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A great script is fundamental for a high-quality explainer video.
Our storyline templates will guide you through the whole process with:
- A basic structure, dividing your story into plausible chapters,
- A guiding assistance for every chapter
- Two practical examples
We provide several different storyline categories:
- Professional, for Business User like Marketing
- Educational, for students and teachers
- Personal, for party Invitations
If no storyline meets your demands, you can also find a blank template in every category.
Please note that you have less assistance when you use a blank template.
It’s possible to use PowerPoint presentations as a basis for your explainer video script.
Please note the technical restrictions:
- Only use .ppt and .pptx format
- The maximum file size is 50 MB
- Your Powerpoint is limited to 20 Slides
mysimpleshow analyzes your PowerPoint presentation and identifies text content for your script.
Your text will be automatically divided into chapters.
You can check your original slides on the right side for orientation.
There are 4 options to edit your script:
1. Change and rewrite Text
2. Delete whole text-boxes
3. Rearrange text-boxes
4. Add new text-boxes
In case you exceed the limit of 2000 characters in total, you need to shorten your text.
However, don’t worry, deleted chapters can be easily restored.
Visit you 'settings page' to switch the tutorials ON or OFF in our editor.
You can always open them manually in the editor by clicking on the 'questionmark' the toolbar.
If you want to opt-out of specific tutorials, just check the 'don't show again" box.
Yes, when working on your storyboard in the Visualize-Step, you can upload any image file smaller than 7 MB.
In order to achieve a more unified look for your video, consider adding a polaroid frame to your uploads via the canvas edit feature.
It has never been easier to write your own script. The quality of your script is the key to a successful explainer video.
At first, think about how to structure your video. The storyline template will guide you through the process.
Think about your audience:
Change your perspective! Keep in mind staying relevant to your audience. Your and their interests may differ:
- Which knowledge does your audience have?
- Is your topic difficult to understand?
- Do they know the technical terms and foreign words?
- Can your audience identify with the story?
- Is all information relevant to them?
Give your audience an overview:
Make your audience understand the big picture first. You can add all details afterward much easier and more effectively.
Use simple language:
Avoid technical terms, terminology, and special short forms.
Use short sentences:
The easier your audience can understand your text, the more successful your explainer video will be.
Think about 2 things:
- Will my audience understand the text while listening to it?
- Is my text easy to pronounce?
If your text it not easy, try to simplify it. Don’t use loanwords or difficult technical terms.
Introduce a main character to your story. It will help your audience to identify with the topic and the story.
The character might have a problem, that can be solved, or stuck in a situation. You can introduce a second character, who is helping the first one or the other way round.
That brings your script to live!
Here’s our cheat sheet for you:
- Build a structure
- What’s the essence of your story?
- Regardless of the context of your explanation, you should always put your audience first.
- Use the 5 rules of explanation.
- Use short sentences.
- Use simple language.
In the Write stage, you create your video script, which will be read aloud by the audio voice over.
The script is the basis of your video, hence it is very important to devote special care to this phase!
On the left side, you will see the structure of your storyline. The guidance below each heading will explain how to split your text among the chapters.
On the right side, we always support you with two practical examples, helping you to get inspired.
Above chapter one you can find the navigation bar, consisting of various buttons:
- Chapter Menu: The structure of your simpleshow and the history of your script
- Guidance: Which part of your story should appear in which chapter?
- Reading mode: clearly arranged overview of your text
- Tutorial: Helps you in this stage.
- Comment: You and your and your invited team members are able to comment your script
You can leave chapters empty. They will not appear in the final version of your simpleshow. You can also split up a chapter into several scenes later on, in the VISUALIZE stage.
You cannot add new slides. We don’t want users to make simpleshows longer than 3-4 minutes. It is proven that after 3-4 minutes of a video, concentration decreases.
We can understand that this can be frustrating. Try to focus on your important messages.
Yes, all mysimpleshow projects need a Storyline. We have put much thought and all of our experience into the Storyline templates at your hand. They provide you with a story arc, advice on how to write a compelling script, and practical examples.
If you are not sure, which Storyline might fit your topic best, have a look at some example videos.
A video can just be as good as the script it is based on. At mysimpleshow we use it as basis for the visualization. We search for words and expressions that should appear as illustrations in your video and give you suggestions on how to best visualize your key messages. As the timing of the animation depends on your script as well, you see why it is such an import step.
As the illustrations and your script are closely linked to each other, changing the text will result in resetting the illustrations for the corresponding scene.
The simple answer is, more than 7 illustrations usually don't improve the picture composition and illustrations tend to get too small to be recognize by the viewers easily. If you feel the need for more illustrations, consider splitting up your text into several scenes. Each new scene gives you 7 new illustrations
Sure you can. Open the 'canvas edit' by clicking on the edit icon in the upper right hand corner of a scene's canvas. In the popup, you can arrange, scale, and flip your illustrations. You can also add a polaroid frame to images or add a speech bubble for texts.
For more information please read "How do I find the perfect scribble?"
You can always go back to editing your simpleshow. Just click the 'edit project' button on your dashboard, or on a project's video page.
