Do It Yourself: Online video tools for explainer videos and animated films

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Professional explainer videos from the Internet at the push of a button? | graphic: Film pulse; © Photos Pixabay

It has long been clear that artificial intelligence does not stop at videos. Various online platforms already offer the creation of explainer videos with AI support. We have taken a closer look at this trend and the most important providers.

Until just under two years ago, most offers of online available software for the automatic creation of videos on digital platforms were mainly aimed at amateurs and narrow-media film makers. The videos created with this software looked similar.

Due to the steady increase of videos in marketing and corporate communications – not only, but also in social media – the focus has shifted: More and more software companies are now offering corporate customers B2B business models to produce high-quality explainer videos on their online platforms fully automatically with the help of artificial intelligence.

If you believe these promises, a video production company is no longer necessary and original and creative films can be produced serially and inexpensively with a monthly subscription.

We wanted to know more and tested eight well-known providers for this article for you.

In a nutshell

  • Online video tools are only as good as the user who fills them with content.
  • The majority of video platforms are limited to the online production of explainer videos.
  • Many applications are only available in English, but are intuitive to use.
    Some programs use artificial intelligence (AI). They suggest illustrations based on text, or even automatically create off-voice.

Input equals Output

Actually, it’s a matter of course: If you don’t know what you want to say or how you want to say it, you won’t be able to produce clever explainer videos online with the world’s best software.

The input determines the output even on platforms for more or less automatic online video production! As the old Nietzsche already stated: Where a monkey looks into the mirror, no philosopher looks back from the mirror! Neither AI, nor the biggest mega-trend will change that. Man remains man.

Basically, every operator of such platforms must master the demanding tightrope walk between a formal corset of specifications that is too tight for the user (in this case, all videos look the same at the end!) and the counter-pool, the absolute creative/dramaturgical freedom (which also opens the door to visual and narrative nonsense!).

This balancing act does not always succeed.

The most important suppliers of do-it-yourself video tools for explainer videos

In this article, the online platforms for the automatic creation of explainer videos are listed in alphabetical order. Where the presence on the Internet is only available in English, advertising slogans and self-descriptions of the provider were translated independently and without authorization by Filmpuls.

Animoto

Video ThumbnailAnimoto Create Marketing Videos Online‎
NameAnimoto
SloganCreate marketing videos online
Linkanimoto.com
Self-descriptionJoin millions of people who create and share videos with our simple drag and drop video maker. No experience required.
Google saysAnimoto is a cloud-based video creation service that creates video from photos, video clips and music in video slideshows and custom web-based presentations
Target groupB-to-C
Languagesonly in English
Design varietyhigh
Voiceoverno automatic voiceover
Creation processSlideshow, animation of own material (video, photos), real images or stock footage / archive photos
Price model Free / Professional (33.- per month) / Team (49.- per month)
Use of AINo
Rating⭐⭐⭐

Rating: ★★★★★ = highly recommended | ★ = not recommended

Biteable

Video ThumbnailBiteable Make better videos than your competitors. During your lunch break
NameBiteable
SloganMake better videos than your competitors. During your lunch break
Linkbiteable.com
Self-descriptionMake stunning videos in a snap with the Biteable video maker. Sparkle with studio-quality animation, footage, and effects
Google saysBiteable is a platform for creating do-it-yourself videos.
Target groupB-to-C
Languagesonly in English
Design varietymittel
Voiceoverno automatic voiceover
Creation processSelection from existing templates with videos from stock material and from animation libraries
Price modelStarter (15.- per month) / Plus (29.- per month) / Unlimited (49.- per month)
Use of AINo
Rating⭐⭐

Rating: ★★★★★ = highly recommended | ★ = not recommended

Lumen5

Video ThumbnailLumen5 Create Videos In Minutes For Every Social Media Format ‎
NameLumen5
SloganCreate videos in minutes for any social media format
Linklumen5.com
Self-descriptionLumen5 creates compelling, engaging videos from your existing content – Increase your social engagement and save time.
Google saysLumen5 is beneficial for all brands and companies that are serious about content marketing and especially video content.
Target groupB-to-B
Languagesonly in English
Design varietylow
Voiceoverno automatic voiceover
Creation processIllustration of a text according to scenes with real images or stock footage
Price modelCommunity/ Starter (19.- per month) / Premium (49.- per month) / Business (149.- per month) / Custom (on request)
Use of AIsimple keyword recognition (English language), which suggests images
Rating⭐⭐

Rating: ★★★★★ = highly recommended | ★ = not recommended

mysimpleshow

Video Thumbnailmysimpleshow Create your own simpleshow now. Quickly. Simple. Professional.
Namemysimpleshow
SloganCreate your own simpleshow now. Quickly. Simple. Professional.
Linkmysimpleshow.com
Self-descriptionsimpleshow has been creating explainer videos for companies and organisations for years. For mysimpleshow, we have put all our experience into the development of a simple online tool that allows everyone to create their own professional explanatory videos.
Google saysmysimpleshow is a software with which you can create unique explainer videos step by step online.
Target groupB-to-B
LanguagesGerman / English
Design varietylow
Voiceover automatic voice-over (!)
Creation processfully automatic illustration of animated explainer videos based on text,
Price modelBusiness (129.-/per month) / Pro (499.-/month)
Use of AIYes, automatic imaging, image composition, automatic animation and sound
Rating⭐⭐⭐⭐

