Using Lumen5 to turn your blog post into a video

Did you know that your own content, produced to a high standard, is not only one of your most powerful online assets, but also a gift you can continue to give? Your own content forms the basis for a position in Google, ensures brand and/or brand awareness and is the basic means with which you can generate online income.

It’s also up to you to repurpose from written content to slideshows, video, rich media, and more. The prevalence and interest in video consumption is of particular interest to anyone looking to make waves and gain traction online.

Lumen – A way to create animation videos easily

Not an expert in making videos? You don’t have to worry. Among the tools available online, Lumen5an intuitive drag and drop video tool, can help you quickly and easily turn your written content into engaging animated shareable video.

Prices range from free to Enterprise-level plans. The free version gives you access to:

  • Popular themes.
  • The default media library.
  • More than 3,000 music tracks.

You can also create and download five videos per month. The video’s resolution is lower than paid versions and will include the Lumen5 logo in the credits.

If you want to remove the logo and create a higher resolution video, you need to upgrade. However, the upgraded cost is very reasonable compared to the value. The lowest tier package costs just $29/month when billed monthly and $19/month if billed annually ($228).

Try using Lumen5 for free first follow the steps below. If you like it and want to upgrade, you can always do that later.

Choose a size

When you click Make video, you will be given the option to choose the social media format or custom format that you want to use. Or you can skip this step.

Please note that you can change this at any time. The options available are for:

  • facebook.
  • Instagram.
  • tweet.
  • Snapchat.
  • youtube.
  • LinkedIn.
  • Pinterest.
  • Custom (landscape, square, vertical, letterbox).

Choose a theme

Lumen5 offers several themes for you to choose from.

Notice your video

Add your brand to your videos by adding a logo, setting the color scheme and selecting or uploading the desired font.

Start by clicking Style in the navigation on the left.

Add your logo

You can choose to upload or not include your logo by clicking the button next to Watermark† If it’s green, it means your uploaded logo will appear in your video.

The coverage and position of your logo is also up to you. Click the drop-down menu next to each to see your options and choose one.

Choose your colors

Of the Style menu option, you can select the text and background colors that match your brand identity.

You can change the theme by clicking the change theme knob. Click the drop-down button next to each option to find the color of the text, subtitle, highlighted area, and accent color you want to use.

Follow the same process to select the font you want or upload your own.

Convert your existing content

There are three easy ways you can convert your existing content with Lumen5. You can:

  • Enter the URL of your blog post.
  • Copy and paste your text in the space provided.
  • Upload your own images and videos.

Your storyboard

A base is automatically created for your video whether you enter a URL or paste content into the text box.

The text will appear in your editing dashboard on the left side of the screen. The storyboard appears on the right.

When you enter a URL, Lumen5 uses artificial intelligence (AI) to hand-pick phrases (see the highlighted text) and images for you.

You have the option to keep their suggestions or clear the board.

If you choose to accept the AI ​​suggestions, you can still make changes. For example, suppose you want to include the first paragraph. Click on it and it will be added to the storyboard.

The system will automatically create a subscene (an extra slide with the same image or video) if your text is too long.

The procedure is the same if you choose to ignore the AI ​​suggestions.

Edit text

To edit the text in your storyboard, click in the box and make the changes you want. You can edit, add or delete text.

Using AI, Lumen5 automatically calculates:

  • Where to place the text.
  • How long each slide should be.
  • Which text should be highlighted.

However, you can overwrite the suggestions and make any changes you want. Please note that the media background will be animated in the rendered video. You can preview the animation for each slide by clicking Example

You can choose what kind of text you want (if any). Your options are:

  • Title.
  • Flat text.
  • Quote.
  • No text.

For example, if you want your text to be Title Text, click Title and it will change.

Note that the text in the slide above used as the title text cuts off the word Run† You have a few choices to resolve this.

Change the position of the text

Clicking in the slide near the text opens some more editing features, including: Text position† This is the function you want to use.

If you center the text, no word is hyphenated. However, it still cuts off the hyphenated words. It’s better than before, but still not ideal.

You can play with the text and summarize it to make it fit better. For this tutorial I changed the text to read Get your small business up and running online in 2 steps

That looks much better. If you try different variations of location and verbiage and it still doesn’t look right for you, you can change it back to plain text from Title text.

When you are editing your text and want to force a word to the next line, and you click the enter key on your computer, Lumen5 creates a subscene (extra slide).

To keep the text on the same slide, hold down the “Shift” key on your computer while pressing . press enter

Highlight text

Start by selecting the text you want to highlight and click the highlight icon. The image below shows the results.

Choose your media

You have control over every aspect of each slide, including choosing a background from the media library or uploading your own (maximum size is 15 MB).

  • Select Media from the left navigation to search and choose media from the Library, GIFsand Uploads† Also note that there is a filter for you to choose from Videos, Photosor editorial
  • Once you’ve found a media file you want to include in your storyboard, drag it from the media area to the slide where you want to use it.

More editing options

Although Lumen5 automatically assigns the playing time of each slide, you can change it. Look for the time icon and click the plus or minus sign to change how long the slide should last.

Crop a video or change the layout

  • click on More options seen in the screenshot above. A pop-up window opens where you can change the layout or dim level.
  • You can also adjust the length of a video background by clicking trimming from the same pop-up window.

Add or delete a scene or subscene

Look at the green bar at the bottom of the slide in the image below.

When you click on the + sign, you will see that you can add a scene or a subscene.

The down arrow, which is on the left side of the slide, moves the slide down your storyboard. Since this is the first slide, you will only see a down arrow.

Other slides have both an up and down arrow to move the slide where you want it.

The trash can icon is exactly what it seems. Click it to remove any slide you don’t want to include in your video.

Add music

Lumen5 gives you access to a library of copyright-free audio files. You can also upload your own. Select Music from the left navigation area.

Note that you can also sort the library by mood, making it easier to find a song with the right feel for your video.

Listen to a song by clicking the Play icon on the left. Once you’ve found (or uploaded) the music you want, you can apply it to the video by clicking on it.

If you don’t want to record music, leave that section blank.

Watch and publish your video

When you have all your slides the way you want them, you can preview the video to make sure you’re happy with it. You can then go back and edit it further or publish your video.

Look in the top right corner of your storyboard to see the total length of the video. If you want, you can click the dropdown next to the time and change the speed to Fast or Slowly† The default is normal

Click To publish when you’re ready to let Lumen5 work its magic. It will take a few minutes for your video to appear. You will receive an email when it is ready.

Go back to your dashboard and click on your finished video. You can upload it to Facebook, share it on Instagram, download it to your computer, or edit it if you want to make even more changes.

Lumen5 offers a wide range of options and features to help you create an engaging, engaging and professional video to promote your business.

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