10 Best Online Video Makers (2018)
Picture this: You’re a developing brand, a solopreneur, maybe an up-and-coming podcaster. If you’re a savvy digital marketer, you know exactly why video marketing is crucial to every content creator/agencies.
So, we now have a problem. How do you create engaging videos with original content that depict your brand, and include a strong call-to-action without spending hundreds of thousands of dollars on camera equipment and professionals?
What you do need is an easy-to-use, reliable online video maker. Something you can use in your browser with little to no hassle, no sign ups & no pesky watermarks, right?
Our Picks for 10 Best Online Video Makers
In the dense world of the internet, narrowing down what might be right for your small business or project is difficult. Our handy-dandy list of the 10 Best Online Video Makers will aid you in that process.
Because this post is particularly lengthy, here’s a quick list of the online video makers I mentioned below.
Ranked from top to bottom:
- Adobe Spark
They call themselves the “World’s Simplest Video Maker.” So, let’s start there!
Ease of Use
Biteable’s sign up guide was easy enough to follow. They do ask for your reasoning and purpose of using their online video maker. We were prompted to a landing screen with 5 templates to choose from, or the option to “start from scratch” after completing their survey.
We created a video within 2-3 minutes, and it was simple to do. However, it felt as if customization was non-existent given the limited color swatches and lack of direction from Biteable. It would be helpful to businesses if they had pop-ups that give you a rundown of how to use their product.
Their stock library was very impressive, and we can break it down into a couple categories here.
Firstly, they have “Scene Categories” which are a type of fluffer for transitions between footage. They have an immense variety, pictured below. They range from clay animation to seasonal animations, to overlays of IT graphics. There is something for every occasion.
Secondly, they had another category for footage, which was split between basic & premium clips hosted by Shutterstock. This was only accessible to premium users.
The available video formats they provided were few and far between, as they only allowed you to export to YouTube and Twitter. They do provide you with a link to share your project, but please note it includes two large watermarks on either side of the project. This was what we created with Biteable. It took us approximately 2-3 minutes.
Based on their FAQ, they have no variation in video formats. This is a significant negative, as it means you must reformat your video yourself to fit the appropriate social guidelines and ratios when posting to Instagram, Facebook Covers, and more.
We commend Biteable for its vast selection in stock, but customization was lacking. We could only use 80 text characters on the screen per scene, color swatches provided were minimal, and we didn’t have the luxury of “instant playback” that many other video editors have. We were also prompted to upgrade if we wanted to download the video to our computers.
Biteable has two available plans, Free & Annual. With their Free subscription, you get HD TV quality videos that you can only publish to YouTube and Facebook, 1 GB of storage, 5 video projects a month, and two watermarks on either side of your project.
Their annual subscription includes unlimited videos, 85k stock videos, no logo or watermark, uploading your own footage, privacy controls, and the ability to download your videos to your computer for $267 a year.
Overall, Biteable has attractive aesthetics but limited customization options.
Overall, Biteable has attractive aesthetics, and a massive variety of premium and basic scene categories and footage to choose from. However, if you’re looking for a tool that will allow you to implement your original brand colors, we wouldn’t turn to Biteable. We also disliked having to upgrade just to upload my own footage and the lack of ratios/video formats make Biteable undesirable for ease of social media integration. Hence the placement on our list.
WeVideo is the perfect online video maker for educational and teaching purposes. Students can create online videos in a protective cloud environment, monitored by the teacher. It also follows FERPA and COPPA guidelines. Storyboard mode is for K-3, Timeline is for 4-12. Around 5,000 schools in the USA have implemented WeVideo!
Ease of Use
WeVideo is awesome if you’re on the go and need to edit your projects wherever you are. They offer iOS access, Chromebook support, ease of use on Android, Windows, or any PC and Mac browser. You will always be able to access the content you’ve created, and that gives WeVideo a huge advantage. The ability to drag and drop from their bank of transitions gives you the illusion that instant playback is possible.
For a free user, they do not allow you to have access to their 450k+ image library, and you can only use 22 songs of their choice out of the 100k+ song selection.
However, you can try it for free to see how it may look. But only once! In this case, we picked a quick template from their library:
In order to sync your project across all formats (iOS, Android, Web) you need to upgrade to a paying subscription. However, they do offer you the option to download your project to your computer, provided you’re OK with a watermark. This gives you free reign to upload your video to YouTube, Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn, etc… but with a watermark. You’re also restricted to a resolution of 480p which is pretty low on the spectrum of high-quality videos. We did find the ability to change your thumbnail unique.
Free users do not have access to a change in format, but if you upgrade to their cheapest plan, Power, you are able to upload horizontal and square videos.
