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How to split videos for teaching online

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Online classes and virtual teaching are popular learning techniques practiced by thousands of educators across the globe. Rather than traditional face-to-face lessons, teachers and lecturers have quickly adjusted to their remote learning conditions by creating virtual classrooms and educational videos. But online classes come with new challenges for educators like large video files and trouble uploading and sharing virtual classroom lessons or facecam recordings. So, what’s the simple solution? Splitting educational videos using Clipchamp’s free online video editor. 

Read on to learn how to split large educational videos into smaller clips in just a few clicks as well as some other useful tips for the virtual classroom. 

  • Tips for distance education teaching 

  • How to split large educational videos with Clipchamp

  • How to add intros and outros with important student information

  • Add text, titles, and captions to assist communication 

Tips for distance education teaching

Let’s look at some easy ways to make online educational videos easier and more beneficial for your students. 

1. Record lectures and online classes

Sometimes students may be unwell, have internet problems, or are unable to attend their virtual classroom. In these situations, it’s extremely important for students to not miss out on their online classes. Educators can assist all students unable to join the virtual classroom by recording their online lessons. Record your screen and webcam simultaneously using Clipchamp’s free facecam.  

2. Show a friendly face

Educational videos that show the teacher or lecturer's face are more effective than a slideshow or presentation with a voice-over. Students value facial expressions and body language to keep a relationship with their instructors. Online classes can even become more familiar and less daunting when students can see a familiar face. Clipchamp’s free webcam recorder lets educators record video instantly in browser to share via integrations like Zoom, compress, and edit. 

3. Trim unnecessary clips 

Long educational videos that are slow to download or simply don’t download at all, leave students feeling distracted and unengaged. Clipchamp’s free video trimmer splits videos online to the perfect length in a few quick clicks. Not only does editing recorded online classes reduce the lecture time but makes the downloading process faster. You can also split audio from video as well to show a screen recording with a voice-over.

4. Show students on-screen examples  

When editing your educational videos, students may find it beneficial for teachers to display diagrams or information on the screen. Picture in picture (PIP) is a common technique used in video editing to overlay one image or video on top of another. If you’ve always wanted to try this video effect, follow our step-by-step tutorial on how to show an image or video on top of another video.

5. Keep a consistent flow and repetition in lessons

When planning online classes, make sure to keep the same structure and activities. Frequent change might not be the best option when teaching a virtual classroom as students are already adjusting to the new learning environment. After a few online classes, determine what best suits your students and yourself, then repeat the same teaching method every week. 

5. Keep a consistent flow and repetition in lessons

How to split educational videos online

Follow our step-by-step guide on how to split videos online using Clipchamp’s free online video editor. 

Step 1. Log in to your Clipchamp account

Log in to your Clipchamp account, or sign up for free.

Split video - step 1

Step 2. Create a new video

Next, click on Create a video button at the top right corner of the editor homepage. Select from a range of aspect ratios, or keep a 16:9 widescreen aspect ratio. Name your educational video by clicking on the Untitled video box. 

Split video - step 2

Step 3. Import educational video recording

To add your educational video, click on the + symbol on the left sidebar. Drag and drop the video file into the editor, select from your computer files, or upload using one of Clipchamp’s many integrations like Dropbox, Google Drive, OneDrive, Zoom, or Box. You can also upload directly from your phone. 

Your educational video file will now appear under the My media tab. Drag and drop the video clip onto the editor timeline.

Split video - step 3

Step 4. Split video

To split your educational video into multiple clips, make sure you have clicked on your timeline video so it’s highlighted green. Either drag the scrubber (white play bar) to your desired split timeframe or press on your keyboard spacebar to play and pause the scrubber. 

Once you have selected where to split your video, click on the Split scissors symbol button above the timeline. Your online class will now be split into two. Repeat this process as many times as you would like. 

