Adobe Spark

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Spark Video web

Want to create an Adobe Spark Video on the web?

Just visit spark.adobe.com on any web browser.

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Storytelling with Adobe Spark Video

One of the fastest ways to produce a basic digital story is Adobe’s Spark Video. Whether you begin in a web browser or with their iOS app, you can quickly combine images and audio (though not video) for a basic digital storytelling project.

Whether in the app or on the web, use your ACU enterprise Creative Cloud account to log in:

  1. From the login page, choose Log in Now at the bottom of the window.
  2. At the Adobe ID sign in, type in your MyACU email address including “@acu.edu” then hit TAB.
  3. This should send you to the normal MyACU Sign In window where you will go ahead and log in.

The following resources introduce not only software considerations but the basics of audio recording and image editing whether you’re producing your first digital story or needing a quick review.

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Spark Video app

Prefer to use Adobe Spark on your iPhone or iPad?

Download the iOS app to get started.

Adobe Spark for Digital Essays

If you’re using Spark Video for a basic media project, here are a couple suggestions to showcase your work.

Use Fullscreen Photos

Make sure your images carry their full impact by making them full screen. When you create your first slide, click the Layout button at the bottom right of the photo rectangle and choose “Fullscreen Photo.” This change should carry over to later slides you add to the timeline.

Choose Understated Transitions

One important decision made by your theme is a default transition. Some types of PowerPoint-style movements between slides can be distracting, so you might choose a theme like “Slideshow” that just uses a simple dissolve between images.

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Working with Audio

Audio is a commonly overlooked part of a video project. In this short segment, you’ll hear how clear audio can amplify your digital story.

Working with Images

Carefully chosen images can add impact to any digital story. In this segment, we’ll walk through key considerations in which pictures and video clips you choose.

Storytelling with Premiere Pro

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Download Premiere Pro

Don’t have Premiere Pro on your computer?

All Adobe CC titles are now available to ACU students, faculty and staff.

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Digital Storytelling: Premiere Pro

Premiere Pro is an advanced video editor that can also be used for basic digital storytelling. Though most video software can combine images, audio and video for a basic video project, Premiere Pro is a robust media production tool that can support more complex projects in the future.

The following resources introduce not only software considerations but the basics of audio recording and image editing, whether you’re producing your first digital story or needing a quick review.

Project Files

Click here to download the project files used in this tutorial.

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Mathew Bardwell

Media Production Specialist, Learning Studio

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Next Steps with Premiere Pro

Now that you’re comfortable with basic editing, here are a few tips for working with audio and images.

Recording Audio in Premiere Pro

One key part of your digital story is a carefully recorded narration. Here is a short introduction to recording audio directly into your Premiere project.

Adding Movement to Images in Premiere Pro

Adding movement to your images makes your storytelling more dynamic. Take your project to the next level using the steps in this video.

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Working with Audio

Audio is a commonly overlooked part of a video project. In this short segment, you’ll hear how clear audio can amplify your digital story.

Working with Images

Carefully chosen images can add impact to any digital story. In this segment, we’ll walk through key considerations in which pictures and video clips you choose.

Keep learning with Lynda.com

Premiere Pro: Essential Training

Let Lynda.com help you build skills in basic audio and video editing with Premiere, including working with effects and video speeds.

Premiere Pro 2015 Update

A quick summary of new features and improvements to the new Premiere CC, including the new Morph Cut and mobile workflows with the Premiere Clip app.

Storytelling with Camtasia

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Don’t have Camtasia on your computer? Drop by the Learning Studio or download a free 30-day trial.

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Storytelling with Camtasia

Camtasia is a piece of software that can turn anything you can see on screen into a video. Yet this “screen capture” program is also a perfect tool for learning to work with media. Whether you’re a first-time video editor or are just pulling together something quickly, Camtasia is an easy way to combine images, audio and video into a professional looking project.

The following resources introduce not only software considerations but the basics of audio recording and image editing, whether you’re producing your first digital story or needing a quick review.

Project Files

Click here to download the project files used in this tutorial.

 

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Asia Eidson

Media Specialist, Learning Studio

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Camtasia Resources

If you’d like more help editing your Camtasia project, here are some great video tutorials for beginning and advanced users.

We’ve also put together answers to some frequently asked questions to help setting up a mic or exporting your project.

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Working with Audio

Audio is a commonly overlooked part of a video project. In this short segment, you’ll hear how clear audio can amplify your digital story.

Working with Images

Carefully chosen images can add impact to any digital story. In this segment, we’ll walk through key considerations in which pictures and video clips you choose.

Camtasia is available in the Learning Studio

Ask at the front desk if you need help getting started.

What else can Camtasia do?

Camtasia is capable of much more than just editing a digital story.

Screen Capture

Camtasia was designed to “record” the computer screen for video tutorials like this one. It offers tools like zooming and highlighting to focus the attention of your audience.

PowerPoint Videos

Screen capture is also a simple way to turn a PowerPoint into a short video. It’s as easy as recording your audio narration as you step through your slides.

Film Clips

Camtasia is also the fastest way to digitize a video clip from a DVD or website. Just find the scene you want to capture, and begin recording the video on screen.

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Camtasia 3 for Mac Essential Training

A quick introduction to screen capture and basic video editing and effects using the new version of Camtasia for Mac.

Camtasia: Advanced Techniques

A course focused on using the tools in Camtasia for high-quality instructional videos. Produced on Camtasia for PC but the core tools and the strategies are the same.