Understanding the Full Video Production Spectrum

Video Spectrum
Video is an invaluable tool to utilize throughout your organization and website. As much as we’d love to be the ones hitting record for every video you need, that doesn’t make sense from a time or cost standpoint. So, we’re here to help.
In this blog, we identify the 6 tiers of the video production spectrum, and when you can utilize each for your organization to get the most bang for your buck!
*Note* This blog does not speak to the video quality spectrum of live video as it is its own beast. If you want to know more about that, give us a shout.

Starting at the Low End… DIY Videos

DIY (Do It Yourself) videos have an important role to play, even with professional companies. Videos like these can supplement blog posts, reassure website visitors it’s safe for them to give you their information, or even to simply entertain. Let’s discuss the 2 tiers of DIY videos.

Tier 1 – The Quick and Dirty DIY

When It Makes Sense

When your main goal is to relay a basic message and entertain your audience, this is a way you can go. Usually, these videos are shared through a social media platform or in emails, but there are times that a DIY could find itself on a website. There is little, if any, planning involved, the message is unscripted and there’s not much concern for picture composition or audio quality.

Production Quality?

Very low. A video like this may be shot handheld on your phone or recorded on a platform like ZOOM. There’s usually not much editing involved and rarely do the videos include much if any, b-roll, text, graphics, or music.

How Much Will It Cost?

These videos can be shot with the phone you already have or recorded from your computer and don’t require any additional tools. Most videos produced in this way usually require little, if any basic editing on the backend as well. Therefore, the only cost for these videos is your time.

An example:

The social media platform Tik Tok is full of great examples of quick and dirty DIY videos (though it allows you to easily add music and text). Many businesses have embraced their “content over quality” platform with great results.

Tier 2 – Prosumer DIY

When It Makes Sense

When you want to share a quick message or helpful hint that is related to your business, product, or service to your audience, this can be a great way to go. This tier also makes sense for creating internal videos, such as training videos. Videos in this tier have a script or at least an outline so the speaker stays on point with the message.

Production Quality?

Low. Videos like these can still be shot on your phone or recorded off a laptop, but there’s some thought put into the location of your video, lighting, sound, picture composition, and stabilization. These videos usually are lightly edited and include some professional aspects, such as text, graphics, and/or even music.

How Much Will It Cost?

These videos can cost you a little more than time. However, it may be worth investing in some basic tools to make your shots or sound better. If you don’t know how to edit a video, it’d be worth it to hire someone for that.

An example:

We work with our good friends, Bob Fish (co-CEO of BIGGBY Coffee) and his wife, Michelle on doing the editing for the videos they shoot on their phone for their blog, One BIGG Island in Space. Below is one of the videos we helped them produce.

Interested in learning more? Click here for our FREE video tutorial on how you can shoot decent videos on your phone or laptop. We can help with the editing to snap up the finished product.

The Next Two Tiers…

These second two tiers are the journalism production tiers. Journalism Productions are where a majority of professional videos fall because the quality is high enough while still being quite affordable. Journalistic videos can also be particularly appealing to an audience due to their unscripted feel and authentic presentation.

Tier 3 – Earned Journalism

When It Makes Sense

This is a bit of an x-factor. Earned journalism aka news journalism, is a possibility whenever your organization is doing something that is deemed newsworthy to the masses. If you have an event or cause that you feel is a great opportunity for News Journalism, make sure to let your local news stations know with plenty of lead time.

Production Quality?

Decent. News journalists are professionals with training and quality equipment. Ultimately, though, news stations must produce several newscasts throughout a day, so they don’t have much time to put the story together and it may be missing the depth or aspects that you’d like.

How Much Will It Cost?

It can really vary when it comes to getting the news to produce a piece on you. Usually, it doesn’t have any direct costs, but rather a combination of time and the costs for putting on a quality event or cause that intrigues the community and attracts the news.

