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How to Edit a Video Using Editor

The Editor is the interface where Admins, Broadcasters, and Creators can take recorded content from the Studio or the Recording Booth and edit it. This article will provide best practices and considerations for editing a video using the Editor.



Presets

Presets are space-specific and will enable all videos to start the editing workflow with the same intro, outro, and branding elements automatically added. 

It’s recommended to use presets when creating content that follows the same structure. For example, you may have a series of introductory onboarding videos that utilize the same intro, outro, and branding. The only difference is each video has a speaker who recorded a short video. To streamline the creation process, a preset can be created for the Space, and then each Contributor records their content in the Recording Booth or Studio. Admins, Broadcasters, and Creators can send a video to the Editor using a preset and save it to the library. Within minutes the edited video is ready to be shared with its audience. 

To learn more about creating and working with presets within a Space review Creating a Preset in the Socialive Editor

Editing Using the Text editor or the Timeline editor  


When editing content included within a scene there are two main ways to update the content to achieve the desired outcome. Content within a scene can be edited using the text editor or timeline. Socialive recommends using the text editor to make quick edits and use the timeline for detailed editing as it can zoom and nudge for accuracy. 


Text editor 


The text editor allows the editing of videos using the transcript and timeline in parallel. This area can quickly remove unneeded pauses or sections of the recorded video. The text editor highlights unneeded pauses, which can quickly clean up a video. 

  • Show/hide pauses - to view the pauses for editing - this can be used to show or hide - when highlighting these pauses can be quickly removed by selecting the cut option. 

  • Expand / contract pauses - this view provides a zoomed view of the pauses - allowing for quick deletion of unnecessary pauses. 

  • Cut - removes selected content from the transcript

  • Restore - brings back areas of the transcript that may have been previously removed (Any items clipped from the video are not permanently deleted - clips can be quickly restored.)


All edits completed in the text editor can also be viewed on the timeline in real time. 



Timeline 


Clip video content and jump to specific areas of the video for playback. Timelines only show for video content, they will not display for any scenes that only include an image. Note, that any editing done with the timeline will automatically be reflected in the text-editing tab on the left if it is open and any editing done within the text-editing tab will reflect in the timeline. 


  • The waveform and the word ribbon support clipping precision using the audio. These elements may take time to load. 

  • Need to remove a section of the video? Just in case you recorded too much or had a few mistakes during recording you can go ahead and take of those using the following options.

    • Cut - Skip a selected portion of the timeline. Removed segments will not be shown in the final video, but they will remain in the original.

    • Split - Cut the timeline into several parts, this can be useful for creating multiple videos from one piece of recorded content. 

  • Take out too much of the video? If you need to add anything back to the video your options include. 

    • Create clip - Drag and drop the handles to set the start and end times. Any portions of the video inside the handles will be included in playback and the final video. The position of the handles can be updated at any time. Playback will automatically skip the portions of the video outside the handles, but the content outside is not lost. 

    • Heal - Connect two portions of the video that have been split or if a piece in between was removed. 

  • Zoom - Zoom in or out of your timeline for precise editing. 

  • Seeking - Jumps to the very beginning or end of the video. 

  • Anchoring - Jumps to the beginning/end of the clip segment. 


Managing the Storyboard


The scene storyboard at the top of the Editor allows you to view the order of your content and add or update the intro and outro. 


Each scene within the storyboard comprises different elements. Once a scene is selected in the Storyboard it can be managed on the timeline. A scene must be selected to utilize editing capabilities in the left panel or timeline. 


At this time there are three scenes available within the storyboard - additional scenes will be available in future releases.  

Start and End Cards

Start and End Cards can be images or videos played at the start and end of a video that helps establish a stronger brand identity, make videos look professional, maintain consistency with your videos, and serve as a starting and ending point for created content.


Clicking + on the storyboard, allows you to select from Media and Recordings previously uploaded to the Space to include as an intro or outro. To replace an intro or outro, navigate to the sources tab in the left panel. 



Socialive recommends the use of start and end cards to:


  • Inform the audience about the start time, topic, or content 

  • Allow for a smooth transition into the content 

  • Communicate the end 

  • Provide additional information or resources that might be useful to the audience after it’s ended


Review Use Start and End Cards to learn how to create start/end cards, how to use them, and examples of start/end cards.


Managing Sources 

For each scene of the storyboard, media can be uploaded or selected from existing space recordings. As best practice, upload all company-approved media to the space so media (videos or images) can be quickly accessed as needed.  

When opening the Editor the video used to enter the Editor is automatically loaded as media in this area. Once you have all other elements set up, you can use this capability to create multiple videos in one sitting.

  1. Replace Media - allows for a quick update of an existing source used in a scene 

  2. Drag and drop to reorder a PIP 

  3. Asset toggles for visibility, audio, and nametag

Using Layouts  

Layouts allow Creators to define how sources are displayed. 

If editing a recording booth content that includes a screen share, a preset layout will be pre-selected for you, but this can easily be changed.

  1. Layout tab

  2. Layout selector

  3. Layout options (only appear for layouts with additional options)

  4. Layout size

  5. See changes to the Layout selector in the preview screen

Using Overlays  

Overlays can be images or videos added to scenes to make the video more dynamic. The Overlays tab allows Creators to upload an overlay, making it available for every scene in the video composition. While users have the option to show/hide the overlay per scene; by default, overlays will appear visible in the scene they were added in and hidden for all other scenes. 



Branding

The branding tab allows you to increase brand recognition within your videos. Background colors and nametags can be updated in this area to match company brand guidelines. 

Include on-screen talent information using name tags, these can be enabled or turned off. If you are editing Recording Booth content, the name of the invited user will be included but can be updated or hidden as needed. The following highlights items that can be updated within the branding tab. 

  • Font

  • Primary color

  • Secondary color

  • Background color

  • Style

  • Position

  • Nametag 

    • Toggle on and off

    • Hover on the nametag and click the pencil icon to edit the contents



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