Content Samurai Review

Welcome to my review of Content Samurai.

Content Samurai is a web-based software that allows you to create professional looking videos in a matter of minutes.

It is a game changer for those of us who may not like creating videos because of shyness or just don’t like being in front of a camera. For me it’s both, I feel uncomfortable recording videos plus my mind goes blank and I end up just staring into the camera like a nerd.

Having a video marketing strategy for your business is more important than ever, according to research by CISCO, videos will drive more than 80% of internet traffic by the year 2022.

Also, people love consuming content through video, they are 4 times more likely to purchase a product or service after watching a video about it.

Other stats that amplify the need for a good video marketing strategy;

  • 90% of consumers rely on video to make a purchasing decision.
  • Content with videos can increase conversions by 80%
  • 64% of online consumers will make a purchase after watching a video.
  • According to digital marketing expert Dr James McQuivery, 1 minute of video is equivalent to 1.8 million words!!
  • Over 500 hours of videos are watched daily on YouTube
  • A staggering 1/3 of online browsing done watching videos
  • Videos on social media get 12 times more shares than other forms of content.

So, there is no doubt that having a video marketing plan is essential for your business if it is to compete and succeed in this digital age.

However, creating high-quality videos can end up costing you a lot of money, you will either have to purchase expensive video editing software many of which can take a while to master or you can outsource the production.

If you are a small-time blogger like me, the above is not really an option and from a time management point of view, not very efficient.

Unless you are a full-time vlogger, you do not want to be wasting hours on video creation when you could be spending that time working on your site.

Luckily there is a far more efficient solution and is creating high-quality videos through Content Samurai.

Content Samurai Review

Content Samurai is a web-based software application that will allow you to create high-quality videos with little effort even if you have no prior experience.

The team behind Content Samurai are also the developers of Market Samurai one of the most well-known keyword research tools on the market.

Content Samurai was released in 2015 and is probably the best video creation software of its kind.

Creating videos with Content Samurai is very simple and straight forward. The hardest part will probably be coming up with a script for your video ( hardest for me anyway) however if you intend to use music tracks, then this will not be an issue.

Inside The Members Area

Once you are inside the member’s area, you will be presented with the following screen.

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The interface is clean and easy to understand, there is not a huge learning curve and is another aspect of this software that I really like.

They have developed software for everyone but especially for beginners who have little experience with video creation.

To start creating a video, you just click on the big blue button that says ‘Create a new video’ and you will be taken to the screen below.

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Content Samurai gives you 5 options on the type of video you want to create.

These are;

1. Video from your article

2. Videos for your online course

3. A sales video

4. Video for social media

5. Real estate videos

After you have chosen what type of video you want to create ( I usually go for the first option) and selected one of the templates, you will need to provide a name and a script for your video.

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For SEO purposes make sure the video title includes your target keyword.

If you have a script for your video, you can enter this in the text area. One thing to remember is to have complete sentences if you are going to be using the text to speech technology for your videos.

Otherwise, the automated voice will read the whole script in one go without stopping and it sounds very bad.

You also get options on how you want Content Samurai to structure your slides, you can either;

  • Have Content Samurai Automatically choose the slide layouts
  • Have one slide per sentence
  • Have one slide per paragraph
  • Or one slide per phrase.

I usually let Content Samurai automatically choose the styles for me, however, whichever option you choose, you can still edit the slides later if they are not to your liking.

You also have the option of letting the software choose what type of images and video clips to insert into your slides (inserting video clips was also another upgrade they recently made). It does this by analysing your text and then inserting relevant images and clips.

Once you have entered your script and chosen your options, just hit the big blue button on the bottom right and the software will go and create your video.

It does not take more than a few minutes for Content Samurai to put together the relevant slides to create your video.

Once your video has been created you can go through each slide and make any edits you want. You can make transition changes, add Ken Burns effects and even animate the text.

Your next option will be to choose what kind of sound you want for your video, you have 4 options for this.

