A review between two animation design online software that helps you decide which is the better alternative for your use-case.
OFFEO’s main use case is short videos. It has a cap of 3 minutes in its video creations and is thus not suitable for video editing or longer format videos. It is possible to also create graphic posters and GIFs in OFFEO.
Powtoon’s focus is whiteboard explainers. Only video formats can be exported. Clearly Powtoon’s direction is only towards explainers as the focus of the video will shift from one item to the next.
OFFEO has a moderate learning curve. With the freedom to customize much more than other design platforms, it can be intimidating to see the added options. However, the platform is brilliantly created and intuitive to pick up. The learning curve is worth it to overcome greater control over designs.
Powtoon has a moderate learning curve. The tool features an “infinite canvas” that might confuse users who are familiar with the conventional way of creating videos in the beginning. There’s no way to show two separate layers at once which might limit it from other use cases like ads or social posts in general.
OFFEO has thousands of templates to choose from. Select from a wide variety of styles and purposes to kickstart your project.
Powtoon does not have any templates to choose from. You start with a blank canvas and build your video from scratch.
OFFEO creates its own design assets. Find stickers, animated graphics, CTA and more. Having this arsenal definitely opens up more options to help you achieve your perfect design.
Powtoon has plenty of graphics to choose from. The graphics seem to lean towards a certain direction that’s simplistic. Again, this seems to tie in with their main focus of explainer/tutorial videos.
OFFEO has a one-click animation tool. It animates your whole design in one single click. Shuffle between animation types to achieve a different look.
Powtoon allows you to have one focus in each scene. It’s incredibly focused on one message-per-scene. That’s really unique in a way that it’s easy to work with but also limiting to the creater.
OFFEO is priced at $19/month for unlimited videos, images and GIF downloads. There’s also no cap on projects made so you can truly create freely.
Powtoon is priced at $39/month for 720p downloads. The prices exponentially goes up for 1080p downloads at $149/month.
With extra customizations come with a steeper learning curve. OFFEO has more to offer than Powtoon. It, however, takes a tad more time to pick up. If you are looking to create something in the long term, having more tools and control definitely works in your favor.
On the other hand, if you are looking to specifically create video scribing or whiteboard animation videos, you can consider Powtoon who is really good at it!