The Perks and Quirks of Cloud-Based Editing: An Overview of WeVideo

Now-a-days, it seems like everything is going to the “cloud”, so it shouldn’t be at all surprising that video editing would also follow this trend. Enter WeVideo, an online editing platform that allows the user to upload, edit, and publish their video from wherever, whenever, on whatever! Sounds pretty awesome, right? Well, like anything else, it has it’s pros and it’s…not-so-pros.

ACCESSIBILITY

To use WeVideo, all you need is an internet connection. That’s right; no skills or video required (just kidding, you do need video). This clearly marks both the up and down side of this platform. You can access the internet from just about anywhere. I could walk into a Starbucks, drink my Dunkin’ Donuts coffee and edit a video, whether it be on a laptop, PC or mobile phone. Pretty freakin’ great, huh?

Hold on a second, Phil. What if my internet connection is spotty? How am I supposed to edit my video then?

The answer is…slowly.

Being completely U.S.S. Reliant on your internet connection is a major drawback for WeVideo, especially if you’re under a tight deadline. However, if you’re one of those casual, stay-at-home editors who aren’t under any time constraints then you shouldn’t have any problems.

EASE OF USE

WeVideo offers 3 different modes in which to edit. Storyboard mode is the most basic of the three and is designed for beginners with little to no editing experience. Much like the iMovies of old, it’s based around thumbnails that the user can drag and drop into place.

Timeline mode offers bit more flexibility, such as customizable transitions and voice-over recording. The user is also able to utilize multiple video tracks allowing for more space to work. Simple graphics and themes are also available here as well so the user can give their video a unique look and feel.

The Advanced Editor offers the most functionality with all of the above, including multitrack audio editing and a collaborative feature which allows multiple users to work from the same project. Still, even in it’s most advanced form, WeVideo does not offer the necessary tools to be considered as a primary platform for the professional editor.

Here is an overview video from the people at WeVideo

CONNECTIVITY

Outside of WeVideo’s collaborative capabilities, it also offers direct upload access to Youtube, Vimeo and facebook, effectively streamlining the process from start to finish. You can login through gmail, facebook or Yahoo. And much like what Adobe has done with it’s Creative Cloud suite, updates and themes are available as a download the instant they’re released. And because WeVideo is an online application, it takes up practically no space on your internal hard drive or phone There is, however, a limit to how much media you can upload into your project. You can purchase more storage for an additional fee; it all depends on the scope of your project.

All-in-all, WeVideo is a limited, but capable video editing tool for users who are on-the-go. To learn more, checkout WeVideo and let us know what you think!

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