FlexClip Getting Started Tutorial
1. Getting Started
Open https://www.flexclip.com in your browser. On the homepage, click the Start from Scratchbutton, and you can enter into the Timeline Mode directly.
On the template page and your profile page, you can also click the Start from Scratch button and choose Timeline Mode or Storyboard Mode.
2. Choose Templates
To make a video easily, you can select a template at https://www.flexclip.com/template/ first. You can also change the template on the editing page freely. Entering keywords in the search box can find the template you want.
3. Add Media Files
3.1 Local Files
To use your own files, click the Media tab on the sidebar and click the Upload Files button to choose video clips, images, and music files from your computer or phone. Here, clicking the Recording button can record the screen or webcam. You can also drag & drop files from your computer to the Media part directly.
3.2 Stock Media
Click the Video/Photo tab on the sidebar, enter keywords, and you can find the footage/image you need. You can click to add it or drag it to the timeline directly.
Besides, the Photo part provides tons of GIFs as well. Enter keywords and you can easily find the one you need.
All uploaded/added files will appear in the Media part. You can click the Add to timeline button on the lower right of the thumbnail to add it or drag & drop files to the canvas or timeline directly.
BTW, you can check all added files here by categories of videos, photos, and audio.
4. Timeline Zooming
On the timeline part, find options to edit it in detail.
Moving the Zoom slider can adjust the appearing length of the timeline to get a better view, and so does the Fit To Screen button.
5.1 Add Scene
The Timeline mode allows you to combine many scenes into a complete video project.
To add a new blank scene, you just need to click the Add Scene button or "+" icon at the end of the track. You can easily delete the scene by clicking the trash icon.
5.2 Edit Scene
On the timeline part, in addition to the Add Scene button, you can find other useful buttons, such as Timeline, Time, Split, Duplicate, Delete, etc.
Click the Time button to change the length of the image or shorten the video.
Click the Split button to cut a scene into two parts.
Dragging the Playhead can locate the position to start preview.
Besides, you can drag the edge of a scene to lengthen or shorten its time.
The Timeline button will bring you into another window, which offers you a timeline mode in detail and allows you to edit freely multiple layers/elements.
5.3 Edit Canvas
On the canvas, you can:
Click the Play button to play the current scene;
Click the Preview button to preview the video project from the current scene;
Click the microphone icon to record your own voice.
6. Edit Video
Click the video scene in the timeline, and edit it on the canvas. Here are various useful features, such as Volume, Zoom, Transform, Filter, Adjust, Speed, Trim, etc.
Click the Transform button to flip or rotate the video clip. Unusual angles may get unique effects.
It doesn’t matter if your video is not in a cool style. Various filter effects are ready to help you.
Click the Filter option and find various effects on the left side. Select a suitable style to decorate your video. You can adjust the effect value freely.
If your video has any light problems, the Adjust feature can help you. Click the Adjust button on the toolbar, then adjust the values on the left side to edit your video.
The Speed feature allows you to make your video in slow-motion or fast motion from 0.2x to 8x,which can make make your video much more unique and attractive.
7. Edit Photo
On the photo scene, you can select tools like Background Color, Zoom, Transform, Filter, Adjust, Remove Background, and Animation to edit your photo properly.
7.1 Background Color
The Background Color option will only appear when your photo doesn’t fill the screen. You can choose a color to decorate the picture.
Click the Animation button and you can choose a favorite motion for your picture to make it more vivid.
7.3 Remove Background
If you are not satisfied with the background of your image or just want to change a better one for it, do not hesitate to use the Remove Background option. You just need one click to get a pure graphic without any annoying background.
8.1 Add Transition
Click the Transition button between two scenes, and you can choose from many transition effects to make these two scenes merge more smoothly.
8.2 Edit Transition
Select a favorite transition and adjust the duration and category properly. For the Overlays transition, you can also change the color freely.
9. Picture in Picture
Click the Picture in Picture button on the lower left of a media file to add it as a layer, the so-called Picture in Picture.
Click the picture/video layer you added, and you will find many options on the toolbar. According to your needs, you can crop it to other shapes, change its opacity, add a suitable motion, replace it with another image/video, etc.
Choose from a collection of handpicked text animations to touch up your video.
