Viddyoze 2.0 – An Honest Review (Plus List of Alternatives)
Do their animated video templates deserve your money?
Here are my thoughts on Viddyoze and whether it’s a good / worthwhile purchase.
Viddyoze is a SaaS product that provides their users with animated video templates that can be deployed within minutes. Sounds fancy, no?
According to their homepage, you can have your own fancy animated video intro / outro in just a few steps:
Setting The Scene
For the past few weeks, I’ve been hearing some buzz around this new SaaS product that was supposedly going to revolutionize the way video animations were created. And just yesterday, a fellow member of Neil Patel’s Advanced Marketing Program (yes, this is a plug for them, and no I do not receive ANY compensation for doing this – I just love the program + community that much) mentioned that Viddyoze was running a special “limited time only” offer, so I figured that being the “video marketing guy” within the group, I should check it out.
You can check it out for yourself here, if you’d like. (Warning: It might be expired by the time you read this…)
The following is an account of my experience with Viddyoze, and it ends with my verdict of whether Viddyoze lives up to its claims and whether they deserve your money.
Act One – THE “BUY”
Bought the “4 days only” lifetime access offer today @ $67 which made me think that there it was a true all-access pass.
Which it’s not.
All it does allow you access to the platform without having to pay subscriptions once they turn it on in the near future.
They then tried to upsell me with a One-Time-Offer (OTO) of $37/mo for their “Template Club” and also made mention of their Marketplace (I guess they’re planning to make it a little bit like Envato’s marketplace). I didn’t bite.
Act Two – THE ANIMATIONS
Tried making 2 videos for funsies and because said “fellow member” that I mentioned earlier had egged me on … nice one dude.
They provide fully templated layouts for video intros, transitions, outros and overlays – all you have to do is drop in an image of your logo (some templates allow you to change the color of the animation), click render and voila, you have an animated video intro. They literally made it dead sh*t simple and super quick. In fact … IMHO, too simple. I’ll explain in …
Act Three – THE VERDICT
For those of you who don’t know me – in a nutshell, I’m a film & video guy who just happens to also love kicking ass at marketing and building businesses.
I code too. So trust me on this one. It feels EXACTLY the same.
You essentially cannot customize ANY of the templates – timing, effects, speed – nada. The truest version of WYSIWYG… literally What You See Is What You Get and nothing else. Which is my main gripe.
So – if you’re looking to continually create multiple different animated intro videos for yourself (which I can’t see why, since you’d want to stick to a certain intro anyway, unless you’re indecisive as hell and want to play around and call it “testing”) and you have ZERO video experience, then this MIGHT work for you. Maybe. If you’re totally ok with being locked into the styles and timing that Viddyoze provides you with.
If you’d like some control of how your intro / videos look, feel, etc, then don’t bother spending the $67 unless you’re happy to hedge your bets that Viddyoze v3.0 allows for customization – which is actually rather hard + expensive to accomplish from the technical web build standpoint (that’s a LOT of rendering strain on “the cloud”, to start). Get someone who knows what they’re doing. You get what you pay for – video is a pay-to-play game.
That being said … I truly do think that the team at Viddyoze are onto something and wish them all the best as they start fleshing out their value offering into the future. Team Viddyoze, if you’re reading this – here’s my vote for more customization for your templates.
Bonus Act – SHIT YOU CAN ACTUALLY USE
If you’re looking to get an animated video (not only intros) – here are a few options for you to go down:
Disclaimer: I don’t receive any compensation for recommending any of these products (besides, this blog’s current traffic ain’t affiliate-ready anyhoo)
DIY (in-browser editing)
- Powtoon – actually allows you to customize A LOT, but it’s mainly cartoon / hand-drawing styles. I’ve tried it and it’s amazing. Has FREE version
- Biteable – has a ton of templates long form and short form. Ain’t tried it myself. Has FREE version
- VideoScribe – create your very own hand-drawing videos – no free version. I’ve taken it for a spin and quite like it
DIY (templates + requires editing / animation software
- VideoHive by Envato – tons of templates on the cheap to not-so-cheap. At my agency, Video D Media, use these a TON for clients – saves us time, and since they’re VFX templates, we can tweak them as we wish since we know WTF we’re doing
- Rocketstock – similar to VideoHive but not as prolific
- Fiverr (y’all know how Fiverr works by now I’m sure)
** Note on freelancers: Before you commit to ANY freelancer, avoid the pain – make sure that you ask for them to present their past work, and also ask about their onboarding / brief process (do they insist on storyboards, reference videos, moodboards etc. email me at firstname.lastname@example.org, if you want more info on this. **
Primo Freelancers / Agencies / Studios
Want good shit – pay good money. Want great shit – pay top dollar. Simple as that. Great animation / video studios (like great web firms, marketing firms, or info courses like AMP *wink*) are worth every penny because:
- They have EXPERIENCE, so you know they ain’t faffing about
- They tend to under promise and over-deliver
- They have onboarding & briefing systems and processes (and will insist on storyboarding, reference videos, objective questionnaires, audience persona questionnaires, etc etc)
- They want you to win too
- They know it’s not just about the aesthetics – it’s about all of it.
- And so much more but it’s 10pm here and I’ve still got a ton of work I want to accomplish before the day is done
Trust me, I know. **Humblebrag** I run one of these agencies.
Now that we’re done with this review, I’d like for you to do 2 things for me:
- Leave a comment if you have any questions, insights to share, want me to cover some other topic on video or just wanna help my stroke my ego
- Share this article with someone who needs to see it – you might be saving them precious time and money, and they’ll thank you for it.
Review & rant. Over.
Video D – out!