There are plenty of software packages out there for editing video, from pretty complex to simple, from hundreds or thousands of dollars to free.
Also in the past few years we’ve seen a trend from software being served to people as packages and directly off the web, in what are called cloud services.
Youtube has a pretty simple one, for example, but today we’re going to have a look at one in the same category but with a twist: WeVideo provides a live collaborative environment for video editing.
Say you are a creative in Spain developing a project with another creative in the UK – with WeVideo, you can both share a workspace where you can upload footage and share your individual edits with each other. Users then can review their colleagues work and even make changes or comments on their timelines making this a great way to work with teams that are all around the globe.
Another use example would be a creative showing their client in the other side of the world, the changes they plan to make, and the client immediatly sees it and can even comment and suggest changes!
And being it cloud-based it means your files and edit are always saved in any computer you might want to use it.
Jostein Svendsen, WeVideo CEO says:
“WeVideo is passionate about putting the power of video storytelling in the hands of everyone. We are constantly making improvements to our editing software based on feedback we get from our customers, and are excited to roll out today’s improvements to help people create more impactful videos in less time.”
HOW TO USE IT?
It’s pretty straightforward. You start how by creating an account, which you can easily do by using one of your existing social network accounts like Facebook, Twitter or Google, and then you’re up and running.
Like other video editing packages, you have to create a project, import media, and then use the timeline to edit your video, cut, add transitions, effects, etc, everything you’d expect. But the real magic really is when it becomes social and collaborative, and the video editor becomes a common space you’re sharing with another creative.
The site, in Flash, moves fast even after adding a few graphics and effects (something I can’t say for example about editing in my own computer with a desktop video editor!).
Due to its social nature, WeVideo also has a Community section (through Get Satisfaction) where its users can voice their opinion and ask for help.
Now we mentioned above that Youtube also has an online video editor. It does, but WeVideo is also present in the Create section of Youtube, meaning you can use it there aswell – as we have posted about before.
Recently, WeVideo is also present in the Chrome Store for Google Drive, making it possible to edit media you might have on Google Drive directly in the WeVideo environment.
There are a bunch of new features on both this platforms that will be announced next week too, like:
1) New Themes
You can style your video with professionally designed transitions, music and effects by applying a theme with a single click.
2) Record a video on the spot
You can record a video on your webcam with our new in-app recording function, a great way to add an intro to the video before sharing it. Or create a presentation where the people can see you present. To record a video, just click on “Add media.”
3) Smart timeline
With this feature, you don’t have to manually zoom to get the overview on the timeline when adding clips or moving clips. The timeline adjusts automatically when dropping clips to the timeline or when changing order of the clips on the timeline.
3) More audio control
If you want to lower the music while someone is talking or make it louder at that big moment, no problem! You can now adjust the volume of your audio tracks up or down at any point during your video.
4) More font choices
There are now more options to customize your video text – including font style, color and size.
5) Clean up when needed
Drag & drop the video clips and items you no longer need to the trash can.
6) New transitions
Introducing two new transitions: Dip to black and Dip to white. With this effect, the left clip fades to black (or white), and then the right clip fades in from black (or white).
WeVideo follows a freemium model: everyone can create a WeVideo account for free, getting 1GB of storage space and are able to export videos at 360p. But there are other price points: at $6.99 a month, you get more perks like more storage, number of invites for edits, better resolution (480p), and so on, finishing at $79.99/month, the Commercial package, with 100 GB storage, 720p exports, no watermark. See all the details of pricing and plans here.
So… to celebrate this launch of new features, WeVideo and Wooshii are giving away a 3-month subscription of an Ultra account (worth $120), and here’s how you can win it:
That’s it – we’ll have this active for a week from the publishing of this post, and then we’ll randomly choose a winner from all the entries. Good luck
In the meantime, you can go ahead and try WeVideo for free!