Why Powtoon is WAY better than I thought it would be
July 30, 2021

Why Powtoon is WAY better than I thought it would be

Gabe Nance | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User

Overall Satisfaction with Powtoon

My organization uses Powtoon to create videos that are "in-between" training videos: they are not high-profile enough for commercials or Marketing videos, but they are nicer and more professional than Zoom recordings or dry software walkthroughs. Sometimes they are informal and fun - like our "88 Seconds of Systems" videos that take a 15-minute system overview and cram it into 4 minutes; sometimes they are more formal but still visually engaging.
These days, with the prevalence pf recorded Zoom and WebEx sessions, learners get really tired really fast of another talking head on a screen! Powtoon enables my organization to create different types of videos and eLearning engagements to wake people up and get their attention so they can learn something new!
  • Engaging visuals and out-of-the-ordinary animations
  • Easy incorporation of recorded video from other software into Powtoon creations
  • A broad and deep library of background music for different types of videos
  • Multiple template and theme options for different types of videos
  • Limitation of 90 seconds for imported video
  • More sound effect options for individual animations
  • Better organization of the images that I've created and imported
  • We are able to create videos that would cost thousands of dollars from an external vendors for hundreds of dollars a year
  • Video revision is a fairly simple process so no time is wasted creating videos to make updates
  • Importing tools are another time saver
In most cases, Powtoon is the superior tool for video creation and PowerPoint-importing over Captivate, Storyline and Camtasia. And it's MUCH easier to use than Vyond/GoAnimate. It's also much cheaper than these alternatives while providing better tools and a more robust library than Captivate, Storyline and Camtasia. While Vyond/GoAnimate has more precise tools for video creation, the learning curve to use it is MUCH steeper than Powtoon.

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Powtoon is a very capable suite of tools that help a developer create training videos that look way better than they should. I've used it to create fun, attention-getting commercials for new topics, I've used it to enhance what would otherwise be boring step-by-step tutorials, and I've used it to create all manner of "Explainer videos" for all kinds of topics - this is where it EXCELS!

In my opinion, its biggest limitations are limits on imported video (max of 90 seconds), which mean that you have to do a lot of extra work to break up and import anything of substantive length. And because it presents your personal library of imported images and audio ONLY sequentially, it's VERY LIMITED in the re-usability of those assets - it's way faster to just import a new instance of an image and audio than to try to find it in your library.

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