How to Create Video Content Faster With Flixier
If you’re working in marketing, you already know that for a few years now, video content has been quickly taking over the internet.
According to a statistic provided by Oberlo, videos are people’s favorite type of content to see from a brand on social media.
It’s also a known fact that video is great for SEO, with Google often displaying relevant YouTube videos higher than articles in the search results. On top of that, embedding videos in your articles will improve your page ranking as well since videos tend to grab people’s attention and keep them on the page a lot longer.
So, if video content is so great, why are so many people still reluctant to embrace it? Well, that’s because at first glance, videos appear to be more difficult to create. You can knock out a quick blog post or article quickly no matter where you are or what you’re doing at the moment, but making a new video, even a short social media clip, is a much more involved process and can take up a lot more of your time, making it difficult to use it for really topical content.
Well, at Flixier, one of our goals is to help lower the barrier of entry for video content creation and make it easier for people to edit and publish video. That’s why, in this week’s blog post, we’ve decided to give you seven tips that will help you create videos faster and increase your company’s video output:
1. Write a script
If you’re going to have any sort of voiceover during your video, it’s extremely important that you first write a script.
At first, it might seem easier to improvise as you go along, but you’ll quickly discover that having a script memorized (or reading off of a script, if you’re not going to appear on camera) makes everything flow along a lot more smoothly and helps you avoid mistakes or long, awkward pauses.
A video where you make mistakes and have to correct yourself constantly is going to diminish people’s trust in your brand, while having to reshoot things over and over just to get it right is going to eat up your time and make the whole process a lot more tedious.
Save yourself the trouble of having to go through either of those and make sure to have a finished script before you start shooting!
2. Plan ahead
Once you have your script ready, don’t jump directly into filming your new clip.
Take a little time to imagine what you want your video to look like and write down all of the footage you’re going to need, from clips of yourself talking, to shots of the product, screen recordings, stock footage or anything else you may need.
Knowing exactly what you have to film makes it easier for you to focus on editing later, since it means you won’t have to stop and set up the camera to take extra shots later down the line.
Getting all of your footage filmed at once also makes it easier if you’re using natural lighting, as there won’t be any major differences from one take to the next. Shooting most of your video with the sun shining through your window only to have to splice in a take that was filmed in cloudy weather the next day is definitely going to look weird to your audience.
3. Keep Your Media Library Organized
This might sound obvious, but let’s not kid ourselves: we all tend to be a little disorganized sometimes, especially when we’re working hard and trying to meet a deadline.
That being said though, it’s important that you make an effort to keep your media library organized. Being able to quickly find the clips you are looking for is going to help you edit your videos a lot faster, not to mention that it will allow you to easily reuse assets later when necessary.
Flixier’s media library makes it easier for you to organize files and find them quickly whenever you need them. You can now:
- Create nested folders
- Move assets from one folder to another
- Rename assets
- Share assets with your team members
- Search through your library or sort assets by Name, Date, Duration or File Size
Make sure to take advantage of all these options in order to quickly find what you need, when you need it.
When I edit videos with Flixier, I make sure to store all of the assets relevant to a project in a folder with the project’s name. I then make different subfolders for video and audio assets. I also give every clip a descriptive name to be able to quickly determine what each video file contains.
It might not sound like much, but trust us, this is going to save you a lot of time, especially when working on longer, more complex projects!
4. Take Advantage of Stock Footage
Depending on the type of project you’re working on, stock footage can be a real lifesaver.
It can serve as extra B-roll when you need to give your viewers something to look at while you talk about a more abstract subject, or it can save you from having to shoot certain things yourself.
If you want to include a few shots of people hiking through nature or strolling on the beach, for example, using stock footage is a lot more cost-efficient and quick than going out, finding actors and getting those shots yourself.
On top of that, stock footage is more easily available nowadays than ever before. Websites like Pexels or Pixabay have hundreds of thousands of hiqh-quality stock videos available for free, with very permissive licenses that allow you to include them even in commercial projects!
On top of that, Flixier has a direct integration with the biggest stock footage providers on the market right now (including Pexels and Pixabay). All you need to do is click on the Stock tab on the left side of the screen, select a provider from the drop-down list and then enter the keyword that you wish to search for.
Adding stock footage to your videos is as easy as dragging the desired clip over to the timeline!
5. Use Templates and the Replace Media option
Templates can come in handy when producing a lot of videos that follow along the same format. Rather than adding all of the elements manually each time, you can just duplicate an old project and replace things accordingly.
To give you an example, all of our tutorial videos contain these same assets: an Overlay that’s edited to feature the Flixier colors, the Flixier logo with some transitions to go along with it, the same background music, this end-screen and a recorded outro asking you guys to like, share and subscribe.
Adding all of these things manually when making a new video would take a long time. If you find yourself in the same situation, what you can do instead is go to your projects dashboard, find an older project that’s part of the same series, right click on it and select “duplicate project”. .
This creates a copy of the project that you can now rename and edit accordingly. In our case, since this project already contains the overlay transitions, the background music and the outro, all we have to do is replace the voiceover with the new one and add the new footage in the middle.
To swap in the new footage, you can right click on the canvas and select Replace Media. Then, select a new clip from your library and Flixier automatically replaces the old clip for you!
This little trick saves us a lot of time and allows us to put out videos a lot faster. We hope you’ll find it as useful as we do!
If you’re looking for a visual demonstration, please check out this video tutorial we made for our YouTube channel below:
6. Master the Keyboard shortcuts
Regardless of what software you use to edit your videos, there are probably keyboard shortcuts that you can use to do the things you normally would using your mouse.
While this may seem small and inconsequential at first, mastering keyboard shortcuts can be a huge step in the right direction when it comes to increasing your productivity, especially when it comes to actions that you do very often, such as cutting and pasting.
Not having to slowly work your way through menus using the cursor makes work a lot faster, not to mention that it enables you to work a lot more efficiently even when you might not have a mouse readily available (such as when you’re on the go and using a laptop).
Of course, learning all of the keyboard shortcuts and getting into the habit of actually using them consistently when editing takes time, and practice, but doing it will help you finish your video projects a lot faster!
To help you, we’ve assembled a list of all the keyboard shortcuts used within Flixier that you can check out by going to our Help Center!
7. Use Cloud Technology to your advantage
We know the word “cloud” gets thrown around a lot, to the point where it might be a little confusing, so let us give you some concrete examples on how cloud integrations can help make your work easier:
You’re out on the field, getting some footage for your new video project. As soon as you’re done filming, you can use your phone to upload the files directly to a shared Google Drive or Dropbox.
The rest of your team members can immediately access the files, import them into Flixier and start working on the project while you’re still on your way back! Using the cloud to streamline your workflow can improve your team’s productivity massively!
Even if you record and edit your videos by yourself, being able to access your files easily from any device connected to the internet can be a massive advantage! No more fiddling around with and keeping track of portable drives, USB cables or memory cards. Access your footage from anywhere and start editing right away.
On top of that, using a cloud-powered video editor like Flixier comes with its own advantage. The fact that all of the rendering is done on our servers means that your computer no longer has to struggle for hours trying to export a video! Just click the big Export button within Flixier and we’ll give you a notification within a few minutes to let you know that your export has been completed. You can even close your browser window and do something else meanwhile!
Thank you for reading this to the end! We hope these tips will help you increase your productivity and put out more video content! If you enjoyed this article, please consider checking out the rest of our blog and subscribe to our YouTube channel for more step-by-step tutorials!