With the release of Video Studio 2.0, we've introduced a whole new array of possibilities for you to manage how your background assets behave and look. In essence, we've given you almost complete access to all the built-in power in Video Studio for each individual slide. Without compromising with the speed and ease of video production.
So, want to have a Simple Slide with a scan/pan animation of your background? You got it. Want to have a colored tint over an image display? You got it. Do you want to apply some awesome filters to all your assets to create a coherent look? You got that too.
In short, we have supercharged your control over the output of your video. But with great power comes great…well, power. Nevertheless, you need to get the basic concept for how this works and then you can create magic.
We have also updated the Video Studio editor itself – to make a lot more of these changes visible already on the storyboard, making it even easier for you to explore the new functionality and speeding up workflow.
In doing this upgrade a few of the slide types you are used to will behave a bit differently, so when revisiting an older storyboard you may have to keep an eye on it to see that everything works as you'd expect.
With Video Studio 2.0 we have set timing, behavior, styling and duration almost free for almost all slides. This also means that what separates the slides are now more the animation and text behavior than how you can work with images and videos. So a lot more settings are available for each slide type – but they default to almost exactly the look they had in Video Studio 1.0, which means that you could just use the slides as is and still get that great result you are used to.
There are exceptions to this "all slides have the same possibilities" ethos – but most of them are upgraded.
Duration (not on all slide types)
We've added support for slide durations between 2 and 15 seconds on a lot of slides, in 0,5-second increments. This means that you can finetune the timing of your project to your liking.
The animations (text and objects) on the slide will adjust to both the slide duration and to internal rules for build speed, meaning that they will adjust their tempo in a way that makes sense for both short and long durations. When it comes to time on screen, these animations reference the in and out points of the slide and will be directly correlated to the slide's duration.
When changing a slide's duration this will be displayed in the slide duration indicator next to the slide on the storyboard and the total storyboard length indicator will also change to reflect this. Remember that "Background video start offset" values of subsequent slides do NOT change automatically.
Segment (not on all slide types)
Segment is an easy "numbering" system that allows you to input a number on each slide, for easy creation of list containing of regular slide types. The controls are simple: You can toggle the segment number on or off, input your number of choice and choose the color settings for it – and you can choose if you want the segment number to fade in and/or out on the slide. These settings allow you to chain together multiple slides with the same segment number without animating it in and out on every slide.
So, for instance, if you want three slides to comprise your segment "1" you would input "1" into each "Segment number" field and on the first of the three slides you could check "Segment Fade in" for it to animate in and on the last of the three slides you would check "Segment Fade out" – and of course toggle segment on for all three slides. This will give you a segment number that spans all three slides and animate in at the beginning of the first slide and out at the end of the third.
When you input a number in the "Segment number" field that number will be visible on the slide on the storyboard.
With Video Studio 2.0 we're giving you the option of color change for almost all objects and texts on all slide types. There are still a few exceptions, but you can now change pretty much everything if you want to. Remember, though, even without changing anything your video will come out looking great since the default values for all objects are carefully mapped to your theme settings.
When using the drop-down menus for color you see the name of the theme color setting that it defaults as the first option. So it's always easy to roll back to the default setting.
When changing the color of an object or a text these changes should be reflected in the storyboard, giving you direct feedback on your changes.
Main asset behavior
In Video Studio 2.0 we're giving you control over how your "main asset" behaves in a more granular way. Just to clarify – the "main asset" is the background asset for a slide, the one you upload or select from the "Add background" button underneath each slide.
With these new settings you can alter the previously more fixed behavior of the background asset and for instance have a Quote slide with a scan/pan behavior or an Image display slide with a scale and wiggle on the background image.
When it comes to images and videos that are used as the main asset we scale those down to fit depending on the format of the storyboard. But the default is to make it fit over the "shortest" dimension of the asset and center it both horizontally and vertically. So that is always your starting point.
We allow you to place the background asset on the x-axis (left, center, right) and the y-axis (top, center, bottom). We also allow you to flip it along the x- and y-axis – giving you the possibility to "mirror" the image if that suits the layout of the slide better.
Position and flip settings affect both images and video. So you can control "where" the video plays and the image displays on the storyboard if it is not of the same aspect ratio as the slide.
When it comes to images we also allow you to control animation behavior. Videos "contain their own movement" so it has no animation controls. You can choose between these animation behaviors:
Scale: The image scales from the default size it gets when placed on the slide (see above) and scales from the position you set. So if you have the default position of center/center, the image will keep it's center/center position and scale equally in all directions. If you have position top/left the image will "keep" it's topmost left corner stuck to the slide's topmost left corner and seemingly "scale down to the right". These are subtle differences but can be used to great creative effect.
Scale and wiggle: You can also add a wiggle effect, which is a randomized movement in both x- and y-direction as the image scales. This creates a less "linear" look for the animation and gives a subtle but efficient "moving image" feel.
Scan/Pan: You can also choose to let the image display in its entirety by letting it move from one edge to the other – either horizontally or vertically. One of these directions will always be locked and the other always active due to how we scale images to fit. The Scan/Pan behavior works in conjunction with the x- and y-position and for maximum horizontal or vertical travel, you should choose placement as it is stated in the name of the Scan/Pan options.
Main asset styling
The styling section is the really big one in Video Studio 2.0. And we think you will have a lot of fun exploring it – and create really standout and amazing stuff using it.
We now allow you to style your background assets extensively in Video Studio. Every kind of styling from Video Studio 1.0 is now available for all main assets – in all kinds of combinations.
And furthermore: With the added bonus of filter. We are giving you no less than 25 "Instagram-like" filter that you can use either standalone or together with the other styling options to create an almost infinite number of looks.
These styling choices can be used to enhance and create more of the exact look you want – and to tie together images and videos from different sources with a coherent look. Or use these possibilities to enhance and draw attention to certain parts of your video.
It's also important to understand that these styling options affect each other, so the combination of choices has different outcomes. They have a specific order in which they are stacked which explains how this work.
From "bottom to top" they are ordered: Blur, Monochrome, Filter, Tint.
The Blur styling changes no color values and will blur the image regardless of how it works.
The Monochrome styling will turn the image or video into a black and white version. But this is where it starts to get interesting due to the stacking order of the effects since the Filter and Tint are above in the order, they will affect the image or video AFTER the Monochrome styling has been applied. And since both Filter and Tint affect the color values they will then affect the look of the Monochrome styling. And this can be used to create great looks – so make sure to experiment a bit with this.
The Filter styling applies a filter to the image or video – much like the filter effects you find in certain popular social media applications starting with the letter "I". In Video Studio you can also set the opacity of the filter from 0 to 100, where 100 is the max effect and 0 does nothing. This means you can dial in the perfect sweet spot for your filter needs.
The Tint styling applies a solid color overlay over the image or video with all the other stylings applied. This means that the final look will depend heavily on how the asset is styled apart from the tint. The tint has an opacity setting from 0 to 100 where 100 is a solid color with no bleed from the underlying asset. When applying a tint it's often good practice to make the asset monochrome for that "colored" look that you're usually after. But a tint can also be used as a "darkening" mechanism, which you will see as default on certain slide types such as Quote and Quicktext where the background asset is not monochrome. So there is a lot of variation you can coax out of this simple setting.