Doodly vs VideoScribe (2020): Which Software Is Better?

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In my view, Doodly and VideoScribe are two of the best whiteboard animation software.

But, when put head to head, which one comes out on top?

In this article, I’ll compare the main features of Doodly and VideoScribe to help you decide the one that is right for you.

So, let’s get to it.

Doodly vs VideoScribe: Overview

Below is a table that provides an overview of the comparison between Doodly and VideoScribe. The VideoScribe features are based on the paid version and not the trial.

FeatureDoodlyVideoScribe
Free trial
Price (annual billing)$20 or $40 per month$14 per month
Background styles59
Hand styles28>312
Image library1,960 or >6,596>6,000
Custom image support
Camera zoom/pan
Royalty-free music100 or 150190
Royalty-free sound effectsUp to 1000
Fonts3>60
Import custom fonts
Work offline
Use on multiple devices
SystemPC, MacPC, Mac

Pricing

Let’s start this Doodly vs VideoScribe showdown with a comparison between the price plans.

Doodly has 2 price plans that come with different features.

  • Standard – $20 per month (annual billing) or $39 per month (monthly billing)
  • Enterprise – $40 per month (annual billing) or $69 per month (monthly billing)

VideoScribe has 3 pricing options depending on how you want to pay: monthly, yearly or one-time.

  • Monthly – $35 per month (monthly billing)
  • Yearly – $14 per month (annual billing)
  • One-off – $800 one-time payment

💪 Winner = VideoScribe
VideoScribe is cheaper than Doodly on all fronts.

Background styles

Another important feature of whiteboard animation software is the different backgrounds on option.

Doodly has 5 different background options:

  • Whiteboard
  • Chalkboard
  • Greenboard
  • Glassboard
  • Custom

Custom backgrounds can be either a color or an image of your choice.

Doodly background styles

VideoScribe has 9 different background styles. The styles are different types of textures, rather than different boards.

You can also change the color of the background and apply a vignette effect.

It is possible to create a glassboard effect, but it is not an option in the background options.

VideoScribe background styles

💪 Winner = Doodly
Despite VideoScribe having a higher number of background styles, Doodly has the better options.

Hand styles

When creating whiteboard videos, the choice of hand styles is essential since they can change the look and feel of the animation.

The hand styles available in Doodly depend on the type of background style that you pick. In total, there are 15 different real hand styles and 13 cartoon styles.

You can also easily switch any hand style from right- to left-handed.

Doodly hand styles

VideoScribe categorises their hand styles into people. There are 13 different people, with each having a range of hand styles to pick from.

In total, I counted 312 hand styles that are readily available.

VideoScribe hand styles

Other hand style categories include Pens (no hand, just a pen) and Seasonal (themes hand styles, such as Halloween).

VideoScribe also lets you upload and create your own hand style, whereas Doodly does not.

💪 Winner = VideoScribe
With more choice and the ability to create a custom hand style, VideoScribe comes out on top.

Image library

The image, or doodle, library available is one of the most important factors to consider when looking at potential whiteboard software to use.

The Doodly library size depends on the price plan that is selected. Their Standard plan comes with far fewer character and prop images, than the Enterprise plan.

Image typeStandardEnterprise
Characters8033,596
Props1,157>3,000
Total1,960>6,596

In total, the Doodly image size is either 1,960 or >6,596 images, on their Standard and Enterprise plans, respectively. Their Enterprise plan also adds new images every week.

It’s also worth noting that Doodly’s images are in black and white. To access their images in color requires a one-time purchase of their Doodly Rainbow add-on.

VideoScribe’s image library is the same size on all their price plans.

I was going to count the number of images in their library, but realised it is huge. Their website states the image library contains >6,000 images.

Color images are included as standard.

💪 Winner = VideoScribe
A close call, but with colored images as standard, VideoScribe has the edge here.

Custom image support

If you don’t want to take advantage of the image library on offer, both software also support custom images.

Doodly accepts images in PNG, JPG and SVG format.

You can also define your own draw paths to custom images. This means that you can decide exactly how the image is drawn during the animation.

Doodly custom draw path

In VideoScribe, you can import images in PNG, JPG, GIF, SVG or ZIP format. ZIP file are used when adding images purchased elsewhere.

