WeVideo & Chromebooks: Screen vs. WebCam Filming

What is it?

  • WeVideo supports two types of filming configurations: Webcam and Record Screen.
  • Please note that the Record Screen is a premium feature and is available only on the Chrome Browser.
  • To begin, start or open an existing project and from the editor window locate the red recorder icon.

editor menu with recorder icon


How it works

WebcamWeVideo Webcam recorder icon

  • Use the Webcam tool if you want to capture content using your device’s built-in camera.
  • In order to use the Webcam tool, you will need their free Chrome extension. Click the INSTALL button to begin this process, or you can use this link to pre-install it ahead of time.

Install Chrome Ext. notification

  • Authorize Chrome to add the “Video Recorder for WeVideo” extension:

Chrome Web Store authorization

  • The first time you activate this option, you will need to give permission for WeVideo to access your camera and microphone.

Authorize access to camera & microphone

  • WeVideo will scan for available camera and microphone equipment and let you choose which you’d like to film with:

video and microphone equipment options

  • When recording is complete, you will get a pop-up window where you can preview your recording.
    • If you would like to re-record your footage, then select the RECORD NEW button in the bottom-left corner.
    • If you would like to download the recording to your device’s hard drive as a .webm file, then select the DOWNLOAD button in the bottom-right corner.
    • My media folderOtherwise, select SAVE to send your footage to the ‘My media’ folder of your project. Files stored here should be accessible across all of your different video project folders.

Webcam recorder preview window


Record Screen

(Please note that the Record Screen is a premium feature and is available only on the Chrome Browser.)Record Screen option

  • Use the Record Screen option if you want to capture something on the screen of your device.
  • Once selected, you have two additional recording options:
    • Record your entire screen: great if you will need all of your available work space.
    • Record within a specific window: handy if you have another project going on in another window…or you don’t want your audience to see your messy Desktop.
  • If you not done so already, you will need to give permission for WeVideo to access your camera and microphone.
  • You can also control whether or not you would like your microphone on during recording. Keep this in mind if you want to capture any sounds produced by your device’s speakers during filming.

Record Audio option

  • If you have not already done so already, you will need to install the free Chrome extension.
  • When recording is complete, your footage will be saved to the ‘My media’ folder of your project. Files stored here should be accessible across all of your different video project folders.

For more information, please refer to the WeVideo Support site and their Screen Recording article.

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WeVideo & Chromebooks: Voice Recording

What is it?

  • Voiceover gives you the ability to record your own audio and then add it directly to a video project using your device’s built-in microphone.
  • Use this to add your own voice commentary to a video, capture your own sound effects, or record your own music soundtrack.

How it works

Locating the ToolWeVideo media folder icon

 

  • Create a new video or open an existing video project.
  • Once you are in the editor, locate the ‘Media’ tool from the upper-left corner.
  • To the right you will several different tools at your disposal. The voice recorder tool is the third icon to the right.

Media toolbar icons

  • NOTE: Before you begin, remember to place your playhead in the desired location for the voice over audio to be saved to.
  • The first time you use this tool, you will need to allow WeVideo access to your microphone. This can be done from the pop-up window that will be displayed automatically when clicking on the microphone icon.

Chrome OS allow microphone prompt

  • The timeline bar at the bottom of the screen will be replaced by a large red microphone icon. Click the microphone to trigger a 3-second countdown before the your microphone goes live. Once recording has started the microphone icon will be replaced by a red square button. Click this button when you are ready to stop recording.
    • Before your start…
      • If you’d like your video to play in the preview panel while recording then check off the ‘Preview while recording” box.
      • If your video clip or another audio track will be producing sound during this, then check off the ‘Mute audio’ box to prevent these sounds from interfering with your voice recording.
    • After you finish…
      • A preview of your voice recording will be displayed. Click the play button up on the video preview pane to listen to your recording.
      • Click the trash can icon to delete your voice recording and try again.
      • Use the speaker slider to increase/decrease the volume level. NOTE: This change will not be applied to your voice recording until you have marked it as done.
      • To mark your voice recording as DONE, click on the white checkmark located in the far-left blue box. The recording will be added to your timeline under a new track called ‘Voiceover 1.’

