- SammetAsked on March 22, 2011 at 02:26 PM
First of all I would like to congratulate to a terrific product! Jotform makes it fun and easy to create forms.
My question might be off the subject but I would really like to know how your video Jotform Dropbox video was produced. What software did you use?
Any tips and tricks is very much appreciated.
Milion thanks in advance
- egegAnswered on March 23, 2011 at 08:49 AM
Hi Sammet! Thank you for your kind words.
Here's the process for our video:
Initially, we did some meetings and decided on the "narrative", the "style" and the "feel" of the video. After that, I sketched some character drawings and chose a fitting candidate(John) for the animation. Then, I did some study drawings and several poses for "John" to better acquaint myself with him while we were writing the script at the same time.
This is where the actual production began. First, I scanned some sketches I thought I would use and redrew them in the Adobe Illustrator(1) as vector images.
After the drawing stage was done, I quickly did a mock-up voice-over to the script in order to know when&where everything will go in the composition. Next, I fired up the Adobe After Effects(2) and the sleepless nights began. I put every piece in their respective places and animated them accordingly.
Finally, we hired our dear Melissa Moats for the actual voice-over. I made some timeline adjustments according to her rhythm, rendered the composition as a .mp4 file, and uploaded it to Vimeo.
If you're after more details, I've decided to post this reply as a blog post along with more details. Stay tuned at our blog.
Points & TipsI find using vector graphics to be a good practice here for two main reasons:
(1) I don't know your familiarity with the subject so i felt the need to elaborate. Adobe Illustrator is a vector graphics editor, as opposed to bitmap graphics editors such as Adobe Photoshop. A brief explanation of the differences can be found here.
(2) Again, feeling the need to elaborate. Adobe After Effects is a layer-oriented video editing software where every element has its own timeline in contrast to more consumer based products such as iMovie where there is usually a single timeline which cannot be occupied by two elements at the same time. Hence, a layer-oriented approach is a must for productions such as ours