To delete any unwanted clips, click on the video clip so it’s highlighted green, then click on the delete trash can symbol. Your unwanted clips will delete from your timeline. Drag and drop your clips next to each other on the timeline when finished snipping.

Split video - step 4

It’s as easy as that to split a video online. 

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How to add intros and outros with important student information

A) Adding an intro

At the beginning of every educational video, or recorded online class, an intro should feature as the first video clip. An educational video intro should have the course name, ID number, lesson number, date, and the name of the teacher. By including all important information in the intro makes it easy for students to find the correct online class to watch or rewatch. Follow the steps below to learn how to add an intro clip to your online classes. 

Step 1. Add a background clip

Firstly, add a background clip to the beginning of your video. You can use one of our premade backgrounds, or a stock video or image. We will be using stock footage for this tutorial. Click on the Stock video tab on the left toolbar. Search through our extensive stock video library using the search bar or scroll through our categories. Once you have chosen your stock footage, click on the green + symbol to add the clip to your timeline.

Split video - intro step 1

Step 2. Relocate intro stock footage on the timeline

Split the stock footage video to your desired duration using the split scissors tool. Delete any unwanted footage by clicking on the trash can. Next, drag and drop your stock footage to the beginning of your educational video on the timeline. 

Split video - intro step 2

Step 3. Add text to your intro

It’s now time to add the important information for students onto your intro clip. Click on the Text tab on the left toolbar. Scroll through the title options, then drag and drop your preferred title onto the timeline above your intro clip. 

Click on the text box so it’s highlighted green. Editing options will appear at the top of your screen. Here, you can edit the text, font, color, size, add special effects, and more. Freely change the size of your title by clicking on the preview screen text. Minimize or maximize the text dragging the white circle corners. Drag and drop the text freely around the video preview to your desired location. You can add more than one title to your intro clip. 

Split video - intro step 3

B) Adding an outro clip

Finish off your educational video or online classes with a fun outro. An outro can consist of anything you desire, like an inspirational quote, a thank you to your students for watching, or even a golden background, funny image, or meme. We have chosen to complete our educational video with a meme. 

Step 1. Add an end screen

Firstly, just like the intro, add a stock image or background as your outro. Click on the Graphics tab on the left toolbar. Drag and drop a colored background onto your timeline at the end of your educational video. Feel free to change the color using the editing options.

Split video - outro step 1

Step 2. Add outro text

Repeat the same process for adding text as you did for the intro. Click on the Text tab on the left toolbar. Scroll through the title options, then drag and drop your preferred title onto the timeline above your outro clip. 

Split video - outro step 2

Step 3. Add a funny meme

Finish off your online classes with a laugh by adding in a humorous meme. Click on the Graphics tab on the left toolbar. Under the GIPHY section, search through the meme folder and find an appropriate meme. Drag and drop the meme onto your timeline. Freely move the meme around your video preview and alter the size if required. 

Split video - outro step 3

Add text, titles, and captions to assist communication

Sometimes the audio in online classes is quite hard to understand. Could be the teacher’s microphone has a malfunction or is a bit glitchy due to a low internet connection. Adding subtitles, chapters, and text to your educational video can further assist students to understand all times. Funny captions throughout the video are also great to keep students entertained for longer. Pop-up titles are a great way to show students on the screen what page of the textbook they should be looking at and following along to or showing keynotes. 

Clipchamp’s free-to-download video editing app allows you to autogenerate captions hassle-free. 

Create engaging virtual classrooms for your students

Students all around the world have access to educational videos via MIS webmail and virtual classrooms as online classes become a common practice. Facecam overlay, screen recorder, and split video online for free are just some of the beneficial tools for educators. 

Join 17 million creative users in over 200+ countries and edit your educational videos with Clipchamp’s free online video editor. 

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Written by Christie Passaris on November 9, 2021
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Christie Passaris is a freelance writer by day, and fashion designer by night. While she enjoys creating iconic looks and teaching others about Clipchamp's latest features, her true love is for her dog, Billy the Beagle.

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