There seems to be some confusion with concerns to the terminology being utilized when it concerns ‘whiteboard style explainer videos’ or what can often be called ‘scribe videos’. The later appears to be more oriented around the US market, whilst both scribe videos and white boards videos are one in the very same thing. And definitely this is not to be confused with interactive whiteboards, which is a whole various item completely, something a school or college would use, definitely not us.
I expect first off we need to define what a whiteboard or scribe video actually is. In basic terms this is a video that uses a plain white background and the ‘animation’ exclusively depends on seeing a hand holding a marker pen draw in a photo in time with a voice over. The image typically is a reinforcement of the discussion so tends to be extremely literal, and as soon as a scene has actually been drawn, it stops briefly for a quick minute to let the audience digest and after that proceeds to draw a brand-new scene.
Within a typical 1 minute white boards explainer video you would generally anticipate to see around 5 to 7 primary illustrations or scenes being attracted. This can differ as it depends on the level of detail and points that the discussion is making, however is typically a great starting point. In it’s truest kind and how it was originally planned, a traditional whiteboard video is quite just a hand drawing black describes to develop scenes, in-time with a voice over.
Whilst completion results may well look like an electronic camera has been utilized to movie someone actually drawing a scene ‘live’ this in truth is far from the fact. Like 90% of the white boards videos produced commercially, software is used to give the ‘illusion’ of a real hand drawing. The process is in fact slightly more complex than completion results recommend, however by working digitally it permits higher precision, continuity and a much faster production procedure.
The hand that you see moving around the screen is actually 2 pictures in a little different positions holding a pen. The pen itself is un-branded and we edit in company logos onto the pen to supply that additional element of personalisation. The lines that you then see being drawn in are produced using Vector graphic software application, specifically Adobe Illustrator. This permits us to draft each scene first and after that carefully trace with clean precise vector lines. These digital files are then imported into he whiteboard animation software application, which then cleverly tracks the vector lines and provides the illusion that the hand is drawing the lines in.
Working this way enables us to make fast modifications to the drawings if needed, and makes it much easier to time illustrations to the dialogue and ultimately produce better quality, more appealing videos.
In the next article, I’ll check out the many subtle distinctions that start to take a basic white boards video into an extremely various direction, whilst having a ‘white boards’ look, is anything.