Creating a video these days is not much of a challenge for most people. You can even get away with using a camera phone. Shooting a video is no problem, making one that's good or staging an idea you have may be harder though.
Luckily, the internet has a solution for that, there are plenty of ways of creating videos from already made elements and all you need to know is how to use a simple web app.
And now, YouTube is making it even easier to find those tools with the launch of the YouTube Create portal which highlights ways you can create new videos using nothing more than your imagination.
"More than 35 hours of video are uploaded to YouTube every minute, and with the motto of 'Broadcast Yourself,' it's hard to believe that anyone is left out of the YouTube experience," YouTube writes.
"But the truth is, sites like YouTube do largely leave out people who don't have a video camera. That's changing with the beta launch of youtube.com/create, where anyone can use video creation sites Xtranormal, Stupeflix and GoAnimate to make personal videos or animations and post them directly to YouTube," it announced.
You've probably stumbled upon videos created with one of the tools YouTube is now showcasing. Xtranormal for example is the source of all the creepy, monotone and sometimes funny 3D teddy bear videos out there.
While the tools may be rudimentary by some standards, videos created with them are not going to rival people doing real animation work any time soon, it does enable anyone to create, which is what these apps are all about.
The tools available now in YouTube Create will run inside YouTube, just like apps on Facebook, meaning that you don't even have to leave the site to start creating your masterpiece.
It only takes a few minutes to make a video, though you're probably going to spend more if you really want to make something worthwhile watching, and you'll be able to publish them on YouTube for fame and fortune in no time.