Make Whiteboard Videos on Your Galaxy Note

There are three brilliant apps for producing hand-sketched videos on your Galaxy Note, and each app works best in a specific situation:

Whiteboard Cast

This is the fastest way to produce a video, and produces a video in the "webm" format. The bit rate (a measure of video quality) is 200kbps at 24fps. The file size is only 1.5 MB/min of recording. It doesn't support projects, hence you have to finish recording and export the current set of slides before moving on to the next project. The recording is saved to disk in real-time and is at the native resolution of your device screen. The webm format developed by Google is an accepted format for uploading to YouTube, which means it’s very easy to upload and share the videos you create in Whiteboard Cast.


This is the notebook approach to video production. Videos are organized inside a notebook together with slides and audio recordings. You can export individual videos to 720p MP4 format, though it takes time to do so. The bit rate is 400kbps at 24fps, and the file size is 3MB/minute of recording.

LectureNotes is a very popular note-taking app for Galaxy Note devices. The app is built around a powerful rich notebook metaphor which can contain "slides" with text & hand-drawn content, and even audio and video recordings in the notebook. The real value of this app is in providing a reliable store for your notes. The rich notebook concept encourages you to create a topic-specific notebook and regularly add sketches, text, audio and video content as you research the topic. What's cool is that you can view all the audio & video recordings in the notebook as a list which is convenient for playback.

Explain Everything

This is a project-based approach to video production: every project can be exported to one video file. The bit rate of exported MP4 video is 2000kbps at 30fps. The resolution of the video is 1024x640 px, and the file size is about 16MB/min of recording.

In Explain Everything, you work on projects which are saved to disk with a ".explain" extension. There are several benefits to this project-based approach:

  • The project files can be imported and exported from/to Google Drive and Dropbox, which makes it convenient for you to share your projects with others, or to backup your work.

  • The Explain Everything app exists on multiple platforms: iOS, Android, Windows and Mac OS X - and your project document can be opened on any of these platforms (this feature is expected soon.) The Android version currently lags behind the iOS version, but is expected to quickly close the gap with new features added to the Android version every couple of months.

  • The file size of the project document is only 1/10th of the video file exported from the project, and thus the project file is an efficient way to save your work and review it later. When you open an existing project, you can long-press on the play button to reveal a golden play button that immediately plays back the entire project in full-screen mode. This avoids the need to export your project to video in order to review it.

  • The project can be edited easily such as when you want to add more content slides or narration. You need to manually save your changes, but this also ensures that you are given the option to name your project and thus easily create a backup if you want.

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