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Getting people’s attention requires creativity and innovation. One way of doing that is visually. Short video advertisements are the perfect way to market your engineering firm in this fast-paced, technology-driven world. But how do you produce the desired video? A creative engineering company with ample equipment and experience in video production has many in-house resources to use to create the perfect video, but what about those companies that don’t have those resources?
Read on for information comparing in-house production versus outsourcing and using a video production company.
In-House Video Production: Pros
An in-house video production team has some definite benefits that will make the video creation easier. This situation is more likely to allow for a flexible schedule, which means accommodating to unexpected changes isn’t a big deal. Also, the work schedule will be dependent on the workload set within the engineering firm, so there won’t be the added stress of getting things accomplished on another company’s time and schedule. The time flexibility factor will also allow your in-house team to dabble in many different styles to find the one that best suits the advertisement.
In-House Video Production: Cons
The most obvious con would be the equipment costs – you’ll have to figure out exactly what kind of equipment you need, and then get in touch with local renters to see how much you’re looking at – and how much time you an have with the tools you need.
Another downfall of creating your video in-house is the fact that an untrained or even partially trained team will make mistakes – likely, lots of them. This leads to more editing and studio time, which costs money. To remedy this means hiring experienced video production personnel or paying for proper training for current employees. Either way, it costs money.
Yet another con to an in-house team is a question of quality. With limited access to equipment – and especially if the equipment used is outdated or inferior – you’ll be left with a lower-quality video.
Finally, if you want your ad to be as professional-looking as possible, you want to hire actors or voiceover articles – and depending on where you’re located, you could be facing few prospects – and they could be pretty expensive.
Outsourcing Video Production: Pros
Outsourcing your video production translates to dealing with experts who know what they’re doing. They have the experience, reputation, equipment, and additional resources necessary to produce a high-quality video (and who wants anything other than that?).
In addition to access to exceptional equipment and behind-the-scenes talent, a video production company will be able to hire professional actors and voiceover artists or, at the very least, connect you with some in the area.
An obvious benefit of outsourcing video production is that your own employees can focus on what’s really important: their jobs. They won’t have to take time away from their duties that keep your engineering firm operating smoothly.
Outsourcing Video Production: Cons
Outsourcing to a video production company will typically reduce schedule flexibility. A production company is engaged in numerous projects and aren’t always able to respond to sudden schedule changes favorably.
An additional con is that the production company will lack a personal connection to the brand, product, and customers – unless it goes above and beyond to get to know your firm inside-out.
The final, and obvious, con would be the cost of outsourcing video production. However, in many cases, this expense will be less than the costs incurred when creating a video in-house (equipment rentals, taking employees away from their jobs, etc.).
Deciding on whether an in-house video production team is more sensible or if outsourcing video production is best is oftentimes a very easy decision. Review the pros and cons above; unless your engineering firm has team members who have backgrounds in video creation, it will likely make more sense to outsource and work with a video production company.
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