Canva’s New Video Editing Tool

Over the years, I’ve used Canva to create everything from simple social media graphics to websites and dozens of things in between including making short video presentations. Canva today introduced a new video editor that goes beyond the basics of Canva’s previous video creation options.

Canva’s new video editor includes hundreds of video creation templates designed for school projects. All templates can be modified as teachers and students see fit. It’s also possible to create a video from scratch without using a template in Canva’s new video editor. The video editor works the same whether you’re using a template or creating a video from scratch. And just like Canva’s other design tools, the video editor is built for online collaboration.

Key Features of Canva’s New Video Editor

There are a lot of things you can do with Canva’s new video editor. Here is a breakdown of the main features:

  • Online collaboration. Students can invite their classmates to work on a remote video project.
  • Hundreds of templates designed for school projects.
  • Millions of photos, graphics and icons.
  • Large library of free music and videos to include in video projects.
  • Record new videos within the editor and or import your own videos into the editor.
  • The videos can be downloaded as MP4 files or published online via Canva.

How it works

The basic framework of Canva’s video editor is that you create your video on a frame by frame basis like a slideshow. However, each frame can be as short or as long as you like and each frame can be as simple or as complex as you like. In addition, the final product does not appear as an audio slideshow in the way that videos created with other tools such as Animoto or Adobe Spark do.

Within each frame of your Canva video frame, you can add images, text, video clips, and background audio. You can also add background audio to the entire video and edit this audio separately from the video frames.

Completed projects can be saved and shared in a variety of ways. The simplest thing you can do is download the video as an MP4 file so that you have a local copy to share anywhere you want. Additionally, you can share your video using one of the many sharing options built into Canva’s video editor. These options include sharing via unique links, publishing as a simple standalone website, sharing on Google Drive, and getting an embed code for a blog post.

Education apps

Canva’s new video editor can be used for all kinds of projects from 30-second personal intros to teaser videos to short documentary-style videos. As an online and collaborative tool, Canva’s video editor is perfect for students to use at home as well as in your classroom without having to worry about project assets being lost or forgotten.

I tried Canva’s new video editor for the first time this morning and I recommend it to students in fifth grade (10-11 years old) and up. Younger students may get frustrated that there are so many options and it’s not immediately clear how to use them all.

To learn more about other ways to use Canva in your classroom, take a look at this blog post I posted last month. In this post you will find tutorials on using Canva to create interactive worksheets, create presentations, create infographics, create multimedia timelines, and much more.

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