I’ve seen a few attempts at doing this kind of thing, and the only one I’ve been impressed with up to now is a monthly ($15) service.
However, THIS is a ONE-OFF cost and for the amount of program you’re getting, it’s an incredible bargain while it’s running.
So what is it? And why am I so worked up about it?
It’s a tool for both Windows and Apple computers that enables you to make those really cool hand-drawn sketch videos.
Wow. Really wow.
There’s no doubt in my mind that people find these much more acceptable to view than regular videos as they look animated and they’re interesting and fun to watch.
It has a clean interface, is drop-dead simple to use, fast, and outputs videos in MP4 format.
Think about how much your clients would be willing to pay for such a service and how much you can improve your own marketing.
It has hundreds of built in graphics (plus a pile of packs in the download area) and they’re adding more all the time – all included in the one-off price.
I bought it and started to look for the “catch”, but after using it for a few hours last night I don’t think there is one.
The kind of thing I was looking for was being locked into a service that you had to have to make it work, or having to pay extra. While there are some *options* to do that if it suits you, you DON’T need the extras.
Everything is there. That’s why I’m telling you about it. If it wasn’t, then you wouldn’t be learning about this from me.
There’s even some royalty free backing music included, and it’s easy enough to add your own.
The other apprehension I had about this was the graphics format and adding in your own graphics that could then be sketched out by the program.
Happily, it turns out that it uses the fairly standard SVG format. All you have to do is make sure that everything is “ungrouped” and that all the paths are at the top. Then they work perfectly.
You can do this with Adobe Illustrator (my eldest has an educational copy) and I believe with the free Inkscape program too – I have yet to try this.
Update: I’ve now successfully worked out a method of conversion using InkScape – see the second video above.
Get Easy Sketch Pro Whiteboard Animation Software here.