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Videoscribe = Pure Genius!

Very few apps will ever earn a title like this by the “Appy Family,” but Videoscribe by Sparkol has done it! This easy to use app has some amazing features that blow many other creation apps out of the water.  It creates professional-looking content in a matter of minutes! Here is a link to their website and here is a link to purchase the app.

I have my friend, Sylvia Duckworth, to thank for tweeting me this a few days ago (click tweet to view Sylvia’s animation):

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Some quick words of advice on how to get started:

1. Make sure your iOS software is up to date. At first mine wasn’t, and therefore I was unable to launch

2. Play around with the app just a little bit before you start anything serious

3. Watch the tutorials (Even if you’re like me and usually try to just figure it out without the tutorial…I did NOT watch them and wish I had as it would have saved me some time and trouble). Click here to view the tutorials. The first one should be enough to get you started.

4. Plan your video out from start to finish before starting with the app. Include your wording, layout and image ideas. Only when complete with planning, start creating with the app.

5. Plan to create the animation when you have a good chunk of quiet time. I was in a semi-public place and you can hear quite some background noise behind the music. Also, I ran out of alone time well before I wanted my time to be up…the app is ADDICTIVE!!!

6. FYI: When importing images, best to use .svg since those are will draw the best, but you can also try others like .jpg, .png, etc.

7. Have fun! This is going to be an extremely fun app to play around with!!!

 

Here’s my first videoscribe:

The downsides:

The audio recording feature is  one thing I’d like to see improved. What I don’t like about the built-in feature is that you cannot record small sections of audio as you go…it’s all at once (unless I’m missing something). I know that you can upload your own audio file that you create using another software, however.  I guess I am comparing it to Explain Everything a bit. I really like how with Explain Everything you can record small sections of audio that go along with your presentation as you’re creating it. To learn more about this other “Pure Genius” app, visit this blog post. It is possible, however, that I just haven’t learned enough of the advanced features yet…I’ll have to report back if I was mistaken on the above judgement!

Secondly, I was unsuccessful publishing to YouTube or Facebook directly from the app. It stated that it had published it, but it had not. I ended up saving it to my camera roll and then publishing it from there. Not a biggie, but weird that it didn’t work as it should.

Lastly, I’d like to see more images added to the free built-in library with future updates.

Despite these minor downsides, Videoscribe still earns the highest thumbs up ever and has made one very (h)Appy Family! I am VERY happy to report that this is our new favorite creation app!!! It is just too cool! 🙂

I simply cannot wait to see what creations will come of it and neither can my husband…he was quite impressed!!!

Thank you, Sylvia and thank you Videoscribe!!!!!

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Comments on: "Videoscribe = Pure Genius!" (5)

  1. Hi Audrey,

    Great job describing this wonderful app! I agree that not being able to record your voice bit by bit is a definite weak point. I also don’t like that you can’t record your voice while you view your finished creation. I tried a work around by playing the video on my iPad while I recorded my voice on my MacBook. I then uploaded the voice recording on an audio sharing site and tried uploading it on the Videoscribe app but it didn’t work. So then I just added music in my Videoscribe app creation, saved the video in my iPad photos, imported the video into iMovie ( on my iPad), then added my voice. But this whole thing took me forever to do!

    Thanks for writing up this blogpost, now I don’t have to do it!

    SYL

    • What a trouble that was! Oh my!! I agree totally with your point about how you can’t record your voice while you view. What I think I’ll do in the future is:
      1. Create my animation without worrying about timing
      2. Record my audio using the built in app
      3. Listen to my audio, making notes about the timing that will need to happen in the animation
      4. Go back to my animation and adjust the timing according to my notes

      This will be somewhat annoying though as you cannot view sections and always have to start back at the beginning.
      Hopefully Sparkol will update the app with improved audio features soon! 🙂

      • Hi Audrey,

        I actually tried recording my voice on the app too, but it didn’t work. It appears to only work in short segments! I think you’ll find it easier with my work around.

  2. However, now that I look at our two videos again, I see that yours is a lot clearer so I suspect that my work-around using iMoviecompromises the image quality. I sure hope that Sparkol resolves the voice recording glitches on the app! The desktop version probably works glitch -free but it’s sooooo expensive!

    • Strange that you had issues with the recording…I didn’t…other than it only letting your record it all together at once. Perhaps it’ll only let you record for as long as the animation currently is? Not sure…I’ll have to check out the tutorials!

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