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Pictory Release Notes

Explore the latest updates and releases on Pictory and create captivating videos effortlessly!

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July 5th, 2024

🎨 New and Improved Elements

We are thrilled to introduce an expanded collection of elements for our video toolkit. With over 100 options, you can now add customizable shapes, including squares, circles, and various other design elements to enhance the aesthetics of your videos. Creating unique and visually stunning videos is now more fun than ever before.

June 30th, 2024

Hello, Pictorians! Another month, another round of updates. Here are some of the amazing things we worked on this month to improve the quality of videos you make on Pictory.

βœ‚οΈΒ Intelligent Text Splitting

Say goodbye to large blocks of text on your scenes! With this improvement, we will automatically split your text at logical breaks in sentences and at line breaks. This means less time spent adjusting text and more time designing your scenes.

πŸ”Β Copy and Paste Scenes Anywhere

Now you can copy and paste scenes effortlessly within the same project or across multiple projects. Why spend time recreating a scene when you can easily copy and paste using Ctrl/Cmd+C and Ctrl/Cmd+V or instantly duplicate it with a single click? See it, like it, and replicate it.

🐜 Squashed bugs!

We've fixed numerous bugs to improve your experience and make the app more stable and reliable.

May 29, 2024

Welcome to the latest update from Pictory! May was an exciting month and we’re thrilled to bring you new features and improvements designed to make your videos more engaging and impressive. Read on to discover what’s new and how it can enhance your videos!

✨ Better Text Animations

Not only do you get an improved UI for your text animations, but we've also added a variety of new and enhanced options for your video needs. Want your text to drift in and fade out? You got it! Our new animations will help you create engaging and professional-looking videos effortlessly to make your text stand out.

🎨 Color Overlay for Your Visuals

Looking to give your videos and images a unique look and theme? Need to highlight certain visuals or make text pop? Maybe a light pink hue here, a grey tint there? You can do all that with the color overlay feature! An overlay can really up your game by improving image text readability while ensuring a consistent look for your videos.

🐜 Squashed bugs!

We've fixed lots of bugs to ensure your experience remains smooth


April 30, 2024

This month, our focus was on improving the app's overall user experience and speed, making it easier and faster for you to do what matters most on Pictory: creating videos effortlessly.

πŸ”§ Improved Performance Updates

  • Say goodbye to issues with uploads. Uploads are now exponentially faster with a smoother scrolling experience on the tab.

  • Those long wait times to get into the app? We’ve resolved that. Now you can go from the login page to the homepage in about 5 seconds.

  • Do you have a ton of projects on Pictory? No worries. Scrolling on the projects page is now a lot smoother and lighter for improved usability.

πŸ†• New Fonts on the storyboard

We’ve expanded our fonts library with 17 new additions to our storyboard. The new fonts include modern and classic styles such as Strive, Manrope, and JM Modern to offer a wider range of creative options for text styling.

πŸ“± Improved UI for users with smaller screens

We’ve fixed visibility issues for users with smaller screens. The Visuals and Audio tabs are now optimized to accommodate smaller screen sizes, particularly noticeable in the Recent, My Uploads, and Favorites sections.

🐜 Squashed bugs!

As always, we’ve addressed several bugs on the app including issues with multi-select and trim visuals.

March 31, 2024

Hello, Pictorians! New release went live today. As always, we'd love to hear what you think, join our Facebook Group and have your voice be heard!

🎨 Enhanced Layering Capabilities

Our latest update introduces an innovative layering feature, enabling users to overlay multiple visuals within a single scene, including videos and images. This feature will elevate your video production, creating more dynamic, complex, and professional-looking videos.

πŸ—£οΈ Revamped Voiceover Generation

We've taken your feedback to heart! In response to user requests, we have rolled back the recent update to our Voiceover (VO) generation feature, implemented via ElevenLabs, to its former iteration. Now, it's back to the old implementation you know and love.

πŸ’¨ Accelerated Application Responsiveness

We've optimized the loading times for the "My Projects" page. You can now expect quicker access to your projects and a more responsive application experience, giving you more time to work on what truly matters - creating amazing videos.

🐜 Squashed bugs!

