Access your Drive files with Google File Stream

With Google Drive File Stream, you can access all all of your Google My Drive and Team Drive files directly from your computer without having to open a browser. You can also select files to make available for offline use for when you don’t have an internet connection.

When you install Drive File Stream on your computer, it creates a drive in Windows Explorer named Google Drive File Stream. All of your My Drive and Team Drive files will appear there. You can transfer files between your computer and Drive or browse and organize your Drive files right in Windows Explorer.



The File Stream app also allows you to open files directly within applications like Microsoft Word. When you click File > Open, just browse to the Google File Stream Drive to locate your file.

If you used the old Google Drive Desktop App, you may have received a notification that it would no longer work after May 12, 2018. Google File Stream is a recommended replacement for the Google Drive Desktop App. Another option …

WeVideo for video collaboration and editing

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 With our beloved Windows Movie Maker getting further and further out of date, we decided to invest in 100 Pro licenses for UMN Extension.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?

Comments

  1. Creating a video according to my own wishes with good results is now easy with this type of application. A very good technology for those who love making videos.

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