Creating an "explainer video"....

Hi experts, I'm a Windows software developer and I just created a new software that I'd like to promote. It's not terribly glamourous software - it's a new (innovative?) way to do 'search & replace' tasks very quickly 'en masse' on large amounts of raw data. It's more than that though, in that it's also part 'data query' and 'data manipulation' software. I think it's a fairly clever and useful little program with a new approach to the task, but I just need to find my niche (...not a huge one, admittedly).
     For my landing page, I'd like to have one of those cartoony 'explainer videos' to give a broad "light-hearted" overview of what my software can do for the user. I was googling around and found this site:

http://go.yumyumvideos.com/blog/which-is-the-best-style-of-animated-explainer-video-for-your-startup

... it mentions that the "whiteboard animation" style is probably best suited for marketing computer software, and I'd tend to agree. Anyway, my question is  - being a one-man small-budget operation, is there some software package that would allow me to easily create my own 'explainer video' in such a style? Any input/insights from experts on this subject would be appreciated.

Thanks
    Shawn
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Steven CarnahanNetwork ManagerCommented:
Does it need to be video or would slide show showing the steps work?

Microsoft has a built in program, mostly used for creating a file to send to support, but might work for creating a slide show.

Click Start
Type PSR.ECE

Press the Start Record button.
The Start Record button changes to a Pause Record button allowing you to halt the recording and do some stuff and then come back to it.
You can go through the steps of your program and it will take screen shots at every step.  
You can also comment by using the Add Comment button.
When done hit the Stop Recording button
It will ask where you want to save the .zip file

The contents of the .zip file should be a .mht file that by default opens in your browser. The screen shots are .jpeg so can be copied/saved and used to create a slide show.  

Just one "Free" option to think about.
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shawn857Author Commented:
Thanks, yeah I already use something like that called "ActivePresenter" to make a real step-by-step walkthrough video of my software in use... but I plan to put this video on my main site once the user subscribes at my landing page. I just want to make a very breezy short cartoon to place on my landing page to "reel" the user in.

Thanks
    Shawn
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Steven CarnahanNetwork ManagerCommented:
I see.  Then you might want to look at:  http://www.powtoon.com/  I have played with it a little but not very much.  Seems like a good product and is used by some pretty big companies. It does explainer videos and more plus its free.  :)
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shawn857Author Commented:
Thanks Pony, I will check PowToon out.

Cheers
    Shawn
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