Of course, we fixed some pesky bugs in the app to ensure the performance and experience are as smooth and reliable as possible.
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March 11, 2024

Welcome back! We have a lot to share in this installment, so we'll keep it brief. It's been a busy month (and change) here at Pictory, and we've shipped some exciting new features that we're sure you'll be itching to try out. Check out this video for the highlights and read the full post below for all of the details.

πŸŽ™οΈ Major improvements to premium voiceover generation

We've updated premium voiceover generation to eliminate the speed, tone, and pronunciation inconsistencies that held users back. In short, we're now generating voiceover using context from a project's entire script, which produces vastly improved results. To make the most of your quota, wait to apply a premium voice to your project until your script has been finalized. Learn more here.

🌠 GIPHY sticker library on the Elements tab

We're excited to finally offer a sticker library that can support the wide variety of videos our users make. The long-awaited subscribe sticker is here, along with a vast library of animated and static elements designed for a wide variety of audiences.

πŸ’Ύ Saving user preferences

When you're in a rush, every second matters. We've shaved a few off of your workflow by saving your preferences on the script editor. Next time you start a project, your previous selections for highlighting and scene breaks will be automatically applied.

πŸ—‚οΈ Better upload experience

Users can now upload hundreds of visuals at a time without crashing the app. Once those uploads are in Pictory, we've added preview thumbnails to the My Uploads section to make it easier to find what you're looking for.

πŸ“ API Updates

We now support the Japanese language for standard voiceover in our Public API. Along with the 29 languages of ElevenLabs voices, we now offer support for 8 languages using our standard voices through the API.

We're also excited to announce that Pictory’s transcription services are available as a white-labeled solution as part of our public API. Learn more in the Documentation Hub.

🐜 Squashed bugs!

January 30, 2024

Happy New Year! We jumped straight into 2024 with an ambitious launch and important product improvements. The year is already off to a bold start, and we're not planning to slow down any time soon.

✨ Pictory GPT for Videos

We've launched Pictory GPT for Videos in the ChatGPT Store. Check it out here!

ChatGPT Plus subscribers can create Pictory videos starting with a prompt, script, link or documentβ€”right in ChatGPT. Learn more on our blog.

πŸ§‘πŸ½β€πŸŽ¨ Brand Kits Get More Powerful

With the latest update, you can add visuals from our stock library to your Brand Kit. Save your favorites for easy access or set stock footage as your intro or outro. We've also added more text formatting options on the Brand Designer, including text spacing and alignment.

πŸŽ™οΈ Premium Voiceover Updates

This month, we said farewell to three voices that ElevenLabs recently retired. We'll be adding new voices to replace them in the coming months. Bella, Matthew, and Ellie, we wish you well in the great neural network beyond!

We also fixed bugs that were causing issues with the timing and pacing of premium voiceover.

🐜 Squashed bugs!

December 28, 2023

We're always trying to make video generation as seamless as possible. Sometimes that looks like launching exciting new features, and sometimes it means making the small improvements that keep Pictory easy, fast, and reliable. December was certainly a month for the latter, helping set the stage for big additions in 2024.

πŸ”¦ Improved Visual Search

In this update, we've added more nuanced logic to our Visual Search. In practice, this means that the visuals Pictory suggests will be more relevant, not only to keywords but to the script or article as a whole.

❌ Removed Stickers Tab

You may have noticed something is missing when you click Elements. The Stickers tab is getting a much-needed makeover and will be back soon. We promise it'll be worth the wait.

πŸŽ™οΈ Improved Voiceover Generation

Cutting-edge AI tools require constant adaptation. We're working to stay a step ahead and make sure our users are getting the best quality voiceover as quickly as possible.

🐜 Squashed bugs!

November 20, 2023

βœ… Brand Kits!

Stay on brand with one click. Easily set up your brand on Pictory, and even share it with your team.Β 

βœ… New styles

We've added some new and improved styles for your videos. Check out the Styles tab on the Storyboard!

βœ… Delete multiple scenes at once

Select multiple scenes by pressing Ctrl or Cmd on your keyboard, and hit Delete on your keyboard to Delete all scenes at once!

βœ… Make videos in 29 languages!

Not only can Pictory find visuals for your Spanish, Dutch, Italian, French, German, and Portuguese scripts, but now, you can also get AI voices to speak these languages and 23 others!

βœ… Squashed bugs!

