Category Archives: WeVideo

WeVideo: Creating Captions

WeVideo allows for the creation of captions in videos. Prior to opening your assignment, you will want to make sure to create an account under the Bryn Mawr license. Note that unlike typical captions that can be toggled on and off, WeVideo embeds the text into the video.

  1. Login to your WeVideo account.
  2. Start by creating a new video or choose an already pre-existing video.
  3. Go into the Text tab on the upper toolbar, and then choose the Static folder.
  4. Choose the Subtitle text box. Grab and drop the text box onto the Text track. Be default, there should be a track labeled Text when you create a new video. For already-existing projects, you can add another video track for your text, but be aware that the default name will be “Video 3”. You can rename the track to Text, but this is optional. The tracks are intentionally layered so make sure that the subtitles are placed in the top track, otherwise they will not be visible in your video.
  5. To change the layout and size of the text, find the Subtitle text box in the track. Double click on the text box within the track or click once and choose the pencil icon that says Open Clip Editor.
  6.  You can change the text properties by using the toolbar on the left or by maneuvering the text box in the preview window on the right.
  7. Make sure to click the blue button labeled Save Changes when you’re finished.
  8. Repeat the process for each section of speech in the video.

WeVideo: Finishing and Sharing Videos

When you have finished editing your project you need to “finish,” or export it as a video, in order to share it.

  1. Go to your Dashboard, find the project and click Edit.
  2. Click the Finish tab.
  3. Give the finished video a title.
  4. Select a resolution. Keep in mind that the higher the resolution, the larger the storage size.
  5. Choose the screen image from the video that you want to be the thumbnail.
  6. Click Finish.

Finished videos will be available under the Exports tab in the main menu.

To share a video:

  1. Click on the Exports tab.
  2. Double-click on the video to open it.
  3. In order to share a video, it must be listed as Public. Click on the Change privacy (lock icon) button to set your video to Public.
  4. Click the appropriate Share button to share to Facebook, Twitter, or to get a link or an embed code that you can paste into a Moodle site, web page, etc.

You can also click the Download icon to download the video file to your device, and then upload the file into a video streaming site (e.g. Youtube) or file sharing site (e.g. OneDrive) to share it.

We Video: Access After You Graduate/Leave BMC

Our site license extends to current Bryn Mawr faculty, staff, and students (including Haverford and Swathmore students enrolled in Bryn Mawr courses).

After you graduate or leave the college, your account will be converted to a free Personal WeVideo account. All projects you created and media you uploaded to your college WeVideo account will transfer to this personal account. Projects and media that others have shared with you will not transfer.

Free Personal accounts have feature, storage, and publish time limitations:

  • You can continue to download and stream finished videos stored under your Videos tab with a free account.
  • You may need to upgrade to a paid plan to publish video works in progress or continue using some editorial features.

See WeVideo’s website for information on:

WeVideo: Video-Editing Basics

This is a basic overview of WeVideo’s video-editing interface. For more detailed video walkthroughs of the interface, software features, and different editing techniques, see the WeVideo Academy.

The WeVideo Project Interface

Find your project in the WeVideo Projects tab, and double-click on it to begin editing.

Like most video-editing software, WeVideo has a media library, where components like audio clips, video clips, and effects are stored; timeline tracks, where you will place this media components in order to build your video, and a preview window, where you can play through your video to see how it looks.

Screen shot of WeVideo interface with media library, timeline tracks and preview window called out.

  • To add media to your project, drag clips from the library on to the video and audio tracks in your timeline. This creates a thumbnail of the media file in your timeline.
    • The size of the thumbnail indicates the time point within your video when that video clip, audio clip, or effect starts and ends.
    • Click and drag a thumbnail along the timeline to change when the media appears or is heard in your video.
    • Select and drag the edges of a thumbnail to increase or decrease the duration of a media clip. Note: you can shorten audio or video clips by trimming the beginning or end, but you cannot lengthen them beyond the length of their content.
    • To edit a video clip or image, click on its thumbnail (an orange outline will appear around it) and choose the appropriate icon:
      • Clip Editor (pencil): Trim the clip, balance color, or animate
      • Fade (timeline): Dissolve or fade your visual
      • FX : Add visual effects (e.g., filters, etc.)
      • Trash Can: Delete the clip from the timeline.
  • All projects will have at least one audio and one video track in the timeline. You can add additional tracks to superimpose sounds and images or to create effects such as dissolves or fades.
    • Click the “+” at the far left of the timeline to add tracks.
    • Click on the name of a track (e.g. Video1) to rename it.
  • To view your work in progress, hit the Play button in the preview window.

Media Libraries

Bryn Mawr’s license includes access to the WeVideo Essentials Library, with 650,000+ royalty-free videos, images, and audio assets you can use in your projects and finished videos.

  • Click the Essentials libary tab (with a star icon) in the media library area of the video editing screen to access it.

