mysimpleshow – empowering explanation

FAQ

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Create as many videos as you want, 3 or 300, we’re looking forward to it!

Depending on your subscription plan, the download is available in Serial Digital (SD) or High Definition (HD).

Further information here: Which video formats are available?

Pick up your own voice or upload a pre-cast voice recording.
Check here for more information on voice-overs:

Can I record my own voice?

How to upload a professional voice-over?

You want a simpleshow with blue scribbles? No problem! Depending on your subscription, you can color all scribbles in your video (except uploaded images by user).

Emphasize individual scribbles with our effects. Choose between ticks or check marks, X, or asterisks.
You can find more about this topic here: How to find the perfect visuals?

Depending on your subscription, you can use and edit subtitles in your simpleshow.

Standard subtitles are provided by your script which also relates to the visualizations on your canvas.

 

Add subtitles to your video by choosing “show subtitles” in Finazilze stage.

Your script appears as a subtitle-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.

Depending on your subscription plan, you can choose between up to 6 different automated voices.

Our storyline templates support your script writing by a structure, useful tips and two practical examples.

You have full control over the privacy of your video.

Our Explainer Engine analyzes your text and suggests matching scribbles. You can choose other scribbles, upload your own pictures or use our text tool to optimize your explainer video’s visuals.
You can find more information here: How to find the perfect visuals?

You can remove the mysimpleshow watermark, the logo which appears in the upper right corner of your video.
How exactly does this work? Find out here: What is a watermark?

 

In the chapter menu, you can find previous versions of your script and also restore them.

Find more information here: Can I go back to an earlier version of a video?

Customize your closing frame with one of our templates. You can insert texts, upload images and edit our existing templates.

How exactly does this work? Find out here: How to use closing frames?

With a business subscription you can use your video in marketing, customer communication or advertising. However, you can not assign or sell your rights to third parties.

More information about commercial rights here: Can I use my video commercially?

 

In our Pro-subscription plan, you can work as a team. Comment, transfer and edit projects with up to 3 team members!

See all subscription features here: Subscription plans

With a pro subscription you’re allowed to produce mysimpleshows and pass them on to your clients and customers commercially.

You can permanently insert your logo into your simpleshows. It will appear in the upper right corner of your video and can be adjusted individually.

You can find more information here: How can I add my own branding logo?

Upload your own font and use it in your simplehsow.

Manage uploaded images in your settings section. Share them with your team members, download or delete them.

Edit subtitles depending on your subscription plan.

For further details visit: How to use subtitles

Depending on your subscription plan, you can choose between 1-5 different music tracks.

If you want to use your own music, just upload it in Finalize stage.

Do you want to show your video to other people? In free- and fun-subsctiptions you’ll find a landing page. Send the public link to your friends, family and teachers so they can take a look at your video.

 

If you upgrade to business- or pro-subscriptions, your landing page will be deactivated soon. You can still find all of your videos in your personal dashboard.

 

After deleting your mysimpleshow account, the landing page for your videos will also be deactivated soon.

A great script is fundamental for high-quality explainer videos.

Our storyline templates will guide you through the whole process by:

 – A basic structure, dividing your story into plausible chapters,

 – Guiding assistance in each chapter  

 – Two practical examples each chapter

 

Workspace Write Stage

 

You can choose between various storyline categories:

–  Professional, for Business users

 – Educational, for students and teachers

 – Personal, for casual and informal storylines

 

If no storyline meets your demands, you can also choose the blank template in every category.

(Please note that we can’t assist you when using a blank template!)

 

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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

 – Maximum presentation file size is 50 MB

 – Your PowerPoint presentation is limited to 20 Slides

 

mysimpleshow analyzes your presentation and identifies relevant text content for your script.

Your text will be automatically divided into several chapters.

For orientation, you can always check your original slides on the right side .

 

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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 easily be restored.

Yes, all mysimpleshow projects need a storyline. We’ve put lots of thoughts and experience into the creation of our storyline templates.
They will guide you in writing a compelling storyline by giving advice and practical examples.

If you’re not sure which storyline fits your topic best, have a look at some example videos.

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 for your audience. Your and their interests may differ:

 

  1. Which knowledge does your audience have?
  2. Is your topic difficult to understand?
  3. Do they know the technical terms and foreign words?
  4. Can your audience identify with the story?
  5. Is all information relevant to them?

7.2 Audience

Give your audience an overview:

Make your audience understand the big picture first. Afterwards, you can add details 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.

 

Use Characters:

Introduce a main character to your story. It will help your audience to identify with the topic and story.

The character might have a problem or is stuck in a situation which could be solved. You can introduce a second character who is helping the first one or the other way round.

That brings your script to life!

 

Here’s our cheat sheet for you:

  1. Build a structure
  2. What’s the essence of your story?
  3. Regardless the context of your explanation, you should always put your audience first.
  4. Use the 5 rules of explanation.
  5. Use short sentences.
  6. Use simple language.

In the Write stage, you create your video script which will later be read aloud by the audio voice over.

