What is it?
Our Web Wednesdays so far have been websites. That’s not true today. Instead we have an application, WeVideo. WeVideo is a straightforward video editing program available online. You can download it from Google Play or the App Store. It allows you to edit videos you upload by adding images, captions, sounds, transitions and more. It can be used on a variety of devices. I haven’t tried it out on my phone or tablet, but those are options. What you see above is a screen shot of a video clip I am currently editing.
Who is it for?
There are different kinds of plans, for education, business and personal use. However, even with just the free option, there are lots of features. Both teachers and students can use this resource.
Why use it?
So far, I’ve been using WeVideo to edit the clips for our school’s BATTLE OF THE BOOKS. I had the teachers film the first episode and I managed to edit and publish in less than twenty minutes, and that was the first time I had ever tried using WeVideo before. I’m not a complete newbie to video editing, but what I impressed with is how easy WeVideo was to figure out and how much quicker it was than other programs I have used. Also, it allows for filming right in the application with my Chromebook’s built-in camera. That means that it will be super simple to have my students use this. The technology resource teacher for my school was telling me about how classes are her other school are having students make “Book Trailers” and I can’t want to make it happen.
What I like is how you can add more than one video track so that you can have overlays over your video. For Book Battle Broadcast, that means I can add ticker tape style quotes along the bottom of the video.
There are also some collaboration aspects where you can share media and collaborate on projects with peers. I have not explored this as much, but am looking forward to it. (Inner nerd in me LOVES the Lord of the Rings reference in their loading page.)