Making Informational Videos with VideoScribe and PowToon

It's pretty incredible what kinds of tools are available to consumers today to create professional-looking media.  Case in point, Sparkol VideoScribe and PowToon, two similar products that allow users to create informational videos with text and images that look like they are being handwritten or hand drawn (a trend that is becoming very popular in advertising and PSAs).  PowToon I had heard about when it came out, but I never got around to trying it.  VideoScribe was introduced to me by Spanish teacher Dr. Carmen Campos (see her wonderful Pinterest boards) at the NYSAFLT Summer Institute earlier this month.  Seeing her examples of how she used both VideoScribe and PowToon got my gears rolling and inspired me to finally try it for myself.

PowToon's user interface

Both of these tools were a lot easier to use than I thought they would be.  After playing around for a few minutes with the settings, I started to get the hang of it.  Being an avid Photoshop user, which has a similar type of UI to these programs, may have made it a little easier, but I do think these programs were designed to be as user-friendly as possible.

Pros and Cons of Each Program
I liked both programs but based on my limited experience with them, I have to give PowToon the edge.  Both have a lot in common, in that they have a premium version with better features, allow you to show hands writing text or drawing pictures, give you a selection of background music to choose from, and allow you to upload or record your own voiceover.  PowToon, however, has some extra advantages, in that the free version is always free (whereas VideoScribe has a free trial and then you have to pay), it's web-based (VideoScribe must be downloaded), the upgrade is cheaper for teachers, there seem to be more effects to choose from, and the overall video seemed to look more polished.  I really couldn't think of an advantage VideoScribe has over PowToon, although I liked it fine.

Video I made using PowToon (incorporated into the video I showed in my last post):


  1. Hello! I'm going to teach French in a middle school (in Spain) for the first time and I discovered your blog a few weeks ago when I was looking for ideas. I find it really really useful so I want to say THANK YOU! I'm creating a video with Powtoon inspired by your video, to show the students where French is spoken in the world. I hope you don't mind! I'll keep reading your blog. Bonne chance pour la rentrée!

  2. Making a video using Powtoon is very easy, videoscribing is one of the best ideas or tools to make anyone understand what you are trying to say. Thanks for this help, I'll search answers on this blog related to videoscribe and whiteboard animation, thanks for sharing.


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