Writing a script is the basis of your video, hence it is very important to devote special attention 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 getting inspired.

 

Workspace Write Stage

 

Above chapter one, you’ll find the navigation bar consisting of various buttons:

  1. Chapter Menu: The structure of your simpleshow and the history of your script
  2. Guidance: Which part of your story should appear in which chapter?
  3. Reading mode: Clearly arranged overview of your text
  4. Tutorial: Helps you in this stage.
  5. Comment: You and your invited team members are able to comment on your script

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You can also leave chapters empty. If so, they will not appear in the final version of your simpleshow. You can also split a chapter up into several scenes later on in the Visualize stage. 

However, you cannot add new slides. We don’t want users to make simpleshows longer than 3-4 minutes. It is proven that concentration decreases after 3-4 minutes of watching a video.
We understand this can be frustrating but try to focus on your most important messages!

For valuable tips on writing a great script, have a look here: How do I write a great script

A video can just be as good as the script it is based on. At mysimpleshow, your script is indispensable for visualization. We scan it for words and expressions that will appear as illustrations in your video and we also give you suggestions on how to visualize your key messages best. As the timing of all animations depends on your script as well, you see why it is such an import task.

Here you an find some tips on how to write a great script.

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.

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By clicking the “play video”-button in the navigation bar, you can watch a preview of your simpleshow with the current settings.

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Every scribble is related to a specific keyword. The keywords in your script which feature a scribble will be marked turquoise.

 

 

 

 

We recommend the following workflow:

  • Divide your text into scenes
  • Choose the keywords you want to visualize
  • Choose the right visuals for your keywords (or use the upload feature, see here: How to find the perfect visuals?)
  • Arrange your visuals by editing them on the canvas

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.

 

Keywords are important words which are going to be visualized in your video. Every scribble is related to a certain keyword which will appear on the screen as soon as the voice over pronounced it.

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After you finished your script, the text you wrote will be analyzed. We identify keywords and offer you matching scribbles.

The keywords of 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 mark keywords?

Every word in your script can be used as a keyword.

Select your keyword in the text section by double clicking it (keyword may consist of multiple words) and clicking on the plus sign above. Another way is to drag a turquoise pill from the line and drop it on your new keyword. You then can choose a scribble, upload an image or type in some text.

 

 

 

 

How can I deselect keywords?

You can deselect keywords by clicking the X-sign above it.

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 with improving the timing of your video.

To create a good rhythm, try finding a balance between how much text is heard and how many actions are seen on the canvas.

 

After you finished writing your script, we’ll 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.

 

Scribble choice:

Every scribble is related to a specific keyword in your script. If the shown scribble doesn’t meet your demands, click on it and take a look at the four other choices we offer you. You can also browse our gallery to find more scribbles.

 

 

 

Scribble search:

If you’re looking for a completely different scribble, you can search for it manually in our scribble database. In order to find a different matching scribble, we recommend searching for synonyms.

 

 

 

Characters

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 own pictures via 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.

 

 

 

Using text

Instead of pictures, you can also use our 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 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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Delete scribbles

To delete a scribble, just move the cursor over the scribble or keyword and click the X-button appearing above.

 

Sure, you can arrange your illustrations. Open the ‘canvas edit’ by clicking on the edit icon in the upper right 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 scribbles or add speech bubbles for text.

For further information please read: How to find the perfect visuals?

 

 

Yes, when working on your storyboard in the Visualize stage you can upload any image file smaller than 7 MB.

In order to achieve a more coherent video, consider adding a polaroid frame to your uploaded picture via the canvas edit feature. This will help maintaining a coherent video style.

 

 

The simple answer is: More than 7 illustrations usually worsen picture composition and the scribbles get too small to be recognized easily. If you feel the need for additional illustrations, consider splitting up your text into several scenes. Each new scene gives you 7 new illustration possibilities.

Would you like to show your logo and contact information at the end of your simpleshow? Awesome, we’ll provide you with 3 different templates for that.

You can edit these templates, save 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 them by adding an image or text. Unfortunately, you can’t save your closing frame in Visualize stage, so please use your account settings section to do so.

Create closing frames in your settings

In the settings section you can create and edit closing frames as well as sharing 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 as a template in the Visualize stage.

You can also share closing frames with your team. If necessary, you can protect them from being edited by clicking the lock symbol.

Found a typo in your text? Did something change during your video processing? No problem, you can edit your text in the Visualize phase. If you change keywords, only the illustrations for corresponding scenes will change. Your new text will be analyzed and you’ll be provided with suitable scribble suggestions. All other scribbles remain the same.

 

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 voice. If desired, you can add subtitles or adjust the tempo of your video.

We recommend the following workflow:

  • choose a voice-over option
  • choose a tempo for your video
  • record or upload your voice-over for each scene

 

Subtitles

Add subtitles to your video by choosing “show subtitles”.

Your script appears as a subtitle-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.

Watermarks

Upload your watermarks within the settings section. In finalize stage, you can decide whether to use them or not.

