Vidds 2.0 Update:
The 6 Month Cut

When we launched Vidds earlier this year, we planned to provide monthly Vidds updates on our blog. It turns out launching, talking to users, and building what they want can be time consuming! 😛

We’ve been announcing new features in our newsletter, but haven’t kept up on the blog, so we decided to summarize all of the features since our launch in one big Vidds 2.0 update post!

Don’t be surprised if you notice a theme for these new features — they’re all focused on making video creation and editing easier, so you can spend less time while creating better videos!

There’s so much packed into this Vidds 2.0 update post, you might just want to read this TL;DR to see what’s relevant to you 😉

  • Quick Start Videos – Full videos you you can quickly use, customize with your own content, and download.
  • Reusable Scenes – Save any scene you create or customize so you can use it in your other videos later.
  • Multiple Audio Tracks – Add multiple tracks, for example if you want music and a voice over.
  • Scene Transitions – Easily add sleek transitions between your scenes.
  • New Render Engine – Our new render engine is up to 10x faster.
  • Music Library Upgrade – Tons more tracks, genres, and a UI to make it easier to find what you want.
  • Brand Kits – Save your fonts and colors, then apply it to any video.
  • Affiliate Program – Love Vidds? Share the love and make some money.
  • Animations – Fun new animations to make your videos stand out and highlight important content.
  • Video Sharing – Quickly share your renders.
  • Keyboard Shortcuts – Edit more quickly and accurately with keyboard shortcuts.

QuickStart Videos

Need to knock out a quick social media post or create a quick promo? Check out our new QuickStart videos at the top of your dashboard!

These are curated videos ready for you to customize. Just click the “Start” button, customize text, media and colors in each scene, then download your new video!

Just like any video you create, these are fully customizable. You can change elements and styles, add or remove scenes, resize, and much more.

We hope this will help you jumpstart the creation process. Let us know how it goes and what kind of videos you like to post so we can work to create more templates for you!

Create Reusable Scenes

Do you want a similar intro or outro in all of your videos? Have you created that perfect template for your main content? Awesome! Let’s get your existing scenes working harder for you!

If you’d like to reuse a scene in your other videos, just click the 3 dots in the upper left corner (next to “Scene Length” & “Animation Time”), then select Save and give it a name.

Now, whenever you add a scene to a video, you’ll see a list of your saved scenes so you can add them in!

Multiple Background Audio Tracks

Sometimes one background audio track isn’t enough. You might need to have music and a voiceover. Well, now you can easily do that with our multiple audio tracks feature. Simply click “add audio track” in the project settings section and then select which tracks you want to use (choose from stock or upload your own), then simply set the volume and you’re good to go.

Scene Transitions

Video creation with Vidds gets better with every new feature, and this is a good one. We released 6 new scene transitions which you can add between scenes for a more dynamic, polished look to your videos!

Scene Transitions
Scene transitions in action.

Add transitions by clicking the icon between scene thumbnails in the Scene List. Then select the transition that you’d like to use and set the speed by clicking the gear icon to fine tune the look a feel.

Adding scene transitions

Selecting a scene transitionConfigure scene transition

1. Cut

The most common transition in video editing is the cut or “jump cut” where you move directly from one scene to the next without any effects.

2. Fade

The popular and subtle “fade” transition blends the current scene with the next for a smooth transition from one to the other.

3. Slide

Choose from Up, Down, Left and Right for this awesome sliding transition!

4. Flip

For an exciting and dynamic transition use the “Flip” option, it will literally spin your world around (before putting it right again!).

5. Blast Out

This fast zoom out transition packs a punch and will bring any video to life.

6. Blast In

Cousin of the Blast Out, the Blast In offers a fast zoom in transition – they naturally work well together for a great outcome.

Our New Render Engine is Live!

One of our more complex technical improvements, we built a new render backend to speed up the process and make it more reliable.

The new renderer is awesome and speeds up the export time for all videos, but it really begins to shine when videos are a minute or more in length, where it can improve render times by up to 10x!

Render speed

Our Music Library got an Upgrade! ️

We had a pretty limited set of background audio tracks. It was difficult to find one that fit, both because of the limited list, and the interface wasn’t easy to navigate.

This update means we’ve now doubled the size of our music library! We made a concerted effort (pun intended) to broaden the selection of music. To improve the experience of adding music to your videos, we’ve included both genre and mood filters to help you find exactly what you’re looking for!

Add audio to video

But that’s not all! You can now add stock music directly in your scenes by clicking the “Add Media” button and choosing “Stock Audio” to access the list. That means you can put a short music clip in a single scene.

Don’t forget that you can also add multiple background audio tracks if you’d like to have a voice over and music 🙂

Brand Kits are Here! ️

If you create videos often, you know how hard it can be to keep a consistent look and feel for each element and between scenes. To help with this, we just launched Brand Kits in Vidds, and it’s crazy easy to get started!