Voice recorder toolbar

  • More than one Voiceover track can be added to your video project.
  • Note that there is a 10-minute limit on a single voice recording. Multiple voice recordings of up to 10 minutes in length is possible.

For more information, please refer to the WeVideo Support site and How to record and add a voiceover?

WeVideo & Chromebooks: Text Options

What is it?

  • Text options allows you to create titles, subtitles, lower thirds, and credits.
  • “Lower Thirds” are text that appears along the bottom third of the screen. News organizations often use these to display the names of people being shown on the screen or remind us where the video is taking place.

How it works

Locating the Tool

  1. WeVideo text menu iconCreate a new video or open an existing video project.
  2. Once you are in the editor, locate the ‘Text’ tool from the upper-left corner.
  3. If you are using the FREE version of WeVideo, then you will have access to 10 different text layouts across two category folders: Starters and Callouts.
  4. If you have the premium version, then you will have access to 33 additional text layout options including a suite of “In season” text layouts with various holiday themes.

WeVideo Motion & more text templates

Adding Text to your Timeline

  1. Once you have selected a text design, drag the template and place it on one of your video timeline tracks.
  2. If you want your text to stand alone without additional effects, then drag the box into the Video 1 track. If you plan to overlay your text onto an image, special effects graphic, or video then drag the box into the Video 2 track.

Video 2 & Video 1 tracks with text templates


Editing the Text

  1. Once you have placed a text object into your timeline, double-click on the object to open the text editor.
  2. The options available will depend somewhat on which text object you have selected. However, most will have the following options:

Properties

  • Here is where you replace the placeholder text with your own.

Properties pane for entering/editing text

  • Here is also where you can customize the text color, font, and size.

Font and color option menus

Transform

  • Here is where you can customize the layout of the text including rotation, scale, and position.
  • If at any time you would like to restore these settings to their default value, click the circulating arrow to the right of the tool to ‘Reset’ it.

Transform pane with rotation, flip, scale, position tools

Animation

  • Some text templates (e.g. End Credits) have an animation option, allowing you to have the text move, scale, or fade in/out during its time on the screen.
  • Use ‘1. Start’ to set the starting position or scale of your text, then click on ‘2. End’ to set where you want the text to end up at the end of the clip.

Animation pane available for some text

  • When you are done editing, click the blue DONE EDITING button in the bottom-right box to save your changes.
  • Remember that you can return to these editing tools at any time by double-clicking on the text object in your timeline.

For more information, please refer to the WeVideo Support site and How do I add text to my video?

WeVideo & Chromebooks: Collaboration

In addition to having access to Google Classroom integration, another benefit of having an education account with WeVideo is the ability to create different project types that support different collaboration environments. A ‘Project’ is the workspace where a student collects all of the media components they need to build a video. For teachers, a Project is also where they can oversee their students as they work to construct their videos.


Creating a Project

  1. After logging in to your WeVideo account, across the Create project/folder button in WeVideotop of the page with be different menu options including Projects.
  2. Click on the Projects tab to show all the projects that have been created.
  3. To start a new Project, locate and hover over the circular “+” button in the bottom-right corner of the page. From here you can choose Create new project or New folder to store multiple projects in.

Project Types

When you choose Create new project there are three different project types to choose from:

PersonalWeVideo Personal project type

Personal projects are the traditional type of project, where students work independently on their video assignment collecting and building their own library of media resources.

CollaborativeWeVideo Collaborative project type

Collaborative projects allow students to work together on a video assignment. While only one student may edit a video at a time, multiple videos can be created within the project and worked on; sort of like breaking a video apart into separate Scenes or Acts to be edited separately and then combined into one final video later.

SharedWeVideo Shared project type

Shared projects are a blending of the first two project types. Students work on their own videos and cannot see or edit another student’s video. However, students can work from a shared library of images, video clips, and sound bites. This is helpful when the teacher wants to provide students with some starting materials or crowdsource the job of finding trusted, authentic, and/or copyright free media to include in their videos.


For Teachers

Below is an example of a Shared project I made for a professional development workshop. Each “student” worked on their own video and had access to a folder of shared media that I had compiled with examples of photos and video so that they could play and experiment with the green screen feature. As the “teacher” I could oversee the project and access each student video to give feedback, help troubleshoot, or just enjoy what they had created so far.

