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508 Create Amazing Animated Explainer Videos in 60 Minutes or Less

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Thursday, April 13

Tracks: Video & Media

Remember the first time you discovered PowerPoint animations? Like most people, you probably went wild with the animation but you eventually figured out that less is more. Now think about your animation software. Your message may be getting lost in the clutter of characters and animation effects. Plus, because your videos all look and sound the same, your learners will start to tune them out. It’s time to move beyond the software and explore better ways to make your explainer videos stand out.

In this session we’re going to build an animated explainer video in 60 minutes. If you show up to this session, you’re instantly part of the design team. Sorry, you can’t hide in the back row. We won’t be making a fancy explainer video, but that’s the point. It just needs to be effective. And memorable. And yes, maybe a little bit quirky. Hey, you need to get over your fear of coloring outside the lines. What’s different is what stands out from the rest. And you want your video to be stand out, don’t you? Thought so. 

So what’s involved? (Cue the circus music.) To start, we’ll have a quick look at what makes a great explainer video: images, script, narration and music. Then we’ll create a story that will “hook” the learner. We’ll look at which animation style works best for our video. From there, we’ll determine the proper length for our video—probably 30 seconds—and write our narration script. After that, we’ll find good quality images for our animation. We’ll then record and edit our narration. Finally, we’ll put it all together: music, narration, images, and simple animation effects. And presto, we’ve just built an animated explainer video together. In 60 minutes!

In this session you will learn:

  • How you can animate using any software tool
  • How to hook your audience with a great script
  • How to choose the right narration style
  • How to choose the right illustration and animation style
  • How to choose the right music

Technology discussed:

Camtasia, Storyline, PowerPoint

Sarah Dewar

Educational Technology Specialist

Michael Garron Hospital

Sarah Dewar is a seasoned instructional designer and developer. She has over 20 years of experience in the realm of adult learning, complemented by 15 years of experience creating innovative eLearning solutions for healthcare professionals. Sarah is currently developing a virtual reality training solution to orient healthcare workers to a new state-of-the-art healthcare centre. She also creates custom animation to engage learners. Sarah shares her knowledge internationally and volunteers her expertise to not-for-profit organizations.