Create Animated Explainer Videos - Complete Walkthrough
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Create Animated Explainer Videos - Complete Walkthrough

Your first animated promo video in less than an hour using Powtoon! This course creates it for you, step by step.
4.4 (60 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.
1,309 students enrolled
Created by Matt Wong
Last updated 3/2015
Current price: $10 Original price: $20 Discount: 50% off
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  • 1.5 hours on-demand video
  • 2 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • You will have your very first animation video by the end of this course.
  • Make as many professional animation videos as you like.
  • Learn a proven workflow that creates videos for your business FAST.
  • Deploy the 3 rules of video editing for promos that scream 'WOW'.
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  • You do not need ANY video editing experience.
  • You will need a Powtoon Paid account (but we'll cover how to get it half price).
  • You will need a few hours set aside to make your first animated promo video.
  • You will need to have a product, business or course to sell. We are creating promo videos!

---- Course lectures updated and bonus lectures added on 9th March 2016 ----

Would you like to increase your sales by using promo videos? How about an animated video where you don't even need to be on camera?


Video has a huge impact on your brand credibility, and on sales. They produce substantially higher conversion rates (where customers go from browsing to buying) and you'd be crazy not to use them in your business.

The problem is they are either expensive or hard to make.

Not today.

This course is a major shortcut to your first animated promotional video. We'll be working together in each lecture creating your video as you learn. No 'learning for learning sake' here, just actionable and productive lectures.

Hear what my students have to say about this course:

'This was BRILLIANT! After going through this course I felt like I was using it like a pro, I already knew all the tricks to work around the limitations of the system and was able to produce my first, very professional looking video is a really short amount of time, THANK YOU!!' -Paul

'Pure information - no clutter! Enjoyed this course so much, you'll save about $104 thanks to lecture 5. This course is a shortcut to mastery.' - Brandon

'I didn't know what I was looking for till I found you. The course was great, no really, its fantabulous.' - April

'Powerful course here! Powerful, engaging and so easy to follow. All instructors need this course!' - Rosa

'Well done this course was amazing...I am now a convert, loved the style and engaging voice over.' - Leap Training Institute

By the end of this course you will have your own promo video, all:

  • without appearing on camera
  • without having to buy anything more than a microphone and a Powtoon account
  • without wasting time learning to master complex programs like Adobe After Effects.

Plus you'll have my proven workflow (PDF) that produces quality videos in the fastest time possible.

30 Day Money Back Guarantee. You are backed by Udemy's 30 day refund policy. No sweat.

Who is the target audience?
  • Do you need promo videos for your business?
  • Are you tired of paying other people hundreds (and sometimes thousands) for product videos, explainer videos or promotional videos?
  • This is for business owners who want to 'punch above their weight' with amazing animations.
  • This is for creatives looking for a shortcut to quality animation.
  • This course is NOT for people looking to learn Blender, After Effects or 3DS Max. We use Powtoon exclusively.
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Curriculum For This Course
32 Lectures
3 Lectures 04:48

Learn why this course was made.

Preview 01:29

These are the 4 options you have when it comes to making promo videos.

Preview 01:24

This curriculum has been designed for maximum productivity. Build your promo video as we go!

Preview 01:55
Step 1: Get Powtoon Cheap
3 Lectures 08:24

Find out how much animated videos cost. I'll show you the quotes I received. Let's compare that to Powtoon! Hint: $1500/video vs $8/video.

You will also learn the difference between Powtoon plans, and which one you need.

Preview 02:56

Why would you pay full price? Learn where to get Powtoon for HALF PRICE.

Preview 03:15

If all else fails, here is how to get Powtoon cheaply.

BONUS - If all else fails, this is how to get Powtoon cheap.
The Workflow That Works
2 Lectures 01:51

Learn all about this hard-won workflow. Hours of tears have resulted in an efficient step by step system that will save you hours and days of frustration.

