First, thank you for your patience in my extremely delayed response. I am definitely a work in progress on that.
Thank you for your response.. got me thinking
Your list of alternate names is great! I forget sometimes that there are phrases like "Explainer Videos." I keep calling them whiteboard videos and then I get lazy and call it whiteboarding which sounds more like something one would do at the beach. Great to have the list, so thanks for putting that out there for us, Donna.
Yes, I'm like you. I like to add something that has zing. I like to do it more than I do it, but that is more of a time limitation. That is where tools like slideshare or even embedding an instagram or pin are helpful, just to get something, even a fizzled zing in there. (Yes, and I say that I am writing a post that is zingless. lol.)
So, for your question, yes, Sparkol is something that you can do yourself. Though, I didn't find that it was instantly intuitive. It isn't like I signed up and all of a sudden was producing masterpieces. There is definitely a learning curve. But, I think, as with all things, once you get the hang of it, you can spit out videos quicker. Sparkol does have some how-to videos and my recommendation is to watch those and watch them a couple times to really get the hang of it. Then, give yourself some slack and allow yourself to mess some up
BTW - I agree, I do feel like watching whiteboards that are well done help to drive the info home for me.
The whiteboard, above, is not all Sparkol. I made a whiteboard via Sparkol and then brought it into Final Cut Pro and enhanced it. That certainly isn't a requirement and is more of a case where I am so comfortable using Final Cut Pro that it was like breathing to just add a few things like flares, music, transitions, etc. However, Sparkol does offer these things so that you do not need any other programs. There is the availability for music and different options for your transitions, too.
Here are some tips, off the top of my head, for whiteboard videos, no matter what tool you use to make them:
- Keep them relatively short, or modular (like under 3 min) ... unless it is meant to be a full length teaching session or something.
- Keep a variety. For example, use the hand to write out part, and then slide in the next part.
- Keep it moving. If it is too slow, people will stop watching it and leave.
- Use the spacers (watch the instruction videos for how-to), to create a pause after the text is added. This gives viewer time to read it.
- If you are inserting an image, lower the timing from the default 30 seconds to 7 seconds. What will happen is the drawing will start slow and then all of a sudden instantly finish. That is ok. The viewer will be intrigued by the first part, but you won't lose them by it taking 30 seconds for the full picture.
Some of the tips above hit on some things that have worked really well for us in the video business. The process of illusion. Just because you *can* let every image be hand-drawn for 30 seconds each doesn't mean you should. Do you want to watch a video move at a non-engaging snail speed? No, if it bores you it is going to bore your viewers too, so keep that thing hopping. Adding music, change of color, change of image, anything to keep it going. You can give the illusion that the viewer is watching the entire cat being drawn without actually waiting for the entire cat to be drawn. As long as the full kitty is shown at the end of that piece, you have successfully provided an engaging moment with the illusion of the full drawing process.
Til next time,