How are RSA animation videos created

While the basic idea of ​​the flipped classroom was to film the lecture and make it accessible to the learners in advance, an explanatory video of its own has now emerged, with which complex issues can be visualized in a very creative and artistic way.

You can roughly distinguish two types: videos in which real people are filmed, and animation videos. Both types have their special features and can be very complex to produce. In our instruction manual “How do I create a flipped classroom video? Basics ”we explain how real film sets are implemented, in the following we show what needs to be considered with animated videos.

The script and whatever else there is to prepare

At first glance, it seems almost easier to produce a video completely on the computer at the comfort of your desk - provided you are reasonably fit in terms of computer technology and have the patience to familiarize yourself with new programs. You have to bring a certain amount of creativity for all forms, because the pivotal points are always the initial idea and the script. The best way to get good ideas for this is to watch as many explanatory videos as possible - YouTube offers a wealth of them on all imaginable topics, e.g. on the channel of the video company youknow, which illustrates the "Internet of Things" here.

Check out our guide, How Do I Create a Flipped Classroom Video? Basics ”- here you will find a lot about ideas, scripts and storyboards. Because before you get to work, the following also applies to animation videos: Plan your video shoot as well as possible! In addition to the idea itself, this also includes planning the required technology. For example, for the “laying technique”, in addition to a computer and a corresponding processing program (see below), you also need a good camera with a tripod, enough space, lots of paper and good lighting.

For an animation video that you produce entirely on the computer, you may also need a good recording device or a high-quality microphone and an audio editing program.

In the following we will show you which form works and how.

For drawing artists: Videos in "laying technique"

Drawing geniuses can work with the so-called laying technique. Drawings are moved back and forth on a white background and filmed from above. It is intentional that the hands can be seen, especially when all papers are wiped away during a change of scene. A text is spoken for animation - such a laying technique video explains how an explanatory video is made.