Which AFFORDABLE whiteboard animation software do you recommend?

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I know of sparkol but the graphics seem too 'canned' for my taste and fiverr is crawling with sparkol-based animations. Anyone know of any animation software that produces fresh-looking presentations which don't cost an arm and a leg?
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  • Profile picture of the author Warrior X
    Thanks for pointing out sparkol.com, I'm going to try that out for some Youtube vids.
    But for unique and original, you'll probably have to hire someone, no?

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    • Profile picture of the author sadneck
      Thank you for pointing that one out! We were just looking for something like this yesterday and all we could find was someone who would do it for $500 an hour (min of 3 hours.)

      Wow!

      Nice one!

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      • Profile picture of the author Warrior X
        Originally Posted by sadneck View Post

        We were just looking for something like this yesterday and all we could find was someone who would do it for $500 an hour (min of 3 hours.)
        They wanted to do a 3 hour long whiteboard video?:confused:
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      • Profile picture of the author run
        Originally Posted by sadneck View Post

        Thank you for pointing that one out! We were just looking for something like this yesterday and all we could find was someone who would do it for $500 an hour (min of 3 hours.)

        Wow!

        Nice one!

        Andrew
        $500 whiteboard animation 1h? Are you sure to find this on earth? If you find a quality one with this rate, PM me too.

        It's sometime even not enough for a high quality 1 minute whiteboard animation.

        I can't find any place to do whiteboard animation for now but hire someone is the best choice currently.
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        • Profile picture of the author Bonkers
          Originally Posted by TrustedCopy View Post

          They wanted to do a 3 hour long whiteboard video?:confused:
          Originally Posted by run View Post

          $500 whiteboard animation 1h? Are you sure to find this on earth? If you find a quality one with this rate, PM me too.

          It's sometime even not enough for a high quality 1 minute whiteboard animation.

          I can't find any place to do whiteboard animation for now but hire someone is the best choice currently.
          I think they meant $500/hr of quoted work. 3 Hour minimum of work. Not the length of the animation.
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        • Profile picture of the author sadneck
          Originally Posted by run View Post

          $500 whiteboard animation 1h? Are you sure to find this on earth? If you find a quality one with this rate, PM me too.

          It's sometime even not enough for a high quality 1 minute whiteboard animation.

          I can't find any place to do whiteboard animation for now but hire someone is the best choice currently.
          Hi run! Sorry I wasnt clear. I meant $500 an hour of actual work, not of whiteboard project video time. I would have received about a 10 min video for 3 hours at $500 an hour... Way to expensive...

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          • Profile picture of the author run
            Originally Posted by sadneck View Post

            Hi run! Sorry I wasnt clear. I meant $500 an hour of actual work, not of whiteboard project video time. I would have received about a 10 min video for 3 hours at $500 an hour... Way to expensive...

            lol
            My fault though. Anyways, I saw a few in Warrior For Hired section about whiteboard animation with reasonable price.
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            • Profile picture of the author Kurt
              Originally Posted by writeaway View Post

              I know of sparkol but the graphics seem too 'canned' for my taste and fiverr is crawling with sparkol-based animations. Anyone know of any animation software that produces fresh-looking presentations which don't cost an arm and a leg?
              Sparkol is actually the name of the company that makes Sparkol presentation software as well as Video Scribe, which is the program you seem to be interested in.

              Actually, Video Scribe can import just about any graphic and "draw" it, so using "canned" graphics would be the fault of the user, not Video Scribe.


              Originally Posted by sadneck View Post

              So that being said, thank you to the OP for recommending sparkol!

              =)
              Hi Andrew,

              If this is your first exposure to Sparkol and Video Scribe, you should visit the High Voltage Video forum a little more often.
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      • Profile picture of the author Stripe
        Originally Posted by sadneck View Post

        Thank you for pointing that one out! We were just looking for something like this yesterday and all we could find was someone who would do it for $500 an hour (min of 3 hours.)
        I think I am going to start doing white board presentations!
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    • Profile picture of the author Oziboomer
      I know adtoons is not the cheapest but if you've got a killer product and need something original then using an expert will pay off in the long term otherwise take your pick, sparkol, ESP or VFX all require time and good graphics if you want originality.

      Sometimes just doing your own, screw the professionalism but capture the message, works a ton better.

      Good copy kills poor animation so focus on the message and get it done rather than sweat the professional look unless you are charging the bucks for a client.
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  • Profile picture of the author Warrior X
    ^^Right, that occurred to me after I posted. #slowbutcatchingup
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  • Profile picture of the author Cool Hand Luke
    Originally Posted by Ken_Caudill View Post

    Get yourself a whiteboard, some markers, a camera. Build yourself a scaffold to hold your camera in place horizontally over the whiteboard.

    You're in business.
    Doing that doesn't mean "you're in business", it means you have purchased materials relevant to the business.... big difference.

    If anyone wants to go the do-it-yourself route, also realize you need to know how to properly light and shoot everything, and then most importantly, how to edit it all together. It's A LOT of work that takes a lot of time.

    Since time is money, anyone looking for a whiteboard video for their own needs should just use a professional service.
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  • Profile picture of the author sadneck
    So that being said, thank you to the OP for recommending sparkol!

