Online Assignment #6b: Video Essays

Getting Started

What you need:

  • 10-15 pictures
  • written narration text
  • headphones
  • Optional: audio narration (150-200 words is approximately 1-2 minutes)

Then, follow the following steps:

  • Go to and sign up for a free account.
  • Now, create a new folder in Media
    1. Click on Media
    2. right click and choose “New Folder”
    3. rename your new folder “Digital Video Essay” (or whatever else you like)
  • Open your new folder (double click on it) and add your image/video/audio files
    1. Right click in the folder and choose “upload”
    2. You can choose to drag and drop, or import from various social media sites
  • Time out from WeVideo…
    1. Get out your written narration
    2. Look at your list of images you collected
    3. Indicate which images go with which parts of your narration (write notes on your narration)
    4. Write down the ordering of your images
  • Your turn: Click on Home to create a new project
    1. Click Create New Video
    2. Rename your project (from “untitled video” to whatever you will call it)
    3. Under Media, select and open the folder holding your image/video/audio files
    4. You can drag your images from the above folder to your WeVideo Storyboard
      1. First drag them down and put them in your preferred order
      2. You can then add Title and End cards (
  • You can also choose a theme if you like
  1. Now, what you have is essentially a slide show of pictures/images – much like a powerpoint. But, a video has the potential for so much more! So, let’s edit, add audio or subtitles, and create your masterpiece!
  2. Note: For videos that have audio embedded in them, you can adjust the volume in storyboard mode. See the quick tip here:
  • But, for now, let’s switch our mode to Timeline (from Storyboard) – this will give you the ability to do some more sophisticated editing.
    1. Go to your main menu (looks like a series of 5 horizontal lines in your upper left hand corner) and switch to Timeline.
    2. You can view a quick tutorial of the advantages of Timeline mode here:
    3. You can add audio files to the timeline (there’s a few tracks below the main track for audio) and adjust the volume.
    4. You can also record narration and voice over with your computer’s built-in mic. See the quick tutorial here:
    5. In order to adjust audio levels, see the tutorial here:
    6. Transform your pictures (embed pictures within pictures), see tutorial:
    7. As was mentioned in the “Create a photo story” clip, you can utilize Ken Burns effect to make your images more dynamic (and less like a slide show/ powerpoint). See,


Post a link to your video on the class blog by 10/22 at 8am.

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