27 Jul 2020
Welcome to Renderforest - Video Maker, our new app for iPhone users. The app has been in development for the past year, during which we aimed to create an app that would include all the functionality of the web version of our video maker while making it even more straightforward and intuitive.
With the tools now available in the app, businesses and individuals can create the broadcast-quality videos they need on the go effortlessly.
To assist you with getting started, we’ve written a short, but comprehensive guide that will introduce you to the main features of “Renderforest - Video Maker,” so that you can make the best of it. Let’s dive in!
When you open the app for the first time, you’ll be greeted with a warm message and a 3-step tutorial on how to use the app. Click “Next” to watch it, or skip the tutorial to proceed to the app right away.
After the tutorial, the app will redirect you to our video templates library. There are four navigation options in the menu panel below, which we will discuss in detail later in the article.
To access the app's full functionality and create videos, we recommend you to start with signing in to your account. For this, select the "More" section on the bottom right. If you have an existing account, type in your email and password, and hit "Continue." Alternatively, you can sign in with Apple, Facebook, and Google.
In case you don't have an account yet, click the "Sign Up" button on the bottom.
You’ll be redirected to the sign-up page, where you can register using an email, or through your Apple, Facebook, or Google accounts. After you sign up, it’s the right time to start exploring the app.
To start the video creation process, browse through the wide selection of available video templates in the "Templates" section on the bottom-left of the page and pick the one that best fits your project's aesthetics and aim. For simpler search, you can sort the templates by the upload dates, the number of exports, or by trending.
Alternatively, navigate to the “Create” section next to “Templates.” From here, you can select what type of video you want to create and the category. Then, choose one of the suggested templates. Using advanced filters is a simpler way to find the perfect template for your project.
You'll be presented with a selection of scenes matching your preferences. You can watch a small preview of each template to see how they look by clicking on the template.
Once you've found the perfect template for your project, hit "Use This Template" to start the creation process. In this tutorial, we'll go with "3D Explainer Video Toolkit" and create an explainer video.
After choosing the template, you'll be prompted to select one of the two options of making a video: using a ready-made story or manually adding scenes. Let's look at both options separately.
The “Add a Scene” section is where you start crafting your video from scratch by manually browsing and selecting the scenes that represent your idea or product accurately.
For simpler navigation, the scenes are separated by categories. Go through each category, and pick the scenes you want to add to your video. Insert scenes one by one, or select several and add them at once. You’ll be able to delete scenes or add new ones later if there is a need.
In the “Load a Preset” section, you can find an extensive catalog of pre-made video stories for different business and personal needs that aim to streamline and simplify the creation of animation. Go through the preset list, preview the stories, and if there is a preset that fits your needs, start editing it by clicking on “Use This Preset.”
On the next step, you can go through the scenes and make changes if there is a need. Duplicate the scenes, reorder, delete them, or add new ones, to customize the storyline. To edit each scene separately, select the scene and click on the edit button on the left.
In the scene editor, you have a vast selection of tools at your disposal that you can use to edit and personalize each scene. Type in your message in the text field, and adjust the font size to make the text smaller or bigger.
Based on your text's length, our editor suggests an optimal scene duration; however, you can change the duration from the pencil menu on the top-left.
In case you need to replace the scene or find a more fitting one, you can do so right from the scene editor, by selecting the “Replace Scene” option. You’ll be presented with the scene categories, from where you can select the new scene you want to replace the old one with.
After the edits, you can preview how your scene looks by using the snapshot feature, and make additional changes if needed.
If you want to add your own images to the video, you can do so by selecting scenes with image holders. Depending on the number of photos you want the scene to contain, you can choose a holder with single or multiple images. Click “Replace” on the bottom of the screen to add the image. You can add images to your video in four options: use a camera to take a photo at the moment, add an image URL, select an image from your media library, or add a photo from your camera roll.
You can adjust the photo's size by filling or fitting it in the holder for a better look.
To add your own footage to the animation, select scenes with video holders. You can add the video in four ways: using the camera, inserting a video URL, adding an existing video from the camera roll, or selecting a video from your media library.
Once you’ve added your message and visuals to the scenes, the next step is to edit the style of the scenes to set the overall look and mood.
Next, go to the “Color” section to customize the colors and match them with your brand style. Select from the existing color palettes, or pick custom colors for different components of your video.
“Music” section is where you can add a catchy background tune to your video. Select from more than 100 tunes available on the app, or upload your music from your device.
After you’re done with the editing process, go to the “Preview” section to preview and export your video. Select “Free Preview” to watch the video and make sure you’re satisfied with the result. If there are any changes you want to make, you can go back to the editor.
Once the video is finalized, you can export it in your preferred resolution from the “Export High Quality” section.
The video will be saved in your account, and you can access it for editing or downloading anytime from “My videos.” You can also access the video settings from a three-dot menu near the video title.
“More” section on the bottom right is where you can access and edit your account settings, see your media library, upload new visuals, upgrade your account, and get support if there is a need.
Head to “My Profile” to edit your account information, check your storage and subscription status, and manage your privacy settings.
In the media library section, you can add and keep your media files to always have them at hand.
From “Help and Support,” you can find answers to some of the most commonly asked questions. Type the question you may have or scroll down to the list of frequently asked questions.
In case you need further assistance, you can contact our 24/7 support team directly from the “Send Feedback” section.
The launch of "Renderforest - Video Maker" app is a big step towards simplifying video creation and making it more accessible. In the article above, we've tried to introduce you to our new app's main functionalities to make the creation process as smooth as possible.
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