With the "Messenger" slide (a replacement for the Chat QAQ slide) you can create faux "messenger" conversations that can serve as a great way of changing tempo or introducing a narrator voice into your videos.
The "Messenger" slide also gives you the option of using single message "bubbles" as a way to create variation in text presentation, due do its very flexible nature. For you that have used the old "Chat QAQ" slide the "Messenger" slides offer a whole other level of flexibility, with its user changeable duration and the possibility to choose "side of conversation" individually for every message. It also holds five messages and not three, like the old one.
The "Messenger" slide also has the Video Studio standard background layer, which means that you can superimpose this conversation over any background you want to (the old Chat QAQ slide only allowed you an interface-mimicking white background). It defaults to a 40% Darken tint, but you can change that as you please. This also makes it very easy to combine with other slides seamlessly.
If you do want the more traditional messenger app look – feel free to either make the tint a 100% white or turn the tint off and put in a white canvas color and have no background image. You have many options. When using a white background make sure that you change the "Details" color to something other than white.
The colors are not fixed, as in the old version so that you can customize every aspect of the slide — the right side "bubbles" default to have theme color Primary as background color and theme color Text on primary as the text color. The left side "bubbles" have the reversed default color scheme.
NOTE 1: This is a non-preview slide in the editor, so your changes won't be visible on the storyboard.
NOTE 2: Use the message fields in the intended order so if you want just one message – Message 1. Don't skip and leave messages empty in-between. Since you can choose the position on each one, it covers all usage.
NOTE 3: When using multiple messages on the same side, consider using just the "Details" for the last one in the order. This will more closely mimic the messenger behavior. However, if you need to input date and time information, this may be different, and you would use all fields.
Behavior and usage
The Message fields hold the text in the bubbles. Their details are described above. Same with the "Details" fields.
The styling defaults to a non-fade tint that uses theme color "Darken" at an opacity of 40%. That can be changed under "Main asset styling."
Credit text is derived from the credit field in the asset browser. Since all assets in Storykit are their instance, you could use the credit field for additional information as well, such as a source reference or other. This field is not directly editable from the storyboard view. Instead, you access it through the asset browser’s detail view. You can turn off the credit text altogether from the storyboard side pane if you wish.