Dan Roam's Professional Hand-Drawn Whiteboard Video Course
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Dan Roam's Professional Hand-Drawn Whiteboard Video Course

Learn to use PowerPoint & Camtasia to create professional hand-drawn whiteboard videos for marketing, sales, & training.
4.4 (136 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
817 students enrolled
Created by Dan Roam
Last updated 8/2015
Price: $95
30-Day Money-Back Guarantee
  • 5 hours on-demand video
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Make money by creating simple hand-drawn videos with PowerPoint and Camtasia.
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  • You should have basic PowerPoint skills. You will also need a screen-recording application like Camtasia, but don't install it yet! We'll cover that in lecture 6.

This course is for anyone who wants to explain, market, sell, or teach online using simple, hand-drawn videos. Using PowerPoint and Camtasia (or similar screen-recording app), you will learn everything you need to know to create great hand drawn whiteboard videos fast, including:

  • How to create a script.
  • How to visualize your ideas in PowerPoint.
  • How to quickly animate, record, and narrate your whiteboard videos.
  • How to edit, polish, and add the right music quickly.
  • How to promote your video online for great exposure.
  • And much, much more.

Your hand drawn video will look and sound so professional and compelling that you will be able to sell more of your products and services than you ever thought possible.

In fact, your whiteboard videos will stand out so much that, if you want to, you could sell your hand drawn whiteboard videos as a service to others.

Who is the target audience?
  • This course is meant for online marketers, innovators, and educators who need to clearly explain important concepts using video. No prior video or animation experience is required.
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Curriculum For This Course
104 Lectures
Create hand-drawn videos to boost sales, solve problems, & get followers
10 Lectures 35:41

You will see why hand-drawn videos are popular for online marketing, sales, and training. Then I will show you what a hand-drawn video looks like.

Preview 01:52

Understand why the future of marketing, sales, and training is video -- and see why hand-drawn videos especially are so magnetic.

Preview 00:42

Making hand-drawn videos is easy. You just need the right tools and a little training. Let me show you an example.

Preview 01:42

People are twice as likely to watch a hand-drawn video than a video lecture. Let me show you a second example.

Preview 02:09

See our lesson plan: the big idea, the tools, how to storyboard, how to animate with PowerPoint, how to record and edit with Camtasia, and how to promote your work on YouTube and SlideShare.

Preview 02:13

Know your basic tools: pen & paper, PowerPoint, and Camtasia. (And how to get a free demo.)

Preview 07:38

My simple 8-step video process will take you from idea to completion.

The video creation process: from Idea to Upload

Learn how to draw in PowerPoint. Yes: it can be done! (And it works really well.)

How to draw in PowerPoint (the secret revealed!)

Watch me make and record a complete hand-drawn video in 3 minutes. (And you can do the same!)

How to make a complete video in 3 minutes

See your entire video production process in a quick preview.

Quick preview of the entire production process

A quick summary of the power of hand-drawn videos.

What do you think about videos?
3 questions
Video quick-tools: Using PowerPoint and Camtasia to create fantastic clips.
9 Lectures 28:25

See how to use PowerPoint and Camtasia to create incredibly unique videos.

Introduction: The amazing video combination of PowerPoint & Camtasia

PowerPoint and Camtasia: why you need them; how you will use them.

The two tools we need: PowerPoint & Camtasia

Watch a sample promotional video I made using just these tools.

An sample advanced video -- made with just these tools!

Review the process again, because here we go...

Getting started in the video process: prepare slides, record, edit

Learn the top-15 tips for turning PowerPoint into an animation powerhouse.

Top-tips for turning PowerPoint into an animation platform

More PowerPoint top-tips.

Top-tips for drawing in PowerPoint

Learn the top-10 tips for recording and editing video with Camtasia.

Top-tips for using Camtasia as a recording and editing platform

Learn how to export cut footage as a single .avi file. (This is useful when you make lots of cuts.)

Exporting .AVI files as a time-saver while working in Camtasia

Know when to take screenshots to save time.

Two more tricks: screen-shots and image cropping

Review the essential tools.

The tools we need.
3 questions
Fast & effective storyboarding: the key to a good video.
9 Lectures 23:46

Learn how to turn any idea into a video-ready storyboard.

Introduction: Why story matters -- and how to capture yours.

Watch a sophisticated video clip introduction, and see the storyboard.

Story matters most: a 60-second example clip

Walk through the simple storyboard. Download the STORYBOARD TEMPLATE. [PowerPoint]

The storyboard for that example clip -- made in PowerPoint

Review where we are in the process.

Process check-in: where we are in the sequence

Learn to use paper and pen (and Postit notes) to create a great script.

The best stories start with pen & paper -- and Postit notes

See what Hollywood's greatest screenwriters say about writing scripts.

We're screenwriters now -- and we need the "3-Act Structure"

Understand the Pixar Pitch; the tool the most successful movie studio uses for simple storytelling.

The Pixar Pitch: a story that will never let us down

Learn a quick way to turn words into pictures.

Vivid Thinking: how to turn words into pictures

Sketch a written script into a simple visual storyboard.

