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How to Make a Video Presentation for School

Moira West

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Video can help you create presentations that are more visually interesting and more exciting. It doesn’t take long to create a video presentation for almost any subject.

You can use Animoto to create a book trailer for English class, display still life photos in a video photography portfolio, or explore historical people and events. Take a look at how to make your own A+-worthy video for your next in-class presentation.

Get ready to make your video

When creating your Animoto for school, it helps to keep a file that will hold all of your information in one place. This makes it quick and easy to upload your selected photos and videos. It also helps to plan out what you’d like to say ahead of time so you can determine what images or video clips you’ll need and how much room you’ll need for text.

Collect images

Once you’ve decided what your video will be about, it’s time to find the photos and video clips that’ll make it look sensational. There are a lot of resources for free images for your presentations. Free stock sites, like Unsplash and Pexels are good places to start, or try government agencies, like NASA or the Library of Congress, which have materials that are approved for you to use for school projects.

Decide on your video’s look

After you have collected your imagery, log onto Animoto and pick a template with a design you like, or click START FROM SCRATCH to design your video yourself. Try to match the look of your video to the subject matter. Earth tones might work better on a biography of Abraham Lincoln, but there are no limits on how colorful you can make a math or science video.

Choose your music

Animoto has great music that you can use for free. You can search by genre, mood, and more. If you’ve got a lot of text, consider using an instrumental, which won’t distract viewers while they’re reading what you have to say. You can also upload songs to Animoto, but be sure you have a license to use the song before you add it to your project.

Finish and share your video

When you’re happy with your video, hit the PREVIEW button, and you’ll see your project in action. Click PUBLISH to finish your video. Then, either download the video and drop it into a class drive or share the web link with your teacher, who can show it to the class on smartboard or watch it on her own.