A DIY approach requires a team of content planners, subject matter (software) experts, video talent, and video production and editing people. A "director" will need to pull this all together by managing the scripts, talent, technology, and production.
More direct control When producing in-house, you do not have to educate an agency on your industry nor have the project's messaging go off on an unnecessary tangent, requiring costly editing.
Production tools are readily available There are production tools on the market that are readily available and even pretty inexpensive (e.g., Camtasia, Loom, etc.).
Labor intensive In-house production requires a lot of time and has limited scalability. As you create more videos, you’ll need more resources to keep up with software changes (e.g., bi-weekly, monthly, or even quarterly releases). Videos can quickly end up out of date. You could be limited to producing only “critical videos” in order to stay within resource constraints.
Workflow management You’ll need to create and maintain a “workflow management” process to oversee all the steps and ensure quality, which requires overhead.
Editing is time consuming Changes can require re-recording as well as re-editing. This causes project and campaign delays, and you might not be able to hit certain targets and deadlines.
Globalization is limited Globalization is limited, if not impossible to do in-house. Producing and updating videos in English is complex in its own right. Add to that creating and maintaining multi-language versions, and you have an impossible task on your hands.
Consistency issues People come and go, and voices/actors change. Consistency is critical to resonating well with your audience.
Using an Agency
Another option is to use a specialty agency that focuses on building software videos for training in your particular industry. For example, Magneto Films, which specializes in edtech videos for finance, tech, and SaaS companies.
Another is Blue Carrot, an agency that produces full-cycle e-learning animation production videos.
Is an agency right for you?
Scalability An agency will have the technology and capacity to shoulder the creation and deployment of multiple videos to match the pace of your growing organization.
High production quality Agencies have access to the talent and technology you’ll need for high-quality software videos.
Access to creative talent Agency partners may add some creativity you don’t have in-house. Your agency collaborators can apply their industry perspectives and offer constructive criticism.
High cost Outsourcing to an agency is incredibly expensive, especially at scale. When weighing this point, be sure to consider how often you have software updates that will require updates/editing of your training videos.
Still requires work from your team Hiring an agency is not a complete hand-off. You still need to supply the expert resources, as well as oversight/management and distribution.
Using a Platform (Automated Video Production)
With the right automated video production platform, content you are already producing, such as technical documents, help articles, and eLearning storyboards, are readily turned into high production quality videos.
Fast production The right software streamlines production, allowing you to produce viable software videos orders of magnitude faster and maintain updates regularly.
Lower cost There’s usually a very low incremental cost to create more and edit existing software videos.
"Plug and play" functionality The right platform doesn’t require trained video staff. You will no longer have to wait on a production or editing team to free up capacity. You’ll have the resources needed to create high-quality videos quickly.
Onboarding a new vendor Some organizations may be wary of creating a new relationship with an external partner.
Documents and scripts You and your team will need to learn how to annotate existing documents and/or scripts to "feed" to the automated video production platform.
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