Creating a Video with a Story Template

In this article:
Choosing a Story Template
Customizing the Story Template
Helpful Tips
Help Center Resources

Beginning with a Story Template enables you to quickly create and customize a professional-looking video.
The wide selection in the SundaySky Story Template gallery makes certain that you'll always have the perfect inspiration for what you want to create.


Choosing a Story Template

1.

Log in to your SundaySky account.

2.

Click Story Templates at the top of the page.

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3.

In the Story Template gallery, browse the Story Templates or select one of the major categories: Industry, Goals, Channels, Data Usage, or Look & Feel.
▶ After selecting a major category, you can continue to narrow the templates by selecting a sub-category.
▶ As you browse, you can hover over the Story Template to preview the video.

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4.

When you find a Story Template that you like, click the Story Template.

You'll see information about the template and the use cases that it is most suited for.
Note the Personalization level associated with the Story Template. Personalization level refers to how your data can be used in the template to tailor the content to different audiences. See Video Personalization—How it Works to learn more.

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If you select: The Story Template is launched with:
Individuals Data elements that enable you to personalize the video according to data that is stored for each viewer. For example: the viewer's first name. 
Groups Data elements that enable you to personalize the video according to the group that the viewer belongs to. For example: age group.


If you do not want to personalize the video, select No Data. Note that, depending on the Story Template, the available personalization options can vary.

5.

Select the personalization level (according to the guidelines above).

6.

Click Start.

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Customizing the Story Template

After choosing, the Story Template opens in the SundaySky platform, ready for you to work on. If this is the first time that you are creating a video, you should familiarize yourself with several components in the platform. Click through the tabs beneath the image to read descriptions of the corresponding components.

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Video Name
This is the name of the video. By default, the name of the video is the same as the name of the Story Template that you chose. If you'd like to rename the video, see Renaming a Video to learn how.

To customize the Story Template:

1.

Begin by editing the components of the brand configuration: logo, colors, text styles, fonts, and button shape.
Jump to step-by-step articles related to the brand configuration.

2.

(Optional) If you are personalizing the video with data, update the data library with the values that you want to use.
Jump to step-by-step articles related to using data for video personalization.

3.

Continue to customize the Story Template according to your preferences. Following are the major components that you can change:

  • Change the media assets—images, video footage, and icons.
    Jump to step-by-step articles related to working with media assets.

  • Edit the on-screen text.
    Jump to step-by-step articles related to editing on-screen text.

  • Edit the voice-over script.
    Jump to step-by-step articles related to editing the voice-over script.

  • Choose an automated voice for the voice-over.
    Jump to step-by-step articles related to choosing an automated voice.

  • Choose the background music.
    Jump to step-by-step articles related to choosing the background music.
4.

When you have finished customizing the Story Template, continue to publishing.


Helpful Tips

1.

After selecting a scene in the scene line-up, you'll see a short description of the scene's topic in the right panel.

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2.

If you'd like to add a new scene, you can choose one from the scene template library.

3.

To remove any scene from the Story Template that you do not need, hover over the scene in the scene line-up and then click the trash icon.

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4.

To see different layouts for a scene, select the scene in the scene line-up and then select the Design tab in the right panel.
Note that after changing to a new layout, you may need to make adjustments to the media assets in the scene.

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5.

Note that after you edit any content in a scene—such as changing a media asset (image/video footage) or changing text—you will not be able to revert to the original content.

6.

We recommend that you preview your video as you work. If your video is using data for personalization, you can preview the video using viewer profiles to see how the video will play for specific audiences.


Help Center Resources

Topic Articles
Brand Configuration Creating a Brand Configuration
Configuring a Logo
Configuring Brand Colors
Configuring Brand Text Styles
Uploading a Font
Selecting a Button Shape
Using Data for Video Personalization Video Personalization—How it Works
Managing the SundaySky Data Element Library
Working with Media Assets


Uploading Assets to the Media Library
Adding a Stock Image to a Scene
Adding Stock Video Footage to a Scene
Edit On-screen Text Adding Text to a Scene
Configuring 1:1 Personalization
Configuring Messages for Different Audiences
Edit the Voice-over Script Scripting the Voice-over
Scripting a Voice-over with 1:1 Personalization
Scripting a Voice-over with Audience Messaging
Choose an Automated Voice Adding an Automated Voice to the Video
Previewing a Voice-over
Choose the Background Music Adding Music to a Video
Adjusting Sound Volumes
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