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How to create a video when using Prezi Video online

You have a story to tell or some ideas to share, why not transform them into a video presentation? Creating a Prezi Video is fast and easy... and your creation is sure to make a lasting impression on your audience.

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Getting started 

From your dashboard, click Quick record in the top toolbar. You will see the Prezi Video online editor open in a separate window. 

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From here, you first need to enable your camera to be able to start creating a video. The camera is automatically mirrored to make recording easier, however, if necessary, you can disable mirroring in the Prezi Video desktop application. To learn more about creating a video in the Prezi Video desktop app, please check this article

Having trouble enabling your camera? Please check this article for further troubleshooting tips.

Choosing a video style 

Once your camera is enabled, you will see yourself on the screen. Hi! Click on the purple Create now button in the bottom left corner. Now you can choose a style to use from the right sidebar. By clicking on a template, you can preview it and see how your content will look like next to you on the screen.

You can also rely on the talent of other creators and reuse a video made by someone else. Click on Reusable stories in the left sidebar to browse through reusable videos uploaded by Prezi Video users.

Prezi team users also have access to a variety of branded templates set up by the team admin via the brand kit. Click the Branded tab to select one of the customized templates and go back to Default to browse the template collection available for all users. 

Once you choose the style you would like to use, click on the purple Next step button in the bottom right corner.

Read this article for a few tips and tricks that might come in handy when preparing for recording your video.

Adding content

The next step is adding your content: you can add text and one image or icon per frame. Select Upload to choose a visual from your computer or add your own content from GoogleDrive, Dropbox or OneDrive, go to Image to browse the Unsplash image library and select Icon to find the most fitting visual from the Icons8 collection. 

To change to a different visual, simply select it from the sidebar and you'll see your content being updated in the video window. To remove a visual, select Remove from the sidebar. To remove your text, just delete it from the text bar by hitting Backspace. 

Once you are done, you can add further frames by clicking on the + Add frame at the top of the screen.

Note: There is a limitation of adding one visual (JPEG or PNG format) and 100 characters of text per frame in a video. You can add a maximum of 15 frames per video.

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Recording your video

It’s showtime! Once you’re done with adding your content, click Next step in the bottom right corner and get ready for recording your video. Take a deep breath and hit the red button at the bottom. 

Use the three icons at the bottom left to switch between different views (only you on the screen, you and your content on the screen, only your content on the screen - you can also use the 1, 2 and 3 keys accordingly to switch) and the arrows on the right to move to the next/previous frame. Your video can be up to 15 minutes long and you will see a warning at the 14-minute mark. 

If necessary, you can pause your recording by clicking the red button under the video window and resume by clicking the same button again. When you're finished, click the Done recording button and your video will start processing. 

Once the video is processed, you can watch it in its entirety. Don’t worry if you’re not happy with the first (or sixth) take, you click on Discard and record again to give it another try as many times as you’d like. Remember: practice is the key to success!

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Trimming your video

Once you have a version you are happy with but there is some unwanted footage at the beginning or the end of your video, click on the scissor icon in the bottom right corner. Here, you can trim it to remove those first and last few seconds when you start and stop the recording to make the end product more polished and professional. 

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Final touches

Your video is done, it’s time to give it a catchy title and add some tags and a brief description that grabs people’s attention. You can also activate/deactivate the audio transcript feature here. When activated, people with the link to your video can see an automated transcript for your recording. (Please note that it takes a few minutes for the transcript to be generated after your video is processed.) By activating the audio transcript, you're also giving your viewers the opportunity to turn on the automatically generated subtitles when watching your video from its view page. 

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Privacy settings and sharing your video

 It’s done, it’s ready, it’s time to share it with the world. You can set your video to be public and reusable or unlisted (it will not appear as a result in any search engines and only people with the link can view it).

Note: All public videos are also reusable by default, while unlisted videos cannot be reused by others. If you would like the option to create unlimited unlisted videos, please check this article about our different subscriptions.

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You can either generate a link that you can send to anyone and watch your video or download it as an mp4 file so you can upload it to social media or any website. 

Use Prezi Present

If you’re aiming for a more personalized video and would like to add multiple images and text to your design or you would like to use your own brand colors, you can opt for the advanced video creation, where you basically create a Prezi Present presentation from one of our video template adjusted for this format. You can then use this presentation for recording a video or stream live via Zoom or Webex.

Read this article to learn more about turning your Prezi Present presentation into a video using with the Use Prezi Present option.

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Did you know? You need to download and open the Prezi Video desktop application to convert a PPT or to go live with your video. To learn more about creating a video in the desktop app, please check this article.
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