Bonnie’s video blogging tip earlier this week talked about making videos without a video camera.
I am no stranger to making videos and not sitting in front of a camera! I tend to do screen-share tutorial type vids.
To mix things up a bit, I thought I’d take a look at other video options that are available. Today’s video was made using PowToon, an animated video creator.
The basic version is free and the resulting video is branded. On the free version, you cannot download your video only export directly to YouTube. As a result, the video is sitting on my personal YouTube channel – simply because that is the Google account I am currently logged into on the browser I am using.
Video Blogging Challenge Day 11
Playing with PowToon
How Easy Was PowToon to Use?
PowToon does have a learning curve. I started with a template and changed a few words and images around. It took a bit of getting used to as each slide can have many different elements popping in and out at different times.
The elements and timing for each slide are shown on a time bar beneath the work area. I’ll admit to it taking me a while to spot it!
Of course, I didn’t watch any tutorial videos or read any instructions! That says a lot too – PowToon was easy enough for me to learn its basic use quickly and intuitively.
The video above took approx 15 minutes to create and 5 minutes to export to YouTube. It does state that exporting can take up to 60 minutes.
How Much Does PowToon Cost?
The free version contains a LOT of branding. Exported videos also complete the description and tags on YouTube . I thought the description it added was long and a bit over the top – I don’t like salesy stuff. I understand I used the free version, but a simple created with PowToon line wouldn’t have irritated me at all.
The cost to upgrade for a single user, remove the branding, be able to download videos and have access to additional elements and templates is $19 per month billed annually. That is just under £140 per year here in the UK. I think the cost is reasonable. However, I don’t think I would get that much use out of it for my own use, and to create for clients requires an Agency license.
The pay per export option seems a bit pointless. You cannot pay to export individual videos, but rather packages of 5, 10 or 25 exports. Again, these are priced per export – so 5 exports at $18 per export is $90 or about £55 in proper money.
Videos exported using export credits are HD quality and you can make longer videos too. Export credits last 6 months. I think if I was going to use the software that often, a full upgrade would be the way to go.
If the upgrades were monthly billing and the ability to pop in and out as needed, I would give the upgraded version a go. I found the free version fun and almost easy to use.
Overall, the pricing structure irritates me as much a the excessive branding – you can probably tell by how much I have written! Perhaps I just got out of bed the wrong side this morning? I enjoyed making the video, but the pricing structure and excessive branding grated on me.
Over to you…
Do you use PowToon? What do you think?Video Blogging Challenge Day 11 by Jan Kearney