Doodly vs VideoScribe [Feb 2021]: 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 styles140>312
Image library2,784 or 7,300>7,300
Custom image support
Camera zoom/pan
Royalty-free music100 or 150190
Royalty-free sound effectsUp to 1000
Fonts35 or 75>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 62 different real hand, 59 2D cartoon and 12 3D cartoon hand styles.

Each hand style can also be changed from right- to left-handed.

Doodly hand styles

VideoScribe categorises their hand styles into people. There are 13 different people, 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
Characters1,1643,959
Props1,6203,341
Total2,7847,300

In total, the Doodly image size is either 2,784 or 7,300 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 >7,300 images.

Color images are included as standard in VideoScribe.

💪 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, you get access to 35 (Standard plan) or 70 (Enterprise plan) different fonts.

You also have the option to upoad your own font style by clicking on the blue plus icon.

Doodly font styles

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 = Doodly
You get a lot of fonts to play with, and the ability to upload your own

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, Doodly just comes out on top with a score of 5-4 versus VideoScribe.

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.

18 thoughts on “Doodly vs VideoScribe [Feb 2021]: Which Software Is Better?”

  1. Thank you for this review. I was having a confusion which software to purchase. Then this helped me right away to decide. Thanks a lot!

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  2. Thanks, really good review. But isn’t Doodlys custom draw paths a really powerful function, as it allows you to use third party images, e.g. from project noun, in a way that actually looks good?

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    • Thanks Mattias!
      Yes, I agree. The custom draw paths in Doodly is the best I’ve seen. It takes a while to get the draw paths just right, but the end result is so worth it. You get that natural drawing effect, compared with a standard wipe reveal.

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  3. Thanks for this review. I’ve used Videoscribe before and wanted to check out the newer alternatives before starting a project that’s in the pipeline – your review helped clarify things so much. By and large, the ability to customise the “drawing” of the images you upload seems to be the major difference. And one that costs twice as much.

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  4. Am going to try Videoscribe. Doodly simply is way too tedious and finicky to edit and synch up words with animation. (If it’s not, it’s hardly intuitive on how to do it.). Also is lacking the ability to trim audio.

    Hopefully those are standard in Videoscribe.

    Thanks for the review.

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    • Hi Gary,
      Thanks for your comments!
      I agree. Matching voiceovers to whiteboard animations is very tricky and I do not know an easy way around this. I personally record the voice over and match the animations to this in Doodly (I also fine tune anything in a video editor afterwards). It’s a slow process!
      As far as I know, VideoScribe is much the same as Doodly when it comes to syncing audio with animations.
      ALl the best
      Steven

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      • Thanks for responding, Steven.

        I decided to mess around with Doodly more today, as I really wanted to see if I could find a way around this issue.

        I did find that double clicking on the sound track, after setting the marker, will make it start from the marker point. And double clicking will stop it.

        This makes it somewhat easier to synch up the animation. I have to try it on a longer video, but if I’m right, it might be a solution to that issue.

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