When it comes to producing video for your brand, you have two (or three) options:
- Filmed video (shooting)
- Animation video
- Hybrid video (combination of both above)
In this article, we are going to showcase what kind of animation video you can develop for your brand, product or services.
Before we start, let’s first understand the difference between explainer vs story-telling video:
- Make things simple to understand with an infographic-style explainer video – best for introducing your products or services.
- Story-telling animated video with script writing, storyboard, characters design – best for telling your brand story.
The idea is after reading this article, you would have a clearer picture of what’s best for your brand, so read on!
1. Vector-based Animation
The explainer video is a good example of vector animation, with these common characteristics:
- Clean and simple style
- Less movements
- Shorter duration (15 to 60 seconds)
For example, check out the video below which showcases product features.
You can easily explain your new service offerings via an explainer video too, such as how to use self-checkout kiosks.
2. Hand-drawn / 2D Animation
Hand-drawn or illustrative video is quite the opposite of vector animation:
- Usually, there is a story flow
- More movements and complicated
- Longer duration (1 to 3 minutes)
This is an example of story-telling illustrative animation inspired by real events, a Stabilo highlighter was left in the car for 20 years and it’s still working!
Real events aside, it can also be something fictional (天马行空) like this music video.
How about an animation to simulate paper cut effect? Play the video below as local Chinese New Year traditions are being introduced by a property developer to its audience in China.
This is another Chinese New Year hand-drawn animation by Watsons promoting its online shopping and gifting during the festive season.
Christmas too! How about a cross-over with famous characters?
Illustrative animation can also be used to promote and explain the usage of products or services.
It is usually shorter (15 to 30 seconds) compared to the hand-drawn examples demonstrated earlier.
Play the video below by a local retailer, using animation to sell to the ladies how its product can solve their problems.
You can also consider converting a radio ad clip to animation, from audio-only to video, and you might end up happy like the China emperor below.
3. Motion Graphics
Motion graphics are commonly used for introduction or promotional videos.
The length of the video varies, guided with a voice-over in most cases like this sleek B2B video.
If you are targeting young consumers instead, gamify style is something you can consider.
Feeling hungry but lazy to eat out? You gotta learn how to order food delivery via an intro or how-to video like this.
On another hand, Zurich is promoting “Eat Right to Play Right” via an infographic-style animation like below, too wordy though.
Last but not least, you can apply motion graphics to promotional videos like this 11.11 video. With upbeat music in the background, even shopping sounds like a party!
Lift your brand with animation video
All the videos above are produced by our wonderful creative team, you can visit our YouTube channel to view more videos we have delivered to our clients.
Hopefully by now, you have a clearer picture of what kind of animation video is the best for your brand, product or services.
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