WeVideo Shared Project Example - list of student videos


For more information, please check out the WeVideo Support site which includes additional information and a video tutorial on how Projects work.

WeVideo & Chromebooks: Google Classroom Integration

One of the benefits of having an education account with WeVideo is the ability to easily share finished videos directly to Google Classroom.

Share to Google Classroom icon


Teacher

As a teacher, you can select a finished video and create an assignment, ask a question, or make an announcement. You will have access to the full Google Classroom editor from this pop-up window allowing you to add directions, set a due date, add additional materials to the post, and so on.

Share to Classroom options for teachers

Classroom editor window for an Announcement Post


Student

As a student, once they have selected a finished video and clicked on the Share to Classroom option, have them find their class and then select the appropriate assignment they would like to attach their video artifact to.

ADD tool inside of an assignment in Google ClassroomNOTE: This option will not work for assignments whose due date has passed. If a student finds themselves in this situation, I would recommend having them first verify that they have connected their Google Drive account to WeVideo (directions for this can be found here), then use the ADD tool inside of Google Classroom to attach it to the assignment.


For more information on using Google Classroom with WeVideo, please check out their support page and/or their video tutorial below.

WeVideo & Chromebooks: Connecting to Google Drive

In last weeks post I covered how to get started with WeVideo and setup your account. Once this is achieved, the next thing to do is connect your WeVideo account to a cloud storage service that you can send your finished videos to. WeVideo supports different video destinations depending on what type of account you have:

  • FREE accounts have more destination options but limits on video quality and automatically includes a watermark.
  • EDU accounts support fewer options but more choices on video quality and no watermark requirement. EDU accounts also come with Google Classroom integration, which I will cover in more detail next week.

Video destination options for free accounts        Video destination options for education accounts

For the purposes of this post, I will cover directions for connecting your WeVideo account to Google Drive.


Connecting to Google DriveWeVideo avatar menu with manage account option

  • Locate your avatar in the top-right corner of the window and from the drop-down menu select: Manage account.
  • Under Video destinations, locate the option for Google Drive then click the corresponding CONNECT button to set up.

Video destinations Google Drive option

  • Follow the directions to authentic your Google account and grant permissions to WeVideo to manage the files in your Google Drive.
  • If the Google Drive icon turns yellow, then you have successfully connected the two apps. This will allow WeVideo to export finished video projects directly to a WeVideo folder in your Drive, which can then be easily shared, added to an assignment in Google Classroom, etc.

WeVideo Connection to Google Drive confirmed

WeVideo folder in Google Drive

 

WeVideo & Chromebooks: Let’s Get This Party Started

WeVideo is proving to be the video production tool that may meet the needs of our students and teachers. In the past our school found itself in a 1-to-1 environment outfitted with various Apple devices from laptops to iPads with iMovie being our go-to tool. Now half of my students are using Chromebooks where iMovie can’t go, but WeVideo can and its compatible with both Apple’s OS and iOS platforms (i.e. it’s web-based for the laptops and they have an iPad app too). And, WeVideo supports sign-in with Google which works for us since we are a GSuite for Education district.

This is all well and good, but to truly know if WeVideo can cut it in today’s classroom I needed to get students and teachers into the app and see what it can do. So I put together a tutorial to help them get setup in the app and begin creating video content.


  • Use the following link to access the signup page: https://www.wevideo.com/sign-in
  • Select Log in with Google as your sign-in option.
  • Verify your Google account

Login options for WeVideo

  • When prompted…
    1. choose “School” for Where will you use WeVideo
    2. Select your identity: Student or Educator
    3. Choose your grade level: K-12 or Higher Education
    4. If you’re a student then click the green Submit button to finish. If you’re an educator then click the green Next button to continue.

Select type, role, and grade level

  • For Educators, when prompted continue to provide the following information…
    1. Select your role
    2. Subject(s) taught
    3. Grade level(s) taught [optional]
    4. Click the green Next button to continue

Choose role, subject, and grade level

  • When prompted…
    1. Enter school name if asked, or…
    2. Enter Location and Region information (this is to help match the appropriate assistance team to you in case you need assistance)
    3. Click the green Submit button to finish

Choose school, or choose location and region

And that’s it, you’re in! In future posts I will explore some of the features found in WeVideo. Some will be available to users on any account while others may be available only to subscription accounts, just to tease you a little bit.