You've written your video script, laid out your visual and audio elements on paper, and now it's time to create video content.
There's just one tiiiny challenge - you need to know how to set up and use a camera, how to film different types of video clips, and how to edit those clips in post-production.
If you master all of the above, this guide isn't for you. 🙅♂️
This guide is for beginner video creators who want to start making awesome videos, but don't have the time, skills, or equipment to do so.
We will be using a tool called Synthesia STUDIO to transform a video script into video without using cameras, actors, studios, microphones, or editing software.
So let's bring your video script to life!
What videos can you make in Synthesia STUDIO?
We'll be honest.
If you want to create cinematic video content or blogger-style YouTube videos, come back in a few years, when our tool has evolved. 😉
However, what you CAN create in Synthesia STUDIO and what thousands of other companies make, are:
- Training videos
- Explainer videos
- How-to video content
- Other marketing video types
- Blog post videos
- Videos for internal communication
- Onboarding videos
... and so much more.
So if you need to create a scripted video for your video marketing plan, or you need to train hundreds/thousands of employees in multiple languages, this guide is for you.
What do you need to turn a script into video in Synthesia STUDIO?
Before we start creating videos, let's make sure we have all the necessary tools and materials on hand.
You will need:
- A video script
- A Synthesia STUDIO account
- (Optional) Visual and audio elements
No cameras, microphones, lighting setups, or actors needed!
How to turn a script into a video using Synthesia STUDIO
We'll be using a video generation tool called Synthesia STUDIO for demonstration purposes, but the general order of the steps also applies to other methods of video creation.
Step #1: Write a script
We won't be getting into the details of that in this blog post.
We have a full separate guide on how to write an effective video script on the blog that you can check out instead.
But if you don't have the actual video script yet, now is the time to start writing.
The final script will serve as a building block for the video, so make sure to you have a good script on hand.
Step #2: Pick out a video template
Now that you have your video script ready, let's find a video template that will align with the individual scenes in your video script.
If it's easier for you, you can start with a specialized video template and write a script to fit that template.
Otherwise, browse through our video templates and select the ones that fit the scenes in your video script.
Step #3: Insert your text
This step couldn't be any easier.
Simply copy the text from each scene in your video script and paste it into the script box slide by slide.
To the left of the script box, you will notice that the language and voice style change.
And what exactly does that mean for you?
It means that you won't have to record and upload your own voiceover, because Synthesia's text-to-speech engine will create one for you.
All you need to do is paste in your text, and choose a language and voice type. That's it!
Step #4 Visualize text
Depending on the template layout you chose for each scene, the way you visualize the written script will be different.
Here are the 5 options you have for visualizing text on screen in Synthesia STUDIO:
Option 1: Talking head
A talking head video style involves a human presenter that narrates the text.
You don't need to hire an actor for that or film yourself to make a talking head video in Synthesia.
You just need to choose a human-like AI avatar that will narrate the text you pasted in the script box previously.
To add an AI presenter to your video, click on 'Avatar' on top of the video canvas, and choose the one that best fits the video.
Option 2: Stock (or own) footage
If you need to demonstrate a more abstract topic or you're using a metaphor to illustrate a point, video footage in the background is the perfect visual.
Feel free to upload your own photos or videos if you have them.
Otherwise, you can browse our extensive library of photo and video footage. 🎞
To find or upload images and videos in STUDIO, go to 'Media' and browse the selection or upload your own photo or video file.
Option 3: Text on screen
Sometimes you just need to make sure people remember and understand the point you're trying to make.
No better way to do that than to duplicate the narration with text on screen.
Add text to your video by clicking on 'Text' on top of the video canvas, and choosing between adding a Title, Subtitle, or Body Text.
Option 4: Screen recording
Screen recordings are especially useful if you're making a how-to video or an explainer video and need to demonstrate a certain task on screen.
To create a screen recording in STUDIO, go to 'Record'.
Choose between recording the entire screen, the browser window, or the browser tab.
Once you have your recording, you can crop, trim or loop it.
More of a visual learner? Here's a tutorial for you:
Option 5: Data on screen
If you're creating video reports or a case study video, data slides are essential.
Make sure the graphs and charts are the focus of the slide by removing any other visuals like AI avatars, images, and videos.
To make your charts pop, add animations to individual graph elements and time them with the narration.
Step #5 Generate video
Your written video script is now an engaging video!
Once you have generated your video, you can download it, share it by copying the URL or embed it anywhere you want.
Too good to be true? Make a free demo!
Our goal is to enable non-professionals to create videos without spending thousands of dollars on video equipment or months on learning video production.
If you have a video script that needs to be transformed into a video, try a free demo of Synthesia to get started in minutes.