Over the Christmas period, I had a chance to play with Explaindio video creator. If you haven’t heard of it, where have you been living? It was one of the most hyped up video creators of 2014, hot in the footsteps of VideoMaker FX and Easy Sketch Pro 2 (if you are interested, you can read my Easy Sketch Pro 2 review).
I was actually going to buy and review Video Maker FX, but I heard about the imminent release of Explaindio, so held off on that. As it turns out, Explaindio is a kind of hybrid of the two, and will probably mean me switching from Easy Sketch Pro 2 to Explaindio, as it’s just a lot more versatile.
To help you show it’s versatility, I recorded a few short videos:
Video 1 – Getting Started with Explaindio
Video 2 – Working with Explaindio Slides
Video 3 – Explaindio Sketch Slides
Video 4 – Explaindio Audio
There is no doubting the versatility of this tool for creating videos. One issue I do have is that everyone using this tool will be using the same avatars (characters built into the slides). One way around this would be to use a tool like Macot.ly which allows you to create a virtually unlimited number of characters for your videos. I did buy Mascot.ly to test it out with Explaindio, so if anyone is interested in seeing a video tutorial on using that with Explaindio, leave a comment below and let me know.
The only real problem I encountered with Explaindio was the bug with the audio in preview. This only affected the MP3 music audio, not the voice-over which played correctly in the preview. I am waiting to hear what customer support says about this problem.
UPDATE ON AUDIO PROBLEM
The customer support got back to me within 30 minutes of my support request. That’s pretty good. The good news is that there isn’t a bug in the software, just me, using it incorrectly. When you add audio to a slide, you need to check the Play with Music checkbox at the bottom of the preview window:
When you do this, the audio MP3 does indeed play with the preview.
Overall, if you want to create engaging videos QUICKLY and without the learning curve of professional video creation tools, Explaindio might be a good match for you.
Importing Mascot.ly mascots into Explaindio video creator: