How to work with video objects?

How to work with video objects?

Learn about pausing, looping or splitting video objects

In the editor, you can work with a variety of video objects:

  • Some Moovly libraries contain video objects with animations or motion graphics 
  • You can upload your own videos from your computer or using the Moovly app
  • Third party libraries such as the Storyblocks or iStock Getty Images libraries contain millions of video objects you can use in your projects.

Once you have dragged a video object from a library to the Stage, you can modify its presence and behavior in different ways. On the Stage, you can resize it, reposition it and rotate it in the same way as with other visual objects, like images. On the Timeline, you can splitloop or pause a video.

1. Splitting a video

Splitting can be useful if you wish to crop a video object. To split a video that is on the Timeline, you can right-click the blue time bar and select "Split at Playhead" or click "Split" below the Timeline. The video object will be cut in two and split over two layers. You can still adjust the edge by dragging it left or right (switch off the Snap function if needed for finetuning).

Note: you can always make a video object shorter by clicking its right edge in the Timeline and dragging it to the left.

2. Looping a video

When you want to use a video object for longer than its actual length, you can loop it. This might be interesting for background videos or videos with motion graphics or animations you would like to repeat for a while.

To loop a video object, just drag its right edge to the right: the video will become longer by repeating itself one or more times:

3. Pausing a video

When you use a video object in your project, it will play by default, from the first second. In certain occasions, you may want to pause a video, e.g. to freeze a frame and put other items over it (an arrow, a box, text...) to draw the attention to  something. 

To pause a video, first select it on the Timeline, open the Add animation menu, choose Move & Transform and select Add pause: 

A default pause is then added to your video. You can adjust it by dragging the first keypoint (the pause start) left or right as well as the second keypoint (continuing playback):

4. Tinting a video

Video objects can now be tinted with a color (see the Properties of a video object and look for the Tint option):

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