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5 Awesome Whiteboard Video Makers to Create Your Own Video

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In the 1950’s, The literal whiteboard was the new frontier in education. And it was only in the 1990’s that it was replaced by the blackboard in schoolrooms across the world. A few years later and the purely, whitey, mighty became every corporate’s go to medium to educate, train and enable their teams across the globe. And why wouldn’t they – it’s like an empty canvas waiting to be filled with ideas! Fast forward 2009 – the whiteboard concept is applied to video and the result is nothing short of spectacular.

 

The hand-drawn visuals in real time, linking images and texts timed to perfection with the voice-over – fascinated everyone and kept everyone engaged. Finding more and more love from businesses as it drew the attention of all its employees!

 

Here’s what Whiteboard Animations or Hand Drawn Videos are popularly used for:

  • Internal training
  • Product Explainers
  • Process Explainers
  • Presentations & Reports
  • Case Studies or Research Papers

 

What’s more? They’re cost effective and quick to work on as well – a perfect content type for startups and small businesses. And while you have your choice of custom animation studios to choose from, if you are looking for quick results and wish to be the master of your own universe – then we have you covered on the top whiteboard video makers for getting out your message quickly and efficiently.

 

“How do I start?”

With an idea of course! Preferably a structured idea as to what you want to communicate and what ultimate experience you want to give your viewer. In simpler words – a message and the tone of that message is always a good place to start.

 

If you aren’t sure of what tone you should use – consider your target audience and how they would like to be addressed. Or what emotions you would like evoked in them at the end of your video.

 

Once you have that figured out. Check out some of these super user-friendly internet-based whiteboard video creator tools to make all your presentations a little bit cooler. 😀

 

PowToons

One of the first cloud-based DIY animated explainer video production tool – PowToons is surely one of the most widely used whiteboard tools with a huge library of resources and animated explainer video templates to choose from. The free version allows 5 minutes of non-HD video to be exported along with PowToons branding.

 

Removing that branding from the video and upgrading to Full HD would cost you about $19 per month for up to 25 videos.

 

Here’s a sample created using PowToons:

 

 

Although this video looks professional it does not take care of details like character emotions or real human movements.

 

Powtoons interface, however, is quite straightforward and user-friendly. A little quality time spent playing around the interface with get you easily familiarised with all the tricks PowToons has up its sleeve.

 

For those of you who prefer quick steps – we got you covered as well:

  • Start with selecting a style for your video. You can do this by either starting with a blank canvas and building your way up or picking a template from PowToons library.
  • Next, you will be redirected to the main interface – You will see some predesigned characters, graphics, and animatics on the right panel to choose from (with an option to upload your own as well)
  • On the left, you can see your slides/shots. Each shot typically goes up to 15s max. But can be repeated with a simple copy + paste trick.
  • Finally, you will find the ‘Timeline’ right at the center of the screen at the bottom. This is the most critical part of your animation – the panel that controls the timing and thus the movement of everything within the video. Take some time to play and understand how everything works as per the timeline before moving ahead.
  • The rest of the interface has everything else where you’d expect it. And works like a charm.

 

If you are keen to learn more – You can see this great video from PowToons for a complete onboarding tutorial!

 

VideoScribe

VideoScribe is another community favorite DIY animation tool that’s grown and loved by more and more businesses and individuals alike to create your own whiteboard animation videos. Free to try and $29/month for a month – VideoScribe focuses purely on Whiteboard as the go-to animation style using its tool.

 

Here’s an example of a video made using VideoScribe:

 

 

VideoScribe requires you to download the software onto your Mac/PC and offers a massive library of pre-animated objects, graphics and characters.

 

Getting started is similar to other tools on this list – read on the quick steps below:

  • Start with exploring the variety of animated assets on offer and pick a few that gets the ball rolling for your topic. You can find most media options on the top panel, to choose from (with an option to upload your own as well)
  • Bottom right has the usual suspects – cut, copy, paste and options to manipulate your camera angles.
  • Again, you will find the ‘Timeline’ right at the center of the screen at the bottom. This is the most critical part of your animation software – the panel that controls the timing and thus the movement of everything within the video. Take some time to play and understand how everything works as per the timeline before moving ahead.

 

VideoScribe also offers a wide range of royalty free music to choose from. The tool gives you the option to choose how your image should be drawn + the type and size of the drawing brush. And while you may find yourself hoping the library had more keyword specific options to choose from – there is still plenty good here that can be achieved.

 

Learn more about getting started here.

 

Go!Animate

First appearing with a tie-in with YouTube – Go! Animate is web-based video animation tool that offers an extensive set of features that range from character customization, to VO recorder and modifier with basic lip sync to make your videos even more appealing to the regular viewer.

 

Unlike Powtoons and VideoScribe – all actionable features can be found on the left-hand panel on Go! Animate.  

  • Start with exploring this panel for a library of pre-designed graphics, characters, text layouts and background scenes.
  • You can choose to further customize each of these with Go! Animates powerful yet simple software.
  • The tool provides you with easy to use sections: the stage, the timeline, and the assets. You can collect your assets on the stage and then start populating them to your timeline. Besides the library of assets, the tool gives you the flexibility to import your own media and customize your video according to your business.

