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A Simple Tool to Create Stunning Video Animations for Your Class

A Simple Tool to Create Stunning Video Animations for Your Class
September 19, 2015 Biteable is a web-based tool that allows you to create beautiful explainer videos to share with your students. Explainer videos are short animated clips that make use of a wide variety of visuals and multimedia materials to communicate a message in a concise and comprehensible way. You probably have already seen some examples of Explainer videos on ads played on YouTube, several companies use this kind of videos to advertise their products. However, as a teacher, you can create explainer videos to explain key concepts, create instructional guides and tutorials to share with students and many more. You don’t need advanced video editing skills to use Biteable. The process is simple and easy. Watch the video below to see Biteable in action Another great feature of Biteable is the Infographic Video Maker which allows you to make animated infographic using Biteable video maker software. Biteable is free to use.

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