The first thing to do is to select a theme for your video. This opens the video editing interface, which at first looks like an open canvas with buttons at the top. The open canvas has two parts: the top part is where you can add audio elements to your movie. The larger part below is the video timeline, where you can add photos, videos, maps and texts to be shown in your movie. In the video editing interface, start by adding images and videos to your video timeline, by clicking on the Add Images button in the menu at the top.
The video will show all the visual elements in your timeline (photos, video clips, text slides, maps, transitions) in the order they are inserted. Once this is done the video will stop, even if the background music has not finished playing (the audio will fade out).
The total duration of the video is the sum of the durations of each element and transitions - not the duration of the music.
We tell you the approximate duration of your video as you are making it in the editor: look for the video project duration at the bottom of the screen.
The maximum duration of videos made on Stupeflix is 20 minutes.
Different elements have different properties. For a map, for instance, properties are the address shown, the zoom level and the duration. For a text slide, it's the text displayed and the duration. There are two ways to change properties for an element. The fastest way is to double-click on the element. Another way is to open the menu for an element, then select the Edit option.
Yes! In the editor, find your selected theme next to Project Settings, it will open a menu to change the theme while editing the video. Some options, like custom intros on Comics or Party do not exist on every theme, so your timeline will adapt itself to the new theme. If you switch back to the initial theme, you'll find everything the same way you left it.
If you've already exported your video, you need to first Edit as a new project, change the theme in the editor, and export the video again.
Each video can have two audio tracks which will start playing at the same time. An audio track can be a song chosen from our library, or a song or voice-over file uploaded from your computer, or text spoken by a computer voice (Text to Speech).
Power tip: You can drag and drop an audio file (green element) on top of a text slide, to synchronize a sound or recorded voice with a title slide.
This is unfortunately not possible. If you add two songs to your movie project, they will start playing at the same time... which you probably don't want.
If you really want to have 2 songs play one after another, you can use this workaround: open up a 3rd-party sound editing software and create a new MP3 file by importing and queuing the songs you want.
There are two ways you can add text to your movie. You can either create a Title Slide that will appear on its own, between photos, or you can add a Caption on top of photos.
To add a Title Slide, click on Add More in the top-right corner of the editor.
To add a Caption, roll your mouse pointer over the photo you want to add text to, click the down pointing arrow that appears and choose the Add Text option.
The amount of text that can be displayed in a Title Slide or Caption depends on the theme you chose. We recommend keeping texts as short as possible: people do not watch videos to read!
To insert a map in your movie, click on the Add More button in the top menu and select the Map option. This will open a small window where you can enter the address that the map will be centered around. You don't have to enter an accurate street address, as we recognize places and abbreviations, like "sf, ca". You can adjust the zoom level from world view to street level. Once a map is inserted in your movie, you can change the address and zoom level by double-clicking on it.
You can set a custom duration to display a photo, map or text slide for exactly how long you want. To do that, double-click on the photo (or map, or Text Slide), and tick the checkbox that says Custom duration. You can now set for exactly how long this element will be shown in your video. To fine tune things to the tenth of second you can enter decimal values.
To trim a video clip, just double-click the thumbnail of your video in the timeline. This will open up a window where you can play the clip and define where your video should start and stop playing. Just drag and drop the yellow borders of the film strip. It can take a few moments for the video player and the film strip to appear in the window, as we need to do some processing to make it happen.
In the top menu, click on Add Audio and select the option Text to Speech. Now you can type in the text you want the computer to speak in your movie. There are two voices available: Julie and Paul both speak US English. You can also change the volume for the Text-to-speech.
Power tip: You can drag and drop a Text-to-speech (purple element) on top of a Title Slide, to synchronize the voice with a title slide.
Transitions are a great way to structure your video, or to force a photo to appear by itself. To manually add transitions between elements, use the Add More button in the top-right corner of the editor and choose Custom Transitions. There are usually 6 custom transitions available: Fade to Black, Fade to White, Crossfade, Blur, Cube and Sharp Cut. Try them all!
In your video timeline, transitions will be represented by a small square between the visual elements (pictures, videos and so on). To change an existing custom transition, double-click on the small square.
To make changes to an exported video, go to your video's page and select the Edit as a new project option, right under your video. Doing this will not change your exported video project, but will open a new video project in the editor using the exported video as the starting point. If you make another export, it won't delete or change the original export.
You can change the overall speed of your videos by setting how long you want photos to be shown. By default each photo - or map or text slide - will be shown for about 5 seconds. You can give your video a faster pace with 3 seconds per photo, or a slower pace with 7 seconds per photo. To change the pace of your video, open the Project Settings menu on the right side, and choose between Slow, Normal and Fast for the pace of your video.
Note: this feature is not available in the Comics theme.