Tutorial: Transform your mindmap to video using iMindMap


Have you ever wanted to show your iMindMap presentations on video? With iMindMap 6 you can easily export your mindmaps and make impressive animations!

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You have made a solid mindmap using iMindMap and you wish to share it with the rest of world? Now, all is possible with iMindMap version 6 –  the software from Tony Buzan and Chris Griffiths.

 You can download the iMindMap mindmap from the Biggerplate website. Double click the image for maximum enlargement.

mindmap about video and online games made with iMindMap
Why Games Matter : an iMindMap map !

You can adjust your presentation and then export it as a video. Like me, you can also choose to post your video directly from Youtube.

 A video of your mindmap on Youtube

Here’re the steps.

First, realize your mindmap as usual.

Then, create a presentation by clicking on the “View” menu as shown below:

How to go to the presentation view
Click on the Presentation View

Set your presentation: self-presentation, order of branches, etc..

Then, when your settings are complete, click the “Export video” button as shown below:

Exporting your presentation as an Youtube video
Click the Export Video button

If this is your first attempt to export a video, the software will ask you your login and password (it’s usually the Gmail account that manages your Youtube channel).

Then pops up a dialog box that gives you the opportunity to make your video settings: resolution – I opted for 720 pp, which takes a little more time but gives better results – time pause for each branch, etc..

Export your video to Youtube using the dialog window !
The Export Video dialog window

After that, pops up another dialog box where you enter the title of your video, a short description and keywords that allow Google to find your masterpiece. Bare in mind that YouTube, is not only owned by Google, but also the second largest European search engine, before Bing or Yahoo, for example!

another dialog window to complete your Youtube video description
Put your title, description & keywords in

After completion, simply click the “Upload” button and iMindMap will start exporting your video and transfers it to your personal YouTube channel.

Uploading your presentation to Youtube !
iMindMap is uploading your video

Finally, you will receive the long-awaited message stating that your mindmap has been converted into a video and is uploaded on Youtube!

Your presentation is now an Youtube video !
Your video is uploaded !

You just have to go to your Youtube channel and check if everything works accordingly.

In reality, iMindMap has done most of the work for you! Your video already has a title, description and keywords. You can always change it if you are not satisfied with the result!

Of course, like any Youtube video, it can be shared, integrated into a site, etc.. This is what I did with my mindmap video titled Why Games Matter. The music was added later on the Youtube channel.

Enjoy!

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XMind 2012 : with the revisions, you always know where you are !


XMind 2012 comes with interesting new features.  Revisions are one of them.

This brand new feature shows you every step of your mindmap drafting.

You always know where you are.  You can always go back.  And for collaborative work, it is important to trace back the changes made by members of your team…

In the previous article, I wrote about the brand new Gantt Diagram which turns XMind 2012 into a more business oriented software with great project management tools.

Today, I will emphasize another great feature of this new XMind version : the revisions.

A history of your mindmap drafting

Revisions show you the drafting of your mindmap step by step : like a photograph of each step of your mindmap.  It is a very interesting feature if several members of a team or of a class are working together on the same mindmap.  Each of them can see what the others have changed.

Here is the final mindmap of the Calix Project we have used in the previous article.  (Click on the picture to enlarge it).

Example of project management with the new XMind features
Project management with XMind

But what were the steps of this mindmap drafting ?  How did I get there ?  Wasn’t there a better version of my mindmap ?  Or was there a step I finally dropped, but I could use somewhere else, in another mindmap ?

Review every step of your mindmap !

The Revisions tool allows me to review each and every step of my mindmap.

For this Calix project – which was initially written in French – I added, at the fifth step – a topic “Objectifs”  (Goals) with a picture.  Finally, I decided to discard it to simplify my mindmap and to focus on my main topic : tasks management.  Here is this discarded step, visible again thanks to the revision feature. (Click on the picture to enlarge it).

How to review your previous work in Xmind ?  By using the Revision features !
Revisions in XMind 2012

This is a very interesting feature for team work but also for students who want to rebuild the reasoning from scratch, for instance.  I am pretty sure you will find new applications for this amazing tools !

Do you want to mindmap with XMind too ?  Then visit the download page and get it for free !

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