A-Z Tools & Technologies: GoAnimate

What is GoAnimate?

GoAnimate is a cloud-based platform for creating and distributing animated videos. GoAnimate’s platform allows individuals to develop both narrative videos, in which characters speak with lip-sync and move around, and video presentations, in which a voiceover narrator speaks over images and props, which may also move around. All video styles can be supported with background music and effects.

How does it work?

Once you have created an account you can select from a collection of free themes to start creating your video. You can then drag and drop elements onto the scene, such as characters, props, backgrounds, music & effects. You can also upload your own content.

You can then assign dialogue, poses and movements to your characters, and GoAnimate uses an automated text-to-speech tool with character lip-syncing. Alternatively, you can upload your own recorded audio.

What about Teaching & Learning?

Staff or students could use GoAnimate to create online animated videos to help explain a complex concept; make eLearning or training videos to form part of an online resource; create videos to be inserted into presentations to grab and hold an audience’s attention; to create a video CV to stand out from the crowd; or to create video advertising for events.

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View the GoAnimate Case Studies, Demo Videos & Tutorials to get started.

How much does it cost?

GoAnimate operates a freemium model – a basic account is free (and is more than sufficient for most animated video needs), but there are other pricing plans, and there are also educational plans.


Phil Vincent

Phil’s focus is to work across Faculties to support the implementation of the Academic Strategy, and in particular contribute to the effective development and implementation of technology enhanced learning.

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