Tier 4 – Hired Journalism

When It Makes Sense

There are a lot of things that happen that are a big deal to you and your specific audience, but it may not check the boxes for the mainstream media. Other times, even if it makes the news, you may want a more robust, well-rounded, story to share. That’s when hiring a professional video production team to tell your story makes sense.

Production Quality?

Good. Usually, there’s not a script, and the story is put together with first-person interviews. There are a minimal crew and minimal equipment during these productions. Many times the final video is accompanied by music, graphics, pictures, and text.

How Much Will It Cost?

A production like this is likely going to cost at least $2,000 and can be much more depending on the time needed and complexity of the production.

An example:

One of our values at Good Fruit is to help first and be a positive force for good in our community. In that spirit, we volunteer our services once a quarter to tell the story of an organization within our community. This is one such story.

Want more examples? Check out our Solutions Menu to understand what’s possible at what price point!

Tier 5 – Cinematic

When It Makes Sense

When you want a piece that’s more polished than a professional Journalism piece but doesn’t need to go full Hollywood, this is the right fit. Your video likely doesn’t utilize hired actors, a makeup artist, or music written for the piece, but there’s still a lot of thought and energy into creating a quality, polished piece.

Production Quality?

Great. There is more thought put behind the shot selection, likely more equipment, and a larger (but not massive) crew involved to make sure everything runs smoothly and the video is high quality. The final product will include the same elements as a Professional Journalism piece, but may also include some (or all) animation, and advanced picture and sound enhancements.

How Much Will It Cost?

A production like this can vary greatly depending on the overall scope, but you should expect to spend a minimum of $5,000 and the zeroes can tack on quickly depending on the scope.

An example:

We love working with our friends at SISU Mouthguards. Recently, we produced this commercial for them. Check it out!

Tier 6 – Hollywood

When It Makes Sense

When you need and want to wow your audience, this is the way to go. It’s likely that there is a script, a big crew, lots of equipment, actors, and logistics involved.

Production Quality?

Superior. There is a lot of planning behind every shot and every word in the video. All aspects of the video are controlled. The crew is large and the equipment is top-notch. The final video will be meticulously put together for a superior look and feel. The sound will be top-notch and it may include high-end graphics and animation.

How Much Will It Cost?

If you want a cinematic production, pull out the pocketbook. It is possible to get some things done for as little as $25,000, but depending on your end goal, you can add zeros to that price tag quickly.

So there you have it; a quick tour through the spectrum of video production. Every tier has its own time and place when they are the best choice for relaying information to your audience. If you utilize the proper videos at the proper places and times, the value will be immense. If you have further questions, please feel free to give us a shout! Thanks.

I Have A Great Video. Now What? 5 Ways to Get the Most Out of Your Video.

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Video is an amazing tool that can do some incredible things for your organization and brand, but like any other tool, it needs to be utilized correctly to get you all those results you hear about. We’re here to help you identify the ways you can get the most out of your videos.

1. Upload it to a Video Sharing Site.

The first thing is first. Utilizing a platform like Youtube or Vimeo will allow your video to automatically come up in web searches. Videos carry a lot of weight on the world wide web and so they carry the priority in searches. They also make it easy to share the video in emails or on webpages.

Helpful hint… Google (the #1 search engine) owns Youtube, so they prioritize that video content over others.

2. Send it in Emails

Whether it’s a sales e-mail or a newsletter, including links to videos are shown to improve open and conversion rates.

Helpful hint… programs such as Constant Contact and Mail Chimp allow specific tools for embedding videos.

3. Embed it in Your Website

Make sure the video is embedded in the appropriate place on your website. I.e. if it’s about your organization in general, have it on the Home Page. If it’s about a certain program, house it on the page about that specific program.

Helpful hint…Have the video near the top of the page, so viewers can watch it first and, if they’re interested, go into more detail by reading the text underneath.

4. Share it on social media for free

Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Tik Tok, and others allow you a free platform to share your video. The numbers will not be as large as those coming from television, but viewers watching a video online are much more targeted and are choosing to watch the video and those are the numbers you want!

