Those cool whiteboard videos

by Scott Austin March 17, 2015

Those cool whiteboard videos

So you've probably seen those cool whiteboard videos before.  You know the ones that look like someone is drawing on the whiteboard and speaking to you while they do it.  The videos are engaging because they are so dynamic.  Well, I wanted to make one of those for my company.  So here's the process I put together to make one.  This video was all done my me (which shows) on my laptop.  No special equipment was needed. Here's the first video I made. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZyKUt3QB-Ck And here's the tools that I used to make this video:
  • Regular laptop.  I happen to be using a Lenova Yoga 13 running Windows 8.1.
  • Microphone that plugs into your computer.  You could use the computer's built-in microphone, but a separate microphone will give you better sound quality.
  • VideoScribe.  This is the secret sauce.  This software does all of the whiteboard animation.  It comes with an extensive library of clipart to use in the animations.  You can learn about VideoScribe at http://www.videoscribe.co/.  VideoScribe is a software client that you install on your computer and pay for through a monthly subscription.
  • Windows Movie Maker.  I wasn't satisfied with VideoScribes tools for synchronizing the audio and the video.  I use Movie Maker to make our YouTube videos, so I used it to combine the VideoScribe video with the audio that I recorded.
  • Windows Sound Recorder
Here's the blow by blow directions on how to make the video:
  • Write your script for what you want in your video.
  • Collect your graphical assets.
    • Check the VideoScribe assets to determine what you'll use from their library.
    • Determine the gap between the VideoScribe assets and what you need.
    • Find/create assets to fill the gap.
  • Create your animation in VideoScribe.
    • VideoScribe is pretty easy to use and comes with a set of tutorials that will ramp you up in skills.
    • Leave extra time between you scenes to allow buffer if your voice over takes longer than your animation.
  • Export your VideoScribe to a WMV file.
  • Record your audio in Windows Sound Recorder.
    • I create a separate file for each scene.
  • Put everything together in Windows Movie Maker.
    • Import the WMV.
    • Add any opening or closing screens that you want.
    • Import your voice over recordings.
    • Adjust the timings to synchronize the video and audio.
    • Add an audio track if desired.  Free ones are available from YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/audiolibrary/music.
    • Once you have it all put together, save your movie.
  • Distribute your movie as desired.
I hope these instructions help you.  Let me know if you have any questions.
Scott Austin
Scott Austin