WeVideo is a web-based video editing platform. It’s relatively simple and user-friendly and, unlike other options like iMovie or Adobe Premier, it’s also completely in the cloud. This means you don’t have to worry about storage issues and can use it from any computer–all you have to do is log in through the portal, and your projects and media will be as you left it. This also makes collaboration easier.

This level of accessibility make it a good choice for movie-based class projects. The easy learning curve means that students can gain some basic literacy in visual storytelling, filmmaking and editing without getting bogged down in technical details, or shifting focus entirely away from course content.

Getting Started

Anyone can sign up for a basic, free WeVideo account. But Macalester also has a limited number of organizational accounts that add premium features like increased storage capacity and additional stock footage.

If you’d like to try WeVideo out for yourself, or are interested in creating accounts for your students, get in touch with your AIA. They can create a “class” group and send registration links to you and your students.

Once you’re up and running, we suggest familiarizing yourself with some of the application’s basic features:

  1. Getting to Know the Interface – especially if you don’t have experience with video editing, we recommend learning about the the WeVideo dashboard and exploring the WeVideo Academy, which includes lots of other video tutorials.
  2. Upload Your Media – to make a movie, you’ll need get your media (videos, images, audio files) off your phone or camera and uploaded into WeVideo.
  3. Begin Sequencing and Editing – in either storyboard editing mode or timeline editing mode, experimenting with organizing and altering your clips.
  4. Record a Message – use the voiceover recording feature to tell us about what you’re seeing. (If you don’t have a microphone on your computer, or can’t get it to work, try recording a voice memo on your phone, and then upload it.) 
  5. Export Your Video – follow this tutorial to learn about exporting your video to your computer, or sharing it via another service like Google Drive.

Further resources are available via WeVideo’s extensive documentation and the helpful video tutorials at their WeVideo Academy. Your AIA is also available to answer questions, lead tutorial sessions on WeVideo for you and your class, and generally advise you on how to integrate a movie-based assignment into your class.