Using the history feature, you can also take a look at older versions of your project.
As soon as you alter a project and decide to click the 'Finalize video' button,
we will overwrite the existing video with the new one.
But you can restore older versions of your project in your history.
Just click on the chapter menu and choose "Show history".
In your Free-Account, you can't. We are proud to empower anyone to create compelling, high quality, and fun simpleshow videos for free. Accepting our branding is the only thing we ask for in return :)
In your Business-Account, you can hide the mysimpleshow watermark in the Finalize stage.
You are able to upload your own watermark in your Pro-Account. Take a look at the article "How do I work in the Finalize stage?"
In the Visualize stage you create a storyboard for your video, based on the script you have written in the Write stage.
On the left side, you’ll find your script split into scenes. After each scene, the canvas will be wiped clean. On the right side, you’ll find the canvas,
which gives you an idea of your final video. Here you can edit scribbles, upload pictures, or insert text.
By clicking the “play video”-button in the navigation bar, you can watch a preview of your simpleshow with the current settings.
Every scribble is related to a specific keyword. The keywords in your script featuring a scribble will be marked turquoise in the text section.
We recommend the following workflow:
- Divide your text in scenes
- choose the keywords you want to be visualized
- choose the visuals for your keywords (or use the upload or text feature, see here (link: “how do I find the perfect visuals?”)
- arrange the storyboard with the canvas edit
Would you like to show your logo and contact information at the end of your simpleshow? No worries, we’ll provide you with 3 different templates to do so.
You can edit these templates, save them, and share them with your team members.
Closing frames in Visualize stage
At the end of the visualize stage, you’ll find our closing frames section. You can edit the 3 of them by adding an image or text. Unfortunately you can’t save your closing frame here, so please use the video settings in your account settings section to save it.
Create closing frames in your settings
In the settings section, you can create and edit closing frames as well as share them with your team. Therefore, please go to video settings.
Choose a template and upload your image or text. Now you can save your closing frame. Afterwards, you’ll also find your closing frame in the visualization stage.
You can also share closing frames with your team. If necessary, you can protect them from being edited by clicking the lock symbol.
You know it from television: Many different TV channels show their logo on the top left corner. You can do the same now: Your logo appears on the top right corner during your simpleshow. We call it a watermark.
How can I use my own watermark?
Go to video settings. There you’ll find the watermark section and be able to upload your logo. We recommend using an image file in .png format.
As soon as you upload and save the watermark, go to finalize stage and decide whether to use it or not.
In the Visualize Stage you can split and merge scenes.Your script is divided into scenes, each one allowing you to use up to seven keywords (= seven scribbles). At the end of each scene, all scribbles get wiped off, so you can start over with a cleared white screen. To improve the structure of your explainer video, we recommend splitting some of your scenes, so they can breathe a bit more.
Cut the scene by clicking and dragging the scissor icon, selecting a certain part of the text you want to split off.
If you’re not happy with the result and want to reconnect the scenes, you can merge them by clicking the merge icon.
After you finished writing your script, we analyze your text and identify keywords to offer you matching Scribbles.
You can replace Scribbles, upload your own images or use text in your explainer video.
Every scribble is related to a specific keyword in your script. If the shown scribble doesn’t meet your needs, click on it and take a look at the next four other choices we offer you. You can also searching through our gallery to find more scribbles.
If you’re looking for a completely different scribble, you can search for it manually in our scribble database. To find a different matching scribble, we recommend searching for synonyms.
You can choose between a variety of characters through all ages, to find your matching protagonists.
Replace scribbles by own images
mysimpleshow even enables you to use your own pictures via the upload menu. We recommend using png files. Please respect copyright law and only use images owned by yourself or that are licensed for third party usage.
Instead of pictures, you can also use the text feature to visualize keywords on the screen, for example to show the title of your explainer video.
Using scribble effects
You can use one of our three effects on a scribble. We offer you a checkmark, an "X" mark and twinkling stars. Clicking on the scribble launches the scribble picker. Click on "scribble effects" in the upper right corner and choose the effect you like.
To delete a scribble, just move the cursor over the scribble or keyword and click on the X above.
Keywords are important words that are visualized in your video. Every scribble is related to a certain keyword and it appears on the screen at the same time.
After you have finished your script, the text you wrote will be analyzed. We identify keywords and offer you matching Scribbles.
The keywords in your script featuring a scribble will be marked turquoise in the text section. Other potential keywords that we found are marked black.
How can I define keywords?
Every word in your script can be used as a keyword.
Select your keyword in the text with a double click (it may consist of several words) and click at the plus sign above to create a keyword. Another way is to drag a turquoise pill from the line and drop it on your new keyword. You can then choose a scribble, upload an image or type in a text.
How can I deselect keywords?
You can deselect keywords and choose new ones.
If you deselect a keyword, the corresponding Scribble will be deleted from the canvas.
You can select up to 7 keywords per scene. The amount of keywords you select can help you improve the timing of your video. Try to find a balance between how much text is heard and how many actions are seen on the canvas to create a good rhythm.