October 11, 2023

βœ… 51 Hyper-realistic voices added to the voice-over library! Introducing partnership with ElevenLabs!
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Pictory has tied up with Elevenlabs to get our users access to hyper-realistic voice-overs!

September 15, 2023

βœ… 10M more stock visuals added to the visuals library! Introducing partnership with Getty!

Pictory has tied up with Getty to get its Premium users a library of 10M more stock visuals! So now with Pictory, you can access the following libraries: Storyblocks, Getty, Pixabay, and Unsplash.

βœ… Updated AI Highlighter
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We improved our AI behind the Auto Highlight feature on Edit Videos using Text. Now, AI can extract key highlights from your video, more accurately.
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Happy highlighting!
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βœ… Multi-step authentication
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To ensure the safety of our users' data and to keep any fraudulent activity at bay, we have re-introduced the email verification step
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βœ… Fixed multiple audio and voice-over bugs

August 14, 2023
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βœ… Share video preview!
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Downloading videos to gather feedback? Share Previews instead. It's quick and easy.​

βœ… New Templates and fonts
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Added some new and beautiful styles and templates for you to be able to create better-looking videos. 24 new and stylish fonts have been added.
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βœ… Fixed app crash issues
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A ton of app crash issues were squashed so you can have a smooth and seamless experience.​

βœ… Visual Zoom and Pan can be applied to all scenes
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In Edit Videos Using Text, we have now added the ability to apply Visual zoom and pan settings to all scenes.
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July 20, 2023

βœ… Better Royalty-Free Media Search
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We've implemented a MASSIVE upgrade to our AI. This means video and image suggestions will now match your script far more accurately - log in to and give it a try now

βœ… Turbo-Charged Previews
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Hit 'Preview' and prepare to be amazed. Previews now appear in just seconds saving you a ton of time.

βœ… 3x Faster Transcriptions
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No more hanging around waiting for transcriptions when editing videos. We've sped things up three-fold - Nice

βœ… Faster Video Generation

We've added a bunch of powerful new servers so your videos now render WAY faster than before β€” Awesome!

June 12, 2023
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βœ… Teams Plan!

Invite up to 20 colleagues to your dedicated teams workspace, and collaborate with them on projects!

There is a FREE TRIAL for Teams Plan, so you can try it before you buy!

βœ… Squashed numerous bugs within our favoriting songs and voice-over experience
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βœ… We made video generation 3x faster!

βœ… Improved the trim video experience β€” now you have the ability to update scene duration and b-roll

April 20, 2023
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βœ… Control voice-over volume

You can now control voice-over volume β€” both AI voices and your own recorded voice
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βœ… Download MP3 file from a project
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Click on download and we'll extract all assets for you: video, text, mp3 (audio file)
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βœ… Scroll bar under the scene strip
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Time to bid goodbye to the hassle of finding specific scenes by using those pesky arrow buttons on the scene strip. We've added a scroll bar so finding scenes and navigating across your project is 10x simpler. Super-slick!

βœ… Aspect ratio on transcription step
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You can now change the aspect ratio and download clips directly from the Transcription Step. No more back and forth between the Storyboard and Transcription steps saving you a ton of time. Yay!

We've also made login pages look more beautiful because we can :)

March 21, 2023
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βœ… "Right click has been enabled on Storyboard and Script Editor!

We have finally brought in Right click on the Storyboard. Select an object > Right click on it > View options to copy, paste, delete, etc. We will be bringing in the concept of layers really soon!

βœ… FIXED β€” Random session expiry issue

We know you were tired of being logged out randomly. We have fixed that issue for you.
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βœ… FIXED β€” Missing text in Preview

Sometimes the text would disappear while previewing the video. We diagnosed it and fixed it for good.
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βœ… FIXED β€” Slowness in Video Editing scenario

A lot of you all brought to our attention that video editing had become incredibly slow. We fixed that for you, and it's working as it should
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βœ… FIXED β€” Forgot Password

Forgot password was broken. We've fixed that, too
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βœ… FIXED β€” AI wasn't picking up visuals

A lot of you all would have seen the dialog box that said - "We could not fetch visuals for you". This happened because of lack of resources during the heavy influx of new users. We increased our server capacities to accommodate all of you!"
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Feb 28, 2023

βœ… Pictory's Even More Awesome (Log In And See!)

We're excited to announce a bunch of updates to your favorite video generation platform.

