How To Make a Lyric Video—Turning Your Song Into a Visual Experience
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In the era of music streaming, it’s a common practice for artists to release singles as a way to promote their upcoming releases. There’s a variety of options for you to make your single stand out and attract as much attention as possible. One of the best is creating a unique and enticing lyric video.
Lyric videos are an efficient solution because they combine audio and visual aesthetics while providing your listeners with both an easy and engaging way to follow what the song is about.
Unless you are a popular music artist with a large fanbase, you probably can’t afford to make top-notch music videos for every single that you put out. Creating lyric videos for your songs and uploading them to YouTube can bring a significant amount of attention to your music and help you grow your audience. If you also want to learn how to make a music video, you can check out our guide.
Let’s start by taking a look at some of the main benefits you can reap with eye-catching lyric videos.
The Benefits of Making Lyric Videos
Lyric videos are a great solution for music promotion because they are:
- Easy to make
Lyric Videos Are Engaging
Your listeners love checking out your song lyrics to find a deeper meaning or a way to relate to them. If you put some effort into presenting the lyrics in the form of a captivating video, your fans will love it.
A lyric video makes it easier and more exciting to follow the text than reading it somewhere else, especially if they have to open an additional web page. You’re providing your fans with a simple way to memorize the lyrics and sing along.
Lyric Videos Are Shareable
An attention-grabbing lyric video is an effective way to tease your upcoming EP, album, or new musical project. You can share the video on all your social media channels like Twitter and Facebook, and encourage your fans to spread it around.
When the post with your lyric video is out there and your audience loves what they see and hear, they will most probably tag their friends and share it on their personal profiles. They might also quote your song and discuss your lyric video on public forums.
Lyric Videos Are Easy To Make
Music videos may be fascinating cinematic experiences, but they take a lot of work and money to create. Lyric videos may seem like they aren’t easy to make, but you can do it with little effort and minimal costs if you’re using the right software.
InVideo—our browser-based platform—can help you create amazing lyric videos with awesome effects and animations in less than ten minutes. Let’s see how it’s done.
How To Make Lyric Videos in InVideo?
Our video editing platform offers three ways to create videos. You can do so using:
- Premade templates
- Blank templates
Text-to-video is the best feature InVideo has to offer for creating stunning lyric videos. It will automatically transform your lyrics into a series of scenes that you can fully customize to fit in with your song’s aesthetic and message.
InVideo Text-to-Video Options
To start creating a lyric video with this feature, you need to:
- Log in to your InVideo account
- Click on Create in the top-right corner of the screen
- Go to the Text-to-Video bar
- Choose YouTube Landscape
- Pick a template of your liking as a starting point
- Click on Use this template to get started
InVideo Text-to-Video Scripting
You’ll be taken to the Text-to-video settings page where you can add your lyrics. All you need to do is:
- Click on Add your script here
- Add a headline, such as the title of your song
- Copy-paste your lyrics into the field below
- Click on Next
You can uncheck the Auto-Suggest Images/Videos if you don’t want your scenes to be filled with InVideo’s recommendations automatically. Even if you leave the option on, you’ll have plenty of creative freedom to add and remove any elements later.
Editing Your Lyric Video in the InVideo Storyboard
On the Storyboard screen, you’ll see all the lines of your song transformed into scenes.
This screen provides you with an overview of all the individual scenes and their elements. You can change some of the basic settings here, such as:
- Editing the text
- Previewing each scene
- Adding, deleting, duplicating, and rearranging scenes
- Dragging and dropping media elements
Click on the Music tab in the left panel and add your song to the project by clicking on the Add your own button at the bottom of the menu.
If you go to the Media tab, you can browse our extensive library of over one million amazing stock photos and video clips that you can use for your lyric video. Use the search bar to look for a keyword that fits the concept of your song, and see if we’ve got what you need.
Go to the Uploads tab to add your media files to the project. All the videos and images that you upload will be available in the menu. All you need to do is drag and drop them into a scene to apply them.
The Script tab enables you to browse through the scenes for each line of your song quickly.
Editing Your Lyric Video in the InVideo Advanced Editor
InVideo Advanced Editor
InVideo’s Advanced Editor screen is where the real magic of creating an amazing lyric video begins. Here, you can find extensive video editing options and a wide range of features that you can add and customize.
Let’s overview the editing process by taking a look at:
- Video timeline
- Advanced text editing features
- Visual Effects
- Other features
InVideo Video Timeline
At the bottom of the screen, you can find the project timeline where you can set up and preview your scenes in a sequence. Click on the edge of any scene and drag it to fit the duration of a particular part of the song.
You can set up scene transitions by clicking on the connecting arrows between them. The default transition is fade, but you can choose from a vast assortment of options divided into categories, including:
InVideo Scene Transitions
Blur, impact, rewind, zoom in, curtain call
|Fan, disc, circle, slice, tetris|
Subtle, film burn, long flash, diagonal light
Corner stroke, vertical stroke, circular stroke
Black aperture, slow shutter, cross shutter
RGB glitch, digital break, flicker glitch
InVideo also has an advanced timeline feature. You can open it by clicking on the Advanced Timeline button to the right. Here, you can see all the video elements as layers. You can set up the way your lyrics show in contrast with all the other elements by moving the layers around. Drag the edges of the layers to set up their duration.
