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Gone are the days when people used lengthy resumes to introduce themselves. Even Elon Musk has courted controversy when he stated that his resume did not comprise more than a page and that nobody deserves too much text. With the advent of videos, even text resumes seem redundant now. So why not make a video encompassing all you had to say?

People say you should always have an elevator pitch ready at all times. Whether you are a job seeker or an entrepreneur trying to network a contact, it pays to have an introduction ready to go that shows who you are. With the recent LinkedIn Cover video feature, it is now more imperative than ever that a good cover video can take you places. 

What is it?

The LinkedIn cover video works as an overlay on your LinkedIn display picture and is a short 30-second video that contains a self-introduction. The length is reminiscent of an Instagram story. The LinkedIn profile picture will function as a thumbnail on secondary pages while the video will play when people visit the profile. You can now create one easily using illusto’s video-editing software in minutes. 


The LinkedIn video feature plays only on mobile (for now). So remember that the aspect ratio is mobile dimensions, i.e., 9:16 when selecting the size on illusto’s video editor – it gives you multiple options to resize. 


If you are a job seeker it helps to state your name, your career summary with some highlights, and your other qualifications. If you are an entrepreneur, you can go through your area of expertise, what makes you a subject matter expert and what domains you are interested in exploring. For small businesses, you can provide a brief summary of your products and services. For recruiters, you can go through the company you are recruiting for and the type of panache you would expect from someone joining your company. 

How to!

1. Write a script and go through it thoroughly, and review it with another person if possible. Make sure the script is short and you are leveraging your time to the maximum. 

2. Shoot with the right equipment. Ensure there’s plenty of space and lighting along with no audio disturbances. You can alternatively record your audio separately and add them as a different track to your video on illusto and remove the original grainy audio track. 

3. It is a given but choose a good professional outfit for the video and an optimum background preferably plain to help spotlight you. 

4. Speak confidently and do not read the script! The movement of your eyes can be off-putting if you were to read. 

5. Upload your video to LinkedIn. Select the preferred privacy level and a 3-second preview of the video. Zoom in onto your face for the preview for better visibility. 

10 Hacks for Your LinkedIn Video

1. Don’t forget to shoot your video in portrait mode since LinkedIn cover videos are shown in the vertical aspect ratio. 

2. Your LinkedIn background banner remains static while the LinkedIn video on your profile will replace the LinkedIn photo so make sure your banner redirects focus to your video. 

3. The 3-second preview which essentially acts like a gif of the video is the first to play when people search for your profile so instead of a close-up muted version of your face, you can add some animations or stickers to create interest. 

4. Add captions to your videos using illusto so that your content comes out clear no matter how you deliver it. 

5. Keep it semi-professional with a little bit of personal touch. Start with your achievements and talk about you as a person and then your interests to finish it off. A 30-second video can accommodate about 75-100 words at the max, so draft accordingly. 

6. It is absolutely fine to use your mobile phone camera to shoot your video just ensure you select the HD or 4K format and purchase a good three-legged tripod to mount your camera on. Use a frame rate of 30 frames per second as per LinkedIn’s recommendations. 

7. A good hack would be to get a ring light that can illuminate your face for the entire duration of the video and make your video so much clearer. 

8. Use a lapel mic that seamlessly connects to your mobile phone or you can choose to go wireless if you need space for your body gestures and movements. 

9. An introduction slide to segway into your video can help look more professional. When your profile video with audio begins, you can choose the blur feature from the mask menu to the normal effect to draw attention to your profile video. 

10. With the use of illusto you can share your video with your family and friends for edit suggestions before you upload. You can also use stock images and videos from the library to boost your profile video.

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Here is how the new online video editing software makes editing more fun and easy to operate.

Ingredients to making a good video are a camera, tripod, external microphone, lighting, and illusto. Most of us would agree upon all the equipment but hold on, what is Illusto on the list? illusto is the best online editing software available for PC.

illusto, unlike other video editing software, is user-friendly. You do not require the user to attend editing courses to use the software on their PCs.

illusto provides more features than app-based video editors. Content creators will be pleased to know that the software does not have any watermarks appearing at the corner of the screen after exporting.