Full Update

βœ… More Voices (Best In The Business)

We've added a ton of the most advanced and realistic new voices to make your videos sound amazing.

You can now choose from 34 voices if you're on our Standard plan and a whopping 60 if your're on Premium!

More Voices

βœ… Fantastic Fonts Upgrade (More, Bigger and BETTER)

Make your videos look drop-dead GORGEOUS with our new fonts. Search by font name and amp them up to 150px in size!

(Coming soon, the ability to upload your own fonts, watch this space)

Fonts upgrade

βœ… Script Editor Auto-Save (Yes! Finally!)

No more lost work. We automatically save changes as you edit your script.

Good for your creativity .... and your blood pressure :)

Auto-Save

Jan 31, 2023

βœ… Keyboard shortcuts (Copy-Paste of Elements made simple!)
​You can now use keyboard shortcuts for Copying and Pasting Elements and Text boxes on the Storyboard​

  • Copy: ctrl+c (windows); cmd+c (mac)

  • Paste: ctrl+v (windows); cmd+v (mac)
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βœ… Scene Transitions in 'Edit your existing recorded videos' use case

After you upload and transcribe a recorded video, click on "Customize Video" or "Customize Highlight Video" on Transcription Step > Go to storyboard to apply Transitions.

βœ… New and improved experience while buying Pictory subscription
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Based on the feedback from current users we have enhanced the 'Order summary' page - The key benefits on each plan and more detailed payment information.

As always we have also fixed a few bugs especially related to scene transitions. We would love to hear your feedback, comments at [email protected]. Stay tuned for a few BIG announcements!

Jan 6, 2023

Brand New 2023 Features Available NOW (Log In And See!)

We've added a whole bunch of cool new features to help kickstart your 2023 video journey.

Buckle up, this is a BIG one!

Happy New Year

βœ… Add Stickers, Emojis, GIFs & CTAs (Make Your Videos Really Pop)

Add sizzle to your videos and increase engagement with cool new elements including stickers, emojis, GIfs. You can even add Call To Actions (CTAs) to skyrocket your sales.

All this with just a few clicks!

Stickers, Gifs, Emojis

βœ… Unsplash Now Included (TONS More Free Images)

Introducing EVEN MORE image choices.
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Add stunning images from Unsplash, right from within Pictory.

UpSplash

βœ… Share Multiple Video Highlights In A Single Go (Save Time & Hassle)

Showcase your work quickly and easily by sharing multiple video highlights.

Multishare

βœ… We've also added a scroll option on the main vertical storyboard menu and squashed a bunch of bugs.

December 12, 2022

Christmas has come early for Pictory users as we've added some cool new features to your favourite video creation platform.

βœ… Share Your Videos (From Inside Pictory)

Save time by sharing your videos with clients, colleagues and friends without having to download them.

Pictory's new sharing function means you can share your videos with just a few clicks.

Your audience can view your videos on their desktops or mobiles!

Share Your Videos

βœ… Move Your Full-Width Text (Much Requested!)

Don't like where your full-width text is? Now you can MOVE it!

Unleash your creativity with Pictory's new text positioning function.

Move Your Videos

βœ… New Guardrails (No More Sloppy Text)

We've introduced a new guardrail function so you can centre your text with pinpoint precision.
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Just one more function to make your videos look even more professional.
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Guard Rails

As always, we've squashed a bunch of bugs to make your Pictory experience the smoothest ever.

November 18, 2022
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βœ… Multiple Text Boxes (Frequently Requested)
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Make your videos really stand out by adding eye-catching Headings, Subheadings and Freeform text.

Change fonts, colors and positions to create the perfect look.

βœ… Multi-Speaker Identification (Mind Blowing!)

Pictory AUTOMATICALLY identifies who's speaking during video transcription.

Add speaker names and download your transcript to create the perfect interview-style blog post.

βœ… Improved Video Transcription Editing (Massive Time-Saver)

No more fiddling around editing individual words, now you can edit whole sentences at once saving you a ton of valuable time.

Simply right-click your mouse to edit, merge, split add to highlights and generate your video.

Plus we've squashed a bunch of bugs including audio issues in intro and outro clips to make your Pictory experience the smoothest yet.

Sep 21, 2022
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Hot on the heels of the recent Templates and Styles update, we're proud to bring you yet more awesomeness.