How to write a sample script -- and turn it into a sketched storyboard

What makes for a good story...

Storyboarding basics
3 questions
How to quickly Pre-Visualize your video.
14 Lectures 36:56

Learn how to see your video before you do a lot of production.

Introduction: The power of pre-visualization. (Thanks, George Lucas!)

Ask George Lucas: Pre-visualization is the right way to make a great visual story come together fast.

Process check-in: shifting from writing and sketching to animating.

Create a marketing video script. (Getting started)

Character, action, outcome: let's create a viral marketing video.

There are 4 basic storylines to choose from.

4 storylines to choose from: We pick the "Pitch."

Convert your marketing storyline into a "Pitch."

Let's turn our script into a classic "Pitch" structure.

Convert your Pitch into a storyboard.

We turn our "Pitch" into a full storyboard.

Convert your storyboard into a quick pre-visualization clip.

How to create a rough video from our storyboard.

Learn the top tips for quick pre-visualization of your idea.

Top-tips for pre-visualizing your video.

Learn to create your characters by drawing int PowerPoint.

Sketching in our first characters: the animation begins!

Take screenshots as you go; that way you don't have to draw the same thing more than once.

Take lots of screen-shots. (So you don't have to draw twice.)

Use just a few of PowerPoint's animation tools to pre-visualize your video.

Use PowerPoint's animation tools to pre-visualize your clip.

The fastest way to create a sequence is to Cut & Paste your drawings as you go.

Cut-&-Paste as you go. (This saves time and keeps things aligned.)

Keep Camtasia recording your voice and your screen. The more footage you collect now, the better. (We will edit it down later.)

Keep recording: you will fix errors while editing later on.

Learn to export chopped-up footage from Camtasia as .avi files. This makes it a lot easier to handle edited sequences.

Export complex animation sequences as .AVI files. (This keeps clips manageable.)

A review of pre-visualization techniques

Pre-Visualizing our video
3 questions
How to make amazing animations with simple shapes and movement.
13 Lectures 41:08

See how to make remarkable visual stories with simple shapes and movements.

Introduction: Amazing animations from simple shapes and movement.

Look at how much information is contained in simple movement.

The Vaulting Video: an example of the power of simple animation.

Let's check-in on our process plan and see where we are.

Our video project so far: update and review.

Understand the two kinds of animation: CREATION and MOTION.

The 2 types of animation: Creation & Motion

Remember our pre-visualization tips; we'll use them again and again.

Review of Pre-visualization tips.

CREATION animation means recording while we draw something.

Animation type 1: Creation & Destruction

MOTION animation means recording while we move our drawings around.

Animation type 2: Motion

Learn the 3 kinds of motion: Position, Orientation, and Scale.

The 3 kinds of motion: Position, Orientation, and Scale.

Learn how to move shapes to create specific visual effects.

Animation through change in POSITION.

Learn how to rotate shapes to give the impression of stability or instability.

Animation though change in ORIENTATION.

Learn how to re-size shapes to give the impression of scale or movement.

Animation through change in SCALE.

Put all 3 kinds of movement together to tell a complete visual story.

Putting the 3 kinds of motion together.

The 12 things that Disney animators know. [video link]

The 12 lessons of Disney animation. [link]

Review of how simple shapes and movement create powerful visual stories

Amazing animation with simple shapes
3 questions
How to create advanced animations in PowerPoint and Camtasia.
13 Lectures 32:59

Learn to push PowerPoint and Camtasia way beyond what their creators intended.

Introduction: How to push PowerPoint and Camtasia beyond to standard.

Learn to create a cool marketing animation using nothing but the basic tools in PowerPoint.

A sample marketing video -- created entirely with PowerPoint tools.

See how I created those effects using PowerPoint.

How I created the sample; a look "under the hood" of PowerPoint.

Use the "wheel" effect to simulate hand-drawing a solid shape.

How to use the "Wheel" to make a picture look hand-drawn.

Use "exit" effects to make things dissappear.

Adding the exit and fade-out effects.

Use "fly-in" to make shapes jump to life.

Build a stack with "Fly-In."

Use "grow" and "shrink" to change the emphasis of various characters.

Add movement with "Grow" and "Shrink."

Time to get started creating a complete "hand-drawn" and animated marketing video...

Getting started on our complex animation using the tools we've just practiced.

Learn to turn your PowerPoint drawings into a visual library to use over and over again.

How to create simple "Visual Assets" that can be used over and over again.

Learn to create a dynamic animated introduction with the most basic PowerPoint tools.

Step-by-step, let's animate our video introduction.

Learn to layer in multiple animation effects on a single PowerPoint slide.

How to layer multiple animations in a single slide.

Let's take a look at what we've done so far...

Review of our work-in-progress.

Look at the amazing animation we've already created!

Wrap-up of our animation so far.

Review of the power of PowerPoint

PowerPoint for amazing animations
3 questions
The basics of editing in Camtasia.
16 Lectures 42:41

Learn to use Camtasia to edit and fine-tune the animations you've recorded.

Introduction: Camtasia is a powerful editing platform for hand-drawn videos.

