Want to speak our language? Learn about our site terminology here!
Here at GoAnimate, we’re committed to providing customers with as many resources as possible to help you succeed.
Check out our glossary below to help get a grip on the language of the site. We’ll update this as often as needed – so be sure to check back as the site grows and changes!
Account Settings is the area on the site where you can control your account and its settings. Settings include your subscription and the auto-renew program, how your profile appears to the public, your display name, photo, password and email settings, and more.
Your account settings page can be located easily from the right navigation of your account while you’re logged in. Just visit “your account” and “account settings” to get there.
An action is the word used to describe a movement done by a character in GoAnimate.
Action sets describe new collections of action assets that are added to the site within a theme. These can be industry related or based around a single subject.
The Actions Tab is located in the Character Panel. It slides out over The Tab when you click on a character to reveal more options.
The Actions Tab is where Action Sets are located. All action sets are visible by thumbnail. If you hover over a thumbnail, you can also read a tag, or keyword, that names the action.
Click on a thumbnail to assign an action to your character.
This term encompasses everything from characters, actions, props, backgrounds, and Starters that are found in our Video Maker.
An Asset Panel is a general term that refers to the Character, Prop, and Text Panels in the Video Maker.
All Asset Panels are located in the same place as The Tray in the Video Maker, and will slide out when you click on an asset on The Stage.
This is where you can further control the look and behavior of assets, like giving a character an action, a line of dialogue, or making a prop enter into a scene. To get out of an Asset Panel and to go back to The Tray, just click on an empty spot of The Stage.
GoAnimate is a subscription-based Software as a Service. When you subscribe to a plan, you are automatically enrolled in the auto-renew program to avoid any lapse of service. The auto-renew program will automatically deduct payments from the credit card account with which you subscribed to the site. You can opt out of the auto-renew program at any time by visiting “your account” and “account settings”. Just click the disable auto-renew button to downgrade your subscription.
The Backgrounds Tab is located in The Tray, which is on the left hand side of The Stage in the Video Maker. You should go here to add a background to your video.
We have two business plans: GoPublish and GoPremium. To learn about the differences, visit goanimate.com/business/videoplans.
GoAnimate is a subscription-based Software as a Service. You subscribe to a plan on GoAnimate in order to use the site. You can sign up for a business subscription to a GoPublish or GoPremium plan. It does not include a subscription to a GoPlus plan. Business subscriptions are further divided into monthly, quarterly, or annual subscriptions.
Business exclusive describes any feature, theme, or content that is only accessible to users with a business subscription (GoPublish and GoPremium).
The tool on our site that allows you to create custom characters from within a theme, such as the Business Friendly Character Creator.
The Character Panel is one of our Asset Panels. It slides out over The Tab when you click on a character to reveal more options. The Character Panel is subdivided by tabs such as Actions, Voice, and Enter/Exit.
The Character Tab is located in The Tray, which is on the left hand side of The Stage in the Video Maker. All of your characters within a theme will be located here, whether stock or custom.
If you have a business subscription has commercial rights in-perpetuity to the videos they make. These rights can only be transferred by paying the “Third party rights transfer” fee (see “Third party rights transfer”).
Sharing videos with leads, customers, employees or investors for purposes including sales, marketing, training or PR. Selling videos or monetizing them on ad-supported sites is also commercial use. (See “non-commercial use” for other type of usage.)
Custom characters are those you create within one of our Character Creators. They are separated from the ready-made characters we provide for you. Custom characters are saved in their own section titled “Custom Characters” in the characters tab in The Tray.
You can download your video if you have a GoPlus or business plan. Downloading involves a two-step process. First, the video is converted from Flash to mp4. When the conversion is complete, the downloaded mp4 file can be downloaded from your account.
The Effects Tab is located in The Tray, which is on the left hand side of The Stage in the Video Maker. You should go here to add visual effects to your video, such as curtains, a crowd clapping, or sepia or black and white tones.
To add sound effects to your video, visit the Sound Tab.
Enter/Exit Tab (Character Panel)
The Enter/Exit Tab is located in the Character Panel. It slides out over The Tray when you click on a character to reveal more options.
The Enter/Exit Tab is where you can go to make your character enter or exit into a scene.
You can export your video if you have a GoPlus or business plan. Exporting involves a one-click process, as long as you’ve already connected your accounts. Export partners include video hosting sites like YouTube, social media sites like LinkedIn, and soon LMS’s like Lectora.
A free user is someone who has signed up for free, before they’ve subscribed to one of our plans.
GoAnimate for Schools
GoAnimate for Schools is the school-safe version of GoAnimate. It serves educators and their students in a classroom setting and offers scrubbed content, moderation tools, and more. This is a distinct platform located on its own domain at http://goanimate4schools.com.
This is the subscription plan for video hobbyists, children over 13, and anyone using GoAnimate for fun.
GoPremium is the business plan that enables individuals, non-profits, SMBs, or corporations to make videos of the highest quality (1080p). They can remove our watermarked logo or rotate many of their own watermarked logos.
This is also the plan that studios should choose to make videos for their clients or other 3rd parties.
GoPublish is the low-budget business plan that enables individuals, non-profits, SMBs, or corporations to make high quality videos (720p). They can monetize their videos on YouTube or other similar ad-supported sites. They keep our watermarked logo on their videos.
Hosting and Playback
Your hosted videos play back from your account as flash, and can be played directly from the GoAnimate site or through embedded players placed on other sites.
The import button is a tool in the Video Maker. Click it to import files that you can use in your video(s). Supported file types include audio and images (all), as well as Flash and video files (GoPlus and business subscribers only).
