Explaindio Review – Explaindio vs VideoMakerFX vs Easy Sketch Pro 2
Update: 4 October 2016
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?
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 $47 is only valid until March 6 – 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?
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.
Explaindio vs VideoMakerFX vs Easy Sketch Pro 2
|Library of sketch hands|
|Sketch image library|
|Sketch to video|
|Sketch from underneath|
|Change size of elements|
|Change colors of elements|
|Library of animated slide templates|
|Import slides from other software|
|Price:||$47 (until March 6)||$29 (+ extra $69 for commercial license)||$67|
Before I compare these 3 pieces of software, I just want to be 100% honest with you guys: I bought VideoMakerFX, but I haven’t bought Easy Sketch Pro (see why below). The comparisons I make in this review with ESP2 are based on the research I did when trying to decide which video creation software to buy for myself, and then again when I was trying to decide if I should buy Easy Sketch Pro 2 when it was released.
So the reason I bought VideoMakerFX instead of ESP even though ESP was definitely the better whiteboard video maker, is simply that I didn’t want to be limited to only whiteboard videos, and VideoMakerFX could make sketch videos as well as other videos.
I later realized that VideoMakerFX is not really capable of making whiteboard videos at all – the only way to do it is by using a slide pack that contains only 6 different slides.
The first 3 are slides of different durations (10 seconds, 8 seconds, and 6 seconds) where you can insert some text and a hand will write it for you – except not really, because the hand just moves jerkily across the canvas in a zigzag motion without actually following the text.
The last 3 slides are fly-in slides – a hand will slide text or an image of your choice onto the screen, either with a border or without one. That’s all you can do – you can’t place multiple images or text onto the slides or position them how you want them, and you can’t make the hand sketch an image.
VideoMakerFX also suffers from various glitches that can make it difficult to create a video and can really mess up the final rendering. The developers are aware of the problems but have yet to release an update to fix them. I’ve been testing Explaindio for a few days now, and so far I haven’t noticed any bugs or glitches.
Explaindio can make the same variety of videos that VMFX can, along with whiteboard videos on par with ESP2. After watching the ESP2 promo videos, it looks to me like the only feature ESP2 has that Explaindio doesn’t is the sketch-to-video feature. This looks a bit hit-or-miss (check out the pelican video – it doesn’t always draw the correct parts of the video) so I don’t think I’d use it much anyway.
If I’m wrong and ESP2 does have any other exclusive features, please let me know in the comments and I’ll correct this review.
What I Think About Explaindio – 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 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.
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 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 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
- 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 through my affiliate link – once you’ve completed the purchase, the bonuses will automatically be available for download on your JVZoo purchase page.