While I appreciate that I didn't pay an arm and a leg for VideoMakerFX and it does do quite a lot more than other products in this niche, I have ended up wasting far to much of my very valuable time because of some poor coding and a lack of testing on your part.
Here are the bugs I have encountered so far which I have been able to replicate with the help of other users on different systems.
Saving / Save As:
a) When you create a new project your software assigns if a project name. It doesn't matter what we call our projects or save them as, your software never updates the project name with the new name. eg New project is called 'test1' - It is saved as - 'test2' - when "test2" is re-opened at a later date it is still called 'test1'.
- as seen in any .prj file
issue effect: when exporting a project the video file name defaults to the original project name
b) When saving a project to a non default location eg d:\video\project1\name.prj your software saves the file to that location. However if you then click 'save project' your software does not update the project file at
d:\video\project1\name.prj - it saves to the default location \VideoMakerFX\projects
issue effect: you are not saving to the expected file, it's impossible to work on revisions, you overwrite files to easily, you lose work
Working with saved files causes incorrect rendering of video when outputting
It is currently impossible to produce and out put a video that renders correctly if you save a project file, close VideoMakerFX, re-open the project, make changes (add new slides) and try to output a video!!
Essentially we are forced into producing and outputting the video in one sitting which is totally impractical.
Issue Result: When you do the above the video renders but the backgrounds have shifted location (generally upwards) resulting in large white (or coloured) bars at the bottom of slides that were previously saved. The slides that were added in the current sitting render without issue.
It's also worth noting that some of the animations within some slides also alter position.
Issue effect: I've lost about three days work, got very frustrated and had to redo everything I've saved.
When will you issue a fix for these bugs?
How about sending me some slides as a sorry :) ?
Thank heavens it's not just ME!
I was expecting the "new" SAVE AS feature would work the same way SAVE AS has worked in every program I've used for the past 20 years-- but no, it doesn't.
I have spent hours today trying to work on a file I SAVED AS a new name, but even if I QUIT out of VMFX and open the new "saved as" project, all changes are saved to the ORIGINAL file - and boy, is this driving me nuts.
I have had the exact same issues. I have had to redo videos several times because they just would not save properly. All in all this software is better than some of the others that I have used , as far as functionality when you are actually putting videos together, but nowhere near a service like goanimate as far as ease of use and actually saving what you create.
2nd Sept 2014 -- After posting this a month ago, I have to withdraw this "solution".
It no longer works, and cannot be used under any circumstances on my Mac.
No matter what I do, I cannot create a duplicate Project, either by duplicating the .prj file OR by using Save As and following the instructions provided by Support.
I've spoken with a software developer who watched this in action, and advised me it was a very simple coding fix which would only take a few minutes to solve . Perhaps VMFX can spend a day fixing this one thing which would make thousands of people happy -- or simply remove the SAVE AS button as it's broken.
Hi everyone, I put in a Support ticket and got an instant response -- please do the same so you will get personalised service. I found a slight glitch which I will now remember not to do again -- it might also help you. Here are the steps: Launch VMFX again: Launch and open the NEW Project to make sure it still looks ok with the one slide colour changed. If all's well, you should be able to edit them both without any difficulty. Good luck! If this doesn't work for some reason, please put in a Support ticket - they'd love to help you, and even screen-share to walk you through over the internet. cheers Teena
Thanks for your comment Teena. Where can I find "
File/Exit (on PC)"?
There's no actual File/Exit button for the PC. You can just click on the "X" (Close) button on the top right hand corner of the VideoMakerFX button.
Hi there, if you'd like more help, you might consider visiting the very active Facebook group where all the customers of the software (like me) are helping each other every day, and being inspired by all the videos being created, and learning from each other.
If you haven't used the Group yet, pop over and ask to be added:
Hi there Harry, waving from the Gold Coast just up from Sydney :-)
I never add music or audio inside VMFX as the results have never been satisfactory.
I always add them via my video editing software (I use Screenflow for Mac, but Camtasia for Mac/PC is the same, and WMM and Mac iMovie all do an excellent job).
We have a very active and supportive Group on Facebook if you ever need to ask questions - I posted the link above. I answer a lot of questions on the group so if I can help, give me a yell.
Hey Harry -- are those dog years? :-)
Here's a quick overview: