Animation is not an easy ride. Far from it. Creating animations is a long and rewarding process. There's a story to be told, assets to be designed and a video to be produced. So who doesn't want a couple of time-saving tips thrown at them now and again?
Below, we have put together a list of our top 5 time-saving tips that will help you cut down the time needed for your next animated video, as well as increase the quality of your work. For those of you who want to get right to creating your animated video, you can sign up for your Moovly license here... It's free!
1) Plan your video in advance
Planning is a vital stage in nearly all walks of life. Think about your last trip to the supermarket. I am sure you took a grocery list with you. Without the proper planning in place, we aren't necessarily ready to respond to the challenges we face, and it's no different when it comes to creating animations.
First things first, identify what type of animated video you want to create and pinpoint how you're going to create it. Are you creating a how-to explainer video? Or perhaps you want to create an animated product launch? It all starts with the right preparation.
A great script is the backbone of any animated explainer video. So draft a killer script that will not only blow your audience away but save you time when it comes to recording it.
2) Use the pre-made animated templates
Did you know that with Moovly, you can browse the extensive list of ready-made animated videos and customize them as you wish?
Using pre-made animated templates is an excellent way to save time and jump straight into the deep end. For those of you looking to create a short animated video, we definitely suggest using one of our ready-made animated templates.
Let us know what Moov you would like to use as your video template, and we will send it to you. It’s that easy!
3) Break your project into sub-tasks
It’s easy to lose track of time and detail when trying to tackle a large project all at once. A builder wouldn’t build a house in one go. There’s the design stage, foundation, plumbing, roof, drywall and insulation, interior paint, etc. The key is to break your video project down into smaller mini projects or sub-tasks.
Start by identifying your priority tasks. Things like creating a script for your animated video or perhaps creating animated assets. Once the priority items are done and dusted, move onto to the fewer priority items or ones that would typically take less time.
4) Use premade animated assets
Some animators have the time and equipment to create an animated video from scratch. Drawing and animating your own assets, however, is a timely process. Moovly has tons of pre-made animated assets that you can access and use at your disposal. Moovly currently has four standard graphical object libraries with over 1000 animated assets. Whether you're creating a cartoon video or a corporate explainer animated video, we have the right animations assets for you!
5) Evaluate your work at different stages
Evaluating your work at various stages is likely to save you in the long run. Imagine you spend a few months creating an animated video, and right at the end, you decide to appraise your work for the first time. Errors are likely to occur, and your perception is likely to shift, which is normal. That being said, the time spent editing your animated video is likely to exceed your initial expectations. Wouldn’t it be better if, for every scene in your animated video, you undertook a small evaluation process? Nothing too drastic. A small revision on what worked, what didn't, and applying any changes.
Now that you have all the tips, it's time for you to get started on creating your animation. Use a couple of the above tips and see how much more efficient your video creation process will become. You can sign up here for your free Moovly license, and get started on bringing your animations to life!