    =)
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  • Profile picture of the author MSC
    Originally Posted by Ken_Caudill View Post

    Get yourself a whiteboard, some markers, a camera. Build yourself a scaffold to hold your camera in place horizontally over the whiteboard.

    You're in business.
    It sounds simple, though in reality it is not simple at all, as it requires team work and special skills to make it right.
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  • Profile picture of the author ScottWatson
    Never heard of Sparkol before, downloading the free trial now to have a play - looks pretty cool though I have to admit, and would have saved me a LOT of time recently in a project I was working on :'(

    Thanks for mentioning it... and like the OP would love to know if there are there any others like this that people know of.
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  • Profile picture of the author saqarra
    Are there any other whiteboard software packages besides Sparkol and VideoScribe?
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    • Profile picture of the author Kurt
      Originally Posted by saqarra View Post

      Are there any other whiteboard software packages besides Sparkol and VideoScribe?
      Corel Video Studio has a video scribe effect. It isn't as powerful as Video Scribes, but Video Studio is a one time fee and has many other features. Video Studio has a free trial, so you can give it a try and see if it works for you.
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  • Profile picture of the author Alex Blades
    Your best bet would be to head over to fiverr, and get some one to make the video for you for some extra gigs.
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  • Profile picture of the author focusedlife
    I used PowToons.com for a lot of my stuff.
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    • Profile picture of the author writeaway
      Originally Posted by focusedlife View Post

      I used PowToons.com for a lot of my stuff.
      Does it have crowdsourced templates?
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    • Profile picture of the author Scotty Bee
      Originally Posted by focusedlife View Post

      I used PowToons.com for a lot of my stuff.
      Just sussed out PowToons.com Thanks for that Much cheaper than Sparkol
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      • Profile picture of the author RabbitAnimate
        Originally Posted by writeaway View Post

        Very interesting fiverr gig you got there. I have COLLECTED your gig and will probably buy an animation from you in the near future. I need one for my solo ad page.
        thank you. waiting for working with you in near future

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        Originally Posted by Scotty Bee View Post

        Just sussed out PowToons.com Thanks for that Much cheaper than Sparkol
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        I have all there, sparkol, powtoons and goanimate. each have it's own strength and weaknesses. for example powtoons whiteboard feature not as good as sparkol, in the other side, creating slide move in effect in sparkol can be nightmare.
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        • Profile picture of the author CaptainPike
          Print the graphics out before hand in a very light color. Be sure it's not visible on your camera, grab a marker, and start tracing.

          Or put a piece of white paper over a normal print, and trace it.
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  • Profile picture of the author Stripe
    That Sparkol software is the way I would go.
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  • Profile picture of the author Kurt
    Originally Posted by writeaway View Post

    Anyone know of a good art collection for video scribe?


    I like these two sites for Video Scribe.

    One, because they are public domain clip art sites, which is great for licensing. And two, they both offer images in vector format. Even though Video Scribe can use most common image files, vectors do work best.

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  • Profile picture of the author OrangeBull
    Camtasia or Screenflow coupled with Gimp and a Bamboo tablet can do some awesome whiteboard animations.
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  • Profile picture of the author RabbitAnimate
    you can buy SVG library here : SparkolPack , it's mine anyway, who knows it can help you

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  • Profile picture of the author kowisoft
    Easy Sketch Pro is currently offline (is also offered here on the WF ) but should come back soon according to the owner / thread owner.

    From my point of view, Sparkol VideoScribe is now the cheapest solution: $28 / month compared to $57 / month for PowToons professional (which couldn't even do Full HD1080)

    I'm trying VideoScribe from Sparkol right now and will maybe post a (animated video) review here soon.
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    • Profile picture of the author William Martin
      Just to say that Easy Sketch Pro is available again now. Just search the Warrior Forum for it.
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      • Profile picture of the author gbsingh
        Originally Posted by William Martin View Post

        Just to say that Easy Sketch Pro is available again now. Just search the Warrior Forum for it.
        Hi William,

        Is your bonus on easysketchproreview.net still active for Easy Sketch Pro?

        And how will you compare it to Sparkol?

        Does it also sketch jpg and png images provided by us like Sparkol does?

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        • Profile picture of the author William Martin
          Originally Posted by gbsingh View Post

          Hi William,

          Is your bonus on easysketchproreview.net still active for Easy Sketch Pro?

          And how will you compare it to Sparkol?

          Does it also sketch jpg and png images provided by us like Sparkol does?

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          I have replied to your PM.
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          • Profile picture of the author Its Trish
            Was excited about Easy Sketch Pro
            and ready to purchase

            ...then learned the video is 4:3 rather than 16:9
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    • Profile picture of the author moreno
      Easy Sketch Pro it's cheaper than sparkol ,you can use even normal jpeg image ( to some extend) it's ok to create whiteboard and you can add music and voice , plus they have a large library of vector file included.
      Try to get the best price by looking for ESP coupon on the net
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  • Profile picture of the author Idol
    I use sparkol and moovly. Will start on easysketch pro from today's lunch.
    Moovly is cheaper that sparkol. These two works little differently but producing similar result.
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