How to create an animated video online

Today I’ll start of by showing you an animated video which I’ve created online. Simply click on the the red play button to begin the movie.

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To create the above animated video, all I had to do was to select my preferred cartoon characters, background image, music file and simply type out some text as the script and Voila! the video was created automatically! Quite cool huh?

Before I proceed to mention this cool web app, I think videos are a great way to convey a message as it grabs user’s attention easily. The following are some ways on how you can benefit from creating an animated video for your business:

  • A business proposal to get new customers.
  • An introduction about your company, who you are and what you do.
  • Animated videos on frequently asked questions (FAQs). Definitely beats reading lots of texts.
  • A customer enquiring about your products and services while your sales person provides some detailed explanations (Q&A type).
  • And lastly, to show off your creative skills where it matters mosts. 🙂

The web app used to create the animated video above is called xtranormal

xtranormal logo

xtranormal allows the general public to create movies online and on your desktop as well.

As long as you can type and have drag and drop skills, you’re ready to make your own movie.

Currently there are two versions of the software:

  • State (Desktop app with automatic lip sync capability)
  • Web (A text to movie online web based module)

I have experienced using the web version and find it simple and easy to use.

The user interface is divided into a left pane as well as right pane. The left pane allows you to write your script, direct the action as well as design the scene.

writing the script

So you see that creating the movie is as simple as typing, clicking, dragging and dropping.

Once you’re done with the scripts and selecting the scenes, simply click on the preview button to preview your movie.

Preview movie

The right pane shows your movie in Preview Mode.

movie preview

Notice that you’ll need points to be able to publish a video online. I pre-bought 300 points worth $5 before I could publish the above movie which costs about 111 points to be exact.

Initially when I was trying out the app for the very first time, I didn’t change the characters and scenes and just added text scripts. Somehow that setting allowed me to publish the video for free.

I guess we must purchase points if we want to change characters and scenes. But do correct me if I’m wrong.

Once you’re done previewing your movie, publishing it gives you options to:

  • Publish to your YouTube account.
  • Request a high quality download of the movie.
  • Share the movie via social networking sites such as Digg & Stumbleupon.
  • Embed the movie into your website just like how I embedded mine above.

So there you go. I hope today’s post provides some insights on how you too can create your very own animated video online. Check out xtranormal today!

Today’s post is dedicated to Rene (Script) and Amir (My buddy). Thanks!

About the author

Bob Lee

Hi! My name is Bob Lee and I’m a web developer / technical writer who specializes in developing and reviewing web applications. As an entrepreneur, blogger, developer, and tech enthusiast, I have been in this field for more than 10 years, and have been loving every minute of it.

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