After you’ve outlined and created 60 million eLearning courses, will undoubtedly begin glancing around for something new. I think I’ve discovered that novelty in the simple to-utilize liveliness devices that are presently accessible.
Creating the Video
Once your theme is selected, you are in the work area, as seen in the screen capture below. The drag and drop backgrounds, characters and objects are on the left. You’ll also find tools for adding sounds, text and recording audio. The stage for the animation is the main window.
I found the user interface of GoAnimate to be quite intuitive. Things worked like I thought they should. When you select an object, the available actions display. For example, upon selecting a character or object, a small toolbar displays above the element (notice the toolbar above the little girl below). This gives users a set of quick options to swap the asset, add movement, flip it, move it forward and backward or delete it. You also get a wider selection of options on the left, such as for creating actions, recording dialog and adding entrances and exits.
As a newbie, I found it quite easy to create animated videos through their drag and drop interface. To start, you select a theme from many styles, a few of which are shown below. The theme is the overall type of animation. There are many more that aren’t shown, such as Anime, Stick Figures, Cartoon Classics and Chibis (ask the next child you see what those are). I chose Whiteboard Animation for this little demo.
I can’t go into all the functionality of GoAnimate and I’m sure I have more to learn. But here are a few more options that you’ll like. There are loads of actions and poses that each character can express, including varied emotions. Below is a character from the Business Friendly Theme, where you can see the arrow pointing to a palette of different emotions and camera angles. Another set of options are in Scene Settings. You can show just a part of a scene (called ‘Compose’) and create camera movement. You can also add transitions between scenes as well as entrances and exits. And you can import any of your own characters, backgrounds and props to create your own library of objects.
Saving and Exporting Your Movie
There are settings for making your movie private or public. If you choose the latter, it may be visible on the GoAnimate site. You can export to YouTube and other video sites and embed in Facebook, LinkedIn and other sites. If you want to use your video with an authoring tool, you have the option to export it to an MP4 format (1080p, 720p, or 360p). The conversion process can take awhile (like hours), particularly for the larger videos. GoAnimate will notify you by email when the video is ready, so don’t expect to export and have it available immediately if you are in a crazy rush.