Video - edit in FLO

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My Media iconThis entry relates to Kaltura, the video platform in FLO, and how to edit a video you've already uploaded into FLO. 



Open the video for editing

There are an number of different kinds of edits you can make to your video once it's uploaded. 

  1. Find the video you want to edit (either in your My Media entries page or the topic Media Vault) and click the video title to to open it. 
  2. Under the video, click the Actions drop-down menu. There are two different kinds of Edit tools available on this menu; see more below.

    Video Action drop-down with edit options


The Edit tools explained

With the Edit tool (pencil icon) option Edit iconyou can make basic updates such as:

  • video details, including the name, description and tags. Note: a name and description are required for publishing the video for use in topic teaching and learning activities. 
  • options; here you can enable anyone with access to the video to create their own clips
  • change the video thumbnail to a preferred image from within the video, or another image you upload
  • add chapters on the timeline so that students can easily skip to the sections in the video they want to view
  • replace a video 

Note, as of a March 2019 update to the video platform, a new captioning feature is now available. We recommend using this tool as an easier alternative to manually uploading a caption text file through the Caption tab in this Edit screen. 


The Launch Editor option Launch editor iconopens the Video Editor pop-up, which has some more advanced tools similar to those you may have seen in other video editing software.
It allows you to do things like:

  • trim the start and end of the video
  • split the video into multiple clips, each of which you can then trim & edit 
  • add fade in & fade out to the start and end of clips


Using the general edit tools

You can edit content each tab as explained below.  Always remember to save changes after making updates. 

Details tab

  • Use the tools to update your title and description (you would have added something in these fields when you uploaded the video). To increase the opportunity for reuse of your video, put specific dates or lecture information  where you embed it within activities in FLO, rather than in the video title or description. You can format the description text, and include links, for example to related content online. Both the name and description are mandatory fields you must fill in before publishing the video for use in topic teaching activities. 
  • Use tags to increase the searchability of your video in FLO. 

    Details tab


Options tab

Here you can tick the box to enable other users to create clips from your video. This is helpful particularly when you've shared your video to a topic Media Vault for other teaching staff to access and embed within other activities. If for example, a 2-minute clip in the middle of your 6-minute video was useful for another teaching team member to use in a specific activity, they could create the 2 minute clip and use that as needed, rather than having students watch the full 6 minutes.

Options tab


Thumbnails tab

Use this tab to change the thumbnail image that's displayed when the media is embedded in a FLO activity. You can:

  • upload an image from your computer
  • capture a specific frame within the video, or
  • select from ten auto-generated thumbnails
  • download the current thumbnail in case you want to save/keep the image

Click the option you want to use and follow the on-screen prompts.

Thumbnails tab


Timeline tab - chapters

Creating chapters is useful when you have a longer video and it might help students to be able to jump to particular sections, especially when they are reviewing or revising the content. 

  1. Watch the video preview above the timeline, and click Pause when it gets to the point where you want to add the chapter marker. In the timeline, you'll see the red line indicating the position. 
    Pause timeline

  2. Click the chapter icon at the start of the timeline to add a chapter at that point. 
    Add chapter

  3. A chapter marker will be added to the timeline and the chapter editing section will appear at the bottom of screen. Name the chapter. You also have the option to: give it a description (useful to give students a summary of what's in that section of the video); to manually re-position it more precisely on the timeline by clicking the up and down arrows next to the timestamp; and add a custom chapter thumbnail. After updating, click Save changes. You can also Delete a chapter from the timeline here if you need to. 
    Enter chapter marker information

  4. Repeat this process for as many chapters as you need, then play the video to see the results. 


Timeline tab - adding slides

The other tool available on the Timeline tab is the option to upload and manage slides on the timeline. Essentially, adding slides creates multiple 'streams' of visuals in your video - one for the video itself and another for the slide images. Using this option, students can have a highly interactive and customisable viewing experience as they watch. They can switch between the slide and the video view, or create a picture in picture, or side by side view. They're able to control what content they want to focus on. Here's how the end product will look to students, in split screen and 'picture-in-picture' mode (the red highlights show the controls to change the view, which appear when you hover on the video):

Slides added to video examples

To add the slides:

  1. Click the Slides icon at the start of the timeline, then click the upload icon, choose the slide resolution as prompted, then select the PowerPoint slide deck from where it's saved on your computer. 
    Add slides

  2. The slides will be uploaded and the tool will automatically spread them out equally across the timeline. To re-position a slide on the timeline, just click and drag it. 
    Drag slides

  3. Any time you select a slide, you'll see its information displayed below with additional editing options. You have the option to give it name and/or a description,  and to manually re-position it more precisely on the timeline by clicking the up and down arrows next to the timestamp. If you update anything, click Save changes. You can also Delete a slide from the timeline here if you need to. 
    Edit each slide


Replace video tab

Please refer to this detailed entry for replacing a video in My Media



Launch the Video Editor to trim, splice and edit media

 The Video Editor interface allows you to do things like:

  • trim the start and end of the video: useful to edit out the bits where you started and ended the video recording.  Note, if you added titles and /or credits in the Desktop Recorder or another program before uploading, trimming the start and end of the video will cut them off.
  • split the video into multiple clips, each of which you can then trim & edit: useful for editing out bloopers in the middle
  • add fade in & fade out to the start and end of clips:  to create smooth transitions between different sections or where pieces of content have been chopped out

  1. To open the Editor, open the video by clicking its title
  2. Click the Actions drop-down menu, click Launch Editor
  3. You'll see this interface, where you can edit the video as needed. 
    • The top right section is the video player, where you can watch the video and preview any changes you make as you edit.
    • The bottom section is the video editing track. Here you can click and drag the timeline marker to the right spot in the video, and use things like the split tool (scissors icon), set in tool (brackets icons), delete tool (bin icon) and fade in/out tools to make your desired edits. 

      Video Editor interface
This video provides an overview of how to use the tools in the Video Editor. 


4. When you've finished editing, there's two options for saving - you need to think about where and how the video is used before you choose the save option that's best for your context:

  • If you want the changes to be applied to the original video, click Save, then OK on the final prompt. This is generally the best option if you haven't started using the video in activities yet. If your video is already published to the Media Vault in your topic/s and/or already embedded in teaching activities, it's important to note that any edits you apply to the original video will be applied there too. Only use this Save option if you're comfortable applying the edits to the video everywhere it's used in FLO (including previous year's topics). Once you save these changes, they cannot be undone. If for any reason you need to revert to the original video, you'd need to use the replace video tool to re-upload the original from your computer. 
    Save button highlighted

  • If your video is already in use in teaching activities, you may want to Save a copy instead. This will preserve the original video, and create a copy (called a 'clip') with the changes you've just made.
    Click save a copy

    Give the new version a name and click Create
Name and create the new copy

To continue making changes to the new version, and/or to publish it to topic Media Vault for use in activities, click Go to Media Page
Go to media page

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