  1. Cool new contemporary video style - You can now set the text box to extend the full width of your video scenes. Perfect for sharing across all social media platforms
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  2. Set the same scene duration across all scenes with one click - Save valuable time when working with longer videos consisting of dozens of scenes
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  3. Improved access to text & caption files - Now you can now access TXT, SRT and VTT files for all your video clips, even when you've generated several video clips from the same project.
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Sep 7, 2022

Awesome Templates & New Styles

We've just upgraded your Pictory account to include a bunch of awesome new templates and styles.

This is our biggest upgrade to date!

  1. 40+ brand new jaw-dropping video templates

  2. Multiple animations & styles

  3. Customize and create your personal branded templates - add your colors, fonts, animations, logos, intro, and outro

  4. Create and save multiple branded templates for different clients, projects etc.

  5. Ability to change your logo size and opacity

  6. Create branded intros and outros within Pictory itself without depending on other tools!

You can still open, edit and generate videos from your old projects created using brand settings as well as giving them a fresh new look by applying the new templates & styles to them
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Aug 18, 2022

Organize Your Work With Folders
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We're so excited to announce the introduction of folders which will make organizing your work so much easier.

Now you can...

  • Organize your video files into folders based on clients, projects, etc.

  • Access all project assets in a single location - project files, generated videos, srt/vtt/txt files

  • Enjoy improved search and sorting options to easily find your video projects

April 27, 2022​

We are delighted to share new product upgrades that would make your video workflow efficient and save time for you!

  1. Improved article video experience - In the Article to Video use case, often the original article text can't be used as-is for videos. You can now easily edit the text selected from the article and reorder them even before you reach the storyboard

  2. Turn off auto highlights - You also have an option to turn off the automatic highlighting of keywords in the video text. You may sometimes prefer highlighting the keywords manually. In such scenarios, it was cumbersome to unhighlight all the automatic keywords first and then highlight the new keywords

  3. Turn off auto visual selection - You also get an option to turn off the AI from automatically picking the background visuals for you. In some videos, you may want just text and a plain background color. Or you may like to add one visual for all the scenes. In such use cases, this option would save time

  4. Decide how much text must appear in each scene - You can now easily do that by either choosing sentence breaks (periods) or line breaks (inserting a new line) or both

March 24, 2022

We're thrilled to announce the launch of two very popular features around text styling.

  1. Text shadowing - You can now add shadows to your text and select its color and width. This will make your text appear clearly even on transparent or light backgrounds.

  2. A Brand New Video Preview Experience - Easily apply one of nine predefined positions for the video text - Top left, top center, top right etc.
    You can also drag and place the text box at any other custom location.

  3. We have also improved the responsiveness of the storyboard for longer videos.

March 11, 2022

  1. More AI Voices - We've added 29 NEW English AI Voices. You can easily search & filter them based on region and gender.

  2. A Brand New Video Preview Experience - You can now easily move back & forth across scenes to quickly reach and preview the video scene you want. You can use the scroll bar to navigate faster for long videos. We've also optimized the algorithm so what you see in the video preview is EXACTLY what you see in the final downloaded video. This will save you a lot of time as you no longer need to generate and download your videos after every edit.

  3. Faster Video Generation - We've upgraded the rendering engine meaning you can now generate longer videos significantly faster.

  4. Download Videos in Multiple Languages - You can now create videos from text in multiple languages. The automatic visual selection or text-to-speech is not supported yet for non-English languages (coming later), however you can easily add the visuals manually on the storyboard.

Feb 17, 2022

  1. Apply Visuals To All Scenes - You can now apply a stock image/video clip or a personal visual to all scenes in your video in a single go! This will save you a lot of time compared with manually applying the visual to each scene individually. Please check out this short demo video.

  2. We've also squashed a few bugs related to scene duration and B-roll in video editing scenario.

January 14, 2022

  1. Scene Reordering - You can now easily drag and drop the scenes to change the sequence in which they appear in the video. This is available in both video creation and editing scenarios.

  2. Richer text color & background opacity - Now you have more options to set colors for the scene text including Hex and RGB codes. You can also easily change the opacity of the text background color.

  3. Scene duration settings - Edit scene duration just by entering the value. Also, edit scene duration even when voice-over is applied (AI, recorded, uploaded).

