Video Production

Animated Video vs. Live Action Video



The Argument of Shooting an Animated Video vs. a Live Action Video

live-action-shootOn our first article, we want to tackle something we have all endured in our classes: to shoot an animated video vs shooting a live action video. Both take a lot of work and each has their own obstacles to overcome.

The impact on the final product and the finances mean that the product gets done quicker and may cost more because it may take longer to produce. The medium used can affect the script and the ideas generated from the beginning. Considerations should include the person’s skills and strengths and resources and if and how the person wants to outsource.

Things to Consider

  • The audience has to be considered.
  • The costs and resources are similar for both Live Video and Animation Video
  • Production time and changes for animation video production allow for last minute changes
  • Adaptations can be made to the video to coincide with company changes whenever that may be Innovative thinking about Animated Promotional video can show an endless scope for originality and novelty; it can use emotional stimulation;; it can be a fast, effective way of explaining anything

Pros. And Cons

  • A lot of planning and pre-production time goes into video whether live or animated
  • Both provide a ton of value

Who is Your Target Audience?animated-video-shoot-characters

It is a no-brainer that kids adore watching animated videos. Animated videos resonate much more with children than live action videos. However, a well executed animated video can resonate well with an older crowd. Like Forbes says, it is wise to determine what your focus is, and who you’re trying to attract.

Time Factor

Animation takes weeks and months depending on revisions. Live-action can be shot in one day. However, editing the live action video might take a week. Live Action means that making changes to the script or scenery changes means high costs. Animation means last minute changes mire easily done, flexibility.

How Big is Your Budget?

live-action-video-productionLive Action will need scripting, camera, lighting, sound, directing, talent, voice over, editing,  color correction, music and logo animations. While, an animated video will still need a script, illustration, animation, voiceover, editing and sound effects. Each has its own costs, and each requires a payment to talent. However, if you can find a friend who is willing to do the voiceover for a smaller price, this might be the way to go.

Live Action Video Pros

  • Can humanize production
  • Easy to get started
  • Shot and edited quickly


Live Action Video Cons

  • Need  Camera and equipment
  • Lots of pre-production needed
  • Dealing with talent
  • Revisions cost high and are hard to schedule

Animation Video Pros

  • There is no live talent
  • One can get started quicklyanimated-video-shoot
  • There is more flexibility
  • Easier to makes changes in end

AnimationVideo Cons

  • More skills will be needed to get started
  • May make a business look less serious
  • It will take a longer time to complete

Web Animation Pros and Cons

  • Visual elements change continuously
  • Perception is used to change that the brain finishes off missing elements to produce a sense of motion
  • Visualizes story using allegory or visualizations of movement
  • GIF animations were the renaissance of web design
  • Flash Animation  built in Flash player
  • Different tools  are needed
  • Must be flexible and light
  • Requires timing for physical and emotional meaning

What style of video shot do you prefer? What are you more comfortable in handling and producing? What was your most memorable animated and live action shot? Tell us below!