GoAnimate rebranded themselves as Vyond a while back and they made a lot of changes.
The company said they did this to match their long-term goals.
Good on them/
So, what’s different and what’s the same? This post overviews 5 key changes you should know about.
1. Video Making Platform
With this new name change came the biggest change—the platform itself. “Legacy” is now the name of the old video platform.
The new platform is “Vyond Studio”.
Straight away, you’ll notice some cosmetic changes. The colors and design are different now (for the better). There are also updates to some key feature.
I think the cosmetic changes make the video maker look more up to-date. It’s mostly white, grey and a little bit of orange here and there.
That ad for voice overs is now no longer fixed to the side of the video maker either.
There is more space for working
Overall, I think the new video maker looks far less cluttered than Legacy. The timeline and the toolbar are the only fixed features now, and the entire middle part of the screen is dedicated to the actual scene you’re making.
I think this is a major improvement because it now feels like you have much more space to create a scene without having to scroll to the sides of the scene.
I like to have characters walk in and out of the scene’s frame, so being able to quickly see where they are destined for is quite nice.
The uploads, characters, props, charts, text and music are still part of the fixed toolbar at the top, but now you click on the icon and the options drop down. Click the icon again to close the options and you’re back to a clear, wide view of your scene.
Where are the templates?
The templates are now integrated with the timeline. This has definitely helped contribute to freeing up that middle space for editing.
The + sign in your timeline in Legacy continued your last scene and you had to either delete the content or use the “Add Scene” button above the timeline.
In the new platform, the + gives you have the option to continue the scene, add a new scene with a template, or add a blank scene.
You can also swap out templates and save scenes as templates all from the timeline. At first, I thought this was an awkward integration, but with time I have come to see how this is easier to work with.
I have accidentally saved many scenes as templates that I didn’t want though.
They’ll come in handy someday.
It’s also now easier to switch between styles. In Legacy, you have to use the drop down menu at the top of the screen and then the video platform loads everything in that style and only that style.
In Vyond Studio, you can click between the 3 styles whenever you open up characters, templates, or props. I like this because I mix elements from the Business Friendly style and the Contemporary (formally infographics) style.
Another change I’m quite fond of is that you can also now scroll through the timeline using your trackpad! I have a Mac, so this is handy.
I do overshoot it all the time on longer videos though and accidentally return exit out of my video. 🙂
2. Contemporary Style
The infographics style no longer exists and there is now this “Contemporary Style”. It’s got the look of infographics with more defined characters. I’m a big fan of the characters.
The old infographics style had those stick figure like characters you find on bathroom signs. The characters in this new style have faces, clothing and you can add actions and expressions to them!
I also think this new style has a lot of well-designed templates. I still prefer some of the “concept” templates from the BusinessFriendly style, but the available templates are quite versatile.
The Business Friendly option has always had the most assets, so having some limitations with options in this Contemporary style wasn’t a shock.
I just use a template or assets from the Business Friendly style and change the elements to match the Contemporary style.
3. Previewing your Video
I really like this update to the video maker. In Legacy, preview would take you to a new page that isn’t your editing screen and then you have the options to go back to editing or save.
In the new platform, you preview the video on the same screen as you edit. The amount of time required to switch between editing and previewing has been drastically reduced thanks to this.
4. Syncing Audio Files
In Legacy, you need to add your VO files to each individual scene through the scene settings. I thought this was a major pain.
In the new platform, you upload your files and then you can freely add them to any part of the timeline. If you want to attach a specific file to a scene, click on the scene first and then select the audio file.
But, the file isn’t fixed to any specific part of the scene now. You can have the audio start at the beginning, middle or end of a scene. Or, it can span across multiple scenes.
If I have long audio files, I’ll take advantage of being able to use multiple scenes for the duration of that one audio file to make my characters change expressions or actions in order to make them more dynamic.
You should check which scene you’ve selected before clicking on your audio file. I’ve thought I was attaching an audio file to one scene only to find it somewhere at the bottom of scene two. I have quickly learned my lesson.
On the note of learning my lesson quickly, you can upload your audio in bulk, but note that everything you upload (images, videos, audio) stays under your Upload tab. All of these files stay there across all videos you make unless you manually delete them.
I prefer to upload 5-10 audio files at a time and sync the audio as I go. I once thought, ‘I’ll just upload all of my files and then sync them to the scene.” By scene 15 of 30 something I realized what a terrible mistake I had made.
5. Transfer of Commercial Rights Procedures
This process is automated in the Legacy maker, and is still automated if you’re transferring to someone else’s Vyond account.
But, if you’re transferring to anyone else, you need to now send an email to the Support team and they manually transfer rights.
You need to send Vyond the URL of the video, the name of it, and the email address of the person the video is being transferred to. Someone will process it and you’ll get a link to pay the transfer fee.
After you’ve paid, you’ll get an email confirmation from one of the customer service reps. It isn’t a complicated process.
It’s also not ideal.
I finished a video for a client and sent a request to transfer the rights, but Vyond was backed up with requests because of the Labor Day holiday. So, my transfer took almost a week to do.
Vyond is still in the process of making updates as this new video maker platform is still in beta; however, the platform seems to be heading in a very positive direction.
The key features are still there and all of the major changes seem to increase the ease of use for users.
While there are a few kinks to work out, like the transferring of rights, these are likely to be something Vyond addresses before they finalize the video maker.
It’s worth spending a few hours to learn the new platform, but your adjustment from Legacy to Vyond Studio should be easy.