Explaindio Video Creator Review
A bunch of video-related goods have launched recently, including Easy Sketch Pro 2 and VideoMakerFX. Now Explaindio Video Creator is starting on 11 November, and it seems like it might contain all the features of the other two video creators combined. I’ve tested it out, and within this Explaindio review I will cover all of its features, and how it compares to Easy Sketch Pro 2 and VideoMakerFX.
Todd Gross has been behind some of the most successful launches in the video promoting industry nowadays, and Nick LaPolla is the founder of Simple Video Pro 2, which I reviewed previously on this site.
With this software, you can make a professional looking video in minutes complete with HD video wallpapers, kinetic text, animation animations, whiteboard sketches, and more. You can create videos using merely one of these styles or a combination of those.
The one time price of $47 is only valid until March 6 — then the doors will close, and if they re-open in April it will have a yearly fee. Note that this price includes a commercial license, unlike ESP2 that will charge you an additional $69 for this after your first purchase!
The program will also have a”create a character” set so that you can make your own characters exactly how you want them, as well as a marketplace where you can buy slides and svg’s (vectors, for example illustrations or cartoon characters) made by other people.
You can also import slides from other movie production software — this plus the slides that come with the software and all the slides that will be available in the market means that Explaindio has the widest selection of slides and graphics of all the video makers.
What Is Included?
Explaindio Video Creator comes with a library of 26 slide packs, which each contain multiple animated slides. There are slides available in various different styles — simple, elegant ones which can be used for any niche, slides with cartoon characters in different professions, kinetic typography slides, etc..
There are also 10 call-to-action animations you can add to your slides, as well as 5 other animations like snow or rain.
The whiteboard video section also has a library of 29 image packs, packed with a wide assortment of images to put in your sketch videos. There are a variety of images for promotion like arrows, callouts, banners, charts, social media icons etc. along with several other types of images like people, animals, office products, school supplies, vehicles, and various other objects.
You can also select between 31 distinct hands to draw your sketch movies, and 55 hands to drag text or images onto the screen. You can choose a different hand for every picture, and the hands can be flipped and tilted so that the drawing angle never appears awkward.
Some palms are envisioned from the bottom so that you can have them draw from behind the images, like they’re drawing the viewer’s display. All the hands are high quality — no fuzzy edges like some I saw from the Easy Sketch Guru videos.
Additionally, there are 15 audio tracks included that you can use as background music for your videos, but they were all very similar and a bit too dramatic for any videos I’d make (think”O Fortuna”).
Library of sketch hands
Sketch image library
Sketch to video
Sketch from underneath
Change size of elements
Change colors of elements
Import slides from other software
(until March 6) $29
(+ additional $69 for commercial license) $67
Before I compare these 3 pieces of software, I just want to be 100% honest with you guys: I bought VideoMakerFX, but I have not bought Easy Sketch Pro (see why below). The comparisons I make in this review with ESP2 are based on the research I did when trying to select which video creation software to purchase for myself, and then again when I was trying to decide if I should buy Easy Sketch Pro 2 as it was released.
So the reason I purchased VideoMakerFX instead of ESP even though ESP was definitely the better whiteboard video manufacturer, is simply that I did not need to be restricted to only whiteboard videos, and VideoMakerFX could make sketch movies in addition to other videos.
I later realized that VideoMakerFX isn’t really capable of making whiteboard videos at all — the only way to do it is with a slide pack that contains only 6 different slides.
The first 3 are slides of different durations (10 seconds, 8 seconds, and 6 seconds) where it is possible to insert some text and a hand will write it for you — except not really, because the hand just moves jerkily across the canvas in a zigzag movement without actually following the text.
The last 3 slides are fly-in slides — a hand will slide an image of your choice on the screen, either with a border or without one. That’s all you can do — you can’t place multiple text or images onto the slides or place them how you want them, and you can not make the hand sketch an image.
VideoMakerFX also suffers from several glitches that can make it hard to create a video and can really mess up the final rendering. The developers are aware of the problems but have yet to release an upgrade to fix them. I have been analyzing Explaindio for a couple of days now, and so far I haven’t noticed any bugs or glitches.
Explaindio can make the same assortment of movies that VMFX can, together with whiteboard videos on par with ESP2. After viewing the ESP2 promo videos, it seems to me like the only attribute ESP2 has that Explaindio does not is the sketch-to-video feature. This looks somewhat hit-or-miss (check out the pelican video — it doesn’t always draw the right areas of the movie ) so I don’t think I’d use it much anyway.
If I am wrong and ESP2 does have some other exclusive features, please let me know in the comments and I will fix this review.
What I Believe About Explaindio — Pros and Cons
Although it isn’t perfect, I think Explaindio is a great piece of software with a very reasonable cost — it has the identical functionality of VMFX and ESP2 put together, along with extra exclusive attributes.
By way of example, I really like the greater control attributes that Explaindio has compared to VideoMakerFX. You can add a delay to the slides at the key focal point so that people have sufficient time to read or see the slide properly, and at the end.
You can also add a delay before or after each component is sketched or inserted in the whiteboard slides, and you can set the length of every sketch so that it’s not too fast or too slow.
Another great customization feature for the animated slide templates is the ability to change the color, size, and position of each object in the slides.
If it was possible to alter the position of the text blocks, it would mean we can completely customize the templates to look exactly like we want them to. I hope they add that feature soon!
I would also like them to add the capability to have a video background span multiple slides — it could do this for the whiteboard slides so maybe I am just missing something obvious, but if so I can’t figure it out.
One thing that I really don’t like about the whiteboard videos is that often with text, rather than writing the letters in a good line like someone would in real life, the hand will sketch the outline of the text and then it will be filled in. I’ve seen the same thing occur in Easy Sketch Pro 2 videos however.
I love that Explaindio can import slides from other video makers — this means my VMFX slide purchases won’t go to waste. I snapped my slides from VMFX and it worked perfectly — in fact I could even move and resize the components like in Explaindio’s own slides, which is amazing!
I am also really excited about the character creator and the market — it’ll open up the doors to lots of creativity and customization, so there will be a good deal less risk of our videos appearing the same as somebody else’s in our market.