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Tips & Tricks for Videoscribe Animation - Part II

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

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4 Lessons (13m)
    • 1. Intro video

    • 2. How to use Animated GIFs in your Scribe

    • 3. Make Your Scribe Smaller With These Optimization Tricks

    • 4. Export Your Scribe as an MP4 file

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About This Class

This class will give you an overview on three different tips & tricks you can use your in Videoscribe Animation:

  • Using Animated GIFs in your scribe
  • Optimizing your scribe
  • Exporting as an MP4

I'll walk you thru how to use animated GIFs and give you a few options on how to create your own. You will also learn multiple techniques on how to reduce the file size of your scribe thru various optimization techniques. And lastly, exporting as an MP4 file is not something you can do natively within Videoscribe. Our tip will show you how to easily get an MP4 of your scribe!


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✨Web & Graphic Designer 20+ Years✨


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1. Intro video: Hi, everyone, This is Melissa. Welcome to part two of tips and tricks for video scribe. In this class, I'm going to show you how to use animated GIFs in your scribe various ways to optimize your scribe, to make the file size smaller and how to export. Your scribe is an MP four file. I don't want to bore you with a long intro, so let's just jump right into the lesson. 2. How to use Animated GIFs in your Scribe: Hey there, this is Melissa, and in this lesson, we're going to discuss using animated GIFs in your scribe. Did you know that you can use animated GIFs and videos? Scribe? You can, and there are some readily available options for you to use within the video scribe library . To be your options, click on the Image icon and then type gift into the search bar to show all of the available gifts in the video scribe library. It'll show up and we'll show you all of these options. You can see the pages and pages of them. There was a whole lot of different ones that you can choose from. So let's select a gift and we'll drop it onto our art board. All right, let's choose this one. This hasn't good animation in it. Okay, so now that that's placed on your art board, you cannot watch it play without hitting one of these play heads and kind of testing how it works. So in orderto kind of watch it and change your settings at the same time. Let's go into image properties and we can watch it play right here so you can see it spins nicely and now we can adjust some of our drawing options to make this fit into our scribe the way we want it to. Now. The play option will cause the animated GIF to play continuously throughout your entire scene and even after you've switched to your next scene, so it just continues to play in the background. I don't generally choose that because I find it distracting to have the gift continue to play. Sometimes I just want a little burst of animation to draw the viewer's eye to a certain location on the screen. Um, so I don't generally play continuously, so I usually leave that de selected now. What you can do here with this fit to time is that it sets the timing of the animated GIF based on how long your animation is set up to play here. So let's say we have this set to two seconds, but this animation place for one second, then it'll play two times before it stops playing because it's animated for two full seconds. Um, so that's a good way to kind of determine the link that you want this to play is to fit the time instead of pure animation and test tell how many times that it plays. You can also do loop, which will cause it to loop over and over again based on this animated time. So if we have this for 10 seconds and again, this is one second long. It'll play through 10 times and then stop. You can set the opacity in the rotation of your image here as well. I generally keep 100% but if you wanted some special effect where it's just kind of in the background, you could change that here just by typing in your number or by clicking on the plus and minus arrows. You could see it adjust here in your preview window. Then you can rotate it. Here is Well, um, you can also do that on your dartboard just by choosing the rotation icon and and swiveling in around The last option is multiply, and that's a little bit different. So I'm gonna show you kind of how this works. So let's put a colored background on our art board so you can see what I'm talking about to make this blue. Now, if you go back into your image properties, you'll see that multiplies selected. So if you had this in normal mode, you'll see that it has a white bounding box behind the animated GIFs. And the reason that is is because video scribe doesn't allow for transparency on animated GIFs in the video scribe program. So if I were to play this, it would play nicely. But you would see this white bounding box on top of the blue. So in order to get rid of that, you select multiply, and what that does is it takes the colors of the animated GIF. So the white background and it multiplies it against the darker color of the blue, which makes the Blue Show through. I guess, if you want to call it that makes the Blue Show through the white. And since black is the darker of the colors, the black stays on top. That's a little bit hard to explain, but basically, if you put it on, multiply and you have a white background, it's basically going to disappear. There are a couple other options in here as well. There's layer, which is very similar to how normal works difference, which takes the colors of your animated give and, uh, performs an equation on the color that's behind it. So let's say this blue was yellow. Instead, this animated GIF will look completely different on top of it, so you can achieve some interesting effects with that. But it's not something I use very often. I would generally select multiply so that it looks like the animated GIF is transparent. So I'm going to play set into my board, and then I'm going to select play. You can see that it plays for two seconds. That's it. It's super easy. They have a lot to choose from in the library. But if you wanted to create your own animated GIFs for your video scribe, you can do it through a couple free programs online. There's one called Make a gift dot com. Um, and then there's gift paint. Both of those are fairly simple, and we'll let you create some of your own animated GIFs to use in your video scribe. So that's it's pretty simple to drop in an animated GIF from their library or to import your own 3. Make Your Scribe Smaller With These Optimization Tricks: If you've created describe in the past, you may have noticed that when you exported the file, it was pretty large and might have taken a long time to export or to upload. So the size of your finish scribe is based on multiple elements. But then describe the number of images or text elements and describe the file size of your images when you import them. The total time span of describe the addition of music or voice overs the import quality you use when bringing in images, which will affect the