You can change your personal settings by choosing “Settings” in your avatar’s drop down menu, located in the upper right corner.
Change any of your personal settings by clicking the pen symbol.
mysimpleshow is available in English and German. You can select the language of mysimpleshow and your projects separately. If you want to write a German script for example, use German as your project language, so our script template and explainer engine will also switch to German.
Don’t worry: You can reselect your project language for every new video you'll create!
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After writing your script and creating your storyboard, it’s time to finalize your video.
You’ll find your workspace divided into two sections: Your scenes on the left, the voice over section on the right.
You can now choose between our automatic voice over, uploading a precast audio file, or recording your own voiceover directly in mysimpleshow. If desired, you can add subtitles or adjust the tempo of your video.
We recommend the following workflow:
- choose a voice-over option
- choose the video-speed
- record or upload your voice-over for each scene
Add subtitles to your video by choosing “show subtitles”.
Your script appears as a text at the bottom part of your canvas. Next to it you’ll find a pen symbol. Click it to adjust your subtitles or translate them to another language.
Upload your watermarks within the settings section. In finalize stage, you can decide whether to use them or not.
Choose your favorite color and colorize the scribbles in your simpleshow. Uploaded images won’t get colorized.
In the Finalize stage, you can record your own voice over using your computer's microphone. We call it karaoke mode. Try it - it’s fun!
Before you start recording, you should define a video playing speed. You can start recording once you’ve decided on a tempo. Notice: The slower your video tempo, the more time you’ll have for recording.
Now you can record your own voice for each Scene.
If the video is too fast or too slow you should define a video playing speed. You can start recording once you’ve decided on a tempo. Notice: The slower your video tempo, the more time you’ll have for recording.
If you have technical issues:
mysimpleshow needs permission to access to your microphone in order to record audio. Your browser should ask if you want to give this permission. This article might help:
For Firefox browser:
For Google Chrome browser:
You can add precast audio files to your video in the Finalize stage.
To get your video and voice over in sync, we recommend following these three steps.
- Choose your preferred tempo and complete the clip with one of our automated voices first.
- Download the video and record a voiceover for each scene.
- Select "Edit project" to return to your explainer video and upload your voice files in the Finalize step. This will overwrite the existing video with the self-made voice-over version.
After finalizing your simpleshow clip, you will be able to download a version as MP4 video file.
If you have a YouTube, Vimeo, or Wistia channel, you can connect it to your mysimpleshow account. This makes publishing your videos even more simple.
Connect your account by clicking the “Connect” button below the channel you want to connect to.
Follow the instructions to allow the publishing channel to access your mysimpleshow account.
Create a YouTube account and click on “connect.” Google will ask you for permission to upload your videos with only one click from now on.
If you have a restricted Google Mail account and are not able to get emails from outside your network: please use your Google account or Facebook account.
The best way for students with Google Chromebooks to sign up to mysimpleshow is the Google Sign Up on the mysimpleshow home page.
Click on "Sign up" and then "Sign up with Google." After Google has connected with mysimpleshow, please click on "Sign in". Using this sign up method, students can start their projects easily and don’t have to activate their accounts via email.
Click your avatar in the upper right corner and choose “My Settings” from the drop down menu.
Here you can change your username, email address and password.
Enter your old password, then enter a new one. Choose wisely. We recommend to make use of at least 6 of the following characters:
a-z A-Z 0-9 ! # $ % ’ ( ) * + , - . / :
If you forgot your password, please follow these steps:
- Click 'Forgot your password?' in the login window.
- Check your email inbox or spam folder as required.
- Log into mysimpleshow with your email address and the new password provided.
- Pick a new password in your account settings.
You can delete your account in your settings. We will permanently remove your personal data and all of your projects.
We are sorry to see you leave. What can we do to improve the mysimpleshow experience in the future? Your honest feedback is more than welcome.
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In a Pro account, there are many ways to co-work with your team: Invite your team members and share uploaded pictures and closing frames with them.
Who is the account owner?
You’ll find your user account in the menu section. There you can invite, administrate, or remove team members from your project.
You can transfer your account to a team member. Afterwards, you won’t be the account owner anymore, but still a part of the team. You can create projects and use shared templates, closing frames for example .
Invite new team members or remove them. You can monitor who has already accepted your invitation.
You can manage all your videos in the settings section. Filter by shared, published, and finished projects.
Transfer projects to your team members
Transfer projects to members of your team. The receiving team member will find the project received in their video section.
You own a corporate font which you want to use in your videos? That’s easy! You can upload your font in the video settings section.
Please note: Fonts must to be uploaded in .woff format. You may convert .ttf or .otf fonts using free online tools, for example https://andrewsun.com/tools/woffer-woff-font-converter/
Upload your own images so you can use them in your simpleshow and closing frames. Share some images with your team members!
You want to use your explainer video in a classroom or at a birthday party? - Awesome! As long as you don't change the video after you downloaded it, you are free to use it for school or private purposes.
You may use your videos for your business if you are using the Business or Pro plan. The Pro plan even enables you to pass your video on to third parties, also for a consideration.
For detailed licensing information check our Terms & Conditions.