By guest blogger Adam Drew
I love teaching people about technology. I love it so much, in fact, that I started making videos to help people get more out of their tech. That’s how my Modern Windows Fan video channel on YouTube was born. But before I could teach others, I had to learn how to make videos and get them online. So I hit the Windows Store and started looking for apps that would help me in my new project. I tried a couple of different video editing apps, but I knew my search was over when I found ArcSoft ShowBiz.
I’m no video pro, but I knew there were some features that I definitely needed in a video editor. I needed to be able splice different clips together, add text for title cards, import pictures so I could add my own custom graphics, apply transitions to move between clips, and import music files to add background music. ShowBiz has all of these features. It has some other features that are important to me too, like the fact that it is a Windows Store app so I know it is safe and secure, and that it will work just as well with touch as it will with a mouse and keyboard. Both of my Windows PCs are tablets, so I definitely want all my software to be touch-friendly.
When I first got ShowBiz, I spent a lot of time just exploring the interface and seeing what I could do with it. I found that I was pretty surprised by how powerful it is, while also being very simple to use. I didn’t need to read a manual or consult for help – I just messed around recording and importing videos, then experimented with what I could do. It didn’t take long before I felt comfortable with the interface and was able to produce videos that I thought were pretty high quality. I’ve been using ShowBiz for a few months now and at this point I’m very comfortable with it.
To describe what’s possible with ShowBiz, I figure it makes sense to run through my workflow and explain some of what I do when I’m making my tutorial videos for Modern Windows Fan. I use a lot of different apps to make my videos, but I tie everything together in ShowBiz.
Want to see it for yourself? Check out my nifty tutorial:
Firstly, I begin with a screen recording app to capture what’s displayed on my screen into a video file. Once the screen recorder is running, I start making my video. I use the camera app in a snapped view to record myself speaking, while on the rest of the screen I have the app open that I’m making the video about. Once I’m done recording, I stop the screen recorder and export the result of that to a video file. Now I’m ready to get to work in ShowBiz and turn my raw video into something worth publishing.
I start by creating a new project in ShowBiz and importing the video I recorded in the screen recording software. After I have the video imported, I use the timeline in ShowBiz to edit the video. Sometimes I just need to edit the beginning to get the video starting and stopping at the right time, but for other videos I sometimes have to do lots of edits to get rid of mistakes or sequences that didn’t work well after I watched them. Depending on how extreme the edits are, I sometimes place a transition to make the flow between clips more natural. Once I’m happy with the editing work, I import a picture file of my Modern Windows Fan logo and place it at the beginning of the video as a sort of intro title card. I play with the pan and zoom settings of the picture to get those right, and I add some title text with the name of the episode or app I’m covering. Finally, I import the background music I made in FL Studio Groove to use as my background music and change the volume levels of the video and music so it sounds just right. After reviewing the video it is ready to export for uploading to YouTube. I export all my videos in HD so that people watching on YouTube can watch full screen and see all of the details.
ShowBiz is a really cool app that can do a lot, including a bunch of stuff I didn’t even have room to cover here. If you want to make videos, whether it’s for an online project like mine, or if you want to compile your home movies in a more professional and impressive way, ShowBiz is most definitely the best app out there for the job. It’s fun to use, easy, and the results are awesome.
About the author
Adam Drew is a software developer, writer, musician and artist living in Raleigh, N.C. His professional background is in software development and support engineering with a focus on storage, kernels and file-systems. In addition to his professional pursuits, Adam is passionate about technology’s ability to empower people and spends much of his time educating and advocating for creativity through technology. Adam enjoys using technology to create new and interesting things, from apps and music to photography and writing. He creates education videos and tutorials on his Modern Windows Fan channel on YouTube, blogs and publishes free resources at modernwindowsfan.com, and is the co-host of The Surface Show podcast with Jim Hunt at thesurfaceshow.com. Adam and his wife Jamie love to travel, whether it’s visiting the ocean or exploring the mountains of North Carolina – always with their pit-bull Cassie in tow.
Adam can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or @adamrdrew on Twitter.