Sunday, August 3, 2014

A Quick Look at Explee for Animated Explainer Videos

It seems that everybody and her cousin is coming out with an explainer video web app or software.

A few days ago, a friend shared with me an explainer video on a political topic. It was a combination of live action and pseudo animation software. It presented the point of view seamlessly. But I didn't agree with all the ideas presented. This is where critical thinking skills kick in but that is a topic for another blog.

Explee is a web app for creating animated explainer videos. Similar to Adobe Voice, you can upload your own .jpeg or .png images or use the images provided to create a video about a subject, idea or concept.

The video below is a good example of what you can do with the software:

There is a free version that you can obtain via an e-mail address and password. The video will have a watermark and other limitations. Paid versions allow users to download .mp4 videos to upload them to Vimeo and YouTube.

I tried out the free version on an idea project that I'm thinking about. Because I signed up for a free account, I can't embed the video but this is a link to the video page.  It is really rough but I was able to knock out a concept video in about 15 minutes.

For the most part it went well. I had some problems when I was typing text and I couldn't get back to editing out a mistake. It was easier to delete it and add it again. Really minor things like that.  The music was provided by the service; it was a easy as drag and drop it into the staging area.

I need to do more testing using it but it is a viable option for teachers, explainers and folks that don't have a video friendly concept.  I have to stress that it is easy to put a video together. It takes time to make a good video.

So if you don't want to spend cash money on an iPad and apps that may or may not work or you need a way of prototyping an idea or concept this might be the way to go.

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