From Long-Form to Short-Form: The Art of Adapting Video Content for Social Media

Hometap client testimonial

Creating a compelling client testimonial is an art form, but transforming that story into bite-sized content for multiple social media platforms?

That’s a whole different ballgame.

Skillman Video Group (SVG) rose to the challenge, taking a successful long-form Hometap testimonial and reimagining it for TikTok, Instagram, Facebook, YouTube, and LinkedIn.

Post-Production Collaboration: The Key to Success

The foundation for this transformation was laid during post-production, where SVG engaged in a collaborative dialogue with Hometap.

The goal was to distill the essence of the original testimonial while tailoring it to the unique nuances of each platform.

Hometap’s input on design and structure was invaluable, while SVG’s probing questions ensured a shared understanding of the project’s goals.

Repurposing Content: A Balancing Act

Client Testimonial – Original

Adapting video content across platforms is a delicate dance.

It requires maintaining consistency in messaging while tailoring the format to each platform’s strengths. SVG and Hometap worked in tandem to strike a playful yet professional tone, ensuring the information was both informative and engaging.

With limited time to capture attention on social media, pacing became paramount. SVG meticulously crafted text animations and visuals, ensuring a smooth flow of information that didn’t overshadow Nana Appaw’s compelling story.

Five Phases of Editing: From Rough Cut to Social Media Sensation

SVG’s editing process is a five-step journey, each phase carefully calibrated to refine the video and maximize its impact.

  • Assembly Cut: This initial stage brings together the raw footage and audio, giving the client a first glimpse of the story’s potential. It’s a starting point for feedback and refinement.
  • B-Roll Integration: The b-roll footage of Nana Appaw adds depth and context to the story, seamlessly transitioning between interview segments. The goal is to create a cohesive narrative that feels authentic and engaging.
  • Color Correction: Color plays a crucial role in branding, so SVG meticulously adjusted the visuals to align with Hometap’s aesthetic. This ensured a visually cohesive experience across all platforms.
  • Audio Mixing: The audio mix is where the magic happens. Background music, voiceovers, and sound effects are carefully balanced to create a polished and immersive audio experience.
  • Final Review: In the final phase, SVG and Hometap review the finished product, ensuring every detail is perfect. This collaborative process guarantees that the final video meets the highest standards of quality and effectiveness.

A Testimonial Transformed

The result of this meticulous process was a suite of four captivating social media videos, each tailored to a specific platform.

The original testimonial’s core message remained intact, but each version had its own unique flavor, resonating with the audience of each platform.

By embracing a collaborative approach and prioritizing authenticity, Skillman Video Group and Hometap created a series of social media videos that not only promoted the brand but also told a compelling human story.

It’s a testament to the power of video to connect with audiences in meaningful ways, no matter the platform.

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