I’m a huge fan of the work that is done by the CommonCraft team – Lee and Sachi. For several years now, they’ve blessed the internetz with fabulous explanation videos. As their tagline says – their product is “explanation.” Their whiteboard animation process really sparked a movement and we now see these types of videos popping up all over the place.
For awhile now, I’ve been wanting to learn how to do videos like they do, and I’ve finally had a chance to learn as yesterday I started reading their book, The Art of Explanation. In the book, they describe their approach, provide concrete examples of how they develop their videos, and I found it all quite interesting. So, I decided to give it a try.
Using VideoScribe, I was able to put together my first attempt at an explainer video today – this one is for the Who’s Who in TN website I created for the TNGenWeb Project. The site has had fabulous coverage in the genealogy community and I continue to try and think of ways to further express how it can help a family researcher. I may be biased, but I think the video helps get the point across.
There are a couple of minor things in the video I wish I could have figured out how to correct, but, overall, I’m pleased with how it’s turned out and I have decided to let it be.
Take a look and let me know what you think. I just may have to upgrade to the Pro version of VideoScribe so I can refine the video and create more of them. How fun! Wouldn’t it be great to see more of these types of videos used to promote genealogy resources! Make it even more interesting for all?