Transform RSS feeds into videos INSTANTLY

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In today's world, video content has a considerable impact. It's a fantastic medium that brings a plethora of benefits. However, creating video content, especially at scale, can be pretty tedious and time-consuming. But what if we told you that you could fully automate the process of creating videos from an RSS feed? In this blog post, we'll walk you through how to do just that—generate and distribute videos automatically whenever a new RSS feed entry pops up.

The Rise of Video Content

Video content is becoming increasingly prevalent in the publishing world. The explosion of short-form social media content and the diminishing attention span of audiences make it crucial to have a well-established and sustainable content creation system. If you're in the business of licensing news content to other companies or agencies, adding video on top of your offerings can be a huge benefit.

A study by Press Gazette in 2023 found that news websites in the UK publish around 500 articles per day—about one article every three minutes. Creating videos for each article sounds like an impossible task, right? Not anymore. Instead of creating hundreds of videos manually, you can use Plainly to create a fully automated RSS to video workflow and completely remove the human factor from the process.

Automating Video Creation with Plainly

We’re excited to show you how to set up an automated RSS to video workflow using Plainly. This automation ensures that whenever a new entry appears in your RSS feed, a video will be generated and distributed to your chosen platforms.

Step 1: Choose an After Effects Template

First, you'll need an After Effects template. For this tutorial, we'll use a template with wide and story variations. The template is simple and contains a headline, subheadline, and a cover image. This is where your content will be inserted.

Step 2: Upload the Template to Plainly

Next, upload the chosen template to Plainly. After uploading, set up the RSS to video integration. This will link your RSS feed to the video generation process.

Step 3: Set Up Output Integration

Now, you need to decide where your videos will be sent after they are generated. In this example, we’ll use Google Drive integration to send videos to our Google Drive. However, you can choose from other available integrations, including YouTube, or create a fully customized workflow using Plainly’s API.

The Automation Process

Once everything is set up, the automation takes over. Here’s a brief overview of how the process works:

  1. A new entry appears in your RSS feed.
  2. The render is triggered.
  3. The video is generated.
  4. The video is sent or published to your selected platform (e.g., social media, website, etc.).

This tutorial demonstrates creating one video from one RSS item. However, you can also pull data from several RSS items into a single video. For instance, if you want to create a video highlighting the most important news of the day, you can include five articles in one video. This automated RSS to video workflow enables you to produce a massive number of videos for social media daily, saving you time and money on tedious video editing and raising your video monetization potential to another level.

The Benefits of Automation

By automating the RSS to video workflow, you can significantly enhance your content strategy. Here are some key benefits:

  • Time and Cost Efficiency: Save time and resources that would otherwise be spent on manual video editing and publishing.
  • Increased Output: Generate a higher volume of video content to keep up with the rapid pace of news and social media trends.
  • Monetization Opportunities: Increase your video monetization potential by producing more content.
  • Enhanced Offerings: If you're licensing content to other agencies, this automation allows you to upgrade your offerings by including video content.

Exploring Further Automation Tools

If you're a publisher looking to automate video creation from RSS feeds, you might also want to check out our text-to-video AI tool, Video Genius. This tool can help you scale your video production even further.


Automating your video creation process using an RSS feed and Plainly is not just better than manually editing and publishing videos—it’s a game-changer. It’s efficient, scalable, and enhances your ability to monetize and distribute content quickly. So, ask yourself, is this better than manually editing and publishing videos or not utilizing video at all?

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