However, many may wonder how illusto would improve their videos. Here are ways to make your videos brilliant using this new online video editor.

Videos can be imported quickly.

Import your videos from your PC of any quality into illusto. The pace of the videos can be increased or decreased. The footage uploaded can be trimmed into clips. The clips can be rearranged the way you want them. In addition to that, the video editor helps crop the videos as well.

Audio editing

Not only the video part, but illusto also helps with audio editing. The voiceover and music can be added or removed according to the requirement.

Adding effects, texts, animations, and features.

illusto provides many options to add effects to your videos and animate images to make stop-motion videos. In addition, the video editor can add text to videos whereby subtitles can be added if needed or any other titles. Guess what? The appearance of text can be animated too.

illusto provides stickers for videos and various transition covers that enhance your videos.

Color correction and masking

illusto further provides the option of color correction to improve the quality of videos. The feature enables the user to adjust the color of the footage accordingly and apply different color gradients per the video’s theme. A hot sunny morning can be changed to look like a gloomy monsoon afternoon. 

The masking feature allows you to blur or darken specific areas in the videos to highlight other spots in the frame.

Export and share on social media

Can export the videos edited on illusto in 4k quality. It allows you to adjust FPS (Frames Per Second) to suit the speed of objects moving in the video, Code Rate (from low to 30 MBPS), and render the output in MP4 or MOV formats.

The video editor provides the option of adding cover photos to your videos which can be automatically picked as thumbnails by Facebook, Instagram, Youtube, and Twitter, making your video social media-ready.

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illusto’s online video-editing software offers fun text graphics for dynamic video production

Typography kills… metaphorically speaking. It is one of the most effective forms of advocating your message across multiple social channels. Ever seen those retro videos with neon signage that rotates and boldly screams fun? Adding text to your graphics can create a wholesome and impactful video on its own without the need for any heavy photographs or videos; here’s how illusto has simplified the process for you.

Editing videos can be both fun and simple with illusto’s online video editor. Before you begin, creating a blueprint or storyboard helps expedite the process. Jot down the idea for the font with a reference in mind so that your language or messaging is much more impactful this way. For example, fun fonts are in the style of Comic Sans (apt name right?) while more serious messaging requires Serif base fonts. Once the framework is built all you have to do is create a login with illusto and off we go.

Here’s a step-by-step process:

1. Select, “Create New”

2. Name your Project

3. Select the appropriate aspect ratio

4. When you land on the new page, upload the file or files you want to be edited. 

5. You can also use pre-loaded media and stock images if you like. 

6. You can now add text, stickers, filters, and effects.

7. Choose appropriate transitions and apply color corrections where necessary. 

8. The right-hand side video preview and play box display the results. 

9. The below video editor box helps with the editing of the video up to milli-seconds on the dot. 

10. Text, Music, and Overlay can be edited with the small box in the left corner below. 

So, Where Should You Place Text In Your Videos?

A strong introductory headline is required for all videos whereas a call to action at the end with a conclusion line is optional. Start with an introduction of the video in 4-5 words using the Caption or Title option. Having added the title, use the text option to add an introductory blurb to your video as well as paragraphs between clips in the video. If editing isn’t your strong point (yet), simply use transitions to deliver a heightened effect. Text transitions make editing seem more refined.

Make Your Texting Impactful

Creative text enabled with animations spells out the subject matter of your video making it the obvious choice when it comes to text-relying messaging.
Use Free text as a substitute for signs or texts that are loud like pronouns – product names and people names.
illusto’s Combination Text feature delivers a more playful look to your story by creating an energetic animated feel. If it is a self-made video like a vlog, it helps to add closed captions via the text options as well.
Bonus tip: If your video is purely based on images and plain graphic backgrounds, your text could play a huge role in getting your messaging across, in which case, animate your text as often as possible and choose multiple points based on the response you want to generate from the audience.

Stay tuned for more text options and many more visual effects on illusto’s video editing platform for you.

Remember a video without visual effects can be just as impactful with text. The role of text is crucial especially when it is a complement to your video or graphics in ads or vlogs, no matter the video, the typography can ace your game. Typography kills it… in a good sense.

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