Zencastr Clips is a paid feature that uses AI to transform longer videos into several shorter video clips, optimized for a variety of social media platforms. Clips supports content in English, French, German, Portuguese, and Spanish.
Before requesting AI-generated clips, you now can apply post-production enhancements to your Zencastr-recorded videos. This functionality enables customization of elements such as aspect ratio, layout, background, watermark, and title and caption styling, ensuring your clips reflect your distinctive brand or style preferences.
In this article:
Before You Clip
Before you customize your video and generate AI clips, keep in mind:
Postproduction elements can be applied for up to 6 participants at a time.
Certain elements, such as aspect ratio, video layout, video background, and watermark, can only be modified before the clips are generated.
Other elements, like title and caption styling, can be modified both before and after the clip generation process.
Accessing Postproduction Enhancements
To access and configure postproduction enhancements before requesting AI clips:
Log into your Zencastr account.
On your Podcast Dashboard, click your avatar in the top right corner.
Select Clips Dashboard from the dropdown.
On your Clips Dashboard, from the Rooms tab, hover over a room.
Click the Get Clips button on the room name.
Log into your Zencastr account.
On your Podcast Dashboard, on the Rooms tab, hover over a room.
Click the Produce button.
Click the Next button.
On the Produce insert, toggle AI Generated Clips on.
Close the Produce insert.
On the Participants tab manage participant selection and fine-tune individual video properties.
Click the eye icon next to participants’ names to include or exclude them from the combined video.
2. Reordering Participants:
Drag and drop participants within the list to change their order in the combined video.
3. Adjusting Individual Video Properties:
Begin by selecting the video aspect ratio and layout on the Video tab. These selections determine the appearance of individual participant videos within the combined video.
Next, click back to the Participants tab and click the up arrow (^) next to a participant's name to modify their video’s properties:
Opacity: Increase/decrease transparency levels of a participant's video.
Scale: Control how the participant’s video occupies its designated space in the layout. (Note: Scaling below 100 may result in frame gaps, prompting padding around these areas.)
Border Radius: Adjust for straight or rounded corners on the participant's video.
Adjusting Audio Settings
Adjusting Video Settings
On the Video tab select the aspect ratio, video layout, and background.
Aspect ratio is the width-to-height ratio. As this determines a video’s orientation and shape, selecting an aspect ratio is crucial for optimal display on various platforms. Zencast offers three aspect ratios:
16:9 – Horizontal, landscape orientation
9:16 – Vertical, portrait orientation
1:1 – Square
Different social media platforms recommend specific aspect ratios for uploads. Always refer to the respective platform's guidelines for the most up-to-date information.
To manage aspect ratios:
On the Video tab, under Aspect Ratio, select one of the available options.
Thought Leader and ZenAI plans allow customization of two separate videos with different aspect ratios prior to generating AI-clips.
Adding a Video: To add a video with a new aspect ratio, click Add Video With New Aspect Ratio in the left sidebar, select an aspect ratio, then click the Add Video to Workspace button.
Removing a Video: To remove a video, hover over it in the left sidebar, and click the red x in the top right corner.
The video layout determines the arrangement of participants' videos within the combined video. The layout options vary based on the number of participants. Some layouts offer adjustments for video position and participant size within the layout.
To select the video layout:
On the Video tab, under Layout, select one of the available options.
By default, individual participant videos fill the entire combined video space. You can enhance the video’s look by adding an image, GIF, or video as a background.
To add a background:
On the Video tab, under Layout Settings, increase the padding value.
Under Background Settings, click the Upload button and select the media file from your computer.
For Images: The file type must be JPEG or PNG. The uploaded image will serve as the background behind the individual videos.
For GIFs: The file type must be GIF. The uploaded GIF will play continuously behind the individual videos.
For Videos: The file type must be MP4. The uploaded video will play on a loop, without audio, as the background of the individual videos.
On the Watermark tab remove the Zencastr watermark or add your own watermark/logo to the combined video.
To remove the Zencastr watermark:
On the Watermark tab, next to Visibility, click Hide.
To add your own watermark/logo:
On the Watermark tab, next to Visibility, click Show.
Click the Upload Watermark button.
Select a JPEG or PNG file from your computer.
Position: Select where in the video you want the logo to appear.
Scale: Adjust the logo size.
Opacity: Increase/decrease transparency levels.
Adjusting Title and Caption Styling
On the Captions tab customize the appearance and position of the clip title and captions.
To adjust the title:
On the Captions tab, next to Title, ensure Show is selected.
Position: Select the position of the title - top, center, or bottom of the video.
For top or bottom positions, further adjust the title's placement using the Vertical, Left, and Right spacing sliders.
Font: Change the title’s font, size, and color.
Outline: Opt for an outline or box style for the title, modifying the outline color, size, shadow color, and shadow offset.
To adjust the captions:
On the Captions tab, next to Subtitle, make sure Show is selected.
Position: Select the position of the title - top, center or bottom of the video.
For top or bottom positions, further adjust the caption placement using the Vertical, Left, and Right spacing sliders.
Font: Change the captions' font, size, and color.
Outline: Opt for an outline or box style for the captions, modifying the outline color, size, shadow color, and shadow offset.
Highlight Active Word: Toggle on/off to determine how many words display in the captions at a time.
‘Off’ displays one word at a time.
‘On’ displays two to six words at a time, highlighting the spoken (“active”) word in a different color. When selected, you can define the color and scale of the active word.
Applying Selected Enhancements to Clips
Once you've defined and reviewed all the desired settings, to apply them to your AI-generated clips:
Click the Next button at the top right of the Produce page.
On the Produce insert, under AI Generated Clips, make sure the correct aspect ratio video is selected under Short Form Clips and Social Feed Clips.
Note: If you are on the Thought Leader or ZenAI plan and are customizing two separate videos with different aspect ratios, ensure both videos have been tailored to your liking.
Click the Create Clips button.
Result: Result: A message indicates that clips are processing. When it completes, the necessary amount of credits will be deducted from your credits balance.