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Create Amazing Whiteboard Animation Videos with VideoScribe!

teacher avatar Melissa Taylor, ✨Web & Graphic Designer 20+ Years✨

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8 Lessons (57m)
    • 1. Class Introduction - What is Videoscribe?

    • 2. Overview of the VideoScribe Dashboard

    • 3. How to Set the Camera Position

    • 4. Using the Image Library

    • 5. Adding Text and Fonts to Your Scribe

    • 6. Creating a New Scene

    • 7. Adding a Voiceover and Music

    • 8. Saving and Publishing Your Scribe

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About This Class


In this class you will learn the basics of how Videoscribe Animations work.

You’ll learn how to:

  • place or import images and text
  • use the timeline and set the camera
  • use drawing options and filters
  • use the hand effect
  • add music and voiceovers
  • save and publish your scribe

Once you've finished this class and have learned how to build your own scribe, be sure to watch my other class on how to create custom animated vector images for VideoScribe!

I hope you enjoy the class and would welcome any feedback on the lessons!

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✨Web & Graphic Designer 20+ Years✨


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1. Class Introduction - What is Videoscribe?: video scribe is whiteboard Animation software, built by a UK company, told Sparkle it is a cloud based applications Build on the flash framework Video Scribes Software is timeline based and allows you to add a voiceover and music to your video to coordinate with your photos and video scribe allows you to export your finished product in various formats such as dot gov dot a b I in Power Point or to publish directly to social platforms such as Facebook and YouTube. In this class, I'm going to show you the basics of how videos fried works. You'll learn how to place or important images and text, use the timeline and set the camera drawing options and filters, using the hand effect, adding music and voice overs and then saving in publishing your stride. Let's check out the video scribe dashboard in the Art Ford 2. Overview of the VideoScribe Dashboard: When you first open video scribe, you will be prompted to log in to do so into your log in credentials here and then click log in. If you need to create a new account, you can click on the create new account button and then video scribe. Walk you through the options to do that. So let's log in here, and once you've logged in, you'll see all describes that you've created on your dashboard. Now you can click to view your recent scribes, um, scribes that are locally saved on your computer for online scribes. If you've uploaded them into the cloud, which I have not done so I don't have any. And then, below this list, you'll see folders that you can create to put your scribes into toe, organize them, have some client videos. My skill share classes, tests etcetera. So to open an existing scribe, you simply click on the image of describe or click on the pencil icon, and it will take you to that scribe to edit it. If you want to create a brand new scribe, you click on create described button and it would open up a new scribe for you if you need to. Dili Describe Just click on the trash icon after you hover over it so you can arrange your scribes on this page by clicking from this drop down menu, and you can use alphabetical. Or you can use news holders first, which is how I do it. So to create a folder free described, he first need to either open an existing scribe or create a new one and then select save. Then from the safe screen, you can select an existing folder to store the scribe in, or you can create a name, a new one. So let's go ahead and let's open this scribe and I'll show you how to do that. You're going to hit. Save here and then, once you go to save it, gives you the option to create a new folder or to add that describe into an existing folder . If you want to create a new one, you would just click create new folder, get your name test folder, hit the check box, the check box again at the check box again, and then if you go back to the dashboard by clicking this back arrow, you'll see test folder. And that test drive is now inside that test folder, right? Pretty simple. So your global settings four year scribes are available in this dashboard screen down here in the bottom left hand corner. So if you click on this cog icon, it will bring up your user preferences. Now, these will not go back and change any of your existing scribes that you've already created . But it will apply these options to any scribes you create going forward. So I like to come in here and select what options I generally use foreign describe that I'm creating, which is basically the transition time Paulist Time and Maxtor all time because the next draw time generally I believe, is 5 to 8 seconds, which is really long. So when you go in and you're testing everything, it's really nice to have this set toe one second so you can just kind of click it, test it and then you can go back and edit the time within your scribe independently on each frame of your timeline so you can set your image quality here. I generally keep it around 800 but if you wanted to come in later and change that to something else. You can. 800 seems to work really well. You change your language and it'll change all of your instructions on the screen and then the auto save time, which I said to five minutes just so it's not too intrusive. But then I don't lose any changes if something goes wrong. So pretty easy. Once you've made your changes, select the check mark bucks and it will set those changes for any scribes you create going forward. So if you have described that saved in the cloud and maybe you were working in an office in one location and now you want to bring it to your home office and work on it there, If you've uploaded it into the cloud you can then come here and import your scribe onto your local desktop so you would just click import here, you would find it on your desktop, and then you would import it into your scribes. Here. This question work icon will take you to the about and the help screen. So it'll show you what version of video scribe you're on. You can leave feedback to video scribe or you can go to the sport page by clicking on support, where you can find things like F accuse and a community board and some answers to some issues you may be having. So what, you're ready to create a describe? You just simply click on the create describe button, and it'll take you to a brand new art board where you can start building your scribe. So let's talk about what you see on the screen and in all your different options. So we've already talked about the back button. This takes you back to your dashboard. This is the safe. So what I like to do is when I first opened up, a new art board is to save it, immediately given and put it in a folder, and then each time it goes to save it, just puts it right where you want it. So let's go ahead and do that and let's say feel share class describe. We're gonna just leave it, gonna leave it in the main folder so that I can see it whenever I need to. And I'm just gonna click save and there we go. So now it's saved, and so each time it goes through and it does my five minute auto setting. It will just save it as that file name into the correct folder, and then I don't have to worry about