Quick Bytes Live! Podcast

Episode 14: Getting Fancy with WeVideo.com

(recorded March 28, 2017)
Tom, Amy, Karen, and Alison chat about how to get fancy with your video using WeVideo.com. Karen answers listener questions about Google Drive, and we share a good tip for when you're having a mousing emergency. 
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Someone recently asked me how they can edit Microsoft documents that are stored in Google Drive, without having to download them first. Google Drive is great for storing and sharing many different types of files - Google documents, Microsoft documents, images, video, etc. Storing and sharing are one thing, but when it comes to editing Microsoft documents that are stored in Drive, it can get tricky.

One option is to convert your Microsoft documents to Google. Problem solved, right? Not really. Sometimes you need to keep documents in their native Microsoft format. Well, if you are using the download > edit > upload method, there is an easier way. In fact, there’s more than one way to edit them directly from Drive!

Edit with Microsoft Office

Install the Google Drive App and Google Drive will appear as a storage location in Word, Excel and PowerPoint. When you open a file in your Microsoft application, navigate to your Google Drive and open your document (click Open, Browse and select Google Drive).



With the Drive App installed, Save documents directly to your Google Drive by navigating to your Google Drive when you save your document.

Also, when you open Windows Explorer on your computer, you can access your Google Drive files without having to open your browser. This makes it really easy to transfer files between your computer and Google Drive.

For basic edits, just use Chrome

With a free Chrome extension, Office Editing for Docs, Sheets, and Slides, you can open Word, Excel and PowerPoint right within your Google Drive.

Install the Chrome extension
  1. Open Google Chrome
  2. Go to Office Editing for Docs, Sheets, and Slides
  3. Click Add to Chrome. The Extension installs on your Chrome toolbar.

Using the Chrome extension
  1. Open Google Drive
  2. Navigate to a Word, Excel or PowerPoint document
  3. Double-click on the document
You will notice the editor does not have all the features of editing in Word, Excel or PowerPoint but it allows you to make basic changes to the document without having to download it first. The Chrome extension will appear in the address bar. As you edit, google will continue to automatically save your changes to your original (docx, xlsx, pptx) document.




Mobile Apps for Editing Microsoft Documents

I use my phone to access and edit my Google documents all the time. I can edit Microsoft documents on my phone too, using the following mobile apps (Android or IOS):
  • Google Drive to manage your folders and documents
  • Google Docs to edit Word documents
  • Google Sheets to edit Excel documents
  • Google Slides to edit PowerPoint documents
With the Google Drive App and the Google Chrome extension, it makes it much easier to store, share and edit all of your documents in Google Drive. Please leave your questions or comments below!


banner: an introduction to wevideo


You might remember that we were trying WeVideo.com out when I made the 1:Button Studio Tour blog post. With our beloved Windows Movie Maker getting further and further out of date, we decided to invest in 100 Pro licenses for UMN Extension.

In this post, I'll share with you the basics of WeVideo and how UMN Extension personnel can get a license.

And if you're external, you can use the free version so might find this useful as well!

WeVideo: Primary Strength

One of the main advantages of WeVideo over other video editing software is that it allows for collaboration. This is something we struggle with in teams with video editing. Sharing the raw footage can be difficult, not to mention sharing the in-progress video editing files!
Since WeVideo is all online, it's like the Google Drive of video editing. 
You pick who to share it with and what they can do to your stuff. ISN'T THAT EXCITING? Squee.

If you're both working on the same "edit," WeVideo will lock the file while someone is actively working. So, although you can't simultaneously edit, you can at least still work on the same editing project.

WeVideo: Basic Editing



On top of collaboration features, WeVideo is a totally passable video editor. It does pretty much everything Movie Maker could do, plus a little bit more. I put together the video above demonstrating what I think are the most useful video editing features:
  • Green screen 
  • Webcam recordings
  • Screen recordings
  • Lower thirds
  • PowerPoint narration
  • "Cutaway" shots
WeVideo easily allows multiple video and audio tracks--so doing the coveted "cut-away" shot--where the audio continues but the visuals cut over to some photos or B-roll--is a very straightforward task!

Here's a screenshot so you can get the idea:



If you set up your YouTube account in WeVideo, it is just a one button publish to your YouTube channel! You can also download the file, or "publish" to Google Drive.


Get a License

If you think WeVideo would be useful in your video work, I encourage you to fill out our WeVideo license request form. Limited to UMN Extension personnel only for licensing reasons. Thank you!

So what do you think? Would you like me to demonstrate some "How-Tos" in a future blog post? What have you discovered about WeVideo?