If you’re wondering how I make the doodle videos on my YouTube channel(s), then this is the perfect post for you.
The idea is really simple. Imagine recording yourself on camera while sketching something on paper. Then you speed up the recorded video footage to match with the narration or the voiceover (which is recorded separately).
- Wacom Pen Tablet – To draw digitally
- Adobe Photoshop – This provides the canvas for drawing stuff
- Camtasia Studio – To record the screen (also called as screencasting)
- Blue Yeti or iPhone – To record the narration
- Premiere Pro – Putting the narration and visuals together to create the final video. I also use to to do basic keyframe animations.
- After Effects (optional) – For moderate to complex animations
Let’s create a simple demo video to understand the very basic idea in the form of a tutorial.
The script for this demo is “This is a box. And this is a Man.”
Step 1 – Drawing
Connect Wacom Pen Tablet to the Computer. Open Photoshop and Camtasia Studio. Start recording the screen. (You can record certain portion of the screen if you want).
Create a new file in Photoshop (of 1280 x 720 pixels). Now draw a box and then draw a man.
Stop the Recording. Camtasia Editor will automatically open up. Delete the audio track and then export the video.
Click on Share > Export and save the video as drawing.mp4 in a new folder called DemoDoodle. (Keep this folder on the desktop so it’s easy to find).
Step 2 – Narration
Record the narration of the script using your phone or mic and save it as narration.mp3 inside the DemoDoodle folder.
Step 3 – Creating Premiere Project
Open Premiere Pro, create a new project by the name DemoDoodleProject. Save it in DemoDoodle Folder. Now import drawing.mp4 and narration.mp3 in the project.
Step 4 – Creating Premiere Sequence
Now create a new sequence and drag-drop drawings.mp4 and narration.mp3 in the newly created sequence.
Step 5 – Razor Tool
Select the Razor Tool (C). Now drag the playhead exactly to the point where the drawing of the box is completed and cut that part by clicking on it.
Step 6 – Rate Stretch Tool
Now drag the playhead to the beginning of the video. Play the video using spacebar and listen to the narration. Pause the video exactly after the narration says “This is a box”.
Use the Rate Stretch Tool (X) and hover over the edge of the first clip. Click and drag that edge to the playhead (exactly where narration says x of box).
Play from the beginning. This will play the narration – “This is a box” and the visuals will show the box being drawn.
Do the same thing for “This is a man” and the Demo Doodle is ready. You can export it from premiere using File > Export and create the final.mp4 file.
This was a very basic tutorial on how to create doodle videos. There are plenty of other details which I didn’t include here to keep it simple.
If you have any questions, feel free to leave them in the comments below 🙂