New software that builds high-end 3D renders with dynamic environments and fully interactive cameras can be very daunting, expensive, and time consuming.
That's why we built ScreenSpace - a streamlined motion design tool that is built to produce studio-quality renders and animations with an intuitive interface that is specifically designed to showcase apps within 3D devices.
The editor interface feels very familiar to standard video editors and motion design software. In fact, although ScreenSpace is technically hosted within your web browser, you should treat it like any other software tool on your computer.
If you are savvy with professional video software, ScreenSpace will feel like a walk in the park. In fact, you can use the same keyboard shortcuts you know and love (listed below).
Building Your Scene
You can build your scene in three simple steps - all of which are located to the left of the canvas.
Select your device. Depending on what your app is used for, you can select from a library of devices and their respective colors. We always offer the latest devices from phones, to tablets, to laptops and monitors. In the coming weeks we will be expanding our library to smart watches and televisions.
Upload your screen capture. You can upload a simple still image or full resolution 4k screen capture. Almost all file formats are supported. We currently do not offer a media editor to trim or crop your files so please have this prepped before uploading to ScreenSpace to avoid unwanted renders. All devices support their native resolutions and aspect ratios so please be sure to match the right device specs to avoid stretching. You can always swap out your screen assets whilst preserving your animations and designs.
Select a background (or alpha). You can select from any solid color, gradient, or seamless backdrop (cyc). All backgrounds can be completely customized to any color to match the brand. You can also toggle on and off the device shadow (depending on the desired look you are going for) as well as select to render with embedded alpha for more advanced compositing outside of ScreenSpace.
The canvas is a real-time interactive interface where you will be setting the look of your scene and animating your device and camera. All elements displayed within the canvas are for preview purposes only and do not represent the quality of the final render provided when you hit the "render" button. To view the full quality image use the "Render Image" feature at the bottom of the editor (more about this in a moment).
The canvas itself is interactive and therefore allows you to pan, rotate, and zoom the camera as well as rotate the device using keyboard shortcuts.
The sliders to the bottom of the canvas allow you to modify the controls with more control. While hovering over a slider, scroll up and down on your mouse or trackpad for more fine controls.
The canvas represents the full 16x9 video frame.
Animating with the Timeline
ScreenSpace uses the same concept of keyframing used in most professional video editing software. Each keyframe represents a designated motion step while ScreenSpace interpolates the motion between each step. All keyframes have a slight easing in and out to soften movements. The easing style can be changed by electing the keyframe and clicking the "easing" button to the left of the timeline.
The camera and device have independent timelines to allow for more flexible animations.
To animate, simply move the playhead to a desired location on the timeline in which you want to add a keyframe. Then modify the parameters in which you would like to change. A keyframe will automatically appear. If you would like to add a keyframe without changing the settings, click the diamond to the left of the timeline.
Deleting a keyframe is as simple as hitting the delete key or deselecting the diamond when the playhead is currently over a keyframe. Additionally you may move the keyframe by simply clicking and dragging it across the timeline. Additional features require keyboard shortcuts which you can find here.
The duration of the scene is locked to your uploaded screen capture unless you uploaded a still image. Each scene utilizing a still image defaults to five seconds. If you would like to adjust this duration, click the stopwatch icon to the left of the canvas and drag the slider accordingly.
Whether you are in a time crunch or looking for creative inspiration, our animation presets will speed up your workflow and help you achieve your final video in even less time.
When you apply a preset, your timeline is instantly replaced with the new keyframe animation settings.
You have full control over modifying the animations and timing to best fit your scene.
If you get stuck at any point, feel free to reach out to us via the in-app Intercom Messenger.