Monday, February 23, 2015

Animated Sketchnotes: Take 2

In a few previous posts I have been working through a process of transforming my paper sketchnotes first into hybrid notes layered on top of a photograph and then into video notes with animated text. In this second attempt at animated sketch notes, I have introduced a new application into the mix to add a layer of animated images along with text into the final product.


  • Paper53
  • Explain Everything
  • TiltShift Video
  • Tellagami
  • Adobe Voice
  • DoInk Green Screen

1. Record the video segments in Telleagami with a white background & export to the camera roll.

2. Add the Tellagami clips to DoInk Green Screen on the bottom layer of the project.

3. Create animated images with Adobe Voice. Be sure to customize the background to a green screen. Record each image for the desired amount of time for playback in the final video and then export each image individually to the camera roll.


4. Create sketches in Paper53 with black ink and export them as transparencies to the camera roll.

5. Import the Paper53 transparencies into Explain Everything and animate the text on top of a green screen background. Export each bit of animated text individually to the camera roll. If some of the animations are too slow, TiltShift Video is an option to speed up the video clips to a perfect desired length.

6. Layer the Adobe Voice animations and Paper53 animations above the background video in DoInk's Green Screen App. Be sure to turn down the volume on these video clips. Adjust their length, location and size accordingly

Finally, export the final product to the camera roll and upload to the desired location.

As I attempted to explain and capture with the video, this process was tedious, sometimes frustrating and often things didn't turn out as I originally planned. I also has to revise and rethink my process along the way to make things work. But, ultimately the process was extremely valuable because of the many problems that had to be solved along the way.


Saturday, February 21, 2015

Animated Sketch Notes

In my previous post I explored the process of creating hybrid sketchnotes on an iPad by layering sketches on top of a photograph. To add another layer of creativity to the sketch noting process I wanted to determine if it was possible to create animated sketchnotes that would be layered on top of video.

As it turns out it is entirely possible. The final video below is my first effort in the style of creation and demonstrates both the final product and outlines the creation process that was used.


  • Tellagami
  • Paper by 53
  • Explain Everything
  • DoInk Green Screen



Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Living Comics with iPads

Lots of experimentation lately with Green Screen by DoInk because of their recent update that allows videos to be pinched and resized within the app. This allows for some creativity that was previously not possible with this device..."Living Comic Strips"

The Process:

1. Shoot green screen video with the camera.

2. Create comic strip style thought or discussion bubbles in Explain Everything with a green screen background.

3. Create a comic strip in a 16:9 aspect ratio and export to the camera roll. I used Strip Design for this process.

4. Layer all three elements in Green Screen by DoInk and export to the camera roll.

In my next go around my thought is to strategically plan the video creation to have people in different comic strip frames interact with one another. The planning process would be critical here and would require knowing the amount of wait time needed to allow one person to talk and the other to respond once the original scene was complete.



Thought Bubble AppSmashing

I was in a workshop yesterday at Lower Canada College and was discussing the possibility of using iPads in with a performing arts teacher.  Her concept was to have students capture a performance with their iPads, but have them layer thought bubbles above the actors to share their inner thoughts or feelings...

The process:

1. Find a green screen image and a thought bubble image as a PNG (google search) and save them image to the camera roll.   Insert both images into Explain Everything, add text to the thought bubble & press record.  Record the screen for as long as you would like it to appear on your video.

2. Insert the green screen video from Explain Everything into Green Screen by DoInk on the top layer.  Add your original video to the second layer and then select the green screen footage & pinch the video to adjust the location of the thought bubble.  Export to the camera roll for use in iMovie or to upload and share.

The final product...

Monday, February 16, 2015

Hybrid Sketchnotes: Paper & iPads

During +Alec Couros  keynote at the most recent EdTechTeacher iPad Summit I left my iPad & MacBook in my backback and broke out my Moleskine notebook.  I've been making a conscious decision lately when listening to people speak or present to only use a paper notebook and jot down my notes with a pen or pencil.

Here are my thoughts captured during Alec's talk:

While it is reasonable to then tweet out the picture of my notes, I wanted to take another approach to transfer my thinking to a more visually appealing and shareable medium: a photograph.  Building from the inspirational sketch noting work of +Brad Ovenell-Carter and the recent Infopic post by +Tony Vincent, I decided I would attempt to transfer my paper notes and layer them over a picture of Alec from his talk.

TiltShift Video
Explain Everything
Paper by 53


1. Blur the picture to emphasize the speaker using TiltShift. Export to the camera roll.

2. Import the picture into Keynote to adjust the transparency and add any title text.  Screen shot to export from Keynote & crop the image in the camera roll to remove Keynote toolbar.

3. Import the picture into Explain Everything to add text.  Use the infinite zoom tool to zoom into the picture to precise adjustment of text.

4. Create hand drawn images in Paper by 53 & export as a transparencies to the camera roll.

5. Add transparent drawings from Paper to the image in Explain Everything & resize as needed.

6. Add slightly transparent shading in Explain Everything underneath text to make it visible.

7. Export & publish!