What Does Bill Use for His Animations in the Videos?  

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Moneer81
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2019-09-09 3:54 am  

Hello,

Does anyone know what Bill uses for his animations? What programs and how does he record them? I love the content that he produces and the animations and the graphics make explaining complex topics pretty simple, and I would love to be able to recreate some of those animations. I would love to hear more about where he gets his content and his designs and what his workflow is.


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Robo Pi
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2019-09-09 5:22 am  

I too would like to learn to be able to do video animations like he does.   Especially concerning the graphic drawing of components and circuits.

I asked him before and he told me the program he uses but I forget the name of it.  But I believe it runs on an Apple and not Linux or PC.   I can't afford to buy an Apple computer dedicated to that, so I've turned to other software and graphics methods.  But I haven't found anything that quite hits the spot yet.   Especially in terms of the animated components graphics.  I'd pretty much need to make my own animations from scratch, and that could be formidably time consuming.

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Pugwash
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2019-09-09 8:16 am  

@robo-pi, @Moneer81

Bill told me that he uses Keynote on a Mac! 

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Pugwash
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2019-09-09 10:45 am  

When it comes to the graphics, there is a choice of sources.

Screenshots of Fritzing components, that are saved as PNG files, resized and the alpha channel set to transparent.

Pictures from Amazon, eBay or AliExpress, again saved as PNG files, resized and the alpha channel set to transparent. But Chinese sellers are coming around to watermarking their pictures but getting around this can be done if you know a bit about Python programming. I know I have attempted it myself, with reasonable results.

Or you could photograph the components yourself on a coloured background and do the same as above.

Hope I am not giving away too many of your secrets, Bill!

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2019-09-09 11:55 am  
Posted by: @pugwash

Bill told me that he uses Keynote on a Mac! 

That is correct - I use Apple Keynote to create the graphics.

Posted by: @pugwash

Hope I am not giving away too many of your secrets, Bill!

No problem, I never considered them to be secrets!

Keynote is like Powerpoint on steroids, while it doesn't really do animation it does allow you to quickly make a diagram with some movement, like my schematics and diagrams. I think they add both educational and entertainment value to the videos, but of course, I'm pretty biased!

😎

Bill

 

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Pugwash
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2019-09-09 12:01 pm  

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It is impressive enough and does the job, which is the main consideration.

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