Is it free?

Are there any free video editing programs?
It is a common question I often get.; but why should pedagogic tools for digital teaching be free?

If Schools and Universities are serious about digitizing parts of their education, they must also provide their teachers with the proper tools.

I often say that a decent video editing software is for digital education what PowerPoint has been for classroom teaching.


The Office suite is not free …

Sure there are free apps for video editing, but they are usually not as user-friendly, or pedagogic, as the apps you have to pay for. There is a big difference to just cut “holiday-videos” in a simple, and free, app like iMovie, compared to creating digital learning material in Camtasia, a program created especially considering digital education and communication.

Please use free apps if you like, but I really recommend you to compare them with a better alternative. Download and try Camtasia for free during 30-days.

Screen recording and video editing apps that costs:

Camtasia (Mac / Pc)

Adobe Premiere Pro (Mac / PC)

Free apps for screen recording and video editing:

Shotcut (Mac / Pc)

Screencastomatic (Mac / Pc)

Three principles for quality in educational videos

With the right knowledge and some training, all you need is a smartphone to film with and a regular computer with a program for screen recording and video editing.

1. Accessible quality
Can students see, read, and hear all the content in the video properly, even when displayed on a small smartphone screen?

– Do not use the built-in microphones in smartphones and computers. The sound quality     will be considerably better if you use the microphone in a regular smartphone “hands-free”.

– Replace defective material in your presentation, such as low-resolution images and text   with hard-to-read fonts and too small font size.

– Text the video.

2. Media pedagogical quality
Choose the right media concepts and tools for your specific subjects and teaching. There is a huge difference between a video documentation of a 45 min classroom lecture and a 10 minutes video presentation made by a teacher with knowledge of how to adapt a PowerPoint presentation to an media pedagogical video format.

– Shorter video chapters, around 10 minutes, instead of a 45-minute video lecture.

– Zoom in on details in the presentation material.

– Do not compete with your presentation material by being visible all the time, and do not read loudly from longer text blocks in your PowerPoint slides.

– Replace heavy text blocks with keywords, more pictures, video clips and animations.

3. Engaging quality
The video format is very suitable for a dynamic and engaging teaching. It’s just the imagination that sets the limits for how an educational video can look like.

– Be personal, talk fairly fast, and with high energy.

– Short interviews, discussions, and documentary shots as a complement to your lectures

– 3D-visualizations and animations of various kinds.

– Personal video tutorials

If you take these guidelines into account when producing, you can feel confident that your educational video will be of a high quality.