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This guide explains quick, easy steps that’ll help make your video production workflow seamless. We recommend following these best practice tips as guidance so that your Lumen5 video creation can become fast, focused, and save time.
Video creation workflows
Start by importing a blog post
In the Story tab, you can copy & paste a blog link as a starting point which will make all the content available to you inside the Lumen5 creator.
By importing your link, Lumen5 will collect all of the content and media contained within the article and make it available for you as you build your video. From there, you can simply drag and drop sentences into your storyboard on the right.
Type your content or copy/paste a script into Lumen5
You can type directly in the white space or copy and paste text into the big text box. This method is perfect if you're creating original video content or if your source content is offline and can't be imported from a link.
Use A.I. to create a video
If you look near the bottom of the Story tab, you should see an option to have our A.I. help you automatically turn your content into a video. Full automation won't get everything perfect, but this is a great starting point if you're short on time.
Creating and editing a video from a text-heavy article might seem daunting, but there are a few ways you can make this process easier:
Think of your video as a summary of the article
Focus on sharing the most important points
Use short, snappy, and concise sentences
Emphasize key words using the highlight tool
Tip 1: If you have a bunch of media files, upload them all at once
If you’re working on an individual video or a series that’ll require lots of owned media or will need bespoke graphics or visuals, we recommend uploading all of your media in one go. This will save time and help provide everyone in your team with the assets they need to create their next video.
When you bulk upload files in the video editor, our software will automatically save your media under the Uploads tab in the media library, which is accessible to everyone in your workspace.
Tip 2: Favorite your media for easy access
Save time editing your videos by favoriting any media you like and may want to reuse in the future. Remember that any media you use in a published video will be saved under the Recents tab, so there’s no need to favorite all your media.
Next time you find an image or video you think will be good for a future video, click the star icon in the bottom right-hand corner of any piece of media, and it will add it to the Favorites tab in your workspace. This means you and your team can collect your own custom selection of media to use across your videos for improved consistency.
Tip 3: Duplicate a previous video so you don't have to start from scratch
Duplicating videos allows you to quickly and easily replicate any video for multiple different social formats. This means that you can create multiple videos for different social channels, in just a few minutes.
Go to the My Videos dashboard > select the three dots in the bottom right corner of your video > select Make a Copy.
You can also duplicate your video from the Preview page by selecting the Auto Resize button in the bottom right-hand corner.
Lumen5’s A.I. will cleverly reposition the same text and media in line with the new dimensions, so you don’t need to spend additional time resizing or moving anything unless you want to make a few tweaks to get things fully on-brand. The video will then be ready to share, in the correct dimensions, for your social media channel. Pretty cool, huh?
Tip 4: Share your video without having to download the file
While we have an Approvals feature for teams that want an in-app sign off workflow, we recognize that you might need comments or approval from someone outside of your Lumen5 account.
If you’re working on a video that requires feedback, perhaps from a coworker or a client, then you can easily generate a link for your video that will allow anyone to view it.
Rather than download an MP4 file to attach to an email, you can go to your Video Dashboard > select the three dots in the right corner of the video > select Share, and you’ll be taken to a page with a preview of your video. You can then copy the URL link and share it. The previewer will only be able to view the video; they won’t be able to edit, download it or access the account.
We hope you found this guide useful! We’re always open to feedback and if you want to get in touch to chat about this guide, or anything else Lumen5, contact your dedicated Customer Success Manager or email [email protected].