Add Video Subtitles and/or Voiceovers in any Language to all your videos
Recastly is a web-based software that allows you to easily add subtitles and voiceovers in any language to your videos for your video advertising and (social media) marketing campaigns.
The app allows you to automatically generate subtitles with over 90% accuracy by just selecting/uploading your video where after you can preview and edit the individual subtitles one by one and choose whether you’ll show them word by word or line by line (with either one or two lines), and select your favorite font (type, color, size, color) and background color.
As part of the subtitle editing/design, you can resize your video and add 1 or 2 borders around your video in any color you want, and add your text inside these borders to get even more attention.
Plus you can add your own watermark and select out of 10 Subtitle Templates to give your video it’s own style.
As audio, you can just use the audio as recorded in the video, but you can also use the Voice Generator.
With this feature, you’ll leverage Amazon Polly, a Text to Speech service in 47 Voices and 24 Languages.
Now, you can transform and translate your (English) videos and speak to customers in their own language with natural sounding human voices and accents.
From within the app, you can upload your optimized videos to YouTube or Facebook, or the video can be exported to Vidello or you can send the download link by email.
How does Recastly work?
Just follow these easy 5 steps…
- Select your video Source. Either enter your YouTube, Facebook, or Vimeo URL. Or upload your video from your computer. And select your subtitle source and target language. Hit “Save & Next Step” and the application will automatically generate the video subtitles for you (in the target language).
- Edit your Subtitles. Per time stamp, you can preview the video and watch how the subtitles come up. If your not happy, just change the text if necessary line by line, and select your font preferences (size, color, B/I/U).
- Design your subtitles styling and video surroundings. Select one of the 12 styling Templates. Or select your own font preferences (type, size, color, B/I/U) and background & opacity settings. In this step, you can also add a watermark, and resize your video and add 1 or 2 borders around your video in any color you want, and add your text inside these borders.
- Add a Voicover with the Voice Generator. Just select your Polly Text To Speech voice model and set your Pitch, Volume, and Speed levels.
- Export your video. If you are ready with editing/refining, you can export your new video and either:
- Upload video to YouTube.
- Upload video to Facebook (Personal Page, Fanpage, Group you manage)
- Get an email with your download link.
- Export to Vidello.
Watch this full demo by the creator himself…
What makes Recastly so special?
As far as I know, Recastly is the first video subtitle creator app with all these amazing features together in one application.
Are there alternatives?
Although you can add captions to YouTube videos, YouTube’s features are not that excellent in comparison to Recastly.
Recastly has a way higher accuracy to show the words (or lines) exactly on time.
Furthermore, it’s very easy to adjust a single time stamp (word by word) and to use/select your font and color styling preferences. And then brand the subtitles into the video itself.
So, in short, Recastly outperforms the built-in YouTube caption features and is much easier, flexible, faster, and more accurate.
Also, the YouTube captions can only be used on YouTube itself. Or you have to download the subtitle file and upload it together with your main video f.e. to Facebook. Resulting in a less “smoothly” video/audio integration.
Of course, you want your videos with subtitles to be seen on social media as well, and especially on Facebook where over 80% of the users have muted the audio by default.
And with the text bars above/below the video, you can grab more attention.
Hence, with Recastly you’ll get optimized videos that you can use everywhere.
Are there any shortcomings?
First, there are some limitations with respect to the main front-end product, Recastly Premium.
By just buying the main front-end, your video will have the Recastly branding, i.e. a short line added at the end of video as a subtitle which says: “Subtitles Created By Recastly.net”
Also, you are not allowed to upload videos with a length above 10 minutes.
Plus your new rendered videos will be HQ but not in the highest 4K resolution.
The only way to get rid of these 3 limitations, is by buying the Pro version upgrade (see below).
Furthermore as it’s a cloud-based solution, the video rendering time will depend on overall usage of the vendor’s hosting capacity and number of active users at the moment of rendering.
During my test, the rendering was quit fast, but I don’t know how the app performs with many users.
That said, Sam Bakker has launched many SaaS applications and knows what’s he doing. So, in the long run, I won’t expect real issues (maybe some incidentally and temporarily hiccups in the beginning as I expect many people to take advantage of this offer).
Finally, you have many choices with respect the Polly voices in languages and M/F accents, but you’ll always hear that these are computer voices.
Also, be in mind that there are 4 separate (sequential) automated actions:
- Speak to text conversation in the original language.
- (Optional) Text translation from original language to new language.
- Showing text at the right moment of speaking in the video.
- (Optional) Voiceover of text in either original language or translated language.
Of course, the software isn’t perfect. Hence, in any step, the software will make some “mistakes”.
For example in step 1, maybe the app won’t hear the voice properly, or it can’t find the right word(s), and instead uses a “soundalike” word. (Note: you can adjust/edit the text)
In step 2 the translation can go wrong due to context or different meaning of words. (Again, you can adjust/edit the text thereafter)
In step 3, a text in translated language will have (by definition) a different length than in the original language. Hence, the occurrence of show sentences/lines or words can be just a little less smoothly. (Note: that you can adjust the Pitch and Speak levels)
In step 4, if the words were incorrect in the prior steps (and you didn’t edit them), the spoken sentence will have less meaning (or is complete nonsense).
So, don’t expect every step to be 100% accurate, and the more steps you’ll use, the result will be less accurate (without manual editing). But overall, Recastly uses the best translation (Google) and text-to-speech features (Amazon) as are available in the market right now.
Why should you buy Recastly?
Because it’s the only application I know about with these amazing features.
It not only allows you to easily and instantly add Video Subtitles and natural Voiceovers in ANY language to your videos with the click of a button. But you can also add colored borders around your video with your CTAs, and it comes with easy one-click YouTube or Facebook upload. Hence, Recastly is a huge conversion booster that any Video Marketer truly needs.
I really like this app.
And if you’ll buy the Agency license, you can sell subtitled videos for big bucks to your local clients or anyone interested in high quality attention grabbing videos with subtitles. Or you can give access to the application as your own service!
Probably the best agency license I have seen the last years!
For a limited time, you can get access to the Recastly Premium for a price of $37.00.
The offer has a 30 day no questions money back guarantee period.
Upsells and OTOs
The first upsell is the possibility to upgrade to Recastly Pro ($27.00 p/m or $97.00 p/y).
Pro comes with all the features that are in Premium plus the ability to upload videos that are longer than 10 minutes, 5 additional templates each month, ability to turn of Recastly branding, ability to export videos in as it is resolution (including 4k) and much more…
As second upsell, you can get Recastly Agency ($197.00) that lets you create Recastly accounts under your Agency. Agency users can also upload their own logo and use their own domain name to sell Recastly and keep 100% of the profits.
As third and final upsell, you can get the Reastly Video Player ($27.00 p/m or $97.00 p/y). This is a video player that is not required to show your Recastly videos. Look at the features on the sales page and check for yourself whether this player is something you can use.
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