What is Common Craft?
Common Craft is a small, independent company that produces original videos and visuals called Cut-outs. Educators and communicators access our content through Common Craft membership. Our specialty is explanation and helping educators communicate with clarity. Common Craft also offers online courses at the Explainer Academy.
What are Common Craft videos?
Common Craft videos are short, animated videos designed to explain an emerging or complicated subject in about three minutes. The videos are downloaded or embedded via the Common Craft website and used in classrooms, presentations, LMSs and more.
How do members use Common Craft videos?
Common Craft videos are used to teach in classrooms and on websites and learning management systems. Many members use the videos to introduce and explain a new subject so their students can get on the same page quickly.
What are Common Craft Video Packs?
Video packs make teaching easier. We organized videos from our library into packs that focus on specific topics like Internet Safety, Digital Citizenship, and Study Skills. When displayed from the website, the videos in each pack appear as an on-screen pop-up, making it easier to navigate to between videos in the pack. On occasion, we offer video packs for immediate download and purchase with a forever license.
How much does it cost to use Common Craft videos?
Membership fees are based on the size of the organization using the videos. Plans start at $79 per year for an individual license and access to three videos. Our “Pro” plan starts at $159 per year and offers access to our entire library. See plans and pricing.
What subjects do you cover?
We cover subjects related to technology and the internet along with categories like money and study skills. Common Craft members help us choose what videos to make.
How many videos are in the video library?
Our video library is growing constantly and we currently offer 101
Are Common Craft videos available with captions?
Yes. Videos in the library come with an open captioned version in English.
Are Common Craft videos available in other languages?
Many of our videos are available in other languages. You can find more information about each language using these links.
Can I recommend a video title?
Yes. Feel free to contact us with any ideas you have. We provide a place for Common Craft members to suggest and vote on video titles. Many videos in our library have come from member suggestions.
How often do you publish new videos?
We make each video from scratch and typically publish about ten new videos a year.
Do you provide transcripts for videos?
Yes. Under each video in our library, there is a link “More Info + Transcript” that reveals the transcript and major points covered in the video.
What are Lesson Plans?
Lesson Plans are downloadable documents designed to help teachers use our videos in the classroom. Each lesson plan includes learning objectives, discussion questions, Q and A and further reading. Most Common Craft videos include a Lesson Plan. Learn more about Lesson Plans.
Do your videos contain Common Craft logos or advertisements?
No. Our goal is for our members to be the star. The videos do not contain Common Craft logos, advertisements or title scenes. Please note that a small copyright notice appears near the end of each video.
Can I make changes to a Common Craft video I download?
Yes, but only with our Editor Plan. This plan provides access to our entire library and a special license that allows for editing video files. Members of our Editor Plan can add or remove scenes, change the voice-over and more in their own software. We do not provide editing software.
Why do your videos have a “For Evaluation Only” watermark?
We want to help make your decision easier. The watermark is displayed so you can preview the videos before purchasing a membership.
Can I upload Common Craft videos to YouTube or other public video sharing services?
No. While Common Craft members can download Common Craft video files to a computer, these files cannot be uploaded to public video sharing sites like YouTube or Vimeo. We take this very seriously.
Members can display videos on their public-facing websites, as long as they are only displayed, and not offered for download or embed.
Please note these downloadable files can be placed on internal or password protected sites like intranets as long as access is limited to the licensed number of employees. See our License Agreement and Policies.
Where can I learn more?
You can learn about our video categories, browse the complete video library, learn about our Lesson Plans or take a look at our library of Cut-outs.