Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Explaindio Video Creator 2.0 PRO Review

Explaindio Video Creator (EVC) is one of the most powerful sketch and animation video software in the market. The current stable version of Explaindio is 1.014 and I’ve personally used it for the past few months. I've enjoyed it's flexibility and functionality.

When I first came across Explaindio, I was amazed by the functionality available in this video creation software. Having done some of my homework on the features and price, I decided to buy it.

At the time I purchased EVC 1.014, it was priced at $47 one-time cost for lifetime, so it was a no brainer because similar software cost an arm and a leg.

I was able to test almost all of the features and functionality of this incredible video creation software and create several videos using it. In the meantime, the founder of Explaindio Video Creator was working on the next generation of EVC and made it available to a limited number of beta testers. I was one of the beta testers who purchased the beta version EVC 2.0. It went through several iterations and it finally ready for launch. I'm impressed with the final product.

How much will Explaindio 2.0 PRO cost?

Fast forward a few months and Explaindio 2.0 PRO is ready for launch on July 1, 2015 at EST 12.01 AM. At launch, there will be an early-bird period starting from 12.01 AM to 2:00 PM EST. The discounted price, of $23.50 per year, will be available ONLY for current EVC 1.x owners.

Yes, the new Explaindio upgrade is going to be on a yearly subscription going forward. New customers will be paying $47 per year. Current EVC 1.x member will be paying $47 the following year, while new customers will be paying $57 the following year.

What is the difference between EVC 1.x compared to EVC 2.x?

Well, before I get into the comparison part of the two versions, you should know that EVC 1.x will be phased out. Basically, EVC 2.x has a new architecture and there are two versions of EVC 2.x. There is a Standard version and a Professional version. EVC 2.x Standard includes several bug fixes that were present in EVC 1.x.

You won’t find the same features that will be in EVC 2.x PRO. EVC 2.x Standard will be given free to current EVC 1.x owners. EVC 2.x PRO includes all the bug fixes and comes with a whole bunch of new features, including animation of text, pictures, slides and videos.  It has many other cool new features, some of which I will list down below and discuss in more detail the following section:

  • Animation of text, pictures, graphics, slides, videos;
  • Sketch-to-animation;
  • Sketch-to-video;
  • Green screen video;
  • Dynamic zoom and rotation of elements;
  • Filled (solid) line text sketching;
  • Importing of TTF fonts.

What are the new features in Explaindio 2.0 PRO?

First of all, one of the first things you will notice is that EVC 2.x has a new user-interface which is blackish-grey in color, compared to the pinkish-red color in EVC 1.x.

Animation feature in EVC 2.0 PRO allows you to animate various types of elements on the canvas like text, pictures, graphics, slides, and video. This animation feature enables you to control the way these elements transition, in and out, of the canvas. This includes the dynamic zoom and rotation of all the elements mentioned above. For example, you can create the Ken Burns Effect using zooming and panning.

Sketch-to-Animation is similar to what I described above. Essentially, you can sketch various elements like text, graphics, pictures, videos, etc. and then animate them using the animation functionality in EVC 2.0 PRO. Using this feature, once the sketch is completed, you can move the element around the canvas creating a cool and professional effect.

Sketch-to-Video is a unique feature that I’ve not seen in too many video creation applications. Basically, with this new feature in EVC 2.0 PRO, you can sketch the initial scene in the video and let it transition from a sketch to a live video. Used in conjunction with the other features listed above, you can create professional-looking videos with slick transitions.

Green Screen Video feature allows you to create videos that replaces any color with animation, sketches, videos and pictures. It’s a great way to incorporate cool video effects within a video or slide.

Solid Line Sketching enables you to sketch text, graphics, and other elements in solid (filled) line as opposed to just an outline. You still have the option to sketch the outline if you wish and then transition to a solid line sketch as you can currently do in EVC 1.x.

Importing of TTF Fonts is now doable in EVC 2.0 PRO. With this new feature, you can import various types of fonts that are in TTF (True Type Font) format. This will not only allow you expand your video arsenal, but with EVC 2.0 PRO you can also sketch from right to left. This means that you can now use the sketch to write in other languages like Arabic and Hebrew.

They say “If a picture is worth a thousand words then a video is priceless.” If you haven't already, I would suggest that you check the video above to see for yourself the possibilities of EVC 2.0 PRO.

Is it worth upgrading to EVC 2.0 PRO? Or should I stick with EVC 2.0 PRO?

That is something only you can answer because it purely depends on your needs. If you think that the features in EVC 2.x Standard will suffice for your needs, then I would suggest sticking with it. However, if you are a marketer or video creator who has clients or use it for your business, then I would highly recommend getting EVC 2.0 PRO because it will give you much more leverage. Having said so, there are a couple of kinks worth noting.

In EVC 2.0 PRO you will need your videos to be in MP4 format at 24 fps (frames per second). You can purchase the Explaindio Video Converter separately or use one of the many online video converters. I’ve had no issues using Online-Convert.com to convert my videos for free. You can check my video tutorial on How to Convert Videos to MP4 Format.

One aspect of the Explaindio 2.0 PRO launch that most customers of EVC 2.0 PRO were overwhelmed about, were the innumerable OTOs (One-Time Offers). There were 15 OTOs in all, totaling over one thousand dollars. I've personally never seen so many OTOs and it was off-putting for sure. Having said so, I did go back and purchase one OTO which I found would be useful for my work with EVC 2.0.

There is a learning curve to using Explaindio Video Creator and I’ve personally not seen a good set of tutorials. I’m in the process of creating EVC 2.0 PRO tutorials to help users. I’ve already created a bunch of tutorials and will be adding more in the coming days and weeks. You can check my YouTube channel for my Explaindio Video Tutorials and Reviews.

I understand that I’ve not covered everything there is to know about the new Explaindio Video Creator 2.0 PRO. However, if you have any specific questions, please feel free to ask and I will do my best to respond to them.

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