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Your Guide to Creating Music Videos with Luminant Music

Dec 18, 2019 12:00:00 PM

Creating engaging videos for your music helps you stand out with audiences, creates a new avenue for you to be found online, and gives you control over both the audio and visual aspects of listening to your songs. Diving into Luminant Music means you can create dynamic music videos for the music you create, perform, or love. 

Below you’ll find a complete guide to getting started with the Video Producer mode within Luminant Music. Follow these steps, and you’ll be creating your own custom music videos in no time. 

We’ve created this step-by-step guide for you to reference at any time. However, if a written guide isn’t your style, you can find video tutorials on how to use both the basic and advanced tools on our YouTube Channel. 

Video: How to Use the Basic Features and Simple Editor

Video: How to Use the Advanced Video Producer Tool

Getting Started

After opening Luminant Music, select the Videos mode from the main menu. Next, choose the file you want to use when creating your music video. Luminant Music accepts MP3, OGG, WAV, and AIFF files. To add your MP3 file, click the small music icon to the right of the Selected Track field. Once you’ve selected your file, it’s time to hit the start button.

Creating Segments

After you’ve uploaded your file, it’s time to select the second tab, titled Timing. Here you will divide your audio file into segments that allow you to display different scenes and adjust the views or even the colors. They let you control the visuals for your music video based on the music you are playing. 

Here you’ll notice you have two waveforms. The top one is a zoomed-in view, while the bottom is your entire track, with the blue highlight representing the zoomed-in view. This allows you to control where you create new segments.

Waveform selector

Select where you want to divide your music into two or more segments and place your cursor there in either waveform, then click the plus sign next to the segment field. You can create as many or as few segments as you need. 

Selecting a Scene

Now that you’ve divided your video into segments, it’s time to assign a scene to each one. The scenes can be the same for each segment, or you might want to change it up during your video. If you choose to keep the scenes the same, you’ll want to change the viewing angle in the next step.

To assign a scene to a segment, select the segment you want to change either in the Video Producer panel on the left or by clicking the desired segment in the area below your waveforms. Once you’ve selected the segment you’d like to edit, click the nine-box icon at the top of the application to open the scene selector. You can browse our scene selection here.

Selecting a Segment

Tip: If you want to see the scene in action, you can click the next editing tab, the Views tab. We’ll cover more of what camera views can do in the next section.

Views tab

Personalize Views

Each unique scene in Luminant Music is a fully designed scene that can be viewed from any angle. With scenes selected for each segment, it’s now time to edit the views. In the Views tab of the Video Producer panel, you’ll find a segment selector, a preview of your video, and three types of camera settings. These camera settings are how you’ll personalize the angles, the fade, and more to make this music video your own.

Resource: Need some inspiration or examples of what a final video might look like? You can access our library of videos on our YouTube channel.

The Simple Camera Settings 

The simple setting is easy because there’s only one option: view. You can scroll through over 100 unique views to find one that you think works well with your music and the scene you’ve selected. 

Reminder: If you would like a tutorial on how to use the simple view, you can access one here

The Advanced Camera Settings

The advanced settings open up more customization options for you:

View — Same as the simple settings. Choose from over 100 views.

Shift — Allows you to shift the camera angle slightly. This is great if you like a view, but wish it showed a different part of the visualization in the scene. Use this to accent the parts of your song you want the audience paying attention to. 

Speed — Control how fast the scene moves. This tool is great for conveying the energy of your music through camera movement.

Warmup — When activated, moving particles in any scene will already be in motion when the scene starts. If you turn off this feature, the scene will start moving particles after the segment begins.

Fadeout — There are three options for the fadeout setting. Selecting “no” means that every segment transition will be a rough cut. Selecting “yes” means there will be a fade-to-black transition between each segment, and “auto” puts a fade at the start and end of the video only.

Reminder: We have a video tutorial on advanced camera settings that you can access here.

The Pro Camera Settings

The pro view gives you the most control over your music videos. With the pro view, you can set custom angles, heights, distance, and more for each scene, allowing you to truly control the camera. Start in the simple and advanced views and work your way up to the pro settings. We’ll cover the pro camera settings more in-depth in the future.

Choosing Your Personal Style

After you’ve edited the camera settings, the next tab is the Style editor. Here you’ll be able to select the colors for each segment in your video. 

To customize your colors, click the slider to open the custom color options. Here you can select colors for the signal, which is the part of the scene that reacts to your music, the base, and the body. Not every scene will allow you to change the base and body colors. Experiment a little bit. 

For explicit directions on selecting your signal color, click the help icon at the top right of the Video Producer panel. 

Help Icon

When you do, it will open the Palette Specification Guide, which provides instructions on choosing a code to specify a specific color palette. Letters represent the colors, while the number represents how saturated the colors are.

Palette Specification Guide

Adding the Finishing Touches

It’s time to cross the t’s and dot the i’s. Go to the next tab, the Settings tab. It’s time to choose your file name, location, and the output resolution for your video.

Settings tab

When considering the resolution, consider where and how you are going to use the video. It’s likely that your best option is going to be 1080p at 60 frames per second if you are uploading to sites like YouTube or using a music video during one of your performances. 

It’s Time to Render

It’s time to head to the last tab within the Video Producer and render your video. All you have to do now is hit start and let the video finish. Depending on how powerful your computer is, this might take a while, as the program has to render all of your scenes for your video. It’s recommended you leave the Luminant Music application open during this process so that you don’t lose any quality during the rendering process. 

Render Menu

The Finishing Set

There you have it! A guide to help you start creating music videos with Luminant Music. This only touches on all the features and settings at your disposal. Feel free to play around and try out new features. 

The Luminant Music application itself includes a robust Help library with explanations and information on the settings, tabs, and options available to you. 

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Carlos Serrano

Written by Carlos Serrano

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