How to Make a Cool Animated Demo Video for Free
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Step by Step Guide Showing you How to Make an Animated Promo Video in 1hour using PowToons
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Created by Stefan Kojouharov
Last updated 6/2016
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Current price: $10 Original price: $20 Discount: 50% off
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  • 1.5 hours on-demand video
  • 2 Articles
  • 1 Supplemental Resource
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Make a Demo Animated Video
  • Learn How to use PowToons
  • Create Professional Quality Promo Videos
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  • No Software to buy or Download
  • Free Version Provided
  • PC or Mac & Solid Internet Connection

With Over 2,700 Students and 4.5 Star Rating this is one of the Best Courses on Making Animated Promo Videos!

Getting a demo video produced professionally can costs thousands of dollars which unfortunately many startups cannot afford to spend.

Professional animation software like After Effects, Flash, or Maya is expensive and too complex to learn.

In this course I’m going to teach you how to create an awesome animated demo video with just PowToons for FREE!

PowToons is cheap, and offers a Free Trail Version you can use to create your Animated Videos. You can unlimited Free Videos using this software.

This Course is a Step by Step Guide that Will Show You have to make an Animated Demo Video in 1 Hr. We will do this by remaking a popular, Master Card Commercial. You know the ones, "Hotdog $5, 2 Seats near the dugout $150, Spending an afternoon with your son, Priceless"

We will cover:

1. Overview of using PowToons: This includes 2 Comprehensive Section covering everything you need to know in about 20 minutes.

2. Creating MasterCard Animated Video: We will dive right in and start creating MasterCard Animated Commercial. The audio track is provided in the Resources.

3. Mastering the Nuances of Animation: Learn how to create a Finished product and getting to perfect.

In 1 hour you will learn everything you need know to produce an animated promo video that will save you thousands of dollars. Best of all, by the end of the class you will have created your first video!

What Makes this Class Special?

  • We Dive Right Into the Animation
  • Hand On Class. You will be Animating Right Away
  • Quick and to the Point! You will master this in 1hr.
  • Very Detailed: Regardless of your background you will be able to follow along and make videos
  • Very Simple, Easy and Fun to Learn

You can chose the speed you want to go. This course is designed so everyone can follow. Even if you have a hard time with computers, you will be able to animate by the end of this course.

What are the requirements:

  • Mac or PC
  • No Software to Download
  • Great Attitude!

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Over 12 lectures and 1 hour of Video Content!
  • Practice Making your Promo Video throughout the Class
  • A Finished, Pro-Quality Animated Video which you Created!

What is the target audience?

  • First Timers to Animation
  • Small Business owners
  • Anyone interested in Animating
Who is the target audience?
  • Small Business Owners
  • Marketers
  • Anyone Interested in Learning Animation
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Curriculum For This Course
16 Lectures
Let's Get Started
2 Lectures 05:56
  1. Save Time & Make Money
    1. Good Videographer charge north of $50/hr. Their hourly rate includes:
      • i.All creative work (story boarding, etc)
      • ii.Dialogue
      • iii.Picking Characters and Scenes
      • iv.Animation work
      • v.Editing work
      • vi.Voice Overs
      • vii.All communication with you!
    2. Good Videographers also have other clients, which are already on the priority list.
      • i.Your project will have wait until they have time.
      • ii.At a lighting quick pace, you might be able to hire a great videographer, come up with a story, do animation and voice over in 2weeks time… this is at a lightening quick page.
      • iii.I am going to show you how to do this in 1 hour!
Preview 04:01

Fun Little Quiz
1 question
Learn to Animate in 20 Minutes!
5 Lectures 32:51

AIDA is a common marketing term that stands for Attention, Interest, Desire and Action. This is precisely what you must do in your video in order to meet your goals. In fact, if a video fail to do this, chances are it will be a bit boring and dull - I am sure you have scene many boring videos. So apply AIDA and watch your conversions soar!

Preview 06:16

Let Get Started!