January 4, 2022

  1. Remove Silences - On your uploaded videos, you can now remove silences with a click of a button. Simply choose the minimum length of silence to remove and hit Ok.

  2. Undo Deletion of Specific Filler Words & Silences - Sometimes silences and some filler words are golden. Simply undo the deletion of silences or filler words you wish to preserve

  3. No more sub-scenes - We heard you and removed the concept of sub-scenes in the video editing scenario too. Making it much easier to add B-Rolls in your uploaded videos

  4. Faster Way to Edit Captions - Speed up your caption editing by directly editing them on the story pane on the left side of the storyboard

  5. Remove B-Roll Visual - With just a simple click, you can now remove the B-Roll that you have added to any scene in your video

  6. Same B-Roll for Multiple Scenes - Easily extend the same B-Roll visual across multiple scenes by Linking the adjacent scenes

December 16, 2021

  1. Support for Brazilian Portuguese and Dutch language - You can now transcribe, edit, caption, and create short video snippets from long videos in Brazilian Portuguese and Dutch languages.

  2. Highlight keywords in script - When starting from a script, simply highlight keywords you want to influence the AI as it searches for the right visuals.

  3. Faster visual search with recommended keywords - You will now see relevant keywords highlighted for you in the search window. Simply click on a keyword to search our vast visual library.

  4. Split scene - In the text to video scenario, easily split a scene with long text into two scenes with shorter text. The scenes will be automatically linked and will have the same background visual. You can unlink them and add a different visual too!

  5. Edit story text - Speed up your text editing by directly editing it on the story pane on the left side.

  6. Improved voiceover graph - Easily adjust voiceover to entire video by referring to a more accurate audiogram.

  7. Loop background video - For long scenes, you can now choose to loop your background video clips.

December 4, 2021

  • Full control over scenes. We've eliminated the concept of sub-scenes when start from text. Every sentence or new line in your script is now a unique scene.

  • Link Scenes. If you want to use the same visual clip across multiple scenes, now you can simply link the scenes together with the click of a button. Demo here.

  • Improved voiceover synch. Our synchronization algorithm is now improved and will work much better even for longer videos.

  • Improvements in video generation. To generate longer videos faster and also solve the issue where long videos were sometimes getting stuck.

  • Paypal support. You can now subscribe to Pictory using Paypal.

November 17, 2021

  • Visual search AI improvements. You can save time in your video creation efforts with more meaningful automated visual search results. This algorithm will only continue to get better over time.

  • Full GIF support in visuals. Enhance your videos by uploading GIFs for individual scenes.

  • Subtitle and text file now available in text-to-video scenarios. Whether you start with a blog or a from script, you will now be able to download the SRT, VTT, or TXT file associated with those videos. Improve the SEO of your videos by uploading these SRT files to YouTube.

  • Transcribed text file format improvement. When starting with a video, the text file is now available in a much more friendly format for Word and other editors.

  • Unnecessary pauses removed from AI voices. The text-to-speech voice over provided by Pictory had unnecessary pauses between sentences which have now been eliminated.

October 27, 2021

We are happy to share that we have finished the much-awaited integration of Pictory with Storyblocks and Melod.ie for video clips and music tracks respectively.

Storyblocks and Melod.ie content will now be automatically picked by Pictory AI when you create new videos. You can even manually search using keywords and filter the results. With this upgrade, you would enjoy two key benefits:

  1. Richer, relevant, and contemporary video clips and background music

  2. Faster and efficient video generation

Be assured that you are 100% protected from copyright notices, takedowns, and third-party monetization attempts. As always reach out to us at [email protected] if you run into any issues. Enjoy the Pictory ride!

October 21, 2021

We are super excited to announce the release of a new, faster, and sleek text format editor. This editor is a result of the amazing feedback that we've received from you and our continuous focus to simplify your video-creation workflow.
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The new text editor solves several limitations of our previous editor. You can now

  • Adjust text formats at a scene-by-scene level. 'Brand Settings' is now not the only place to change the text fonts, sizes, and colors.

  • Align text to the left, right, or center!

  • If you are happy with the text styles, you can apply them to the entire video.

  • Change the position of text on one scene and apply that position to the entire video.

September 25, 2021

Today we are excited to announce a much-needed capability in the video creation workflow you have asked for.