it. So some of these options are gonna be great out until we place an image. So I'm just gonna quickly place an image, will walk through how to do that in a minute. All right, So if I haven't image here now, I can use the cut in the copy options that are up here in the left hand corner. So if I wanted to cut this off the screen or make a copy of it, I would simply click on these options. You can see exactly how they work. I'm gonna put that back on the screen. Okay, So and then if I wanted to make a copy of it, and then I wanted to paste it onto the screen. So I have another see it just a copy and paste it. Very simple. It just places it right on top of the other ones. You can see in the timeline that there are actually two going to delete that and then over in the top, right you have some other options, So this is to add music to your scribe. If you click that you get a whole library of music, which will go over later. This is to add a voice over two years scribe. You click that, and you can record it directly over top of describe that you've already built, which is very convenient because you can watch it as it plays. But we'll go over more of that. In another lesson, this paintbrush icon will allow you to set a background, texture and color. Don't use this very often. I kind of like the white effect. But if you decided you wanted a texture in the background, they have a few different ones here. Kind of ah, rocky background, some paper textures and that kind of thing. And you can also add a color by clicking on this white box. Here, let's say you wanted it to be an orangey color. Then you can see that the backgrounds changed to an orangey color. You can also add a vignette which will give you kind of ah, shadow around the outside. See, it makes the edges just a little bit darker, so that's a couple things you can do with the background by clicking on this paintbrush icon. Now, the hand icon is kind of interesting because the way that whiteboards work generally show a hand drawing or using a pencil or paintbrush or whatever. So this is where you can do that, and this is gonna be a global setting for this entire scribe. However, if you decide on one of two frames that you want to change the hand, you can easily do that within the timeline itself. This will set your global hand for the entire scribe That saves a lot of time down the road if you pick your hand up front, these are some of my recently used hands. If you want to scroll through, you'll see there three dots here on the bottom. That means they're additional screens. You could just see the ones that you've used, but they also have the option over here of selecting different hands. So if you want a male hand or a female hand or darker skinned hand or the left handed hand , there's a lot of different options here, which is really cool. I think there's even one that looks like a really young hand and one that looks like a really old hand. I think this is the young look how big the pins are on this one. So let's select that, because that's kind of fun. And then when you select your hand, it will show it drawing so that you can get a feel for what the hand looks like, especially if you have a left handed hand. Then you can see kind of how it writes, so just click on it and it gives you a quick preview. You can also see the object they're drawing with. So there are pencils, pens, whiteboard, erasers. There's crayon here. There are some. I think there's a zipper in here is Well, yes. So here's a zipper. I believe this is a sewing needle, so you can select any of these and have that be your global hand. Also, if you want no hand, if you don't ever wanna have a hand showing in your project, you would select no hand and you'll see things will just draw without a hand being show. So I'm going to go ahead. It's like this guy because it's got a nice that Shorty, and that's what I like. So yes. And now any time I use a hand, that's the hand that will show. All right, so now these options over here, you'll see a play from Start, and then this one is a play from frame. So basically, how that works is if you have multiple frames in your timeline. This is your timeline down here, then these two options will be highlighted. So I'm gonna add one more frame so we can see how these work just at an image real quick here, just replacement, and you'll see that we have to different frames here in our timeline. So if I want to play from the very beginning, I can click this and it will play both frames. But let's say I have a timeline that's two minutes long, and I don't want to have to start all the way back at the beginning. Every single time I want to test a frame. I would click on the frame that I want to start from, and I would just click this one and it will play from that starting frame, so that saves a lot of time as well. So you're not having to play the entire describe from the beginning each time. So this icon here is the publish or share icon, and when you click on that, you'll get this dialog box, which has a bunch of different options on it for saving and also will allow you to add a watermark logo atop your entire scribe. So if you click this and you search for your logo on your computer, it will superimpose your logo across the entire scribe so this I can let you download a video to your computer. And when you click that, you'll see a few different options that you have for the format So you can select a dot in movie and a V I, uh, an image sequence of P and G files, which will take each time line frame and just save it out as individual P and G's same thing here. It will save it out. His individual J pegs you can also save is a W and V format. So a few different things to choose from here and then on this option, you can choose your size so 7 20 is generally what I do. I do a lot of things for the Web, so we just keep it high, but still low enough to upload. You could do full high def. 10. 80. You could do Weber Mobile A 360. I don't use this option very much. I find that it gets a little bit pixelated. 6 40 is normal. So I usually sit Stick with the 7 20 and then your frame right here. I haven't played around too much with this, but I assume that the quality would be better. But the file size would be higher. The higher you go and then the opposite, the lower you go. And then here you can also change the name again. You select your check more, then it's going to render your video for you. So this could take quite a while. If you have a large video or just a few seconds since when we have the two frames, so it's gonna draw it out. You can't stop this if you decide you've made a mistake. So if you click on the X here, it will let you cancel that render were continue rendering. So I'm just going to cancel. I'll show you a few other options. So if you click on this link this icon here, you can get the link or the embed code for your video. You just select whether this is public or unlisted, private, and then once you hit okay, it will start rendering. And then it will give you a link once that's done. So it uploads it into the cloud for sparkle on. And this is the link where it's going to be uploaded. Or if you want the embed code so that you can put this into your website, you would copy this code and then you would go to yours TML document where you want to embed this and you would paste it in. So I don't want to go through all that because it's going to render an upload, so there's gonna hit close here, so this button will let you publish it