Scripts are the most fundamental part of creating videos. You have the idea - now you need to realize it with a well-written script. But video scripts can be a little daunting to write. Before you start, everything seems foggy and unclear. After all, you must capture your entire message in just a few minutes and ensure it's engaging and interesting enough to keep people watching. But don't worry - writing a video script doesn't have to be hard! After starting you will have much more clarity on how you should proceed. This article will walk you through 8 easy steps for writing a video script that is both effective and engaging.
Why is it Important to Have a Script For a Video?
Before we get into how to write a script, it's essential to understand why you need one in the first place. An unscripted video is a mess to work with. Not only will it reflect negatively on the final product, but you will also be having a tough time working with it as you create. You may even get so frustrated you'll wish you'd never started it. That said, if you're a good public speaker and feel confident enough to improvise your way through, you don't need to have every word written down, but a simple outline with talking points will do the job for certain formats.
Having a script guarantees a better experience for your audience. It is essential for video because it allows you to communicate your message clearly and concisely. It helps keep the video focused and on track - without wandering off on tangents. Having a script enables you to plan the video ahead of time to ensure a smooth and cohesive final product.
As a tip, the more you rewrite your script, the better it gets, never worse. Make sure you're satisfied with your final result, at least to an extent for a start.
The 8 Steps to Writing a Script For a Video
Now that we know why writing a script is essential, let's learn how to do it. These eight steps will make the process much easier and less daunting:
Step One: Write a Video Brief
The first step in writing your video script is to create a video brief. This document includes all the critical information about your project, such as the purpose of the video, target audience, call to action, etc. This will be your north star throughout the video creation process, so make sure it is clear and concise.
Step Two: Define Your Objectives
The next step is defining your objectives. What do you want your video to achieve? Are you looking to increase brand awareness, drive sales, or do something else? Keep your objectives in mind as you write the script to ensure it is aligned with what you want to achieve.
Step Three: Create an Outline
Once you clearly understand your objectives, it's time to start creating an outline for your script. This will be a high-level overview of the key points you want to hit in your video. Include a beginning, middle and end, and make sure each section is clearly defined.
Step Four: Write the Script, Section by Section
Now it's time to start writing the actual script. Begin by introducing the topic of the video and outlining the key points you want to hit. Then, fill the middle with more information and stories to support your points. Finally, conclude the video with a call to action or another strong statement that will leave a lasting impression on your viewers.
Step Five: Edit the Script
Once you have the first draft of your script, it's essential to edit until you feel satisfied with it. Pay attention to the script's flow and ensure each sentence leads smoothly to the next. Cut out unnecessary information and tighten the language to make it more concise.
Step Six: Support Visuals and B-Rolls With Matching Statements and Callouts
In addition to the written script, you will need to consider how you will support your visuals with matching statements and callouts. This is important for ensuring your video looks professional and polished. Make sure all elements are aligned before moving on to the next step.
Step Seven: Do a Verbal Run-Through Off-Camera
Once you have a final draft of your script, do a verbal run-through off-camera. This will help you catch any errors or inconsistencies to make the necessary changes before recording the final video. It will help you find more clarity on the overall flow, conciseness and delivery of the message.
Step Eight: Record a Voice-Over
Now that you have a final script draft, record a voice-over. You can do this using Podcastle. You can have a studio-quality recording using just the most basic equipment. After you get your unedited audio track, you have multiple ways to improve your sound for the final cut.
Firstly, the Silence Remover feature enables you to remove all the unnecessary silence to make it sound smooth with just one click. The AI also helps you detect all the "filler" words in your audio to make removing them easier and step up the overall flow of your recording.
You can also turn your text into speech with the Revoice feature, choosing from a gallery of realistic AI voices. As the icing on the cake, if you still want the audio to sound more authentic without speaking into a microphone, you can now create a digital copy of your voice to seamlessly edit and create audio using a text editor.
Complete the final audio edit with multiple options Podcastle has for you. The Magic Dust feature will polish and clean your track from all background noise with just one click, independent of your recording device or the surrounding environment. With the auto-leveling tool, you can automatically adjust your audio to match the desired target loudness.
Bonus Pro Tip: Podcastle also lets you easily record remote video interviews. You can download your group recording with all participants in a clean, organized video file through a rendered video recording feature. After the recording session, make sure all the participants' videos are uploaded and processed. Ask the other participants to stay in the session for a brief moment after the recording to ensure proper file transfer. You will then receive your grid layout recording, fresh and clean!
By following these steps, you can easily write your video script. If it seemed daunting to you before reading this article, you should now have a clear idea about how to turn your next great idea into a great video project. Scripts give you much clarity, ease the process, boost effectiveness and productivity, and make it much more enjoyable for your audience to watch the final result.