Quickstart. Tips & Tricks. And more.
When you first log into Zevo, you will arrive at the Dashboard. Click "+CREATE" to begin.
You will be asked what type of service you would like. The rest of this tutorial will cover the standard service.
For your first visual script, we recommend using the Setup Guide which will quickly and easily guide you through setting up your visual script so that all your settings will be ready when you get there. Don't worry if you change your mind, you can make adjustments to any of the settings later.
Once at your visual script, you'll start on the Settings tab.
1. Project Title
Give your visual script an engaging title, like "Warehouse."
2. Set Voiceover
Be sure the voiceover toggle is set to what you need (on or off) before choosing scenes or entering your script. This toggle affects how the voiceover and onscreen text areas are set up under the Scenes tab.
Set toggles according to what you need in your video. These turn tabbed sections on/off. You can navigate with the "Go to" buttons or the tabs up top.
4. Tab Settings
Each tab you activate has additional options to set, such as if you want to get our recommendations, select, or upload. These can be set (or changed) at any point in time.
Tip: Visual scripts are auto-saved every 20 minutes. If you want to save more often, use the button on the lower right (footer), or Ctrl-S.
The Scenes Tab is where you'll spend most of your time, writing (or pasting in) your script and selecting the scenes you want. It's set up like a storyboard. You can add, insert, delete and reorder scenes as needed.
Click the buttons in the dotted box to add a new scene or transition to your visual script.
Tip: Transitions can add visual interest to your video at key points throughout, or even in the beginning and end. Typically, it's best to add transitions between sections of your video. Adding a transition between every scene can be too much.
1. Scene Library
Click on "SELECT SCENE" to access the scene library.
2. Browse & Select
Browse through the categories to the left to look for scenes that best communicate the messaging points of your script. When you've found a scene you want to use, simply click SELECT.
Tip: Tags can help hone your search.
Write (or paste) your script into the text area below the scene you selected.
If you select a scene that has onscreen text, icons, products or charts, these areas will appear below the scene. The Notes areas are for you to select icons or add notes to help our designers when they customize your scenes.
Voiceover and onscreen text areas calculate duration for each scene, based on word count. So be sure to include only the voiceover or onscreen text in those areas, respectively.
Tip: As you write your script, the colored pacing gauge shows you the scene duration (left) and the ideal range (right) for each scene. For more, see Pacing Gauge.
4. Arrange Scenes
Typically, you build and write your visual script one scene at a time, in the order you want. But you can reorder scenes as needed. See Reorder Scenes.
Tip: You can insert scenes or transitions using the scene mini-menu.
The footer contains dynamic stats about your script as you write and add scenes. The calculate cost estimate is also dynamically updated, so you can check it at any point.