Time to start making animated videos? Yay!
Well, you’re in the right place! So let’s talk about Biteable, a free animated video maker and, definitely, the easiest I’ve used so far.
Pros: You can use it online; you don’t have to download anything, and it’s extremely easy, so great for beginners. It includes a lot of ready templates, so you don’t have to edit much – unless you want to.
1. Find a Template
First, you have to choose a template. You can also start from scratch, but I prefer choosing a template, even if I end up changing most of it.
So choose what your video will be about and then click on Find A Template.
2. Edit Content
I’d recommend you to have written the content you want on your video before starting creating the video. It will be easier if you’re not distracted by the animations.
So write down the text and then split it into chunks. Each part will go into a different scene.
Depending on the scene you choose, you may have a few different options. Let’s go through the basic ones together:
Here you can fill in the text for this scene. Sometimes, you can have a heading and a subheading, as well.
Here you can choose the font you want for the text in this scene. Be careful and don’t use a lot of different fonts throughout the video.
Like I did on the video above. It was more for demonstration purposes. (And because I totally forgot about it and started fooling around. 😛 )
In some scenes, you have the choice to put an image. If there are specific dimensions for the image on the template, try to follow them if possible. Otherwise, the image will not be displayed as it should.
If the scene is too long or too short, change the duration of the scene here.
If you don’t like the scene, change it. Go to the timeline on the bottom of the page, click on the arrow on the scene thumbnail and click Switch Scene.
Choose one of the hundreds of scenes and switch it out.
After doing all the changes you want in each scene, click Save & Preview.
3. Pick Colours
After completing the previous step (Congrats, by the way, it’s usually the one that takes the longest to finish), then you can change the primary colours of your video.
While choosing, make sure the contrast is good enough to read the text easily and the colours fit the general mood of the video. For example, if you make a video about baby clothes, don’t use black and white.
4. Choose Audio
And now’s the time to choose the audio clip you want to use as the background music on your video. Check out all the clips and decide based on the purpose of your video.
Music can get you in the mood you need to watch the video and comprehend it better. Don’t underestimate it!
After you’re done, build your preview to see the video.
Check out for any errors in the content or the timing. If it’s possible, give it to someone else to look at it. Since you made it, you probably can’t see some of the errors. You’re too close to it. Someone else will see any mistakes more easily.
Publish the video
If the preview is fine, then you can publish the video. Now, you can embed it on your site or send the link to someone.
The video link is the URL you can use to watch the video online. Anyone can view it as long as they have this link, but they can’t edit it.
After your first try, copy the link and send it to your friends. They’ll have fun for sure!
Here you can find the code that Biteable provides you for embedding the video on your blog.
* If you find any mistakes after publishing the video, don’t worry. You can go back and fix them. Just don’t forget to save the changes and rebuild the video.
Congrats! You just learned how to make animated videos!
Don’t forget to practise today. It’s not easy to remember if you don’t do it immediately.
Let me know what you think about Biteable and, if you have any questions, I’d be happy to answer! Any suggestions are always welcome, so tell me about topics you’d like me to write.
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See you next week!