Wochit Updates

Wochit is constantly improving to give you the best video making experience. Check back here for an overview of the latest updates to the Wochit platform!

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July 31st 2017 Release
Sound and Volume Control

Sound and volume settings can now be controlled from the new Audio section on the asset toolbar. The old audio presets have been improved and now include the option for even more control with a new Custom audio setting. The new feature will allow you to adjust sound levels manually to set the perfect mix of ambient noise and background music for a specific clip.

The New Terminology:

Mix = Background Sound. BG Music Only = Muted. Video Only = Soundbite

(Any previous customizations made to your production through your CSM will still be in effect)

The new improvements to the sound options in your video also mean that the audio levels in the asset editor (including asset, narration and background music) and your rough cut preview will be IDENTICAL to the audio levels in full preview and your final video.

No more surprises! What you hear while editing will be exactly what you get for your final produced video.

1. Setting the audio levels for your video is now exclusively done on the Timeline.  So you no longer choose the audio level for your video clips from the Media Selection stage, and the Audio presets have been removed to reflect that. Check out this article for more information on the new voice over work flow.

This means that you will no longer need to go through the additional soundbite placement step. Instead, scripting, segmenting and recording your voice over is all done in one place.

By splitting your script into multiple segments you create gaps or breaks in the Timeline. You’re able to place both multiple videos or images in these gaps to get your desired effect.

Feature Fixes + Updates

 Split tool: Previously, when you split an asset on the timeline, overlays and effects were applied only on the first asset. Since its easier to remove overlays rather then add overlays, effects will now stay on both parts of the split asset.

Blur custom overlay:  Added ease in/out and control to invert selection.

July 9th 2017 Release

Blur Feature

Wochit now allows you to Blur out objects in an image or video using the tool under the Overlays menu. Giving you the ability to adjust the size and the position of the blur and the rate of pixilation from 1 – 100 to get your desired effect. This is a great way to censor an object, or person in your video in addition to giving you another option as a background for your free text.

Keep in mind, we currently only allow for one blur per asset which will appear for the duration of the asset. In addition, because it is available under the Overlays menu you cannot use it in conjunction with any other overlay tool like the quote feature.

Scene Detection

In an effort to make it easier to select a segment for a video package we’ve added scene detection as a feature in our media library. Scene detection, will go through the full video package to detect different scenes and then segment it off so you can easily search and add clips to your Lightbox.

Scene detection will be enabled automatically and start working when you first open the video clip in Media Selection. It will then allow you to scroll from one scene to the next to easily find the clip you’re looking for!

Undo/Redo

To compliment the recent addition of our Auto-Save feature we’ve added the undo/redo functionality to our Timeline. Located just above the Timeline you will see the addition of two new icons which will allow you to take your project 20 steps backwards or forward, and you can use your keyboard shortcuts!

The feature allows you to undo/redo actions done to the make up of your Timeline. For example, changing the length of an asset on the Timeline, using the scissor crop tool, removing an asset placed on the Timeline, or adding one from your Lightbox.

Keep in mind once you change the aspect ratio of your video or make changes to a specific asset like adding text or an overlay the feature will reset and will not apply to those actions.

June 6th 2017 Release

Transitions

Auto Transition Support: You now have the option to turn off the auto transition at the story or project level.

As you may be aware, Wochit adds an automatic transition between the videos and images on your timeline. Up till now there was only an option to remove that transition on a per asset basis with this new update, you can adjust the transition for your entire project with one click.

Consistency: The same transitions you see on the full preview will remain on the final produced video, no more surprises!

Timeline Editing

Split Tool: The newest option to edit the length of your video segments is to use the scissor tool to split the selected clip into two pieces. This is an ideal tool if you want to use an overlay like the quote tool on only a part of the original segment you cut.

  1. Make sure the clip you want to splice is on the Timeline
  2. Click on the clip on the Timeline to select it, you should see a blue handle marking the in and out point on either side of the clip and the toolbar with the edit pencil, scissors, and trashcan icons
  3. Drag the pink scrubber to the point where you want the clip to split.
  4. Once you reach the desired point, click on the scissor icon in the toolbar
  5. The two clips will begin to process. Any overlays, including text overlays, quotes, supers or credits will be placed on the first clip, leaving the second one blank

Upload Assets Straight to the Lightbox: 

We have added a new and quick way to add assets to your light box. You can now simply drag and drop your images and short videos (under 2 minutes) over the Timeline light box and they will begin to upload for use in your video.

Assets you’ve uploaded through this method will also be available for use in future videos in your gallery. Using the Mobile Upload or Media Library option should still be your preferred process to bring footage into Wochit due to size restrictions using this method.

