Content writing is expensive and difficult.
If you are a business owner, content manager, or blogger, you might think your blog posts are amazing and well worth receiving lots of traffic and readers. However, the problem is your blog didn't end up receiving as much traffic as you thought it deserved.
In order to reach their traffic goals, many writers apply the concept of 'content repurposing' in order to help the article receive more exposure. So, in other words, they use the exact same content over and over again in different types of formats. For example, your long article can be turned into a professional infographic which carries some of the entire story's key points, or you could create a cheat sheet that summarizes the article or turn your article into a story audio or video. Then you can take those various formats of the same content and post them on different content distribution channels like Infographic sharing sites, Slideshare, Vimeo, Youtube, etc.
Every content distribution platform has its own audience, with SoundCloud having more than 76 million users (source), Slideshare having over 70 million users (source), and video platforms having billions of combined users. So obviously it is worth your effort and time to create content to distribute on those platforms, especially considering that you don't have to build new ones completely from scratch but just need to properly re-use them.
In this article, I will be discussing how you can turn your article, into a video very quickly by using a very handy web-based tool called Viomatic.
Why use Viomatic? Because it is really easy to use and will very quickly turn your article into a quality video in just a few minutes.
All you need to do is put the URL of your article or blog post, upload the image that you want to use as your slide video, and add your title. Then click on the 'Create video' button and in less than 5 minutes you will have professional slideshow video of your article.
A slide video created by Viomatic >>
The thing that I really love about the Viomatic software is that it is very inexpensive compared to other similar video maker software programs that do the same thing. They even provide you with a free trial to try it out.
Their paid plans are fair and simple:
You purchase these as a package that can be used within 1 year. There is no additional monthly fee, which is really nice.
Not everyone has a nice voice to use in their videos, and if you aren't a native speaker, then it can be pretty expensive to hire a voice-over artist. On freelance sites such as Fiverr, you can get 30-60 seconds of voice-over audio files for $5. So, creating a simple 3-5 minute video will cost you $20 or more. And we don't want to have unnecessary expenses when we are repurposing our written content into video format.
So the fact that you get a high-quality text-to-speech feature with this software is a nice added bonus. I had been searching all over the web for text-to-speech and found that there are many free text-to-speech software programs that are available. However, the problem with many of them is that the voice is too robotic and you could be faced with copyright infringement if used for creating videos. Most free text-to-speech programs are for personal use and do not come with commercial use rights. The ones that do deliver a natural human-like voice and offer commercial rights are all expensive.
That is why finding the video creation software Viomatic that also comes with a text-to-speech feature was very exciting for me.
If you want to distribute your content to audio sharing platforms like SoundCloud, then you will be killing two birds with one stone. Because you can use the text-to-speech feature to create a slide video and then extract the audio and file and upload it to all of the relevant platforms.
To create your video, you are going to need to add an image to the software program. Viomatic allows you to find photos on Pixabay by just entering a keyword that relates to your article and you will be given results that you can choose from later.
There are two different methods that you can use to transform your written content into a video. The first method is to put your URL into the functional box and then click on the 'Convert To Video' button. The software will then scrape the photo from your original article and scrape the content which you can then change in the text editor however you want. If you want to delete or add more photos, you can do that in the dashboard prior to taking the final step in creating your video.
The second method that you can use is to simply add your article in the software. You can rewrite and tweak the article from inside of the text editor located on the dashboard. You will then need to add a photo by manually uploading one or using a stock photo from Pixabay.
This process is simple and easy. However, the video that Viomatic creates will be a simple slide style video. With a 2-5 minute long video, if you want to make it more attractive you may want to add 10-20 photos to the video. However, the problem with that is the image feature in the software is quite buggy. In order to be safe, you might not want to add so many photos in with your slides.
You may find the available photos from Pixabay are too limited. If you're looking for an alternative cheap paid option, StockUnlimited would be a good choice for affordable stock photography site that offered wide range categories of stock photo .