I think we can all agree that video animation is one of the most discussed topics today. From Disney’s masterpiece, Frozen, to the hundreds of animated videos used in marketing, animation is surely on the rise. As we know, animation isn't only used by top industry professionals or by corporations with an extensive budget. No, video animation is being used by everyone, and this is largely due to the various free video animation makers available today.
PowToon is undoubtedly one of the industry leaders when it comes to video animation and has helped video animators all across the world. PowToon however, is not the only free video animation maker available today. Far from it. In fact, there are hundreds of programs designed to help you create your animations.
We have compiled a list of our favorite free video animation makers to help you decide which program to use when creating your animations. For anyone looking to change it up, and adventure away from PowToon, here are our top 5 alternatives! We’re obviously number 1!
Number 1 PowToon alternative: Moovly
We start with our top choice, the crème de la crème. The best free online video maker. Sure enough, it's our own software, Moovly. Moovly is a cloud-based digital media content creation platform, meaning you don't need to download any software to use it.
The Moovly Library is filled with a large variety of multimedia content with over 1000 items to be used in your animated video. Moovly currently has 4 unique graphical Libraries. These include the popular Doodle Marker Style (whiteboard animation), the professional Infographic Style, the Colourful Cartoon Style and the crafty Cardboard Cut-out Style, and you can be sure we’re adding a whole lot more!
Unlike some of the other video animation platforms which offer 14-day trials, Moovly has an entirely free license. Of course, for those looking to access more features and use more functionalities, you can upgrade to the Pro and Plus licenses.
Here's how you can get started on creating your animations or as we like to call them, Moovs. Sign up here for your free Moovly license, get started on your first video and bring your animations to life!
Number 2 alternative to PowToon: GoAnimate
GoAnimate is another popular animation maker. Like PowToon and Moovly, GoAnimate is a cloud based software which allows users to create professional looking cartoons. We must say, we enjoyed using GoAnimate to create our cartoons. Similar to Moovly, GoAnimate has three different animation styles, these are Infographic style, 2D animated videos, and Whiteboard animations.
Although you do not have the option to create a free account, GoAnimate gives you a premium 14-day free trial for you to get familiar with their platform and try out their fun animations!
Number 3 alternative to PowToon: Animaker
Animaker is also quite used amongst video animators. Animaker makes use of beautiful cartoons and templates and is the ideal platform for those who don't care too much about customizing the video plot. With Animaker, you can just choose a premade template (presentation) and add your text to each slide. Although you do have less choice and input into the outcome of your video, you can make an animation in a short time if needs be.
Like Moovly, Animaker does give you the choice of a free license. Although you are restricted to creating 2-minute videos and have access to a limited library, Animaker is a good animation creator.
Number 4 alternative to PowToon: Wideo
Our fourth choice is Wideo. Wideo is a tool that allows users to make use of a range of free animated professional templates. However, when using Wideo’s free license, your video can only be a maximum of 30 seconds long. Of course, you could always upgrade to make longer animated videos and use the other features.
Whether you are creating your video animations for your startup, or perhaps for your students, Wideo has a good amount of animated video templates and assets to help you make a great first impression. The distinct disadvantage, however, is the necessity to pay to download your video, rather than download it for free.
Although Prezi is not directly a video animation tool, we decided to include it amongst our PowToon alternatives. PowToon allows you to create animated videos along with presentations, in which Prezi are renowned for.
Instead of creating static like presentations, Prezi takes your audience on a cinematic animation journey like no other. Prezi is available on a free 14-day trial, after which you have to upgrade to continue.
We hope you have enjoyed our review of some of the best video animation makers available. To go one further step, we hope you choose to try out Moovly when creating your free video animations. You can check out one of our previous blogs to find out more about Moovly and how to make free animations. Have we got your animation interest yet? Sign up here for your free license to get started on creating your animated video and bring your animations to life.