The templates they provided us with were all-encompassing, in that it would change our overlays, transitions, music, and any text we input. We could still customize it ourselves, but if you ended up choosing a template, you run the risk of losing all your creative influence.
We believe this feature is helpful for those who need direction and inspiration, however, the placement is risky, because WeVideo’s online video maker prompts you to choose a template right before you finish rendering and completing your project.
WeVideo has a variety of pricing plans, whether you’re a student who loves making videos, or a large agency or small business with marketing teams.
If you are an agency that manages multiple businesses, the only plan that would make sense to invest in is Business, which tallies up to a whopping $360 annually. Power users, which is the cheapest option, you would be paying $59.88 every year for a basic online video maker.
WeVideo is great for students.
They do provide you with a single seat license, 30 minutes of video per month, 720p HD Resolution, ability to edit across all platforms (iOS, Android, Web), motion titles, and two video formats. Due to their pricing, template placement, and exporting restrictions, this is why WeVideo is in 9th place.
HippoVideo is a chrome extension online video maker, so it does dictate what kind of browser you can use. (At least for screen-recording) This particular online video editor is geared towards screen capping for IT specialists, YouTubers, Gamers, and Teachers.
Ease of Use
The primary focus of this online video maker is browser recording and capturing since that is a fairly difficult thing to do without multiple applications, knowledge of how to work them and a heavy duty computer. HippoVideo makes this fairly easy to do. Just download their extension to Chrome and you’re golden.
However, if you’re not looking to screencap, they do have a library available for free use. We used the keyword “dog” and got many results from Flickr and PEXELS. They only have this feature for images and music, so HippoVideo does not provide video assets. This is because they assume you will be using their online video maker to edit your browser-captures and screen overlays.
Unfortunately, both their image and music library has little selection. You can also only use one music track.
You can sign in with Google, LinkedIn, Twitter, or Facebook and export to those websites plus Vimeo & Google Drive. They provide you with a link that allows you to share it to Slack and the aforementioned websites with their own HippoVideo video integration.
HippoVideo allows you to export to various websites and the ability to download your content to your computer but does not offer any special ratios to their customers. They do provide 720p resolutions to their free customers, and 1080 to those who pay.
While Hippo Video provides a service frankly no other online video maker does, they are lacking when it comes to customization for professional agencies.
HippoVideo provides a cool service, with customizable analyzing software, pictured below. Allowing users to “Drive Video Marketing ROI” is important, and HippoVideo doesn’t just stop at being an online video maker, but they care about the engagement and success rates of the videos you create with them.
Other than the free trial for seven days, HippoVideo split their pricing into two categories. HV for Educational purposes versus Business.
HippoVideo is a unique product, but it doesn’t offer much sophistication in brand designs. They are also severely lacking in aesthetics, but again: have a product nobody else has offered on the market, hence their placement as #8.
ClipChamp provides users with three unique products. Utilities, Create and Collect. For the purpose of this blog, we will be covering ClipChampCreate’s features.
Ease of Use
ClipChamp is fantastic for those who are just learning how to edit videos within their browsers with online media. The pop-ups explaining how to trim videos, and what to search for are helpful in navigating unfamiliar territories. This is the kinds of features and tutorials we wish Biteable had.
Their UI is friendly and aesthetically pleasing, leading to an organized and calming outlook on a daunting task: creating an entire social marketing video on your own (or with your team!).
As a free/trial user, you get an in-depth teaser into the possibilities of stock videos, animated backgrounds, music tracks and sound effects you could possibly use with their online video maker. However, you’re unable to really see how it looks without paying for their services. Which means that ClipChamp doesn’t offer stock assets to free users.
ClipChamp doesn’t offer 720p for free users but will allow you to download your video at a quality of 480p, which as mentioned earlier, is pretty low. It is also surprising that they do not yet support 1080p video. This is a con for most users, as 480p isn’t the type of video quality people want to consume these days. We are spoiled with 4K screens and 1080p settings on YouTube with the high-speed internet.
It is also surprising that ClipChampCreate does not offer different ratios for exporting and easy sharing to social media. But! They do let you download the video to your computer free of charge!
We enjoyed the multiple title transitions CCC provided. Their instant playback is a really nice touch, unlike Biteable. Their font selection is a smidge small, and we hoped to see an “upload your own fonts” function but were ultimately disappointed.
For the sake of ease, we are focusing on only one of ClipChamp’s features, which is ClipChampCreate! They have two options: Basic and Premium.
ClipChamp offers a ton of awesome products, but we believe that they’re focusing on so much all at the same time.
ClipChamp offers a ton of awesome products, but we believe that they’re focusing on so much all at the same time. That’s why basic features like cloud storage, 1080p resolution downloads, video formats/ratios, and more font and color selections are missing/coming soon. Because of this, we put ClipChamp as #7.
