Have you ever tried to adjust the timing on Canva videos? It seems like something that should be easy to do, but unfortunately, there’s no simple solution.
We love using Canva for simple graphics for our clients or for our own social media. We even wrote a whole separate blog on how we use it.
Recently, they introduced an option to create videos. As a digital marketing firm, we were really excited. Usually, we use Animoto to make some simple, text-based videos but if we could do everything in Canva, that would be a great alternative.
We went through and started creating a video for our client to highlight a new product. After a while though, a problem came up. We couldn’t find a way to adjust the timings on our video.
You might be in a similar situation.
Adjust Timings on Canva Videos
The unfortunate thing is, you can’t edit the timing in Canva.
Canva’s video creation is really great except for this one thing. For Canva, each slide in your video will show for 5 seconds. That’s not too bad, but there can be times where your message is longer than that or where 5 seconds feels like too long.
As you add in new panels or slides, Canva automatically adds 5 more seconds for each one.
When we were working on this for a client, it made their video just slightly over the 1-minute mark. Since we didn’t want it to be an IGTV video, we had to shorten it. It didn’t make sense to remove any panels so we turned to other video editing software.
There are plenty of options out there for video editing software. I used Adobe After Effects. We also like editing videos using Camtasia, as well. It might have been better to use a different program for me, but Adobe After Effects was the one I was the most familiar with.
Now you might be thinking, it’d be so easy to just crop the video slightly. That’s true but we didn’t want all the time taken off the end. We wanted specific slides to be a bit shorter.
We also had to consider the music that came through the background. If we cropped one section in the middle, the music would skip. That’s why we needed more advanced video editing tools to make sure we could isolate the music from the video themselves.
By now, you might be thinking the same thing we were, ‘this is a lot of work for what should be a simple video.’
If you’re going to use Canva for your video, we wouldn’t recommend needing to adjust the timings of the scenes or slides. Start with the timing limitations in mind first. Know that each slide gets 5 seconds and build the slides based on that. It will save you a lot of time.
Since we were already invested in the project, we decided to salvage it with more advanced video editing.
Animoto vs. Canva Video
As we mentioned before, we normally use Animoto when we want a video for our clients. However, the idea of keeping everything we do for social media within Canva was really appealing.
That’s why we decided to test it out. Canva does have better features in some sense. You can add more animated graphics and they have more modern stock photos and videos to pick from.
In fact, if it weren’t for the timing issue, we’d be 100% on board with Canva videos. Hopefully, that’s something they introduce in the future. We’d love to be able to adjust timings on Canva videos. For now, we’ll stick with Animoto for the fully customizable experience that we often need for our clients’ digital marketing needs.
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