Vyond vs. Animaker: 5 crucial factors to consider (2023)

analysis April 16, 2021

Esventooanimatorthe best animation tool?In this video, I compare the two based on 5 key factors to consider before making a decision.

At the end of the video, you will have a much better view of the possibilities and shortcomings of each tool, —and as a little bonus, I'll give you my recommendations on which use cases require Vyond or Animaker.

Let's start!

I would be Rued Riis,I ran an animation agency. and now I'm teaching people how to create engaging videos using simple tools.

And it is very important which tool you choose,because in that case you will spend time learning Vyond or Animaker.


I selected 5 factors that I think you should consider when choosing your animation software.

The factors are;

Aesthetics, UI, animations, output and price.

I've divided the video into chapters so you can jump straight to the topics that are most important to you.


The look, the style, the line – whatever you call it, the way the characters, props and scenes are drawn is one of the most important factors for me.


Because if your animation maker's aesthetics are inherently bad, there's nothing you can do to save your videos.

ventohas 3 primary styles; Commercial, contemporary and whiteboard animation.

Business Friendly is a more humane and detailed style that focuses on facial expressions.HeThe style is where Vyond comes closest to the Animakers style.

Whiteboard animation is Vyond's second style that lets you create videos that look like they were hand-drawn.

This style is very popular and some tools like VideoScribe and Doodly center their entire product and business around this style.

The third Vyond style is Contemporary, my favorite. It is flat, simple and modern in design. And it's easy to customize them with your own colors.

I think all 3 styles look great and professional enough to take an explainer video, a class or a YouTube video.

So it's up to you to decide which one suits your brand best.

I'm seeing some comments from my YouTube channel subscribers [considering becoming one] that Vyond's characters aren't human and customizable enough.

This is where Animaker really comes into its own.

animatorHe did a great job designing his characters and also put a lot of effort into designing the backgrounds for the scenes.

In fact, it was Animaker's aesthetic that first caught my eye; I was watching videos on youtube one daywhen this Animaker ad came up with an Indian mummy in need of an animation maker.

I was quite impressed with the look of this ad and thought so. If the ad was created in Animaker itself, the tool deserves a fair chance.

So I signed up for the free version of Animaker to see if it looks as good inside too.

What I realized was impressive and disappointing. I found that this ad was clearly not made in Animaker. But I also found that the great ad aesthetic was part of Animaker.

And while Vyond has a good character creator, Animaker is next level and gives you a lot to do to make that character look like you.

To conclude this aspect of aesthetics I want to say that both tools have a good aesthetic sense,but I think Animaker's backgrounds and characters are a bit better in terms of level of detail.


The main difference between Vyond and Animaker UI is that Vyond UI is static and Animaker UI is dynamic.

Let me explain;

Emvento, the interface is what it is.Wysiwyg, ¿sabes?Yes, some libraries and panels appear and disappear when clicked, but in general the editor elements stay where they are.

Emanimator, the user interface was quite confusing at first. What you'll notice is that in the top center is the option to switch between full mode and lite mode.

I thought it was smart: Lite is a simplified version of the editor, so beginners won't be confused if they need the advanced features later.

and that is- "Even a two-year-old can handle it," says Animaker,but regardless of your skill level (or age), you need to learn both modes.

For example, if you want to rearrange the order of your scenes, that only seems possible in Lite mode.

Full mode shows 3 timelines (animation timeline, video timeline and camera timeline) and 9 libraries (models, characters, props, texts, backgrounds, images, videos, sounds and effects special). ).

Full View looks like a cross between Toonly and Vyond to me:With Toonly timeline and Vyond panels.

This is also my favorite way to use Animaker as it gives you more creative options, although it is MUCH FASTER to work in Lite mode.

Lite mode basically hides all libraries except the scene templates, turning the timeline into a scene overview that looks like a slideshow, much like VideoScribe's timeline.

In this lightweight preview, it's super quick to select a template, add the different scenes to your video, and customize the colors, characters, and text to suit your needs.

THAT'S what they mean when these animation tools claim to let you create videos in minutes.

And to me THIS seems like the right interface for a tool like Animaker. The entire UI is a bit confusing and slow to navigate compared to Vyond. So if you decide to use Animaker I would focus on using Lite mode and its scene models as much as possible.

Finally, when it comes to interfaces, I prefer Vyond's more standard static layout, which reminds me a lot of how regular video editing tools look and work.

And there are some other UI "glitches" in Animaker that affect my final judgment, like the lack of a continuous scene feature, which makes longer narrative sequences a bit more difficult; that you cannot control the playhead during preview to check the time; and a general feeling of bugs, like when I view in lite mode and all features freeze, until I go to full mode and back again.

Let's go to the third factor and what it is about.


Since these tools are animation makers, their ability to create animations is very important.

Both tools follow the basic logic that you can apply entry and exit effects to your objects, as well as actions that repeat over and over again.

Outside ofvento, I'm used to seeing a lot of animated props along with animated characters.

So I was quite surprised to find a whole library of accessoriesstaticElements no Animaker.

