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Free Online Video Editing in YouTube, Google Drive

Friday, October 31st, 2014 by Jeff Gray, KET

Google has been developing online video editing as a free service for a while now, and the useful tools deserve a look for those interested in student video production. Youtube.com, owned by Google, has its own basic video editor, and the free Google Drive online suite of tools has one too: a version of WeVideo, an online video editing service that you add as an app to work within your Google Drive web account. For schools, these free services offer several ways to create, store online, and share student-produced videos. Here’s an overview…

Google’s YouTube, Channels, and the YouTube Video Editor

YTube_editor_pic_adaptedbyJGYoutube.com’s online video editor is found in a box with other tools after you click “Upload” from your free YouTube login page. It can also be found within a YouTube channel’s Video Manager set of tools. In YouTube’s Help Center, there’s an extensive section on creating videos and managing YouTube channels, including help on video editing.

YouTube’s video editor has basic timeline editing features such as a text editor, transitions, a selection of free-to-use music, a photo importer, a video importer for Creative Commons-listed videos that are also free-to-use in YouTube-edited videos you assemble.

For schools, YouTube.com Channels are good for collecting and sharing class videos in one place, where they live apart from the mass of other videos on the site. At present, one still can’t prevent the often-inappropriate-for-schools “suggested” videos chosen by YouTube that show up after a video is played on the site, but a channel can be useful as a way to share videos that are organized in an area identified as your school or club/class, rather than just uploading them to the open display area. To make things more private for sharing classroom video projects, upload your videos using the “unlisted” setting.  That allows you to share the links to your videos on YouTube or in a YouTube channel, or embed them on websites or blogs without them showing up in the general public mix of posted videos. You could also upload a video with the “private” setting, but the number of private viewers is limited and you must list them.

Another way of keeping student-produced online files free from other “suggested” videos is to upload a video file to YouTube selecting the “unlisted” setting. Then go to safeshare.tv and paste the video’s URL into a field, hit a button, and you get a new link to the video you can share or list on a web page or blog that displays the video in a web browser without any of YouTube’s after-playback videos surrounding it. (Notes: Videos return to the beginning after playback. There is a download link for the video that cannot be deleted which navigates to an ad for a video file downloading application.)

By the way, you can download a useful Android or iOS YouTube Creator Studio app that allows you to see a list of your account videos, watch them, and edit their settings.

Google Videos and the WeVideo Editor

Google, who owns YouTube, also offers a lot of online education resources including Google Drive, a suite of document-producing and sharing tools. After logging-into your free Google account and navigating to your Google Drive page, you’ll see that you can upload, create, and share various types of documents in Google’s online cloud: word processing docs, spreadsheet docs, presentation docs, and more. For all of these, you can upload and include pictures, audio, and video. Interestingly, video files uploaded to Google Drive accounts don’t playback from file links or from web page embeds with the surrounding “suggested” videos that we’re used to seeing in YouTube-hosted videos. So, for educators, a way of sharing student-produced videos that isolates student projects more is to upload them to a free Google account with Link Sharing set to “On, Anyone with the link” — basically the Google Drive equivalent of the YouTube “unlisted” setting. You can then link to video files or embed them for playback from web pages or blogs, etc., as you would with YouTube-hosted videos. There’s a 15GB file hosting limit for each Google Drive account.

To bring up the WeVideo editor you first have to add it to your Google Drive account as a free app: Log into your free Google Drive account, then click the red “New” button at the top-left of the page. Hold the button down and open the “More” link at the bottom of the list of available tools and look for “Connect more apps” at the bottom. Select that and search the list for “WeVideo,” and “connect” to it to add the app (a one-time operation). When you return to your “New” button and select “More” you’ll see a link to open the WeVideo editor. Once open, you can edit your uploaded video files, add music, and perform other operations much like YouTube’s timeline-based editor. 

WeVideo’s editor includes additional features like theme templates for transitions, effects and styles for videos, along with some separate graphics (backgrounds, solids, frames, overlays) and text templates for further customization. Like the YouTube online editor, the WeVideo editor has a selection of music for productions, but the WeVideo editor also includes an audio recording feature for voiceovers that is missing in the YouTube editor.

Here’s a screenshot of the WeVideo online video editor opened in my Google Drive account:

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KET School Video Project and Challenges

Lastly, Kentucky schools are encouraged to upload examples of their student-produced video projects to the KET School Video Project website year-around. Please also consider participating in one of the additional KET School Video Project Challenges you’ll see at the site. All schools who upload videos for a project challenge are entered in a prize drawing for free video production gear.

