Getting Started with Pixorial for Educators

Pixorial knows that our educators are doing some pretty important work so we want to do all that we can to help.  To start, we offer educators a free Pro account that includes 30GB of data storage as well as a few other pretty neat features. With our platform, educators and students alike can use photos and videos to create and share video creations that seamlessly support and add to existing curriculums. To get started all you need is a computer with internet access, a web browser (we recommend Chrome) and an up-to-date version of Flash Player

Getting started is easy as requesting your complimentary Pro account (30GB of storage plus all our Pro features for one year) by going here:  http://www.pixorial.com/educator

We’ll follow up by emailing you a promo code then the world of Pixorial is yours!


Use Pixorial to create videos from photos and videos to present to your students in just a few easy steps:

1.  Once you’ve set up your account, add media: Log in and add media to your account by selecting "Upload Media" at the top of the screen. You can upload video and photo files from your computer or you can record with a webcam.  Install our Android or iPhone app  photos and videos from your phone can be uploaded into your Pixorial library.  (You can also ship us vintage media such as VHS tapes or 8mm film for conversion; there is a fee for this service).  

Planning Tip:  Access to uploaded files is not instantaneous; media needs to be processed and stored on our servers, so uploading times vary according to the size, length and quality of the files.  Generally, though, most uploads process within a few minutes.

2. Create a show: You can trim or add music to video clips and photos using our “Edit” tool, or try our easy yet powerful Movie Creator to combine clips, add text, titles, transitions and more. Just select “Create Movie” at the top of your Pixorial Library.

For detailed instructions on using Movie Creator, see this article.

Planning Tip:  In Movie Creator, you can make as many changes to your video as you like, and you can "Save" those changes and come back later.  Once your video is ready to go, select "Finalize Movie" to generate a high-quality final version of your video.  Again, this video will take a bit of time to render into your Library, but once it's done, it's ready for viewing and sharing.

3. Share your show: From the library you are able to share your videos and photos a few different ways. The easiest is to select the clip in your library and open the Action tab in the right side bar. From here you can share it with contacts by selecting Share Media or get the direct link or embed code by selecting Link to Media. With an embed link you can insert any Pixorial file into classroom blog or website. If privacy is a concern, you can share the link by email to only those recipients you would like to have view it.


If you would like your students to use Pixorial to create their own videos:

1.  Once you’ve set up your account, set up your student accounts:

  • You can have students sign up using their own email addresses by going to https://www.pixorial.com/signup.  You can also create accounts for your students by using email aliases associated with a valid Gmail account (for instructions on how to do that, click here.) This gives you more control over their accounts, and you will receive all notifications regarding those accounts.

  • Students will receive our free Basic account with 7GB of storage.  This allows them to use our Movie Creator tool, access a library of 500 songs, and share their creations.  With this account level, they will not be able to upload music from their own music libraries, but all of our other essential features are available to them.  NOTE: We do not currently have the ability to set up linked teacher/student accounts; if you would like access to student accounts, please use the Gmail method explained here.

  • In either case, please ensure that your use of Pixorial is in compliance with your school's technology and privacy policies.  

2.  Have your students add media:  Students can add video and photos to the Pixorial website from by uploading or capturing from a webcam. Students can also install our Android or iPhone apps, shoot from their smartphones, and it will appear in their Pixorial Libraries for viewing and editing.

Planning Tip:  Remember that video and photos uploaded to Pixorial takes a bit of time to process and show up in the Pixorial Library – generally just a few minutes, but larger, high-quality files can take a bit longer.

3. Students can edit or combine their media:  You can trim or add music to video clips using our “Edit” tool, or try our easy yet powerful Movie Creator to combine clips, add text, titles, transitions and more. Just select “Create Movie” at the top of your Pixorial Library.

For detailed instructions on using Movie Creator, type “Movie Creator” into the search box at the top of this page.

Easy Collaboration: If students have captured photos and videos on different devices (cameras, smartphones, etc.), they can easily share with their classmates by creating a shareable album. Albums allow you to share clips Learn more about Pixorial albums here.

Planning Tip:  Let students know that they can make as many changes to their videos as they like, and "Save" those changes and come back later.  Once their video is ready to go, they should select "Finalize Movie" to generate a high-quality final version of the video.  Again, this video will take a bit of time to render into the Library, but once it's done, it's ready for viewing and sharing.

4.  Students can share their completed shows:

Turning in the video assignment is easy!  Just let students know how you'd prefer them to turn it in -- all of the options are shown at the top of the screen under "Actions".  

If private sharing is preferred, students can email a link to the completed video for you to view it.  Videos can easily be embedded in blogs or shared via email. Our favorite way is to have all students add their video to a shared album so all videos can be seen by you and your students  

Feedback and Knowledge Base