GAAP Dynamics has been developing a fair amount of microlearning lately for our clients. One of the programs we use is VideoScribe, which allows programmers to create whiteboard-style videos. It is a remarkable program that can be mastered by nearly anyone. Heck, as an intern with GAAP Dynamics, I picked it up in an afternoon and helped create this microlearning video on step 4 of the new revenue recognition standard. However, it has its drawbacks, namely the limited number of pre-set images that can be used by the developer. Using the same images over and over, especially if you’re creating a number of microlearning modules for a single client, gets really old, really quickly!
VideoScribe does provide additional options of other images that can be purchased online, but these images are also limited and they’re quite expensive. You can spend upwards of five dollars per image by going this route. Given that a normal whiteboard-style video contains 50+ images, this can quickly add up.
The best way to avoid these pitfalls is to create your own images! Creating your own images provides you with more flexibility and helps foster creativity, allowing you to better engage the learner.
Step 1: Find a Program to Fit Your Style
There are many great programs out there, such as Adobe Illustrator, but at $20 per month, it’s not the most affordable option for developers on a budget. There are apps that are available that do the same things at a fraction of the price. We found the Autodesk Graphic app which is $9 and is available on iOS and Android. Autodesk Graphic does most of the things Illustrator does, such as creating vector files. There are other alternatives, including Concepts and uMake, which are completely free.
For the sake of this tutorial, I’ll be talking about Autodesk Graphic.
Step 2: Creating Your Illustration
When creating outlines of images, the pencil and pen tools work better with VideoScribe than the paint brush tool. While the paint brush reacts to how much pressure you use, the pencil and pen tool are not pressure-sensitive. However, if you’re going to fill in the shape with color, the paint brush tool works best.
Autodesk Graphic provides you with many tools and features, such as:
- Shape tools
- Selection tools (to resize, move, and rotate)
- Shape masks
- Large array of colors
Step 3: Importing Your Images into VideoScribe
When exporting your file from Autodesk Graphic, save it as a SVG file. SVG is a type of vector file, which can be resized without becoming pixilated.
Autodesk Graphic provides you with many ways to export your image, but I preferred to just send it to myself through an email as an attachment. From there, you can download the image and save it somewhere convenient on your PC/Mac.
Once your custom image is saved, you need to import it into VideoScribe. I’ve prepared this short tutorial to show you how that is done. I created both the tree and the apple in the video using Autodesk Graphic.
And there you have it! You now know how to create your own images and import them into VideoScribe. No longer are you handcuffed by the stock images provided by the program or the budgetary pressures of purchasing images. Customize your own images and let those creative juices flow!
Want to see the final product I created with VideoScribe using the techniques describe above? Check it out here:
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