Rating: ★★★★★ = highly recommended | ★ = not recommended

Rawshorts

Video ThumbnailRawshorts Instantly create animated video from text
NameRawshorts
SloganInstantly create animated videos from text
Linkrawshorts.com
Self-descriptionWith our Video-Maker you can immediately create animations from text. Create animations in seconds using AI technology and save hours of video creation.
Google saysAI-driven video platform that provides business users with the tools to produce professional-looking explainer videos
Target groupB-to-B
Languagesonly in English
Design varietymedium
Voiceoveryes (except in free version)
Creation processEither based on templates (video) or on scene-based adjustments of image proposals
Price modelStarter (free) / Essential (33.- per month) / Business (59.- per month)
Use of AIyes, simple keyword recognition (english) and image suggestions
Rating⭐⭐

Rating: ★★★★★ = highly recommended | ★ = not recommended

Powtoon

Video Thumbnailmake powtoon videos and animations online
NamePowtoon
SloganMake videos and animations online
Linkpowtoon.com
Self-descriptionMake videos with Powtoon in a few minutes. Use our library of styles, characters, backgrounds and videos or upload your own! Free of charge. Simple. Awesome.
Google saysPowtoon is a British company that sells cloud-based animation software for creating animated presentations and animated explainer videos. The name “Powtoon” is a portmanteau of “PowerPoint” and the word “cartoon”.
Target groupB-to-C
Languagesonly in English
Design varietyhigh
Voiceoverno automatic voiceover
Creation processLike Powerpoint based on slides, large library, many animation options per image
Price modelPro (19.- per month) / Pro + ( 29.- per month) / Agency (99.- per month)
Use of AINo
Rating⭐⭐

Rating: ★★★★★ = highly recommended | ★ = not recommended

Videoscribe

Video ThumbnailVideoscribe animation software for whiteboards
NameVideoscribe
SloganWhiteboards-Software
Linkvideoscribe.com
Self-descriptionAnimation software for whiteboards – stand out with Videoscribe The easy way to professional quality videos.
Google saysVideoScribe is a software for the automatic creation of whiteboard animations, which was developed by the British company Sparkol in 2012. VideoScribe is based on Adobe Flash and produces QuickTime movies and Flash videos that can be exported as QuickTime video, Flash video or image sequences.
Target groupB-to-C
LanguagesFrench / English
Design varietymedium
Voiceoverno automatic voiceover
Creation processImage library, animated slides analogous to Powerpoint, images can be animated differently
Price modelSingle Users (25.- per month)/ Team (143.- per month)
Use of AINo
Rating⭐⭐⭐

Rating: ★★★★★ = highly recommended | ★ = not recommended

Vyond

Video ThumbnailVyond - Tools for creating animated videos
NameYvond
SloganTools for creating animated videos
Linkvyond.com
Self-descriptionQuickly create professional, brand-focused animated videos with free templates. Free 14-day trial. Start creating dynamic, powerful videos with drag-and-drop controls, lip syncing, and more.
Google saysVyond is a cloud based platform for the creation of animation videos. With this site, registered users can create videos based on defined characters, objects and backgrounds; new characters can be created in different styles with the help of an editor.
Target groupB-to-B
Languagesonly in English
Design varietyextremely high
Voiceoverautomatisches Voiceover inbegriffen
Creation processbased on scenes and a timeline, analog professional editing software; comprehensive options for each setting
Price modelEssential (25.- per month) / Premium (55.- per month)/ Professional (84.- per month) / Company (on request); annual subscription only
Use of AINo
Rating⭐⭐⭐⭐

Rating: ★★★★★ = highly recommended | ★ = not recommended

Do-it-yourself video tools: Subscription models, freemium and free

Corporate customers calculate differently than hobby and leisure film makers: they do not compare the costs for the online production of an explainer video with their own purchasing power, but with offers from real-life video productions.

From this special perspective, it quickly becomes clear in digital business who the winner is.

This is one of the reasons why software solutions for the complete online video production are more and more in the B2B segment. Combined with a subscription model, not only are the prices unbeatable, but also the revenues can be determined for a quarter or even a year in advance. This pleases the investors, the house bank and the ego of the founders.

Depending on the provider, basic packages and the most important functions of the online platforms are available free of charge. At the same time, further applications can be activated with (paid!) upgrades.

The all-decisive criterion nevertheless remains the quality of the content of such videos! Without storytelling, technical excellence remains only technology and ultimately has no memorable value.

Lessons learned

The examples examined here show that individual providers can indeed be a serious alternative to the classic production method for serial application and when used by employees with know-how in the field of moving image production.

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