Want to create videos that grab viewers, pull them in, and captivate them for every second? 

Use animated hands.

Whiteboard videos—the kind where a hand draws out text and cartoons—make excellent educational tools.

Take this one, for example:

They simplify complex messages and make them more engaging.

But before making a whiteboard video, you need to find hand animations.

Today, we’re showing you where to find free animated hands, and walk you through a step-by-step process to help you put together your first animated hand video (no experience required)!

Where to find free hand animations

Animation libraries

The first place to find hand animations for free is in animation libraries like Turbosquid.

A screenshot of different 3D hand models.

 Find 3D hand animation through libraries like Turbosquid. Image via Turbosquid

But these 3D models are pricey—upwards of $100. Plus after downloading them, you need to use 3D modelling software to manipulate and move the hands so they drag objects and write text in your videos.

With both a steep learning curve and price tag, this method is for professional animators. It’s far from ideal for beginners or someone with no animation experience.

But there is an easier way to incorporate animated hands in your videos even if you have no prior animation experience and have a tight budget. 

Using Moovly

Moovly (that’s us!) is a video maker for people who want to make professional hand animation videos without any hassle.

In Moovly’s editor, we have a variety of hand animations available for you to use. You can customize the look of each hand based on gender and color, and can apply different animations to the hands.

We’ll show you exactly how to make your next hand animation video using Moovly and our library of hand animations.

Let’s go!

How to create animated hand videos using Moovly

Take a look at our below video to see our hand animations in action. 

To get started, make sure you sign up for your free Moovly account.

Step 1: Choose your template or start from scratch

After creating your account, head to your dashboard and click Create project.

An arrow pointing to Moovly’s “Create project” button.

You’ll have three options:

  1. Start from scratch
  2. Use a template
  3. Import PowerPoint file

If you prefer to plug-and-play, browse our template library and start using one of Moovly’s professional templates.

Different video templates

Use templates to jump-start your hands animation

But for the rest of this tutorial, we’ll show you how to create a one-of-a-kind video from scratch.

After choosing your option, Moovly’s Studio will open. It’s time to create your animated hand video!

Step 2: Browse Moovly's animated hands library

Moovly has millions of graphics, illustrations, photos, videos, and sounds in the library, but for now, we’ll focus strictly on the animated hands.

To see which types of hand animations we have, search “hands” in the library search bar:

Moovly’s video editor

Search “hands” to pull up our hand animations.

Here’s a taste of a few different hand animations you can find and use. First, we have a variety of hand animations that use chroma key where you can insert other media.

In the example below, add your own images so it looks like the person is scrolling through something of yours. Think things like products from your ecommerce shop or pages on your website.

A video GIF of a hand scrolling on a cellphone.

And here are two hands waving:

A video GIF of two hands waving.

And this hand is counting:

A GIF of a hand moving a cartoon star in and out of frame.

That’s just a taste, and Moovly’s library has many more hand movements to use in your videos. You can also customize your hand animations to write text or move objects.

Take a look at the below three examples to move the object—in this case, a star. 

Here, the hand is dragging the star in and out:

A GIF of a hand moving a cartoon star in and out of frame.

Your hand can also present objects, like so:

A GIF of a hand moving a cartoon star in and out of frame.

Or shift them in and out of the frame:

A GIF of a hand moving a cartoon star in and out of frame.

Aside from moving your objects around the screen, Moovly has different writing and doodling hand animations:

A hand drawing and writing.

You can find different drawing hand animations in Moovly’s Doodle Library to use in your videos.

After choosing your hand animations, customize the look of each hand through:

  • The skin tone of the hand: white or black
  • Different styles: male, female, or classic
  • Where it enters: left, right, top, or bottom
  • Speed: how fast or slow the hand moves

Step 3: Export your video

After completing and polishing your video, it’s time to export it. Upload it straight to video hosting platforms—like YouTube—or download it to publish on your website for your audience to enjoy.

And that’s all there is to it. With Moovly’s drag-and-drop video editor, it’s easy to make custom hand animation videos.

Why are animated hands so effective?

1. Storytelling is captivating

Let’s be honest: nobody can resist a well-told story. 

Storytelling activates certain parts of the brain, meaning when you tell a good story, your customers can’t help but stop and listen. 

To be successful in your storytelling, stay focused on your audience and their needs rather than your product features. This helps your audience immerse themselves in the story.

2. Educational Power is Certain

A strong advantage of a whiteboard video is that it deals with a powerful memory element: our associations. 

Every time we look at a whiteboard, we travel back in time to when we were in school, and our mind automatically connects the moment to when a teacher explains a topic.

It all boils down to the educational association, and thus, it will unconsciously draw the attention of the audience interested in learning something new. 

It significantly saves you when you need to explain a highly complex concept.

What could be more educational than scribbling on a whiteboard, right?

3. Science: Viewers Feel Good & Take Action

Science explainers why whiteboard animation videos make viewers feel good. 

The answer is mirror neurons. You might know what I’m talking about by remembering those contagious yawns. Thanks to mirror neurons, we react in a similar way to people we are watching. 

This means that we can experience the same emotion as those we see. 

So, how does this related to whiteboard videos?

When you watch a hand drawing on a whiteboard, your brain reacts as if you’re doing the drawing. Completion of a drawing brings happy dopamine to your brain, as you think it’s you who finished drawing. 

Pretty nifty, hey?

This adds to the viewers’ desire to keep watching, as well as to the viewer’s drive to complete the call-to-action at the end of the video.

The only limit to your campaigns is your imagination. And luckily for you, we have plenty of templates to help you out if you ever feel stuck.

Dazzle your audience with Moovly

Whiteboard-style hand animations are just as fun to make as they are to watch. They are an essential tool for marketers trying to communicate complex concepts and ideas in a compelling way. 

Through its simplicity, a whiteboard video manages to grab and retain attention till the end. 

With Moovly, you don’t need to be a movie editor or cartoonist to make your own hand animation video that your customers will love.

See how easy it is and use Moovly to make your next whiteboard video. Sign up for free here!

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