WeVideo is free for personal use and comes with a range of paid plans that give you more features and benefits depending on your needs and how much you want to spend. Check out their video below which gives a great overview of WeVideo's service.
In this review I'm going to see if I can use WeVideo to create a typical video for my main YouTube channel, etourist2, where I mostly upload art and animation demonstration/tutorial videos. Before we start, here's a run down of what a free account offers:
- 1 GB storage
- 360p resolution
- 15 export minutes per month
- Export to Facebook, YouTube, Vimeo and Twitter
- 5 invites per project
- 390 licensed music titles
With only 1GB of storage this account is clearly targeted at short form video and the casual user. To create one of my typical art videos, where I can be filming many minutes of HD video at a time, of me painting in real time over the course of a single painting I'd fill up 1GB easily and still need more room. However with a WeVideo Plus account I'd get 10GB's of storage which would probably be enough for one of my video projects.
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That said, when returning to my project the next day it does take a little longer for files to stream and preview the first run through but I'm guessing once that happens with each clip they're stored locally for faster playback until you exit the studio.
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WeVideo has some more advanced features which I noticed in some of their demonstration videos but had to really search around in the studio to discover how to use them. Effects such as Video Wall and Picture in Picture. If you drag a video or image onto a Graphic track above your video track then some advanced tools become available to you, accessed by a little arrow button on the top left of the preview window. These tools allow you to size and move your overlay videos and images. There's even a control to give them a border and drop shadow.
Professionals may find it a little limiting for exceptionally creative work or extremely large projects but as a tool for editing online video projects it should meet much of their needs. Definitely worth serious consideration.