How to Create an Animated Bar Graph Lesson in Animaker

The bar graph lesson that I learned in high school helped me to learn how to use bar graphs in my everyday life.

This great visual tool make it very easy to see the comparisons between different variables.

For example: when I want to measure how much money I am receiving from my Animaker Tips blog.

I can easily create a bar graph with two variables. Your x variable would the months,  and the y variable would be my income.

After I add the data to the graph, I can be easily see my most profitable and least profitable months.

In this week’s episode, I will show you how to turn this important life skill into a fun and engaging animated tutorial video for your students.

Step 1: Understanding the Word Problem For this Bar Graph Lesson

Let’s first check out the animated video that you are going to create this week.

When you play the video, you will notice that three cars will drive towards the camera and then come to a screeching halt.

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At this moment, you will see the word problem appear above the cars.

The question will ask ” Which car company sold the most cars in 2016?”

This scene is important because it will show the student the word problem that they need to solve.

After this scene ends, you will notice that scene 1 will slide to the left.

I used this scene transition as a creative way to switch from the word problem to the actual bar graph animation that will be in scene 2.

In scene 2, you will see that the animated bar graph will show that

Dodge: sold 50 million cars in 2016

  • Volkswagen: sold 37 million cars in 2016
  • Audi: 80 million cars in 2016

The obvious correct answer to this word problem is Audi.

This scene also features a character in an animated thinking pose.

This is a great pose to use in this scene because it will encourage the students to try to figure out the correct answer to this problem.

After 15 seconds, you will notice that I transitioned from scene 2 to scene 3 by using the slide bottom scene transition.

 

In scene 3, you will hear a drum roll sound effect that will prepare the students for the correct answer to this word problem.

As soon as they hear the clanging symbol, the Audi vehicle will come driving towards the camera.

This will be the moment when the students will realize that Audi is the correct answer.

 

Step 2: Download the Bar Graph Lesson Pack

Since you watched the animated bar graph lesson, let me show you how recreate it step by step.

You will first need to download the bar graph lesson pack because it contains the images and the audio files that are required to create this animated video.

After you finish downloading it, you will then unzip the file. In the unzipped folder, you will find two important sections.

  • Image folder- which contains the 3 images that we will be using in this video
  • Sound Folder- which contains the 2 audio tracks that we will be using as well

 

Step 3: Get an Animaker Account

The next step is to get your very own Animaker account. You will need to click the “Try Animaker” button.

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When you reach the site, you will fill in all your information and then click sign up.

 

Step 4: Setting Up the Scene

When you have logged into your account, you will need to click the “Get Started” button.

You will need to click the blank template because you are going to create this video from scratch.

This template will open a new project that you will use to make your animated bar graph lesson.

 

Step 5: Uploading the Images and Sounds to Animaker

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You will start off this bar graph lesson by importing both the images and the sound tracks that are in the animation pack.

If you look at the right side of the screen, you will see the import button.

This is the place where you will import all your sounds and images into your project.

You will need to click the import button, and then go to the image category.

Now upload the first two car images into the Animaker project.

 

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When the first two images have been loaded into the project, you will need to place them in the Animaker properties category.

The advantage of placing these images in this category is that it enables you to resize the images to any size that you want.

This feature is useful because you will be resizing the car images during this tutorial.

The next step is to upload the car background image, and place it in the Animaker background category.

The advantage of doing this is that it prevents you from resizing your background image.

This option is helpful because you can add the car images on top of this background without the concern of accidentally resizing it.

 

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Now it is time to add some sound effects to this bar graph lesson.

You will need to click the sound category because this is the area where you will upload all your sound effects.

After doing this, you will upload both sound effects into the project.

When the sound effects appear in the software, you will need to place them in the sound effects category.

 

Step 6: Scene 1: Car Animation

Now the goal for this scene is to make sure that the cars drive towards the camera.

As soon as they come very close to the camera, they will come to a screeching halt.

After the cars stop, you will instantly see the word problem appear directly above the vehicles.

