TOP super affordable explainer video software (monthly plans)!

This post gives you a complete list of top-notch DIY software for your explainer video.

After comparing various subscription plans, the top-end monthly plan turns out to be cheaper and loaded with features.

Why cheaper? Because you get to make loads of videos per month. In some cases, 30 per month; make a video every day. In some cases, unlimited!

This brings down your per video cost to a very tiny amount. In some cases, as low as $0.2! Yes, you read it right, 20 cents per video!

Talking about this list, let’s make sure we aren’t comparing apples to pumpkins. These aspects are common in every software from the list.

  1. Full HD (1080p) videos and premium options
  2. We will only keep the video limit to 5 mins (remember, we are talking about promo explainer videos).
  3. All of these are online software and seemingly easy to use
  4. All the plans are top tier (in terms of features).
  5. This list is ordered ONLY by the lowest monthly price. It doesn’t cover aspects like value for money, functionality, ease of use, support, etc (let’s leave that to another blog post).

#1 – InVideo

InVideo (affiliate link) is a Live action and image-based video creator. You can create your explainers from hundreds of stock videos, images, and music.

What features do you get?

  • 1000+ premium online video designs allowing you a lot of choices
  • Thousands of images, stickers and text boxes

You get 3 options to create your explainer video.

  • Convert a script, article or blog post to a video
  • Use pre-made templates
  • Start from scratch using the video editor

Pricing

  • Per month cost (Professional plan) – $6 ($4 if you pay annually)

  • Number of videos that can be made – 30

  • Other benefits –
    • Access to 100+ curated templates – It’s always good to have a variety!
    • License to resell – Make awesome videos, put your price (you are only paying 20 cents per video) and sell it to your customers!
    • Unlimited users – Do you have a team? Now all can access the platform and achieve your collective goal!
    • No InVideo watermark – Most obvious. If you are paying for something, why should you get a watermark?

  • Trial available – Yes. A forever free plan, with all the features. Export 60 videos per month with the Invideo watermark.

#2 – Videoscribe

Videoscribe is a whiteboard animation platform (hand drawing fancy scribbles and doodles).

What’s in the box?

  • Instant access to a library of thousands of customizable images (4500+) and music
  • Support from a professional team and a community

Usage:

  • Easy to use drag and drop functionality

Pricing

  • Per month cost (Single users monthly plan) – $17.5
  • Number of videos that can be made – unlimited
  • Trial available – Yes. Free trial for 7 days. No credit card needed. Create as many videos as you want and keep them (but with the Videoscribe watermark)

#3 – Wave.video

Wave.video is a platform to create Live action and image videos from templates.

A sneak peek

  • Never get tired of using the same stock footage – Use a stock library of millions (300 million) of objects and hundreds of templates.
  • Want to upload to all your social media accounts? Don’t worry about manual resizing. You get social media-ready popular sizes (30+).
  • Customize like crazy! Spice up the stock footage. A lot of customizations including stickers and GIFs (direct access to Giphy).
  • Make videos as per your brand. Choose colors, text, and fonts to suit your brand.

Options to create:

  • From scratch using the media library
  • From pre-made templates

Pricing

  • Per month cost (PRO business plan) – $49
  • Number of videos that can be made – unlimited
  • Trial available – Yes. A forever free plan. Create as many videos as you want (but with the Wave.video watermark)

#4 – RawShorts

With Rawshorts (affiliate link), you can create animation, whiteboard animation, live-action, image (presentation) based videos.

What is different?

  • If you don’t want the hassles of doing anything. Let the AI engine help you!

    Just upload your text script or point your blog post and relax. Take a coffee break. The smart AI engine will create a video for you. Review and customize and you are done.
  • If you are short of script ideas, you can use their templates and the script generator.
  • Get spoilt by choice – You get access to over 1 million media assets (videos, images, animations, and whatnot).
  • Don’t want to use AI? Use ready-to-use templates (live-action, animation, whiteboard, presentations, socials posts).
  • Stand-out in social media by using the FREE social video calendar and make your event-based explainers 

Create your explainers using these options

  • Using the AI-based platform. It can create animated videos directly from a script, blog post or article.
  • From scratch using the media library
  • From pre-made templates

Pricing

  • Per month cost (Essential plan) – $49
  • Number of videos that can be made – 25
  • Trial available – Yes. A free 7-day trial. No credit card is needed. You get 5 video exports (but with the Rawshorts watermark).

#5 – Moovly

The feature breakdown.

Moovly is a platform to create Live action, animation, and whiteboard animation videos.

  • Use Moovly studio to create videos from 75 million media objects
  • Like a media object from the library? Go ahead and animate it. You can animate any media object of your choice.
  • Want to mass-produce videos? Use the Moovly Automator.
    Warning: It’s easy to get overboard. Don’t be a video spammer.

How do you make videos?

  • Using the online media editor
  • From pre-made templates

Pricing

  • Per month cost (Pro monthly plan) – $49
  • Number of videos that can be made – 25
  • Trial available – Yes. A forever free plan. No credit card is needed. Create as many videos as you want (but with the Moovly watermark)

#6 – Animaker

Animaker is a platform to create animated explainer videos. You can choose from 6 different styles. And when you combine them, you can create as many as 720 different styles! That’s like creating 1 different style every day for 2 years!

What’s in the package?

  • Never bore your audience. Choose 6 different styles like 2D, 2.5D, Handcraft, Infographics, Typography, and Whiteboard.
  • Who said whiteboard animation has to have a ‘whiteboard’? You get 5 unique whiteboard styles.
  • Turn your infographic into an awesome video with the Video Infographic maker.
  • Make your animation stand out by using pro-level features and scene transitions.
  • Want to make a quick presentation? Pull the video you created and turn it into a presentation.
  • Give life to your videos with text-to-speech, music tracks and so on.

