With the playlist editor built directly into the dscout platform, you can compile and edit your videos and clips into a cohesive playlist and share them directly with your stakeholders and collaborators — without ever leaving dscout.
Note: at this time Playlists are only available for subscription accounts. Chat with your Account Manager to learn more!
Editing a playlist
Once you select your videos from Media View in Diary or your clips from Live sessions and save them as a new playlist, you’ll land in the playlist editor where you can view and refine your playlist. Click the links below or read on to learn more about all of the features you’ll find in our playlist editor:
Navigating the Editor
- On the left side of the screen, you’ll see the media queue of all videos or clips you selected. Drag and drop individual recordings in the queue to re-order. You can also duplicate, download, and remove individual recordings from the media queue; removing a recording from the media queue will remove it from your playlist.
- To trim an individual recording:
- Option 1: Select that recording in the media queue on the left or in the timeline editor at the bottom of the screen. Use your cursor to click and drag from either the beginning, or the end of the recording to set the in point (where the recording starts), or out point (where the recording ends) for your edit.
- Option 2: You can also trim a recording via transcript. Click and drag from either end of the transcript to highlight the portion of the text you’re interested in, and dscout will automatically adjust the in point and out point of the recording to match your selection.
- The editing tools visible beneath the video player also function to trim recordings or to allow you to skip around within a recording. Several of these functions have keyboard shortcuts:
- Nudge playhead back (left arrow)
- Play (spacebar)
- In Point (i)
- Split (s)
- Out Point (o)
- Nudge playhead forward (right arrow).
- Use the timeline magnifier in the bottom right corner of the editor to zoom in on the timeline for more precise editing, or to zoom out and see more of your playlist recordings in the timeline.
Text slides can be added before or after any piece of media, customizable with a title and subtitle.
- Adding a text slide
- Tap the “+” symbol in the bottom in the media editor. You’ll see one of these icons before and after each clip.
- Removing a text slide
- Tap the “…” in your media queue (lefthand column)
- Tap the “...” in the bottom of the media editor
- Titles and subtitles
- Titles and subtitles are optional, and can be up to 40 and 140 characters in length, respectively.
- Text style: use this dropdown menu to change your typeface.
- Alignment: use these options to align your text (left alignment, centered, right alignment).
- Use this to change the duration of your text slide. You can edit duration by dragging your text slide in the bottom of the media editor as well.
For any single piece of media, you have the ability to add a scout's first name and last initial as well as flip their media. Note: these features will only apply to the clip or video you’re currently editing.
- Add scout name: tap this toggle to apply the scout’s first name + last initial to their video. This will appear after ~1 second and is displayed for ~5 seconds before. When using this feature, we recommend introducing the scout the first time they appear on screen, then refraining from adding their name to subsequent appearances.
- Flip media: use this toggle to flip or “mirror” a clip or video.
- Video blurring: tap "Create blur" to add a blurred shape to your video. After tapping "Create blur," you'll be directed to the blur editor, which allows you to choose the shape of your blur (circle or rectangle); use the crosshairs to adjust the size of your blur, and click and hold on the blur to reposition. When you're done, tap "Exit editing" above the video preview to save your blur selections.
These changes affect all media in the playlist including media that gets added after the feature is turned on.
- Dark theme: apply this toggle to change the video sideboards, text slides, and fade color between black and white.
- Level audio: use this feature to “boost” the volume of quiet clips and lower the volume of louder clips.
- Fade: adds a 0.2 second fade to the beginning and end of all text slides and media. Note: this does not fade or impact audio.
- Aspect ratio: use this to change the ratio of your playlist. 4:3 is great for mobile videos while 16:9 is ideal for desktop videos.
Rendering a playlist
When you’re done editing your playlist, click the “Render Playlist” button on the left to create a compiled video for sharing or download.
Depending on the length of your playlist, rendering may take up to a few minutes, during which time you will not be able to edit your playlist. Feel free to leave the playlist page while rendering happens.
Note: If you edit your playlist after rendering it, you’ll need to re-render the playlist if you want to share or download the latest version. You'll see the "Render playlist" button update to say "Re-render playlist" after making edits.
Sharing your playlist
You can share your playlist via public share link, or you can download it.
- Share link: Once your playlist is rendered, click “Share” to create a public share link for the compiled video.
- Download: Once your playlist is rendered, click the “Download” icon to download the compiled video as an mp4 file.
Note: Re-rendering your playlist will update the video that users of your share link see. That is, if you make any changes to your playlist and re-render it, the video that users see will change as well.