If you thought PowerPoint was your ONLY companion for presenting ideas, then you are not alone. Almost every one of us is dependent on Microsoft – be it Word, Excel, Outlook or PowerPoint. I am sure you have a similar opinion.
It was not until I purchased my iPhone that I was introduced to the amazing world of Apple. It was also during this time that my ageing laptop (Sony Vaio) demanded an upgrade. Since I was so impressed with the user friendliness of the iPhone, I decided to do away with my Windows laptop and upgraded to a MacBook Pro Retina. The first software I installed on my MacBook was, you guessed it right MS Office.
I kept using PowerPoint for at least 2 months after purchasing my MacBook. One day, I discovered ‘Keynote’ and I almost instantly knew that it is high time to replace PowerPoint and to adopt ‘Keynote’.
Now, all you Microsoft/PowerPoint fans must be wondering what I am up to? So allow me clarify that this article is not about PowerPoint versus Keynote. Both the platforms are amazing to work together with. It’s just that I am more comfortable with Keynote as compared to PowerPoint. You may still advocate PowerPoint, which is ok.
If you are still reading, then let me introduce you to an amazing piece of application which ensures that when you make a presentation, your audience is not yawning but rather glued to the screen! The application I am talking about is called VideoScribe, a brainchild of Sparkol, a company based in the United Kingdom.
It doesn’t matter whether you are a student, artist, businessman, sales person or a homemaker, VideoScribe guarantees that your story is clearly understood by your audience.
Instead of feeling bored while preparing your presentation, now you feel excited and creative. VideoScribe makes it easier whatever seemed hard to explain otherwise. The image above shows the Home screen of VideoScribe. Let’s have a look at the options contained therein with the help of the below image:
As showed in the image above, the first icon represents Image, meaning you can choose to insert an image by clicking on this icon. The image could be an in-stock image within the VideoScribe app or the one from your computer.
VideoScribe ships with stock images and music in various categories.
For optimum result and realistic sketch appeal, always choose an image in the SVG (Scalable Vector Graphics) format.
Similarly, the other icons enable you to insert Text, Music, Voiceover (yes, you can record your own voice within the app), Paper (you can choose the background to have a different colour/texture of paper) and Hand (select the desired hand from a range of options available. You can also choose NOT to include a hand image).
VideoScribe also enables you to control the way the video is populated and customise every aspect of your presentation.
The above image shows how easy it is for you to do the following:
- Change the duration – how fast (or slow) do you want your image to sketch.
- Whether you want a pause at a certain stage or not? If yes, for how long?
- Do you wish to speed/delay the transition from one slide to the next?
- Whether you want your image to be introduced as a Drawing or Move In?
- And tons of extra features.
Also showed in the below image is an option to save and publish your video directly to Facebook, YouTube and PowerPoint.
VideoScribe has helped me immensely during my Keynote presentations and I reckon is one of the best apps to be installed on your computer. VideoScribe works on both the platforms Mac and Windows.
The output video can be produced in various formats including Quicktime MOV, Windows WMV, Image Sequence JPG and PNG and Screen FLV. The output file comes in various sizes like 360 (Web/Mobile), 640, 720 (Standard HD) and 1080 (Full HD). You can also choose the frame rate.
VideoScribe is a subscription-model and the pricing starts at as low as $12/month. You also have an option of purchasing the app as an one-off price of $665 which entitles you to Lifetime Membership. However, I recommend you to sign-up for the Free Trial first.
If you are feeling lazy or do not have the time to create your own SVG files, then you may want to visit this site which offers tons of options to assist you in your whiteboard animation.
Do let me know your experience with VideoScribe or any other substitute. What do you think?