Imported files will be saved under “Your Library” in the The Tray inside the Video Maker.
Many of our themes have characters which automatically make speaking motions with their mouth in sync with the dialog spoken assigned to them. This is lip-sync.
Sharing videos with your friends or family for fun. (See “commercial use” for another type of usage)
A prop is an asset that can be included in your video. Generally it’s an inanimate object that can add to your scene.
You can import an object as a prop.
Props can perform PowerPoint-style entrances and exits, that can go up, down, left, or right in GoAnimate.
The Props Tab is located in The Tray, which is on the left hand side of The Stage in the Video Maker. You should go here to add a prop to your video.
Publishing a video makes it discoverable by others. Setting a video to private or public publishes it. Setting it back to draft unpublishes it.
Public videos can be seen by visitors to GoAnimate. They can also be discovered by search engines and will appear on search engine results pages (often with a very good position!). If your goal is maximum exposure for your video, setting to public is a good idea.
Private videos can only be seen by viewers with whom you’ve shared the link or embed codes. This allows you define your audience carefully. This is a good strategy for videos with information which is “for internal use only” or otherwise private or proprietary. Private videos are not indexed by search engines and do not show up in the search results.
Draft videos can only be viewed by the actual producer while they are logged into their account. Other viewers, even those accessing the correct link, will simply see an error message stating “Video Not Found.”
A scene in GoAnimate is more like a camera shot in a regular movie scene, so you can expect to have a lot of them in your video.
Each scene should only have one or two events within it. Each character can only perform one action in a scene. It should also only deliver one line of dialogue.
Scene duration is the length of time of a scene. It’s also a tool. You can control the duration of a scene by clicking on it in The Timeline and mousing over Scene Duration. You can set it to “fit all scene content”, “fit to speech duration”, or another set amount of time.
Scene transition is the length of time of a scene. It’s also a tool. You can control the duraction of a scene by clicking on it in The Timeline and mousing over Scene Duration. You can set it to “fit all scene content”, “fit to speech duration”, or another set amount of time.
Sharing encompasses the sharing of links and embed codes. In GoAnimate this is done by exporting your video to a video hosting site, social network, or LMS that are our partners.
The Sound Tab is located in The Tray, which is on the left hand side of The Stage in the Video Maker. You should go here to stock music tracks or sound effects to your video.
Music and sound effects will show up in The Timeline.
One of the three main parts of the VideoMaker, along with the Tray and the Timeline. The Stage is the area on which users compose the scenes and create visual movement.
Starters are one of the three main parts of the Video Maker, along with the Tray and the Timeline. The Stage is the area on which users compose the scenes and create visual movement.
The Starters Tab is located in The Tray, which is on the left hand side of The Stage in the Video Maker. You should go here to add Starters to your video.
Starters you create and save will be located here – but you have to make sure you navigate towards the drop down menu above The Tray and make sure it says “your library” in order to find them.
Readymade characters come free with GoAnimate. They’re “ready to go” into your videos and can be found in any section besides the one titled “Custom Characters” in the characters tab of The Tray.
By contrast, custom characters are those you create within our one of our Character Creators. They are found in the section titled “Custom Characters” in the characters tab of The Tray.
A subscriber is someone who is paying for any kind of plan on the site (GoPlus, GoPublish, or GoPremium)
This is the term used on the site to represent a feature or content that is only available to paying users.
Templates are dialogue-based pre-made segments that help you make a video, quickly. Just pick a setting, characters and enter a dialog. A video is automatically generated in about 2 minutes.
The Text Tab is located in The Tray, which is on the left hand side of The Stage in the Video Maker. You should go here to add text to your video. We offer a few stylistic formats, such as speech bubbles, thought bubbles, or plain text without viewable borders that can be used as subtitles to lip-synced dialogue or voiceover.
Text To Speech
Text to Speech, commonly referred to as TTS, is the technology and feature on the site used to generate voices automatically based on a script
A theme is a visual style with a collection of similar-looking assets available on the site. When you click on a theme, you will be brought into the Video Maker to start making your video within that style. For example, our signature theme is called Business Friendly. Another popular theme is called Lil’ Peepz.
Third-party Rights Transfer
Subscribers of the GoPremium plan can pay a $79 fee per video to transfer the commercial rights of the corresponding video to a 3rd party. This is used by studios selling videos they make on GoAnimate to 3rd parties.
The Tray is one of three main parts of the Video Maker, along with The Stage and The Timeline. It’s where you find assets like characters, backgrounds, props, music, sound effects, and more. Each element is subdivided by tab so you can browse easily.
The Timeline is one of main parts of the Video Maker, along with The Stage and The Tray. The Timeline is the area in which users organize their scenes chronologically, add and navigate scenes, or time your video. It is also the area in which you can organize, layer, and edit your audio tracks.
The Video Maker is our animated video creation tool, and where you go to create and edit your videos. It contains three main parts: The Stage, The Timeline, and The Tray. Everything within the Video Maker uses simple point and click, drag and drop tools.
Video Maker Tips
Video Maker Tips is our blog, and where we keep site updates, announcements, tutorials, tips, tricks, press, mentions, case studies, and other great content.
A voice actor is an actor who is focused on audio only. One might hire a voice actor in order to get professional-sounding audio to import into their video.
The Voice Tab is located in the Character Panel. It slides out over The Tab when you click on a character to reveal more options.
The Voice Tab is where you can assign dialogue to your character. From a drop down menu, you have three options for audio: Text To Speech, Voice Record, or File Upload.
BunnyStudios is one of our main voiceover and voice actor partners. When you send them a script, ask them to break up your audio files by line so that you can easily