5 video projects every teacher should try

Do you remember how happy you were every time you saw your teacher wheel in the television? It was like Christmas had come early!

Fast forward to today and video is still loved. In fact, video has evolved and become an integral educational tool in the classroom. Almost all students love creating videos, and your class projects can become even more fun with Moovly. You can sign up here for your free Moovly license and get started on creating your animations today!

Here are our top 5 video projects that you should try with your students right away!

1) Introduce yourself with video

School has begun, and you are about to meet your students for the first time. Fresh from other teacher introductory talks, your students enter your classroom take a seat and prepare themselves for another verbal talk.

Why not shake things up and do your introductory talk through an animated video? Sure, you don’t have to do your whole 10 minute introduction through video, but a short 1 minute video will surely break the ice. Let your students know who you are, what your hobbies are, what type of music you are into and what your favorite film is. Give your students something that they can relate to! Once you are done, challenge your students to create a similar video. Students can feel more comfortable expressing themselves digitally.

Moovly has a range of pre-made animated characters for you to use. If you can’t find one that best suits you, you can always import your own assets!

2) Make an Animated book trailer

Convincing students (especially younger ones) to pick up a book can be one of the most challenging tasks for both teachers and parents. Reading is fundamental, and in this day and age, there seems to be a preference for watching videos. Having said that, it shouldn’t mean that video has to drown out reading. Far from it. Why not use video to promote literature? Challenge your students to create a book review video or an animated movie styled trailer about their favorite book that will excite their classmates and inspire them to read that very book.

Moovly contains a huge variety of over 500,000 media objects in different styles, free for students and teachers to choose from and create really attractive videos about books.

3) Create a How-To-Video

Creating a how-to-video is a perfect way for your students to practice their informative writing skills. A how-to video (also known as an explainer video) is a typically a short video which breaks something down into its simplest form and explains what it is, what it does or how it works.

Letting your students create a how-to video will give them the perfect opportunity to develop their writing skills. How-to-videos commonly require scripts that speak directly to the viewers, that tell a story and convey a message, and this needs the right tone and pace, all within typically 60 seconds. Once they have perfected their script, let your students record themselves reading their script out loud. Expect them to go through a couple of voice overs until they record their script with clarity and confidence.

You can add the voice overs in Moovly and synchronize them with your animations. Here’s how to add your sound in Moovly.

4) Try out Digital Storytelling

You may be wondering what exactly digital storytelling entails? To put it simply, digital storytelling is where students create or recreate a story through the use of photographs, videos, animation, music, sound, text and very often a narrative voice.

The possibilities for digital storytelling in the classroom are endless. Digital storytelling can be used to cover a range of topics, including personal tales, historical events, and fictional stories.

Moovly has a range of graphical assets that can be utilized and animated to tell a story. With hundreds of thousands of graphical items, you surely will find something that you need. However, if you still can’t find that special asset needed for your story, you can always upload your own media assets.

Did you know Moovly has a range of pre-made customizable clips for you to use? If you don’t want to start your Moovly video from scratch, just choose a clip and get started on your story!

5) Create an animated report

Not everyone likes numbers. Creating an animated report is a great way to promote engagement for both the student and the teacher. Presenting reports can be tough for students. There is a lot of data and research that they want to show but can sometimes come off as too lifeless. Animations can help add some excitement. Having interactive graphs and tables can not only help emphasise on a point but can also be more captivating.

Start planning your classroom projects with Moovly.

Moovly offers a free and full features Education license to everyone with an email address from an educational domain. Our Education Solutions pages provides more information.

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How to make an explainer animation video

Are you looking to create an awesome explainer video? One that will educate, engage and excite your viewers? Then you’ve come to the right place. Here at Moovly, we are big fans of explainer videos and have put together this blog to help you create the perfect video animation!

What is an explainer video?

Explainer videos are typically short videos that tell a company’s story or explain their products and services. Although you can find various explainer videos created from digital drawings, hand drawings or live action, the majority of explainer videos tend to be animated.

Explainer videos usually have one purpose; to demonstrate who you are and what you offer in a straightforward and efficient manner. Check out this animated explainer video below which explains the water cycle.

Why your business needs an explainer video

Before we show you just how you can make your animated explainer video, we need to tell you why exactly your business needs one. Explainer videos have blossomed in the past couple of years, due to the affordability of creating the video and the effectiveness in growing a business.

1) Increase conversion rate

More often than not, having an explainer video on a company’s landing page can help increase conversion from that page. Almost a third of the viewers will click to watch the video, and almost half will continue watching the explainer video till the end. Want to learn an incredible fact? 85% of people are more likely to buy a product once they see an explainer video!

2) Better Google rank

Website’s that contain just text and images can sometimes scare customers away. No company wants that! Customers would like to understand what you do in an efficient way and proceed from there. Google will rank your website higher when you have a video attached. In fact, your website is 53x more likely to rank on Google first page if you have a video. If Google approves, that must be saying something!

Step 1: Write a Killer Script

A great script is the backbone of any explainer video. After all, an explainer video is a summarized video on how your brand, product or service works. Your animated video script needs to explain in a way that is easy to understand. The hard part is keeping your script as brief and informative as possible.

Start by brainstorming. We suggest making a creative brief, which will help identify who your audience is, the goals of your explainer video and what you want the key takeaway to be. Check out our previous blog to find out how to write a killer script.

