A whiteboard animation is a common type of explainer video that allows you to demonstrate a concept through hand drawn animation. You don’t need fancy equipment or software to create one so it’s a perfect project for amateur movie makers. In this article I will show you how to easily create a whiteboard animation from start to finish.

Check out the video I created as an example:

Imagine what you could do with more attention to detail and better handwriting!

What do you need for a whiteboard animation?

For planning and executing a whiteboard animation you need a few things, but you should be able to acquire them easily:

  1. Sketchbook and pencil to plan
  2. Whiteboard (or chalkboard)
  3. Whiteboard marker (or chalk)
  4. Camera to film (smartphone works!)
  5. Tripod (Create a DIY Tripod for Smartphone)
  6. Computer or smartphone to edit video
  7. Area to work undisturbed

Step 1: Plan out your whiteboard animation

Write out all your ideas in a sketchbook or on a scrap piece of paper and decide exactly what information you want to include in your animation. Once you have an idea of the contents, think about the structure. Draw out a storyboard that shows you exactly what you will draw/write, where on the whiteboard, and in what order. The more information, the easier it will be to execute your video.

Here is my rough sketch

Step 2: Film yourself drawing on whiteboard

Set up an area where you will not be disturbed while filming. You can use a classroom in your school or empty office at work. You can use a board that already exists in the room or get a cheap whiteboard at an office supply store or online. I set up my whiteboard in my office on a particularly slow day when most people were gone.

Incredibly professional? No. Successful for task at hand? Yes!

Set up your camera facing the whiteboard.  You can rest it on a prop on a table (as I did here) or use a tripod. If you don’t have a tripod, you can create your own.

Clean your whiteboard ahead of time (I did not, and the background marks make the video look messier). Make sure you have your writing tools and eraser easily accessible. Use a dark expo marker so that the video viewers can read it clearly, and position your whiteboard in a place with a lot of light. 

Start recording and start drawing on the whiteboard. If you make a mistake, stop and start a new scene so that it is easy to cut out the mistake later. Write clearly and slowly, making sure to keep your body from blocking the board. When you are finished, stop recording.

Step 3: Edit your whiteboard animation

If you filmed your video in multiple parts, first use the montage maker to tie your clips together and trim out the unnecessary parts. See upcoming blog post on cutting together scenes with the tool.

When you have your clips strung together, upload your video to Kapwing’s stop motion tool, which converts any video into a time lapse of itself.

You can upload your clips directly from your computer, or copy and paste your Kapwing link from the montage maker.

To make your video as smooth as possible select a speed of “fast” and a clip rate of “1.5s”. If you uploaded one long video you can trim it within the tool. You can also add a custom watermark with your name, brand, or logo if you’d like.  When you are done click “Create!” to process the video.

When your video is done loading you can download it and share it as you’d like. You can also open it in Kapwing’s Creator to add subtitles, overlay a watermark on the video, filter, or resize it for social media. 

Hope you enjoy!

Thanks for reading our blog about how to create a whiteboard animation. Whiteboard animations were super useful to me throughout my education and career to share ideas in an engaging way with ease. Let us know if you have any questions by reaching out to [email protected] or tagging us @kapwingapp on social media. We would love to see your whiteboard animations!