You’ve recorded your track, got some great artwork and have put your release out into the world – so what next? Create an amazing looking video with our friends at Rotor!

Rotor have released a new version of their video creation tool with additional features – and now it’s even easier and faster to create great music videos and video promos. The new features allow you to:

  1. Re-arrange your video clips easily – you can drag and drop to re-arrange your video clips and they will show up in the order you choose
  2. Use up to 64 clips for your video – that’s twice as many as before!
  3. Add creative text anywhere you want in your video – choose ‘add overlays’ at the preview video page to try it out
  4. Access new styles and new stock categories with 3000 free clips for you to choose from

Each Spinnup artist gets a permanent discount on all Rotor videos, just by using the code in the Offers section of their artist account. But to celebrate this new version, Rotor are offering 100 Spinnup users 25% off for the month of November. The first 100 to use the voucher code NewRotor17 will enjoy this discount.

To make life easier, Rotor have given us a quick run through on how to make a promo video:

Create a Preview

The first thing you need to do is create a video preview. This is the foundation of all videos in Rotor. Your preview helps you see what your video will look like when the clips you add are edited together and the effects (if any) are applied. It’s a simple 3-Step Process to create your preview.

1. Upload Your Music

2. Pick a Video Style

3. Add Clips

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STEP 1

Upload the music for the video you want to create. This can an MP3, WAV, AAC or OGG file. Once it’s uploaded, you will see an option to Adjust Video Length. Rotor creates videos that are the same length as your music, so if you want a short promo video you just need to trim the song. You can choose from Rotor’s presets to create videos that are 15seconds, 30seconds and 60seconds long. Click and drag the green selection to choose the part of your song you want to use.

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STEP 2

Now you can choose a style for your video. Rotor has a catalogue of video styles, designed by video directors and visual artists. The styles will give your video it’s looks and it’s editing style. You can choose styles based on your type of music – or you can try and test them until you find the ones that work for you. Each style comes with a preview so you can see what it does.

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STEP 3

Next, you need some clips. You can add your own clips or pictures in My Uploads, then use them in any video you make. You can mix them with our Free Stock Library or you can use all of our clips. Rotor has many categories for you to choose from, which work for whatever theme you want. Each category has clips that all work together, but you can take clips from several categories to get some interesting results.

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When you choose your clips, they will appear in your video in the order you have chosen them. You drag the clips to rearrange the order until you’re happy. Once you’ve finished, you can create your preview. Rotor let’s you create as many previews as you like and make as many changes as you like. It will keep each version you make, so you can always go back to the previous ones!

Add Overlays

Now that you’ve got a preview that you like you can go ahead and buy your video in whatever resolution you like – or you can add some text to promote your music, your event or you as an artist. Beside the preview is an option to Add Overlays. Click it and you’ll open up the Overlay editor. The first thing you’ll see is your video preview along with the option to choose a Template and the waveform of your music at the bottom.

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You can choose an overlay template to get you started. These have some overlays already set up, such as Intro/Outro that adds text to the beginning and end of your song. Or, if you don’t want to use templates you can simply drag over the waveform to create overlays that will appear over that part of the song and video.

This opens the overlay Editor. In here you’ll see the option to:

  • Input Text
  • Change Font
  • Make Text Bold
  • Change Alignment
  • Change Text Size
  • Change Text Colour
  • Add/Remove Text Background Colour

There are also two style options. One for normal text and one for cutout text. Cutout shows your video through the text and blacks everything else out (it’s quite cool, try it!). Once you enter text and clicked save, you can click it on the video preview to drag it wherever you like. You can resize it and rotate it, if that’s your thing. When you’ve made some edits to your text, click Save to move on.

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If you click the play button while the editor is open, the video will just play the segment where the overlay appears. You can add Layers to your overlay, so it doesn’t just have to consist of one piece of text – you can have as many as you like. Enjoy it!

Click Done when you’re finished and you’ll see the Overlay you’ve just added. You can drag on the waveform to add more, drag existing overlays to a new position in the video or copy an overlay. When you copy an overlay, it will create an exact copy that appears in the video immediately after the original. This is for convenience, in case you want pieces of text to appear one after the other. If not, you can just drag it to a new position.

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Click Done again when you’re finished and that’s it! When you go back to the main preview, your overlays will appear in the video. Now you’re ready to buy your promo and start engaging your audience.

Learn more about Rotor Videos on their website, and make sure to keep your eyes on the artist offers page for more discounts from our partners!