WeVideo is a cloud based video editing tool with a simple interface, and advanced possibilities!
With robust editing tools, transitions, motion effects, green screen, voice-over abilities, free soundtrack library and more, WeVideo is an ideal video storytelling tool for LPS students on Chromebooks. Teachers will find that the screencasting & recording tools address many of their needs as well.
WeVideo Academy offers you the option of learning how to create videos through tutorials, lessons and tips from their team of experts.
WeVideo offers an Educator Resource page for teachers. It includes tips & video tutorials on features commonly used with students and ideas for integrating video into lessons.
You will find WeVideo listed in The Portal. However, when you click on it you will be taken to VRSpot first. This is unusual, but as designed. To sign into WeVideo you must click the WeVideo link in the top toolbar of your VRSpot page.
Key Features for LPS
Technical Requirements & Considerations
Device - WeVideo should work well on all LPS student Chromebooks, as well as the MacBook Air computers that our teachers and computer labs have.
Internet speed - WeVideo is a cloud based tool, so it requires a snappy & stable Internet connection. This should not be a problem in our LPS buildings but if you find yourself working from home, please keep internet provider speeds in mind when uploading large video clips or multiple assets at once.
Web Browser - Google Chrome will provide the optimal experience with WeVideo. Firefox also works well. Safari & Internet Explorer 10+ are supported.
Supported file types - WeVideo supports over 500 types of file formats for your videos, images, audio clips, songs and music. View the full list.
If you try to open a WeVideo editor and see an error indicating "Your browser does not support WebGL" (or a similar statement) follow these simple steps to enable WebGL on your device.
- Open Chrome's settings/preferences
- Click the + Show advanced settings button
- In the System section, ensure the Use hardware acceleration when available checkbox is checked
- Relaunch Chrome for the change to take effect
Connect to LPS Google Drive
WeVideo is able to connect to your LPS Google Drive so that you can easily pull resources from that location, or you can save videos to Drive when you complete them. To create the connection between your WeVideo & Google Drive accounts:
- Click the UPLOAD button in the top-right corner of WeVideo
- At the bottom of the Upload pop-up window that appears, click the Google Drive icon under "Import from social sites:"
- In the Google pop-up window that appears, select your user account
- In the LPS pop-up window that appears, enter your LPS credentials
- The next pop-up window is Google informing you that WeVideo is requesting to see the files in your Google Drive. Click the "Allow" button.
You should not have to repeat these steps after the initial connection.
Storyboard vs. Timeline
WeVideo offers you two editing modes:
- Storyboard mode is great for beginners or when you want to create a video in just a few minutes.
- Timeline Mode is great if you want a few more options and more control to your editing experience.
Learn more about both modes, and how to choose the mode you want to use.
Screen Recording enables you to record a video of your entire computer screen or just a single desktop window. Any actions that you take on the screen (scrolling, clicking, etc) are recorded. Once you finish recording you can save the recording as a video, and use it within WeVideo.
Please note that Google Chrome web browser is required for screen recording.
Color Keying (also known as green screen) is a special effect technique used to remove a single color from your video. The color removed is usually the background of a video recorded in front of an evenly lit green screen (like the weather forecaster at your local news station). LPS Media Services has provided green screens to every school. Talk to your building's Librarian for more information.
Sharing to Google Classroom
WeVideo allows for the sharing of FINISHED videos to Google Classroom with a click of a button. You will see a Google Classroom button on every finished video screen. For instructions, visit this resource.
Voiceover a Slide Deck
One of the most requested features of Google Slides is the ability to narrate/voiceover a slide deck. While Google Slides do not have that capability, WeVideo can offer the service! Simply download your Google Slides as a PDF and load the PDF into WeVideo. WeVideo will break the PDF into the individual slides again, and they can be brought into a project where the student can record their voice right along with the images.
When you are done editing a video, you have to "Finish" the video to be able to view it elsewhere. This process "flattens" and "exports" the video from your editor to your list of finished videos. The time it takes to export depends on many variables. However, it does NOT depend on the kind of computer you are using. Be patient. WeVideo will email you when your video is ready. You do not need to keep the editor window/tab open for the export to finish. You can log out and walk away from your computer and let the export finish. Please do not re-export if the process taking a long time. This only adds to the queue and causes a longer export time for others.
For more instructions on finishing a video, refer to this support page.
WeVideo is proud to offer an easy-to-use yet sophisticated award-winning video editor for iPad.
To sign into your LPS account, click the GOOGLE sign-in option (a red G) on the initial app screen. Use your @class.lps.org email account, and it will redirect you to the LPS single sign-on screen you would expect to see when logging into any LPS tool online.
To sign out of the WeVideo iPad app, open the left menu. Open the "Account Info" screen and look for the "Sign Out" link in the top-right corner.
NOTE: Projects started in the online tool cannot be edited from the iPad, nor vice-versa.
Using WeVideo with Students
WeVideo has a set of project management tools that are available to LPS teachers who want to create groups, assign projects, collect finished videos, and more. To learn more about the project management tools in WeVideo, we suggest that you sign up for an upcoming LPS staff development workshop that goes over this process. Look for a session titled "WeVideo with Students."