If you’re interested in adding a new skill set to your repertoire as an instructional designer, making animated videos is a great choice. Video development is in high demand. Even though not all instructional designers can develop training, employers love a candidate who can do both!
That’s why we turned to Vyond expert Star Peterson for all their favorite tips for making animated videos in Vyond. Last month, Star got us started and reviewed all the basics. So, if you’re just getting started with Vyond, check out part 1 of this discussion in The Accelerated ID.
For video-based training newbies, you can also read this article where I explain the benefits of animated videos and help you figure out if video development is something you might be good at.
We learned even more about making engaging training videos in this latest session.
Making Animated Videos with Vyond (Part 2)
Now that you’re familiar with the basics of Vyond let’s get into some fun tricks you can use to take your animated video trainings to the next level.
Adding movement is a key part of any video-based training. You might be familiar with enter effects if you’ve used PowerPoint or Articulate Storyline. In Vyond, enter effects add animation to text or objects when they appear on-screen.
It can be a little unnatural for text, characters, or props to just appear. So, in Vyond, you can use enter effects to fade, slide, and more, depending on what works for your training.
Use Enter Effects for Added Engagement when Making Animated Videos
One recommended use for enter effects is to sync on-screen text with narration. In any computer-based training, it’s considered best practice to float your text on-screen in sync with the audio. Alternatively, displaying multiple lines of text at once can overwhelm the learner, causing them to skim and ignore the audio, leading to less retention.
Let’s take a step-by-step look at using enter effects to sync text in Vyond.
- Select the text you want to add enter effects to.
- Click Enter Effects
- Choose the arrow to display all effect options. First, pick the one you’d like to apply to your text, then choose the direction of the effect, if applicable.
- Edit the timing of the animation, if you like. Adding a delay means your animation won’t start at the beginning of the scene. Shortening the animation duration causes it to complete faster. Lengthening the duration causes it to complete more slowly.
- Repeat steps 1-4 for all the text you’d like to sync in the scene.
- Choose the down arrow in your video timeline to view the timing of each group of text.
- Select and slide each group along the timeline to match it with its corresponding audio.
Star Tip: clicking and dragging the diamond shape next to the green bar beneath each group allows you to change the duration of the animation. This is the same feature you see in step 4 above. It’s recommended to use the same duration for each line of text.
A scene transition is similar to the enter effects. However, while enter effects are used for individual objects within a scene, scene transitions add an animated effect from an entire scene to the next.
You might be familiar with using scene transitions between slides if you work in PowerPoint or Articulate Storyline. It’s the same idea in Vyond.
Use Scene Transitions for Added Engagement when Making Animated Videos
Scene transitions help the learner move from one idea to the next. When choosing whether or not to use a scene transition, think about the similarities and differences from one slide to the next.
Just like when adding enter effects to text or objects, you often wouldn’t want a new scene to appear suddenly. However, if a new scene is entirely different from the previous one, a fade, float, or slide-in can help the learner transition to the new idea.
Let’s walk through the steps to adding scene transitions in Vyond:
- Select an entire scene on your timeline
- Now, you can use the same button in the asset properties panel that you used to add enter effects to objects. Instead of an enter effect, this button allows you to choose a scene transition.
- Click the arrow to view and select all transition options and directions.
- Edit the transition duration, if needed. Just like with enter effects, a shorter duration will speed up the transition while a lengthened duration will slow the transition.
Star Tip: To keep your training professional and consistent, it is recommended that you use the same scene transitions for each scene in your videos. Vyond allows you to use a variety of fun effects. Consider your audience when choosing effects and transitions. Fades and slides are safe choices. Other choices might look cool but end up being too distracting.
In Part One, Star demonstrates how to use the camera zoom option to add movement during slower scenes that helps keep the learner engaged. Now, Star expands on-camera effects by demonstrating a pan.
In video-development lingo, a camera pan is when the camera starts focusing on one area of the screen and gradually moves in a straight line to another area.
Use Camera Pans for Added Engagement when Making Animated Videos
There are many options for using this camera effect, but we loved this example of using the pan effect to introduce characters. So let’s walk through adding the camera pan effect:
- Add a camera by selecting it from the asset properties menu.
- Resize the camera as needed by dragging the corners of the camera box. We’ll crop the camera box to frame the first character’s face for this camera pan. This is where we want our pan to begin.
- Click add camera movement.
- Drag the duplicate box to the part of the screen where you want to pan to end. We’ll drag it to frame the third character’s face.
Skip to 15:25 in this episode of The Accelerated ID to see this effect in action!
If you plan on having text on-screen in your video, check out the templates Vyond offers before you reinvent the wheel.
A text template is a pre-built slide with placeholder text that you can edit as much as you need.
Use Text Templates for Added Engagement when Making Animated Videos
We already discussed the benefit of grouping small chunks of text and animating them slowly on-screen instead. When it comes to on-screen text, the presentation is important! Vyond’s template library includes many text-based options that you can search.
Just type ‘text’ into the template search bar.
Once you choose a template, you can replace characters and backgrounds to match your existing scenes and add your text!
Star Tip: Try typing a number into the template search box. Your results will include only templates that include a certain number of groupings. For example, searching for the number three will display templates with three columns and infographics with three sections.
There are so many cool features hidden in Vyond, some of them you just have to see to believe! That’s why I rounded up ten bonus tips for making animated videos that you’ve got to check out in our Accelerated ID episode on Vyond. We even made it easy for you. Simply click on the links below to advance to that section of the video.
- Keeping a slow scene interesting by varying your actions: 12:15
- Customizing a text template: 16:22
- Using background music to complement a video training: 19:05
- Creating a disappearing illusion with characters: 21:24
- Using Audacity to record high-quality voice over for your animated video: 34:30
- Designing custom images to enhance your scene backgrounds: 39:08
Wrapping It Up
There’s no denying that making animated videos can be a fantastic complement to your instructional design skills. The more you get to know all the features of a program like Vyond, the more effective you can make your video-based training.
I love hearing how you’re putting your skills to use in new and creative ways. For example, Star shared how they used Vyond to create a series of short, on-demand videos that made me wonder how else our members are innovating video-based training.
So, tell me, are you using Vyond to make animated videos? Share with my community of new and aspiring instructional designers and me in The Hangout. Or, just stop by and get inspired!
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