Being in the design and communications field, one often comes across assignments requiring animated videos. But not everyone is an animator; hence a good animation tool is often in demand.
I have recently used Wondershare Anireel – an animation tool – to create animated videos. In this post, I am going to talk about the tool’s features and how these attributes can help you create interesting animations.
What Does Wondershare Anireel Do?
Wondershare Anireel, created by Wondershare, is an intuitive tool for creating 2D animated videos. It offers an array of features for creating tutorials, explainer videos, storyboards, e-learning material, or marketing videos through interesting animations.
The interface and functioning of the tool are pretty easy that even a complete novice in animation design was able to get around its different functionalities. Plus, for beginners, it’s a good idea to start with the many pre-made templates on different themes instead of creating something from scratch.
Founded in 2003, Wondeshare is one of the global leader in software development. With more than six offices and 1200 employees globally, they are the company behind many useful apps for the creative community, including Filmora, UniCoverter, Recoverit, PDFelement, Famisafe, and many others.
Wondershare Anireel’s Features
While using Wondershare Anireel, I discovered some interesting features. Well, you can find such features scattered across similar tools as well, but you’ll get all of these features bundled in this one tool. Here’s an outlook of these features:
1. Animation Editor
Wondershare Anireel has all the basic editing features of an animation editor, plus a whole bunch of other features for advanced editing.
You get a clean interface with canvas, tools bar, and timeline view. To begin with the editing, drag and drop a background of your choice to the canvas and start adding the elements.
You can add characters, props, text, or audio/ music and edit them directly on the canvas (visual editing) with real-time preview. You can zoom, rotate, flip, change colors, or animate any element that you add to the canvas.
You can also edit the clips, music, or text on the timeline to create and amend the flow of your animation scenes.
2. Character Builder
While using the tool, if you can not find the ideal character, you can use the Character Builder tool that lets you customize different aspects of your character, like facial features, clothing, accessories, etc.
Wondershare Anireel’s Text-to-Speech feature eliminates hiring pricy voice-over artists or studio space for your animation videos. It offers more than 200,000 characters with different accents and voices to add to your videos.
On the tool’s homepage, select Text-to-Speech, add your dialogues or narration in the text box, select a voice of your liking, adjust the Speed and Pitch of the voice and add it to your timeline to sync it with your scenes.
Once you add the Text-to-Speech voice to your animation video, the next step is to make it more realistic through an AI-powered Lip-sync feature. It enables you to match your character’s mouth movement with the voiceover. Select the character and the audio to sync, and select the Lip-sync option from the right-hand toolbar.
If the same character has multiple dialogues or voice clips to be synced, just click on the “+” sight to select each from the dropdown menu.
5. Video Templates
If you’re new to animation creation or out of ideas on starting one, you can use pre-made animation templates.
Wondershare Anireel offers around 70 different types of templates to choose from. You can select the type of animation you want to create – explainer video, presentation, social media post, or GIF – and then choose the template that suits your needs.
These templates are made on different commonly-used themes such as company (for different types of businesses), product launch (products, services, apps), sales and marketing, etc. The selected template can be added to the canvas with just one click.
If you’re not good at writing scripts or dialogues for your animated video, then the Script-to-Animation tool might come in handy for you.
With this feature, you get pre-made high-converting marketing scripts that you don’t have to write from scratch.
Select any of the tool’s options, and click on it. You’ll get a fully animated video with a real voice-over. You can modify and rewrite the script if you’re not happy with the pre-made one.
Apart from the script, you can also modify other elements of the animation as well, like Character Settings, Gender, Profession, or even the Video Topic Element.
You can also change the language that our character speaks (a range of different languages supported like English, Russian, Arabic, etc.), your character’s voice, and background music from the Audio Settings.
Wondershare Anireel Supported Formats
Anireel supports various video, audio, and image formats. Here’s a list of the supported formats:
- Video: .mp4, .3gp, .asf, .mov, .m4v, .mpg, .wemb, .mpeg, .ogv, and .gif
- Audio: .aif, .m4a, .mp3, .ogg, and .wma
- Image: .jpg, and .png
Wondershare Anireel Pricing
Wondershare Anireel is a free trial with limited features like a limited number of exports/month, and a watermark on created videos. Paid plans start from US$10/month. For businesses and teams, you can request a custom quote from the sales team.
Here’s an overall look at the free and paid plans.
Animated videos can greatly impact the audience, be it for teaching or marketing purposes. But you don’t need to be an expert animation artist to create animated videos.
The aforementioned features of Wondershare Anireel vouch that anyone with a creative imagination can easily create animated videos.