Apple iPhone 4 Offers New Features for Multimedia Makers

Thursday, June 10th, 2010 by Jeff Gray, KET

Apple is giving it’s popular iPhone another makeover to a slimmer version 4 with a new hi-res screen, also adding some great features for multimedia producers.  Video recording is HD 720p using the Apple h.264 codec, and an iPhone App version of Apple’s iMovie video editing program — available soon for $4.99 — should be of great interest to school and home video producers. Addition of a tripod screw socket would be a handy addition for recording stability.

The new iPhone has two cameras and two microphones, allowing for iPhone-to-iPhone “FaceTime” video calling over Wi-Fi. One camera on the front above the display shoots you at VGA quality; the second camera on the back next to the LED flash shoots HD target video you’d like to share (pressing a button on the screen quickly switches cameras). The second mic, at the top near the headphone jack, is for FaceTime calls when the camera is pointed at you. It’s also supposed to work with the main mic at the bottom of the unit to suppress ambient noise and background sounds. It would also be handy to have an external mic input. Then slap it onto something like a Beachtek audio mixer for two XLR mics on desk stands and you have a basic school news recording setup, with editing. See the online video of FaceTime examples demonstrating the use of both cameras.

The 5-megapixel still camera now has an LED flash to assist it in low light, and there’s a new “tap focus” feature that promises selective focusing of near or distant subjects. Wowza!

The new iPhone 4 is due in retail stores June 24. Pre-order reservations for the new iPhone 4 begin June 15. Apple iPhone 3G and 3GS users can download a free iOS 4 software update that adds over 100 new features.

Update, 6/29/10: Uh-oh, hello!  It seems as though there are lots of people with new iPhones who are complaining about phone dropout when they hold their new iPhones a certain way, like normally. The Gizmodo media info. blog has a nice article all about it, with some amusing “semi-solutions” for dealing with the problem.  Here’s a ZDNet article expressing concerns about early-adopting the model. In looking up the Gizmodo article, I found that I must have been asleep the last few days, because an entertaining mystery around a “lost” Apple iPhone prototype for the current model that ended up in Gizmodo’s hands has been unfolding. If you’ve also been unaware and are interested, here’s Gizmodo’s post, and an Engadget update post about some of the fallout.

KET Road Trip: Woodford County High School

Thursday, May 20th, 2010 by Jeff Gray, KET

I recently visited Dave Noble, a longtime school media production teacher and friend of KET, and his media class students at Woodford County High School. Dave’s history in video began with his work for the Instructional Technology Center of the University of Kentucky’s Education Department in 1970.  His tenure at WCHS began in 1974, so he’s celebrating 40 years as a media production educator!

A great part of Dave’s success seems to be the easy-going rapport he has with his students. He supports and encourages their creative ideas and impulses, and in return they produce interesting and personal video expressions as they complete a thorough list of class requirements. Dave’s trimester elective classes — Media 1, 2, and 3 — generate a variety of programming that is broadcast throughout the school: live daily announcements from the school studio; Channel Four, a bi-monthly 20-30 minute magazine-format program of edited news and comedy skits; a senior graduate celebration video; an annual “Prom Promise” video that attempts to prevent substance abuse and the resultant annual automobile tragedies; specials on topics like Black History Month; various public service announcements; and more. Dave’s students also produce a video yearbook. Dave’s been doing it so long he may have invented the concept. The DVDs — previously VHS tapes — are sold for program funding support.

Dave said he wants to continue to update his school’s video equipment and editing gear. While visiting, I noticed a variety of recording and post-production equipment that Dave and his students have maintained and added-to over the years: Canon GL-2 and XL-2 Mini-DV camcorders, a Panasonic AG-HMC70 flash-memory video camcorder, Applied Magic ScreenPlay video appliances. Dave was an early adopter of the technology, acquiring several of the stand-alone digital editing devices his students have been learning nonlinear editing on for years.  I also saw a couple of well-used Apple Final Cut Pro and Adobe Premiere editing stations. Dave’s students produce a lot of video.

Here’s a sampler of Woodford County High’s varied video productions and techniques:

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Thanks to Dave Noble and his students for a fun and interesting visit.  Keep up the great video work!


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