When editing a video, just click the “Brand Kit” option in the Project Settings section on the right. Next, click “Create New Kit”, then select the fonts and colors you’d like to use. Yep, it’s that easy!

Once you’ve done that, new elements you add will automatically use your brand selections! And once you’ve created a brand kit, you can use it in all of your future videos 🙂

Brand kits even work on the library of Vidds’ pre-designed templates!

Vidds Update - Brand Kit List
Vidds Update - Brand Kit Editor

More details about Brand Kits

What is a brand kit? In Vidds, it gives you a Heading font, a Regular font, and 5 colors: Primary (text), Secondary (highlights/background), and 3 accents. Those are recommended uses, but you can swap and use them any way you see fit!

Your older videos will not automatically apply brand kits, but your new ones will.

If you’ve applied a brand kit to your video, but want to retain the original style of a template you add, you can just click the 3-dot menu and choose “Disable Branding” to disable it just for the one scene.

You can create multiple brand kits and switch between them in any video. This is great for subtle differences, dark mode, or working with multiple brands.

You can edit your brand kit fonts and colors at any time. Once you save the changes, it will apply to all videos that use that kit!

Even if you’re using a brand kit, you can still change the fonts and colors of individual elements any time you need to. Brand kits are an extension, and they’re not meant to lock you into the 2 fonts and 5 colors provided.

You can also disable branding for a video by selecting “No Brand Kit”

We Have an Affiliate Program!

It’s official. We’ve launched an affiliate program for Vidds users. This means rewards in return for every referral that signs up to a paid Vidds plan!

You can contact us to join the program!

An affiliate program is important to us as it’s a way to give back to the Vidds community as we continue to grow and develop our product.

Animations

We added some new animations. These are “Highlight” animations, so they happen while your elements are in view and can help add character and movement to your scenes.

Vidds Update - New Animations

– Perspective: Add a 3D aspect to your elements!

– Float: This was our first “repeating” animation. Choose this to have your element float up and down slowly, great for drawing attention to text or giving background elements some motion.

– Pulse: Similar to the repeating Float animation, this animation repeats slowly, but grows and shrinks in-place, giving you more options for drawing attention to an element.

Share your videos easily!

After you’ve rendered a video, we hope you’re excited to show your team, client, boss, aunt or whoever you share your videos with. Right next to the Download button, we’ve added a Share tool. It creates a link you can send to others so they can quickly view the video – no need to download and send files!

If you’d like a layer of privacy to restrict who can view your video, you can set a password so only those with the link and the password can access it.

We also track the number of views of the video, so you can see how many times it’s been watched.

Next to the Download button, there’s now also a “Play” button so you can see the full rendered video before you download or share it!

Vidds Update - Share Videos
Password protected share

Keyboard Shortcuts

Keyboard Shortcuts

Edit more precisely (and more quickly) with keyboard shortcuts!

Sometimes, your mouse just isn’t enough. If you need pixel-perfect videos, or just want to speed up your workflow, a keyboard can be your best friend!

Try out the new keyboard shortcuts in Vidds

We’re releasing an initial version of shortcuts with the most common and useful actions available at the tip of your fingers.

Here’s the full list: (quick note – On MacOS, the Cmd/Command key is used instead of Ctrl)

Left/Right/Up/Down: Move the selected element 1 pixel using your arrow keys.

Shift + Arrow Keys: Need to move them farther? Use Shift + an arrow key to move the element 10 pixels.

Ctrl + Arrow Keys: Use the Ctrl/Cmd key with an arrow to change the width or height of an element by 1 pixel. You can combine this with the Shift key to change it by 10 pixels.

Ctrl + Z: Undo

Delete/Backspace: Delete the selected element.

Ctrl + S: Save your video

And one more, for the mouse: Shift + Drag

When you are using your mouse, you can now hold down the Shift key to disable snapping to the grid.

And More...

We also made plenty of smaller changes to make your life easier. There are too many to list, but here are a few.

Project Settings

Instead of one edit button, each option in the Project Settings (on the righthand side) is now directly editable which saves time and is less confusing.

Edit the Project Title in the Nav Bar (at the top)

We removed the title from Project Settings, you can now edit it directly at the top, in the nav bar, just click the title and change it.

Element Order & Timing section

We cleaned up the look of the timing bar, and now the points where an element animates in or out are indicated by the soft gradient at either end. Also, when an element is selected we now indicate this by highlighting it within the Element Timing & Order list.

Crop Videos & Images into Shapes

Want your profile picture in a circle or your product image inside a star? We’ve added a quick shape crop feature so you can instantly crop your videos and images into exciting shapes to make your videos more fun. You’ll find it next to the “Media Size” options when editing a media element.

 

We Keep Going!

At Vidds, we constantly strive to make video creation quick, easy, cost effective, and as fun as possible. We’re excited about what the next 6 months will bring!

You, the Vidds Creators, keep us going. There is no better feeling than getting feedback and building tools that we know will help. So keep in touch, and let us know any time you find something to improve Vidds!