Scene Duration Adjustment: For the text-to-video scenario with no voice-overs, you can now easily change the timing of each scene from the default 5 second duration. Please find the Scene Duration stepper control on the top right side of the Storyboard screen.
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Note that this adjustment is not available when you have a voiceover since the voiceover duration controls the scene duration.

As always, we continue to quash other bugs in our journey towards a much better user experience for you.

September 17, 2021

We've been working hard to continuously improve Pictory based on your feedback. We'd like to highlight some of the key improvements that we have enabled recently:

  1. Improved voiceover UX - While we have made some improvements to our voiceover synchronization algorithm, more importantly, we have built a new user interface to help you rapidly make any synchronization adjustments.
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  2. Improved stock video search results - We?ve made some improvements to our stock video search algorithm, so you should now see more visual options to select from.
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  3. Ellipses for sub-scenes removed - Long sentences are still split into sub-scenes, but you won?t see the annoying ellipses anymore.

We also quashed several other bugs in our journey towards a much better user experience for you. Please try and share your feedback. Stay tuned for many more exciting capabilities in Pictory coming soon.

September 4, 2021

We are very excited to announce the release of our much awaited feature -- automatic synchronization of voice-over with all scenes in the video.
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Under the Audio tab, you will now see a new option to apply a voice-over to the entire video. Any uploaded voice-over file or even one recorded with Pictory can be applied to the entire video now.
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Our AI will automatically determine the appropriate scene boundaries and synchronize the voice-over. In case the AI synchronization is not accurate, you can easily adjust the scene boundaries by looking at the waveform display.
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August 2021

We are excited to announce a new update of Pictory today with several much-asked-for features. Here is what's included in this new update in addition to the many bugs that we've squashed along the way:

1. Volume control: Control the volume of music track v/s the voiceover track. Customize your videos more thorough this slider in a new Audio Setting section of the Audio Tab of Pictory.

2. Text download: Now you can download the text file (in TXT, SRT, or VTT format) of the transcript immediately after the transcription of a video is completed. Save time with this new Download text button on the transcription page.

3. Adjust number of lines in captions/subtitles: Now you can adjust the maximum number of lines which show the captions on-screen. Simply set the Max number of lines settings on the transcription page to the number of lines desired.
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4. Optimize speed v/s size: Now you can make your video generation go a little bit faster if you are okay with slightly larger sized videos. Find a new setting under the Format tab of the Storyboard screen where the default is set to make the video generation faster.

In addition to these new features, we have squashed several bugs and made many usability improvements.

May 2021

We have just upgraded your Pictory with a few major enhancements. These are again based on the wonderful inputs we are getting from marketers and content creators such as you.

  1. Multiple short videos from one lengthy video - You can now easily select the portions of transcribed text and download them as video snippets. Thus, generate dozens of short videos from one long video such as a webinar, video podcast, customer interview. You can post these videos on social media to amplify the visibility of your video contents. Learn more here
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  2. Download videos from transcription text itself - This is perfect when you want to just edit or clean your video without a lot of customizations. You can edit the videos using transcribed text and download the videos at this step itself without going to next step i.e. storyboard
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  3. Undo video deletions inline - You can undo your text and video deletions by just clicking the undo icon in the transcribed text itself. You no longer have to guess and click project-level undo multiple times to undo undesired deletions

Stay tuned for another bumper release next week!

April 2021

We are super excited to launch these new capabilities based on our continuous customer engagement.

βœ… Edit videos in multiple languages. You can now edit videos in Italian, Spanish, German, and French languages. Just indicate the language while uploading your video and Pictory's AI will automatically transcribe the video into that language and add subtitles. You can search the video by searching for text, plus delete sentences and words that you wish to cut out of your final video

βœ… Detect silences in the video automatically. Pictory now shows silences in the video as a part of the transcript. Easily review and delete any awkward silences in the video just like deleting a word or a sentence

βœ… Faster video editing and rendering. We have fine-tuned our algorithms to enable you to edit and summarize long videos faster. We now leverage the backend computing power even more to accelerate your overall workflow including video upload, transcription, and final video rendering.
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Additionally, we have fixed a few bugs and improved the UX for editing the video transcription.

January 2021

We are very excited to announce a brand new use case in Pictory for 2021.
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Pictory now allows you to edit and summarize videos using text. We are trying to make editing videos as easy as editing email in these easy steps. Watch a video demo of this capability.