size of your scribe for every image and when exporting described the video format resolution frame rate can also increase or decrease your scribe size. So if you're trying to get the size of your scribe to be smaller, you're a few things you can try. First, you can try to reduce the number of images or text elements and describe you can optimize your images before you import them. So try using something like Photoshopped, Tiny P and G to reduce the size of P and G and J pic images without too much loss in the quality, you could also use something like imagery. Sizer to reduce the image. Or you can try gimp toe optimize prior to importing into your scribe. You can also clean up your images before importing them. So let's say you're importing an SPG image from the Internet. Or maybe you used auto trace to create an SPG from an image. So you may have a really large number of nodes in your SPG, which will make that file size bigger so you can run your SPG file through an SPG cleaner to remove any unnecessary data. Or if you have illustrator, you can delete paths from this from the SPG by using the Simplify command and illustrator, which is object and then path and then simplify and that will delete some of the extra nodes. You could also try to make the length of describe shorter by taking out some animation time , reducing your paws or transition time in the video so the length of the scribe can also contribute to how big your file sizes. You could use shorter audio clips in your music in your voice over, so let's say I have a three minute scribe. I don't always pick a piece of music that's three minutes long. Sometimes I'll find something that's 30 seconds long, and I'll just loop it so the file sizes smaller because the time is shorter. So if you can find something toe loop instead of a full length music pace, that'll help is well. You can also use a lower default image import setting when adding images so you can set up your default, import quality and the global settings. On the main page of video scribe, you just click the college icon on the bottom left hand corner, open your use of preferences and then change the image quality setting. And that will change every image that you import to come in At a smaller resolution, you can use the W envy or a V I output format, so these take a little bit longer than the dot in movie to export. But it results in a lower video file size at the end. So you could also render your scribe the show dot Co, which I went over in one of my previous lessons. And once you do that and it's uploaded to the Sparkle Cloud, which is show dot Co, then you can right click on your video and then downloaded is an MP four, which is the smallest file type of the video format options. So you were just uploaded to Sparkles Cloud, which is an option in the export settings and then right click on it and download is an MP four. You can also choose a lower output resolution, so maybe you would choose 7 20 standard H D instead of the 10 80 full HD, so that'll be much smaller. Um, you could also go even smaller than that and go with 3 60 Web mobile or 6 40 which is normal, so any of those options will make it to your file a bit smaller. You can also use a lower output frame rate, so this will reduce the number of frames per second in your scribe, and that will also result in a smaller file size, so you may not be able to do all of these things within each scribe. But by doing a few of these things, or even just one or two, you can reduce your file size. This making your file uploads and exports quicker and making it easier to share your files when you're done. I hope you learned something useful in this quick little tip. If you have any questions, feel free to reach out in the comments below. I don't get back to you. See you in the next class. 4. Export Your Scribe as an MP4 file: Hey there, this is Melissa. And today we're going to talk about exporting your scribe as an MP four file. So there are a couple ways that you can make your scribe smaller and one of them is exporting. Your file is an MP four, so I wanted to quickly show you how to do that. So if you open up your scribe and then you go to your share and export settings, you'll see that there isn't actually an option to export. Is an MP four you can export is a dot in movie and a B. I. An image sequence using pings and J pegs or a W M V movie. But that's it. There's no MP for option here. You can also published directly to YouTube Facebook or is a power point, but again doesn't give you the option to do an MP four. So what you need to do is click on the share link and that will publish your video to the sparkle cloud. And then, from there you can download it is an MP four, so let's walk through how to do that real quick. I've got my scribe open. I've clicked on my share link and then I'm going to click on Get Share link or in bed code , which is the second icon here. Now when I do that, it's going to ask me a few things like, Do I want it to be public, unlisted or private? I don't really care. All I'm doing this for is to get it on their cloud so I could get it in p four version. So I'm just going to say Enlisted and then click. OK, and then it's going to go through its upload. So basically what happens is it gives you this screen so you know where the link is. It also gives you this in bed code if you're going to put this into a website. So what I'm going to do then is I'm going to copy this link and then I'm going to click see Video online and that will open up a browser window, and it will take me to the Sparkle Page where it's uploading my video. Now it takes a few minutes. This will go through and will say, Hang in there, your video. Be ready soon, but you'll get an email as soon as the video is published, and then you can go find your video and get the MP four format. Okay, so I got a notice that my video is almost published. And then in a minute, I should get another one saying that it's done, and then we can go and download that MP four format. And there you go. That's my notification that the video is now live on Shoko, which is sparkles Cloud Server. So I'm going to paste in the link that I had copied before and see if it'll refresh and there it is. Okay, so then all I'm going to do is I'm going Teoh put my cursor over the video, right click on it and then clicks a video as and then it gives me the option to save. It is an MP four movie. I'm going to rename it, uh, the movie test and then click safe and that's it. Okay, so now what I want to do now that that's exported is I'm going to go to my finder. I'm going to show you the size difference between a dot Mobi, which is what I normally download a file as and the MP for that we just downloaded. So I just go to my finder. And here in my two files, you'll see the MP four that I downloaded. It's 431 K in the dot movie file, which was just done at 7 20 p, downloaded at 15.2 megs. So you can see that this is a much better option for uploading to things like Instagram or Facebook. Little upload a whole lot faster. And, um, you don't really lose inequality. When you play, It looks great. So that's it. Super simple. It's just a really easy way to get an MP four file that you could then use to upload to your social sites or even email to somebody.