to YouTube. This one will let you share it on Facebook. And as you click through each one, it will ask you about your account settings for each of these platforms, and you'll walk through and set that up and then we'll upload it automatically for you. It takes a few minutes, depending on how big your video is. But you'll get a notice from sparkle once that it is uploaded. And then finally, this power point icon will let you download your video is a PowerPoint document, which I haven't done yet. But I assume that this lets you put it into individual frames in a power point. That's not something I use, but you may find that comes in handy, and then this one is really important. So I don't know if you've noticed, but as we were playing this video in the background, once it's done playing, it kind of zooms in to fill your screen with the two objects that we have on it. And I don't like that feature that's called the zoom at end, so you can select right here to turn that off, which I generally do is part of my set up when I go in and create a scribe. All right, so we're done with this. We're gonna close that screen out again. This help icon, just like we saw in the dashboard, will take it to the about the help page. Okay, so the timeline this area is your timeline And as you put more and more objects on the screen, this will fill up with more and more squares. I'm just gonna throw a couple more pictures on here real quick just so we can have a few different items to choose from. Obviously, this is a real mess. This is not how you would do this, but I just want to get a few items down here for you to see. All right. So if we wanted to scroll back and forth and we had enough to do that, they were just click these back and forth arrows to go back and forth to prescribe. So I should see me do a few times. You can add images to your scribe by clicking on the new image button, which is right here. So once you click that it will open up the video scribe library where you can find hundreds and hundreds of images that you need to use on your scribe. They're alphabetical, so you can simply click through and find the ones you want. And these dust down here again, they indicate how many pages you have for this particular category. You can also search for a term and hit OK, and then it will show you all the items that have rocket in their search terms. We will go over more about the image library and listen to. So that's just a quick overview of what you can do in the library there. So let's choose a rocket. We're going to place it on our art board, and it always places it right in the middle, so you can also go in and add text to your video scribe by clicking on the add new text button. So if you click that we get a very basic dialogue box and let's say add new text here, what you can do on the screen is you can type in your text, and then you can select a phone. If there is not a phone here that you want to use, you can add a phone by clicking on the management's button. You can also center right align left, align the text or you can change the color. So to change the color just very simply, you click on this box and you select color. You can also put in a hex value if you have a particular value that you'd like to use. Just click. OK, that text will now be green, so let's look at the Fonz real quick. You don't have to highlight the text. It's automatically gonna make anything in this text box be this font that you choose so they have a basic phone loaded. You can load a few more funds from your desktop, which is what I've done here, which is why there's a few extras in here. But if you wanted to add something else, you would click on the Manage Collins button, and then it would take you to your funds library so that you can add a new phone. So basically, it just shows you everything that you have already installed on your computer so you can choose any of the thoughts that you have. Let's choose a love of Flender. I'll just quit the plus. Then what it will do automatically is it will load all of your basic characters for you. But if you wanted to add something else Greek, Hebrew, Arabic, you would just select whichever one she want to. Now, keep in mind the more special characters that you add, the larger your file size is going to be, and it may slow you down as you're building. So I generally go with basic characters. Unless I need something really specific, it's going to import 400 characters I'm gonna hit. Okay, then it's going to go through and import all those characters onto my scribe. Now, once that's done, I'll have the option of choosing. That is one of my phones that I'd like to use. Okay, so we're gonna go over a little more about the fallen. Send all the specifics you can do with it once we get to that lesson. But for now, let's just say we've imported that one fund. It's going to be green and left the line, and we're gonna say OK, and it adds it to the middle of your screen, which is really hard to see with that yellow background. But I think you get the idea so we'll go over the phone. It's a little bit more in another lesson, but for now you know how to add an image and how to add some text and all the other options that you could do on this screen. Okay, so one more thing to take a look at is the art board. You'll notice as you move around like you can just click and drag and all of your elements move around. That's actually the art board moving back and forth. So these little items here it's your zoom out, your zoom in. This is to fit to screen so everything comes back up to whatever the percentages to fit to the screen. You can also click on the percentage and type in a number, but the art board It's huge. And if you zoom all the way out, you can see that it just goes and goes and goes, and you can put your story board and you can put your story anywhere you want to on this screen, Which makes it really nice if you want to slide to the right a little bit as you change Sainz or if you want to slide down, left to right, so you have a whole lot of space to work with. It's virtually infinity for the art board. You have tons of space, so it's a little bit different than programs like, say, Illustrator, that has very limited size. Okay, so now that you know about the available features and what each icon mains and the next lesson will create first scribe 3. How to Set the Camera Position: I wanted to go over one more icon on the art board screen that we haven't touched on yet. And that is thesis camera position Icon. It is this icon in the lower right hand corner, you'll see one camera icon with a check mark to set your camera position on one icon with an ex to clear your camera position. So what is the camera position? Basically, the way the video scribe works is it has an almost unlimited art board, and you can scroll around the art board to set your scenes. So if I wanted this to be my first scene, I would have to set my camera position to tell video scribe that I want all of these elements to be visible in the first screen of my scribe. And then when I was ready to have a second scene, I might slide over to the right, and I would say this is my camera position. So let me show you how this works. I have placed these four elements onto my screen, and I position them how I want them to look. And I hope that this will be my first scene. But if you go to play and you haven't set your camera position yet. Watch what happens. So it just centers each piece in the center of the screen and displays