Explaindio: Working with video and photo imports
Explaindio Video Creator is an explainer video software that allows you to create animated slides, hand drawn text and objects, as well as import video from stock libraries and your own video camera. That’s a lot of features!
I recently purchased Explaindio, and as you can probably guess, I was most interested in how it handles video and image imports, as well as rendering and exporting of the final presentation.
Rendering all these graphic and moving formats into one final good looking video is no easy feat.
For my testing I shot a bunch of different dimensions and formats of video on my Lumix GH3, and I prepared a few photos too.
I then created a simple presentation and tried out the different formats and sizes of the video clips and the photos, to see what works best for Explaindio. I tested version 1.008 of the software.
Have a look at the video below for my review and some production tips for using video and photo imports in Explaindio.
My findings and tips
- Photo imports are pretty standard. As with most video editing and slide presentation software, jpg and png files work best.
- If you want to fill the background completely with your image, make sure it’s at least 1280 x 720 pixels
- If you import smaller photos that are used as insets, make sure you don’t scale them up, or they will get fuzzy and pixelated
Importing Video Files
- If you are new to video camera file formats, read this post next: Video by the numbers
- The only video file formats that work with Explaindio are MP4 and FLV
- If you want to put a video in the full background of your presentation, the dimension needs to be 1280 x 720p
- As with photos, inset videos can be smaller, but don’t scale them larger or they won’t look good
- Your video clips should be “ready to go” before importing
- You will need some other software to trim the beginning and end of your unedited video clips, and then export them as MP4
- You can use iMovie, Sony Vegas, Windows Movie Maker, Camtasia, Screenflow, Adobe Premier – any software that allows you to edit video clips will work. Photographers can use Lightroom or Photoshop CS6 and CC.
And one last tip: Always create your video using the perfect setting.
Is Explaindio good enough for creating videos for YouTube and your blog?
For the price of this software, the answer is YES. But I have some reservations.
- As with any of these explainer video apps, unless you purchase the extra character sets and background templates, your shows may look like everyone else’s.
- The best way around this is to add your own photos and videos to make your presentations unique.
- For long form talking head videos, this software would be too frustrating to work with. Better to use a standard video editing application.
- If you really want to use the animations or hand drawings in long form camera videos, make those in Explaindio, export them, and import them in your standard video editing software.
- That would be a nice way to break up a boring talking head presentation.
Last notes — the junk part
If you purchase Explaindio, be prepared for a deluge of add-ons and emails from the people marketing it. It’s become a big turn off for me, and I hesitate to recommend it, for that reason alone. And in the Explaindio facebook group, people have complained that many of these add-ons are not as advertised and are basically junk. It’s not often I call something junk, but be forewarned.