UPDATE: I’ve updated this comparison review to reflect changes in both Instant Video Wizard and Content Samurai since the post was first written. Both online video creation apps have dropped significantly in price since then and Instant Video Wizard has had a user interface re-design, now reflected in the screenshots below.
There’s a new video creation tool on the block called Instant Video Wizard which has just gone on sale today. Instant Video Wizard has now been available for a couple of years.
You may have seen a previous post I wrote about my favorite video creation tool – Content Samurai. I also have a more extensive review of Content Samurai here.
I got an opportunity to get an early look at Instant Video Wizard, so here’s how these two tools stack up against each other…
How Videos Are Made
Both apps are cloud based and the tools can be accessed anywhere you have an internet connection. So there’s no difference there.
The only difference is in the rendering times due to the power of the servers each service uses. I haven’t used both tools in anger, so to speak, to test such differences, but my sense is that Instant Video Wizard is slower at rendering completed videos than Content Samurai. This could be due to the large number of people who are all buying it and testing it out and using it at the same time!
The method for creating videos is the same and it looks like Instant Video Wizard (IVW) is a clone of Content Samurai. The apps come from entirely different companies and I think Jon Leger, who’s behind IVW used the look of Content Samurai videos and tried to improve on those.
In both apps, you paste in a text script which gets turned into slides, with each slide showing a couple of lines of text.
Both apps also auto-select background images to use on slides, based on keywords in the text on that slide. Instant Video Wizard does allow you to fine tune the keywords for a slide so you can get more relevant background images.
Both apps also allow to to select a specific image to use on a slide.
In Content Samurai, images are added to auto-fit the width of a slide. This can result in the top and/or bottom of a slide being cropped. IVW seems to auto-fit images into the slide which can result in distorted images (people can look short, fat and ultra-wide but none of the image is cropped).
For a bit of dynamism, Content Samurai allows background images to zoom in or out. Instant Video Wizard instead allows background images, and the text portion of slides to slide in and out from various directions (e.g. background image slides in from the left and text slides in from the right).
Instant Video Wizard also provides thousands of animated backgrounds that can be added to slides, an option only recently added to Content Samurai.
Both apps also allow you to position text at the center, top, bottom, left or right of a slide. Each slide can have its text positioned individually.
Both apps also provide royalty-free music tracks to add you your videos. Instant Video Wizard has thousands of tracks, categorized by music genre whereas Content Samurai only has a few tens of tracks.
Both apps allow you to upload your own music track should you prefer that option.
Again, both apps allow you to record your own voiceover or to upload a pre-recorded voiceover.
Instant Video Wizard’s Extras
In addition to the much larger libraries of background images, animated backgrounds and music tracks, Instant Video Wizard also contains a library of tens of thousands of PLR articles on a huge range of topics.
So, if you’re ever stuck for a script for a video, you can just import one of these articles and get going.
UPDATE: Motion backgrounds are now available in Content Samurai. There’s a library of over 700,000 to choose from which comes with your subscription.
Instant Video Wizard also includes cutting-edge text-to-speech technology so if you don’t want to record your own voice, you can use one of the 14 English (Male and Female) voices (in USA, British, Australian, Indian and Welsh flavors).
This feature is not in Content Samurai and to achieve the same effect with it, I had to use an external text-to-speech service to record a voiceover, process that through Camtasia and then import the resulting file into Content Samurai – a much more laborious process.
UDDATE: Content Samurai now offers its own in-built text-to-speech feature with some very good-quality voices (though all are English speaking).
In Instant Video Wizard, if you want to create videos in another language, there are options to translate between Danish, Dutch, English, French, French-Canadian, German, Icelandic, Italian, Japanese, Norwegian, Polish, Portugese, Brazilian Portugese, Romanian, Russian, Castilian Spanish, US Spanish, Swedish, Turkish and Welsh(!). English has the widest range of voices available.
The translation feature will translate both the script and do the voiceover for you. This gives you a huge opportunity to target your videos at countries you’ve currently ignored due to the language barrier.
Again, this is not a feature in Content Samurai. While Content Samurai does now have a text-to-speech voiceover option, voices are only in English. There is still no translation option for text scripts.
