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How to Create Great Video Content: Animated Video

Posted by Sarah Southerland on May 15, 2014

In earlier installments in this series, we covered 3 methods for creating videos. Today we look at a fourth technique:
1. narrated powerpoint
2. screencasting
3. talking head
4. animated video

animated video

The fourth method in our series is animated videos. There is great software available for instructors to use now that is accessible both in terms of cost and the time it takes to learn how to use it. In an article featured on elearningindustry.com, Christopher Pappas notes how a rise in software options has made animated videos a new popular way to create content for e-learning.

Animated Video Software

1. PowToon is a presentation software that features different themes of animated images, and an easy-to-use creation process. They offer different plans for businesses vs. educators and students. You can check out the video I created about creating great video content here. I created this video (1:23 in length) in less than an hour, using the free plan, and by editing one of the provided themes, without ever having used PowToons before.

2. VideoScribe by Sparkol is another animation software. They provide thousands of images, music and font options to choose from. You can also upload your own for a fully customized video.

Animated video is a great compromise if you want your content to be more dynamic than a powerpoint presentation, but aren't ready to jump in front of the camera yourself.

Have experience with creating animated videos? Share your story by leaving a comment.

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