Whiteboard videos have become a popular way to convey information, present arguments, and explain complicated concepts. These videos mimic stop-motion capture animation, and often involve drawing as well as writing. When combined with screencasting or video editing tools, you can narrate your whiteboard video and also combine it with other types of clips in order to make a final product that uses various technologies.
Whiteboard videos can be created in various ways, depending on what you want your finished product to look like and what technical skills you have. On one end of the spectrum, you can film yourself writing and drawing on an actual whiteboard and then edit the video to your liking using one of the free tools on the Video Editing tab. On the other end of the spectrum, you can create the effect of a whiteboard video without using an actual whiteboard or any actual filming using a program like VideoScribe. For this tutorial, we will use the film and draw approach. So, the first thing you need to do is get yourself a whiteboard, some markers, and a video camera.
If you are going to film writing/drawing on an actual whiteboard, there are a number of things you should plan for, including controlling background noise, lighting, and what you will draw/write, any props you will use. A full list of things to keep in mind/plan for can be found on the Whiteboard Videos tab of this guide.
Create a storyboard! In its simplest form, a storyboard is a planning document with two columns: on one side you have what you will say (either while drawing or later when recording narration in a video editing program), and on the other side you have what you will write/draw in your video.
Now you’re ready to film your video. Use your storyboard as your guide. Speak your narration as you go, as it will help you stay on track. But don’t worry about being perfect because you will likely want to re-record your narration during the editing process. If you make a mistake, pause two seconds, and re-do the scene. You will edit out mistakes later. You should end up with a continuous video (with probably a few mistakes) saved in MP4 format.
Upload your video file into a video editing program. You may decide at this point to add or rerecord your audio. If so, eliminate your audio and rerecord using the video editing program’s audio recording features.
Add transitions to the video using video editor’s transitions features. Keep these subtle. Add music and sound effects. Make sure the music doesn’t overshadow your animation and narration. Music does not have to play continuously to be effective. Use the audio fade in/fade out options to add emphasis or for transitions between major sections.
Add title and end clips. One of your end clips should be a works cited/reference slide documenting where you got your information, images, music, etc.
Publish or export as an MP4 video file and upload to YouTube. Add closed captions to your video and share with the world!