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Using Vyond: The Basics

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Using Vyond: The Basics

Hi Guys, I’m Hannah the Marketing Manager for Omniplex and Cursim. If you’ve ever been on any of my webinars, or met me at any of our community events, you’ll know I love Vyond! It truly is one of my favourite tools, it makes creating high-quality videos so easy – that they’re actually enjoyable to make!

Whenever I speak to anybody about Vyond, they always want to see more. So, I thought it might be helpful to share with you my top tips on getting started. I will follow this blog up with a few more advance entries – but for now, I’ll share with you my getting started tips.

 

Tip 1: Use the Template Library

It surprises me that so few people know about the Vyond Template Library! With the Template Library you can start creating videos right away with one of Vyond’s free templates. All the templates are pre-filled with props, background, characters, motions and so much more – helping to save time while you’re learning how to use Vyond (and afterwards!)

To find Vyond’s Template Library, go to www.vyond.com and click ‘showcase’ in the top navigation – you’ll see ‘Template Library’ in the drop down menu.

You can browse these templates by:

  • Job role (Education, Human Resources, Learning & Development and many more)
  • Category (Education, Explainer, Infographic, Information Technology etc.)
  • Style (Contemporary, Business Friendly, Whiteboard, and mixed styles)

 

Tip 2: Use pre-built scenes

When you are in Vyond Studio you will have the option to choose a scene from a template. This allows you to piece different templates together to create one coherent video. You can choose templates from a range of categories such as charts, education, and training.

To add a templated scene, click the ‘plus’ button in the scene track of your timeline:

Then you’ll need to click ‘Choose Template’

You’ll then have numerous options regarding adding templates, you can add from:

  • My Library
  • Shared Library
  • Business Friendly
  • Whiteboard Animation
  • Contemporary
  • Common Craft (With Professional subscriptions only)

 

Templates in ‘My Library’ are those you’ve saved yourself, from your previous creations.

To save a scene as a template, simply right click the scene you want to save and click ‘Save as Template’.

Templates in ‘Shared Library’ are those created by members of your team.

To save a scene into the shared library, first save it as a template, then go to ‘my library’ in your template gallery. Right click the template you want to share with your teammates and click “add to shared library”.

 

 

Tip 3: Keyboard shortcuts

You want to speed up your workflow in any way possible, so using shortcuts is a great way to do just that! Most universal keyboard shortcuts work in Vyond, for example: Ctrl + S to save (or CMD + S to save if you’re on a Mac). However, there are some Vyond specific shortcuts that I want to share with you:

Freescale resizing

Unlike many design tools, Vyond automatically locks the aspect ratio of all objects. This ensures your objects all look visually appealing, no matter what! However, there may be times when you want to alter the aspect ratio of your objects. So, to freescale resize your objects, hold shift and drag a corner of your object.

 

Pixel-perfect movement

In any type of visual medium, pixel-perfect design is critical. To move an object’s location by 1px in any direction, simply use the arrows on your keyboard. To move objects by 10px hold shift and use the arrow on your keyboard.

 

Move to front/back

To move an object to the front of your scene (that is in front of every other object on the slide) you can either right click the object and click “Bring To Front” or you can use the shortcut CTRL + SHIFT + the up arrow.

To send to the back (that is send behind all other objects on your slide), right click and select “Send To Back”, or you can use the shortcut CTRL + SHIFT + the down arrow.

 

Move scene

This is one of the shortcuts I’ve found most helpful. Click CTRL + left or right arrow, to move a scene’s placement in your timeline. Sometimes, no matter how well you storyboard, you might need to tweak the order of your video – and Vyond makes that super easy to do!

 

Tip 4: Prop masks

Prop masks are a great way of placing images in Vyond. For example, if you want to include a screen with an image of your website on it, you’d use a prop mask.

To do this you need to add a prop that is available for masking. The easiest way to do this is search for ‘mask’ in Vyond’s props. Although – since the onset of Covid-19, Vyond have added props of actual masks. These can’t be used in the same way – but all screens, billboards etc. that can be masked will also appear.

Click the prop you’d like to use, for example a computer screen.

Then when you have the prop in place and selected, click on the mask button in the top right-hand corner:

When you click this button, your ‘uploads’ window will appear. Select or upload the image you’d like to place. Remember to resize it to fit your prop, like my screenshot of Cursim’s website, above!

 

Tip 5: Cropping

Want to make it seem as though your fireman character is driving your fire engine? You’ll need to use the cropping tool for that!

Take these two props for example:

To make the driver appear as though as he’s driving the car, we need to position him into the driving seat:

We then need to crop the character to hide his legs, to make it seem as though he’s in the vehicle. To do this we need to right click our character and select crop:

Then you need to drag the corners to hide unwanted parts. Remember from my third tip, to ‘free scale’ resize, you’ll need to hold the SHIFT button. You’ll need to do this for cropping too!

After you’ve cropped your character, he’ll be sat inside the fire engine, like below:

 

So, there you have my top 5 basic Vyond tips. I’ll follow up next week with my intermediate tips, and the week after with my advance tips – to ensure you’re creating beautiful videos in no time!

In the meantime, why not check out this presentation from Vyond’s Head of Marketing, Stacy Adams, to learn why video is important in upskilling employees: