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Month: August 2017

Make your own meme video

Make your own meme video

We call them Square Frames, but perhaps they’re more commonly referred to as “meme videos”. You can now add these frames to your Lumen5 videos, allowing you to increase the visibility of your videos through large bold texts, but also take advantage of the popular square video format.

Square videos take up more space on mobile phones and are generally believed to generate more engagements since they take up more real estate. This means that as Facebook users are scrolling through their newsfeed, there’s a higher likely hood that your square frame video will catch their eye than the traditional landscape videos.

You’ll see the option to add a square frame in the final preview just before you publish your video!

Introducing the Lumen5 Pro Plan

Introducing the Lumen5 Pro Plan

Starting today, you’ll be able to upgrade your Lumen5 account to the Pro Plan to get even more out of your videos. The two main differences between the Free Plan and the Pro Plan are video quality and the presence of Lumen5 branding in the credit scene.

Our goal is to always offer a valuable Free Plan that remains free forever. One of our criteria for the Free Plan is to make sure it always remains actually usable. This means no giant watermarks, no crushing limitations, and basically no strings attached. We want Lumen5 to remain accessible for individual and small business users without paying a dime.

The resulting Free Plan still offers the creation of unlimited videos, access to millions of free media files, and all the customizations you need to brand your videos. We decided to settle with 480p rendering as we feel that 480p is a very reasonable resolution for social and mobile viewers, which account for a majority of traffic these days. We’ve also intentionally kept the Lumen5 branding subtle and our logo only appears at the very end of the video on the side of the credit scene.

Our new Pro Plan will empower power users with 1080p HD videos which will look great on all platforms for full screen viewing. The ability to hide the Lumen5 branding in the credit scene will also help your videos appear more professional and bespoke.

Rest assured, we’ll continue building new features to enhance both plans and keep improving the quality of your videos!

Rendering time significantly reduced

Rendering time significantly reduced

Videos are processed one-by-one by our video rendering servers and they work on a first-come-first-serve basis. For example, if 5 people submitted their videos for rendering before you did, then our servers must finish processing those 5 videos first before it can start processing your video. As you can imagine, this can easily create a bottleneck when a lot of users are on Lumen5 creating videos at the same time.

Previously, we were running a single rendering server, which was why your videos could sometimes take over an hour to render. To resolve this, we decided to rebuild our backend infrastructure from ground up. Now, we are able to run multiple rendering servers in parallel with the ability to easily expand our rendering capabilities on-demand to handle traffic surges.

With the new setup, we can now render multiple videos in parallel. In our earlier example, if 5 people submitted their videos before you submitted yours, those 5 videos must be completed first before the server begins processing your video. Now, all 6 videos can be rendered at the same time, and everyone can get their videos sooner.

The average rendering time is now consistently under 10 minutes and we plan to continue improving our system in order to process videos even faster in the future!