Animated Videos: 5 Tools to Create Animation Videos in a Flash

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Animated Video

 

Are you looking for a bit of variety in your social media content?

Do you want something that may be a bit of fun and stands out a bit.

Animated videos are cool and funky and there are some video animation tools that can help put them together yourself.

The initial idea from this post  on animated videos came from Nick from List.ly.  I love when people share great ideas for posts!

So here goes, here are 5 animation video tools that we have reviewed.

 

1. Videoscribe from Sparkol

Pricing: $25 per month.

Sparkol puts together a video using a hand drawing simulation.  So a hand is on the screen drawing out all the elements you add to your animation.  It’s a desktop based app so you have to download it to your mac or your pc.

When you launch videoscribe you are presented with 3 templates you can use.  If you want you can use these examples or start off with a blank canvas.

 

templates

select this template or create a new one.

 

You then start adding elements to the page in the order you want.    For example I added a text box.  When you replay this it is animated and a hand draws out the text on a screen.

 

Sparkol Hand Drawn

When you play the animation the text is drawn on the screen

 

You can then start adding some images from your computer, a web address or from a library of hundreds of images available.  The library consists of a broad range of images such as business images, creatures, sports equipment, money, weather, tools etc etc

As you add elements you are building up your animation.   A sequence is then created and you can add animation to each sequence and build up your video.

It’s easy to drag and drop different elements to different parts and play around with what works best for you.

In the sequence you can specify how long it takes to draw out the images on screen.

 

Sparkol Sequence

Build up your animation in sequence, adjust timings, drag and drop items etc

To give you an appreciation of what can be done with Videoscribe here is a video which shows you how powerful it is.

 

 

My Opinion:  I was impressed with how easy it was to use and at $25 per month that’s a good price.

 

2.  Powtoon Animated Videos

Price: $79 per month or $29 per month if you pay for a year in advance.  Higher pricing options also available for agencies.

Powtoon is a web based app.  To start off you select the template you want to base your animation on.

 

Powtoon selection

Select the template you want to start with

 

When you select a template you have images/content that are relevant to the template.  You can select from a library of images which includes characters, shapes, hand positions,  text effects etc.  You can also upload your own image.

You build up your animation in slides and then it plays one by one.  Creating slides one by one is useful as it’s similar to scenes in a movie.

 

Powtoon

Select the elements on the right to add to the slides

 

Here’s is an example of a video created with Powtoon.

 

My Opinion:  It’s more expensive than Videoscribe but Videoscribe can produce better videos as it has a much larger database of images to choose from.

 

3. Moovly Animated Videos

Price:  There is a limited free version and the paid version is $9.95 per month, however, the $9.95 version has a small Moovly watermark which won’t be acceptable to a lot of people.  The business level package does not have any pricing listed.

When you launch Moovly you are presented with 3 options.  The only difference that I could see between the option is that there were some different library options you could choose from (i.e. objects you can include in your animations).

 

Moovly launch

This is the options when you launch

 

You are then presented with a blank area to start defining your Moovly.  You drag in items from the library or upload your own images and start building your script.

 

moovly

This is where you build your animation

 

One thing that is nice is that for each element in your movie you have a lot of great options for selecting the style the object is drawn e.g. brought into the picture with a hand, faded in etc.

 

Moovly options

Select how you want your animation object to appear

 

When you initially launch Moovly you can select an option to create a display ad.  I tried this option out also but it doesn’t work properly.  You are presented with a narrow banner like area and when you drag items from the library into this area they are far too big.  This shows that this functionality still requires work.  Moovly are due to release a new version so check back again soon!

Here’s an example of a Moovly animation complete.

 

 

My Opinion:  There’s no way I will release anything with a moovly watermark on it so the $9.95 pricing doesn’t apply and there is no pricing listed for the non watermark version.  This tool has potential but there’s still work to be done before it’s the finished product.

 

4.  Wideo – Beta

Pricing – There is no pricing available on the site, probably because it’s still in beta.

Wideo is a web based app.  When you launch you are displayed a screen like the following;

 

Wideo Objects

Select the objects to add to your timeline

 

You select the object you wanted added to the screen and then add animation.  For example, you can add an element and then easily get it to move across the screen.

If you don’t want to use the standard objects provided in the library you can use your own.

I couldn’t find a good video for this product.  The video on the site was marked private so I couldn’t access it.

My Opinion:  This product has a nice user interface but it’s still lacking a lot of functionality.  It’s free at the moment but I’m sure there is a watermark on the videos produced.

Wait until the product is fully released and revisit.

 

5. Go Animate – Animated Videos

Pricing: From $39 to $79 per month.

is GoAnimate is quite an advanced tool that can provide similar animation to the tools mentioned above but it also have some very advanced capabilities for creating animations that are based around stories with characters in an environment.

So when you start off you can select the most appropriate template.  As you can see they have characters, color and are easy to build up a story based on them.

 

Goanimate Sample Templates

Select the template you want to use

 

When you select the template you then add in the animation.  For example you can add in an office environment and a person.  You can add text so the person speaks and then you can get it to move onto the next scene.

With a bit of time you could easily create a reasonably professional video!

 

GoAnimiate Backgroun

Select the background you want as part of your scene

 

Here is an example video that you can produce.

 

 

My Opinion: GoAnimate is a really interesting and powerful tool that certainly should warrant some more time investigating it.

Final Comments

If you want to stand out from the crowd producing animated videos is one way of doing this.  Video blogging can take time but this form using animated videos can actually be quicker.

With the software mentioned above you could easily create your own animated videos.

So what’s stopping you?  What’s your opinion of the software mentioned above?

 




 

About the author

Ian Cleary

Author: Ian Cleary is a technology guy with extensive experience in Social Media. He is a writer for Social Media Examiner and other high profile blogs and is very passionate about Social Media Tools. Ian is the CEO of RazorSocial and also RazorCoast which is a Digital Marketing Agency.

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  • wouter

    Moovly: render without watermark = $3

    • http://www.razorsocial.com/ Ian Cleary

      Thanks, that’s good value!

  • Jeff Domansky PR

    Thanks for a useful post as always Ian!

    Can’t have you going without a joke, so enjoy:

    Q What’s the difference between a social media guru and God?
    A: God doesn’t think he’s a social media guru!

    Cheers!

    • http://www.razorsocial.com/ Ian Cleary

      Good one Jeff, you got me smiling !!! Thanks for your feedback! Ian

  • akash malik

    Very interesting and timely post for us. At our company, we were deliberating on which video animation tool to use to showcase our Facebook Apps. And here it is- a precise list with features and opinion. Well done Ian. Rgds Akash AppsMav

    • http://www.razorsocial.com/ Ian Cleary

      Great, glad it was useful Akash

  • http://www.pixeledge.co/ Pixel Edge

    thank you

    • http://www.razorsocial.com/ Ian Cleary

      You are welcome.

  • Claire

    I currently use powtoons for my classroom. I believe that there are circumstances where you can opt out of the fee if you can provide proof that you are employed by a school or university.

  • Shawn

    Great article and review, but you left some confusion in your opinion after Powtoon. Which one actually has the larger library…Videoscribe or Powtoon? Thanks.

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