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Creating a video with Prezi Video in Google Drive

Want to get organized and have all your work-related files or teaching materials in one place? Luckily, you can now create and save videos with Prezi Video straight from Google Drive where all your other content is stored so you can easily access and share them with a link or via Google Classroom. 

Installing Prezi Video in Google Drive

To get started with Prezi Video in Google Drive, you simply need to install the Prezi Video extension from the G Suite Marketplace

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As an administrator of a company/class, you can install the integration for your entire organization at once by choosing Domain Instalwhen installing Prezi Video. If you're only installing for your own account, choose Individual Install. Then, choose the account you'd like to use and voilá! You can now use Prezi Video directly from Google Drive.

Creating a video with Prezi Video in Google Drive

 

First steps

To create a new video with Prezi Video from Google Drive, either go to any folder, right-click in it, select More and then choose Prezi Video to create and then save a video to the given folder or click +New in the top left corner, go to More in the dropdown menu and select Prezi Video from the list.

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You first might have to log into your Prezi account or sign up if you don't have an account yet. Then allow prezi.com to add itself to Google Drive and view and manage files and folders that you have opened or created with this app and enable your camera so you can start recording with Prezi Video. When everything is set, it's time to start building up the content of your video. 

Selecting a template

Once your camera is enabled, you will see yourself on the screen. Hi! You can then choose from a variety of designer templates to use in your video. By clicking on a template, you can preview it and see how your content will look like next to you on the screen. Once you choose the template you would like to use, click Next step in the bottom right corner.

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Adding Content

Add text and one image to your frames to build your video. You can choose images from our free image library, or by uploading one from your computer. If you want to add more frames, just click on the + Add frame button at the top of the screen.

Note: There is a limitation of adding one picture (JPEG or PNG format) and 100 characters of text per frame, and a maximum of 15 frames per video.

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Recording your video

Once you’re done with adding your content, click Next step in the bottom right corner and get ready to record your video. Take a deep breath and hit the red button to begin. 

Use the three icons at the bottom left to switch between different camera views (only you on the screen, you and your content, or content only - you can also use the 1, 2 and 3 keys accordingly to switch) and the arrows on the right to move between frames. You can pause your recording any time and resume by clicking the red button in the middle. Your video can be up to 15 minutes long, and you will see a warning at the 14-minute mark. When you’re done, click the red button again to stop recording.

You can then review your video. Don’t worry if you’re not happy with the first (or sixth) take, just click Discard and record again to try as many times as you’d like. Remember: practice is the key to success! If there is some unwanted footage at the beginning or end of your video, click the scissor icon in the bottom right corner to trim off any unwanted footage. 

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Final touches

Congrats, your video is done! Now just give it a catchy title, a brief description, and add some tags. You can also change the privacy settings of your video here.

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Sharing your video via Google Drive

When your video is done, you can either close the tab, create another video right away, visit your Prezi Video dashboard or go back to Google Drive to share your masterpiece. The videos you recorded through Google Drive will appear among your files (the format is .pvid) but you can also open them via Prezi. If someone else shares a video with you via Google Drive, you will also be able to find and view it in your own folder.

Please know: Only the videos you created via Google Drive will appear here. To access videos you created via Prezi, you'll have to go and find them on your Prezi Video dashboard. The videos you created in Google Drive can also be found on your dashboard.

Open the video file to share it as a Google Drive Link or to open the video admin page where you can change its privacy settings, embed your video or get the Prezi Video link that you can share with others.

Please know: People you share the video as a Google Drive link with need to have the Prezi Video integration installed in their Google Drive as well.

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If you're a student or educator, here you can also share your video in Google Classroom. To learn more about this feature, check this article!

Uninstalling Prezi Video in Google Drive

To uninstall the Prezi Video extension in Google Drive, simply go back to the G Suite Marketplace and click Uninstall.

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