A New Video Editing Tool from Canva

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. Today, Canva introduced a new video editor that goes beyond the basics of the previous video creation options available in Canva.

Canvas’ new video editing program includes hundreds of video creation templates designed for school projects. All templates can be changed as teachers and students find appropriate. It is also possible to build a video from scratch without using a template in Canvas’ new video editing program. The video editor works the same way whether you use a template or build your video from scratch. And like the other design tools in Canva, the video editor is designed for online collaboration.

Key features of Canvas’ new video editing program

There are many things you can do with Canvas’ new video editing program. Here is an overview of the most important features:

  • Online collaboration. Students can invite their classmates to work on a video project externally.
  • Hundreds of templates designed for school projects.
  • Millions of stock images, drawings and icons.
  • Large library with free music and video clips to include in video projects.
  • Record new videos in the editor, or import your own videos in the editor.
  • Videos can be downloaded as MP4 files and or published online via Canva.

How it works

The basic framework of Canvas video editor is that you build your video on a frame-by-frame basis, just like slide show presentation. However, each frame can be as short or as long as you want it to be, and each frame can be as simple or complex as you make it. In addition, the finished product does not come as an audio slide show on which videos made with other tools such as Animoto or Adobe Spark are displayed.

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

Completed projects can be saved and shared in a variety of ways. The simplest thing to do is to download the video as an MP4 file so you have a local copy to share wherever you want. Additionally, you can share your video using one of the many sharing options built into Canvas’ video editing software. These options include sharing via unique links, publishing as a single standalone site, sharing with Google Drive, and grabbing an embedded code to post on a blog.

Applications for education

Canvas’ new video editing program can be used for all kinds of projects, from 30-second personal introductions to book trailers to short documentary-style videos. As an online and collaborative tool, Canvas Video Editing Tool is perfect for students to use both at home and in the classroom without having to worry about misplacement or forgetting project assets.

I gave Canvas new video editor a first try this morning and I would recommend it to students in fifth grade (10-11 years) and above. Younger students can get frustrated with it because there are so many options and it is not immediately obvious how to use them all.

If you want to know more about other ways to use Canva in your classroom, take a look at this blog post I published last month. In this post, you will find instructions on using Canva to create interactive spreadsheets, create presentations, create infographics, create multimedia timelines, and more.

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