When we talk about scenes, we think of two areas within Doodly that we referred to as “scenes”. The first one is found within the timeline just right above the music track. We call each blank canvas added in the timeline a “scene“. The next one is found within the assets panel. The first tab is labeled as “Scenes”. This is where all the preset scenes can be found. 

As we all know, we can import our own assets and build scenes from scratch. While this is something that we all love to do, the preset scenes offer so much convenience to Doodly users. With presets, everything is already set up. From the background wall, tiny props to big accessories and characters with different gestures. Everything has its own draw paths so each asset is not just being scribbled diagonally when played.

We’d like to know more about our preset scenes and this blog is going to cover everything about it.

The Presets

Let’s start by heading over to the assets panel. The first tab is where our preset scene is.

From the Scenes tab, you will see several scenes with settings like living spaces, offices, schools, medical providers, coffee shops, beaches, landscapes, industrial settings, city streets, transportation, and a whole lot more. 

We have captured some of these presets below:

These are just a few samples among the many presets we have available in Doodly.

Adding a preset scene

So how do we exactly use the preset scenes in Doodly? Let’s drag one of the presets into an empty scene. Now you always want to put your scene template into an empty scene. Otherwise, it will ask you if you want to replace the contents of a current scene.

Let’s check out the scene that we selected.

So we added a living room with several props on it. Let’s see how it looks when played:

You’ll notice that the hand draws every single item. Now, this is fine in some circumstances. In others, you may want to make some adjustments and keep the screenplay for this scene short. With the selected scene, the drawing takes approximately 45 seconds which takes way too long to draw everything out. Of course, if you have a story that you need to tell and it makes sense to have it go on for this long, then by all means that’s fine. If not, then we need to keep the drawing of the assets short.

Updating the Preset Scene

To cut the drawing time short, we need to change the Duration set for each asset.

On the right side of your screen under Layers, you’ll see all the assets on your scene with Delay and Duration.  Notice every single item has a default duration of three seconds. That means, either large and complicated props like the walls or something tiny like the little umbrella in our scene, would take three seconds to finish being drawn.

In our example, we don’t need to let the hand draw everything. Having said that, we need to reduce the time spent that objects are being drawn.

To start, we’ll have the background wall pre-drawn so we’re going to keep its drawing duration to zero. Also, we need to identify all assets that don’t need to be drawn and keep their drawing duration to zero. Let’s say our video is for a moving company and the sofas have been purchased. Now they are being delivered and are placed in a living room. Instead of drawing everything, we’ll keep everything pre-drawn and only have the two sofas drawn by hand.

Apart from keeping all the durations to zero, we also dragged the two sofas at the end of our Layer menu so they can be drawn last.

Let’s see how our presentation now looks:

So we see that after the first scene, immediately the second scene enters with all the props pre-made except for the two sofas.

Now if you have a voiceover or need a little time before revealing the sofas, what you can do is to set a delay on the first sofa. This will give you time to say your spiel or create that “dramatic reveal” in your video.

Modifying the Preset Scene

The best thing about our preset scenes is that each object within our scene is movable. You can flip and drag them in whatever direction you want in your scene. You can also delete and replace the props and characters.

Let’s see what else you can do with our presets. Let’s add another scene.

So we have an old lady shopping at a grocery store and she is about to pay for her groceries. Maybe that scene is exactly how we want it, so this time around we’re not going to change all the durations. Let’s use some of these assets in another scene. 

Instead of trying to find the character in the characters list, or find all the props, what you can do is selectively copy and paste them into your fresh scene. You can do this by holding down CTRL on your Windows keyboard while selecting all the assets you wish to copy. Copy and paste the selected assets to a new blank scene.

After they have been transferred to a new scene, you can increase their size. Now you will see the old lady standing behind the shelves, looking like she can’t seem to decide what to buy.

Let’s flip the character and add texts to it. Now the old lady is looking over the shelves, overwhelmed with so many product choices to choose from.

We will move the new scene that we created before the one where she’s at the checkout counter. So we just want to move it over so it comes beforehand. Now the scene will show the old lady deciding what to buy and ending up with her checking out over the counter.

Lastly, if you want to highlight a character (say the old lady in our scene), you can apply opacity to the rest of the assets around her. This will put your character on the spot. You can add text or apply pan and zoom effect to your scene to further enhance it.

In Conclusion…

Preset scenes are great to use. It is flexible and stylish. It makes creating your Doodly videos easy and fun. We hope you enjoyed our blog today. Do you have a favorite preset scene? Well if you have not tried any of it, try using it in one of your projects and tell us what you think. Feel free to share your work with us via our Facebook page. Until next time. 🙂