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What is the name of the tool?
Tool Class
To what "family" does the tool belong? Pick as many categories as are appropriate. EG: Data Collection, Security, etc. The wiki will automatically create a link to the relevant tool class.
Citizen Engagement (Tool Class), Blogging, Story Telling, Social Media, Video Editing, Video Recording
Who made the tool? Sometimes the tool name and the developer name are the same, and sometimes, they are different.
Date Created
What was the date when the tool was first launched?
Still Maintained?
Do the developers of the tool continue to work on it, adding features and fixing problems?
Open Source?
Is the tool's source code original source code freely available and may it be redistributed and modified? (This makes it possible for users to employ the tool for free, with some technical effort.)
Pick the platforms on which the user would primarily use the tool. Be as selective as possible. If a tool works mainly in the browser, select "Web". If the user can technically load the interface on a smartphone but have a very poor experience, do not select "Android" or "iOS". "Mac" and "PC" are for apps that must be installed to a machine in order to run, as opposed to running from a browser.
What is the main website where a user can learn more about the tool? (Remember to include "http://)."
Payment Structure
How, if at all, does a user pay to use the tool. Select all that apply: "Free" if there are components of a service that can be used for free; "Paid" if payment is required (either one-time, or at a given rate upon use) for use of the tool's full functionality; "subscription" if a monthly payment is required.
free, subscription
Languages Supported
What languages does the app's interface support? Note: some apps allow users to communicate in other languages but require the user to use an English language interface. In this case, the app is considered only to support "English".
Skill Level Needed
  • Beginner - The tool has a simple interface that assists the user, either through automatic processes or simple guides, in working with the tool. The user is able to do most things that they need to do without knowledge of advanced concepts, like code.
  • Intermediate - The tool allows the user to perform many tasks without knowledge of advanced concepts, but about an equal amount of functionality requires advanced knowledge. Some training may be required to use the tool.
  • Advanced - The tool requires advanced knowledge or training in order to use most of its functionality.

Tool Description

"A.I. powered video creation platform that turns blog posts into engaging videos."

Rather than editing video yourself Lumen5 lets you load the text based content you want to share. It then guides you through breaking it down into key sentences that form the video's narrative. These sentences are then overlaid onto images. This images are initially suggested by Lumen5's algorithm but they also have an extensive image gallery to choose from and allow for uploads. There are some short video clips in their library as well, and users can upload their own videos. Similarly users can select from a pre-loaded music selection to accompany their video.

Once all the content has been chosen Lumen5 renders it into a professionally packaged video with simple yet visually appealing transitions. This can then be downloaded and shared in a variety of formats.

What Makes This Tool Different from Others in its Class?

Lumen5 is much simpler than the vast majority of video editors. Users don't have to do any frame by frame editing or create any transitions. They also don't have to make very much content. With it's own photo, video, and music library the user only needs the narrative they want to share. All of these elements have also already been conveniently checked for the relevant copyright issues and are shared under a creative commons license.

While its more accurate to call the final product a slideshow than a video, this actually fits pretty well with current social media trends. This is especially true for Facebook where the majority of video is seen only in passing and watched without sound so text overlays and simple visuals become more important.

Links to Tutorial Content

Initial account creation takes user through a tutorial.

Projects that use this tool