Colorize scribbles

Choose your favorite color and colorize the scribbles in your simpleshow. Please note: Images uploaded by the user won’t get colorized!

 

 

 

In 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. Start recording once you’ve decided on a tempo. Notice: The slower your video tempo, the more time you’ll have for recording phrases. 

 

If you have technical issues:

mysimpleshow needs permission to use your microphone in order to record audio. Your browser should ask if you want to give this permission. This articles might help:

 

For Firefox browser:

https://support.mozilla.org/de/search?q=hello-cant-access-my-camera-or-microphone

 

For Google Chrome browser:

https://support.google.com/chrome/answer/2693767?hl=en

 

 

 

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.

 

  1. Choose your preferred tempo and complete the clip with one of our automated voices first.
  2. Download the video and record a voiceover for each scene.
  3. 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.

 

 

Yes, you can! If you want to use your own music, just upload it in Finalize stage.

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You know it from television: Many TV channels show their logos at the top left corner of the screen. 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 uploaded and saved your watermark, go to Finalize stage and decide whether to use it or not.

 

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.

Also see here: Can I go back to an earlier version of my video?

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”.

Get more information on this topic: I have finalized a video. How can I edit the project afterwards?

 

 

After finalizing your simpleshow clip, you will be able to download it as a MP4-video-file.

Depending on your subscription plan, the download is available in Serial Digital (SD) or High Definition (HD).

You want to show your explainer video in class or at a birthday party? – Awesome! As long as you don’t change the video after you downloaded it, you’re free to use it for school or private purposes. 

For using your videos in business context, you need to upgrade your subscription plan to Business or Pro.
The Pro plan even enables you to pass your video on to third parties commercially.

For detailed licensing information check our Terms & Conditions.

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 to sign up to mysimpleshow with Google Chromebooks is the Google Sign Up on the mysimpleshow homepage.

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.

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 the ‘question mark’ in your toolbar.

If you want to opt-out of specific tutorials, just check the “don’t show again” box.

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 using at least 6 of the following characters:


a-z  A-Z  0-9  ! # $ % ’ ( ) * + , – . / :

 

If you forgot your password please follow these steps:

  1. Click ‘Forgot your password?’ in the login window.
  2. Check your email inbox or spam folder as required.
  3. Log into mysimpleshow with your email address and the new password provided.
  4. Pick a new password in your account settings.

You can delete your account in your settings menu. 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 mysimpleshow in the future? Your honest feedback is more than welcome.

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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.

Language

mysimpleshow is available in English and German. You can select your preferred language for the mysimpleshow homepage and your video 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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Notifications

If you want to get notified as soon as a team member comments on your project, make sure to enable this feature in your notification settings.

Profile picture

You can use a default profile pictures or upload your own.

 

 

 

Downgrade your subscription by switching to a free subscription plan.
This can be done by manually by switching your subscription to “free” or by clicking the respective button at the bottom of your settings page.
After downgrading, your subscription will expire at the end of the respective contract period (year or month).

In case you’re not changing your subscription plan to “free” within the paid contract period, the contract is automatically extended by an additional year or month (depending on the payment rate you chose for the previous subscription).

If you switch to higher-priced subscription plans during your contract period, the existing subscription will automatically be terminated.
In case you already paid for an older subscription plan which you then cannot use anymore, we will refund the remaining amount.

For detailed information, please visit our Terms & Conditions.

mysimpleshow provides you with a unique, new way of video making. We have taken all our experience of over 8 years in explainer video creation and developed an easy-to-use video maker that guides you through a simple process.

The most important lesson learned: ‘a great video needs a great script’. Easier said than done, huh. Don’t worry, we do our best to support you when you write your script. You can choose from a variety of Storyline templates that we created for various topics. These storylines give your video structure and provide you with easy-to-follow guidance and examples.

Afterwards, our Explainer Engine will suggest illustrations from our database to visualize your story, it creates a storyboard, and with just a few clicks your video is finished.

mysimpleshow is the only video making tool, that will not bother you with timelines, keyframes or endless animation timing – we do all of this auto-magically.

You want to show your explainer video in class or at a birthday party? – Awesome! As long as you don’t change the video after you downloaded it, you’re free to use it for school or private purposes. 

For using your videos in business context, you need to upgrade your subscription plan to Business or Pro.
The Pro plan even enables you to pass your video on to third parties commercially.

For detailed licensing information check our Terms & Conditions.

Downgrade your subscription by switching to a free subscription plan.
This can be done by manually by switching your subscription to “free” or by clicking the respective button at the bottom of your settings page.
After downgrading, your subscription will expire at the end of the respective contract period (year or month).

In case you’re not changing your subscription plan to “free” within the paid contract period, the contract is automatically extended by an additional year or month (depending on the payment rate you chose for the previous subscription).

If you switch to higher-priced subscription plans during your contract period, the existing subscription will automatically be terminated.
In case you already paid for an older subscription plan which you then cannot use anymore, we will refund the remaining amount.

For detailed information, please visit our Terms & Conditions.