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Thursday, December 15, 2016

Adobe Spark Now Lets You Insert Videos into Your Videos

Adobe Spark is one of my favorite new tools to 2016. In fact, I like it so much that I now feature it in my workshops and webinars about creating videos in the classroom. Today, Adobe Spark got even better by adding the ability for users to insert video clips into their video projects.

Prior to today's update Adobe Spark videos could only include pictures, text, music, and spoken words. Essentially, you were creating audio slideshows. Now you can upload video clips to use videos. Once you have uploaded and inserted a video clip you can then trim it to length to fit into your project. You can also record your own audio over the video clip. See all of the new features in this announcement published by Adobe.

Applications for Education
Here are a few ways that you can use Adobe Spark video in your classroom.
  • Create a short flipped-lesson with Adobe Spark. The recording tool makes it easy to precisely record your narration over the slides in your lesson. 
  • Have your students create video lessons. The slide aspect of Adobe Spark's video tool lends itself to students creating short Ken Burns-style documentary videos. Have them use Spark's search tool to find images to use in their videos or have them use a place Flickr's The Commons to find historical images. I've had students make this style of video to tell the stories of people moving west across the United States in the 19th Century. 
  • This is the time of year for year-in-review videos. Use Adobe Spark's video creation tool to make a video of highlights of the year.