One particular video effect that I have always liked was when a drawing would appear as a layer on top of the video while still allowing you to see the video. I have used iMovie for many years and I recently upgraded to Final Cut Pro X. However, neither of these programs give me the ability to do this. At least not by itself. Enter Jeff Bradbury (@TeacherCast) and Jon Corippo (@jcorippo).
I was watching the episode of TeacherCast when Jon Corioppo made a lightbulb go off in my head.
Explain Everything is one of the best screen casting apps for the iPad. So, I decided to do the same thing with the drawing tool in Explain Everything. I created a green box (you could use blue instead) on a slide, enlarged it to cover the entire screen, and then set it as the background. Then, I started recording while I used the drawing tool to sketch some images. When I was done, I exported the video to my camera roll, uploaded it to my computer, and imported it into Final Cut pro. Using the green screen effect I eliminated the background. I then used the transform feature in Final Cut Pro to resize the drawing and move it to the desired location on my video. Finally, I would retime the drawing to allow it to complete in the time frame I wanted. An effect that I didn't think would be possible, was easier than I could have ever imagined.
To see what the final product can look like, check out the video below.