Despite having a rather clunky aesthetic, Kizoa provides users with simple tools more sophisticated online video makers do not offer, like ratios and instant playback. The minor cons here is their access to premium assets, sophisticated fonts, and transitions.
Ease of Use
Kizoa actually helps you create your (basic) movie/video using a step-by-step guide with hard pop-up reminders if you ever get lost when changing tabs.
Kizoa gave me access to demo albums, which had a maximum of 15-20 photos, but their template selection was vast, albeit elementary and beginner in looks. The music provided was also a little on the odd side. We don’t think many professional agencies would want to use most of the offered free content, and would often need to rely on paying for premium tracks.
Kizoa allows you to use a link, much like HippoVideo provides, to spread your video. However, you can also save it to your PC or Mac, send it via email, post it directly to Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter. You can also embed it into a blog or burn it onto a DVD, which we believe is a feature that may seem ancient, but is fairly useful for personal use or clients seeking white label links/permissions.
Kizoa provides users with a wide variety of formats.
For a Landscape format, they offer these ratios:
- and 4:3
For Square formats, they offer the standard 1:1.
For Portrait, they have three ratios:
- and 9:16
Kizoa has hidden features and gems many other online video makers don’t even think to include. The font selection may be small, but surprisingly they aren’t an ancient curated list of font, they’re fairly updated. The color swatches could use some work. Kizoa also offers instant playback, but the website is a little slow and has a tendency to skip/lag if the video is over a minute long. (This is also perhaps a general disadvantage of browser video makers.)
Another thing Kizoa does very differently is their pricing plans. They are offering a “pay once” premium, but we believe it would be beneficial to wait a couple months until they roll out some new features/update their website before investing in $3o0 for a software as a service that looks quite elementary.
Kizoa might need some help with aesthetics and clunkiness.
Kizoa is a step in the right direction, they just need some help with aesthetics and clunkiness. We think they offer more options, varied templates, and a variety of exporting options, which is why they are placed at #6.
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If you’re looking for flashy template ideas and social media inspiration, Flyr is perfect for you and your brand. If your company or agency is interested in aesthetics and appealing to a millennial point of view, Flyr could also be the perfect online video maker.
Ease of Use
Flyr is simple to use. Simply sign up, select a style from their templates page, replace text with the desired message, and perhaps adjust the background video if it doesn’t fit, and voila! Simple and basic.
Flyr claims to have “millions” of HD videos available to use as part of their stock library. You can see a sneak peek below, as free trial users are limited to one singular download of a video they like.
You can choose to export your video in 1080p SD or HD, in different ratios (video formats). They allow you to download it to your computer if you are a paying customer.
Landscape, Square, and Portrait are available video formats/ratios for Flyr, pictured above. It is unclear if they plan on updating or adding more.
Flyr’s pricing plans are a little out there, especially with no concrete customization other than text and background. They are assuming their ready-made templates are formatted for every situation. We believe Annual Pro is the way to go, and if you need a one-on-one tutorial, submit a help desk ticket! It isn’t worth the extra 132 videos and tutorial. This is why we’ve ranked Flyr as #5.
Animoto has two services: Animoto Memories and Animoto Marketing. The former is used for more personalized social media or familial events, so we’ll be focusing on Animoto Marketing.
Ease of Use
Animoto prompts you to use two tutorials for either product, pictured above. They’re in-depth and easy to follow. Furthermore, when creating anything for the first time, they give you the option to follow them “step-by-step” as you create your first Business or Personal project.
It seems as though Animoto only offers a music library and templated stories. You can trim these down, but ultimately you’d have to add in the original content you’ve either shot yourself or bought/downloaded obtained elsewhere. This means you’d often have trouble with licensing your non-original content, instead of paying Animoto directly for access to their stock library.
Animoto offers two HD resolutions: 720p and 1080p as well as two SD resolutions: 360p and 480p.
Just launched their new square 1:1 format! They only have one other, it’s a landscape format with a 16:9 ratio.
They have 60 templates for you to choose from for all occasions, ranging from content teasers, mini photography sessions, to recipes, saving the date & remarking ads for YouTube. They do allow you to edit your font, colors, and sections.
The Business Plan is priced at $408 a year. For an online video maker to charge $400 for a service that has no library stock, license to resell, and one 30 minute consultation is rather steep.
However, Animoto does provide original templates, “memory styles” and unlimited custom colors. They also allow you to share your video through all mainstream social media, plus HubSpot, Vimeo, Wikipedia, and many more.
Animoto is a great product but has limited video formats, lack of HD resolution and quite a high pricing.
You can even download your project to your computer, but 1080p is reserved for exporting to social media websites only. Because of pricing, lack of HD resolution, and limited video formats, we’ve placed Animoto as #4.