You can also add your own media files into WeVideo to use in different projects:

  • Click on the Media tab (a folder with a star icon) to access media you’ve added to WeVideo.
  • Click the green Import media button (a cloud with an up arrow icon) on this tab to add files from your computer or online file storage system like OneDrive.
  • Click the red Record button (a red circle) to open video or screen recorder:
    • Choose the Record screen option to record a screencast
    • Choose the Webcam option to record video using your device’s camera.
    • Click Continue.
  • Click the Microphone button to open a voice recorder.

Note: You may need to install a browser extension in order to record audio and video in WeVideo, and we have had mixed success with these features in testing. If you have problems, we recommend using specialized recording apps, software, or devices (e.g., a video camera) to record your audio files and video files, and then importing those files into WeVideo to edit them instead.     

 

WeVideo: Create a New Video Project

  1. Log in to your WeVideo account
  2. Click Projects.
  3. Click the blue-and-white (Create new project) icon.
  4. Give your project a Title and a short Description.
  5. Select the appropriate Project type:
    • Personal (if you are making a video alone)
    • Collaborative (if you want to co-create a video with others)
    • Shared (you want to co-create a media library with others, but everyone will make their own videos using that media).
Note: If you aren’t certain, choose Personal. You can  change it to a Collaborative project, and change a Collaborative project to a Shared one later, under Project Settings but you cannot convert a Shared project to either other type.
  1. Click Next.
  2. If prompted, to Add Members to Project (not shown for Personal projects) choose one:
    • Select members/groups — pick from the list of people who have accounts on BMC’s WeVideo license.
    • Invite with link — to get an invitation link that works for anyone; if the recipient doesn’t have a WeVideo account, they will be prompted to create one when they click on the link. If they aren’t eligible for a BMC account, they can create a free personal one.
Note: You can also add people to your project later, by clicking the (Add members) icon.
  1. Add Media clips now or click Next to skip this step (you can always do this later).
  2. Click Finish.

WeVideo: Creating Your Account

WeVideo is an online, subscription-based cloud-based video-editing platform. Bryn Mawr College has an institutional subscription that allows current Bryn Mawr students, faculty and staff to have accounts. Haverford and Swarthmore students enrolled in Bryn Mawr courses are also eligible for accounts while enrolled at Bryn Mawr.    

If you are a Bryn Mawr College student, faculty, or staff member or a Swarthmore student enrolled in a Bryn Mawr course: 

  1. Go to https://www.wevideo.com/sign-in. 
  2. Click the Log in with Office 365 button.  
  3. Log in using your BMC email address and password. 

If you are a Haverford student enrolled in a Bryn Mawr course: 

  1. Go to https://www.wevideo.com/sign-in. 
  2. Click the Log in with Google button.  
  3. Log in using your Haverford email address and password.

When you have an account on Bryn Mawr’s license, you should have access to Premium features like an Essentials Library of video and audio clips and the ability to preview video projects full-screen. If you see any messages on the screen about upgrading to a Premium account, it means you have a free account but are not on Bryn Mawr’s license. Please email help@brynmawr.edu and let us know that you have a free WeVideo account that needs to be converted to a Bryn Mawr account and we will send you instructions for how to do this. 

Microphone not working?

Trying to Skype or record a message, but not hearing any sound when you speak into the microphone?

There are up to four places where the microphone and input volumes might be set:

1. Physical volume controls on your microphone or headset. If you’re using a headset or desktop microphone, look for controls on the devices itself or the cable connecting it to your computer, and make sure it is not muted and the volume is turned up. Also check that the device is fully plugged in to the correct port — either the audio in/microphone jack (not the headphone jack) or a USB port, depending on the type of device.

2. Sound input controls on your computer. Next, check the Control Panel (PC) or System Preferences (Mac) to make sure your computer is detecting the microphone, and that is isn’t muted and the volume is turned up.

How-to on a Mac: http://support.apple.com/kb/PH13972

How to on a PC: http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows7/connect-a-microphone-music-player-or-other-audio-device-to-your-computer

3. Sound input controls on the application you’re using. If your physical and computer settings are fine, but you are still having problems, check to see whether the application you are using also has microphone settings, and, if so, that the right microphone is detected and the volume is set correctly. (Not sure how to check? Google the name of the application and “sound settings” or “microphone settings”)

4. Flash Player plug-in settings. For Flash-based web applications, you may also need to enable the microphone or adjust its settings for the Flash Player plug-in.

When you first click on the Flash element, you may see the pop-up menu like the one depicted below; click “Allow” to enable the microphone.

Flash Player enable camera and microphone pop-up window.

If you don’t see this pop-up, or you want to check or adjust your Flash Player plug-in microphone settings, right-click (on a PC) or press Control and click (on a Mac) on the Flash element and choose Settings from the contextual menu to open it. Click on the Privacy tab (looks like a monitor with an eye in it) to check that the microphone is enabled and the Microphone tab (highlighted in the picture below) to select a microphone and adjust levels.

Flash Player microphone settings

For more information on Flash Player settings:
http://www.macromedia.com/support/documentation/en/flashplayer/help/settings_manager02.html

Web applications generally work best with the latest version of the Flash Player plug-in. If you continue to have problems, check whether you need to upgrade here: http://helpx.adobe.com/flash-player.html. You might also try a different web browser.