How to use Movie Creator: Creating your own video masterpieces!

Movie Creator is our easy-to-use video editing tool that allows you to trim videos, combine clips from different videos, add music, and create text, titles and credits. We've provided a quick overview, followed by detailed instructions on all of Movie Creator's features.

QUICK OVERVIEW

1.  Log in to your Pixorial account.

2.  Click the ”Create Movie” button at the top of your screen.

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Once Movie Creator opens, you can either select a previous production or simply start a new production by selecting “Create New.”

3. Add your first video clip by selecting the “+” button and then “Video.” Work your way across the timeline adding more items by clicking the “+” buttons at the spot you would like to add them. Note that you can reorder the items in the storyboard by simply dragging them to a different position.


Click the “Play” button to view what you’ve done.

 

4.  Save your work by clicking the “Save” button.  You can leave Movie Creator by clicking on “Return to Library” and come back later to do more editing.  Movies you’re still working on will show up in your Library with a grey “In Production” thumbnail.

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When you’re satisfied with your work, open your video in Movie Creator and select “Finalize Movie.”  Your video will be rendered into your Pixorial Library, which can take some time depending on file size and server loads.  In the meantime, your video will have a grey “Processing” icon.

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When your video is done, a thumbnail will appear.  Your video is now ready!

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Didn't catch all that? Don't worry -- we lay out all the details below.  Just keep reading!

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MOVIE CREATOR: EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW

Adding Video:

Click on a “+” button in the storyboard where you would like your video to appear. When the menu pops up, select “Video.” A window will open up that has the same organization we use in your Pixorial Library. You can click on a folder name to locate the videos in that folder. Select the video or videos you would like to add and click the “Add” button. Click “Add All” if you would like to include all the videos in this view.

Click "Add Video" to add selected video or videos.  "Add All Videos" will add every video in your Pixorial Library.

 Reorder the videos in the storyboard by simply dragging them to a different position.

Drag items to change their position

Click the “Edit” button that appears when you move your cursor over a video if you would like to trim the beginning or ending of the video. When the trim window opens, drag the left and/or right trimmers (the gold icons on each end of the video timeline) to establish the start and end points. You also have the option to rotate the video if needed. This is useful when working with video taken with a smartphone.  NOTE: Trims made in Movie Creator do not permanently alter your original videos, and you can re-use an original video in as many Movie Creator Productions as you like.

 

Drag the left and/or right trimmers to establish the start and end points

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Adding Photos:

Click on a “+” button in the storyboard where you would like a photo to appear. When the menu pops up, select “Photo.” A window will open up that will allow you to Upload a photo from your computer or Add a selected photo. If you have not uploaded any photos yet, click the “Upload” button to find a photo you would like to add to your production. Once you have photos added, locate the photo you would like to add and click the “Add” button to add the photo to the Storyboard. 

Select a photo or Upload a new photo

Reorder the photos in the storyboard by simply dragging them to a different position.

Click the “Edit” button that appears when you move your cursor over a photo if you would like to change the duration (the amount of time the photo will appear), scale the photo larger or smaller, rotate the photo, or drag the photo to a different position within the window. From the Edit window, you can also Delete the photo or select Reset if you would like to reset the duration or rotation.

 

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Adding a Transition:

Click a “+” button where you would like to place a transition. When the menu pops up, select from one of the available transitions. You can use a “Fade” transition at the beginning or ending of a production in order to fade into or out of your video.

Once a transition is added, you can double-click on it or click the Edit button to change the length of the transition.

Click on the transition and press the Play button to see how it looks when playing. This is a quick way to check your transitions.

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Adding Title Blocks:

Click on a “+” button in the storyboard where you would like to add a title. When the menu pops up, select “Titles.” Note that these title blocks will appear between your videos and/or transitions. We’ll cover how to “Overlay” text on top of your video later in these instructions.

Once a title is placed in the storyboard, it will switch to a view that allows you to pick a font, adjust the size, the style, alignment, color, and duration of the title.

You can move the title to any position you like within the video window with a simple click and drag.

Click the “Done” button when you’re happy with the title placement and look.

If you would like to make changes to the title, you can either double-click on the title block in the storyboard, or click on the title and click the “Edit” button. 

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Adding Credits:

Click on a “+” button in the storyboard where you would like to add your scrolling credits. When the menu pops up, select “Credits.” Note that these credit blocks will not playback over your video. We’ll cover how to “Overlay” credits on top of your video later in these instructions.

Once a credit is placed in the storyboard, it will switch to a view that allows you to pick a font, adjust the size, the style, alignment, color, and duration of the credits.

You can move the credits left or right on the screen to position them by simply clicking and dragging the credit text field.

Click the “Done” button when you’re happy with the placement and look of the credits.

Click on the select the credit icon and click the “Play” button to check the playback speed of the credits.

If you would like to make changes to the credits, you can either doubleclick on the credit block in the storyboard, or click on the credit icon and click the “Edit” button.

 

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Adding Overlay Text:

Click on the “Overlay Text” button that is next to the video preview window.

Once the Overlay Text button is selected, sample text will appear over the video and the Storyboard will change to a view that allows you to pick a font, adjust the size, the style, alignment, color, and duration of the title.

You can move the text to any position you like within the video window with a simple click and drag.

Click the “Done” button when you’re happy with the overlay text placement and look.

If you would like to make changes to the text, you can either doubleclick on the text indicator that is above the timeline, or move the playback head to where the text is located, then click on the overlay text to toggle to edit mode. Click “Done” when you are happy with your updates.

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Adding Overlay Credits:

Click on the “Overlay Credits” button that is next to the video preview window.

Once the Overlay Credits button is selected, sample text will appear over the video and the Storyboard will change to a view that allows you to pick a font, adjust the size, the style, alignment, color, and duration of the title.

You can slide the text credit text field side to side within the video window with a simple click and drag.

Click the “Done” button when you’re happy with the overlay credits placement and look.

If you would like to make changes to the text, you can either doubleclick on the overlay credits indicator that is above the timeline, or move the playback head to where the credit text is located, then click on the credit text to toggle to edit mode. Click “Done” when you are happy with your updates.

 

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Adding a Music Track:

Move the playback head (the green diamond) to the point where you would like the music track to start. Click “Add Song” to choose from hundreds of music tracks provided by Pixorial, or click the “Upload” button to add your own song.

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Click the Add Song button to add a music track

 

Once a music track is added and selected, by clicking on the track, information and options will be presented below the track. You can Replace or Delete a track, adjust the Start Offset (where the song will start if you do not want it to start from the beginning of the song), or you can adjust the Duration of the song. To change the Start Offset or the Duration, simply move your cursor over the time that is indicated then click and hold down the mouse or trackpad button. The cursor will change to a double arrow pointing left and right. Once you see the double arrow, move the cursor to the left or right to change the time.

 

If you would like to change the position of the music track (if there is room) simply click and drag it to a new position.

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Save and Share:

Once you finish your production, click the “Save” button and give it a name, if you have not done so already.

Click Save, name your video, then click Add to Library when you are ready to share the video.

After you save, the “Finalize Movie” button will be available. Clicking the “Finalize Movie” button will close Movie Creator and bring you back to the Library where you’ll see that your video is being processed. Note that you can go ahead and share your video without waiting for it to be completely processed. The video will continue to processes on Pixorial’s servers, then will be delivered or posted as soon as it is ready. For more information on video sharing, please see this article.

 

That’s it! Have fun creating your video stories with Movie Creator and sharing them with Pixorial!



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