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Edit Video: WeVideo

How do I start a new project?

Make sure that you are using WeVideo in Google Chrome (best) or Firefox (fair). WeVideo is not as compatible with Safari, Microsoft Edge or Internet Explorer.

After getting access to WeVideo and creating an account, go to your Dashboard to start a new project.

Option 1: Create a new edit

  1. Click "Create a new," in the top left-hand corner of your screen.
  2. From the drop-down menu, click on the arrow next to “Video.”
  3. Select the format you would like your video to be in: Horizontal, Vertical or Square.

Select Create New in the top left corner of your dashboardNew video format options

  1. Select where you want to save your project from the drop down menu.
  2. Click "Start Editing"

Select where you would like to save your new edit

Option 2: Choose to modify a template

  1. Select "Browse all Templates" in the top right-hand corner of your dashboard page to browse all template options, or select “Templates” from the menu on the left side of your screen. 
  2. Click on the template you'd like to edit

NOTE: As a first step to learning WeVideo, editing a template may be a little overwhelming. We recommend starting with a blank project.

Select browse all templates on the homescreenTemplates page

WeVideo Editing Page

There are three main sections of the WeVideo editing page: The media pool, the timeline, and the viewing window.

  1. Media Pool: This is where you upload your own media you would like to use in your project. Here is where you can also find stock footage, and other video elements such as text and transitions. 
  2. Timeline: The timeline runs along the bottom of your screen, and it is where you edit all of your media together. 
  3. Viewing Window: This is where you will be able to preview your video as you create it. The viewing window will show you what is in your timeline. 

View of the WeVideo editing page

How do I upload and add my own media content?

  1. Click on the folder icon ("My media") above the media pool.
  2. Click on the grey cloud icon labelled "Import".

select import media

  1. In the pop up window, you can drag and drop files or click "Browse to Select."
  2. All the media that you upload will be stored here in “My Media”.

browse or drag and drop media

How do I edit my video clip?

  1. Click on the video clip you have imported and it will appear in the viewing window to the right.
  2. You can:
    • Edit out the beginning or end of your footage by dragging the arrows and either end.

drag sliders in viewing window to shorten video

  1. Drag and drop the clip into your timeline. 
  2. Move the blue marker to the point where you would like to cut your clip and click on the scissor icon.

cut a clip with the scissors icon

  1. Once cut, you can delete sections of the footage by clicking on the clip to select and then clicking delete on your keyboard, or move around the order of the clips by dragging and dropping them to different points in the timeline. 

clip cut into sections

How do I add stock images, video and audio?

  1. Click on the Star icon labelled “Stock media” on the main menu across the top of your media pool.
  2. Use the search bar to look for a particular video, image or sound effect.
  3. Select the item you would like and drag and drop it into the timeline.
  4. Edit and cut the clip the same way you do with your own footage.

search and add stock footage

How do I add text?

  1. Click on the A icon labelled “Text” in the main menu across the top of your media pool.
  2. Scroll through the text options and select your desired style.
  3. Drag and drop the text into the timeline.
  • If you would like it to be an overlay on the video, place it on the "Video 2" timeline.
  • If you want it to have a blank background, it can be in line with the rest of the footage in “Video 1”.

text layering video footage

text in line with video footage

How do I add transitions?

Transitions are used between clips and images to provide a smoother and more interesting look to your video.

  1. Click on the “Transitions” icon along to the top of your media pool (5th in the row).
  2. Browse and select the transition you would like to use. To preview the transition, click on it and it will display in the viewing window to the right of your screen.
  3. Drag and drop the transition into the timeline between the clips you would like it to appear between. 
  4. You can adjust the transition length and type by clicking on it in your timeline and adjusting the settings.

add a transition

  1. If the transition box is highlighted red when you are trying to insert it into the timeline, the transition cannot go there. It must go between two clips. It will turn green if it can be placed there. You will need to create a cut first before you can place the transition.

transition highlighted in red cant be placed

transition highlighted in green can be placed

How do I apply the Chroma Key (or Green Screen) effect?

  1. Add your green screen footage to Video Track 2.
  2. Add your background scene to Video Track 1. Make sure you have adjusted the background scene so that it matches the length of your green screen footage.

Green screen footage in video 2 background footage in video 1

  1. Double click the green screen footage and click the Color Keying tab.
  2. Use the dropper tool to select the colour you would like to replace with the background, or enter the colour code used in the example above.
  3. Click "Save Changes"

colour keying mode in the clip editor

  1. Enter the colour code used in the example above.
  2. Click "Done Editing"

How do I add my voice over?

  1. Click on the folder icon ("My media") above the media pool.
  2. Click on the grey cloud icon labelled "Import".
  3. Import your audio file just like you would a video or image file. 
  4. Drag your audio file from your media pool and drop it into the audio track in your timeline.

import audio

  1. You can add additional audio tracks, like music or sound effects, by adding more tracks. 
  2. You can also blend various sounds beforehand using a tool like Audacity and then importing only one audio file into WeVideo.

How do I add additional tracks?

You can add additional audio or video tracks.

