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Our free, self-paced guide will teach you how to create useful animated GIFs using common tools like PowerPoint and screencasting software. I’m quite sure you’ve seen animated GIFs on the web. Usually, they are short, looping clips of hilarious cats, or scenes from TV shows. GIFs have a long, wonderful history of being entertaining. We believe the format is capable of so much more. GIFs can be useful. In fact, I believe that animated GIFs have the potential to become a new kind of explainer... Continue Reading
We love to see students and teachers work together on Common Craft style videos. Almost every day we see photos and videos from classroom projects like this one. You can find 100's Common Craft style videos on YouTube. While these live-action videos are awesome, Common Craft style videos can also be created using GoAnimate's online video maker. Last year, we partnered with GoAnimate to offer Common Craft Cut-outs as an upgrade to their standard product. Today, this access has been extended to... Continue Reading

Finally: YOU Can Make Common Craft Style Videos Online

Posted by: leelefever on October 7, 2013- 12:03pm

Topic: GoAnimate and Common Craft

Categories: cut-outs, DIY, goanimate, video

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Since we started making videos in 2007, we’ve heard one question consistently: “How can I make my own Common Craft Style video?” Today, we’re announcing an answer to that question.  We’ve partnered with GoAnimate, an online tool for making high quality animated videos. Here’s what our partnership means:   Our library of original Common Craft Cut-outs is now available inside the GoAnimate system, making "Common Craft style" videos easy to create using only a website.  This short (01:19 ) video,... Continue Reading

Know-How Screencast - Animate Cut-outs in PowerPoint (Basic)

Posted by: leelefever on May 8, 2013- 7:44am

Topic: Know-How

Categories: cut-outs, DIY, powerpoint, screencast, software

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This short video shares the basic steps to animating Common Craft Cut-outs using PowerPoint.  It is part of series focused on helping you make Common Craft Style videos and presentations using common tools.   Note: the "custom animation" functionality used below may appear differently in various versions of PowerPoint, but the basic ideas should be consistent across versions and in tools like Keynote. Watch: Reading this in email?  Watch here.  Want to get started? Check out our library of... Continue Reading

Common Craft Cut-Outs - Now Available for Your Projects

Posted by: leelefever on March 13, 2013- 3:23pm

Topic: Cut-Outs

Categories: DIY, Explanation, know-how, membership

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The hand-drawn visuals from our videos, what we call "Cut-outs", are now available to all Common Craft members. They are colorful, downloadable images for use in your presentations, videos and explanation projects.  Cut-outs are organized into themes like people, workplace, transportation, technology, etc. We currently provide over 800 images and add more sets on a regular basis. Examples of a few themes:       Our goal is to help you create your own explanations. But that's not all.  We're... Continue Reading