You can either;

1. Choose one of the royalty free music tracks provided by Content Samurai

2. Use the text to speech technology and choose one of 14 different automated voices ( I mostly use this option)

3. Record your own voice

4. Upload a track or voice

You will then get to preview your video where you can edit the timing of each slide transition so that it syncs perfectly with whatever background track you have.

After you are happy with the final version you can download the video into your device and start sharing it with your audience.

The videos are also stored on the Content Samurai servers so you can go back and edit your videos as many times as you want.

The video creation process is really as simple as I have explained.

Who Is Content Samurai For?

It’s for any business looking to create a video marketing strategy without the huge production costs.

As an affiliate marketer, this is a great software that will allow me to easily create videos for products and services that I want to recommend.

I mainly use the software to turn my blog posts into video format. 

This is called content repurposing and is something learned from the lovely Anna Hoffman who runs a fantastic blog called traffic generation café ( by the way it was through Anna’s blog that I also came across Content Samurai ).

I can then upload these videos on to different video platforms like YouTube and Daily Motion.

Repurposing your content allows you to reach a wider audience and give your content more exposure. This is also a good way of getting powerful backlinks the natural way and giving your original article some SEO power to move it up the search engine.

This is how I mainly use Content Samurai, but there are plenty of other ways to utilise this software.

You can use Content Samurai to create the following types of video

  • Videos for social media, Facebook videos are more likely to get shared than on any other platform.
  • Local marketing videos, lots of people use Content Samurai for this purpose.
  • Videos for advertising
  • Videos for your online courses.

I am sure there are other ways you can use Content Samurai for your business, you just have to be a little creative.

Content Samurai Features

What I really like about Content Samurai is the continuous upgrades and improvements to the system.

Some of the recent updates have really impressed me, for example, one of the upgrades they made late last year was the addition of automated voice overs.

So, instead of you having to read your video script ( which I do not like doing), Content Samurai has 14 different texts to speech voice-overs that will read the script for you.

Not only that but unlike many of the other software tools with text to speech technology that sound robotic, Content Samurai voice overs are the most realistic I have heard.

However, you can also add your own voice or any kind of music track. They provide a wide selection of royalty-free tracks or you can upload your own.

Another huge update they made was partnering up with Storyblocks videos which give you access to 350,000 HD video clips that you can use for any videos you create with Content Samurai.

Storyblocks has its own monthly subscription plan, but with access to the Content Samurai, you will have access to all the HD clips you need without the extra costs.

Other features include;

  • Over 125 million stock images
  • Adding watermarks
  • Full motion video backgrounds
  • Over 40 video templates

Content Samurai Pricing

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Content Samurai costs $47 pm for all the features, you can go yearly for $397 which comes to $33 pm and saves you $168.

There is also a free 7-day trial which gives you all the features of Content Samurai and lets you keep any videos you create within the trial period, even if you do not sign up for the paid option. 

Final Thoughts

Having a video marketing strategy is more important than ever before as more and more consumers prefer videos to learn and keep informed about businesses and their products.

Videos have a high conversion rate and if you want your business to have the best chance at success you will need to produce videos.

However, video production costs can be too high for small business owners which is why many do not bother with any kind of video marketing.

All that changes with Content Samurai, it is possible to create high-quality videos without any prior experience and without having to shell out a lot of money.

The software is simple to use and you can create 1 high-quality video a day, I know it says you can create videos in minutes and that is true but remember you want to go for quality and not quantity.

It’s not perfect by any means ( no software is) but it is the best software available for what it does.

Before I conclude this review, I have to warn you about something.

As video marketing is becoming more popular, there are many unscrupulous marketers who are cashing in on this by launching sub-standard video creation software.

These are launched mostly on affiliate networks like JVZOO and Warriorplus, do your research about these software products, most of the time they do not do what they are supposed to and many of these marketers are serial product launchers.

This means, support and upgrades will not be their priority and most likely they will abandon the software after a year or so.

