Help Version 2.0
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Shadow Puppet Basics
So what can I do with this app?
You can use Shadow Puppet to make a video that combines your photos and video clips with images from the web. You can add music, record your voice, or both. Unlike other video making tools, everything you do on screen while recording is added to your final video, like drawing, zooming or swiping between photos/videos.
Can I use Shadow Puppet when I'm not connected to the internet?
Yes. You can record and save videos when offline, but you'll need an internet connection to share them.
Do videos have a time limit?
Yes, the maximum length for a video is 30 minutes and 100 images/video clips. We've found from experience that the best videos change pages every 10 to 15 seconds. The next arrow will start to blink if you've been on the same image for 15 seconds so you can pace yourself.
Adding Photos and Videos
Can I select photos and videos from different albums?
Yes, on iPhone tap the Search icon on the top right corner of the Add Photos/Videos screen. On iPad, choose from the menu on the left side. From there you can switch between Camera Roll, Photostream and Albums. You can also access our web image search and animated GIF search tools.
Do I have to use my own photos and videos? Do I have to have photos on my device?
No, you can use our image search tools to find images and animated gif from the web. To access image search on iPhone, tap the Search icon on the top right corner of the Add Photos/Videos screen. On iPad, choose image search from the menu on the left side.
How do I get animated GIFs into my videos?
From the photo/video selection screen, use our GIF Search tool to select GIFs you want to use in your video. To access image search on iPhone, tap the Search icon on the top right corner of the Add Photos/Videos screen. On iPad, choose animated GIF search from the menu on the left side.
How long can the video clips I use in my video be?
You can use video clips up to 30 seconds long. You can use multiple clips from the same video. Just long press on the video and tap Select another clip.
How do I reorder photos and videos?
When adding photos and videos, tap on Reorder to rearrange or remove photos or videos.
My photos/videos look cropped. Can I change this?
Yes, before you start recording, you can adjust the zoom of the photos. Swipe through them and tap the magnifying glass at the top right corner to zoom out. Get it looking just the way you want and then start recording. You can also turn Autozoom Square OFF in the Settings menu.
Do I have to record my voice?
No, you can record with music only. Just mute the voice mic. Turn the mic ON or OFF at anytime during recording by tapping the Microphone icon.
Can I add music?
Add music before you start recording by tapping the Music icon. Choose if you want to record your voice and music or just music. You must add music before you start recording, but you can turn the mic ON or OFF at anytime.
If I make a mistake while recording, can I fix it?
Yes, if you make a mistake, just tap the Undo button. Tapping Undo will erase everything from that page and you can re-record from the beginning of that page.
How do I get emoji into my videos?
You can use our emoji drawing wand to add animated emoji to your videos during recording. You can also use the emoji keyboard to add emoji into your titles. (Add the emoji keyboard by going into your iPhone/iPad Settings > General > Keyboard > Keyboards > Add a New Keyboard > Emoji.)
How can I customize the transitions between pages?
You can swipe or press the next and previous arrows to transition between photos. If you'd like to customize the transition, press and hold the next button for a list of options.
Once I have finished a video, can I go back and edit it?
Not in the same way as most video editors. To edit a video once you finished it, you need to copy it and re-record. To copy, tap the video, tap the Menu icon at the top right, and then tap Copy and re-record. This will create a copy of all of the photos/videos, music and titles used in that video. Then you can re-record your voice over, drawing, zooming, and swiping between pages.
How can I share a video?
To share a video, tap the video you want to share then tap the Menu icon on the top right. Then tap Share and choose a sharing option.
What happens when I share a video?
When you share a video, we create a web page to play the video back. This means you can send people full-length videos and they don't have to download the app to watch them. Unless you share this page, no one can see what you've made -- only the people you share your videos with can access your content.
Can I embed videos in other web pages?
Yes, first get the link to your video from the Share screen. Paste the link to your video into your web browser. On the video web page there is a link icon. Tap the link icon and copy the HTML embed code.
Can I save a video to my camera roll?
Yes, when you finish a video it is automatically saved to your camera roll. You can upload it to YouTube, Vimeo or Instagram. If you don't want to save videos automatically to your camera roll, you can turn this OFF in Settings.
Can I export videos in high-res/HD?
Yes, HD video export is available as an in-app purchase. To purchase, tap Settings and then scroll down to Video Size and select HD - 720p.
How can I remove the watermark?
Watermark removal is available as an in-app purchase. To purchase, tap Settings and then scroll down to Show Watermark.