Free Text Updates

Align and Distribution Options: This new tool will help to improve the accuracy and simplicity of placing multiple text boxes on an asset. The new Align and Distribute tool bar is available underneath the Basic Text Toolbox 

  • Align: Orders all the visible text boxes according to the selected element.  Available when 2 or more text elements are seen on the asset. Bring all the text boxes to the left side or right side of the screen with the click of a button. In addition to being able to place all text boxes right on top of each other if you were going to play around with the timing.
  • Distribute: Sets the same vertical spaces between the text overlays. This option is only available when 3 or more text elements are on the asset.

Enriched Text Shadow Options: Includes 4 shadow presets to adjust the angle and depth of the shadow, in addition to the option to manually change the shadow opacity, angle and distance. We’re excited to see the new and creative ways our users will use this tool to make their text POP!

New Text Animation: Just added! You now have the option to have your text appear from top to bottom in your videos.

Spell Checker: In the past you’ve seen the spell check option in the free text toolbox, to clean it up a little bit we’ve moved it to the user settings screen. Now you’ll be able to turn it on from there and also choose between our service and the one provided by your (chrome) browser.

Production Lines

Production Line Selection: We’ve all done it, started a video gotten all the way to the timeline before realizing that you’re in the wrong production line! OH THE HUMANITY!

Although you shouldn’t panic because our support team would be happy to help you out when that happens  we’ve made some changes to prevent it from happening again!

You will now be able to select which production line you’re going to be working in from the Media Search bar on the Make New Videos screen. I see less oops moments in our future!

Add a Default Production Line: You’ll see this option on the settings page. We now offer an option to select your default production line as opposed to it being the last one you worked in.

 

 

May 19th 2017 Release

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Free text is by far the most flexible option for adding text to your video. With the freedom to customize the color, font, size, placement, timing and animation of your text there are endless combinations that will work for your content and audience. This article will go over some of the recent updates to free-text you may not be aware of, for more on the basics of using free text, check out this article. 

Text Animation

Text animation from the free text toolbar allows you to customize the way your text box appears on the screen. As part of an initiative to enrich the options that we provide to all our users we have added 2 more text box animation options which are a Typewriter and Word by Word. You can add them using the drop down menu in the free text toolbar.

Free Text Grid

We’ve just added a new grid option as part of our agenda of creating tools that will assist creators in making professional and polished videos as easily as possible. With a snap option for both box movement and resizing, we hope the new grid will help in placing text boxes consistently across your different projects.

The snap functionality will also carry over to the placement of multiple text boxes on an asset. With the goal of helping you to avoid the accidental placement of text boxes on top of one another. The text boxes will now snap next to each other with the ability to make detailed adjustments by clicking on the blue handles around the box and using your arrow keys.

To use the grid:

  1. Click on the free text option from the Edit Image/Video overlay
  2. Above the free text toolbar on the right hand side of your screen you will see the Grid icon
  3. Click on it to toggle the grid on or off
  4. Add your text boxes, you’ll notice that the boxes will snap to the grid and other text boxes
  5. With the text box handles selected, use the arrow keys on your keyboard to make detailed adjustments to the placement
  6. Click on a corner handle of the text box and drag to adjust both the box size and the font size automatically

Copy and Paste

Wochit now allows for the option to copy/paste a text box. You can copy a text box and paste it on the same asset, different assets, and even another story. This will help if you ever need to swap out one asset for another on your video and you don’t want to lose all the work you did on formatting your text, even the text timing is saved!

Please note – the Copy/Paste works only with keyboard shortcuts – listed below for your convenience

  • Mac:
    • Copy: Command + C
    • Paste: Command + V
  • PC:
    • Copy: CTRL + C
    • Paste: CTRL + V

To use the copy and paste feature:

  1. Add both the assets to your Timeline
  2. Format the text box on your first asset
  3. Using the keyboard shortcut, copy the text to your clipboard 
  4. Using the arrows on the left and right hand side of the Edit Image overlay, move to the asset you want to paste the text on
  5. Using the keyboard shortcut, paste the text on the new asset

Control Free Text Overlay Timingchange-the-text-timing

Free text timing is an easy way to add multiple text boxes on one asset with different in and out points. A great tool if you are working with limited footage and you want your text boxes to appear over specific points or you want to put a caption effect on your video.

  1. Start by clicking the grey T (Text) icon to add Free text to the media asset
  2. Add another text box by clicking on the T+ icon on the top of the Edit image overlay
  3. As you continue to add new text boxes and place them on the image/ video,  bars will appear below the asset with the copy from your text boxes (as seen above)
  4. If you hover over the the different bars with your mouse blue handles will appear on either end
  5. Control the timing of each text box by clicking and dragging the blue handle of the corresponding bar to the desired time marker
  6. To help with timing out your text boxes click and drag on the pink scrubber to go through the video clip
  7. Get creative! With the ability to add up to 8 text overlays per asset

You may also want to check out the articles on Text Styles and the full article on Free Text to learn more about your different text options in Wochit.

 

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