What is the base layer?
The base layer function in Editor helps Grabyo users easily organize video, images, and effects while editing a clip.
Base layer allows you to group the position of assets across multiple layers. This makes creating a multi-layered edit much simpler and faster.
How does it work?
When you first create a project, the first layer in the timeline will automatically act as the "base layer”.
Clips and images placed in the base layer will act as an ‘anchor’ for any assets that are placed in layers above.
To group the position of assets layered above a base layer asset:
- Drop an image or video asset into the base layer (these will be automatically added to the base layer unless you remove them)
- Drop the ‘in’ point of an asset (such as a title, image or clip) in a secondary layer, above your chosen base layer asset
- Editor will now group the position of these assets. You can see which assets are grouped by lines that connect them.
- Refine the ‘in’ point of the asset to where you like, relative to the base layer asset
You can group the position of multiple assets to one base layer asset by repeating the steps above using different layers.
Now, when you move the base layer asset, the ‘grouped assets’ will remain in the same position relative to the base layer asset.
Note: The start times of ‘grouped’ edits are locked, which means moving a group of assets may cause you to crop assets outside of the group.
To move assets out of the base layer, you just need to drag and drop into another layer.
Note: If a base layer asset is grouped with any assets, you will need to move or delete these assets before moving the base layer asset.
What are the benefits of the base layer?
You will no longer be able to leave any gaps between clips in the base layer. This will help you to add, reorder and remove videos from this layer very quickly.
Note: If you need a blank space between clips in the base layer, this can be achieved by adding a blank background template.
Once items in other layers are linked to the base layer, this allows you to move assets in the base layer without losing edits you have made. For example, you will not lose titling, graphics or picture-in-picture overlay position by reordering assets. All assets outside of the base layer will act the same. At the moment, assets can only be linked to assets in the base layer.
Note: You can undo this by moving your overlay away from the base layer asset.
Why the change?
Valuable user feedback and analysis has told us this is a necessary upgrade to Editor. We know that most videos being made in Editor are short-form, quick edits. The base layer aims to improve this experience for our users. The base layer will help to keep the editing process simple while allowing users to be creative. Users will also find it easier to work on more complex edits and long-form clips.
We are running this in the Editor Beta so we can collect feedback from the current users of the platform. Our aim is to ship this as soon as we can. This is quite a big change to the overall UX of the product, so we need to make sure the design and implementation will help users in the short and long-term.