  1. Click on the + icon above your tracks list in your timeline. 

+ above tracks list to add tracks

  1. Select the type of track you'd like to add, give it a name and click “Add Track”.

choose video or audio track in the pop up

  1. Your new track will appear at the bottom if it is for audio, or at the top if it is for video.

New audio track in the timeline

How do I add music to my video?

There are a lot of audio options within WeVideo.

  1. Click on the music note icon in the main menu above the media pool. 
  2. Browse the free music and sound effects available on WeVideo.

Free audio options in WeVideo

  1. Add your own music or sound effects to your video by importing audio files into “My Media” and dragging and dropping the clips into your audio timeline.
  2. You can add your voice over track and then add additional audio tracks to include sound effects or music.

select the import button in the my media tab

layer music and voiceover

How do I add other graphics?

You can add images, backgrounds, overlays and frames to your video.

  1. Select the "backgrounds" icon in the main menu above the media pool.
  2. Scroll through backgrounds, solids, overlays and frames and select the media you would like to add to your video.
  3. Drag and drop it into your timeline.

select the background you want to use

  1. To search stock images, select the star icon labelled “Stock media” in the main menu above the media pool
  2. Use the drop down menu next to the search bar to apply filters and narrow your search to only include images.
  3. Use the search bar to type in keywords related to an image you are looking for.
  4. Once you find an image you would like to use, drag it into your timeline. 

search stock media for images

How do I resize images?

If your image has a width and a height that is different from your screen size, you may want to resize your image so that there are no black bars showing. This can make your video look more polished and professional.

Screenshot: before and after

  1. Select the clip that you want to resize in the timeline. You will know it is selected because the border will highlight in orange. 
  2. Double click on the image in your timeline to open your clip editor, or hover your mouse over the icon with 3 lines and click the pencil icon that appears above to open the clip editor.

Screenshot: Open clip editor

  1. Click on the leftmost tab in your clip editor to open the Transform menu. Select the Fit Frame option.

Screenshot: Fit frame

  1. WeVideo will automatically make your image fit the screen. Make use of the Scale slider in the Transform menu to zoom in and out of your image.

Screenshot: Repositioning the image

How do I animate an image/add a Ken Burns effect?

  1. Select the clip that you want to resize in the timeline. You will know it is selected because the border will highlight in orange. 
  2. Double click on the image in your timeline to open your clip editor, or hover your mouse over the clip and click the pencil icon that appears above to open the clip editor.

click on the pencil icon to open the clip editor

  1. Click on the third tab in the clip editor to open the Animation menu.

Screenshot: Animation menu

  1. Click on “Start” and adjust the position and size of the image by using the Scale slider and by clicking and dragging on the image in the preview window. This will be the first frame of your animation

click on Start and use the slider below to adjust the position of your image in the frame

  1. Click on “End” and adjust the position and size of the image by using the Scale slider and by clicking and dragging on the image in the preview window. This will be the last frame of your animation.

click on End and use the slider below to adjust the position of your image in the ending frame

  1. Click “Save Changes” to save your work. WeVideo will calculate the difference between the first frame and the last frame to automatically animate the image.

preview of an applied ken burns effect

How do I undo an action?

You can undo an action by clicking the arrow in the bottom left hand corner above your tracks.

undo an action with the back arrow button

Can I add special effects to my clips?

  1. Select the clip that you want to add an effect to in the timeline.You will know it is selected because the border will highlight in orange. 
  2. Hover your mouse over the clip and click “FX”. 

FX option above a selected clip

  1. Select an effect or multiple effects to add to the clip.
  2. You can choose to apply the chosen effects to this clip only, or to all clips. 

Screenshot of different effects such as Sharpen, Sepia, black and white.

  1. Click Apply

How do I layer/fade images?

  1. Place your stable image in the Video 1 track. The image which you will apply fading to will go in Video 2 track,
  2. Select the clip you would like to fade. You will know it is selected because the border will highlight in orange. 
  3. Hover your mouse over the clip and click on the opacity icon.

open opacity options

  1. Once selected, a green line will appear above the image.
  2. Add points by clicking on the green line and move them up and down to control the fading.

use green line to control fading

faded image over a video

How do I export my video?

  1. Click on the "Finish" tab at the top

select finish in the top right-hand corner

  1. Confirm:
    • Video Thumbnail
    • Title
    • Quality
    • Where you want to export your video.
  2. Click "Export". This will take a few minutes.

set your export options

How do I download my video as an MP4?

  1. You will need to "Finish" your video first (see the export instructions above).
  2. Select “Exports” from the menu on the left side of your dashboard to view your exported videos. 

Exports page with a list of exported videos

  1. Select the video you want to download, right click and select "Download"

Right click on your export and select download

  1. You can also double click to open your exported video, and select the Download icon below the video window. 

Click download button underneath exported video

  1. Your video will download to your device as an MP4.

How do I collaborate on a video with other editors?

Collaborative Projects is a WeVideo feature that allows multiple editors to work together on a single video project. When someone from your group is editing the project, the Collaborative Projects feature ensures that the project will automatically lock to prevent other group members from making changes to the project at the same time.