it and then zooms back out. And that's not what we want it all. So what we want to do is want the screen to be said in this position and each element to drop onto the screen as you see it here. So I'm gonna zoom out just a little, make sure everything is centered, how I want it So we can do this one of two ways. I can click each element on the art board. Once it gets its bounding box around it, I can click on set camera, and I could just do that with each image. Or I can select all the images that I want from this sane and you'll see that there highlighted with the blue box, and they're also highlighted on the screen. And then once I have all the elements that I want included in this scene, I just click the camera position. Now, if you want to clear that, you'll see that this now was ungrateful out so that you can click on that and clear the position. But again, I want to select all four. Set my camera position and now let's play it and let's see what happens and you'll see that everything's kind of the board doesn't jump around. Everything is drawn exactly as it needed to be in the space that I had designated. So then what I would do for my next scene is I would, you know, push my whole board over to the right, and then I would start adding other elements to the scene here. I would select each of those pieces, said the camera position for this area, etcetera. So I just wanted to go over that with you because it's really important to understand how to set your camera position so that describe plays each scene as you want it to be drawn out. It will also go over this a little bit more as we go through and create your first scribe. 4. Using the Image Library: So now that you know the basics of how the video scribe dashboard works and what each icon on the art board screen does, let's go through the image library and see how you can place an image and how the library works. So as we showed you in less than one to add an image, you click on the add new image icons that will bring up your video scribe library. So the library has hundreds of free vector images that are available for you to use. You can browse by category by scrolling through the list. You can view your recently used images that you may just have used in another scribe. We can click on recommended images to see images that video scribe thinks that you should be using. You can also do a search for any of the images in the image library, so let's type in money that will go through in search all of the images that are tagged with the keyword money you can see down here again. There are a lot of different pages, and I just use the scroll wheel on my mouth by scrolling down. I could go from Page to page. Some of the images will have this red stripe across the top right hand corner. That means that these air premium images and you have to pay to download them and use them . So if you wanted to do that, you would just click on one of the premium images, and then it would give you some information about it, how much it costs, what it's called, who created it, etcetera. And if you click on the little arrow here, it's kind of hard to see. But if you click here, it will animate it for you so you can see how it looks. All right, very nice. So if you wanted to buy it, you would simply agree to the terms. Click on by now, and it would walk you through entering your payment information. We're gonna close out of this now. Down here, you can see that you can upload your own images. Let's say maybe you downloaded one off of a stock site on the Internet. Or maybe you've created one of your own and illustrator you can click right here to upload that image to video scribe. If you would like to create your own animated images to use and video scribe. Be sure to watch my other class on creating custom vector images for use in video. Scribe. You can also upload images from a URL that you may have online so you would just click here . You would enter the full your L for wherever your video lives and click. OK, and then it would upload it so that you can use it in your scribe. So let's go back to the main library. We're going to clear our search term that will take us back to the full library, and then you can just find an image that you want to drop in. That's type woman. And then let's drop in this very excited woman onto our art board. So when you select your image and you place it on the canvas, video scribe automatically places it at 100% size in the center of your screen. Once it's placed here, you can move it around just by clicking on it in dragging. You can also make it smaller or larger, and you can rotate it by clicking on the rotate icon in the middle. So what's your images placed on your art board. You can come down here to the timeline and select the image and get a few different options on what you can do. You can increase or slow down the animation by clicking the plus and minus buttons. You can play your video from this current element, which is the same as if you clicked up here of this arrow. You can delete the item by clicking, delete, or you could look at the image properties box. So let's go over what we can do in the Image Properties box. There are a lot of different options in here, so initially you're taking to the drawing options screen. In this option, you can select how you want the image to be drawn onto the art board. You can select the opacity in the color, and you can select the rotation so you'll remember that I rotated it on the screen so it's 1% rotated, so I'm gonna put it back to zero so it's straight. If you want to flip your image, you click the flip icon that'll rotated. Flip it, spin it. Here we go. So you can also change the speed of your animation. How much Paulist time is between this image and the next image in your timeline on what the transition speed is, you'll see it'll give you down here the total time of your transition, based on how much animation, how much pause, how much transition time you have it So you can change these either by clicking the plus and minus eras or by clicking in the middle, and it will bring up the dialogue box we can type in, then hit. Okay, so let's look at some of the other tabs. The first tab is select Image, which will take you back to the library so you can choose a new image here. So let's say that I wanted to change this woman image out for another woman image, but I didn't want to have to go back in and redo all of my timing settings or the color options or anything else. So if I go up here and I select the image and I replace it with an image this way, then it will keep all of the settings that I had just selected. You'll note that my timing is the same. I pause my rotation everything that was the same on the first image will apply to this new image that I've replaced. Now. If I didn't do that and I had, let's say, come into the art board and I'd selected delete. And then I had added this new image in I would have to resettle of my timings and my rotation and all of that. So really good way to save yourself some time is to replace the image going into the image properties and then selecting the image again here, instead of doing it manually on the art board. Next, if you click on the graphic Filters tab, you'll see there are a few filters that you can apply to your image. So if you wanted to, let's say blurry your image, you can see as I get higher, she gets blurrier. Also click in the middle again and hit the number that you want. You can add a glow. What say we wanted at a