Learn why Hollywood directors think editing is the funnest part of making a movie.

The best part of film-making is editing. (Thanks Steven Spielberg!)

Understand why we need to edit; it's really important.

Why we edit: save time, add continuity, & increase punch.

Take a quick overview of other video editing tools available -- from free to super-expensive.

Video editing software options. (You have choices other than Camtasia.)

Learn to cut, pan-and-zoom, and change speed in Camtasia.

Editing effects we'll use: Cuts, Pan-&-Zoom, Change Speed.

Learn to capture the action on your screen by screen-recording.

How to edit: Capturing a video clip from the screen.

Learn to import your recorded footage into Camtasia.

How to edit: Importing the video into Camtasia.

See how to make quick cuts in your imported footage.

How to edit: Cutting the video clip.

Learn how to separate audio from video, and how to remove unwanted audio.

Removing unwanted audio from the video clip.

Learn to fine-tune your clip with more cutting.

Cutting the video, continued.

See how to speed-up and slow-down individual pieces of footage.

Speeding up the video clip.

Let's keep cutting our clip until the timing looks perfect...

Cutting the video clip, part 3.

Learn to use 'pan & zoom' to enlarge parts of the screen and provide emphasis.

Pan & Zoom in Camtasia.

Making the final cuts...

Making final cuts in our video clip.

Learn to put all the cut clips into a single, continuous, and easy-to-manage piece of footage.

Gluing all the pieces back together. (Produce as .AVI)

Let's take one last look at our edited video before we start to add sound.

A final review of our edited video.

Review of our recording and editing tools

Recording and editing with Camtasia
4 questions
Adding the final polish and sound.
8 Lectures 39:46

Learn how to add music, sounds, and final effects to your video.

Introduction: Putting on the final polish in Camtasia.

Learn why the final polish is so important to your video.

The polish: adding a voice-over, layering in music, and fine-tuning the details.

Learn to record your voice-over using Camtasia.

How to record your voice-over.

Learn where you can find great (and free!) music you can use in your video.

Where to find great FREE and LEGAL music online.

Learn to add your voice track to your video.

How to layer in your voice-over narration.

Learn to add in our music and modulate the volume.

How to add in your music selections.

Learn to add a sound effect to your video.

Adding final sound effects.

Learn how to save, produce, and export your FINISHED video!

How to save and export your final, beautiful video.

How we make our video shine

Sound and polish
3 questions
Posting & Promoting our video -- so that people watch!
11 Lectures 24:35

Now that you've created a great hand-drawn video, it's time to promote your wonderful work.

Introduction: The final steps to getting your video out to the world.

Learn solid ways to get people to take a look at your video.

A simple idea: getting people to watch our video is easy!

Take a quick review of how influential video has become.

The staggering statistics of video.

Let's take a quick review of everything we've done.

Where we've been: A review of the entire video production process.

Learn to give your video a final check before you upload.

Final checks: Format, Size, Volume, and the Cover Shot.

Learn the right way to upload your video to YouTube and Slideshare.

Uploading your video to YouTube and Slideshare.

Learn to add a title, keywords, a description, and your video cover-shot.

Wrapping up the package: Title, Key-Words, Description, Cover Shot.

Understand the essential basics of promoting your video online.

Promotion basics: Twitter, FaceBook, Blog, and Email.

If you have a blog, that's a great second home for your video.

Promotion via a blog: Linking to the video services.

Understand the essentials of tracking your views.

Check your numbers: Views, Uploads, Links, and Google Analytics.

Give yourself a pat on the back; you're a hand-drawn video master.

Last step: Accepting your Oscar.

How we get our video our there -- and get people to watch it

Posting and promoting
3 questions
We're done! Time to get rich and famous -- and draw another video!
1 Lecture 00:57

Now that you know how to create unique hand-drawn videos for marketing, sales, and training, you've got a business that few other people can touch.

You're ready for video fame and glory! Thank you!

Are you ready?
1 question
About the Instructor
Dan Roam
4.4 Average rating
136 Reviews
817 Students
1 Course
"The Back of the Napkin" Bestselling Author & Visual Expert

Dan Roam is the author of three international bestselling books on visual communications which have been translated into 31 languages. "The Back of the Napkin: Solving Problems with Pictures" was named by Fast Company, The London Times, and BusinessWeek as 'Creativity Book of the Year.' Dan's newest book, "Show and Tell: How Everyone Can Make Extraordinary Presentations" was named Amazon's Top-20 business book of the year. Dan has helped leaders at Google, Microsoft, Deloitte, Intel, Kraft, eBay, Gap, GE, IBM, the US Navy, and the United States Senate solve complex problems with simple pictures. Dan's "American Health Care on the Back of a Napkin" was voted by BusinessWeek as the world's greatest presentation of 2009, and prompted the White House to invite Dan in to train members of the President's communications team. Dan and his whiteboard appear frequently on CNN, MSNBC, ABC, CBS, Fox, and NPR. Dan's NapkinAcademy online is the world's first complete visual-thinking course, and is subscribed to by businesspeople from over 43 countries. Dan lives in San Francisco.