Step 1: Start from the blank editor. Choose landscape for the aspect ratio. Upload your audio
Step 2: Find two to three video clips that look good together.
The clips should have a smooth and steady feeling of movement forward. This gives your video a dynamic feel.
Two of the clips that I chose were from Headliner's image search and the third was from an independent site that has free video clips. I uploaded all of these in the media tab.
Step 3: The black box in the middle with the photograph and text was created outside of Headliner, in MS Paint!
a) I took a picture of this woman and erased everything but her head.
b) I made the background black.
c) I used the text tool in MS PAINT to write "Old Lady Birthday"
I now have this:
d) Uploaded this image in to a free online picture editor www.lunapic.com.
e) There, I cut out a rectangle and it became transparent.
This is important for the visibility of the waveform in the final video.
f) In the editor I changed the size of the overall canvas to 1080 X 675 px and placed the above image in the middle of that transparent canvas.
Now I have the image below, with the purple areas representing transparency.
g) I saved and downloaded the above image from the editor.
Step 4: Now I upload my image with the Upload Watermark feature. It's designed for a logo but we are getting creative with it!
For more information on how to actually upload a logo/watermark check out these two articles:
Step 5: I then chose a white waveform and change the size and position of it to show up within the transparent rectangle.
Step 6: In the text track I need to create a black text box behind the transparent rectangle. This is to create the black background for the waveform.
a) Put some text and change the color of it to black.
b) Make the background of the text box black and opaque.
c) Move it until to it completely covers the transparent rectangle beneath the text in your main image. You may have to try a few times to get it right.
And there you have it! A simple music video made with Headliner.
The only real challenge is getting acquainted with editing photos and using transparency if you haven't had experience with that before. Once you become used to this you can make one of these in less than an hour!