yellow glow to this image make it larger. You can see it starts to get a yellow glow around the woman. Change that back brightness. A similar thing. She doesn't look to be getting any brighter but maybe we have to go a bit higher. Yes, there we go. So now she's much, much brighter and then saturation, saying thing that colors would be more saturated. And with contrast, the colors will get more contrast. Um, let's say you wanted to add a drop shadow to her. You would select this button, choose your color and then your angle of offset. And let's make that a little farther so you can actually see it. And you see how this drop shadow was starting to pop out from behind her. You can change the blur so it looks a little more blurry. Sometimes that just makes it look more shadowy. Um, and you can do the opacity up or down. Do you get the idea similar thing here with the inner shadow? Really, it's best just to play with it to get the effect that you're looking for. It's really going to vary based on what your image looks like, and then, if you wanted to do a bevel, you can do that as well. Yeah, I changed that. You can see it starts to add the bevel effect around the edges of the image, so the drawing hand option is the last tab, and basically this allows you to decide how you want the image of that woman to be drawn in . So do you want her to be drawn it with the hand? Do you want no hand and she'll just appear on the screen. You Do You want to use this zipper icon? So there are a lot of different hand options as we went over before. So just select your favorite hand and your favorite writing implements. Man, you can see how that's gonna look. Select. Okay, select the check marks here for okay. And now you can see our beveled, red shadowed woman and let's play her and see how that looks. Yellow pin. And there you go. Okay, so let's go back and look real quick at one more of the image property options. So if you click on this drop down menu, this will allow you to set the way that your images drawn onto the screen. There. Three options, one is to draw. One is to move in and wants to fade in. So let's up the animation time here a little bit so we can see. So if we click draw, and we don't have only draw starts selected. We can click here in preview What's gonna happen so it will come in and draw, and it draws a little bit strangely because it does a thin outline and some of the clothes . So let's to draw only strokes and click play again. Then you can see it draws a little bit better, so it draws the outlines like we wanted to, and then it adds in the color after. So that's why I'm going to select their. So if you wanted to her to move in instead of drawl in, you would select moving from the drop down, and then you would select your angle that she would move in from. So if you wanted to slide in from the top of your screen in, he would select that if you wanted to slide it from the bottom left, right or any corner, you would select how you want it to come in. And then he was select the movement effect so you can come in smoothly. You can overshoot and popped back. You can bounce in or a uniform move in effect, so I've selected the move in from the top angle with the smooth effect. And then let's play that real quick and see how that looks and you'll see she moves in from the top of your screen. That's a little awkward, causes a hand, which I forgot to turn off. So let's go into your drawing hand and when they're moving in. Generally, I like to turn off the hand. I think that just looks a little bit more natural. So I turned off the hand. It's showing me a preview. Go back to my drawing options. I still have it set to move in from the top. Now let's try that again without the hand in place. Then you can see she just slides onto the screen from the top. So now let's say I wanted her to still move in from the top. I want her to overshoot her mark, knock that down a little bit and what play to preview. Then you'll see she comes in from the top, but she overshoots and bounces back in. All right, then let's try bounce, see what that does. So she still comes in from the top, but she bounces in, and then uniform. We preview it. She still comes in from the top, but it's nice and smooth in a uniform motion, so that gives you some idea. And you can play around with that to see what you like the best with your animation time, etcetera. So if we did fade in its very similar and that she just fades right onto the campus. So let's play that. And she has fades in nicely, so there's a couple different options. You have a Sfar, as's when your character is drawn onto the screen. If you want a hands don't want a hand, she fades in, moves in or draws in. So that's how you use the image library and video scribe to drop an image onto your screen and some of the options that are available along with it. And our next lesson will go over how to add and modify text and funds into your scribe 5. Adding Text and Fonts to Your Scribe: in this lesson, we're going to learn how to place text on her art board and then see what our options are. So in order to place in text on your board, you click on the Add new text icon. Once you do that, you'll get this pop up window where you can type in any text you want and then apply some options to it. So let's add some great text here. After you've added your text, you can go in and select a font. Select the alignment and select color for this line of text. So let's make our text purple, and we're going to center it now. This is not a whiskey wig editor, so you're not going to see any of the changes here. You'll just to see see them applied to your board once you hit. Okay. Now, to select the fonts, you click on the drop down menu and you'll see the thoughts that come preloaded. Now if you haven't loaded any fallen, so I think they it comes with two preloaded the basic fall into and then a couple others. So to add any new fonts, you click on the manage font. But that will bring up your options for all the fonts that you can install into video scribe. So basically what you're seeing here is a list of all the fonts that are installed on your computer currently, so you can install any of these. If there's one that you want, that's not on this list than you would need to go to the Internet and download it, and then it should appear in this list and you can add it. So to add a font, let's add American typewriter. You simply click on the plus. Now that will open this dialog box, which has basic characters already selected. Now, if I wanted to add, let's say, Greek characters, I would select that, and it would add those additional characters to my video scribe. Now, if you look here when basic characters is selected, it's going to install 400 characters. But if I had Greek to it now, it's gonna install 800 so that's going to increase the file size of your scribe quite substantially. So what you want to do is only add the characters that you're going to need in your scribe , and that will help you keep the file size down, so I've selected basic characters I'm going to hit. Okay, then it's going to go through and add all the characters for American Typewriter. And then once it's added to your list, you can select, okay, and then make sure over here you go back in and then you select it to apply it American typewriter, and then I will slipped. Okay, ended as it to my heart board. Let's move this up here for a minute. Now you can do pretty much the same things with text that you could do with an image