Both apps do allow you to add watermarks to your videos so you can brand them with a logo and/or web address.
Instant Video Wizard also allows you to upload your rendered videos directly to YouTube. With Content Samurai, you have to first download the video to your PC or device and then manually upload the video to YouTube. This can be a bonus though if you also want to upload your video directly to Vimeo, Facebook or Instagram.
Instant Video Wizard also includes a sizeable number of audio, image and video transitions that you can add to your video creations (
again, Content Samurai doesn’t have these).
UPDATE: Content Samurai does have a limited set of video transitions now.
You can also add AfterEffects animations, such as kinetic text, into your Instant Video Wizard videos, something also not included with Content Samurai.
All in all, Instant Video Wizard has over 500,000 assets (images, backgrounds, articles, etc.) at your disposal,
a much larger selection than is available with Content Samurai (which contains no animated backgrounds or articles).
UPDATE: Content Samurai can now also use motion video clips in its videos. There’s a library of 700,000 clips to use. And 125,000+ music tracks are now available to use directly inside Content Samurai. Square-format video templates, better for posting on social media, are also provided now.
Instant Video Wizard is $47 per month.
Content Samurai is normally $47 per month but there’s a 25% discount through this special link, so you’d pay $35/mth.
Both of these online video creators were initially much more expensive. Competing in the same market has meant that the subscription fees have come down significantly. Good news for us consumers.
Instant Video Wizard was initially $497/year during its launch phase. Then, after that, the price rose to $997/year. After appeals by potential customers, the $97/month fee was introduced. That then dropped to $67/month and dropped again to $47/month price. They were obviously feeling the heat from Content Samurai’s competitive pricing.
Content Samurai itself was originally $97/month but after Instant Video Wizard was released they dropped the regular fee to $47/month where it now stands. The 25% OFF coupon reduces that fee to $35/month. They hold irregular sales where they drop the price to $29/mth. Sign up to my email list if you want to be notified when these sales are on.
I’ve made quite a few videos on various topics with Content Samurai over the last few months. One feature I was looking for was the ability to make square videos that are optimized for display on Facebook and Instagram. Content Samurai now has that feature but I’ve had difficulty in uploading square videos to Instagram through a 3rd-party app I use.
Something in the transcoding of square videos goes wrong. I’ve even run them through Any Video Converter to see if that would help (it didn’t). I don’t know if this is a Content Samurai issue or an issue with the 3rd-party video uploader I’m using to post on Instagram.
Rectangular videos upload to Instagram fine though.
- The addition of that square video feature took a couple of months in Content Samurai whereas Instant Video Wizard came with the feature already built in.
- New features are constantly being added to Instant Video Wizard at a far faster pace than to Content Samurai.
- The bigger music library, in addition to the library of PLR articles, make Instant Video Wizard a product that gives you more bang for your buck than Content Samurai. This is no longer as much of a pro as Content Samurai now provides its own text-to-speech feature, 700,000 motion backgrounds and 125,000 music tracks.
- The additional features in Instant Video Wizard outweigh the 25% discount available for Content Samurai.
- Instant Video Wizard is a more complex tool than Content Samurai so its learning curve is quite a bit steeper. If you prefer a point-and-click solution to making videos, Content Samurai would be the better option for you.
- Video rendering times are much slower than Content Samurai but it’s something you get used to.
- Some images are stretched to fit the dimensions of the video so subjects can look squashed and stretched. I find this very annoying as it’s not how I want my videos to look but others have no problem with it. Whether your audience are put off by this is or not is what really matters.
- Instant Video Wizard has hung (stopped working) for me several times, especially when trying to create longer videos. When that happens, the entire video is lost and you have to start from scratch. Content Samurai is rock solid and I’ve never hit any bugs or hiccups when using it.
While Instant Video Wizard isn’t perfect – it’s slower than Content Samurai and the images that are stretched really annoy me, especially after I contacted Support about the issue, it is a much more comprehensive product.
I sat in on a webinar during launch that gave an inside look at Instant Video Wizard and various ways you can use the videos you generate to make money.
