For my final Summary of Learning project, I used the free Adobe Spark video editor. In order to explain its positives and negatives, I will be explaining how the service can be used through a simple video about an attempted skill with my left hand – drawing a little cartoon. Because I can, I drew a little ssssnake ssssipping ssssome coffee on a ssssofachair. I did not complete the drawing with my right hand in detail, but I did provide a simple sketch that I used as a reference for my left hand.
I decided to film the videos on my phone using a very interesting tripod contraption (I would have taken pictures, but my phone was… you know, strapped to the tripod). I then uploaded them onto my computer. This is where the real fun began. I have taken some video making/editing classes before in high school so I kind of had a game plan when I got in. I knew I wanted to have an introduction, some background music, some text over the screen, and also speed up the actual drawing I did so it was not as long to watch. Now it was just a matter of making it happen. Just click the blue + button to get started.
Overall first impression: Overall, the program looked relatively easy to use. The user is able to select a video from a few pre-designed templates in order to make first-time users more comfortable and confident with the program. I decided to select the “Teaser Trailer” option. The following template then popped up…
How to put clips in order: As the template loaded, I quickly found there was not the ability to upload clips all at once. Rather, they have to be uploaded individually. This can be done by selecting the slide you want to add a clip to then clicking the + button in the center of the slide.
You have the option to then add a photo, video, or text. In this case, I selected the video option. I was then prompted to upload the file I wanted in this slot.
Once I did, I could edit the portion of the clip I wanted to use. I found I could only use up to 30 seconds of footage in one ‘slide’ before it would have to be continued in the next one.
How to add background music: Background music provided by Adobe Spark is automatically included in your video, but the song itself can be altered by selecting the ‘Music’ tab in the top right corner of the screen. Spark provides an entire list of free songs to choose from, which can be previewed by hitting the small ‘play’ button on the left side of each song. It can be selected as your song choice by clicking the title of the song.
There is also the option to add your own music to the program. This can be done by selecting ‘Add my music’ at the top of the music menu. I chose not to upload my own music as I did not want to deal with copyright issues, so instead, I selected ” as the background music. If you were to add your own music, the upload process is the same as for video or photos.
How to add words to the screen: Adding words to the screen depends on the slide that you are working on, as the location of the text box changes. By clicking the ‘+’ button, an option to add text pops up. The text can then be typed in.
The size of the text can be changed with the plus and minus magnifying glasses at the top of the textbox. Words can also be moved to the next line by pressing enter. There is no way for the text colours to be individually changed.
How to remove the sound from individual clips: Sadly, removing the sound from individual clips is not possible through this editor. However, adding voice overs is incredibly easy to do. First, the desired slide should be selected then photos, text, and videos can then be added on top. After the user is satisfied, all that needs to be done is to click and hold the orange microphone button. Once you are finished speaking, click the play button to listen in. The audio cannot be trimmed or edited, but the entire audio can be redone an unlimited number of times, so you are free to strive for perfection!
How to speed up individual clips: It is not possible to adjust the speed of individual clips through this editor. Therefore, to create the sped-up version of my drawing clips, I turned to a free app on my phone called Video Speed, then uploaded the sped-up clips to my computer.
How to delete a slide or the credits: In the strip of clips at the bottom of the screen, select the clip you wish to delete. Three dots will appear in the top right corner of it. If this button is selected, a small option menu will open up to delete the slide, duplicate the slide, or play the video from that point.
How to export the video: Exporting the video so it can be shared is super easy to do! Simply hit the download button at the top of the screen and the program will prompt you through the rest. From there, it’s your choice where you would like to upload it.
Those were all the skills I needed to learn for this basic video! The program even automatically adds transitions between clips, allowing for less work for the user. So how did it turn out? Check it out here:
I love the freedom that comes with drawing random combinations of objects and organisms together. I thought my right-hand drawing turned out pretty cool actually. The colours worked well together and they made it pretty lively. It took about 30 minutes from start to finish.
My left-hand drawing turned out better than I thought it would! Some things I consider to be successful about it is the fact that it is comparable to the right-hand and recognizable. I also think I did a fairly good job with colouring it in. Some things I thought could use more work with were creating more confident linework and smoothness. I know I can’t be too hard on myself though as it took 20 years to develop the skills my right hand possesses so it will have to take equally as long or more to get my left-hand up to par.
How do you think my drawing turned out? Have you ever used Adobe Spark before?