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The Ultimate Guide to Scoping Out Your Next Video Project

Embarking on a video project is an exhilarating journey, offering endless opportunities to engage, inspire, and connect with your audience. However, the path to success requires careful planning, strategic thinking, and a clear understanding of your objectives and audience. In this comprehensive guide, we'll walk you through every step of scoping out your next video project, from defining your goals to selecting the right video vendor. Let's dive in!

Understanding Your Audience and Goals

Before diving into the creative process, it's essential to have a clear understanding of who your target audience is and what you hope to achieve with your video. Ask yourself: Who are you trying to reach? What message do you want to convey? What action do you want viewers to take after watching your video?

By defining your audience and goals upfront, you can tailor your video content to resonate with your viewers and drive the desired outcomes.

Exploring the Spectrum of Video Content (10 Options)

There are so many ways to tell a compelling story through visual media. Here are some different video use cases to consider:

1. Brand Storytelling/Narrative: Create immersive narratives that captivate your audience and showcase your brand's values, mission, and personality.

2. Testimonial/Case Studies: Build trust and credibility by sharing success stories and testimonials from satisfied customers or clients.

3. Explainers: Simplify complex concepts or processes and engage your audience with visually compelling explainer videos. 

4. Product Demonstrations: Showcase your products or services in action, highlighting key features, benefits, and use cases to drive conversions.

5. Behind-the-Scenes/Company Culture: Humanize your brand and foster authenticity by offering a behind-the-scenes look into your organization's culture, values, and team.

6. Documentary-style/Mini-Documentaries: Deepen your audience's understanding of a topic or issue with compelling documentary-style videos that inform, inspire, and provoke conversation.

7. Event Coverage/Highlights: Extend your reach and engage audiences with dynamic coverage of conferences, product launches, or community events.

8. Educational/Instructional Videos: Dive deep into your expertise and offer valuable insights, tips, or tutorials to educate and empower your audience.

9. Internal Communications: Create videos to onboard/onboard new employees, communicate with board members, or engage company leadership.

10. Social Media Shorts/Stories:Capture attention and drive engagement with short, snackable videos optimized for social media platforms.

Audio/Visual Elements

Once you’ve selected the type of video, it’s important to consider the audio/visual elements, or raw materials, that will come together in the video.


On-camera interviews with key stakeholders, customers, or experts and are great for showcasing authenticity and credibility. These allow respondents to answer questions in their own words. Unscripted interviews are also a powerful tool for creating a library of video content that can be used for a multitude of purposes.


Scripted Delivery

Scripted videos involve pre-written dialogue and carefully planned visuals, offering precise control over the message and tone. A script can either be delivered on camera, via an audio voiceover, or some combination of both. It’s important to consider  - who should deliver the script? Is it a company leader or will an actor suffice? Do we need to see them on the screen? Either way, a scripted video allows a clear understanding of exactly what the message is before the video is produced.

Original B-roll Footage

These supplementary shots, often captured without sound, help smooth transitions between scenes, emphasize key points, and add visual interest to your video production. By creating custom visuals tailored specifically for your project, you can ensure originality and alignment with your unique vision and goals. This original content adds authenticity and relevance to your video, distinguishing it from generic or recycled material and capturing the attention of your audience. 


Utilizing animation allows you to bring concepts, data, and narratives to life in a visually engaging and dynamic manner, captivating your audience's attention and enhancing their understanding. Whether through motion graphics or animated sequences, this creative tool enables you to convey complex ideas with clarity and creativity, making your video content more memorable and impactful.

Archival Media

By incorporating this pre-existing content, you can tap into a rich source of visuals and narratives that complement your own footage, offering perspective and insight that would otherwise be inaccessible. This footage might include existing company assets (photos, videos, branding materials), news footage, or other archival media.

Stock Footage

Accessing a library of licensable stock footage offers a convenient and cost-effective way to supplement your video production with high-quality visuals that align with your narrative needs. These pre-existing clips save time and resources while maintaining production value, allowing you to focus on crafting a compelling story without the need for extensive on-location shooting.

AI Generated Visuals

Leveraging artificial intelligence algorithms to generate or manipulate visual content opens up new creative possibilities and enhances production efficiency. By harnessing AI technology, you can streamline the video creation process, experiment with innovative storytelling techniques, and achieve visually stunning results that captivate and engage your audience.

User Generated Content

Integrating content created by your audience or participants adds authenticity, diversity, and community engagement to your video project. By showcasing real-life experiences, testimonials, or contributions from your audience, you can foster a sense of connection and belonging, building trust and loyalty among your viewers while expanding the reach and impact of your content.

Crafting the Perfect Call to Action (CTA)

Every successful video should include a clear and compelling call to action (CTA) that prompts viewers to take the next step. Whether it's visiting your website, signing up for a newsletter, or making a purchase, your CTA should align with your overall goals and provide a clear path for viewers to follow.

In-House vs. Video Vendor

When it comes to producing your video, you'll need to decide whether to tackle it in-house or enlist the help of a professional video vendor. Here are some pros and cons of each approach:


  • Pros: Greater control over the creative process, potentially lower costs, and faster turnaround times for smaller projects.

  • Cons: Limited expertise and resources, may lack professional equipment and software, may result in lower production quality.

Video Vendor:

  • Pros: Access to experienced professionals with specialized skills, state-of-the-art equipment and technology, and a streamlined production process.

  • Cons: Higher upfront costs, longer lead times for larger projects, potential communication challenges.

Choosing the Right Video Vendor

If you decide to work with a video vendor, finding the right partner is crucial. Here are a few factors to consider when selecting a video agency:

Experience and Expertise: Look for a vendor with a proven track record of producing compelling work. Ideally the vendor has both the strategic and creative tools to accomplish your goals.

Communication and Collaboration: Ensure that the vendor communicates effectively and is open to collaboration throughout the production process.

Budget and Timeline: Discuss your budget and timeline upfront to ensure alignment and avoid any surprises down the line.

At Opalite Media, we pride ourselves on our ability to deliver compelling, results-driven video content that captivates audiences and achieves our clients' objectives. With our team of experienced strategists and storytellers, we're here to bring your vision to life and help you stand out in today's crowded digital landscape.

By exploring the diverse range of video formats available, you can tailor your content to resonate with your audience and achieve your objectives effectively. Whether you're looking to educate, inspire, entertain, or inform, there's a video format to suit every need and goal.


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