On the basis of that and the additional features it has over Content Samurai, I cancelled my Content Samurai subscription (but see below).
However, a few weeks later, Content Samurai ran one of their very rare special offers and I reopened my account with them.
Some of the issues with Instant Video Wizard I outlined above, especially images that are in the wrong aspect ratio, made me return to using Content Samurai.
IVW’s slow video render times also pushed me towards using the faster Content Samurai again for some videos.
I find, despite the larger feature set in Instant Video Wizard that I actually use Content Samurai more often to create videos, because it is the easier to use and it’s rock solid. It’s frustrating to lose all your work when Instant Video Wizard hangs. It’s rare but it does happen.
Nevertheless, I do own and use both tools.
UPDATE: Since writing this review, I have cancelled my Instant Video Wizard subscription and I now exclusively use Content Samurai.
Many of the features I mentioned that were not in Content Samurai have now been added.
The somewhat flaky nature of Instant Video Wizard and the loss of video and time when it would have a hiccup became a deal breaker for me.
Also since writing this review, I’ve written a much more comprehensive review of Content Samurai in this post and included some of the videos I’ve made with it.
There are some additional video resources about how to use videos created with Content Samurai on this page, along with a bonus package I now offer.
It’s now been a while since I used Instant Video Wizard and it’s possible that the issues I had with it have now been resolved. I know that some marketers really love the app. It does still have a bigger feature set than Content Samurai and so you can make more unique looking videos with it.
There is a “sameness” about how Content Samurai videos look. The text captions are easily identified as being from the app once you get to know it. That’s not a black mark against it since most viewers won’t know its signature look. Instant Video Wizard has more dynamic text options which can be used to set your videos apart.
I do know one Content Samurai user really cranks out the videos with little editing and now has over 1,000,000 subscribers to his YouTube channel. He created informational videos rather than promotional videos.
So it all comes down to what you want out of an online video creation tool. Both apps are very good at what they do. Neither is perfect but one will probably fit your style of working and create the type of videos you want, rather than the other.
I’ve created a package of 27 bonuses, all of which are related in one way or another to the topic of video marketing (which is what you’ll be using Instant Video Wizard or Content Samurai for). Many have PLR rights included so you can offer them as bonuses yourself.
You’ll get these bonuses automatically if you decide to buy through any of my links on this page.
You can see the full list of my Instant Video Wizard bonuses here
If you’d prefer to get Content Samurai instead…
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16 thoughts on “Instant Video Wizard Vs Content Samurai – Which One Wins Out?”
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Since video is so important to our getting the message out, it is so timely to see this review.
Knowing what really works helps so much. And adding video to our posts give us a much higher range of visibility.
This helped me so much.
In peace and gratitude, ariel
Thanks, Ariel. Another thing I’m starting to look at is using some of my videos on YouTube as actual ads – the kind of ads you see before the main video you want to watch and ads that appear above the “Up Next” section on a YouTube page. This is another, although non-free, way of getting your videos in front of more eyeballs.
Instant Video Wizard now don’t have a Storyblock and other content sources. It looks poor now
Thanks for letting me and my readers know, Maxim. I no longer have an Instant Video Wizard account. I stick to Content Samurai. Plus, I can offer anyone interested a substantial discount on monthlyy fees and my bonus package here. It’s a much easier app to use.
Hi, great comparison review & appreciated as I am a Content Samurai customer though always looking at what’s around, but you have saved me lots of time as I won’t bother with IVW. My biggest challenge is finding a Freelancer to make my Content Samurai videos ! I am actually a local digital marketer with local trade business customers, who are perfect for Content Samurai videos – short, quick, supply their own images & short video clips etc. However looking for Freelance with quick turn around time & proficient in CS …
Hi Alison, the only thing I can suggest is to look for freelancers on sites like https://www.freelancer.com/, https://www.guru.com/ and https://www.upwork.com/.
There’s a free webclass here on how to outsource that may be of some use.
This indeed was helpful in making a decision to go with content samurai. Currently, it seems no other alternative matchup with it. The hanging of IVW is scary.