To achieve this goal, you will first need to change the time duration for this scene from 10 seconds to 15 seconds.

You can easily do this by pressing the timeline plus button until it reaches 15 seconds.

 

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The next step is to add the car background image into this scene.

So, go to your import folder, and then click the image section.

You will need to double click the car background image that is in the background category.

When the car background appears, you will need to add the screeching sound effect to this scene.

This sound effect is important because you will need to make sure that the car driving animation will be in sync with the screeching sound effect.

The first step to accomplishing this goal is to upload the sound track into the project.

 

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You can do this by simply

  • Clicking on the musical note that is in the timeline. (AKA: Animaker sound layer)
  • Click the import button, and then go to the sound category.
  • Finally drag the screeching sound effect to the beginning of the timeline.

 
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Since you have moved the sound effect into the timeline, you will now need to click the yellow preview button.

As you listen to the audio track, you will notice that the car really screeches at the 6 second marker.

As an animator, I have learned that setting an animation to be slightly ahead of the sound effect will result in a well synced animated sequence.

This is because people tend to see a movement before they hear the sound that is associated with it.

For example: If you clap your hands, your brain will see the hand clap first before it hears the clapping sound.

Since you have already watched the video, you can see that the car animation is perfectly in sync with the audio track.

This proves that following this animation principle will enable you to create a well synced animated sequence.

Now that you know that the screeching sound effect happens at 6 seconds, you will need to move your player head to the 5 second marker.

This will let the system know that you want to start the car animation at 5 seconds.

 

After completing this step, you will need to now add the image that has the three cars into this scene.

You can do this by:

  • Selecting the image category that is in the import folder
  • Scroll down to the properties section
  • Double click the image that has the 3 cars.

When the image appears in the scene, you will need to resize it and then place it at the bottom of your bar graph lesson.

This will enable you to add the word problem directly above the cars.

 

The next step is to add the popup effect. This effect will make it appear that the cars are driving towards the camera.

You can add this effect by

  • Clicking the gear icon
  • Click on the effects tool
  • Select the green no effect button, and then scroll down and click popup

In the timeline, you will see two different colors.

  • Orange bar: represents the actual popup effect for this scene
  • Yellow bar: represents the segment of the scene that doesn’t have any effects

 
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When you look at the orange bar, you will notice that the popup effect starts from 5 seconds to 5.5 seconds.

This duration is just too short. So, you will need to extend the orange bar to 8.5 seconds.

This will ensure that the popup effect doesn’t happen too fast for the audience to notice it.

 

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You will also need to add an ending effect to this car.

You can do this by:

  • moving the player head to the 13.5 second marker
  • Click the effects tool
  • Click on the red no effects tab
  • Scroll down and click on the exit to bottom effect.

This effect will only last from 14 seconds to 15 seconds.

You will need to extend this effect back from 14 seconds to 13.5 seconds.

You have now completed the car animation for scene 1. The next step is to add the text animation to this scene.

 

Step 7: Creating the Red Rectangle

Now the text that you will be animating in this scene will be the word problem.

You will first start off this scene by double clicking the 8.5 second marker.

The reason why you set the player head at 8.5 seconds is because you will need to start the text animation right after the car popup effect has finished.

This action will enable the students to first enjoy the car animation before you introduce the word problem.

 

After you have moved the player head to the 8.5 second marker, you will need to click the properties icon.

In the search bar, you will need to type the word “shapes”.

As soon as you do this, you will be given several shapes that you can use for your bar graph lesson.

I will need you to click on the blue square shape.

When this shape appears in your bar graph lesson, you will need to resize it look like the rectangle that is above this text.

 

After adjusting the size of the rectangle, you will need to place it directly above the cars.

This rectangle will act as the place holder for the word problem that we are going to add to this scene.

The next step is to change the color of the rectangle from blue to red. You will need to

  • Click the expression tab
  • Then select the red colored rectangle

 
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After you have changed the color of the rectangle to red, you will need to add a wipe effect to this image.

You can do this by

  • Clicking the effects tool
  • Select the green no effect tab
  • Scroll down and click the wipe effect

As soon as you click this effect, you will see that the wipe effect has been added to your timeline.

