As a screen recorder, especially for recording games, Ezvid is pretty sweet. For audio and recording, it’s not so great.
First, the controversial topic of music in Ezvid.
Ezvid comes with about 65 tracks which you can use with your videos.
The genre is not quite identifiable, but seems to range from fairly weird and dark electronica like “Rudow”, to fully silly euro-dance like “Rock Me Out.”
Actually a bit of research reveals that some of the music tracks included with Ezvid are actually fairly well known European dance hits — for example this one.
But in any case, the very first thing people want to know is:
1. How can I use my own music in Ezvid?
2. How can I add music to Ezvid?
3. Can Ezvid import MP3s?
It seems that the creators of Ezvid are very scared of YouTube’s copyright police. It is true that Ezvid is dependent on the YouTube API, and YouTube could probably cut them off with about ten minutes of work. And it is true that Youtube (owned by google) is starting to chase down software developers who are basing their YouTube API applications around piracy — see here.
But is it a bit draconian to actually prevent users from using their “own” music? (i.e., music that happens to reside on their hard drive.)
On their website, Ezvid has made a quite scary “why you can’t use your own music” post — see here.
But I actually have a THEORY.
MY THEORY ABOUT MUSIC IN EZVID:
I am a genius and I have a theory. I think that although Ezvid seems really simple, underneath it is quite complex, and I think that the developers set up their rendering engine (i.e. the code that actually creates the videos) in such a way that mp3 and WAV imports would be impossible. I think that if Ezvid could, they would allow you to use your own music. But they can’t. They’d have to re-write their software from scratch.
This is just my theory.
In any case. If you want to make videos and use your own music, and aren’t worried about your YouTube account getting terminated because some music executive doesn’t believe in free music, then I would suggest this.
So for now, just stop complaining about this. Move on.
UPDATE MAY 2013: I expect that very few people who visit this site actually know how to read. Judging from the comments and emails I’ve gotten, most of you are complete idiots. However, if you are reading these words, congratulations, you win a lucky cookie, and you can now find out something awesome: With the new version of Ezvid released in May 2013, the jerks who run Ezvid have finally done something decent and allowed users to import their own music. To use your own MP3 or WAV file is easy — just scroll to the *bottom* of the music list and choose “use my own”.
Next — what if you want NO music in your video. Want it to be actually silent. Want to get rid of the background music.
Strangely, Ezvid doesn’t allow this. Huh? Silence is banned too?
Now, see my THEORY above. I think that somehow during the development process, Ezvid closed the doors to soundtrack flexibility, and they don’t know how to get back. They don’t admit this publicly, but it’s the only explanation I can think of.
But, before you give up entirely, take a look at this:
What’s that?!? A music track called “Silent Machine”?
So you are telling me that Ezvid doesn’t allow silence, and yet provides a music track that is actually nearly silent?
OK. Next subject.
Voice recording in Ezvid.
These three buttons all create audio
Once audio is created, it appears as this somewhat silly green bar with white lines in it.
The first thing to know is that all audio recording in Ezvid is destructive.
That means that there is no undo available. Anything you record is automatically recorded over the thing you recorded before it. I know, it’s crazy, but that’s how it works.
If you want to change anything you’ve recorded, you have to right-click on the audio timeline and choose “clear recordings”
Also, something to understand about audio recorded in Ezvid: It’s all normalized.
For those of you who are interested, you can read this article on audio normalization.
Or you can just keep this in mind: Anything you record in Ezvid is automatically increased to maximum volume. This has advantages and disadvantages:
THE ADVANTAGE OF NORMALIZATION
If you have not-so-great microphone, and your audio levels are low, (note: you can watch this video to learn how to turn up your microphone for ezvid) then this “normalization” thing is pretty awesome, because
THE DISADVANTAGE OF NORMALIZATION
If you record audio, and don’t make any decent noise into your microphone, Ezvid is too dumb to know this, and will go ahead and increase the volume of what you recorded…. which is usually just static and the sound of air moving…. and that’s when you get static. Really nasty static.
This can be frustrating. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.
Finally, what I believe Ezvid’s actually most cool feature:
That’s right. Super futuristic. Just do this.
1. Make a text slide (no profanity please).
2. Click the “synthesize speech” button
And Ezvid whizzes through the timeline, writing speech synthesis directly under any and all text slides.
Again, if you want to delete any audio, you’ve got to delete ALL of it. This is one of the worst things about Ezvid and it is what sets Ezvid clearly as a non-professional solution. Go get yourself a copy of Adobe Premiere if you want to have real audio flexibility.
OK, now that you’re good and pissed off about Ezvid’s crap audio functionality, I’m going to brighten the corners a bit with my next subject: Screen Recording With Ezvid.