We’ve revamped our video editor, and the early feedback is mindblowing

👆 This. This is what our users said.

We recently revamped the experience of the Rocketium Editor. Built on user research, feedback and lots of coffee, the new Editor is smarter, faster, and easier to use.

Check out what is new Rocketium 2.0 👇

Why did we change things?

The decision to revamp the Editor was based on 2 factors: user feedback and technology.

User input above all

The fundamental concept of Rocketium is easy video creation. We wanted the first step in video creation, i.e. adding of content, to be very simple and intuitive.

We rebuilt this entire step because we received constant feedback from our users that things can be improved, and the experience can be more like a text editor rather than a video editor.

Remember the old Editor?

The old rocketium editor

This is how it looks now:

rocketium's new editor - rocketium 2.0

One-step video creation. Smaller thumbnails. Increased focus on text. More scenes in one window frame. Lots of empty space – the experience of adding content is now very similar to writing a doc.

For all you geeks out there..

Our devs rebuilt Rocketium’s Editor using a JavaScript library called React. It is maintained by Facebook and a community of individual developers and companies. You can read more about this library here.

This helps our devs write a cleaner, more modular code that will help us test things better. This also means we can release features at a faster rate.

React efficiently updates and renders just the right components when there is a change in data. You can build encapsulated components that manage their own state, then compose them to make complex UIs. This helped our devs build a smoother UI and deliver faster performance.

Improvements:

1.One-step video creation

Earlier, video creation was a two-step process. Step one was filling content, and step two was previewing the video and customising it.

Switching back and forth to edit the text was tedious and time-consuming. Realizing how troublesome it was to our users, we brought the preview and customising options into the ‘Add Content’ screen.

video customising options in one step

2. Real-time updates

Now every time you add text to a scene or edit it, you will be able to see how the text looks on the video in real-time.

real time update of video content

In the earlier version of the Editor, you had to first fill in all the content before being able to view how it looks like on the video.

3. Inline text formatting

The UI of the text formatting options now resembles a very simple text editor, making it easy to understand and use. All bold, italic and heading options open up right next to the highlighted text.

on-canvas text formatting

4. Improved caption movement and preview

Not only can you smoothly drag captions within a scene, but you can also move captions to and from different scenes without having to copy-paste the text multiple times.

drag and drop captions in scenes

If you have multiple captions in a scene, you can now easily preview each of them individually on the video.

preview multiple captions in a scene

5. Easier to add, clone, delete and re-order scenes

Thanks to React, we introduced drag-n-drop. You can now easily drag scenes anywhere in the video.

clone delete and reorder scenes of your video

6. Smoother experience with voiceovers

To be honest, recording a voiceover was pretty confusing in the previous version of the Editor. Our users made sure they shared this with us on several occasions. So, we listened. Voiceover recording is now much more intuitive in the new UI.

voiceover is now improved in rocketium 2.0

You can also copy-paste a video script and refer to it while recording. This feature was missing in the previous Editor.

7. You can now search for fonts

In the previous Editor, though the fonts were arranged alphabetically, navigating to a particular font was time-consuming. In Rocketium 2.0, we have added a search bar in the font selection screen.

searching for fonts in rocketium 2.0

8. Themes and animations are categorised by video format

All themes and animations are categorised into landscape, square, and portrait. This will make it easier to select relevant themes and motion graphics for your video.

animations and themes are better categorised

In the earlier version of the Editor, you could preview the themes and animations. We’ve improved this. Now you can preview the motion graphics on top of your video content.

Each animation has a small carousel to help you browse the different versions easily. In the previous version you had to click each animation multiple times.

9. Timing control is better and intuitive

We have added a dedicated section for Timing. Now each caption is displayed sequentially, and you can manually enter the time stamps for each caption.

improved timing control in rocketium 2.0

10. Media recommendations are smarter

As before, you can search for images and video footage from Rocketium’s collection of over 1 billion royalty-free media. We’ve improved our recommendations and you will get more relevant suggestions now.

searching for content in media library

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What does this mean for you?

If you sign up now or have signed up after the 12th of September, 2018, you will be able to work on the new Rocketium Editor.

We have started migrating our existing users in batches since this requires some amount of manual intervention. Are you an existing user who wishes to have a crack at the new UI? Just ask! We’re happy to oblige. You already know how to reach us 🙂

What do you think?

Overwhelmed? Underwhelmed? Or just whelmed? Let us know!

feel whelmed

Pulkit Jain

Pulkit Jain

Engineer • Marketer • Tech Geek • Movie & Comic book nerd • Avid reader • Gaming Addict • Football fanatic #GGMU

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