The wipe effect lasts from 8.5 seconds to 9.5 seconds. You will need to extend this effect to about 10 seconds.

After doing this, you are now ready to finally add the word problem to this scene.

 

Step 8: Adding the Text to this Bar Graph Lesson

If you look at the wipe effect for the red rectangle, you will see that it lasts from 8.5 seconds to 9.5 seconds.

The idea for the text animation is that I want the red rectangle to appear slightly ahead of the text animation.

This will mean that you will need to move the player head to the 9 second marker.

 

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After doing this, you will need to click on the “T” icon that is located at the right side of your screen.

This option allows you to add any text that you want into your bar graph lesson.

As soon as you click this option, you will see a variety of text icons that you can choose from.

For this episode, you will need to click the “type your text here” icon.

 

When the text appears in the scene, you will need to edit the text by clicking the pencil button that is in the grey box.

I want you to write out “Which car company sold the most cars in 2016?”

Once you finished writing the word problem, you will need to resize the text so it can fit inside the red rectangle.

You will notice that the font color is black.

Since it is important that the audience can clearly see the text, you will need change the font color from black to white.

You can do this by

  • Highlight the full sentence by double clicking the text box
  • Click the small black square that is located at the left side of your screen
  • Then click the white square box

 

You will now need to add a move effect to this text.

As soon as you click this effect, you will see it appear in your timeline. The move effect will last from 9 seconds to 10 seconds.

I will need you to extend this effect to 10.5 seconds.

You have finished creating scene 1, now it is time to create scene 2.

 

Step 9: Adding a Bar Graph to Scene 2

Now to create any new scene in Animaker, you will need to click on the new scene button that is at the top left side of your screen.

After you create your new scene, you will need to go down to your timeline and change the duration from 10 seconds to 15 seconds.

 

The next step is to change the background color from white to green.

You will first need to click the background icon that is located on the right side of your screen.

When you are in the background page, you will need to click the color palette.

As soon as you do this, you will need to choose this light green background.

 

Now that you have setup your background, it is now time to add the actual bar graph into your bar graph lesson.

You will need to first

  • Select the 2d animation icon at the top right side of the screen.
  • You will then need to click on the infographics tab.

 

Once you are in the infographics section, you will need to click the infographics icon.

This icon will bring up multiple charts that you can use in your math explainer videos.

Since this is a bar graph tutorial video, I will need you to click this bar graph chart.

 

When this chart appears in your project, you will quickly notice that it starts from 1 second to 15 seconds.

This duration is just too long.

So, you will need to adjust this duration by

  • Dragging the yellow bar from 0 seconds to 1 second
  • Then go to the end of the yellow bar, and drag the needle from 15 seconds to 13 seconds.

 

After you drag the needle, you will see that this bar graph comes equipped with the appear and disappear effects.

I personally believe that these effects are perfect for this bar graph chart.

However, I felt that the duration of the appear effect was too short because it starts from 1 second to 2 seconds.

You will need to adjust this duration by extending the effect from 2 seconds to 4.5 seconds.

 

The next step is to add a y- axis and some grids to this bar graph chart

You can do this by

  • Clicking the wrench tool that is located at the top left side of your screen
  • Make sure to turn on the y-axis and grid buttons.

 

After turning on these important buttons, you are now ready to input your car data into this bar graph by clicking the data icon.

This option will bring up a chart where you can input the data for this graph.

You will need to place the names of the car companies in the column that is labeled “Data”.

After you add the car companies to this section, you will need to place the numbers on the opposite column.

Make sure that the numbers that you add to this column corresponds with the correct car company.

While you add the numbers into this column, you will only need to type the first two digits for the numbers of cars sold.

For example: You know that Dodge sold 50 million cars.

 

So instead of writing 50,000,000 into this column, I will need you to just type 50. You will eventually add a title that will show that the data in this graph is referring to the millions of cars sold by these three companies.

After filling the first 3 rows, you will need to delete the two additional rows that are included in this chart.