There are also paid options for all these platforms. Putting a little money behind the post can exponentially increase the targeted views as well.

Helpful hint… Upload your video straight to Facebook allows for a much more interactive experience, as your video will automatically start playing in the same window, rather than making the viewer click on a link first and be redirected to where the video is housed.

5. WRITER’S CHOICE: Play it before speaking or at an event

When speaking in front of a group, you only have a finite amount of time to share information about your organization, program, event, product. Using a video allows you to provide a 10,000-foot view of whatever you’ll be speaking on, quickly, making the most of your time. You are then left with the opportunity to answer questions and elaborate on details that are most interesting to your audience.

I hope you found this article helpful in getting the most out of your video. There are several other ways to effectively share your video and as technology grows, the opportunities will also grow. If you would like to learn more, we suggest these articles by HubSpot. If you would like assistance with sharing your video, we’d suggest reaching out to one of the following organizations we’ve worked with in the past…

Smith Advertising

Inverve Marketing

Glow Social Media

Change Media Group

Need more assistance? We’re here to help! Just give us a shout.

So… How Much Will This Video Cost?

So… How Much Will This Video Cost?

Welcome to Good Fruit Video, where we’ve had the honor of collaborating with countless clients over the past decade and a half!  From products to services, we’ve worked with all sorts of fantastic folks, like you! One question we get asked time and again is, “How much will my video cost?”  Fear not, my friend, as we’re here to shed some light on the variables that determine the price of your video project. Let’s dive in and demystify the magic of video production costs.

Variable 1: The Planning

Planning is the secret sauce for an outstanding video. Answering key questions about your purpose, target audience, message, timeline, and delivery will set the stage for success. Then choose a style, from documentary to scripted (or a mixture of both), each approach has its pros and cons, depending on your project’s goals.

Variable 2: The Crew

The size and expertise of your crew can impact the price tag. Seasoned pros bring a different punch than raw talent, and both have their place! You can also consider tapping a member of your team, but remember, it might stretch their daily tasks. Choose your crew wisely and let them shine on set!

Variable 3: The Equipment

Lighting and sound are the dynamic duo of awesome videos! Understanding the need for extra equipment, like stabilization tools, will ensure your video’s quality shines brightly. Set the stage for success with top-notch gear. But a friendly reminder… high-quality equipment isn’t as important as a talented person or crew behind the camera!

Variable 4: The Travel

Lights, camera, action, but not before we get there!  If your video person or crew hits the road to capture footage, expect travel costs. Distance, crew size, and time on the road (or in the sky) will need to factor into your video budget. Multi-day shoots may also involve room and board charges. So, get ready if travel is involved.

Variable 5: The Shoot Time

Depending on the company, you might be charged per hour, half-day, or full-day. Plus, remember, setup and teardown take time too, so plan accordingly and make every minute count!

Variable 6: Post-Production

The magic doesn’t stop once the cameras do their dance. Post-production is where the story comes together. From creating narratives to adding captivating visuals, the editing process is a work of art! Color grading and sound tweaks add the finishing touches for video perfection!

Variable 7: Turnaround Time

Speedy delivery or relaxed timeline? Your desired turnaround time impacts the level of hustle required by the team, which will influence the cost. Don’t rush the masterpiece unless it’s needed!

Variable 8: Opportunity Cost

Some shoots are once-in-a-lifetime opportunities!  When time is of the essence, the stakes are high, and you’ll spare no effort to make it a blockbuster! Booking a videographer’s time is invaluable, as cloning tech is still in the works!

And the Non-Variable?

Video length doesn’t (or shouldn’t) hold too much power of price persuasion!  A short video might require extensive work through the whole process, while a longer piece could be basic and simple. What matters is the video’s impact on your goals!

So, what’s the cost of a video? It’s not a one-size-fits-all answer! It depends on the magic mix of variables tailored to your unique project. But hey, remember, what truly matters is the value your video brings to you!

