Last Updated on September 26, 2021
If you’re in the market for whiteboard animation software to improve the delivery of your visual content, you’ve likely discovered that Doodly and Videoscribe are two of the most popular options out there.
So, which one should you choose? In this Doodly vs Videoscribe article, we pit both platforms against each other and help you work out which one is right for you.
Bottom line up front: In our opinion, Doodly is the best whiteboard animation software out of the two.
It comes down to the end product. If you’re looking for an all round package that will give you the most comfortable creation process and flexibility, then Doodly takes it.
The amount of extras and detail offered by the platform ensures that you can create unique, bespoke videos that stand out from the rest.
Although Videoscribe also offers a clean user interface and a large number of character and prop assets, it lacks the details that can help make your content fresh and unique, such as a variety of hand styles.
It also lacks features that make Doodly an easier platform to use, such as royalty-free sounds and in-platform voice recording.
Doodly vs. VideoScribe – Pricing difference
Let us begin with the pricing proposition of both platforms.
Doodly is available in the two following price plans:
Standard – which works out $20 per month if you choose to pay annually and $39 per month if you opt for the monthly plan.
Enterprise – available for $40 per month in the annual plan and $69 per month if you opt for the monthly package.
Videoscribe is available in the three following price plans:
One-Off Plan – own the software outright with a one-off payment of $600
Monthly Plan – available for $35 per month
Yearly Plan – available for an annual payment of $168, working out at 14$ per month
In terms of pricing alone, Videoscribe works out to be the cheaper of the two, offering more bang for your buck than Doodly’s Standard package. In addition, Videoscribe offers a free 7-day free trial, whilst Doodly only offers a 30-day refund policy.
That’s 1-0 Videoscribe.
Which platform has the best features?
Both platforms offer fantastic assets and content to make great animations. However, they do differ slightly from each other in terms of extras and variety.
Both platforms offer an impressive range of character and prop images that can bring your content to life.
Doodly’s offering depends on the pricing package you select. With the Standard option, you get access to 1,164 characters and 1,620 props, whilst with Enterprise you get 3,959 and 3,341 respectively.
Videoscribe on the other hand offers a selection of over 7,300 characters and props, all of which come as standard regardless of the selected package.
In Videoscribe colour images come as standard on all packages, whilst in Doodly there is a one-off fee of $67 to access those assets.
One of the benefits of the Enterprise package is that you get access to extra images every month, whilst in Videoscribe you need to fork out extra cash to get access to new assets. As a result, we think in this aspect both platforms are even.
Score at 2-1 to Videoscribe.
Doodly has a selection of 5 background options, consisting of Whiteboard, Greenboard, Glassboard, Chalkboard, and Custom. The latter allows you to upload your own image or colour as a background.
Videoscribe on the other hand offers 9 background options. However, unlike Doodly, these are more different textures and shades of white and grey, as opposed to tangibly different backgrounds.
As a result, Doodly offers more flexibility and variety for your animation.
An equaliser for Doodly 2-2.
Hand options and styles
The Doodly platform offers a selection of hand options, consisting of 62 real hands, 59 2D cartoon hands and 12 3D cartoon hands.
In Videoscribe you can choose from 13 hand styles, each with different features, resulting in a whopping total of 312 hand options. There are two other categories, one where you can choose to only feature a pen and a seasonal option that has fun Halloween hands.
Although it may seem that Videoscribe is the winner in terms of the number of styles, the lack of variation is a hindering factor. All 312 options are real hands, which is perfect if that’s your style, but will cause problems if you’re looking to change things up or produce different types of animation.
Due to its quality mix of real hands and cartoon hands that meet different requirements, Doodly takes this one.
Doodly moves ahead with the score at 3-2!
Best for storytelling
The transition style is perhaps the biggest difference between the platforms. Doodly guides the content through clear scenes, giving your animation better structure and making it a far better tool for storytelling.
Videoscribe on the other hand has a unique style of panning and zooming, where instead of clear, cut scenes, the camera follows each asset along the page.
Doodly builds a lead at 4-2!
Doodly offers creators a selection of 35 different fonts on the Standard pricing plan and 70 fonts on the Enterprise plan. You can also upload your font if you don’t find what you’re looking for.
Videoscribe offers a set of 60 fonts as standard on all pricing plans, however, it currently has no option to add your own font style.
Another win for Doodly 5-2.
Doodly offers the option of creating your own draw paths for the character and prop images, adding an extra layer of personalisation to your animation. There is also a useful feature that allows you to record voiceover directly on the platform.
On the other hand, Videoscribe has an easy to use charts tool that is massively useful if you’re putting together infographic content.
Since both platforms offer fantastic resources that are missing in the other platform, this round is a tie.
Doodly takes the crown with a final score of 6-3!