You can delete the two additional rows by

  • First clicking on the row
  • Then press the delete row button.

Now when you look at the graph, you will notice that the Audi bar graph has a dull grey color.

You will need to adjust this color by

  • Clicking the grey square that is right next to the Audi text
  • Select the orange square

This action will change the bar graph color from grey to orange.

 

Whenever you create any kind of graph, it always important to label it.

So, I will need you to title this bar graph as “Millions of cars sold in 2016”.

You will notice that you won’t be able to see the bar graph. This is because the actual bar graph will appear at the 1 second marker. So, you will need to move the player head to the 1.5 second marker.

After you click the 1.5 second marker, you will need to resize the text and place it on top of the bar graph.

 

When you look at the text, you will see that the font color is black.

Since I want this scene to have vibrant colors, I will need you change the font color from black to blue.

You will also need to change the duration of the text from 15 seconds to 10 seconds.

The last final major step to finishing this scene is to add the thinking character animation into this bar graph lesson.

 

Step 10: Scene 2 Character Animation

The reason why I want to add a thinking character pose into scene is because it will encourage the student to try to figure out the correct answer to this problem.

The first step to adding this thinking character animation into your scene is to go back to the 2D character section.

You can do this by clicking the 2D character option that is located at the top right side of your screen.

 

Now that you are in the 2D character section, you will now need to click this character icon.

The cool thing about this icon is that provides you with many characters that you can use in your animated videos.

For this tutorial, I will need you to choose the boy who is wearing the green shirt.

When the character appears on the scene, I will need you to scroll down and click on the thinking pose.

You will notice that when the character appears on the scene, he will be very small.

You will need to make him larger, and place him on the right side of the scene.

 

This thinking animation is great, but you can improve this animation by adjusting the angle of the Animaker character.

For example: if you adjust the character to a ¾ thinking pose, it will make it appear that the he is looking directly at the bar graph.

This simple adjustment will dramatically increase the engagement the students have with this bar graph lesson.

This is because the students will feel like the character is also trying the figure out the correct answer as well.

Now that you understand the importance of adjusting the angle for this character animation, it is now time to get the job done.

You can easily change the perspective of this character animation by

  • Clicking the expression tab
  • Then select the 2nd character pose

When you look at the character now, you will see that the character is looking directly at the bar graph.

 

The next step is to adjust the duration of this character animation.

When you look at the timeline, you will notice that this character animation lasts for 15 seconds.

You will need adjust the needle from 15 seconds to 12 seconds.

When you have completed this step, you are now ready to spice up this character animation with some awesome effects.

You will first add a 2.5 D effect to the character.

This effect will last from 0 seconds to 1 second. I will need you extend it to 2 seconds.

 

You also need to add a fade out effect at the end of this character animation.

You can do this by

  • Moving the player head to 10.5 seconds
  • Click the effects tab
  • Select the red no effects tab
  • Then scroll down and select the fade out effect

You should now see that the fade out effect will appear towards the end of the timeline.

If you look at the timeline, you will notice that the fade out effects lasts only from 11 seconds to 12 seconds.

I will need you to extend the effect by moving the needle back from 11 seconds to 10.5 seconds.

You have finished creating scene 2, now it is time to create the final scene.

 

Step 11: Scene 3 Sound Effect

You will need to add a new scene into your bar graph lesson. Once you are in scene 3, you will need to go to your timeline and change the duration from 10 seconds to 12 seconds.

The next step is to add the car background image into this scene.

Now the goal for this scene is to reveal to the class that the correct answer is Audi.

So, you are going to add a drum roll sound effect to this scene.

This effect will start off with a drum roll, and then at the end of the sound effect you will hear a clanging symbol.

As soon as the audience hears the symbol, the Audi car will drive towards the camera.

At this moment, the students will know that the correct answer is Audi.

 

Since you now have a good understanding of what we are going to animate in scene 3, I will need you now to add drag the drum roll sound effect into the timeline.

Make sure to place this sound effect at the 30.5 second marker.

