Video Production Process: An Ultimate Guide (2020 Edition)

(This video production process article is an extension of this previous Yourstory article – How to simplify video making process for startups)

Visual memories are the strongest memories. Create such memory about your product/ company in user’s mind through a Video

Internet is flooded with lots of such advice  and on ‘why video is the future of marketing’ or ‘why you should include video in your content strategy’ etc etc.

But no one is telling you the practical “operational nuances” of Video Production Process

So, we at Vidsaga decided to tell you stuff you should know as a Marketer/ Founder/ CEO/ CMO for an effective/ awesome/ viral video.

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In this article, you will get answers to the following questions:



Questions you should ‘prepare for’ when you plan for video marketing


1. What is the objective of your video?

Your Video Production Process can only start when you identify this.

Most people make this common mistake of approaching video creators before even identifying why they need that piece of video content.

This “why” actually answers a lot of other questions.

Below are some typical objectives, Organizations plan for video content

a) We want to explain our App/ Product/ Service to our users

b) We want to market or sell or product

c) We want to ‘promote our brand’ through a viral video

d) We want to build credibility among our users

e) We want to attract more people and generate leads

f) We want to create video content for social media


2. Have you figured out the “Messaging”:

A Video without the right messaging would be a waste of money.

You can brainstorm with your team on the below questions to figure out the right messaging. 

  • What is that one thing which you want your audience to recall after they watch the video
  • What is that one challenge you want to overcome through this video content
  • What are your audience’s major apprehensions?
  • What is that strong value proposition which would prompt your users to take that ‘Call to Action

3. Do you have a Reference Video:

Once you have decided the objective and style of video, check out some similar videos on Youtube and try to identify a reference video.

A reference video would save a lot of time when you approach a video production company and make communication easier


4. What will be the Distribution channels 

Simply uploading on all the social media channels might not help. You must be clear where exactly your audience is and how & where we would like to distribute your video.

Bonus Tip on Video duration:

Longer is not always bad and shorter is not always good. It all depends on your objective, platform and audience.


What are the Popular Video Types and their uses?

Video Production Process

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Explainer Videos:

An explainer video is a short, animated promo video that explains your product to your customers in a very simplified manner.

You can also create a product pitch with the help of these explainer videos. These are normally animation videos but could be a mix of Live shoot and graphics as well.

Example


How To Videos

Businesses make ‘How To’ videos to create content to educate their users. A series of such video content can establish your authority in your field.


Ad Films (Promo Videos):

We do not need to tell you that, right? All the ads you watch on tv or youtube which increase the brand recognition or product promotion.

Example


Thought Leadership Videos

Role of a marketer is to educate the audience without making it boring or preachy. Marketers can establish thought leadership position by providing insights about the industry.


Social Media (Viral) Videos:

The name is enough. With social media became a world in itself, viral videos became prominent for promoting a product/ service to netizens.

Several factors are responsible for making a video viral. It can be the face value of the influencer in the video, your promotion strategy, launch timing, a relation with controversy or emotional content.

Example


Corporate Videos:

Corporate Video is nothing but making an audio video presentation of your company than a normal powerpoint presentation. The idea is to let all the stakeholders know about the company’s history, growth, plans etc.

Example


Client Testimonial Videos:

Clients are the best brand ambassador for any Organizations. So, in order to capture what previous clients feel about your product or service, and let other prospective clients know, these videos get made

Example


Product Videos:

Product videos are made to highlight and demonstrate a new innovative product and its features. These are generally a mix of live shoot and graphics.

Example

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What is a video production process for Organizations

So once you decide to outsource and create a video, from this point, the process of Video Production would be like this:

  1. Organization shares video requirement with the video creator
  2. Video Creator revert with an indicative budget and timelines
  3. Organization then provides all the details and finalise a right video creator
  4. Video Creator then creates an initial draft of concept/ script
  5. Once the script is finalized, both parties sign a contract or service agreement.
  6. The Video Creator takes 50% advance and starts the video production.
  7. Video Creator submits the first draft of the video.
  8. After incorporating all the feedback, the Video Creator completes and delivers the final video.

Overall it takes 2 to 6 weeks

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Video Production Pricing Guide

Lets try to understand how pricing for different video style works:


Animated Video Production Cost

Price for an animation video depends largely on below factors:

  • Type of Animation
  • Duration of the video
  • Type of Voice Over required
  • Quality of Script

Basic Quality Video – $50 to $250


Good Quality Video – $300 to $600


High Quality Video – $800 – $1500



Live Shoot Video Production Cost

Video Production rates/ costs for a live shoot video (like Corporate Videos, Testimonial Videos, Product Videos, Marketing Videos, Commercial Videos etc.) depends largely on below factors:

  • No. of Days of Production
  • Duration of the video
  • Type of Voice Over required
  • Quality of Script
  • Quality of Graphics required
  • External Actors/ Models
  • No. of Stock Footages required

Stock Footage are the pre made clips which can be directly used to depict something and you do not have to shoot it again.

Basic Quality Video – $300 to $700

Good Quality Video – $800 to $2000

High Quality Video – $2000+


Video Editing Cost

If you want to just edit a pre-shot video, these are the variables

  • Duration of the video
  • Graphics

Price could vary from $30 – $250


Ad film Production Cost

Ad film’s price is not decided like Live shoot video

Ad film is generally part of a campaign and require more creativity and experience. So video creators charge based on how much they value their creativity, skills and experience

Price – $2500 – $15000

You can use this video production costs estimator (or you can say it a video production cost calculator) to calculate video production pricing be it corporate video production process cost, animated promotional video production cost, marketing video production cost, explainer video cost, commercial video production cost, promotional video production cost etc

Two Golden rules of Video Creation

So when you decide to do video marketing be it to get more clients or acquire users or to improve SEO or to explain your creative/ innovative idea, you need to keep these 2 rules in mind


1. Storytelling rules

Storytelling is the king in any video and production value comes later.

Video is a creative audio visual entity and more than half of the work is done if you have a good concept/script in hand.

A good storytelling could definitely help your audience to understand your product/ service/ value proposition/ brand proposition, help them in recalling your company and hence help you in achieving the business objective.


2. Its all about Users

When you create a video content, do not push your product hard instead think from your users’ perspective. It’s all about them – what they think, how do they feel and what do they care

Create a Video which celebrate them and not your product/ service


How to find a Video creation company/ Animator/ Editor

There are several ways to reach out to video makers

  • Google Search
  • Facebook groups – Filmmakers
  • Marketplaces like Fiverr, Upwork, Vimeo for hire etc
  • References
  • Dedicated Video marketplaces like – Vidsaga.com

What is the criteria to select the Right video creator

Some of the parameters you can check apart from Price are:

  1. Creativity – Script writing
  2. Quality of work
  3. Professionalism
  4. Video Marketing knowledge

Last but not the least – No set rules

There are no set rules when it comes to video content marketing.

Anything which is executed intuitively can work and this is completely valid for videos as well. It’s not that animation is better than live shoot or vice versa or Short videos are better than Long videos so on and so forth.

We can tell you an exception for every rule you suggest. So, it’s more about understanding your audience, marketing communication and then create a video which can creatively deliver your message. 

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About Vidsaga

Vidsaga is a global marketplace for Organisations to create Videos. Consider it as “Upwork/ Fiverr for videos” with Creative script writing and professional project management


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