While we wait to see if TechSmith might add this at some point, you might pop over to Adobe and check out a tool called Character Animator.
Keep in mind as well that you can use PowToons and Moovly stuff (or really, any animation tool) by just recording them using Camtasia recorder. If you are hoping to composite them with other stuff in Camtasia, I'd suggest recording them against a solid odd colored background such as lime green or hot pink. That way you can use Camtasia's "remove a color" option to basically make the background transparent and leave behind only the animation.
Cheers... Rick :)
Word of caution about recording Powtoons content and compositing it into Camtasia - while definitely possible, you may want to check out their terms and conditions (link below). They own a lot of their characters and graphics, and if you're using them elsewhere outside of a Powtoon, they may frown on it.
You can actually do some pretty amazing things in PowerPoint - create characters, animate them. It can be tedious and time consuming, but it's possible. To my knowledge, Microsoft does not limit the way you use the things you create yourself. Check out this video on creating animated characters in PowerPoint: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AFEB9Yw-f9A
Has anyone come up with anything simpler?
I use Crazy Talk Animator 3. The newest version is called Cartoon Animator 4. https://www.reallusion.com/cartoon-animator/
You can use Reallusion created/supplied Characters. The program characters are vector based. You can scale them to any size without degradation. There’s both 3-D and 2-D characters. Creating a 3-D character is complex. The workflow is similar to Adobes Characters Creator. I have that program as well. If I want a 3-D actor, I use one that comes with the program. You can purchase additional ones through Reallusion.
Or make your own 2-D actors. These are much easier to work with.
Here’s an example of characters you can create from within the program.
I placed a PNG image of Alfred E Newman’s head on this
program provided C-2 body. You map facial movements, eyes, mouth etc. To the face.
You can add/change teeth, custom eyes. Some drag and drop Animations/Character movements
come with the program. The ones in this GIF are stock movements.You can create and save custom motions.Allowing for drag and drop movements down the road. This feature can save you a lot of animation time.
You can create an entire character from a PNG image. This is DarkMan. The image below is the original PNG image. The eyes were added in CTA.
DarkMan is a G-3 free bone actor. I created his bone structure from scratch. You can create complex bone structures like his, or simplified ones.
Here is an example of DarkMan moving. It’s a 10fps GIF so its jittery.
You can create animals that talk. Pigs that fly, animate a Praying Mantis. 2-D actors can’t turn sideways and have there limitations.
All of this is time consuming.
If Avatars from the shoulders up works for you. Crazy Talk 8 does pretty much everything CTA3 does, except the actors have no body movments. It’s much quicker and easier to work with. https://www.reallusion.com/crazytalk/
That’s all I got