This step is important is because I want to place this sound effect right after the scene background appears at the 30 second marker.

Now that you have moved the sound effect to this layer, it is now time to preview the audio track.

As you preview the sound effect, you will notice that the clanging symbol occurs at the 35 second marker.

This means that you will need to add the car animation at the 34.5 second marker.

Remember it always important to place the animation slightly before the sound begins because it will ensure that you will have a well synced animation.

 

Step 12: Scene 3 Car Animation

To add the car driving animation to this scene, you will first need to place the player head at the 34.5 second marker.

You will then go to the import folder, and select the Audi car image that has the car logo.

You will need to resize the car to be slightly smaller, and then place it at the bottom of the scene.

 

Now the next step is to add the popup effect to this car.

You will need to move the player head to 4.5 seconds.

After doing this, you will need to follow the same exact process that you used to add the popup effect to the car in scene 1.

This popup effect will last from 4.5 seconds to 5 seconds. I will need you to extend this orange bar all the way to 6.5 seconds.

 

Step 13: Scene 3 Text Animation

The next step is to add a text that will be directly above the Audi car.

The text will say “The correct answer is”. This simple text will show the students that the Audi car is the correct answer to this word problem.

You can add this text to this scene by

  • Moving the player head to the 5 second marker
  • Press the T icon that is on the right side of your screen
  • Choose the “type your text here” icon
  • Finally edit the text to “The correct answer is”

The text will be very small. So, I will need you to make sure to resize the text to a very large size.

After resizing it, you will place it directly on top of the Audi car.

This last step for this text is to change the font color from black to red.

Now that you finished adding this important text to this scene, you will need to add some additional effects to further enhance the look of your bar graph lesson.

 

Step 14: Adding a Fade Out Screen Effect

The first additional effect that are going to this lesson is the fade out effect.

The advantage of using this effect is that it will show the students that the video has concluded.

I will need you to move the player head in scene 3 to the 11 second marker.

This will tell the software that you intend to put this screen effect toward the end of scene 3.

 

After moving the player head to the 11 second marker, I will need you to click the screen effect button that is located on the right side of your screen.

When you click this button, you will find that Animaker provides you with multiple screen effects that you can use in your animated videos.

Since we want to use the fade out effect for this video, you will need to scroll down and select the fade out option.

Once you have selected this effect, you are now ready to add the screen transitions to your bar graph lesson.

I personally like using scene transitions in my animated videos because they enable you to creatively transition from scene to scene.

This simple feature will make your videos more engaging to your students.

 

Step 15: Adding Scene Transitions to Your Bar Graph Lesson

You will start off by adding a slide left transition between scene 1 and scene 2.

So, you will need to click  the no transition tab that is between scene 1 and 2, and then click the slide left icon.

After completing this step, you will add a slide bottom transition between scene 2 and 3.

Congratulations on completing your animated bar graph lesson.

The next step is to upload your lesson to your Youtube channel.

 

Step 16: Export the Animated Bar Graph Lesson to Youtube

To export your video, you will need to first click the export icon that is located at the top right side of your screen.

This button will open the Animaker export menu. I will need to you select the Youtube option, and then click next.

 

After doing this, you will need to add a title, description, and the necessary tags for your bar graph lesson.

Once you have filled out these requirements, you will then click export.

You will need to be patient because it usually takes 30 min for the Animaker video to process.

After waiting for 30 min, you will simply need to login into your Youtube account.

When you log in, you will see that your Animaker video has just been uploaded to your Youtube channel.

Now you are now ready to share to share your exciting animated bar graph lesson with your students.

 

Conclusion

You have learned how to create an animated bar graph lesson in Animaker.

One of the most important lessons that I want you to remember from this episode is that you should always place your animation slightly before the sound occurs.

This will result in a well synced animation that will look very natural and believable.

If you thought this tutorial was helpful, please remember to share it with your friends.

This will allow more people to discover that they can use Animaker to creatively teach their lessons to their students through animated videos.

Ps: I would like to personally know what was your favorite part about this tutorial? Write your comment in the box below.

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