I was instantly intrigued when I heard about a cloud-powered collaborative video editing tool called WeVideo. How might this tool might be used for Digital Storytelling, to create content for courses, or to collaborate on academic projects?
As a cloud-based solution, there is no software to download or install; all the video editing takes place in a browser. Video clips, photos, and audio files can be uploaded to your own personal media library for creating your video. The online editing software provides a variety of title templates, transitions, effects, animation, music, and graphics for customizing your movie. The most unique feature of WeVideo is that it enables social video creation by providing a collaborative online environment to gather content, assemble it and edit it with people you invite to join the project.
Finished videos can be shared on the WeVideo platform or exported directly to YouTube and Vimeo as well as Facebook and Twitter.
My curiosity led me give the WeVideo editor a test run. I found the interface easy to use and was pleasantly surprised by the variety of title templates, transitions and effects it offered. There is also a selection of music to choose from for your soundtrack. It has 3 tracks for audio, making it simple to have one for narration, one for sound effects and one for music. Compared to Final Cut Express or Adobe Premiere, it is, of course, crude and simplistic. For example, there is a “Ken Burns effect” but it only zooms in one way toward an anchor point you specify. However, if you’re looking for an inexpensive way to collaboratively create a short, simple video project, WeVideo is definitely worth checking into.
Below is a short, simple WeVideo I created on my Mac.
WeVideo has several different account packages. I use the free version which provides 1GB of storage, movie exports of 360p resolution, 15 export minutes a month to Facebook, YouTube, Vimeo and Twitter, 5 invites per project and 390 licensed music titles. I also have the option of downloading my movie to my computer for $2.99.
Can you think of ways to use a cloud-based, collaborative video editor like WeVideo in your course, for a team project or for sharing events?