Can you imagine a world without visuals? No social media apps to scroll through while you have your morning coffee, no billboards when you walk outside? In the last 20 or so years, where visual content reigns supreme, animated videos have become an irreplaceable part of our daily lives.
It might not seem that way at first, but think about it – whether you’re an entrepreneur showcasing your latest products, a teacher looking to simplify a complex topic, or even just an individual looking to show off your creativity – learning how to make cartoon videos or other animated videos, provides an excellent opportunity to engage your audience and create a memorable experience for them.
Animated videos come in many different forms. There are simple product explainer videos that demonstrate how products work, for example, or social media ads that grab your attention and convince you to make a one-click purchase (guilty!). As mentioned, there are also educational animated videos that help learners grasp a concept easily. There are also personalized greetings, company introductions… the list is endless.
You’re probably thinking that creating these animated videos sounds like a lot of work. You'd have to create a storyboard, find the right music, edit the entire thing, etc.… Let us put your mind at ease; it’s actually very simple! With the help of Unboring by Reface, your animated videos can come to life in just a few minutes.
How to Create Animated Videos by Restyling a Regular Video
Before we jump in, let’s first discuss the two different types of animation that Unboring offers.
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With Unboring, you have the power to animate videos from pre-existing videos, and you can also animate videos from still images. In this section, we will talk about animating and restyling a pre-existing video. Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to do it:
1. Head over to Unboring Restyle
Here, you will be asked to upload the video you want to animate. This could be anything – a video of you, a product demo, or anything else that you wish to animate.
2. Select your animation style
Once your chosen video is uploaded, you’ll have your pick of many different styles to play around with, from claymation to Van Gogh and everything in between. Just pick your favorite and click ‘Restyle’ at the bottom of the screen.
3. Rome wasn’t built in a day
After this, feel free to make yourself a drink or a snack while you wait for the animation to be created. This can take a couple of minutes, depending on the length and quality of your video. Also note that while your animation is processing, you can go ahead and restyle another video if you want to.
4. Your masterpiece is ready
When your animated video is ready, you will get a notification, and you’ll be able to view and download your new video. Once you’re happy with it, click ‘Download video’ at the bottom right of your screen to make sure your work isn’t lost.
It’s really as simple as that. So go ahead, click here, and start animating your videos for free.
How to Make an Animation from a Still Picture
As mentioned above, animations don’t always require a pre-existing video, Unboring also allows you to animate still images. Here’s how you can do it in just a few steps:
1. Visit Unboring Animate
Please note that this will take you to a different page than the one linked above. However, as before, you will be asked to upload your chosen image. This could be any photo with a face.
2. Select your motion
You will then have your pick of different animations and sounds. Unboring’s library ranges from familiar Friends catchphrases to Guns N’ Roses songs. All you have to do is choose what you’re in the mood for and let us do the rest. Once you’ve made your selection, click ‘Animate’ in the bottom right corner.
Unlike with video animations, this only takes a couple of seconds, so there won’t be any waiting around involved.
3. All done
Once you’re happy with your animation, click ‘Download’ and share it on whatever platform you like.
Our Top Tips for Video Animation
Now that we’ve covered how to create animated videos from scratch, let’s dive into some strategies that will take your animations to the next level:
1. Keep It Simple
As with most things, simplicity is usually key. Avoid over-saturating your videos with too many elements. Keep your background simple and tidy; you don’t want your viewers getting distracted by clutter.
Additionally, if you’re just starting out with video animation, you’ll want to keep things simple anyway as you put your story together and figure out the message you’re trying to convey. Keep playing around with it, and you’ll be a pro in no time.
2. Add Sound Effects and Music
They say that in film and animation, sound makes up around 50% of the storytelling experience. Sound should never be an afterthought but rather an active player in your animation. Always add sound effects – they play a significant role in the viewer’s experience. Luckily, Unboring offers a large library of audio options for you to choose from, so you’ll easily find one (or a few!) that fits your story perfectly.
3. Use Humor and Emotion
We all love scrolling through social media and watching funny videos (you know the app I’m talking about). Furthermore, laughing can activate and relieve your stress response, so it’s good for your health too. Animated videos can be even more relatable and memorable, so don’t forget to add a touch of humor to your animations.
4. Cheer Someone Up
You know your friends better than anyone. So, if you know that someone’s having a bad day, or you just want to make them smile, why not make them a quick animated video to let them know you’re thinking about them?
5. Brevity is Important
We suggest keeping the animated videos pretty short; around 10 seconds or under is ideal. Let’s be honest: our attention spans keep getting shorter and shorter, so by making sure that your video is brief, you can maintain your viewer’s full attention. On top of that, it leaves your audience wanting more. By creating short animations, you spark their curiosity and pique their interest. Think of it as an appetizer before the main course.
6. Smooth Transitions are Key!
A seamless jump from one scene to the next is referred to as a transition in video production. By smoothly introducing and wrapping up scenes, these transitions help give your video a dynamic flair. Even the slightest elements can have a huge impact on the entire viewing experience, despite the fact that they might seem like minor details. Transitions in video production are an art form thanks to these subtle-looking effects. These subtle transitions are exactly what sets apart good, high-quality videos from bad ones. Luckily, Unboring’s tool offers smooth-as-butter transitions, ensuring that your animations look flawless.
5 Cool Examples of Animated Videos from Unboring
If you’re looking for additional inspiration, here are some examples of animated videos you can create using Unboring:
1. Social media ads: If you’re an entrepreneur or a social media manager, for example, you can use animated videos to promote your products and services. In the context of social media, videos are often more eye-catching than still images, so creating an engaging animation to promote your brand, event, or special offers will likely generate more buzz.
2. Company introductions: Create an animated video to introduce your brand to new clients, potential investors, and new hires. Highlight your mission statement, goals, and values in a way they won’t forget.
3. Product explainer videos: Sticking to the business theme, you can use animated videos to showcase your latest products in a fun and visually appealing way.
4. Personal greetings: Show your loved ones you’re thinking of them by sending them an animated video for holidays, anniversaries, or ‘just because.’ Unboring’s large library offers various soundbites, music, and filter styles for you to choose from. For example, you can turn yourself into a Renaissance painting, a vampire, or a Lego person. The options are unlimited, so the only limit is your imagination!
5. Educational content: Whether you’re a teacher or a DIY influencer, use animations to turn complex topics into understandable, bite-sized explainer videos.
To sum up…
In conclusion, if you went into reading this thinking that creating animated videos is probably difficult and time-consuming, we hope we’ve put your mind at ease. Thanks to platforms like Unboring, learning how to do animation has never been simpler or faster. Creating an animation, whether from an existing video or a still image, only takes a few clicks and a little bit of patience.
All you have to do is unleash your creativity and let AI do the rest for you. Take inspiration from the examples we provided and try Unboring out for yourself. To dive into the exciting world of animation and leave a lasting impression on your loved ones, click here.