I’m a tech tinkerer. I love to try out new technologies and evaluate their features to consider how they can be used; when my research librarian friend Rebecca Hedreen posted about her playing with Invideo AI, my interest was piqued.

And… I had a project to test it out with: a micro-lesson on using evidence (for an upcoming assignment in Business Communication).

Invideo’s account creation process is straightforward, allowing for an easy start with prompt generation. However, the first video output took an unexpectedly dramatic turn. While I set parameters for student audiences and professional, the video voiceover sounded like David Attenborough—and while Sir David’s voice is fantastic for documentaries, it’s not quite the vibe I was hoping for.

Adjusting the prompts to achieve the desired tone took a bit of effort but was manageable in the end. The final product felt like a blend of a slideshow and video segments, which could maintain interest, but was in no ways exciting or creative. Editing the script was fairly easy, but I found that tweaking the graphics was more challenging than expected.

One of the highlights of Invideo AI is the voiceover feature, which is smooth and natural-sounding (with some refining, at least). On the downside, the lack of a captioning feature, despite having a full script, was a notable omission. Captions would have been a valuable addition for accessibility and inclusivity.

Overall, while InVideo.ai shows promise as a tool for creating engaging video content, particularly with its voiceover feature, its user experience in terms of graphic customization and accessibility features like captions would benefit from further development.