Create your animated explainer using

  • A simple drag and drop interface with hundreds of pre-made animations
  • Pre-made templates

Pricing

  • Per month cost (Business plan) – $59
  • Number of videos that can be made – 100
  • Trial available – Yes. A forever free plan. No credit card is needed. Create 5 videos per month (but with the Animaker watermark)

#7 – Animatron Studio

Animatron Studio is a platform to create animated, whiteboard, live-action, and presentation-based explainer videos.

What’s in this studio?

  • Big variety of pre-animated sets, characters, props, and backgrounds to tell your own story
  • Fully customize each object including all animations

You can create your videos using

  • A simple drag and drop interface online editor

Pricing

  • Per month cost (Business plan) – $60
  • Number of videos that can be made – Unlimited
  • Trial available – Yes. A forever free plan. Create 5 projects (but with the Animatron watermark)

#8 – Lumen 5

Lumen 5 is an A.I. powered platform to create live-action and presentation style videos from the stock library.

What is it exactly?

  • AI-based text to video technology allows to create your explainers from an online or offline and RSS feeds
  • Videos are optimized automatically for the right scene length, text positioning and highlighting
  • You get branding options to match the video with your brand logo, colors, and font
  • Options to format video size and resolution

You can create your videos

  • Automatically by providing a text script, blog post link or an RSS feed.
  • By using hundreds of pre-made templates

Pricing

  • Per month cost (Premium plan) – $79
  • Number of videos that can be made – Unlimited

Trial available – Yes. A forever free plan. Create 5 videos every month (but with the Lumen 5 watermark)

#9 – Vyond

With Vyond (earlier GoAnimate) you can create animated, whiteboard, live-action, and fusion explainer videos.

What does it offer?

  • Full-scale customization – Customize almost any template or asset
  • Make your videos pop-out with realistic lip-sync, action and animation

You can create your videos

  • From scratch using many in-built assets
  • By using many pre-made templates

Pricing

  • Per month cost (Premium plan) – $89
  • Number of videos that can be made – Unlimited
  • Trial available – Yes. A 14-day free trial. No credit card needed. Create unlimited videos (but with the Vyond watermark)

#10 – Wideo

Using Wideo, create animated and image (presentation) based explainer videos.

What can you do with Wideo?

  • Tailor your videos as you like. You get the flexibility to animate all objects and scenes.
  • Absolutely love a particular scene from a video? Save that scene, make small changes and reuse in another video!
  • You have written your script but are not able to visualize the scenes. Use the FREE storyboard creator to create a well-planned explainer video.

You can create your videos

  • Using an online editor from scratch
  • Using hundreds of pre-made templates

Pricing

  • Per month cost (Pro plan) – $99
  • Number of videos that can be made per month – Unlimited
  • Trial available – Yes. A 7-day trial. No downloads are included during the trial.

#11 – Renderforest

With Renderforest (affiliate link) you can create animated, whiteboard, presentation, stock motion, and image-based videos.

What’s underneath?

  • You can create videos for any occasion or event you can think of. There are a variety of video categories to choose from.

    Create cartoons, music visualizations, logo animations, intro and outro videos and lots more. For example, you have 14 different categories for logos and intros alone.
  • Ready-to-use ‘packs’ and ‘toolkits’ for various explainer video styles. Each pack comes with hundreds of scenes. Easily mix and match the scenes.

You can create your videos

  • Using thousands of pre-built easy to use templates

Pricing

  • Per month cost (the Popular plan) – $109
  • Number of videos that can be made per month – 30
  • Trial available – Yes. A forever FREE account. Create unlimited videos (but with the Renderforest watermark).

#12 – Mysimpleshow

A sample video created using the MySimpleShow trial version

Mysimpleshow (affiliate link) allows you to create cut-out whiteboard explainer videos.

Most of the whiteboard platforms use a hand scribbling each image with a pen or pencil.

Mysimpleshow discards the pen. It uses only the hands to place awesome cut-out images in the video.

With Mysimpleshow you can do pretty neat things.

  • Don’t know where to start? Don’t have a story? Follow the simple storyboard template.
  • Upload your Powerpoint script and let MySimpleShow do the magic!
  • Didn’t plan for a voiceover artist? Use the sophisticated text-to-speech tool!

Create your videos

  • Using an online editor from scratch
  • Using hundreds of pre-made templates

Pricing

  • Per month cost (Business plan) – $149
  • Number of videos that can be made per month – Unlimited
  • Trial available – Yes. A forever free plan. Create unlimited videos, without any download options (but with the Mysimpleshow watermark). You have the option of exporting the video to Youtube (like I have done).

Readers of this post can avail of a 20% discount by clicking Mysimpleshow (affiliate link) and using code MYDEAL20 during check-out.

#13 – Explee

With Explee, you can create animated whiteboard explainer videos.

What do you get?

  • A custom-made image bank (6000 images). That’s a lot!
  • The option to animate any image of your choice.
  • Unique effects to present your images – in and out effects and transitions.
  • Built-in audio editor and text-to-speech system for recording voiceovers.

You can create your videos

  • Using an online editor from scratch
  • Using hundreds of pre-made templates

Pricing

  • Per month cost (Creative plan) – $149
  • Number of videos that can be made per month – Unlimited
  • Trial available – Yes. A 14-day trial. Create unlimited videos (but with the Explee watermark).

NOTE – Make sure to cancel your monthly plan beforehand if you don’t need it anymore. Your card will be charged every month until you decide to cancel.

Final thought – Choose the one which is the best fit for the style of explainer video you want to make.

Not interested in monthly plans? Go for this list of explainer video software with pay-per-video plans.

Featured image credit –
Photo by Chimene Gaspar on Unsplash

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