Content Samurai is different, the team behind this product are also behind one of the leading keyword research tools that has been supported and maintained for nearly 10 years now.

Content Samurai is well supported and continues to evolve, it is the best software of its kind, and I highly recommend it.

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30 thoughts on “Content Samurai Review”

  1. Hi Minhaj
    Wow! I am SO happy that I found this article! I am right at the stage of training to do video – this is serendipity at it’s finest! Thank you very much for sharing your insight and learning – I am going to sign up for that free trial RIGHT NOW! I am also going to share it with my employer, he is keen to do online video but has been put off by the potential expense and steep learning curve. Looks like Content Samurai is a perfect solution for his business too!
    Blessings
    Louise

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  2. This is a good tool I think I will try and use. Video marketing is the next big thing now and I want to follow the trend too. I want to be giving some online training soon which I think will establish me in my online hustling. But will the video created be easily ranked on YouTube by using content samurai?

    Thanks for this tutorial. 

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  3. Hi Minhaj!
    Thanks for the great review! I’ve been looking at a couple of those JVZoo offers you mentioned trying to make a decision on which bit of software to go with… I’m now glad I came across this instead.

    Your right too, video marketing is gaining pace and is an absolute must these days. I will definitely be checking out Content Samurai, thanks again for the heads up!

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  4. Sounds like content samurai is for me. I have heard of this before but have never applied it in my business. Thank you for the numbers as those statistics are very important in today’s Internet-based market research. I also appreciate how you showed the screenshots for us as I help to see how the screen looks like. Thank you for the helpful content today

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  5. Hello Minhaj! This is an interesting software application. When it comes to creating videos, I hate being in front of a camera. This type of software is exactly what I have been looking for. It is nice to know that creating videos with Content Samurai is simple and straight forward enough to use. The snapshots looks great. I will test-run the 7 day trial and from there subscribe. Thanks a lot for this review.

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  6. I’ve often thought about getting into video marketing to promote my blog posts further, but like you, I find myself a little shy and lacking confidence in front of the camera. 

    This content Samurai could be the answer really. How long can you make each video – is there a cut off point for length?

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  7. I think I have hit jackpot. I want to start creating videos for my articles and for YouTube however I am really shy and I don’t want to show myself. With this software I can finally achieve what I want to do. I will definitely give it try using the 7 day trial and if I like it I will upgrade. 

    Thank you for bring this software to my knowledge. 

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  8. I have tried to you a couple of online video editing tools for creating promo content for over 10 cryptocurrency projects. Video is a great way to reach targeted audience.A friend once told me about Content Samurai, this is the second time I am hearing about it. It will be worth it, but I will use the trial first to know if premium will be better.

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  9. Thanks  for this informative review, I love the fact that you explained content samurai in details, Video is now the primary way people want to learn, shop, and interact online as a large population of people uses both visual thinking and thinking in the form of words to understand blog post, this goes to prove how important content samurai is to a website. Definitely will give this a try.

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  10. Wow! i have really learned from your post. The statement that caught my attention the most and got me meditating on is “According to digital marketing expert Dr James McQuivery, one minute of video is equivalent to 1.8 million words!! ”  That got me thrilled! That says so much about the importance of videos. I think thats totally true because seeing a video clears all doubts about the authenticity of a thing or a product. I would really love to do more research on Content Samurai. To be frank, am getting to know it for the first time via your post. From the way you have described it,and since you recommended it, i think i wouldn’t have any regrets giving it a try. Thanks for the wonderful post. Hope to get more contents from you

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  11. Hi Minhaj,

    Thank you for writing an excellent review with all necessary information about the content samurai video creation software product. I was looking for a perfect video creation software which has some advanced feature like text to speech technology and automated voice also. I believe this is the perfect one which I was looking for. I am going to bookmark this article and soon I will buy this software for my different activity.