As a rough guide, if your explainer video is 30 seconds, aim to have 85 words. If your video is 60 seconds have 160 words and if 90 seconds have no more than 230 words. Finding the perfect balance is key!

Step 2: Choose an animation style

Choosing an animation style goes further than just deciding how you want your explainer video to look. In essence, selecting an animation style can set the right tone throughout your video. At Moovly, we have four animation styles that you can use for your explainer video. The right style can take you a mile!

Doodle Marker style

This popular whiteboard style library is for many companies the perfect style to help promote their business. Home to a vast range of sleek animation assets that can set the ideal scene to your video animation.

Clean Graphics style

The Clean Graphics style is your best choice if you want to add that visual and modern touch to your video animation. With over 100 outstanding elements to build and support your story. Offering a wide variety of fun characters with unique styles and skin tones for you to choose from.

Infographic style

Another explainer video favorite is the Infographic Style, which is the style used in the Moovly video above. Infographic styles usually give off a more professional and corporate feel than the other styles.

Storyblocks

Still not found a style that fits your story? Then search the more than 1 million assets of the Storyblocks library, with tons of illustrations, stock photos, graphical objects, motion graphics and stock videos!

 

Step 3: Create your animations

Time to create your explainer animations. Unlike in other animated videos, explainer videos tend to follow a “less is better” approach. When explaining your product, service or brand, you want to project your information in a simple, friendly and a memorable way. Having various animations, jumping from all four corners of your screen can actually be more damaging and distract the viewers from your message. As a general rule, keep your animations simple, clever and fun!

Step 4: Record your voice over

Once you have all your animations in place, the next step is to add any voiceover and music tracks to your video. For those of you looking to add a voice over, make sure the quality of your recorded work sounds professional. When speaking, make sure that the script is read in a clear and steady manner. There’s no point in adding a voiceover which cannot be interpreted!

Adding music can be a tricky task. What music track compliments your business? What song is going to set the mood? Browse the Storyblocks music library and pick the right background music for your video – it’s free!

Step 5: Share your explainer video

The whole point of creating your explainer video is to share it with the people who matter and need it most. That said, once you’ve combined all of the above elements to create the perfect explainer video, why not share it and get your message across? Use the power of video to tell a captivating story and communicate your vision.

We have designed a unique Moovly User Gallery which allows you to share your videos and embed them onto other websites! 

Get started!

Of course, you need to to have a platform to create your explainer video. That’s where Moovly enters the equation. You can sign up here for free and get started on your animated explainer video right away.

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Animated video vs Live action video: Which one should you choose?

Many of our blogs demonstrate the power of animations, and why they are so powerful. Animations bring motion in your visual story, and motion – when applied well – attracts attention and keeps focus.

Animations, however, are not always the best choice in all circumstances. Sometimes live footage – camera recorded videos – are more appropriate, depending on the subject of your video, its objectives, and your audience.

In this blog, we compare both animated videos and live action videos. At the end of the blog, you should hopefully have a greater understanding which type of video is best suited for your video.

Animated video vs. Live action video: what are they?

First things first, we need to understand what the two types of videos are and what they offer. Animation is the art of drawing sketches and objects and then showcasing them in a series of frames, making it look like the images are moving. Animated videos tend to used in any form of explainer videos used to educate and inform their viewers.

On the contrary, live action video is a recording of either still or moving objects. Live action videos can refer to both cinematography or videography that does not make use of animations.

Animated video vs. Live action video: which takes longer?

Animators create everything from scratch. Animations can take weeks or even months to complete. Live action videos, on the other hand, can be typically shot within a couple of days. Everything captured in live action videos is in real time which allows you to make any necessary adjustments or even improvise on the spot.

However, instead of creating your animations from scratch, you could also use pre-made ones. The Moovly libraries contain over 1 million free media objects in many different styles – from simple doodle animations to stunning motion graphics.

Animated video vs. Live action video: when to use them?

To be perfectly honest, there is not a correct answer. Both animations and live action videos can be used for various videos and projects. Having said that, there is a range of factors you should consider when deciding on what type of online video to make.

Do you want to make a personal video, one that shows a more human and friendly side? If so, you really can’t beat live action video. We are drawn to human faces and real human emotion, which is something harder to replicate with animated videos.

Or perhaps you want to make a more educational video? We suggest you create an animated explainer video. If you want to explain a tricky idea or subject, animations can simplify the process in a faster manner than live action videos could. (Did we mention animated educational videos also look slick! )

The verdict

Choosing between animated videos and live action videos is a tricky task, but we have decided to brave the responsibility and help you decide.

Overall it comes down to what your video objectives are and your set of in-house skills. Hiring experts to create animations or shoot videos can end up eating through your budget. So before making a decision, ask yourself three fundamental questions:

  • What type of video are you going to make?
  • How much time and resources have you allocated?
  • And who is going to watch your video?

Get started with Moovly!

If you choose to go with video animations, it’s never been easier to get started on your first video right now: Moovly provides you with many animation options in many different styles. 

But if you prefer live action video, Moovly is the perfect tool for you, as you can upload your own footage, use the Moovly app to directly synchronize your smartphone video recordings with Moovly, or use any of the millions of stock videos you can search, find and browse in the Moovly libraries.

And the best of all: you can do both! With Moovly, you can easily create videos combining both live action recordings as well as animated objects. Be creative and use them in the combination that works best for your subject and your audience.

 Sign up here for your free Moovly account and start making videos like a pro!

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