  1. To create a new collaborative project, log in to WeVideo and click on “Projects” in the menu on the left side of your screen.
  2. Click on the + button in the top right corner of the page to Create a New Project

Click on Projects from the menu on the left of your screen to open the project page

  1. Give your project a title and a description. Select "Collaborative" and click Next

Screenshot: Collaborative Projects

  1. Add members to your project by selecting certain members or groups from within your organization, or inviting members with the project link. 

Add members to project options

  1. If you chose Select members/groups, select individuals under the Members tab, or a group under the My Groups tab. If you signed up for a WeVideo account through your course guide as part of a class assignment, you should see your course code on the Groups list.
  2. When you have selected your members or group, click “Next”

Select members or groups to add

  1. You'll have the option of importing media from your media folder to your new project. This step is optional, as you can add media to your project at any time. Click Next to continue.
  2. Click Create Video to get started with your Collaborative Project

Screenshot: Create Video

Note: If you do not see the collaborate feature when you go to do this, please contact the Media Studio directly so we can make sure you're part of a group.

How do I create a Shared Project on WeVideo?

A shared project means that members of the project can create their own videos, but cannot view or work on videos of another creator. If you are the person who created the project, you would be able to see everyone's projects, but everyone else would only be able to see their own. 

  1. To create a new shared project, log in to WeVideo and click on “Projects” in the menu on the left side of your screen.
  2. Click on the + button in the top right corner of the page to Create a New Project.

Click projects from the menu on the left to open the project page

  1. A screen will pop up where you can select your preferences for your new project. Give your project a title and a description. Select Shared and click Next.

Create a new shared project screen

  1. Add members to your project by selecting certain members or groups from within your organization, or inviting members with the project link. 

Add members to project options

  1. If you choose to add members from the members/groups list, select the members you want to add to your project and then click Next.

Select the members from the list and click next

  1. You'll have the option of importing media from your media folder to your new project. This step is optional, as you can add media to your project at any time. Click Next to continue.
  2. Click Create Video to get started with your Shared Project.
  3. Once you have created your project, the people you have added will be able to see all the media within the project folder and use it for their individual projects. Project media is where all members will be able to find the media they can use for their projects. When they create their projects, you will be able to see them all in the Edits folder. To share the link to this project, copy the project URL at the bottom of the menu on the left-hand side of your screen. You can also add members from your organization's list by clicking the silhouette icon above the link.
  4. Once you have created your project, all members will have access to the projects page. On the projects page you can view the video edits in progress, exports, project media, linked resources and members.
  5. You can create a new edit, change the project settings, add members to the project and copy a shareable link to the project by clicking on the icons in the top right corner of your project page. 

shared project screen

  1. Select the Project Media tab to upload media into your project. 

Upload media into your project page

  1. When members of the project create a new edit, they will be able to access the project media in a new video edit by selecting My Media, then Project Media.

Project media in video editing mode

How do I share a project I have already created?

You can start sharing a project with someone at any point during your creation process. 

  1. Click on Projects in the menu on the left side of your screen.
  2. Select the project you want to share from the list and click to open.
  3. Click on the Add Members icon in the top right corner of your project screen.

Click on the Add Members icon in the top right corner of your project screen

  1. Select the name of the person you want to share your project with from the members list, or copy the invite link and send it to the people you wish to share with, and click Save.

Add members to project options

To find a project that was shared with you:

  1. Click on "Projects"
  2. Select "Shared with me" 

Projects shared with me

  1. Click on the Project. You will then be able to see the edits in progress, as well as the videos that have been exported.
  2. In the Exports tab, you can Right Click on a video and choose to Download or Add to a Gallery

right click on an export and select download

How do I screen record with WeVideo?

Screen Recording enables you to record a video of your entire computer screen or 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 Screen Recording is only available on premium accounts. The library has an educational license and a limited number of accounts are available for students, faculty and staff  each semester. Please contact the library for more information. 

Please also note that Google Chrome is required. Please ensure that you are using version 70 or above.

  1. To begin, click on the Create New dropdown menu in your dashboard window, and select “Recording”. You can choose if you would like to record in a horizontal, square or vertical format.

Select Recording from the Create New dropdown menu

  1. You will be presented with three options: create a webcam recording, a screen recording, or both simultaneously. 
  2. Select Screen, choose where you would like to save your recording in the drop-down menu, and click Next. 

select where you want to record from

  1. You will be prompted to choose an audio source. Select the default (microphone array) and click next.

Select the default (microphone array) and click next

  1. You have the option of recording the entire screen or just a specific open window. You also have the option to record a voiceover while recording. Select your screen or window and click on Share to begin.

choose what screen to record

You will know that it is recording when you see this status:

click the blue button to stop sharing your screen

  1. When you are done recording, click on Stop sharing. You will then be able to preview what you just recorded. You can start over by clicking on Record New. If you are happy with your recording, you can click on save to immediately upload it to WeVideo.

preview your screen capture

  1. Once the upload has completed, you can use your screen recording just like any other video file. If you would like to download the screen recording, you can export and download it just like any other WeVideo file. 

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