Greg Hodgson

Creating a 30 second video to explain a concept.

Digital Asset Published 4/16/18 Last updated on 2/28/20

Teachers have very little time free outside of their allotted preparation time. Therefore planning and creating learning resources needs to be simple and speedy.

Adobe Spark Video ( is the perfect tool for making quick reusable videos that explain key concepts. Don't forget, make it once and you can use these resources again and again.

How do I make a 30 second video?

1. Decide on the key concept you want the students to learn, keep it simple.

2. Make an outline of the key points to help your audience understand what the video is for. In my example I use Spark Post to do this) This also acts as a make do script.

3. Open Spark Video

4. Record the key points, one per slide. Keep these super short.

5. Go back and add images, icons, text or video to reinforce the key points.

6. Add a little background audio to enhance the experience and help the narrative flow a little.

7. Publish and share the video with your loving students!

Can you show me how?

Here's my video demonstrating how to make a 30 second video:

And what does the final video look like?

It looks like this:

To find out more about Adobe for Schools in the UK, visit the Adobe for Teachers website.

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Peter Krizovensky

Posted on 5/4/20 2:48:46 PM Permalink

​This is great to create usefull learning videoes for both - students and teachers

Mar Ble

Posted on 12/30/19 6:19:53 PM Permalink

It is a great idea. Teachers can make portfolios of own videos about concept explanations of their subjects.

Hulda Black

Posted on 10/8/19 4:34:49 PM Permalink

​This is super great way to get them using Spark Video...I've had students do something similar with introduction video.

Alper Ciftci

Posted on 9/7/19 1:58:54 PM Permalink


Stefania Buzatu

Posted on 9/5/19 12:52:37 PM Permalink

​Thank you!!

Shafiq Rehman

Posted on 8/31/19 8:12:03 PM Permalink

​waooo Greg this is incredible i was looking for that type of material video in 30 second

Greg Hodgson

Posted on 9/5/19 12:59:03 PM Permalink

Thanks for the kind words Shafiq​, hope it works for you.

Sally Gore

Posted on 4/12/19 2:55:07 PM Permalink

​This is terrific AND just in time for me to finish up a project. Thanks!

Greg Hodgson

Posted on 4/12/19 6:34:39 PM Permalink

Glad you liked it. ​

Robert Bourgeois

Posted on 4/11/19 12:17:12 PM Permalink

​Great example, as usual!

Terry Morris

Posted on 4/10/19 4:26:50 PM Permalink

​Thank you for the demo! it shows how easy it is to use Adobe Spark. Are you concerned about accessibility issues? Is there a way to add captions to the mp4 that Adobe Spark generates?

Greg Hodgson

Posted on 4/12/19 6:36:36 PM Permalink

Hi. Not in Spark. I know the Spark team are working on accessibility but no idea about when. If you have access to Pr or Rush adding subtitles might be the easiest and quickest way to do it. YouTube had an auto service but it was a bit hit or miss when I last tried it. ​

Karla Stanchina

Posted on 4/10/19 1:05:34 PM Permalink

​Outstanding as always! Thanks for the tips which I'll share throughout my organization.

Greg Hodgson

Posted on 4/12/19 6:37:23 PM Permalink

Thanks Karla, love knowing these things make a difference. ​

Sarah Lumang

Posted on 8/16/18 2:58:45 PM Permalink

Love that you actually incorporated a screen capture demo!!! ​

Anna Cherylle Ramos

Posted on 8/15/18 11:13:18 PM Permalink

Thanks for the tips! ​

Aziz Soubai

Posted on 6/21/18 11:18:14 AM Permalink

Thanks for sharing your resources

Bob Epp

Posted on 6/13/18 2:22:56 PM Permalink

​Love it.

DTM creativegenius

Posted on 5/3/18 4:36:28 AM Permalink

​nice work!