Jumping right into the software, here are some of the things we will cover:

  1. Basic Overview of how to use PowToons: PowToons offers free version of their software which makes it a great tool to use for simple animations, and for testing ideas.
  2. Picking Characters, Themes, Scenes and More: We go over the animation basics which includes the characters, creating a scene and putting together a theme.
  3. Animation Text and How to Go from One Slide to the Next: There are a few different ways you could animate and we go over them. Overall, it is better to have higher number of shorter scenes than a lower number of longer scenes. Simple, the former is easier to manage and change.
  4. Adding Pictures and Audio: You can add customer images, sounds, music and voice overs. All of that is coverer.
  5. Setting up your scene: Before the end of the PowToons overview, we will set up your first scene.

This Section Covers all of the Basics of Creating an Animated Demo Video.

Lets Jump Right Into the Software

Second Part of PowToons Overview:

1. Setting up your scene: We are going to start playing with how the scenes work

2. Adding Audio: We will add the audio we will be using.

3. Going from one scene to next: We will cover the best way to transition from scene to scene.

4. Optimal Scene Duration: Shorter is better: 2-6 seconds per scene is ideal.

This Section Covers all of the Basics of Creating an Animated Demo Video.

A Few More Things You Need to Know

Quick Question?
Let's Create Your First Video in 40 Minutes!
5 Lectures 46:52

Here is a Sneak peak preview of my Animation Master Class. There is a stron foucs on story and feedback from the class. Once you are ready, come check out some of the other free lectures.

BONUS: How to Instantly Hook the Audience

Here is a quick overview on how this section works. Couple things to keep in mind: when there are multiple parts, like part 1, part 2 etc... its best to watch them all at once.


Everyone learns at their own pace. Feel free to pause the course at anytime! Conversely, feel free to watch it in 2x Speed.

Hands On

In this section we will be creating a MasterCard video. It's hands on...

Creativity ON

Feel free to veer off the beaten path and create your own version of this commercial. After all, you learn by experimenting.

How to Use This Section

Lets Start the Commercial!

In this section of our Animated Demo Video we will:

1. Select Characters

2. Select Backgrounds

3. Upload Voice Over

and Make our First Few Scenes.

Let's Get Animating

In this section we will complete most of the scenes and be about 80% Complete.

Congrats you are almost done!

In this section we focus on Timing and Putting on the Finishing Touches. We want our Powtoons commercial to flow just right and to have a compelling call to action.

Things Covered:

1. Timing

2. Scene Flow

3. Call to Action/Ending Scenes

The 'Meat and Potatoes' of Animation

In this section we focus on the last 20% which can take 80% of your time.... I know its odd but true.


It's all about putting the finishing touches on your video and making sure you promo video perfect and that the animation is just right.

Things Covered

1. Getting the Last 10%: The ending is often just as time consuming as the beginning

2. Knowing when Good is Great: Sometimes 95% is good enough to get you what you want. In those cases, when you get to that threshold, that 80/20 rule it's time to move onto the next part. Marketing!


You are ready to start making your own videos!

Final Touches
4 Lectures 17:50

Thanks for Watching!

Want to learn a Pro-Level Software? I am also teaching another class in animation with a special focus on Story Telling -which is by far the most difficult part of making a great video. In that class, I show you how to tell a great story, a story that can move your audience to action and get them to do just about anything. Best of all, many of the lectures are Free Preview, so check it out and all my students get 50% OFF any of my other courses.

Free Preview of My other Animation Course

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About the Instructor
Stefan Kojouharov
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ChatbotsLife, Founder @ ChatbotsLife

Stefan Kojouharov: Founder & Editor of ChatbotsLife, Chatbot Consultant, & Author @VentureBeat

Nice to meet you:) 

Currently, my full attention is on the Chatbot revolution and Artificial Intelligence. I spend most of my time consulting companies on Chatbots with a special focus on user experience and neuromarketing. When I am not consulting, I am editing ChatbotsLife blog and writing for Venture Beat. 

Why Bots? Chatbots offer a great opportunity to create new habits! Chances are you use Google >>>> than Bing. Platform shift will offer us new ways to engage people, solve problems and create new habits. Before you know it, you might be using a Facebook Bot for search.