Got more questions? Reach out anytime! We’re here to help you make your video dreams come true!  Thanks for joining us on this video voyage!

How Long Should My Video Be?

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This article might get a little uncomfortable. I’m about to share a secret with you that you may not want to hear. Ready?

No matter how much someone is interested in your product or company, no matter how much they love it or love you, you still only have a very very short amount of their time. In today’s society, it’s best to make a quick impression, they will respect you more for that. So, how long is that impression? Ten minutes? Five minutes? Three minutes? Try two minutes.

Yes, two minutes is the magic number. For now at least, until there are even more demands on people’s time, and then it’ll drop again. Here are a few questions or comments I’ve received when relaying this information.

We play our video at an event where everyone is there for us. Surely, our video can be longer then, right?

Maybe. No matter where you are, you’ll start to lose viewer’s attention exponentially after 2 minutes. Remember, just because a person is with you at an event, doesn’t mean they’re fully there. They still have a smartphone that is full of their e-mails, social media accounts, news articles, and videos, all vying for their time. They obviously care enough to be there in the room, but that doesn’t mean you have their undivided attention.

But we have so much information to share. We can’t share it all in two minutes.

This is true for nearly every organization, program, or event. Two minutes is rarely enough time for everything. Consider making one, 10,000-foot view video, that gives an overview and maybe touches on a few key messages. Then create multiple, bite-sized videos that share specific information about specific things. That way a viewer can pick and choose the information that’s most interesting or important to them. If you force viewers to sit through information they don’t care about, you will lose them.

Is there ever a time when videos can be longer and still be effective?

Training videos are the exception to the rule. However, breaking up training modules into smaller, bite-sized nuggets of information will still be more effective and help with overall information retention.

I hope this blog has been helpful for you. If you’d like more information about this, we’d recommend you check out this article by wistia. If we can help you any further, please give us a shout! Thanks!

Seven Things You Can Do to Save Time, Money and Headache in the Video Production Process


When it comes to creating top-notch , professional video content, hiring a video team is the key to success!  You might be wondering, “Is it worth the investment?” Oh, absolutely! With the expertise, experience, and top-quality equipment a professional brings, your return on investment can be astounding!  And we’ve got the tips to streamline your production and save time and money in the process! Let’s dive in!

1. Be Realistic

Investing in a pro team means setting a realistic budget.  If you’re tight on funds, consider student talents studying video production, but remember, a true pro (or team) delivers unmatched results! DIY is an option, but it can distract you from your core skills and make your organization seem unprofessional.

2. Be Specific

Get crystal clear about your vision!  The more details you provide about your project’s purpose, target audience, tone, key messages, and timeline, the closer the final piece will align with your dreams!  Nail down these specifics to get the best results!

3. Be Prepared

Preparation is the key to smooth sailing. Gather all your assets, like pictures and logos, in the right size and resolution. Go big with at least 1000 pixels in width and height. Vector files are ace if you have ’em, as they can resize without losing quality.

4. Don’t Wait

Procrastination won’t serve you well. Act promptly and decide if video is part of your upcoming plans (and it should be). Waiting till the last moment can be a headache and hurt your pocketbook.  Plan ahead and seize the opportunity!

5. If You Think You May Want It, Get It

Capture the magic moments.  Even if you’re unsure how you’ll use the footage right away, trust us, it’s better to have it than to regret not having it later!

6. Be Decisive and Thorough

To ensure a swift and successful project, review the full video thoroughly before providing edit notes. Get everyone responsible for the video to do the same. Being decisive and thorough keeps things on track.

7. Share Your Wares 

You’ve invested in a top-quality masterpiece!  Now, it’s time to showcase it to the world. Embed it on your website, share it on social media, and use it at presentations. The more you share, the greater the impact. Let your video shine!

We hope these tips make your video journey a breeze.  Remember, we’re always here to help you on your path to video greatness! Feel free to reach out anytime.  Thanks for tuning in, and here’s to your fruitful and fabulous video adventure!