Animaker is an excellent choice to create videos and eye-catching graphics with just a few clicks. Stay tuned as we tell you how to do it all.

If a picture is worth a thousand words, then videos must be ten thousand or even more.

Here are some stats to glorify videos in everything online:

As per Unbounce, Digital marketing campaigns using videos bag a 34% higher conversion rate.

According to Brightcove, website videos translate to a 157% increase in organic traffic from search engine result pages.

There are several more, but hey, why write and not use a video by Renderforest instead:

In a nutshell, videos make things interesting, avoid monotone, educate, and tell much more in less.

Be it education, entertainment, or marketing–videos are the next must-have after images and infographics.

But, creating videos was never a cakewalk.

There is software around–but very few come without any price tag and support a gentle learning curve.

Don’t bother. Let me decode Animaker. It has a free tier and is fun to play with.

And it’s not just pep talk. I have just made a video with this web application before starting with this article. Check it out:

Agreed, it’s not a fascinating creation.

But I think you can excuse the simplicity as my first attempt with this (or any) video maker.

If a first-timer can do this, you definitely can do better.

So, let’s start with how to get around this utility to make live-action and animation videos.

Getting Started

As with most web apps, you must register with email and password. However, you can also fast-forward this process by using Google or Facebook logins.

Afterward, you can name your workspace and hit Create.

animaker registration

Subsequently, you can add a few team members to collaborate in real-time. So add the members’ emails, set privileges (Admin or Member), and click Invite.

animaker collaboration

The following screens try to personalize your experience. Select appropriate options to enter the creator dashboard.

The options on the sidebar are straightforward. You can use any function except Brand Kit, that’s a paid option. You’ve to purchase the Enterprise plan to add your Brand logo, color palette, and fonts.

animaker create

 

So, let’s directly jump to Create. Now click Create a video.

create a video-animaker

This will take you to Moments. You will find plenty of templates for specific use cases. You can also start from scratch to Create a blank Project (the first option in templates).

video templates

But I would suggest picking a template and start creating, especially if it’s your first day in office.

If you’re wondering, the Geekflare promotional video that I made was a modification of the Hello! I am Susan, the fourth one from the right in the first row.

animated video templates

Using the Templates in Animaker

I would keep things simple and start with what I did with this template.

using templates to create videos

First, click Use at the bottom of (any) template to start editing its elements. Alternatively, you can also Preview each template before using it.

This is your playground:

video creation dashboard

It may seem overwhelming at first. But go piece by piece, and you’ll be fine.

I’ll help to know that every scene (at the right sidebar) is just a collection of images and animations. And the entire video is nothing but a sequence of these scenes with some background music.

The right-sidebar (marked as 1) allows you to select,  delete, copy, or change the order of scenes.

The left-sidebar (market as 2) comprises the option to add texts, images, characters, etc., to the selected scene.

And the bottom strip (marked as 3) gives you the power to change the duration of the selected scene.

Modifying the Elements

When you click any element in Animaker, you get a pop-up highlighting the options to modify the selected object. For instance, these were the available modifications for this lady.

modifying elements in animaker

Some of the things you can do are:

  • Change the action.
  • Include a smooth changeover to some other action picked from the right sidebar.
  • Put voice-over as recorded voice, text-to-speech, or upload your own voice.
  • Change the apparel, or swap the character.
  • Change the position of the character.
  • Use an entry/exit effect.

Notably, these options depend on the subject element. For instance, you get fewer options upon selecting a text-based object–Hello.

text modification

Animaker Max

This is an excellent feature of Animaker. It can guide you to do things that could be annoying as a newbie.

Check this out:

animaker max

All you have to do is click the dog icon on the top right. Afterward, select the function of choice, and it’ll take you there, step-by-step.

Adding Audio/Video Tracks

The left sidebar has many customizations, along with the ability to change the background music.

background music animaker

You can also add multiple tracks with varying volumes. This also allows adjusting the timing of each track by dragging the highlighted strip.

Similarly, one can use video backgrounds.

video addition in animaker

In the same way as audio, you can adjust the timing of video backgrounds from the bottom strip. In addition to this, it supports some filters, transition effects, flipping, rotating, trimming, etc.

Downloading Video

After everything, you can click Publish at the top right and choose from the available options.

download from animaker

Once you select the video, the following screen gives options to name the video, adjust the download quality, and choose the format to download. You can also download it as a GIF if it’s 30 seconds or less.

After you hit download, it goes to the rendering queue. And you get a notification email after your creation gets ready for download.

You can also check the progress (and download) from the Manage Exports in the sidebar located on your dashboard.

manage exports animaker

Create Voice

That’s just not any text-to-speech engine. Frankly, it’s one of the best Artificial Intelligence voice-overs I have interacted with. Listen:


You have the option to include Breaks/Breath Sounds at transition points. Additionally, you have many accents to use. And after getting it done, you can Download it from the button at the top-right.

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The rendering was very realistic, and you can use that with your videos as well.

Conclusion

This was just a glimpse of this capable animation video maker. It has a straightforward drag-and-drop interface. And even the free plan is quite impressive.

Animaker’s autosave feature ensures that you won’t be losing your work in any case.

Conclusively, it’s very compelling and promising.

But should you crave alternatives, there are Promo and Animoto to try as well. And we have a few more tools that can help you create animated explainer videos.