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Guide to produce cost-efficient animation training videos

A case study of Integrity & Value

When it come to producing animation training videos, there are lots of things to be considered. In this article, you will see the interesting journey of producing animated training video to improve course quality from our real client, Integrity & Value. To be more specific, you will go through where their idea came from, their concerns about applying animation into a video-based training course, to how to create great animations for training on a tight budget. Let’s start!

About Integrity and Values

Integrity and Values (I&V) is known as the global leader in behavior change, executive coaching, and team development. In the journey, Integrity and Values’ goal is to successfully train the top managers and leaders who produce extraordinary results for companies.

Follow this mission, they work hard to provide great training courses that’s not only effective but also interesting to their clients. At first, Integrity and Values has chosen talking-head video as a main educating method for a long time. However, when learner’s demand is rising as nowadays, it is no longer an optimal option for them anymore. 

What problems did I&V have to deal with when using talking-head online training?

 

Undeniably, talking-head video is the most basic and easiest type of training video to do. Specifically, it is a friendly-budget option for beginners. However, the talking-head method still has brought lots of disadvantages in the long term for I&V.

 

Hard to fully deliver the abstract knowledge

First, it’s hard to express the abstract management concepts by talking-head video. Indeed, watching an instructor explaining a subject is not enough to help learners grasp the difficult knowledge. Take a look at this example. How well will your learners understand these terms if with just an explanation by words? You see, in this case, visualizing content that stimulates real environment is much better.

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Boring for learners to follow

Furthermore, talking-head videos can appeal blend and tedious for audiences. Similar to the traditional classroom, learners have to listen for a long time and stay focus in many hours. And trainees don’t want it, especially who learn online. Instead, they mostly seek for a better choice which can be more appealing and engaging to them, such as a game-based training or animated training videos.

Find out more:
> Tips to make corporate training videos interesting 

 

Difficult to be diverse

Lastly, it is impossible to only use one teaching method for every type of learners. Indeed, different learners will be looking for different learning types. For example, visual learners demand for not only high quality but also professional training course.

So, how did Integrity and Values deal with these problems of talking head training videos? After researching market trends, they found animation. Indeed, they realized that animation training could transfer leadership knowledge better and also suit for various learning styles. However, there are a bunch of barriers to come to the decision of producing animated training videos. 

 

Concerning about applying animation in corporate training

 

1. Could animation training make concept less dry and boring?

Yes, animation can describe the abstract knowledge engagingly. And, different from the talking-head video, the animation training video is not simply a talking person lecturing from beginning to end. Particularly, instead of explaining a training concept by words, animation will transfer them to become many beautiful style frames and appealing motions. Therefore, learners won’t feel bored with the diversity and engaging concept of animation. For instance, this storyboard has showed the lesson in a funny and visually engaging way.

A part of the storyboard for Integrity and Values project

 

 

2. Is animation training better than talking-head video?

No doubt, animation training video can improve the outcome of the training course. Indeed, animation help learners restore memory for a long time with colorful features and unique style. Moreover, the story-telling method can guide them to follow the flow of the training course. Naturally, learners can absorb all the knowledge from the course. 

 

For better understanding:
> Amazing advantages of storytelling method in corporate training 

 

Furthermore, animation can provoke learners to finish the course. To be more specific, animation sets a new fun vibes for the training session. Employees will no longer be sitting in front of the screen and listening to tedious and difficult theories. Instead, all of these knowledge has been replaced by funny stories of animated characters who act as leaders. Plus, animation also gives learners a space to grow. Particularly, by stimulating the real world, learners could find the lesson is more relevant to them. As a result, animation training engages learners to stay focused and go through sessions to finish the course.

 

3. Will learners welcome animation training videos?

Undeniably, animation is an ideal option for a different age range. Unsurprisingly, lots of people have a thought that animation is an entertaining and relaxing tool for children in their free time. However, animation is more than that. Specifically, in the world of 65% of visual learners, animation is no longer belonging to children only. In fact, it becomes an effective tool for adults to learn in training. 

 

 

Moreover, the animation training video gives a clear goal and adapts the internal motive of learners. Normally, adults will be looking for a reason and ask themselves “What could this course give me?” before coming to course. Luckily, animated videos are short and quickly help learners see the result from the beginning. Once learners are engaged in animation, there is no reason for them to not dive into the training course.

 

4. How much should Integrity and Values invest in animation training videos?

It’s the most difficult question for I&V. In fact, animation is totally a new sector for them. Thus, they can’t decide how much is worth to invest for an animation training video. So, to stay in the budget, they had tried to do it themselves with an affordable auto-generated software (Videoscribe). However, self-made products didn’t meet their expectation. Predictably, the product has followed the same template, unrelated motions and took more time to make because of the lack of experience. 

Read more:

> A day in the life of an animator at F. Learning Studio
> How to make a series of animation for education on tight budget

 

Go for a professional to seek some help!

After all, Integrity and Values has came and collaborated with F. Learning Studio to upgrade and enhance their training products and their training course. With many years of experience, together, we have created a successful animation training video for the leadership and management training courses. In addition, we kept the price affordable thanks to mutual support from both sides.

 

How F.Studio produces cost-efficient animation training videos: A step-by-step guide

 

Pre-production

This stage helps F. Learning Studio understand I&V requests and ideas. Simultaneously, the client, I&V can get the basic concept of their final product. To achieve the goal, there are 3 steps:

 

Free consultation call

A quick call to understand each other better. You can talk more about your project and know how F.Studio can help you. The most important thing is this consultation is free. We believe it is the fastest way to understand your requests and ideas. Plus, direct contact is a great start to build a trustworthy business relationship.

I&V has left their contact on our website. Within 24h, our account reached them via email and arranged a meeting call.

Contact us for better consultation, and don’t worry, it’s free!

 

Brief

In this step, we sum up all the requests into a project brief, follow up with research, and brainstorm.

Proposal

After briefing and brainstorming, we propose  the1st draft, including a style frame or short demonstration. In I&V project, we recommend them using motion graphics. This creates smooth motions, easy to visualize yet saving cost. Once approved, we will arrange a production calendar.

 

Production

In this stage of producing animation training videos, we will do all the hard works. However, we still need feedback so the final product can meet the requirement.

 

Script

I&V provided rough materials such as lesson plans and voiceovers. Together, we created engaging stories. Also, our client highlighted and explained to us the abstract, complex concept, so that we can visualize them better in the final animations.

Storyboard and style frame

After a few days of brainstorming, we gave I&V 2 art style options, the 1st one is vector-based motion graphics, with standard human body proportions characters and a blank face. This option provides a professional impression and quite affordable. The 2nd option is hand-drawn characters, more costly, but it has a unique appearance, more motivating and engaging. After considering, I&V chose the 2nd option.

Illustration, Voiceover, and Animation

After I&V chooses the style, our job is bringing the story to live by illustrating every detail from character design to background elements; matching the voice with nice motions and adding background music, sound effect, etc. We also revisioned the video based on the client’s feedback.

Final product

We used the first concept to go through the whole animation series. The purpose is to reduce the course, keep the consistency, and also help I&V build their brand image better. In terms of I&V, they joined with us from creating storyboards to ensure that the visualization idea is best matched with the content for the best quality animation. Have a look at our final product!

 

 

What did Integrity and Values get?

 

And here the result is! The animation traning video produced gave a new appearance for the course that helps:

  • Engage more learners into the training course
  • Express the abstract and theoretical information better
  • Increase the completion rate of the course

Thanks to animation, Integrity and Value could make learners more satisfying and enjoying learning. We look for more collaborations to produce more effective animation training courses for employees around the world!

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