10.1 Add Text
Click the Text tab on the sidebar to find a lot of pre-built text animations: Simple text, Dynamic Text, Modern Titles, and many others in different themes. Select and add the one that fits your needs.
10.2 Edit Text
Click the pen icon on the top of the canvas to be able to type your own words. Drag the text box’s border can change its size quickly, and you can move the text to any place in the same scene on the timeline.
To further customize your text, click on any text box and open the text editing panel on the top of the canvas, where you can change the font, color, format, size, background, motion, etc.
Besides, you can upload your own fronts if you have a premium account.
10.3 Text Style
When you are using the text sample except for the dynamic ones, click the Edit button and you can find various Style options on the left side. Select a favorite style, and make some micro-adjustments by dragging the slider, and you will get a unique text easily!
10.4 Text Motion
Make your texts move! Click the Motion button, and you will find many options on the left side of the canvas, including the preset of in & out and individual in and out motions.
Click one of the options, and you can preview the effect. You can choose to “move” the text by character or word. Feel free to select a suitable effect and make your text match your video perfectly!
11.1 Ordinary Elements
You can choose from millions of elements and add them to highlight your video.
Click the Elements tab, type a keyword, and you can find out many relevant elements, including arrows, bubbles, shapes, emojis, etc.
The elements with a lightning icon have cool animations.
For the elements without a lightning icon, you can click the Motion button on the top of the screen to add suitable animations.
11.2 Frame & Mask
Choose one mask/frame and add it to the canvas. Drag and drop a picture or video to the mask/frame, and then it will turn into the same shape.
To make your video to the next level, select and add a suitable overlay or logo to your video.
Click the Overlays tab on the sidebar to find various premade overlay and logo samples. You can change the color, texts, flip the logo or add motion to it.
Find cool background video templates on the left side of the canvas, and use them to decorate your video project.
14.1 Add Music
You can choose to upload local music files from the Media part or search audio resources from the Music library. Click the Music tab, enter keywords and you can find the one you need. Add it to the timeline, and it will be added to the Media part automatically.
14.2 Edit Music
You can add several music files to different tracks on the timeline, and drag to adjust the position to fit the whole video.
Besides, in the toolbar at the top of the timeline, you can find options like Volume, Fade in/out, Split, etc.
15.1 Text Branding
Type your brand name and make a watermark to announce the copyright. You can freely change the color, position, font, size, and opacity of the text.
15.2 Image Branding
Upload a JPG or PNG image from your computer, and then you can change the position, size, and opacity properly.
When you are done creating your video, you can drag the playhead to the beginning of the timeline to preview the whole video.
After finishing the video, you can click to save your video online or export it directly. (If you have any questions or suggestions while editing, just click the LiveChat button to contact our support team.)
Click the Export button, and you can choose to download a Video or GIF.
16.1 Download Video
If you want to download a video, you can choose quality from 480p, 720p, and 1080p. Staying on the export page can download the video faster.
16.2 Download GIF
If you choose to download a GIF, you can click the GIF button and choose/customize a suitable size to download.
17. Advanced Features
Click the Ratio button to select a suitable ratio for different platforms, including 16:9, 9:16, 1:1, 21:9, and 4:5.
17.2 Undo & Redo
Click the button on the top left corner of the canvas or directly press Ctrl - Z to undo the last action you did.
Click the button on the top left corner of the canvas or directly press Ctrl - Y to redo the last action quickly.
Tips: Replace Ctrl with Command on Mac.
To better check or customize your video, you can click the icon next to the Redo button to change to the full-screen mode. Click the button again or press the Esc key, and you can get back to the original screen.
17.4 Align Object
FlexClip adds several auxiliary lines to help you align elements and texts. Besides, you can press the direction keys for micro adjustment.
17.5 Cloud Storage
You can find the Cloud Storage button on the top right corner by opening the Media part. It is available to all premium accounts. You can upload your video, music, and pictures files to FlexClip and save them online in case of data loss. And you don't have to relink files once you change the device.
You can find the Cloud Storage as well as the My Fonts and Favorites entrance on your Home page.
17.6 Favorite Templates
Hover your cursor to the template’s thumbnail, click the heart-shaped icon on the top right corner, and then you can mark it as your Favorites. You can find your favorite templates on your home page.
You can easily drag to rearrange the scenes on the timeline.