Follow this workflow because it works

Workflow Print Out
1 page
Step 2: Prepare Your Script and Equipment
4 Lectures 06:49

Learn the importance of scripts, and see some examples.

Write your script (Workflow 1)

Some examples of my scripts. Notice the difference between an animated script and a live script.

Animation requires far less scripting.

Examples of my scripts (animation and traditional)
3 pages

This is the equipment you need...and don't need.

Get your equipment ready

This is a fun lecture showing how much Audio matters for immersion and emotion (and therefore impact!).

Nail this one thing first!
Step 3: Create Your Video!
15 Lectures 48:59

Surprisingly, the next step is to choose your music. Find some FREE royalty free music using Powtoon.

Choose your music (Workflow 2)

Learn the best way to record the voice-over for your video.

Record your audio (Workflow 3)

Learn the most important thing to do with your audio after you record it. Uses Audacity (free).

Edit your audio (Workflow 3a)

The fun begins - start your video with a pre-made animation. It's the fastest way to 'WOW' animations.

Choose a template (Workflow 4)

Here's a nice hack for getting STANDOUT templates in Powtoon. Look like a pro.

The difference between 'Studio' and 'Slides' (Workflow 4a)

This is an important lecture. Attaching audio and laying out slides will save you time later on - well worth doing.

Attach audio and layout slides (Workflow 5)

Learn how to navigate the timeline in Powtoon.

Navigate the Timeline (Workflow 5a)

In this lecture learn about objects, where to find them and which ones to use.

Add objects (Workflow 6)

This lecture shows how images work in Powtoon, and where to find free stock photos.

Use images well, get free images to use (Workflow 6a)

Learn some bonus methods to grab free stock music from Powtoon, and an unlimited amount of props!

BONUS - Free Stock Music and Unlimited Powtoon Props

This lecture teaches the most important part of video - timing. Learn how to time your objects.

Time your objects (Workflow 7)

This is a bonus lecture explaining how to use animated objects for a better looking video.

Customising animations and loops (Workflow 7a)

In this lecture we cover the biggest pitfall of all - transitions. Learn how to use them like a pro.

Add transitions (Workflow 8)

This is a bonus lecture showing how to set up manual transitions.

Manual transitions (Workflow 8a)

This is a bonus lecture showing how to set up hidden transitions. They are very useful for continuity.

Hidden transitions (Workflow 8b)
Step 4: Polish and Export
4 Lectures 11:53

This lecture expands on the concept of professional videos that *wow* your customers.

How to make an animation that screams 'WOW', not 'N00b'.

Learn the potholes and glitches in animating, and how to avoid them.

Mistakes, glitches and potholes to avoid.

Step 9 of the workflow is very important. Do it well with this lecture.

Thoroughly check your video (Workflow 9)

Here are the ins and outs of exporting well.

Publish and export properly (Workflow 10)
1 Lecture 00:47

Well done on creating your first promo video! Please share it in a discussion so we can all marvel at your prowess.

Congratulations and Summary.
About the Instructor
Matt Wong
4.5 Average rating
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4,072 Students
3 Courses
Super Multi-Tasker (Pilot, Lawyer, Medical Entrepreneur)

I founded and ran a high end medical clinic for 8 years in Sydney, Australia. We spearheaded the introduction of genomic testing to the public and publishing house Penguin Books commissioned a book documenting these exploits for release in 2015.

I also created a nut manufacturing business that makes 'the best nuts on earth'. I qualified as an aircraft pilot in Sydney, trained as a lawyer at the University of Technology Sydney, and spent years leading teams both corporately and for community groups. I trained at the Australian Institute of Music - Classical Guitar, but secretly love playing the piano. I also briefly worked for Elon Musk, who is a thoroughly decent guy.

I have a 'hungry brain' that is addicted to learning, thus the lawyer/pilot/musician/manufacturer/medical entrepreneur qualifications. I believe one career is not enough. We have the ability to be much greater than we are, so don't settle; grow!