InVideo Advanced Timeline
Advanced Text Editing
InVideo Advanced Text Editing
When it comes to text editing, InVideo provides plenty of options. Go to a particular scene and click on any text box that you want to customize. You can find the advanced text customization options in the Edit menu to the right of your screen. You can set up a vast assortment of options, including:
- Style—Pick an appropriate font and set up the size, style, height, and alignment
- Colors—Customize the colors for a specific text and use the slider to set up the opacity
- Drop Shadow—Set up the text to drop a shadow in a particular color
- Animation—Get creative and set up various in and out animations for lines, words, letters, or the whole text
- Textbox Animation—Set up the animation for how the entire text box shows up on the screen
- Change Project Colors—Pick a specific color for the project, and template elements will align automatically
If you need to add additional text boxes to any scene, go to the Text tab in the left panel. Here, you can find a variety of options, such as:
InVideo Text Box Types
Headings, subheadings, and body text
Premade Text Boxes
Classic, modern, astons, text styles, location boxes, social media credits, and more
Every great lyric video should have some eye-catching effects to create a more engaging visual experience. If you’ve uploaded some amazing video material to go hand in hand with your lyrics, our platform has a selection of visual effects that can enhance it even further.
Click on the Effects tab in the left panel, and choose from one of our effect categories, including:
- Light leaks
- Powder explosion
You can use InVideo to add other features to your lyric videos, such as shapes, stickers, and enhancers.
When it comes to enhancers, you have the options to:
- Turn a scene into a collage layout
- Add a mask over a scene
- Incorporate a Twitter or Instagram post
Other Ways You Can Create a Lyric Video With InVideo
If you want to start making your lyric video from scratch, you can use the Blank Template feature. This option enables you to start with a stripped-down template and allows you to take control of every step of the video creation process. Add media, text boxes, and other elements yourself, and get acquainted with all of our features.
You can also make use of some of our templates specialized for YouTube videos. It’s a common practice for YouTubers to end their videos with a screen that offers other video recommendations and links to different kinds of social media profiles where the author can be contacted.
In our vast selection of premade templates, you can find solutions made for that purpose, such as:
When you’re done creating your fantastic lyric video, click on the Export button in the top-right corner of the dashboard. Wait for the video to render, click on Download, and you’re good to go.
Uploading Your Lyric Video to YouTube
Now that you’ve got a lyric video ready for streaming, you can upload it to YouTube. Before we get down to how it’s done, let’s take a look at the YouTube video specifications.
The standard aspect ratio for YouTube videos is 16:9. This includes the following resolutions:
If you’ve chosen the YouTube Landscape option when making the lyric video in InVideo, it will be formatted for YouTube automatically, and you can download it in 1080p and 720p.
If you feel like you want to have more creative freedom and go against the grain, you can create a video in a different aspect ratio, such as 4:3. In that case, make sure not to add any padding or black bars. YouTube will do so automatically to adjust your video in line with its standards.
When it comes to audio, keep in mind that there’s no point in uploading high-quality audio files, such as 320kbps MP3s. YouTube uses two audio formats:
- AAC—in an MP4 container
- Opus—in a WebM container
InVideo encodes videos in the MP4 format. This means that YouTube will play your audio at the maximum bitrate of about 126 kbps.
To upload your video to YouTube, you need to:
- Open YouTube
- Click on the camera icon in the top-right corner
- Select Upload video
- Find your video by clicking Select files, or drag and drop it onto the screen
- Set up the details such as title, description, and thumbnail
- Click on Publish once the upload is finished
Now that you’ve made a stunning lyric video with our platform and uploaded it to YouTube, you can share it with your fans and see how they like it. If you want to learn more about the ideal YouTube video size, you can check out our concise guide.
How InVideo Can Help You Create the Perfect Lyric Video
One of the best features that our video editing platform has to offer is IVA—our Intelligent Video Assistant. IVA uses artificial intelligence to track your progress while you’re editing the video and suggest corrections. It can spot a variety of issues, including even the smallest ones that you’d most likely miss.
IVA pays attention to different video aspects, such as:
- Animation speed
- Text alignment
Whenever you make a mistake, you’ve got our AI-driven assistant covering your back. IVA will let you know about any errors it comes across and provide the best possible solution.
The Benefits of Using InVideo To Create a Lyric Video
Our cloud-based video editor is a fantastic solution for creating various kinds of videos, including lyric videos for your music. This is because it comes with a wide range of benefits that make it stand out among its video editing peers.
First and foremost, InVideo is a feature-rich platform that is quick and easy to use. You can create exceptional videos with little expertise. The user-friendly dashboard is simple to navigate, and you can craft an engaging video in under ten minutes.
If you’re having trouble figuring out any aspect of our platform, you can rely on our 24/7 customer support. This means that you can hit up our team members at any time, and we will do our best to help you find a solution to the problem. We’ve also got an extensive library of tutorials where you can find the answers to pretty much any question that you might have.
Another huge benefit of using InVideo is our platform’s affordable pricing. We provide you with the option to sign up for an account and use all of the features that InVideo has to offer for free forever. The only restrictions that the free version of InVideo has is that you can export up to 60 videos every month and that they will all be watermarked with the InVideo logo.
When you sign up for our Business plan, you’ll be able to export your videos without a watermark for the price of $20 per month. The Unlimited plan allows you to use InVideo with no limitations for $60 per month.
If you thought that’s all, we’ve got a surprise for you—If you sign up for an annual contract, you get a 50% discount.
Other InVideo Editors and Templates You Should Check Out
InVideo may be an awesome solution for creating lyric videos, but it’s far from all that our powerful platform can do. You can check out some of our other video editing templates, such as:
- Facebook Meme Post
- Instagram Story Ad
- Swift Travel Promo
- Night Club Invite
- Bumper Offer
- Web Hosting Services Ad
All you need to do is sign up, and you can start creating all kinds of exceptional videos as of today!