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How do I select a template & start creating a video in Lumen5?

You can check out a video walking you through the process here or read on for a text explanation below.

When you click 'New Video' from the dashboard, you'll see the templates page.

This page shows you all of the templates in our library — and there are a lot! Take your time here to pick the one that speaks to you because you won't be able to change this later. You'll see your most recently used templates at the top of the templates page for easy reference. You'll also see your saved templates available at the top of the this page, right underneath recently used.

You can hover your mouse over each template to preview, or click on the Preview button to see the preview in a pop-up modal.

Once you've picked the template that makes your heart sing, select a format. We have options for you to select the aspect ratio that works for you, depending on where you'll share your video. Don't worry, though; you can change this at any time once you're editing your video.

(Not sure which format to pick? More here.)

Once you’ve picked a format you’ll be taken to the creator. The option to enter a blog link or paste some text is inside the Story tab on the left. Content that you enter here is what our AI will read and use to generate a video for you!

To use a blog post or article, copy a link to the post you want to use and paste it into the bar at the top of the Story tab. Then click Import. Your article will appear in the Story tab after just a few moments. From here you can edit the text, reorder the structure, or delete sections that you don’t need in your video.

The Import function can pull content from public websites like blogs and news articles, but it can't gain access to private pages like social media sites or password protected blogs, word processing applications like Google Docs or Microsoft Word, or cloud storage services like OneDrive, Google Drive, or DropBox.

If you're looking to import text content from a source that isn't public or doesn't have a link, your best bet is to copy and paste the actual text you'd like to use right into the Story tab! Once it’s there, the same rules apply; you can edit the text to make sure it’s perfect before converting it to a video.

Once you’re happy with your text content, just press Convert to video. Our AI will read the text, generate scenes based on the key points, and choose some relevant media for your scenes from the article and our stock library.

Still have questions? We've got answers:

Reach out to our Support team here.

Updated on: 19/07/2022

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