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  12. This  is a very important and interesting review. I am not going to hesitate to try out content samurai, this can help me have a very huge success in my internet marketing business and that would be exceedingly great. It feels good when you see what can help you in climbing your ladder of success. Is there price attached to joining content sumarai?

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  13. Hello there!

    The first thing I want to say is that I feel so lucky I found your website!

    Actually I was looking for a software like Content Samurai, because I really need to make some videos for my posts. And same as you, I’m not comfortable to talk in front of a camera, even if… it’s just a camera.

    You created a whole new opportunity for me with your post, so I have to thank you from the bottom of my heart!

    Great content and great website! Thank you again!

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  14. I have always found it hard to create YouTube videos, like I am camera shy and hate the sound of my voice. Been looking for a software to solve my problems and it seems like Content Samurai may be the solution. I really love the text-to-speech feature, it sounds so realistic. I will definitely try out the free offer, thanks for the review

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  15. Happy I found this site, been looking for a tool that can help me with videos since I have the same problems you have(i hate being in front of the camera). Will take a look at this and see if it’s something that suits my needs. And the 7-day trial is great since I can try it without any risks.

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    • Hi

      Thanks for your comment, you should definitely check it out, people love consuming video content and with Content Samurai, you can provide them with high-quality videos that will not take you long to create.

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  16. I was not aware of the stats regarding the effects of placing a video on one’s website.  The facts speak for themselves and the conversion rate is quite staggering.  Adding videos to my website is a definite must!Thank you for sharing these statistics with us!As for Content Samurai, I found the part I was looking for that would probably be the deciding factor and that is that it provides voice-overs so you can choose a different voice to read your script for the video.  Other than that, it sounds like an easy-to-use software tool that will streamline the creation of videos in less time than normal.  This is amazing!

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    • Hi

      Yes, Content Samurai is an amazing piece of software, I like the text to speech feature, I having to speak through a microphone and being on camera. Content Samurai solves both of these problems for me.

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  17. It seems using the Content Sumarai software can be handy for non-tech  savvy content creators like me and this is the third time I am actually reading about it so I sounds like the real deal compared to others that I have been trying out.

    This is an excellent review and it is really helpful  as I got to know more about it and l will surely try it out. 

    But like every other thing, I believe the software do have setbacks or Cons. You never really listed them.

    What are the setbacks in the software, maybe so one can prep his mind or weigh his options before settling for one particular choice?

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    • Hi Sammy

      Thanks for your comments, as I am not a video marketer, I cannot really point out any cons ( if you are a professional video maker, you will likely find some), for me, it solves all my problems in creating videos. I don’t have to record my self or my voice and get access to HD stock footage and images to use on my videos. That is all I want, to create HQ videos, without all the technical hurdles and Content Samurai allows me to do this.

      All the best

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  18. Wow, this is an amazing piece of software, I have always found creating videos a bit daunting and time-consuming. This software looks like it could provide a solution to my problems. I love the text-speech feature, sounds really realistic. I will definitely try out the free trial. Thanks for this thorough review.

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    • Hi Kehinde

      Thanks for your comment and like you, I too found creating videos a bit scary, but Content Samurai solves my issues and I really enjoy using this software.

      All the best

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  19. Hi Minhaj,

    I  have read the whole post about Content Samurai Review. I wasn’t familiar with this kind of Software before. After reading your wonderful review I .realise the awesome power of this software application and how it can help me get more traffic to my site. It looks very simple to use and I like that they provide you with HD stock footage ( which can be very expensive) to use with your videos. I will definitely give it a try. Thanks for the review

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    • Hi

      Thanks for your comment and I think you will really enjoy this software, you can use it for a variety of different ways and not for traffic generation.

      All the best

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  20. Hello Menhaj,I have come to the perfect place for what I was looking for. I was planning to create a small video of my dance class as well as short videos of dance documentation. I was searching for an easy and simple way to carry on the task which I couldn’t fine. As I came across this post I feel so excited for finding the solution of my humble dream. Thank you so much for reviewing the Content Samurai. 

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