A popular technique to create educational videos, often referred to as explainer videos or whiteboard animations, is by recording the process of visualizing an idea, through sketching. There are many ways to accomplish this, and although it helps to have some drawing experience, it is by no means the most important skill. As with most EdMedia projects it is the story being told that will have the most impact on the audience. How clearly you can tell that story and provide the information is the challenge you need to consider.
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A little bit about a recently completed whiteboard animation project using Videoscribe.
I recently wrapped production of a new whiteboard animation with collaborator, and illustrator extraordinaire Sarah Menard. The project we took on was a promotional piece for an academic work by prof. Martin Scott, working with David Girling from The School of International Development at UEA. Sarah and I are really getting into a groove producing these animations, and her style is a perfect fit for this medium.
A bit about our process. After we figured out the concept with our client, Sarah creates the finished artwork directly in Adobe illustrator using her drawing tablet. She is a master of <layers> and <paths> which is essential since Videoscribe relies on the sequence of each one when doing the final rendering. Exporting the files in .SVG format, I can then import the artwortk on a scene by scene basis, and match it to our audio track. I like how the software allows to set the timing and camera moves, and plan on exploiting that feature more in forthcoming projects.
I plan on writing up a bit more of our process in upcoming posts, specifically to tell the story of the development of our first project, but for now will end and post this. Trying to get better at blogging this year, and actually posting instead of drafting all the time! Hope to see you soon. 8j
This visual summary is from the introductory session of the Ed Media Protege program. The notes are the starting point for discussion for the 2nd session.
Image by Jason Toal posted on flickr
The above image was a revised rendering of the whiteboard brainstorming session captured below.