Integromat is an automated workflow tool that connects different apps together. You can move data between different sources and create actions based on the different services available in Integromat.
Before we get started please register for a Shotstack account and find the Shotstack Integromat app. This provides you with access to all Shotstack modules you need to start automatically applying watermarks to your videos.
Shotstack is an API that allows you to generate images and video. Where you would otherwise use a video editing solution such as Premiere or iMovie you can use Shotstack to completely automate this process, while accessing all of the functionalities these video editing solutions have to offer.
Shotstack natively integrates with Integromat and allows anyone to generate video without needing to know any code. Integromat provides for an easy drag-and-drop interface that takes your data from any source and imports it straight into Shotstack, allowing you to create thousands of personalised videos at the click of a button.
In this guide we'll show you how to create 31 simple but highly personalised "Dish of the Day" videos, one for every day of the month. We'll do this by reading a row in a Google Sheet and writing those to 31 separate videos every single day over the course of a month.
An Integromat scenario is a series of modules that indicate how data should be transferred and transformed between apps/services. In our example we'll use two apps; Google Sheets and Shotstack.
If you don't want to build these scenario's yourself you can directly download the scenarios (render scenario, watch scenario) and import them directly into Integromat. You can also make a copy of the Google Sheet.
You will also need to add your Shotstack API key. You can get this by registering for a Shotstack account and logging into your dashboard. You can find your keys by clicking on API Keys in the top right corner of the dashboard. Make sure to use your stage key for testing purposes as this key isn't charged. Once you are happy with your workflow you can switch over to your production key.
Add the Google Sheets and Shotstack module and connect them as follows:
The Google Sheets module searches for the current day of the month and send through that data to the Shotstack module.
Shotstack renders your video in a similar manner to how you would use a desktop editing solution. In your timeline you add the different tracks and clips that make up your edit. In this particular example we use three tracks:
In the overall configuration of the Shotstack module we choose our output format as
MP4 and set our output resolution at
HD. We will also fill in the callback URL with the webhook URL we get when setting up our next scenario.
You can learn more about how Shotstack works in this quick start guide.
Add the Shotstack Watch module and connect them together. The Watch module waits for a video to finish rendering, it then searches for the video in Google Sheets, and finally the video URL is added to the appropriate row:
Turn on the watch scenario to start listening for completed renders and run your render scenario to see your workflow in action. Now schedule your render scenario to run daily and your workflow will create a new personalised video every single day.
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