In this DemoCreator review, I will tell you everything you need to know about the software; that’s the
- What you get for your money
- And my honest thoughts
So, let’s not waste any more time and get into the details.
What is DemoCreator?
DemoCreator is a screen recording and simplified video editing software by Wondershare.
With DemoCreator, you can record your computer screen, including presentations and games, and edit the content with their built-in video editor.
Some of you may have heard of the recent Filmora Scrn software, which is no longer available. Well, DemoCreator is the reincarnation of Filmora Scrn. I’ll go into more detail below on what’s different in DemoCreator.
Let me start of this DemoCreator review by talking about how much the software will cost you.
There are 2 DemoCreator price plans:
- Annual Plan – $32.99
- Perpetual (lifetime) Plan – $59.99
As the name suggests, the Annual Plan is an ongoing yearly fee, which gives you access to the latest updates of DemoCreator.
If you don’t want to go down the recurring fee route, then their Perpetual Plan gives you lifetime access to that version of DemoCreator. However, once a major update hits, you will have to purchase another perpetual licence if you want the latest version.
Is there a free trial of DemoCreator?
Yes, there is a free trail of DemoCreator.
What’s great is that there isn’t a time limit on the trial, you can use it for as long as you want; however, exported videos will have a watermark on them.
Let me now shift this DemoCreator review by discussing what you get for your money.
Here are what I believe to be the key features of DemoCreator:
- Record screen and camera
- Screen drawing tool
- 20 title presets
- >40 annotations
- 60 stickers
- 16 transitions
- Video effects (green screen, pan and zoom)
- 5 cursor effects
- 3 audio settings
- Various export options
Record screen and camera
DemoCreator is designed to primarily be a screen recorder, so let’s start by talking about the recording features.
Once the software starts, you have the option to instantly record your screen or jump into the built-in video editor.
The recording bar in DemoCreator is pretty intuitive.
For the Recording Area, you can choose between:
- Full screen
- Custom size
- Target window
If you have a game running, there are also dedicated options to capture the game footage.
As well as capturing your screen, there are also options to simulateously capture media from a microphone, camera and system audio.
If you explore the settings, you can also tweak the frame rate for the screen recording (15, 24, 25, 30, 50, 60 or 120 FPS).
It’s also worth noting that screen recordings are saved as MP4 files. This makes it easier to edit your recordings with your favorite video editor, if you don’t decide to use DemoCreator’s.
Screen drawing tool
A cool new feature that’s been added since the Filmora Scrn days is the screen drawing tool.
The tool allows you to add text, shapes and freehand line drawings to your screen while you are recording.
The tools available are:
If you’re wondering, Spotlight is used to place a halo around the cursor while darkening the rest of the screen – perfect for grabbing the viewers attention.
Each drawing tool allows you to specify the size and color of the effect.
Overall, the tools worked great for me. I can see them being a particular hit with teachers who like to use a whiteboard style approach to their tutorials.
DemoCreator comes with 20 title presets for you to use.
Here you will find a selection of titles to use as openers, lower thirds, subtitles and credits.
For these titles, you can adjust the text in terms of the font, color, border and shadow; however, you cannot adjust the animations of the presets.
If you’re wanting to add a simple textbox without using the title presets, then this is available under the Annotations options.
As well as title presets, there are also a range of annotations for your to play with in DemoCreator.
Annotations are split into different types:
- Dialog boxes
- Lines and arrows
- Sketch animation
Dialog boxes include basic text boxes, as well as various types of speech bubbles.
As the name suggests, lines and arrows are a selection of their namesakes. You can also change the color of each through the settings options.
It’s worth noting that these objects are static, but there are some animated arrows in the sketch animations category.
Sketch animations are a range of arrows and shapes that have a drawing animation attached to them. These remind me a lot of those available in Camtasia, if you’ve had experience using that before. Unfortunately, you cannot adjust the drawing time though.
Finally, there are a selection of simple shapes to pick from, including hollow and solid versions.
As well as annotations, there are also 60 different stickers that you can add to your videos.
Most stickers are static images, but there are a few animated ones, such as emojis and hand gestures.
Stickers are separated into different categories:
- Animation effect
- Social media
Overall, the stickers are a nice extension of the annotations. I can see these being a bit hit with gaming content creators.
A welcomed addition for DemoCreator after upgrading from Filmora Scrn is the ability to add transitions to your videos.
In total, DemoCreator has 16 different transitions to pick from.
There are some generic transition styles, such as the box turn; however, I was happy to see more slick-looking effects including their morph and warp transition. I’ve loved the warp transition ever since using Filmora.
Under the Effects tab, you’ll find 4 different video effects that you can apply to your clips; these are:
- Pan & Zoom
The GreenScreen option allows you to apply chroma key compositing; an effect that is usually only found in more premium video editors. Here you can select a color (either from the palette or picker) and have it removed from the video.
The Pan & Zoom effect let’s you do as the name suggest. By applying this, you can control the movement of the camera to give the illusion of panning or zooming. Simply adjust the Start (purple) and End (green) boxes in the editor and DemoCreator will apply the movement for you.
The Cinema21:9 effect will let you add a border to your video to give the effect of a widescreen shot.
Finally, the Mosiac option allows you to insert a blurred rectangle onto the video. This is a useful tool when you want to hide certain bits on a video, such as your email address.
With DemoCreator there are 5 different cursor effects you can apply to your videos to change how your cursor looks and sounds.
