How to Make a Doodly Poetry Video

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Sunday, March 19, 2023

In today's fast-paced world, it's crucial to provide a sense of creativity and wholesomeness to the digital space. This is especially important given the proliferation of content that might not be suitable for young viewers. Providing a creative outlet for expression is necessary to ensure a healthy digital environment.

By creating a Doodly video for your poetry, you can showcase your talent and creativity. Additionally, you can contribute to the online community with more sensible and aesthetically pleasing content.

Before we dive into the steps of creating a Doodly video for your poetry, let me introduce you to Doodly - the versatile software that can help bring your poems to life.

What is Doodly

Doodly is a versatile whiteboard animation software. It offers a range of tools like text, graphics, images and music. Its drag-and-drop feature makes it easy to create professional videos. It's perfect for poets, life coaches, yoga instructors, and other creatives. With Doodly, you can craft social media posts that will leave a lasting impact.

Now that you have an idea what Doodly is, let's dive into the steps of creating a Doodly video for your poetry.

Video Resolution

When it comes to uploading your Doodly poetry video to social media, it's important to choose the right resolution. The video size will vary depending on the platform you choose. For example, Facebook recommends a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels, while Instagram's Reels feature requires a resolution of 9:16. TikTok, on the other hand, has a different set of requirements, with a recommended resolution of 720 x 1280 pixels.

The good news is, Doodly makes it easy for you to adjust the video size to meet the requirements of each platform. With its flexible and customizable settings, you can ensure that your video will look great no matter where you choose to share it. This way, you can reach a wider audience and showcase your poetry in the best light possible.

Setting the layout

For our sample video, we will be uploading it to Facebook as a regular video status, not as a Facebook Story. To upload our sample video, we will set the resolution to 1280 x 720. To do so in Doodly, follow these steps:

1. Click the "Create New Video" option.

2. A pop-up window will appear, where you can enter a video title (if desired) and set the resolution.

3. In the resolution dropdown menu, select "Custom."

4. Enter the width and height, making sure to uncheck the "Constrain aspect ratio" so you can adjust the video height as needed.

5. Click "Create," and you're ready to start editing your video!

Setting the background image

The next step is to upload your preferred background image. When choosing a background for your poetry video, it's important to opt for a light-colored image that is relevant to your poem's theme. A simple image will suffice, but it must complement the text and not detract from it.

Keep in mind that Doodly typically focuses on illustrations, characters, and props, but since this video is for a poem, the main elements will be text. It's crucial that the text is easily readable and the background image doesn't distract your viewers from reading your poem.

To upload your background image, follow these simple steps:

1. First, locate the Props tab in the Asset panel and click the blue plus "+" icon at the bottom of the panel.

2. If you can't find the blue plus sign, go to Categories on the left side of your screen and ensure you select either All or My Library.

3. By clicking the plus sign, you will open the Add new prop screen.

4. Next, select "browse files" and locate your image from your desktop.

5. After that, enter a name for your image in the "enter a title" field. Although you can upload your image without renaming it, giving it a title will make it easier to locate in the future.

6. Finally, click "Continue," and your image will be added to your first scene.

a. Reduce Opacity

If you feel the image might be too overpowering and might affect the readability of your text, try adjusting its opacity to a more suitable level. Start by clicking the uploaded background image. You will see that several icons will appear on the upper right side of it. Select the "gear" icon to access the Asset Settings. Here, you can adjust the opacity by lowering the opacity percentage. A common setting is 60 or 70%, but feel free to make it your own by adjusting it to your preference. Finally, once you're happy with your changes, hit the "Apply" button.

b. Set Reveal Mode to Fade

Another setting that we can adjust is the way the image is revealed at the start of the first scene. The reveal mode has two options: Draw and Fade. If you choose "Draw," Doodly will sketch the image, which works well for characters and props with draw paths. However, for a background image, drawing it before your text is revealed might not be suitable as we want the focus to be on the poem, not the image. Thus, it's best to use "Fade" as the reveal mode. "Fade" gives the image an element of softness as it is revealed.

To set the reveal mode to "Fade," click the background image again and select the pencil icon. This will open the Edit Asset screen. Go to the Reveal Mode menu and choose "Fade" from the drop-down. Don't forget to click "Save and Return" to save the changes.

Adding text to your video

Now that the background is set, it's time to add your poem. Adding your poem to Doodly is very easy. It's just a matter of copy and pasting. However, we don't want the poem to look so plain and simple when revealed. To make sure your poem is revealed in an impactful way, consider having it written by hand, one line at a time.

Revealing each line of your poem one by one, instead of revealing the entire stanza, gives it a more personalized touch and keeps the audience engaged. It also allows you to control the pace of the reveal, which can help build suspense, add emphasis on important parts of the poem, and keep the audience focused on the text. Moreover, having a hand write each line helps to draw the audience's attention to the poem and gives it a natural feel. This approach helps to create a more dynamic and visually appealing experience compared to simply revealing the entire stanza at once.

The good thing about using Doodly is that when you copy and paste your entire poem into the scene, it automatically gets revealed line by line. You don't have to manually copy and paste each line. This feature helps make the process of adding your poem to the scene much more efficient and convenient.

Choosing your hand animation

Don't want to see a hand writing your poem? You can easily disable it or select a different hand style. In Doodly, you have the flexibility to choose your hand animation. You can pick from a wide range of options, including realistic hands or cartoon-styled hands. You can also choose the handedness of the hand, whether you prefer a left-handed or right-handed hand. This customization gives you full control over the look and feel of your scene, allowing you to create an animation that truly represents your unique style and vision.

Adding a background track

The next step is to add a piece of background music to your video. While you can simply create your video without music, adding background music can greatly improve the overall viewing experience. It can enhance the emotional impact and atmosphere of the scene, making the overall viewing experience more engaging. It also helps to add a rhythmic structure to the video, supporting the tempo and pace of the poem. Additionally, the right choice of music can provide a powerful emotional cue, adding depth and resonance to the words being spoken. Choose the right music if you want to elevate the overall impact of your poetry video.

You can select your background music from either Doodly's pre-set options:

Or by simply uploading your own music.

Narrate your poem

Lastly, you have to narrate your poem. Narrating your poem is an exciting step in creating your poetry video. This is the moment when you get to bring your words to life and share them with the world. Doodly offers a voice-over option which makes it easy for you to record your reading of the poem. This feature allows you to infuse your own unique style and emotional delivery into your video, making it a personal and meaningful representation of your work. Whether you choose to read your poem in a soft and contemplative manner or with a more energetic and expressive tone, the choice is yours. With the voice-over option in Doodly, the possibilities for creating an impactful poetry video are endless.

To sum it up...

Creating a poetry video using Doodly is a straightforward and fun process. By following the steps outlined in this blog, you'll be able to bring your poetry to life and share it with the world.

Let's take a look once again at the steps on how you can create a video poetry using Doodly:

  • First, choose a template that matches your style.
  • Second, add your text, images, and background graphics to create a visual representation of your poem.
  • Third, add a background audio track to enhance the emotional impact and atmosphere of the video.
  • Fourth, narrate your poem and record it using Doodly's voice-over option.
  • Finally, review and make any necessary edits.

Whether you want to share your poems with friends and family or use it as a tool for self-expression, a Doodly poetry video is a great way to showcase your work. So go ahead, give it a try, and bring your poems to life today!

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