Create a Radio Show Podcast with WeVideo
Objective: Use WeVideo to record, edit, and publish your own Radio Show Podcast.
What IS a Radio Show, Anyway?
Before you make a radio show of your own, it helps to listen to a few to see what they were like.
Click on any of the links below to listen to some old radio shows before television sets had appeared in American homes.
Step 2: Choose the Story for Your Radio Show
The first thing you must do is to choose the story you will tell from the list below. Click any of the links to see the script of the story. Choose either MS Word or Google Doc.
Once you have selected a story, print out a copy for each person, or make a copy of the Google Doc and share it with your group.
Each person should select a part to read. Highlight those parts so no one forgets where they start.
Now practice reading the story together until you can do it perfectly. Be sure to enunciate the words clearly, and use good expression in your voice! When your group feels it can read the story with no or few mistakes, you are ready to record your story in Step 4!
Step 3: Learning about WeVideo
Before you dive into WeVideo, let's take a few minutes to explore WeVideo.
You can always get to WeVideo by typing 'wevideo.com' in the browser Omnibox (at the top of the window). WeVideo works in many browsers, but will always work the best in Chrome.
Logging In Correctly
If you are in a school district that has purchased WeVideo, you'll be able to access ALL the great features by logging in correctly. Watch the video below to learn how to log in to a school account (skip this if you use the free version)
Create a WeVideo Edit
Now that you can log in to your account, we need to create a WeVideo edit that we'll work in to actually put together our Radio Show podcast. Watch the video below to learn how to create an edit correctly.
A Quick Tour of WeVideo
You are ready to start working on your Radio Show now! Let's take just another few minutes before we dive in to understand how to work in a WeVideo editing screen. Watch the video below so you'll know where you should be looking and working as you continue.
Step 4: Record and Edit Your Story
This step should only be completed after your group can read their story almost perfectly every time, and each person is able to speak loudly, clearly, and with expression!
To prepare to record your story you should:
- find a quiet spot large enough for everyone to gather around a Chromebook, or the microphone if you have one to use.
- make sure each person has their script with their parts highlighted.
- have your Chromebook open to the WeVideo edit you created earlier.
Watch the following video to understand how to successfully record your story in WeVideo.
That wasn't hard, was it? You probably made a mistake or two while recording your story. It is almost impossible not to! We told you not to worry, you can fix it, right? Well, the video below shows you how you can easily cut out the mistakes so no one ever knows they happened!
Step 5: Adding a "Title" to Your Radio Show
It might seem strange to talk about adding a title to a radio show, but let me explain! Think back to the examples you listened to. Every good radio show had an opening with music and an announcer letting everyone know the show was starting. You can imagine kids running from all over the house to sit in front of the radio when this opening started playing.
Your group needs to add an opening "title" to your show. Watch the video below to learn how you can do this easily in WeVideo. Watch closely! There are some tips you need to successfully finish this task.
Step 6: Adding Sound Effect to Make Your Radio Show Exciting!
We're just about done. First, though, we need to add some excitement and interest to your Radio Show by adding in sound effects. The listeners will be drawn into your story and listen more closely if you use sound effects to help them understand what is happening and imagine it better in their heads.
Watch the video below to learn how to add sound effects properly to a WeVideo edit.
Step 7: FINISH Your Radio Show So You Can Share It!
Your Radio Show is now edited to perfection. After listening to it many times with your group, you are now ready to share it with others. In order to do that, though, you have to finish your WeVideo edit. The technical term for this is to "render" your edit. When you complete this step you'll have a single MP3 file that can be played on any music player, phone, computer or web page!
Watch the video below to learn how to FINISH your WeVideo edit so you can share your Radio Show with others.
Bonus: WeVideo Editing Tips and Tricks
The video below will show you some great little tricks you can use when editing to speed up the process and make things more professional.