Explaindio Video Creator Review
A bunch of video-related products have launched recently, including Easy Sketch Pro 2 and VideoMakerFX. Now Explaindio Video Creator is launching on 11 November, and it looks like it might contain all the features of the other two video creators combined. I’ve tested it out, and in this Explaindio review I’ll cover all its features, and how it compares to Easy Sketch Pro 2 and VideoMakerFX.
What Is Explaindio Video Creator?
It has a weird name, but it’s a pretty cool video creator software for both Mac and PC, brought to us by Nick LaPolla, Todd Gross, and Andrew Darius. Todd Gross has been behind some of the most successful launches in the video marketing industry this year, and Nick LaPolla is the creator of Simple Video Pro 2, which I reviewed previously on this blog.
With this software, you can create a professional looking video in minutes complete with HD video backgrounds, kinetic text, cartoon animations, whiteboard sketches, and more. You can create videos using just one of these styles or a combination of them.
The one time price of $57 is only for Now – then the doors will close, and when they re-open in April it will have a yearly fee. Note that this price includes a commercial license, unlike ESP2 which will charge you an extra $69 for it after your initial purchase!
The software will also have a “create a character” set so that you can make your own characters exactly how you want them, as well as a marketplace where you can buy slides and svg’s (vectors, for example illustrations or cartoon characters) created by other people.
You can also import slides from other video creation software – this plus the slides that come with the software and all the slides that’ll be available in the marketplace means that Explaindio has the widest selection of slides and graphics of all the video makers.
What Is Included in Explaindio Video Creator?
Explaindio Video Creator comes with a library of 26 slide packs, which each contain multiple animated slides. There are slides available in various different styles – simple, elegant ones that can be used for any niche, slides with cartoon characters in different careers, kinetic typography slides, etc.
There are also 10 call-to-action animations you can add to your slides, as well as 5 other animations like rain or snow.
The whiteboard video section also has a library of 29 image packs, packed with a wide range of images to include in your sketch videos. There are all sorts of images for marketing like arrows, callouts, banners, graphs, social media icons etc. along with many other types of images like people, animals, office items, school supplies, vehicles, and various other objects.
You can also choose between 31 different hands to draw your sketch videos, and 55 hands to drag images or text onto the screen. You can choose a different hand for each image, and the hands can be flipped and tilted so that the drawing angle never looks awkward.
Some hands are pictured from the bottom so that you can have them draw from behind the images, as if they’re drawing on the viewer’s screen. All the hands are high quality – no fuzzy edges like some I saw in the Easy Sketch Pro videos.
There are also 15 audio tracks included that you can use as background music for your videos, but they were all very similar and a bit too dramatic for any videos I’d make (think “O Fortuna”). I’ll be adding a bunch of music tracks as a bonus for my readers – read the bonus section at the end of this review for more info.
What I Think About Explaindio Video Creator – Pros and Cons
Though it isn’t perfect, I think Explaindio is a great piece of software with a very affordable price – it has the same functionality of VMFX and ESP2 put together, along with extra exclusive features.
For example, I love the increased control features that Explaindio video creator has compared to VideoMakerFX. You can add a delay to the slides at the main focal point so that people have enough time to read or see the slide properly, and at the end.
Using Explaindio Video Creator you can also add a delay before or after each element is sketched or added in the whiteboard slides, and you can set the duration of each sketch so that it’s not too fast or too slow.
Another great customization feature for the animated slide templates is the ability to change the color, size, and position of each object in the slides. This is a feature I needed when I was using VMFX.
If only it was also possible to change the position of the text blocks, it would mean we could completely customize the templates to look exactly like we need them to. I hope they add that feature soon!
I would also like them to add the capability to have a video background span multiple slides – it can do so for the whiteboard slides so maybe I’m just missing something obvious, but if so I can’t figure it out.
One thing I don’t like about the whiteboard videos is that often with text, instead of writing the letters in a solid line like someone would in real life, the hand will sketch the outline of the text first and then it will magically be filled in. I’ve seen the same thing happen in Easy Sketch Pro 2 videos though.
I love that Explaindio video creator can import slides from other video makers – this means my VMFX slide purchases won’t go to waste. I imported my slides from VMFX and it worked perfectly – in fact I could even move and resize the elements like in Explaindio’s own slides, which is awesome!
I’m also really excited about the character creator and the marketplace – it’ll open up the doors to a lot of creativity and customization, so there’ll be a lot less risk of our videos looking the same as someone else’s in our niche.
My Explaindio Video Creator Bonus
As mentioned earlier in this review, Explaindio’s audio selection is quite weak, so I’ve put together a huge amount of varied music and audio tracks for you to use in your videos, along with a bunch of images you can use in your sketch videos.
The software has 2 upsells – a Mega Themes and SVG’s pack for $37 and a membership to get new slides and SVG’s each month for $17. I’ve added some great additional bonuses for those who invest in the upsells as well – see the list below for more details.
Bonuses for Explaindio software:
- 200 images to use in your slides and sketches are Explaindio Bonus
- 140 audio tracks
Bonuses for Mega Themes and SVG’s Pack:
- 30 varied, high quality cartoon characters
- 25 more audio tracks
Bonuses for Slides and SVG’s Monthly Membership:
- 20 audio loops (no break in sound when looped)
- 21 Christmas music tracks (perfect for the Christmas season)
These bonuses are available to anyone who buys Explaindio video creator through my affiliate link – once you’ve completed the purchase, the bonuses will automatically be available for download on your JVZoo purchase page.