 

Go!Animate, however, does not allow you to add expressions to your characters – you can control their movement on and off the stage though. The video tool is quite easy to use and faster as compared to some of is competitors.

 

Take a look at this sample video from Go! Animate:

 

 

A professional GoAnimate video for your business would require a commitment of about $89/month or $649/year. While on the pricier side – Go! Animate has distinguished itself as a more comfortable, faster and more user-friendly interface as compared to its competitors.

 

Animaker

With an extremely similar interface as PowToons – Animaker offers its users a variety of similar animation tools and assets as seen from the services above – with a unique inclusion of a notepad to turn your meeting notes into a kickass presentation. To get started:

  • Choose a video canvas to work with – Animaker offers Glass-board, Blackboard, and Switch-board to choose from.
  • Next, you will be redirected to the main interface – You will see some predesigned characters, graphics, and animatics on the right panel to choose from (with an option to upload your own as well)
  • On the left, you can see your slides/shots. Each shot typically goes up to 15s max. But can be repeated with a simple copy + paste trick.
  • Finally, you will find the ‘Timeline’ right at the center of the screen at the bottom. This is the most critical part of your animation – the panel that controls the timing and thus the movement of everything within the video. Take some time to play and understand how everything works as per the timeline before moving ahead.
  • The rest of the interface has everything else where you’d expect it. And works like a charm.

 

Animaker allows up to 40 videos of 15m each to be exported for about $35/month. One unique benefit is every video made with Animaker is mobile optimized.

 

Here is a sample whiteboard video created using Animaker:

 

 

If you would like a more in-depth tutorial – check out this video here:

 

 

RawShorts

Last on this list but definitely not the least – RawShorts is essentially the same tool as PowToons or Animaker – but with its own set of graphics and software tweaks to distinguish it. In it’s latest update – RawShorts offers a more fluidic animation of all whiteboard elements. To get started – simply follow the same steps mentioned above for Powtoons or Animaker and start creating your killer whiteboard presentations.

 

Making videos with RawShorts would cost you about $49 per month and includes 25 full HD exports. RawShorts also offers third-party transfer of rights for your videos.

 

Take a look at this example of a video made using this tool:

 

 

So there you have it. The top 5 user-friendly tools to make your own DIY whiteboard animation videos. Personally, I prefer PowToons and Animaker.

 

Having said that, whiteboard videos created via such tools can be limiting and thus not the most efficient option when it comes to showcasing/maintaining your brand image via video. Plus – a lot of companies use these tools already as an alternative to professionally created animated videos. And thus the templated design from DIY tools won’t be exclusive – but they’ll help you get started with your custom whiteboard videos for sure.

Should I Choose A Professional Whiteboard Video Vendor Instead?

There will be a time when your business will be chasing higher ticket size clients, higher revenue, and so on. It’s no secret, all of that happens when you build the right perception – tell visual stories that are different from those that everyone’s telling. A custom whiteboard animation costs upwards of $3000 a video and eventually you will come to a point when you’ll be comfortable shelling out more money for the right kind of video.

 

When you do a custom whiteboard animation, you move to zero automation mode. You’ll see that everything in the video is created from scratch – the board style, the characters, the drawing brush and the hand movement.

 

Custom animated videos give you complete control over the output of your video and thus enables you to control how your brand is perceived.

 

Here is a look at one such custom explainer video, we made for Community Leader:

 


 

As a financial technology platform, Community Leader helps businesses to raise capital and improve the efficiency of financial service providers. The objective of the platform was to come across as the only financial tech engine for 3 type of target audiences – startups, brokers, and investment companies. We simplified the complex product with the help of the above video, showcasing the journey of the audience from roadblocks to finding the right way.

 

Custom animation has the advantage of marrying your brand with the appropriate story. The custom animation does away with hazy communication of templatized videos, enabling you to communicate the features of your product to your audience in a manner that resonates with them and positions your brand as precisely as you prefer.

 

Another great example is another internal training video we made for Clif Bar. This one was for their internal communication.

 


 

Clif Bar wanted to train their sales crew on communicating with customers more effectively. They wanted to create videos that bring the team together in a  huddle, work towards common goals.

 

The brand sells energy bars and everything about their brand is young and vibrant. We created a character in the video that looks exactly like any Clif Bar employee.

 

Custom videos give you the freedom to make your characters look like your audience – so they can resonate with their story. They help you add expressions and colors that go with your brand values – it makes a huge difference!  You can plan the mood of your video, the tone and determine how exactly you would like your audience to react after watching it – thus enabling the right outcomes.

 

Conclusion

Whiteboards have come a long way indeed. The storyteller whiteboard is a personal favorite, equally loved by our clients. It makes you want to learn when you’re too bored of the mundane. It’s apt for internal and external business communication and a must have in your content calendar.

 

To make the most of it you must hope to be at a stage when you can make use of the handcrafted version. In the meanwhile don’t shy away from trying out the DIY tools I’ve talked about it this post – I hope you enjoyed it and found value. Do feel free to add your thoughts and comments in the section below.

 

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