you can enlarge or make it smaller. You can rotate it by using this. So what's your text is placed on the art board. Let's say that you wanted to change the content of this box so you would simply go to the text in your timeline, click on it and then click on text properties to change it. So super easy, you just at more text. Or, of course, you can delete and hit OK, and then it applies it to your current text box again, like images. It has some other options over here. Once you click on the timeline so you can change the speed of your animation. You can play from the current element, which again is like clicking this button up. Here. You can delete the text, or you can go into the property's. So let's click on the properties and see what else we can do. Here. You'll recognize this. It's very similar to the images properties you can select on graphic filters and do similar things like blurring, um, adding a glow, making it brighter, changing the saturation and contrast. And again, you can do a little bit more with drop shadows. You'll see it's got a small grey drop shadow on there now, a little more obvious. Um, you can add an inner shadow and a bubble, just like we did with the woman image in the previous lesson on the drawing options tab. Very similarly to what we do with images. You comptel video scribe how you want your text to be drawn onto the page. So if you wanted to draw in, you simply select draw from the drop down menu. You can also watch a preview and you see how it draws with the hand. Now again, you can change the drawing hand here by going and clicking, it'll show you a preview, and then you can go back to your options and click play, and you can see it drawing with a left handed red cramp so you can also move in and fade in , just like you did with the images again to change your animation, you would change it down here. The pause time between two images, the transition speed, all these things are very simple things that you just kind of want to play around with as you go through and you create your scribe. I haven't used a drawback widget, I'm guessing. That's kind of funny looking. Let's see how that works. Have to slip to draw to make that work. And there you go, riding backwards so lots of different things you can do here very similar to what you did with the images. Let's say you've added a few funds to your scribe, and you want to go ahead and delete them because you decided not to use them. So to do that you can do a couple different things. You can go here and select the text properties and then go into edit the text here and manage the phones. Or you could start over here with the add new text icon and manage the funds. They're Either way gets you to this management's button, which is where you want to go. So click that. And then, let's say, out of all these phones over here on this side, I don't want to use this Museo font, so I'm going to delete it, and it's as easy as that. You just click on the trashcan icon. Now let's say that you have installed this Avenir book phone, but now you decided you need to add Greek characters as well as the basic characters. So in order to do that, you would have to delete it and then you would have to go back, find it on the list at it back in, and then select on the additional characters that you want to install. So just one extra step there, and that's about it. With the fall, it's it's really easy, adding and deleting text. Just keep in mind that sometimes fonts and video scribe don't render a swell as you'd like , so you may have to test a few fonts and see what looks good on your screen. The way it works in video scribe is when a font is imported, a single images created for each character. And so the spacing between those images is a fixed size. So if you have really narrow characters, they may look really squashed together. If you have a fallen like, say, this American typewriter, some of the letters may have more space because they're a little bit wider than some of the other characters. So unfortunately, there are no options and video ascribed to Kern or to track your letters or your lines of text. So the best type of fought to use and video scribe is a mono spaced Balint, which uses a uniform spacing between each character and that ends up rendering better on your screen. So there are a lot of mono spaced fonts available, so you may have to just kind of test out and see what works I do. Like American typewriter, it seems to work really well. The Avenir book worked really well for me, and there were a few others, so I just tested out a few different bonds on a blank scribe. You know, that I used is the test. And then I figured out which ones I really liked and made my own list of what I had installed that works well and video scribe. So in the next lesson, we're going to review the timeline and setting the camera so that we can create a first scribe. 6. Creating a New Scene: So now that you know how to create a describe and how to add images and text, let's create a scene and learn how you can use the timeline and timing options to create an engaging scribe. So I started a new scribe with a few elements in place so that we can go over what I've done and then we'll add to it. So when you click on describe to open it, you'll see that it draws the entire scene or both scenes of your scribe all together and then zooms all the way out. So if you want to start on scene one, all you have to do is click on an element in the timeline from that scene and then double click on it, and it will bring you to that set camera position for that first scene. Okay, so let's say we want to add something to our scene. I want to add it at the very beginning. So I'm gonna click on my very first item in the timeline, and then I'm just gonna add some quick text. So let's say well, to put seen one and I want to draw very first. I'm gonna shift it to the front, and I'm just gonna move this over here. All right, So now let's say we want to add that same text and the same timing and all the elements of this item to our second ST so I'm going to select it. See, It's the blue highlight around it going to go up here and I'm going to click copy. And then I'm gonna come over here and I wanted to go after Hello, I'm Melissa. But before the first part of my next scenes, I'm going to click here, and when I paste, it will add it to the timeline after the element that I had selected. So it puts it right here, which is where I want it now. It does still say in the same place on the scribe. It just tastes right in front. So you will have to come up here and then drag it over to your next scene. So I'm just gonna do that here real quick. I'm going to double click on this girl to make sure I'm at the right camera position. Then I have this text here which I'm going to edit by clicking on text properties. Don't make it say seeing too and save. There we go. So now you have seen to on scene to and seen one over here on scene one. Now, I do not set my camera for either of these two things, so that's what I need to do next. So the way I do that is I click on one of the elements that I know already has its camera positions set a double. Click it to make sure it's set in the right area. And then I select my item that I need to set a swell and I click set camera position. I'm gonna go and do that for seen Tuas. Well, what I'm noticing here, though, is that this text is still on this scene. And although it hasn't drawn yet, I kind of want it shoved over. Just love it. So I'm