Wavve (wavve.co) is an app to turn your audio into video, for use on social media. Here I’ll be trying it out, showing you how it works and giving my thoughts on it. Let’s get started.
(If you’d like to skip straight to my verdict on whether Wavve is worth using or not, click here)
Signing up to Wavve
Signing up is simple – you just enter a username, your email and a password:
Creating a video with Wavve
After signing up, you’re taken to a screen like this:
There are just two steps to creating a video with Wavve. The first step, as listed above, is to make a design, and then you upload audio. The design is the interesting part. There are a few pre-made designs available, but you’ll probably want to create your own. You can either start with a template, or create from scratch:
If you’re just starting out, I definitely recommend using one of the templates. If you build something from scratch, it’s difficult to make something really good in the web-based editor, and you’ll be very limited in what you can put on there anyway. There’s only really options for an image to upload, a waveform, a progress bar and of course text:
If you start with a template, though, you can make a simple design very quickly. Here’s a crude one I just made:
At the time of writing (July 2020), designs on Wavve don’t get much more complicated than this, and you’re pretty limited in what you can create no matter whether you go with a template or creating from scratch. It’s certainly not a Photoshop-in-a-browser. 🙂
Once you’ve created a design, you upload your audio, and that’s it. A video will be generated which you can download. Here’s mine (again, I am not saying this should win any awards…):
Wavve is a pretty simple service and what it does for you can be done for free with very minimal effort. There are plenty of sites that add audio to an image to create a video (eg. oneimagevideo.com), and most video editors should be able to get you an animated waveform if you want (it can be done in OpenShot, for example, which is free and open-source). Therefore, I’m not sure if it’s worth paying for, and to be honest I was a bit surprised to see something so basic is apparently so popular. But with that said: if you have never used video editing software before and just want a simple web-based interface to create a basic animation for your podcast, the small fee Wavve charges may be worth it compared to the time you’d take to download a video editing software for the first time and figure out how to do a waveform animation.
If you think I’m missing something here and there’s real value to Wavve, please reach out and I’ll be happy to correct/add anything to this article. I’d also like to add user reviews here as we do for most review articles, so you are also welcome to submit your Wavve review here and I’ll be able to add it to this article.