There is no option to manually edit the draw paths of custom images in VideoScribe. This often results in strangely drawn images that do not look as authentic as those in the library.

VideoScribe custom image

💪 Winner = Doodly
Doodly’s powerful custom draw path feature gives you complete control over your imported images.

Camera zoom/pan

Whiteboard animations have a characteristic flow about their camera movements. As images are drawn, the camera moves around the paper to create a smooth transition between drawings.

The zoom and pan options in Doodly work on the timeline. You can add a zoom/pan option to certain areas of the video and simply specify the start and end position by changing the camera box.

However, if you want to add a camera zoom/pan throughout the whole video, this will take quite a long time.

Doodly camera pan and zoom

The pan and zoom works quite differently in VideoScribe because there is no timeline per say.

Pan and zoom are automatically applied when images and text are added to the canvas. Just add in the elements and VideoScribe will follow the drawings around.

You can change the position of the camera by moving around the canvas and clicking a button to set the camera position.

Since there is no timeline to refer to, this can be fiddly at first. But the end result is a super smooth transition.

VideoScribe pan/zoom

💪 Winner = VideoScribe
Although hard to set up at first, VideoScribe’s pan/zoom will save you time and the end result is far better than Doodly’s.

Royalty-free music and sound effects

If you’re planning on adding audio tracks in the background while your animation is playing, then you will be happy to hear both software come with a selection of audio that are free to use.

Doodly has a library of 100 or 150 music tracks, depending on whether you have their Standard or Enterprise version.

Their audio library also has sound effects. I have their Enterprise plan, which has 100 sound effects.

With 190 royalty-free audio tracks, VideoScribe has the larger audio library of the two software. But, there are no sound effects in VideoScribe’s library.

💪 Winner = Doodly
Despite having fewer music tracks than VideoScribe, Doodly has a range of sound effects to use.

Fonts

Both software come with a selection of fonts to use in your animations, many of which look like actual handwriting.

In Doodly, there are only 3 different fonts to pick from:

  • Gochi Hand Regular
  • Handlee Regular
  • Patrick Hand Regular
Doodly fonts

Fortunately, you can upload your own style to give you more of a selection.

In the lastest version of VideoScribe, it is no longer possible to upload your own font. Instead, you can select from over 60 different Google fonts.

These font changes mean VideoScribe supports character sets from various languages including Arabic, Latin and Chinese.

VideoScribe fonts

💪 Winner = VideoScribe
VideoScribe has many more fonts readily available.

Video render options

Once you’ve created your animation, you want to render it with settings that suit your end product. Both Doodly and VideoScribe have a range of options to suit everyone’s needs.

For ease of comparison, I have included the video render option available in each software in the table below.

OptionDoodlyVideoScribe
File formatMP4, MKV, OGG, WebMWMV, MOV, AVI, PNG, JPG*
Resolution360p, 480p, 720p, 1080p, Facebook/Instagram, Custom360p, 640p, 720p, 1080p
FPS24, 25, 30, 48, 50, 6015, 20, 25, 30, 35, 45, 50
*There is no direct MP4 option. Instead, you can download in MP4 format through VideoScribe’s online hosting platform Sho.co.

💪 Winner = Doodly
Doodly has better file format support, resolution options and maximum FPS capabilities.

Doodly vs VideoScribe: which is better?

So let me finish off this Doodly vs VideoScribe post by linking back to the title question: which software is better?

If you go off the features reviewed in detail here, VideoScribe just comes out on top with a score of 5-4 versus Doodly.

But, in all honesty, the choice between them will depend on your situation. It is easy to see why these two are the top dogs when it comes to creating whiteboard animations.

If you’re interested in VideoScribe, make sure you take their 7-day free trial to see if it is right for you.

Sadly, there is no trial for Doodly, but there is a 30-day money-back guarantee so you can try the full version for a whole month with the reassurance of getting your money back if you find it is not the software for you.

Let me know in the comments below your preferred winner and why.

Further reading on SideHustleTeach.com

If you want to learn more about either software, then check out my Doodly review or VideoScribe review. If you don’t like the look of either, then have a look at my list of best whiteboard animation software for some alternatives.

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