Animation videos add style to your e-learning course and makes the learning impactful. However, e-learning animation creation is time-consuming and expensive if the right, easy-to-use tools are not employed.

In the market, there are plenty of tools which will help you to create affordable and easy animations. Of the popular tools available, we extensively use GoAnimate as we found it to be superior because of its intuitive UI and its ability to publish in various formats.

GoAnimate is a cloud-based, animated video creation platform which allows people with no background in animation to quickly and easily create animated videos. These videos can be in multiple styles, including 2D animation, whiteboard animation, and video infographics.

GoAnimate tool can be used to create :

1. Animated Explainer Video

An animated explainer e-learning video is a great way to explain a concept, an idea, or to provide quick, bite-sized training on a specific content.

2. Character-based animations

GoAnimate has a wide range of ready to use characters, you can simply select, drag and drop and your characters are ready to be included in the video. It also offers a feature to create an entirely new character from the scratch.

3.Whiteboard animations

Whiteboard animations are a great way to explain concepts and ideas in a more engaging way. You can use this format to tell stories, create advertisements and make training videos. It is an excellent tool to convey complex concepts and ideas in a simple way.

4. Branching Scenarios

GoAnimate can be used to create realistic looking corporate workplace scenarios such as meeting rooms,  hosting a conference, face to face meeting, team review meeting etc.

5. Video infographics

While Infographics as a visual design tool is quite popular amongst the e-learning designers, a variant of it would be video infographics where infographics get formed in an animated manner along with the audio.

It would be a good idea to use video infographics in your next e-learning course as they have a great visual appeal and are easy to develop using GoAnimate.

Now let us take a quick look at how simple it is to create animation using go animate. This blog is not a step by step guide but outlines the few simple and basic steps which you need to the follow to create animations using GoAnimate.

So let’s begin!

Step 1: Select a theme

Goanimate offers a variety of themes, select the theme which suits your needs. It can be a meeting room scenario, graphs, plant or a worksite and so on.

Step 2: Choosing the template

Once you select a theme you will land in Goanimate Video Maker. Here you can find a variety of templates to choose from. Each template has a pre-image scene with the background, character props and text boxes prepopulated. You can reset the scene and customize it as per your requirement.

Step 3: Customizing the character

After you select the template, by clicking on the character the action panel comes out and you can give your character an action and align the dialogues.

Step 4: Creating a character

By using character creator tool you can even create your own character and here you can edit the character features as per your requirement like hair color, eye color.

Step 5: Adding Transition

If you want to create a scene transition, first you have to make sure that the later scene is selected.

For example, if you want to show the transition from day to night go to the next scene and click on Scene setting button and change the background button to the color of night.

In the later scene. After choosing the background color go to Effects column and click on Transition with the previous scene option, after selecting you will get different scene transition effects. Select the effect which combines with the previous scene. You can also use “Dissolve” option between the previous scene and the next scene.

Step 6: Adding Widgets

Widgets here helps us to present the data in an engaging way. By choosing the widget tool it helps you to showcase the data which includes charts, custom calendars, and other visualization tools. You can select the particular widget and you can also import your own data.

This feature is great for presentation and for sales meetings.

Step 7: Importing the data

By selecting “Import Media” option you can upload your own images, audio files, outside videos, fonts, and logos into the video maker. By importing the outside media elements it will be automatically added to the video and you can change the position and resize the elements.

Step 8: Publishing

After making all the changes in the Video, you can save the video by selecting “Save” button. Publishing of the video is very easy after you save the video GoAnimate will give you the option to Share or export your video. Here you can

  • Export the video to video streaming and courseware authoring sites such as Vimeo, YouTube.
  • Embed the video on other social networking platforms such as Google + and Facebook.
  •  GoAnimate will generate its own link and the option to share the link directly with others.

I hope this blog has outlined the broad steps in creating animation using GoAnimate. Do you find this simple and doable? We would love to hear your experiences of creating videos using on GoAnimate.

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