DIY Online Animated Video Options

DIY Online Animated Video Options
One of the most popular methods of social marketing your blog or business is the video. One very popular example is the explainer video. We will take a look at how animation plays a part in these videos and where you can create your own online.

An explainer video and other animated videos are motion graphic animations that tell a story, exported in the video format. For example, this can be the story of your business or the story of how you can fill a need for your customer. There are several software for making motion graphics, including my favorites Hype and Motion. But, for those without any software, there is still an option.

Since the marketing video has become very popular, several online animation video creator software are available for the novice and professionals alike. These are cloud based software with drag and drop controls. Besides the keyframe/timeline based editor, these systems also include many assets, such as prebuilt animations, characters, backgrounds, props, sound effects and background music. You can also upload your own audio, images and video clips. Most of these systems have a voice recording feature.

These software are template based with many prebuilt scenes, styles, sequences and effects. As you might think, complicated animation, such as walk cycles and lip-syncing, are much easier to create with these preset features.

Of course, you are not limited to the explainer type animated video. You can also use the system to create eLearning videos, corporate training and even add them to PowerPoint presentations.

Depending on your choice of account, you can export your videos in the most common resolutions, download the files and share your animations on social sites.

The first two websites that we will consider offer a limited free trial.

GoAnimate has several price plans and a 14 day free trial. You can start with one of their templates and style it for your own brand. Have you ever played with paper dolls when you were a child. With the Character Creator, you can create your own unique characters to star in your video in much the same way as paper dolls.

Animoto calls itself a slide show video builder with a 14 day free trial. You can do your own voice-overs within the software and you have your choice of preset collages and layouts to match your personal or business style. Also, there is a large library of pre-built storyboards, licensed songs and other assets.

In the next article, we will take a look at some of these online creators that offer a free plan along with their paid plans.

Disclosure: I was not financially compensated for this article. The opinions are completely my own based on my experience.

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