  1. Upload the video to edit. As the video is uploaded, Pictory's advanced AI engine transcribes the video and converts it to an accurate text representation where the time stamp for each word is stored internally.
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  2. Search and edit the transcribed text to edit the video. Search the video by searching for text on the transcription. Select and delete sentences and words wish to cut out of your final video. Automatically remove filler words like uhs and ums. Edit the transcriptions that will show up as video captions.
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  3. Summarize the video to the desired length. Our AI can automatically select a set of summary sentences from the transcription. Easily unselect or select other sentences to include in the summary.
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  4. Add B-Rolls and Customize Brand Settings. Pictory offers over 3 million images or videos that you can choose as B-rolls on any sentence. Pictory allows you to create your own custom brand settings with fonts and color schemes. You can also add your logo and a standard Intro and Outro scene.

In addition to these new features, we have squashed several bugs and made many usability improvements.
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November 2020

We are excited to announce several improvements in Pictory that we made in November 2020. Here are the new capabilities we added based on our continuous customer conversations.

  1. Video generation is now done in an asynchronous mode. No need to wait while the video is being generated, you will get notified once it is done.
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  2. Output video size is now highly optimized so you don't have to deal with very large MP4 files.
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  3. You can now easily add scenes before or after another scene making your storyboard editing easier.
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  4. We now support scroll bars throughout the app allowing you to navigate easier.

In addition to these new features, we have squashed several bugs and made many usability improvements.

August 2020

We are excited to announce several improvements in Pictory that we made in August. Here are some key new capabilities that we've added:

  1. Search for similar visuals - Your visuals search experience is simplified further. You can now search for visuals that are similar to an image or video clip you like. Look out for the 'Search Similar' icon on any image on the Visuals tab. This is powered by our new image recognition AI algorithm.
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  2. Custom Intro - Under brand settings, like the Outro scene, you can now add a custom Intro scene that will be automatically applied to every video you create. This will help you ensure brand consistency in all your videos.
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  3. Improvements in audio search - The AI algorithm that automatically selects the musical audio track based on the mood of your Text content has been improved.
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  4. Multiple aspect ratios - You can now with a single click create Pictory videos in different aspect ratios for different social platforms. In addition to the 16:9 horizontal video, we also now support the 9:16 vertical video, and a 1:1 square video.
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  5. Scene Settings Control - You now have more granular control on scene settings where you can choose whether to pan or zoom the scene image or to play voice-over or music on a specific scene.
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  6. Undo - You can now Undo actions while editing the storyboard.
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  7. Search recommendations - Simplify manual search of images with AI-based search recommendations ​

In addition to these new features, we have squashed several bugs and made many usability improvements.

September 2020

We are excited to announce several improvements in Pictory that we made in the second half of September. Here are the new capabilities we added based on our continuous customer conversations.

  1. Custom Voiceover - You can now record your own voice-over for a video or upload a professional voiceover. Look for the new Add Audio button under the scene visual on the Storyboard page. See an example video here.
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  2. Custom Music - You can now upload custom music tracks for your video as well. Check out the new Upload tab in the Audio section.
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  3. Scene Transitions - We now offer many exciting new scene transitions options that you can select from under the Styles section.
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  4. Visuals to Video - Check out our brand new use case where you can start directly from your own images or videos and rapidly create a slideshow type video. Simply upload the visuals in the first screen of Pictory and go. You can add text to every scene in the Storyboard step.
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  5. Vimeo Integration - After the video is generated, it is now automatically uploaded as a private video to Vimeo. You can get the URL by clicking on the Share button after the video generation is completed.

These capabilities were added in the last release in mid-September.

  1. New scene types - We now support many different kinds of scenes. You can now add (1) a blank scene with a solid or textured background, (2) a text-only scene with a solid or textured background, or (3) a scene with only an image or a video clip, but no text.
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  2. Trimming of video clips - You now have a choice to trim any scene video clip to the desired length. This trimming can be done on any of our stock videos or on videos that you import.
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  3. Watermarks removed - We have now removed most watermarks from the visuals in the storyboard section as well as in the video preview.
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  4. Music fade-out - In the last scene of the video, we've added a fade-out of the music when there is no outro scene.

In addition to these new features, we have squashed several bugs and made many usability improvements.

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