gonna go here to seem to that I'm gonna take that element and I'm going to move it down here and then double check that my camera property iss set. Then I'll select it and click set camera position and that's it. So now if I play this from beginning, let go when it will draw that. First it'll draw my girl and then the speech bubble. Then it will shift over to seem to dressing to first the girl, the burst and then the text. And there we go. Super simple. Okay, so let's say now we want to add 1/3. Same to our scribe. So what I'm going to do is I'm going to copy this scene too, Like we did last time. Click here. So it places after this element it paste. Then I'm going to take it, and I'm going to drag down to my new location. Is gonna edit this textural quick scene three. You don't have to put these seen numbers on here. I just think it kind of helps as we're going through this. So let's create a little scene here. I'm going to put some mountains, marches to fit the screen a little better, and then I'm going to add this cute little RV and trailer sit right here, and then I'm going to add some text. I love camping. Choose our Funt and I want this to be centered and purple. Okay, so know that all that's in place, let's go through and look at our timing's. So the mountain saying is a little bit complex, got a lot of things going on, so I'm gonna make that draw a little bit slower. So you get a good feel for the hand drawing and let's look at are pause, I think the pauses, good transitions. Good. For now, it's set to draw only the strokes. So that's right. And my hand is set. I believe to this guy. All right, so that's done. And then let's look at the RV. So I want this camper to move into the screen almost like he's drawing on the screen. So if I go into my image properties, I don't want this one to draw. And I wanted to move in from the left in a smooth effect that looks like he's driving onto the screen. So I'm gonna make that take about, um, minute, 0.8 seconds. And then at the end, I wanted to pause for half a second, and I don't want a hand on that one. Say OK, and then I love camping. It's just text. It's not much text, so I'm gonna make it a 0.6 seconds and then that's it. So let's set our camera position by clicking all the items in this scene. Click in camera position. All right, then let's play from the beginning of this scene, trees and camping. The car moves in from off the screen. And then I love camping. Pretty simple. So if you wanted to do a couple of the things, let's say you're placing this camper image onto the screen, but you still need to be able to see what's going on back here. As you're building this scene, you can turn the layers often on so that you can see behind it. Maybe you wanted to get a good feel for what was behind it, or move the element that was behind it. You can just turn the scenes often on, And if you have a scene, turn off and let's say maybe you have multiple items turned off. This double eyeball over here will highlight so that you can click it and see everything at the same time. So this guy back and that's it. So in our next video, we're going to go over how to add music and how to add a voice over to our scribe 7. Adding a Voiceover and Music: in this video, we're going to go over how to add a voiceover and or music to your scribe. It's really very simple. You can do it right here in video, scribe, or you can record through 1/3 party app, or you can download music online and then upload it to your scribe. So let's go over a couple things. You'll see your icons up here for adding music and for adding a voice over to your scribe when the icon is blue. That means there's already a voiceover applied, and if there were music already applied, this icon for the music would be blue as well. So let's look first at the voiceover. What you'll see when you first come to the voiceover page is that it immediately redraws your entire video like it does when you first open your scribe. So what you can do is you can record right here inside of this little box. If you didn't want to record here and video scribe, you could click this icon to import a voice over. Or you could click this icon to type of your L. A. Where your voice over lives online. So there are a few reasons you might want to record directly and video scribe, and there are a few reasons why you might not. So one reason to recorded video scribe is that it will actually play described for you as you're speaking so you can match your voice to what's drawing on the screen. One reason not to record a video scribe is because you don't get any edits. You get one take all the way through. And if you don't like it, then you have to do it again. So I like to record mine inaudible and then apply it to describe and then adjust my timing as needed to the elements in the timeline. But just for just for an example, we're gonna go through and I'm gonna show you how you might record for this very simple to ST Scribe. So I currently have a voice over already in place. As you can see, it will allow me to play or delete it. Let's just play it real quick and you'll see it growing as the voiceover place I'm here. Welcome to my new video. I think you'll enjoy it because this video is awesome and there we go Super simple. Now, you may have noticed that the quality of the audio may have changed during this recording, so I can't actually record through my hits on microphones. What's playing on my computer? So I'm unplugged right now, so it may sound a little bit different for the rest of video, But trust me when you do recording video scribe, if you're recording on your microphone, the quality is much better, and it's not gonna sound so tending. Okay, so what we can do here is I'm going to go ahead and delete this voice over, and we're gonna record another one, and I'll show you all the steps, so I just click delete, Okay? And now you see that I have a couple other options here. If I had multiple microphones since drop down would show them all to me. But I only have built in right now, so that's my option. I was have the option to play described as I recorded, So I keep that selected. And then here's my record, but so I'm going to go ahead with for this and then you'll see that it plays as I do it. Digital countdown. Hi, there. I'm Melissa. Welcome to my video scribe. I think you're going to like it because this video is awesome and that's it. Now it's gonna process the audio, apply it to your scribe, and then we can play it and see how it looks. Were there my Melissa. Welcome to my video spot. I think you're going to like it, but this this video is awesome. There you go. So you can see exactly how it works based on when your animation lows onto the page. So I'm gonna hit the check mark to say okay, and to apply that to my stride. Now it's part of my scribe. See, it's applied because I have a life. So let's look at some music options. Looking on the music icon now, videos Fried has a really good library of all kinds of music on their based, or they're categorised on comb, which is one duck see here, and heavy, which is three dots or four dots. I think that goes before so you can kind of order these based on what you're looking for. And it will also show you the timing here. So you can also over these based on how long they are. So what I like to do is I like to go short so long. And I do that because one most of my scribes, a fairly short usually men of less, but also because the longer the music is, the bigger the file is, which