Online HD Video-Creation Service

The video-production learning curve presents a greater level of difficulty than photo editing; however, video can add value to your services. For those who aren't fluent in Adobe After Effects or Premiere, creating professional videos may seem overwhelming, but there are video-production options that offer a WYSIWYG approach.

ProShow Web from Photodex is an online video-creation service that produces mobile to full 1080p resolution output using your content and their templates. It's easy: Simply set up your account, select a theme, upload your photos and videos, add effects (if desired), and choose your background music. Then, by clicking the appropriate navigation tab, you can edit effects, text, and content order. Note: Watching the rendered video is important, because the effect previews aren't low-resolution views of your content; they're just a basic description.

Once you're satisfied, Photodex can host the video for you to link to, or you can add and share it on Facebook and other social networks, embed it in your site or blog, or you download it. After a few tries, I found it easier to download the finished video and upload it to a personal YouTube account to preview with clients.

ProShow Web Free includes up to 15 photos and videos (10-second max for each video clip) with two effects, audio clips, and sharing abilities. ProShow Plus ($30 per year) includes DVD ISO exports, up to 500 items (12-minute max for entire slide show), and unlimited effects. Premium subscriptions ($150 per year) offers HD downloads and a license for commercial use. Special theme packs are available for purchase, and a free plug-in for Adobe Lightroom is also available. In terms of quality, ProShow Web is definitely worth a look! (For a sample video that I created visit

Company: Photodex Corporation
Price: Free; Plus: $30/yr; Premium: $150/yr
Rating: 4
Hot: Easy; excellent quality; cost-effective; sharing
Not: Effects previews