Hopefully, other competitors come up and we have price crashes to make Content samurai even cheaper and much affordable for many
I use Content Samurai almost exclusively too because of the ease of creation and rendering. However, BOTH products along with the OVERWHELMING majority of video/image/graphic resources is the…BLATANT lack of ETHNIC features!!! Both products have NO ethnic voice over feature relevant to people of color. ALL are white anglo-European. This has been and continues to be one of the BIGGEST problems with internet resource creators/developers.
You raise a very good point, Yancey. I know that Instant Video Wizard had more voices to choose from than Content Samurai currently has but you’re right, they were all emulated voices of white people, with some country and regional accents.
Have you contacted both companies about this issue? Since the voices are generated via software, it shouldn’t be difficult to create ethnic voice profiles. It’s likely though, that both companies have just bought licenses to use the voices from another company. But there may be additional ethnic voices that both could add to their inventory if you ask.
Thanks for the very detailed comparison. I’m still stuck on which one to go for.
I am looking for simplicity and speed.
I was hoping to take PLR articles and transform them into videos, and then perhaps sell the ready-made videos or article packs with videos to save others time.
I think I’m going to try content samurai, just because you mentioned the rendering seems a bit faster which is important if you wanting to create 100s
Thanks again, awesome site by the way!
I was really looking for a review like this.
It was very interesting to read everything.
I am a beginner, and this software will be very helpful to me I think.
But I do have a question, is the $ 35 / month offer still valid?
Yes, the offer is still valid, Wim, but you’d be better off going through this page so you can get my bonus package as well:
Hi Gary. I really find your post useful after several trials online to get the perfect video marketing tool. I’m very interested in making video ads for local and online businesses. I have zero skills and knowledge on how to do that? Thanks in advance!
Hi Dylan, I really need to update this post as the Content Samrurai brand name has now been retired and Vidnami is the new brand name. The video creation product is the same, it just has a different name and it’s still being run and developed by the same company. I wrote a post about the reasons for the name change on one of my other blogs.
I’m an affiliate for both Vidnami / Content Samurai and Instant Video Wizard and what I see from my stats is that subscribers stay far longer with Vidnami / Content Samurai than Instant Video Wizard. That kinda backs up my assertion that Vidnami / Content Samurai is the better of the tools as far as customers are concerned.
Vidnami (as I’ll refer to it from here on out) is designed for the inexperienced. Before I started using the tool, I messed about with video cameras and camera phones and used a variety of video editing software to edit the recordings into something watchable. But I hated seeing myself on camera and I hated the monotone in which I spoke.
I think that’s a common fear a lot of people who would like to make videos have.
Vidnami puts all that aside.
All you have to do is write your script (just as you’d write a blog post). Use one sentence per line as that gets better results. And tell Vidnami to create a video.
It will then analyse your script for keywords and pick suitable videos from its extensive library to use as motion backgrounds to make up your video.
Once that’s done, you can add a royalty-free music track, again from its extensive library.
If you want to have a voiceover but don’t want to speak yourself on the video, you can use the inbuilt text-to-speech feature to create the voiceover for you.
They sound pretty good, not like the computery-sounding voices of old.
In fact, most of my videos use the “Harry” voice in Vidnami.
If you want to brand your videos, you can add a watermark to them. I frequently add my website address this way.
If you have intro or outro videos you want appear before and/or after the main video, you can upload those and add them at the right place.
All this is done by clicking buttons and selecting options. There is no technical know-how needed and you don’t have to have any experience in making videos to create top-quality videos with Vidnami.
Take a look at these 5 short videos that show you just how easy it is to create different types of video with Vidnami.
And there’s a longer video here that again shows how easy it is to create videos from anywhere using your PC or laptop.
So don’t be put off by the idea that because you don’t know how to make videos that it will be difficult, technical and/or time consuming to create videos.
Vidnami was created for people just like you and me, who see the possibilities in creating videos, but who don’t have the skills of professional videographers.
Try Vidnami out free for 14 days and see if you like it or not. At the end of the trial, you’ll be given the opportunity to get a Lifetime 25% discount on fees (so you’d pay $35/mth instead of $47). Or you can skip to the Lifetime 25% discount here.
If you’re interested in bonuses, here’s my bonus package for buying through my links.
All the best,