If a picture speaks a thousand words, an animation conveys an idea.
Powtoon is an online presentation and video software that allows anyone the ability to effectively communicate their ideas by using cartoon based animations to wow their audience. I am sure that you have heard of Microsoft PowerPoint, Prezi or other slide-based presentation software. Well, Powtoon has taken this technology to another level by allowing almost endless customization on the the type of cartoon-based presentations that can be created with their software. Your imagination seems to be the only limiting factor.
A Powtoon, as defined by the creators, is a fusion of cartoons with traditional presentation formats of using slides and transitions to convey a message.
The cartons have added an extra dimension that allows for increased engagement and excitement while reducing boredom and fatigue.
Presentations that were only limited to major corporations with big budgets to hire Flash or HTML5 animation experts. Powtoon allows creators the ability
to create slide presentations or animated videos. The videos and slides can be created from scratch, uploaded from PowerPoint or from editing Powtoon templates. However, the overall effect of your slides will be determined by you. Your only limitation appears to be your imagination.
1-You do not have to be an expert to create captivating videos and slides. All you need is a little imagination to differentiate yourself from the pack. If you are using this for a business, you may want to invest in a pro-plan to a least differentiate your images from your competitors.
2- Great For Students
This is a great software for students to master. This is mainly because an effective cartoon animation will require students to develop their own script-writing. They have to plan and organize.
These are skills that they will need to master in the future, why not start mastering those skills during today's education. Use flash expert to create appealing and entertaining visuals.
3- Fun to Watch
No matter how silly or corny the videos are, if they hit the below 3 minute sweet-spot, people will watch it all the way through. Therefore, this is an effective way to get your message across.
4- Great for Introductory or Explanatory Videos
How about a video that explains who you are to your students and their families that you play during meet and greet sessions? How about a fun lesson that you made, supplemented by an animated video? Students love seeing and hearing their teachers on screen.
5- Update Videos
You can easily go back and update the videos, even after you have published videos, because the source files will always be available to you.
6- Increased Engagement
Present interactive infographics by utilizing the power of video and sound to really get your point across. This may be more effective than just using info-graphics.
7- Well Supported
Powtoon is well documented. There is a support section where you can send in your feedback. Additionally, they have live chat support and a very useful set of getting started with Powtoon videos located here.
1- Time Consuming
If you are a perfectionist, your final product will take time to crank out. If you have your entire class doing this, make sure that you have your students develop their script and record themselves before they even touch the software, especially during class-time.
2- Miss the Idea
Be very careful with animated videos. If it is a concept that you really want your students to get, try not to make it too funny or students may be too distracted and lose the main purpose of the lesson, especially for younger children.
3- Internet Connection Needed
Powtoon is an online-browser based software. Therefore, you are limited to areas or times in which you have internet connection.
This may not be a PowerPoint killer as it professes to be. However, the wow factor is indisputable.
From the Publisher: PowToon limited
To address all the frustrations that people have with Power Point and Keynote and add animation and killer design We defined our mission as: PowToon will create the world’s most minimalist, user friendly and intuitive presentation
software that allows someone with no technical or design skills to create engaging professional “look and feel” animated presentations. Our aim is to establish a new presentation category called “powtoon” – a combination of presentation and animated cartoon – as the industry standard for evolved (animated) presentations.
Our greater vision is to effect the way people communicate in a profound way: “If a picture speaks a thousand words,
an animation conveys an idea.” In the next series of post we will outline how the hard work of turning an idea into reality began...
PowToon hearts Business
Every business needs to convey their message and benefits in an attention grabbing and engaging way.
The added level of abstraction created by using cartoons allows a viewer to experience benefits of
using a product before they ever laid hand on it. The process of creating an animated presentation of
your product or service has - until now - been a cost and time intensive process (starting at $2,000 and going up
to $25,000 for a 90 second animated presentation). PowToon is disrupting this space by providing marketers and
businesses with the tool and marketplace to create their own awesome Powtoon.
PowToon hearts Education
PowToon wants to also make a difference in the education sector and our tool is designed to allow education
professionals (and students) to create content that is visually engaging, captivating and fun to make.