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Tips & Tricks for VideoScribe Animation

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

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3 Lessons (10m)
    • 1. Intro to Tips & Tricks for VideoScribe Animation

      0:15
    • 2. Batch Importing images into VideoScribe

      8:44
    • 3. Wrap Up and Class Project

      1:00

About This Class

Welcome to my 'Tips & Tricks' for VideoScribe Animation series!

In this tips and tricks lesson, I’m going to show you how to batch import images into Videoscribe, how to best setup your images for batch importing, and how to create your own library on your hard drive for ease of use in video scribe.

We will be using Adobe Illustrator to setup our vector images for import, and then we will batch import them into VideoScribe. I will also show you how to create your own local library on your hard drive for ease of use when searching for your own custom images.

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1. Intro to Tips & Tricks for VideoScribe Animation: Hi, This is Melissa. Welcome to my class. On tips and tricks for video scribe. In today's lesson, we're going to learn how to batch import images into video scribe and how to create a custom library on your hard drive. I hope you enjoy the class. Let's get started. 2. Batch Importing images into VideoScribe: Hey there, this is Melissa. And in this tips and tricks lesson, I'm going to show you how to batch import images into video scribe, how to best set up your images for batch importing and how to create your own library on your hard drive for ease of use and video scribe. So, unfortunately, video scribe doesn't let you batch import and then save your images in their library. So work around, I found, is to create your images on your desktop and then upload them from a zip file is needed. So let me show you how well do that. So when I'm looking for specific icons or images to use in my scribes, I generally start on istock photo dot com. I have a monthly subscription with Istock, so it's an easy go to for me to find good quality vector images. If you don't have a subscription with a good vector image source, there are a lot of free sources online, where you can download vectors such as deposit photos dot com picks, obey dot com and friendly stock dot com. Those sites offer free vector images or images for download. There are plenty of others to if you do a quick online search. Conversely, you can always draw your own vectors and use them in the same way. So if you want to learn how to draw urine vectors, you can watch my other class on creating custom animated vectors for video scribe, where I'll show you a step by step process on how to create an animate your own vectors. Okay, so first of all, I don't. I found this image on Istock. I downloaded it to my computer, and then I opened them up in Illustrator. So first I've saved this CPS file onto my hard drive, and I named it transportation icons. So next I will separate them all into their own art boards. So if you watched one of my other video scribe classes, you'll know that the best size to set up your images is onto a 480 by 480 pixel art board. So I'll do that here by creating an art board indiscreet this over, and I'm just going to draw on our board here, and then I'm gonna change its size here. Two for 80 by for 80. You see, it's rather big zoom out a bit. This is illustrator that I'm using. And this is a really good way to do this because they stay as their vector format and you can easily export them as S. P. G's. So then what I'm gonna do is I'm just gonna drag each image over to its own art board in larger to fit, get it fairly centered. And then I'm just gonna repeat that process with every single one of these to get them all into their own art board. And it's a little bit of work. It really pays off in the end, because then you have all these images set up the way that you need them to, so that you can use them later. So I'm going to kind of zoom through this real quick and set up a bunch of art boards and then fast forward so that you don't have to watch me do all this. But basically what I'm gonna do is I'm gonna go set up a whole series of art boards first, that I'm going to drag all the icons on to their respective art boards and then, uh, just go from there to get him all set up. - So now that I've gotten each image onto its own individual art bored I'm going to save this file as an SPG image. And using art boards to create each image is an individual file. So they'll all import a single images, which is really cool, so it makes the saving process go really quickly. So I'm gonna go to file and then save as then down here, I'm going to select SPG. And then, most importantly, I'm going to click this use art boards check box here. And what's that's going to do is it's going to create each art board as its own individual file mental click. Save Now for the SG V options. You're going to basically leave it as illustrated gives it to you. So 1.1 spg type you want. Make sure it says in bed presentation attributes is the best thing to select here. Then you just gonna click OK, and then it's gonna create all of those icons for you by saving his SPG, and now that's done. So once that's done, you can go to your desktop and you can go find all those images and you'll see right here that it has saved each one of them as transportation icons. 