The cursor effects available are:
Unlike some other screen recording software, these cursor effects are applied whilst editing your video, rather than applying them before the screen recording.
It’s also worth noting that you can apply multiple cursor effects to the same video; so, if you wanted to have click sounds with a cursor highlight, you can.
Additionally, you can adjust the scale and opacity of the cursor through the standard video settings. This means you can make the cursor larger, or even remove it all together.
When it comes to audio, there are just 3 settings that you can adjust; these are:
The denoise is a useful effect to play with when you are recording voice overs. You simply enable the denoise option and select a desired level.
Various export options
When it comes to exporting or rendering videos in DemoCreator, there are two options: save to your computer or upload directly to YouTube.
If you’re exporting your projects locally, there are 6 files types you can select from:
During the export wizard, you can also adjust the video and audio settings. Interestingly, there is an option to render videos at a super smooth 240 FPS!
If your a YouTuber, then you’ll be happy to see a direct upload to YouTube option. All you need to do is to sign-in with your YouTube account and you’re good to go.
DemoCreator minimum system requirements
If you’re thinking of purchasing DemoCreator, then you want to be sure your computer can run the software, otherwise you’ll waste your money!
Below, I have included the minimum system requirements for DemoCreator.
Note, if your wanting a better performance during recording and editing, it’s better to have a bit more power on hand.
|System||Windows 7 (64-bit)|
|Processor||Intel i3 or better multicore processor (≥2 GHz)|
|RAM||3 GB (8 GB for HD/4K videos)|
|Disk space||2 GB (SSD for HD/4K videos)|
|System||macOS v10.13 (High Sierra)|
|Processor||Intel i5 or better multicore processor (≥2 GHz)|
|RAM||8 GB (16 GB for HD/4K videos)|
|Disk space||10 GB (SSD for HD/4K videos)|
If you’re in need of help using DemoCreator, then you can always refer to their User Guide or YouTube channel for support.
The User Guide is a collection of written articles that will describe how to use DemoCreator for screen recording and video editing.
Something that Wondershare do very well is that they are very active on YouTube. They have a dedicated DemoCreator YouTube channel where you will find short how-to video tutorials on using the software – it’s certainly worth checking out even if you don’t have the software.
3 things I like about DemoCreator
So, that’s what you get for your money with DemoCreator. Let me know shift this DemoCreator review to discussing some of my likes and dislikes about the software.
Considerable upgrade from Filmora Scrn
Having previous highlighted some of the features missing with it’s predessessor Filmora Scrn, I was really pleased to see them being addressed in DemoCreator.
Notably, there are now some transitions and the ability to pan and zoom your videos. This means that most people have all the tools they need to record and edit within DemoCreator; there’s no need to purchase separate editing software.
Great drawing tools
Being an avid online educator who mainly uses Camtasia to record and edit my videos, I was particularly interested to see the drawing tools in DemoCreator.
They worked really well for me; I can see them being very useful for what I do. With the drawing tools, I can scribble and highlight bits on the fly without having to edit them in afterwards. I know some students appreciate these live annotations.
Still super cheap
Given the new features being introduced with DemoCreator, I was predicting a big bump in their price.
However, I was happy to see the price still remains very competitive. You’ll struggle to find a comparable software for a cheaper price.
3 things I don’t like about DemoCreator
So, that’s the main things I like about DemoCreator. I’ll now move on to some of the things I don’t like about the program.
Lack of animations for objects
It’s great that there are so many objects and annotations to add to your videos; however, most of these are just static images with no option to apply an animation to it.
It would be cool to see a set of animations available for the objects, rather than having to apply transitions to them. I feel like applying transitions as a workaround doesn’t give the same effect as having dedicated animations.
Leaves me wanting more editing power
With the boost in editing capabilities with DemoCreator, it leaves me wanting just a little bit more. Sure, the title presets are great, but I’d love to be able to tweak them even more through keyframing, which isn’t possible in DemoCreator.
However, I understand that DemoCreator is mainly aimed at screen recordings, with a bit of editing features sprinkled in. Otherwise, Wondershare would just be creating a Filmora clone, I suppose.
Not compatible with FilmStock assets
If you don’t know already, Wondershare have created a royalty-free library of video effects, audio, and stock media called FilmStock.
However, their video effects are only compatible with Filmora and there are no assets that can be used in DemoCreator (that I can see anyway).
It would be great to have at least some, maybe a few more annotations or title presets, available that can be used with DemoCreator.
If you don’t think DemoCreator is for you, then I recommend having a look at these alternatives:
- Camtasia (have a read of my Camtasia review)
- Filmora (I’ve also got a Filmora review)
1. Does DemoCreator have a watermark?
When using the free trial of DemoCreator, any exported videos will have a watermark added to them.
If you want to remove the watermark, you just have to purchase a licence.
DemoCreator review: Wrapping up
And, that’s a wrap on my rather long DemoCreator review.
If you’re on the fence about purchasing DemoCreator, I really hope you found this review useful. Also, don’t forget to take advantage of their completely free trial to see what DemoCreator can do for you.
I have no hesitations in recommending DemoCreator for anyone on a tight budget that’s after a screencast software.
If you can stretch your budget, then I seriously recommend considering Filmora, which is also a combined screen recorder and video editor, but has wayyyy more editing features; have a look at my Filmora review and see what you think.
Let me know in the comments below what you think!
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