How do people create those sleek looking demos for startups?

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  • plandex

    AI driven development in your terminal. Designed for large, real-world tasks.

    I built the demo video for https://plandex.ai myself using CleanShot X (https://cleanshot.com/), Adobe Premiere Pro, an effect I bought in Adobe's marketplace, some AppleScript automation, and music from SoundStripe (https://soundstripe.com/).

    It was my first time using all these tools. It took me a couple days to make the video. Premier is a bit of a beast, but by just asking ChatGPT how to do everything, I was able to get up to speed with it pretty fast.

  • InfluxDB

    Power Real-Time Data Analytics at Scale. Get real-time insights from all types of time series data with InfluxDB. Ingest, query, and analyze billions of data points in real-time with unbounded cardinality.

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  • asciinema

    Terminal session recorder 📹

    https://asciinema.org/

    We use this for really nice terminal only demos. Highly recommend even though there are some minor rendering issues if you are using special fonts.

  • vhs

    Your CLI home video recorder 📼

    I'm a huge fan of charmbracelet's vhs:

    https://github.com/charmbracelet/vhs

    I have a gitlab CI job to update my demo .gif's every time I update my application; always ensures that things are up-to-date and provides gif/video recording that I've ran specific commands (perfect for auditors!)

  • Journey.js

    🚶 A lightweight, easy-to-use JavaScript library to create interactive, customizable, accessible guided tours across your websites or web apps!

    For product videos I used OBS a lot: https://obsproject.com/

    I haven't used Journey, but it seems promising for product Tours: https://www.william-troup.com/journey-js/

  • obs-studio

    OBS Studio - Free and open source software for live streaming and screen recording

    For product videos I used OBS a lot: https://obsproject.com/

    I haven't used Journey, but it seems promising for product Tours: https://www.william-troup.com/journey-js/

  • demosh

    Run code in Markdown files or shell scripts very interactively, to allow more engaging demos.

    This is less of a video grab tool and more focused on making a CLI tool/demo look more slick: https://github.com/BuoyantIO/demosh

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