then also applies to your scribe so it can make your scribe load slower or, you know, just have mawr file size. So I usually start with short to long. And then again, with all the dots down here, you can see his multiple pages of music, which you can navigate by just using your scroll mouse scroll wheel on your mouse. So let's look at a couple of these and see what they sound. Um, that's a little slow for me much, huh? Looking for something to call. Okay, so that's nice. Find a gentle in the background. I could see that working. So I'm going to select that you'll see when I click on the name. It applies it up here as my music that I have selected. Now I can also going way down. I could lose it if it's not long enough for my scribe, so That's something you might want. Think about is if you have, let's say a two minute scribe. But you don't want to put a two minute audio file with you. Get 30 minutes come audio file and just Well, let's do that. You won't need it here. It's played check volume, and I think that sounds pretty good. Okay, so I'm going to select, okay? And now it's going to apply that to my scribe. You see again, Music Icon now along whatsoever. So let's play this from the beginning and see what we've got. Were there. Melissa. Welcome to my videos. I think you're going to like it is This video is awesome. Okay, so I don't like the music. I'm gonna go in and change. It's why I have to do is put on the music icon again. Then I want something that starts faster because that takes a minute for to really begin. So let's go with this guy. Starts pretty quickly. That is there a little just that. Let's go with that. And then let's try again. They're my Melissa. Welcome to my videos. Good luck. It is. This video is awesome. So I think I like that, I'm going to stick with that music. It goes well with what's happening on screen, and you can still hear the voice over on top. So that kind of gives you a good overview of how to add a voiceover and use it to your spry . And our next lesson. We're going to talk about saving and publishing your scribe. 8. Saving and Publishing Your Scribe: now that you have your scribe all finished up with your images, text, voice over and music, let's talk about how to save your video file or to publish it online. To download a publisher scribe, we're going to click the share icon in the upper right hand corner, and this will show you all of the options you have to export your file in order to see all of these options at the bottom, you have to be using the paid version of video scribe. If you don't and you're on a free trial than the download option here and they get a share link or embed code option will be great out. So let's review the options that are on your screen. So this little box right here will allow you to add a watermark logo to your scribe, which is pretty cool if you want to kind of trademark the entire thing. If you don't want to go through an ad, your logo to every frame of your scribe, you would just click the plus button. Then you go into your desktop search for your logo and add it here, and then it would appear in the bottom corner of every scene on your scribe. So a few options that you have you'll see a power point icon here. So if you click here, it will download your described as a PowerPoint document, and it will put your entire scribe onto one frame. So then you could go through and edit your power point. Um, somehow, with that, I'm not real sure the use of having it is a power point. But it is an option you have here. You can also publish it to Facebook or to YouTube. And how that works is you would click here and it would ask you for your Facebook credentials, and it would log you on. It would ask you to allow it access and then would publish automatically for you. It renders describe first, and then it publishes it, either to the Facebook or you two platforms for this icon, the get share link or embed code. What this does is it renders your video, and then it uploads it to the sparkle cloud or to their website, and it gives you the embed code to embedded onto a website. So if we go through this, they're a couple options in here Since it is uploading to sparkles website, it allows you to select if you want to be public, unlisted or private. So generally I'll just say unlisted, cause I'm generally Onley uploading it there so that I can then download it as an MP four, which will walk there as well. So I'm gonna say enlisted and I'm going to hit, okay? And then it takes a minute to go through and do the processing. So it gives you this link here and that shows you where it lives on the sparkle website. Now what I tend to do and the only reason I really use this option is that if I go to the sparkle website and I follow this link, I can then right, click and then download. It is an MP four, which gives me really, really small file size of my video. And that's the only way you can get an MP four option from your video. So that's something good to keep in mind. You would just paste this Lincoln to your browser than right click on the video when it appears, and then say save as, and it would give it a few for option. Something else you can do is you can copy this, I frame code and then put it onto your website and then it will embed your video on to the website. So I'm not gonna walk through that. But you get the idea. If you goto sparkle website, you can see your video there and then the last option is the download video. Now you have a few different options in here. You can download it as a quick time movie and a V. I file an image sequence as a PNG or as a J Peg and a W M V file. I generally go with a quick time movie, cause that works for most the platforms that I'm on. You can also change the size of the video based on you know, if you have to upload it, maybe you want something that's a little smaller. If you want to look really nice, you may want something larger that has better quality. So you can see through here full high, Dev Web and mobile normal. I usually stick with 7 20 That seems to give me ah small enough file size at a good enough quality that works for me. You can change your frame right here. I'm sure this also adjust the size of your file. Um, and then you can change your title as it's going to download, and you can select what folder you would like it's download into by clicking here. It'll pop up a dialog box to let you select where you want to download. I'm not going to go see that, because it does take a minute, but you would just click OK, it would run to your video, and then it would save it as you requested. And then that's it. It's as easy as that to download your file to one of these formats. Sometimes I have had issues with connecting with YouTube and Facebook, but what I do in those instances is I just download it as a movie like we just discussed, and then I'll upload it manually. So if there is some connection issue with getting to one of these two platforms, it's always an option to download it and then just upload it yourself. And that's it. So I hope that explains pretty well how to create your inscribe and then how to export it for use online for your cross project. I'd love to see ascribe that you create using the information you've learned in this class . It doesn't have to be super intricate or even that long, but I'd love to see a few images, some text. And if you're feeling industrious, to go ahead and add music or voice over to it too, I can't wait to see what you create. Have fun and good luck.