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Software Applications

This is a guide summarising current convenient and recommended software applications for use by library staff.

Animation Creation

 

 

Product name Powtoon
Producer PowToon Ltd
Cost Free (limited in functionality) and premium version.
Function Creates animation sequences for video and for presentations
Web site https://www.powtoon.com/
Features
  • Powtoon library for props
  • Lots of tutorials and a knowledge base
  • Ready made templates mean you can get quick results
  • Applicability for both business purposes and education
  • Drag and drop functionality
  • Built in voice elements
  • Quick and easy options to provide short messages
  • A slide timeline for ease of use
  • Timing options and the number of different animations you can have are a bit limited.
  • Good for people who are just starting to make animated presentations.

 

 

Product name Moovly
Producer Moovly
Cost Basic version is free. Premium versions allow for more storage and more features
Function Produces animated videos and presentations
Web site https://www.moovly.com/
Features
  • Free templates that can be used
  • The ability to import images, sounds and video material
  • Separate channels for different objects
  • The ability to allows for recording your own voice straight into the program
  • Editing of audio channels
  • Professional whiteboard animated videos
  • Publishing to Facebook and Youtube
  • Sharing for team members

 

 

 

 

Product name Crazy Talk
Producer Reallusion
Cost Standard $49.00
Function Animator specialising in 3D/2D talking heads
Web site http://www.reallusion.com/crazytalk/features.html
Features
  • 3D character animation
  • 2D character animation
  • The ability to turn real photos into talking heads
  • Functionality to dress up characters and add clothes
  • Soft clothes physics
  • Auto lip sync to audio
     

 

 

 

 

Product name Go Animate
Producer Goanimate
Cost Basic $39.00 a month (Free trial for 14 days)
Function Animator specialising in 3D/2D talking heads
Web site https://goanimate.com/
Features
  • 3D character animation
  • 2D character animation
  • A large library of characters and settings
  • Can turn real photos into talking heads
  • Can dress up characters and add clothes
  • Soft clothes physics
  • Auto lip sync to audio
  • Voice to text speech (though it is not very good).