Last week WeVideo announced that they will now provide users with the ability to export audio-only projects, essentially allowing students to create their own digital radio shows or “podcasts.”
(NOTE: This option is not available under the “free version” of WeVideo, but is included with any WeVideo plan.)
Why is it important?
Giving student the choice to create movies to demonstrate their understanding provides for so much potential, creativity, and fun, but at the same time can eat up a lot of class time to allow them to produce a quality product. Creating a podcast can be done in less time because there are no visuals to worry about, and at the same time because there are no visuals students need to pay more attention to the quality of their content to ensure it communicates their knowledge and comprehension of the material.
How it works
When a project is ready to be rendered, click the FINISH menu option at the top of the WeVideo editor.
On the FINISH page, next to “Export” you will now see two options: Video with audio and Audio only. Audio only will export the project as a .mp3 file.
You can export prior projects that contain visual components as audio only files. This could be an interesting test to see how well the audio components alone work to support the project’s message, or show how powerful using appropriate visuals can be to the telling of a story.
Earlier this month WeVideo announced that they are providing integration with Google Docs, Sheets and Slides. What does this mean?
Users can link these files from their Google Drive to WeVideo projects.
Once the files are linked to a project, users can access them from both the Projects tab as well as directly inside the WeVideo editor. These Google files can be edited directly from within the WeVideo interface and the changes are automatically saved back to Google Drive.
WeVideo will respect the privacy settings set in Google Drive, so if a project member does not have access to the file in Google Drive then they will not have access in WeVideo either. Project members can request access to a file from within the WeVideo interface.
For more information, please check out this post from the WeVideo Blog.
Get detailed step-by-step directions on how to setup Linked Resources from Google Drive by referring to this WeVideo Support Article.
Recently I did a tutorial series on using WeVideo in the classroom and specifically with student Chromebooks. While some of the topics discuss tools that are only available under an education license, many of the tutorials apply equally to the free version of WeVideo. Now WeVideo has released a toolkit to help teachers and students turn this web-based tool into a powerful digital storytelling vehicle, and it’s completely FREE!
First up in the Digital Storytelling Toolkit are several graphic organizer templates to help students organize their thoughts and ideas for digital storytelling, how-to video tutorials, and basic video storyboarding.
Next in the toolkit are Examples for how to integrate digital storytelling into your classroom that includes public service announcements, big ideas inside of little moments, and news casting.
Finally, check out their Reflection prompts to help students deepen their understanding and evaluation Rubrics to give students meaningful feedback.
For more information, check out the video below from WeVideo/Chief Education Officer Dr. Nathan Lang-Raad and their website.
I’ve spent a lot of time talking about how to use WeVideo on Chromebook “laptop” devices. However, a new fleet of Chromebooks are being released that can wear more than one hat, switching over to behaving like a tablet device and then back to a laptop. We are currently piloting Chromebooks with this capability in our elementary schools. That being said, I wondered if WeVideo provided support for mobile and tablet devices.
Getting the app
If you prefer to film with a mobile or tablet device, then you can install the FREE WeVideo mobile app. Click here to download the app for Apple iOS and Android.
How it works
When using the mobile app here are a couple of things to keep in mind:
You will need to sign-in to the app with your GSuite account in order to access all of its features.
Once you film your scenes, remember to sync the clips to your WeVideo account so that you can edit them from your laptop (sync button located in the top-right corner).
If you are using a shared device, remember to sign out when filming is complete in order to keep your account secure.
NOTE: As I played around with the mobile app I kept encountering an incompatibility issue between the mobile app and the web app. Clips edited on the mobile app can be synced and then edited some more in the web app. However, I could not complete this process in reverse and would receive an error message in the mobile app if attempted. This is manageable for us since access to our filming iPad is limited, so the sooner students sync their footage up to the cloud and then do their editing on their Chromebooks the better. If anyone has additional information or insight about this issue then please leave a reply in the box below.
Rolling credits are used at the end of a film to acknowledge all of the people who contributed to the production.
They are also a great place to include citations for any media that was used in the film so that credit can be given to the original authors and avoid plagiarism.
How it works
In the WeVideo editor, click on the Text tool and locate the Basic – End Credits template and drag it to your project timeline.
Once in your timeline, double-click on the clip to open up the Text properties tool. Use this space to enter and format your text.
When done, switch over to the Animation tab. Here is where you will create the rolling credits effect by adjusting the Position setting. The key is change the value of the “y” position setting between the 1. Start and the 2. End values while keeping the “x” position setting the same.
To control the speed of the text animation, return to the timeline editor and adjust the length of the text object: the more you stretch the object out the slower your rolling credits will animate.
Remember, if you want your credits to scroll over a specific background image, animated GIF, or video clip then drag your ‘Basic – End credits’ object into the upper video track (Video 2) and insert your background into the lower video track (Video 1).
In WeVideo, the term ‘Color Keying’ is used to describe what others might call the green (or blue) screen effect.
A color keying effect allows the user to edit out the background color and replace it with any image of their choosing.
While traditionally this color background is either green or blue (hence the term ‘green screen’ effect) it doesn’t have to be. You can use any background color as long as it is uniformly lit (i.e. doesn’t change shades and is without shadows) and does match anything else in the scene such as the actor’s clothing.
Unlike filming using the DoInk app on the iPad (which was an invaluable tool when we were 1-to-1 iPads), users do NOT have to have their backgrounds selected and uploaded prior to filming. This makes trying out different backgrounds for a scene much easier for students to experiment with.
Please note that the Color Keying tool is not available in the free version of WeVideo and requires a paid subscription to access.
How it works
Here out the video is a video that will demonstrate how the color keying tool can be used in WeVideo.