01 transportation icons 02 So it has taken all of them and saved out those 20 art boards as their own individual files, which is perfect. That's exactly what we want. You know, what we're gonna do is we're going to select those icons just the SPG ones, not my original illustrator file on a Mac. We're going to right click, and we're going to select compressed 20 items, and it's gonna create this archived file for us. I don't know why it opens the second window, but it does. So I'm gonna close that. And now here I'm just gonna go. And I'm gonna name this transportation images dot zip just so I know exactly what's inside this zip file. Okay, so now once that's done, let's go back to video scribe, and we're going to import all these images at one time. So we're going to click on the image icon. We're gonna cook on the upload images icon, and then we're going to go and find those transportation images as we saved him on her hard drive. And here it is transportation images dot zip all Select that and I'll click open and you'll see it imports all the images. I'm not sure why. It's giving me a blank as well. Um, we're gonna figure that out later. But for right now, you can see that it brings all your images into the video scribe in one hit. So don't get too excited right now because these images are not going to remain in video scribe or in the library unless you use them in your scribe. And you cannot select more than one at a time, which is a real bummer. But I saw on video scribes HelpAge recently. I think it was on May 1st, and they're working to include an option toe let you create your own library and a future release a video scribe. So knowing how to do this batch import and setting things up properly now is gonna help you down the road when that option becomes available. So basically, from here, you're going to select the image that you want to use and it'll place on your scribe. So I've got this boat and now you'll see that if I go back into the library. It puts it into my recently used. So sometimes when I'm gonna what I'll do is if I know I'm going to use all of these images . At some point, I'll just go through and I'll take the time to either import all of them and place them on my art board. Or I'll just keep importing the zip over and over and then selecting and adding, and then I'll just go through one at a time and do that until they're all in there. And then I know that I've got all the images I need in my recently used folder, which makes it a little easier down the road. Um, because you'll see it just stacks them here for you. And then, as I'm ready to use them in my scribe, I can pull them from there. It's a really kind of glitchy band aided work around. But if you're gonna have a long scribe and you have a lot of images that you need to use, you know kind of does save you time down the road once all of them are in there. So if you feel like going ahead and uploading them, that's great. If not, then what happens is down the road. Let's say you're creating a new scribe. You're like, Oh, man, I need a picture of a boat. I know I had a picture of a boat in those transportation images. Well, now all you would have to do is go back and find this folder that has your transportation images in it and then upload the image that you want to. And you can see here that I have created other images as well. So I have medical household images, food and drink. So when I go and create ascribe down the road and I've already created each of these on their own art board, then all I have to do is import them one by one. And then I kind of have my own library right here on my desktop. So that's kind of what I'm getting to here is, if you find images you want to use and you can take the time to create each of them on their own art board, then you're kind of creating your own library on your desktop, and that's it. Super easy. So that's how you batch import images into video scribe. And then that's, you know, setting up this kind of independent library on your own hard drive to search all your images from to make it a little bit easier when you're creating your scribes. So keep your eye out for my next video scribe. Tips and tricks lesson. It's coming soon, Thanks. 3. Wrap Up and Class Project: I hope you've enjoyed this quick tips and tricks class on how to batch import your vector images into the describe and how to create your own custom library on your hard drive. I know it's not ideal. That video scribe won't let you import directly into their library, but hopefully with some of the things you've learned here, you can use this work around to make building your scribes a little bit easier. And when the library option becomes available on video scribe, you'll already be one step ahead of the game. So for your class project, I don't really have a set project in mind. But what I would love is to hear your feedback on how this option worked for you. Did it speed up? Your workflow did help you in building your latest scribe? Or do you have some insight for me into a work around to make importing and finding images for the video scribe library a bit easier? I would love to hear your feedback and input on what you learn in this class or what you want to share with others and the project section of the class below. Thanks so much for watching. I hope you'll join me on my next tips and tricks class