Stories are a very important element in communication. They allow you to capture the attention of your audience and evoke emotion. As a result, stories can be very powerful tools for making creative presentations or marketing campaigns. Digital storytelling involves blending narration with digital content like audio, still images and animation. The following are some of the best tools available for creating digital stories:
Slidestory allows you to create digital stories by combining voice narration with a picture slideshow. Besides voice narration, each image in your slideshow can also be accompanied with optional tags and text captions. To use this tool, all you need to do is sign up for free and then download the program. You can then connect a microphone to your system and begin recording your audios.
2. ACMI Generator
ACMI is an acronym for Australian Centre for the Moving Image. When you visit the site, you will find a storyboard generator, a very powerful tool for digital storytelling. You can either create a storyboard using the available scripts or create your own storyboard using your own images. Once the storyboard video is ready, you can share it with the SG community, your friend or your clients. You can sign up at no cost and get instant access to numerous video clips, audio sfx and copyright free images.
MyEbook is a fantastic tool for creating multimedia eBooks. You can create eBooks which contain text, videos and images on every page. Users can either upload their existing PDF files to appear in a book format or create eBooks from scratch. When creating an eBook from scratch, you could import images from Photobucket, Picasa, Facebook or Flickr. MyEbook also has a gallery from which you can select images. You can give your eBook a unique look and feel using one of the many templates and themes available. Once your eBook is ready, you can share it via email or embed it on your website or blog.
Designed for iPad and iPhone, Animoto allows you to quickly create presentations using text, audio, video clips and images. You can choose video clips and images from the gallery or import them from Dropbox or iCloud. There are hundreds of songs available in the music library and numerous video styles to choose from. Other features available include intro/outro cards, a video clip trimmer, and photo captions. Presentations can easily be shared via Facebook, Twitter and email.
Pixton gives you the opportunity of sending messages graphically through comics. Using click-and-drag functionality, you can create your own characters, stretch and shrink them, and move them to any position. In addition, you can create speech bubbles and props. There are numerous photos to choose from in the Pixton gallery. You can share your finished presentation on social media, print it out or embed it on your site. Pixton for Business comes with a standard plan, as well as a reseller plan.
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