Video Wizard also includes cutting-edge text-to-speech technology so if you don’t want to record your own voice, you can use one of the 14 English (Male and Female) voices (in USA, British, Australian, Indian and Welsh flavors).
This feature is not in Content Samurai and to achieve the same effect with it, I had to use an external text-to-speech service to record a voiceover, process that through Camtasia and then import the resulting file into Content Samurai – a much more laborious process.
If you want to create videos in another language, there are options to translate between Danish, Dutch, English, French, French-Canadian, German, Icelandic, Italian, Japanese, Norwegian, Polish, Portugese, Brazilian Portugese, Romanian, Russian, Castilian Spanish, US Spanish, Swedish, Turkish and Welsh(!). English has the widest range of voices available.
The translation feature will translate both the script and the voiceover for you. This gives you a huge opportunity to target your videos at countries you’ve currently ignored due to the language barrier.
Again, this is not a feature in Content Samurai.
Instant Video Wizard also allows you to add watermarks to your videos (this could be your website address, for example), another feature missing from Content Samurai.
Instant Video Wizard also allows you to upload your rendered videos directly to YouTube. With Content Samurai, you have to first download the video to your PC or device and then manually upload the video to YouTube.
Instant Video Wizard also includes a sizeable number of audio, image and video transitions that you can add to your video creations (again, Content Samurai doesn’t have these).
All in all, Instant Video Wizard has over 500,000 assets (images, backgrounds, articles, etc.) at your disposal, a much larger selection than is available with Content Samurai (which contains no animated backgrounds or articles).
Instant Video Wizard only offers two payment options – an annual fee ($497/year) or a Lifetime fee ($1497 one-time payment).
Content Samurai is normally $97 per month (equivalent to $1164 per year) but there’s a 50% discount through this special link, so you’d pay $47/mth (that still equates to $564/year).
The sticking point for many people will be the up-front payment of $497 for Instant Video Wizard.
Note: These Instant Video Wizard prices are only available for 5 days, until Midnight EST, October 6th when the Lifetime payment option will be withdrawn permanently and the Annual payment option will double to $997 per year.
Sign up before then and the current prices will be locked in and annual renewal fees (if you choose that payment option) will be locked in at $497 per year.
I’ve made quite a few videos on various topics with Content Samurai over the last few months. One feature I was looking for was the ability to make square videos that are optimized for display on Facebook and Instagram.
- The addition of that square video feature took a couple of months in Content Samurai whereas Instant Video Wizard came with the feature already built in.
- New features are constantly being added to Instant Video Wizard at a far faster pace than to Content Samurai.
- The additional text-to-speech feature, animated backgrounds and vaster music library, in addition to the library of PLR articles, make this a product that gives you more bang for your buck than Content Samurai.
- It’s also less that half the price of a regular Content Samurai subscription and is still cheaper than the special 50% discount offer available for Content Samurai.
- Content Samurai does offer a monthly payment plan whereas Instant Video Wizard offers a yearly plan
- Video rendering times are slower than Content Samurai but it’s something you get used to
- Some images are stretched to fit the dimensions of the video so subjects can look squashed and stretched.
While Instant Video Wizard isn’t perfect – it’s slower than Content Samurai and the images that are stretched annoy me, it is a much more complete product.
If you can afford it, the Lifetime payment plan is the best option to go go for. It’s equivalent to paying up front for 3 years of Instant Video Wizard but it’s a one-time payment. Obviously, with the annual subscription plan, you can cancel Instant Video Wizard at any time.
I sat in on a webinar last Thursday that gave an inside look at Instant Video Wizard and various ways you can use the videos you generate to make money.
On the basis of that and the additional features it has over Content Samurai, today I cancelled my Content Samurai subscription.
So now, Instant Video Wizard is my video creation tool of choice. I can’t give a higher recommendation than that!
If you’d like to sit in on some upcoming Instant Video Wizard webinars…
You’re probably going to be seeing a lot of emails about Instant Video Wizard from a variety of marketers.
I’ve created a package of 27 bonuses, all of which are related in one way or another to the topic of video marketing (which is what you’ll be using Instant Video Wizard for). Many have PLR rights included so you can offer them as bonuses yourself.
You’ll get these bonuses automatically if you decide to buy through any of my links on this page.
Incidentally, I used Commission Gorilla to create that bonus page! 🙂
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