How to use Shakr

We want you to get the most out of using Shakr, so we’ve put together an easy-to-follow how-to video. In less than five minutes you can start using Shakr like an expert to make professional-quality videos, using your photos or video clips.

This example uses our exciting Keep Calm and Carry On video style.

Watch the video and let us know what you think.

Here’s the full transcript, so you can follow along more easily:

Hi, I’m Erik and I’m going to show you how to make a great video on First we’ll look at picking the perfect video style. Then we’ll look at the drag-and-drop simple creation process, and finally we’ll see how to share the video with your friends.

Let’s get started on Shakr’s marketplace homepage. You can browse through collections to find the perfect video for your needs. Some collections have a lot of choices. We’ve put the most popular video styles at the top, but you can find many, many more video styles by clicking see more, next to any collection.

You can also get started straight away with one of the Shakr Picks at the top of our homepage.

Let’s get started with an example. Imagine that you’re a tourism official who wants to make a video to promote your city. I’ll use Seoul because that’s where I live. For this example I’ll use our Keep Calm and Carry On video style. Just click the picture to get started.

The sample video will automatically start playing, so you can get a sense of what your video will look like.

Below the video is important information like the number of photos or video clips you’ll need. All our videos are free to make. You only pay when you upgrade to HD.

Go ahead and click the green “Make My Video” button. If this is your first time using Shakr, we’ll ask you to log in. The easiest way to do that is with the Facebook one-click sign-in. You can also make an account with your email address and a password.

The first step in creating the video is the text sheet, where you can enter the text that will appear in the video. The video on the left shows you where this text will go.

Let’s start by putting in the name of the City, Seoul.
Then another line with the date. I’ll just use the year.
I don’t need the third line. If you want to leave something blank, just type two spaces.

If you like the text that’s already here, you can just let it be and it will appear in your video.

After getting the text just how you want it, click “continue” and confirm.

Here’s the fun part, putting the photos and video clips into place. You can upload them from your computer or take them directly from Facebook, if you’ve linked your account.

I’m going to drag them in from this folder called Seoul. You can also drag photos directly into Shakr from apps like iPhoto.

As your photos upload and are processed, you’ll see thumbnails for all of them. That should happen pretty quickly.

Now start putting the photos into place by clicking the thumbnail or dragging it onto the video.

You’ll be able to crop the photo to the area that you want, as long as it fits the proportions of the video. When the picture is cropped the way you want it, click the green checkmark. If you want to use a different photo, click the red x.

In this video, the first three images stay on screen for a few seconds each, so pick some that you really like. This is also the “calm” part of the video, so you’ll probably like the results more if you use calm images.

The rest of the pictures in this video will flash across the screen quickly, so you don’t have to be as careful about the selections.

If you want to go back and change a picture you put into place, use the green back button to the left of the video. Pick the scene you want and click the green pencil to re-crop the image or the red “no symbol” to remove it from this scene and replace it with another image.

After you place the last image, Shakr will finalize your video and direct you your page. Here you can see the render progress and view other shows you’ve made with Shakr. Once the video is finished rendering, click the thumbnail to preview it, or the hover and click the pencil to edit.

If you like what you see, you can buy the show, which will give you access to the HD version and let you download the file. Buying is easy. Just click the upgrade button and enter your credit card information, or coupon code, if you have one. Your HD video will be ready instantly.

You can share your video on Twitter, Facebook and Google+, or embed it in a blog post. You can also send the link to the watch page directly to friends and family.
Shakr is great video for everyone. Come make a video with us today.


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