Adobe Spark provides users with a couple of sophisticated tools. You can create customized graphics, web pages, and videos. We find that this is a fairly advanced tool, despite the ease of choosing templates.
There is also compatibility with educational programs, but we will be focusing on Spark for businesses & creating videos for this list. Feel free to check out their other products and tell us what you think of their take on an online video maker!
Ease of Use
Spark comes with tons of jam-packed templates. Their videos do a great job of inspiring thought and sparking (ha…) originality, but they can only be 30 seconds long.
Adobe Spark has access to something called Adobe Stock, which is royalty-free pictures provided by Adobe. When using them, there is are visible watermarks.
Our experience with exporting videos was quite a hassle with Spark. Unfortunately, you couldn’t download your project immediately, and doing so took time for the application to compress the images and transitions. We were puzzled since we made a basic video with a singular music track.
There are two formats available for use: landscape and square. We assume (since exact ratios were not given) that the ratios are 16:9 and 1:1.
Adobe Spark does wonders with their pre-set templates, and they’re geared towards optimizing their videos, graphics, and websites to match your exact flavor, style, necessary niche. Spark is one of the best tools to use in order to customize branding, but the downside is you must upgrade to a plan in order to do so.
The pricing for Adobe Spark gets tricky. If you’re a small business, you don’t need to think much about this. You can just use the individual plan, and it saves you the hassle of having to pay for every license you create for individual brands. Because Spark has advanced graphics and a high customizability feature, we felt it was apt to place it at #3 on our list. Their pricing is a major con.
Ease of Use
RenderForest wowed us with their step-by-step tutorial, making getting familiar with their features an absolute breeze. The templates page was a little lacking, if only in direction. The prompts they have are beautifully rendered and intricate, but that isn’t helpful when it’s difficult to use different categories, etc. You also cannot create something from scratch from what we saw, so that’s a tad troubling.
Renderforest boasts access to “115.000 + Royalty free Stock Footage” but as free/trial users, couldn’t find access to even a library to browse what they offer.
You can only export to YouTube or Facebook directly. You can also download the video to your computer with accompanying watermarks.
No video formats are supported, but you can download your project to your computer and render it how you prefer.
In the themes that we cycled through, we could only change the text and basic coloring of the effects. We find that the lack of customization may be attributed to the graphics Renderforest creates. This maintains Renderforest’s integrity of the graphics without sacrificing quality.
Renderforest has a little too much going on in their pricing department, if only because it reduces simplicity in choosing a plan that is right for you. On the upside, there is enough flexibility there for everybody. They do accept custom plans, but we find this leads to inconsistent pricing. With their advanced graphics, custom pricing (despite varied feedback, we think this makes companies happy), and massive stock library, we’ve chosen Renderforest as #2 on our list.
Wave.Video is a fantastic online video maker that fits small business needs, entrepreneurs, social media enthusiasts… just about anyone ready to make an online video.
Ease of Use
Wave.video is simple to use, and we’re not just saying that! The demos we provide make creating professional marketing videos easy! Check out our testimonials if you’re not sure, or check us out yourself by following this link.
Wave.video comes with the 200 million stock video and image library. Basically, it’s the biggest stock footage library among all other online video makers.
Even if you don’t have your own footage, Wave.video’s got you covered. From videos and images on just about anything – from work to New York -, you will be able to find the footage that suits your needs best.
When it comes to exporting options, you can share your videos directly on the following platforms: Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, Dropbox, Wistia, Vimeo, Google Drive, and HubSpot.
You can also download your video to your computer in the mp4 format.
Also, Wave.video allows you to create a white label preview link. What it means is that you will be able to share the video preview with other people without letting them know it was made in Wave.video. It comes in especially handy when you are an agency or just need to get a customer’s approval.
Wave.video has 30+ formats and ratios, and as stated below… “get square and vertical in a click!” With one touch of a button, you can switch from Facebook Covers, Instagram Stories, to YouTube.
This way, you can create one video and easily change the aspect ratio of it. It is helpful when you post on different platforms. For instance, Facebook and Twitter prefer square videos whereas landscape videos definitely work better on YouTube.
Wave.video comes with an extensive list of customization options. It is possible to upload your own fonts and logos. It is also possible to change the text color and watermark your videos.
There’s also a great feature called Branding. Basically, what it allows you to do is save presets of your custom colors, fonts, and logos. So that every time you create a video, you don’t have to choose a color or font: it’s all available at your fingertips.
There’s a free plan that offers all functionality but limited exporting options. It’s great for trying out Wave.video, though.
Paid plans start at $39/mo.
Each suggestion is tapered to and appeals to different audiences for particular reasons. Which one appeals to you or your brand/agency/business the most? What do you feel like creating after reading this? Tell us what you think in the comments below!