Over the last couple of years video training has become an increasingly important aspect of eLearning. It is therefore not a surprise to see a plethora of new video authoring tools hit the market. All these authoring tools are in search of the same Holy Grail : offering advanced video capabilities while guarantying the ease of use of a consumer application. Most of the targe audience of these applications is composed of eLearning professionals, but not of video professionals.
Adobe Presenter Video Express is one of those tools, and probably one of the most successful at merging advanced functionalities and ease of use in the same application. Adobe Presenter Video Express 11 has been released on September 14th 2015 and continues in this tradition. It offers features that are more powerful than ever while maintaining its legendary ease of use.
Here is a small review of the most important new features.
1) Background replacement …. without the green screen.
The most surprising new feature of this version certainly is the ability to dynamically replace the background of your video. Until now, this capability was reserved to the professional video geeks with a green screen, a studio and a complicated software package at their disposal.
With Presenter Video Express 11, all you need to achieve the same effect is a relatively plain background (your office wall probably fits the bill) and a very simple three steps wizard, built into the application.
Step 1 - Take a snapshot of yourself
Let the application take a snapshot of yourself. All you need to pay attention to is to have a relatively uniform background. Nothing fancy, most of the time your office's wall will fit the bill.
Step 2 - Isolate yourself on the picture
In this step, you will use a very simple tool to select your silhouette on the snapshot taken at step 1.
Step 3 - Change your background
This is where the magic occurs! You can now change the background picture and choose among the backgrounds that ship with Adobe Presenter Video Express 11. Later in the process you'll even be able to choose a custom image as the background.
Once you’re through the wizard, just start recording your video as you did in previous versions of the application. This is Adobe magic at its best!
But that’s not all! Once the shooting of your video is finished, Adobe Presenter Video Express gives you access to even more video capabilities. Just click on the Magic Wand icon at the bottom of the screen to change your background even further, blur it and, of course, to choose a custom picture as the background.
This feature gives you the ability to express your graphical and pedagogical creativity without the need for an expensive green screen setup and complicated video software.
2) Other video effects
But, that’s not all!
Adobe Presenter Video Express 11 is also equipped with a large set of video effects presets that you can use to give your videos a specific identity.
Apply these presets to any or all of your video sources to achieve special effects very easily.
Anther great new feature, is the ability to add different kinds of annotations on your videos. This very simple tool was definitely missing in the previous versions. This is now fixed in Adobe Presenter Video Express 11!
4) Insert multiple choice questions right in the middle of your video
Finally, Adobe Presenter Video Express 11 offers the ability to add multiple choice questions in your videos. This remains very simple as compared to the features offered by Adobe Presenter and Captivate, but it will certainly fit the bill in many situations without the need of any extra software solution.
Personnaly, the only downside that I want to talk about is the price of this application. It will cost you 199 $ for a perpetual license or 9.99 / month for a subscription, which is slightly more expensive than many competing products. I think Presenter Video Express would greatly benefit from a more reasonable pricing.
But for the rest, Adobe Presenter Video Express pursue the Adobe tradition by giving us access to a power that used to be the proviledge of video Professionals, in a simple, easy to use software package. There is no doubts that this new version will help us express the full potential of both our graphical and pedagogical creativity.
Despite its price, Adobe Presenter Video Express certainly is a great tool and a good investment.
You can find more information on the Adobe.com website