Essentially, they are just illustrations, not animated. You can add in and out effects and motion paths to them, but they don't move by default like they do in Vyond.

EraanimatorOn the other hand, it's good to combine character actions and accessories in your actions.

This means that where you would pick a person and a car and combine them in Vyond, in Animaker you will only find an action where a person drives a car.

This might seem simpler, but it also limits what you can combine a bit.

Speaking of animation, I love how the Animaker characters look so alive, moving a bit, blinking and changing facial expressions all the time.

(although no one really behaves like they do in real life...)

Vyond's business characters also squint a bit, but that's about it.

As for animations, I think Animaker's characters are great, but Animaker is still a little lacking on the explainer videos side - I really miss Vyond's animated props.

As a small consolation Animaker has a library of special effects where you can add lots of cool layers to your scenes to add some animation like this.

Aside from these differences in adding animated elements, the two tools are quite similar in terms of scene transitions, entry/exit effects, and motion paths.


How do these two tools export videos? On the other hand, what do you get when you click the export button to get your video file out of the program?

In Vyond you can export your video as an mp4 file in two resolutions, 720 and 1080.

In Animaker, you also get your video as an mp4 file, but you can choose from several resolutions, 480, 720, 1080, 2k and even 4k.

Is 4k necessary? I don't think so, only if you plan on showing your animator video in a movie theater or something.

When exporting, both tools watermark your video if you don't pay enough. Vyond removes it when you switch to Premium, Animaker removes it when you switch to Basic.

One super cool thing that Animaker supports is resizing your video. So if you want to adjust it to fit your mobile screen in portrait format, Animaker can resize your video and you can export it as a portrait video.

Vyond doesn't do that, and it's a feature I miss in many of these animation tools.

The solution is to export horizontally and then cut the sides if you need to appear on Instagram for example.

But that built-in export feature is something I really like about Animaker.

A quick takeaway from the export is that both do a good job of getting your story out of the tool as a finished video. Animaker offers a few more resolutions, but most important is the ability to export to alternate formats, which we hope Vyond looks into soon.


The quick overview of pricing plans for Vyond and Animaker goes like this;

Vyond offers a 14-day free trial, then you must upgrade to one of the 3 main plans. The first is Essential, which lets you animate on a whiteboard and in business style. Your videos will be exported in 720p with watermarks. This plan costs $49/month.

The next step is the premium plan. Removes the watermark, allows 1080p export, and gives you access to live chat support and the Vyond community. This plan costs $89/month.

The third plan is Professional, which I'm on. Why? Because I want to animate in a contemporary style and use custom fonts in my YouTube videos and courses. The Professional plan costs $159/month.

Animaker starts out a little different by offering you a free trial that lasts forever. There are many things you can't do in this free trial, like: B. download your Full HD video and remove watermark, but all the basic features work, so you can learn how to use the tool long before you upgrade.

If you do, you can choose the Basic, Beginner or Pro plan. The main difference is the number of videos you can export. That's right, with Animaker there's a limit to that. 5, 10 or 20 videos per month.

For unlimited downloads you need the Enterprise plan, and to know the price you need to knowContactAnimator. So you know it's expensive.

Regular plans are not; They cost $20/month for Basic, $35/month for Starter, and $79/month for Pro.

Of course Vyond is charging more for their plans, but you have to consider whatOfYou specifically need and assess which tool and plan are appropriate for that need.

Therefore, it is not so easy to choose the cheapest option:You must consider the time you will spend on your videos, the result you will get, the licenses you will need and everything in between.

I've linked to both pricing pages below so you can check out the details that are important to you.

Bonus Factor: Use Cases

We go beyond how each tool works and talk about which use cases Animaker and Vyond are best suited.

In general, I think Vyond is better for explainer videos and Animaker is better for short social media clips.

Vyond is a more complete animation maker where you can produce professional animation videos, and with a simple user interface and modern animation style, it is also suitable for professional use; for example, for learning and development professionals, freelance video creators, and course creators.

Animaker is split between animation and live video functionality. Half of the tool is built around animation and the other half is built as a sort of SoMe slash GIF video maker.

This is great for content managers on social channels like Instagram, Facebook and TikTok, but I don't think it's the best tool for something like a course or how-to video for external marketing purposes.

IF you want to create full walkthroughs in Animaker, I would go with a simple combination of backgrounds and characters. These two categories go well together in terms of visual style and the stroke is clean and professional.

I had the characters synced to a voiceover and changed the environment every 3-5 seconds or so. If you venture far beyond this simple format, you'll discover Animaker's mix of different styles and limitations when it comes to animation.

But if you want to create short "thumbstop" content primarily for mobile devices, I would choose Animaker as they already have the dimensions and many templates to choose from for this use case.

Animaker is really moving in all directions and is now introducing a text-to-speech tool.[which is really decent] and a slideshow maker,this is basically your animation tool with no animations.

I think they dilute the product a bit - they do too many things at once.

My overall conclusion is that I'll stick with Vyond because it's better for what I'm using it, but Animaker is the closest candidate for a serious alternative.

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