After using VideoScribe to create a few animated videos, I thought it would be nice to create some animations myself to use in my YouTube uploads. Given that VideoScribe is also expensive at $16/month, I found a few Mac apps that will allow me to create my own animations (you can only use pre-drawn animations in VideoScribe) at an affordable price.
HTML5 Animation Apps for Mac
There’s a few nice suites for creating HTML5/Flash animation that we can use either standalone or as part of a video production. Using any of these apps will help us avoid Adobe Edge and their somewhat ridiculous $30-$40 monthly charge for their suite of Adobe apps (which go ‘poof’ as soon as you stop paying).
• Tumult Hype is probably the most popular Mac HTML5 animation suite. It includes powerful timeline capabilities as well as built-in browser compatibility checks.
Hype is available for $30 and has a downloadable trial.
iPad Whiteboard Presentation Apps
• Doceri is an interactive whiteboard / screencast recorder that’s available for both Mac and iPad. Your various hand-drawn graphics you create, along w/ still images, pdfs and videos, can either be exported to video or shown in real time through airplay output to a projector. Here’s a good overview of how to draw and interact with the Doceri timeline at the same time:
Doceri is reasonably priced at $30 with a trial available.
• Explain Everything is a nifty, inexpensive iPad app for creating interactive whiteboards and all around screencasting. You can embed video files, pictures, even a resizeable web browser into your presentations which you can edit in the timeline:
Another Animation Option – Fiverr
Fiverr is a great place to get animations done for $5 that you can use in your videos. You can always screenrecord them into your presentations, but you get even more control if you ask your seller to include an SVG file so that the animation can be controlled within apps like Hype and VideoScribe.