Content Samurai Review
There are many great things about Content Samurai, but there are also a couple of issues that I have with the app.
In this review you get to find out everything.
The good. The bad. And everything in between.
Here is my video review, but scroll down for the text version as it is more detailed and longer.
Overall Content Samurai is an amazing product so I’d like to start with the good and then go onto the bad.
This is your dashboard:
It contains all of the videos you’ve ever made, has a link to the Help section of the app, and lets you click on each video to edit it, clone it, or delete it.
This is what it each video looks like when you hover your mouse over it.
It’s pretty self explanatory.
The edit button gets you to the video-editing screen, the clone button copies the video and creates another one exactly like it, and the delete button deletes the video.
The UI looks very nice, but I think the performance is more important so let’s get down to it.
Creating Your Videos
The video creation process is very easy, simple, and quick.
You just go from top to bottom using the left sidebar.
You start by naming your video and creating the script.
Then you get to edit your slides.
You can bold certain words, underline words, italicize words and hide the text.
You can also select from 23 different themes. (You can find a list of them here.)
You also have the ability to add images to each slide, edit the layout with to have the image on the right, the left, behind the text, or have the text at the bottom or top of the screen.
You can also insert your own video in between slides and at the beginning of the video, so if you have an introductory video you’d like to use, you can do that straight in the program.
You can also merge the text on two slides into one slide, or split the text on one slide into two slides.
2017 Update: They added nearly 30 new themes and you can now create, edit, and save your own themes if you want to keep the branding consistent across all of your videos.
Recording the audio is a very simple process.
You click on the record button, it counts down, you record a sentence, and then you press next.
You record sentence by sentence and Content Samurai stitches the audio together when you’re done.
I love that you can record it sentence by sentence as this means that if you mess up, you only have to fix one small part of your audio and not start over from the very beginning.
2017 Update: You can now upload a previously created recording instead of recording it step by step in Content Samurai. This gives you the option of recording and editing it in Audacity to get rid of background noise and then uploading it to Content Samurai to let it sync it for you. I’m glad they listened!
The next step is the preview part.
Here you get to check if the video looks and sounds the way you want it to, and whether Content Samurai placed the slides in the right spot.
If the slides aren’t in the right spot you can move them around and pick when you want the slides to switch.
It’s very simple to do so and it requires you to listen through the video once while pressing a button every time you’d like a slide to switch. If you don’t like that you can also simply drag around the slide start times.
You can also add songs here and you get 20 songs worth $39.95 each for free!
That’s a $799 value that you get for free when you purchase the app!
You can get more information about the songs with a list of them here.
If the text and the audio don’t fit together well you can easily change the timing of the slides by using the record timing option.
It’s very intuitive and easy to use.
After that you can click on Generate Your Video, but another cool feature on this page is that if you use any images that require attribution, you can just copy the text that Content Samurai gives you and they take care of it for you.
You don’t have to copy and paste the source of each image. Just the short message in white.
After you click on Generate your Video it starts generating it.
At first I wasn’t sure whether it was done in the cloud or on my computer, but after further testing it seems like everything is done in the cloud as when I start the video generating process my CPU and RAM usage remains the same.
The time it takes to render the video varies greatly.
Last week it took me about 2 minutes to render a 2 minute video, but when I was doing the testing today the rendering process varied from 1.5 minutes to 10 minutes so I guess it depends on the load of their servers.
Another last great thing about this is that everything is done in the cloud.
You don’t need to waste storage on your computer or be worried that a hard drive crash will destroy your videos because it’s all stored online.
This also means that you don’t need to carry around your powerful video-rendering laptop and you can just use any computer with internet access.
Now even though the program is great, there are still some things I don’t like.
The biggest issue I have with it is that it doesn’t fix your audio.
If you have an average, or low-end microphone, like me then you probably use Audacity whenever you’re recording to make your voice sound better.
Content Samurai doesn’t have that feature encoded in it, so whatever sounds your microphone picks up is how you’re going to sound.
Of course you can try to edit the sound after downloading the video, but if you use background music (which you should), then it’s hard to edit just your voice without messing up the music.
Another problem is that it’s fairly expensive if you don’t have a discount.
$99 per month is pretty steep unless you’re making tons of sales and SEO videos, but the $47 per month price is very reasonable if you make 5-10 videos per month.
$5 per video?
There’s also no free-trial, but now I’m just being picky.
Content Samurai is a great piece of cloud-based software, and while the original price might be kind of steep, the discounted price is definitely worth it if you make more than 5 videos per month.
The biggest issue is not being to edit your voice audio quality in the program, but hopefully they’ll add something eventually.