Content Samurai/Vidnami Alternatives
While Content Samurai (CS) is great, every program has its flaws.
Whether you’re not happy with Content Samurai’s pricing, features, or something else, there are plenty of other options you’ll love.
In this post I’ll take a look at video-creating tools similar to Content Samurai that I’ve personally used.
That way you get a real comparison rather than someone pulling stuff off the sales page and pretending to have used the program.
Let’s jump right into it!
P.S. – If your main problem with Content Samurai is the pricing, you can click here to see how you can get it for up to 50% off.
What is Vidnami?
Quick sidenote: if you’re confused on the difference between Content Samurai and Vidnami, don’t be!
It’s the same exact program, just rebranded.
So you can replace one with the other with no problems.
The team is the same. The support is the same. And the program is exactly the same.
They just wanted to rebrand for some reason.
OK, let’s move on to the alternatives!
If you plan on using Content Samurai for VSL videos, EasyVSL is your best bet.
It’s a bit more of a “standard’ internet marketing software in that there are tons of upsells and the software isn’t of as high quality, but it will get the job done.
However, keep in mind that EasyVSL can only create VSL videos. That means you lose all of the other features that CS offers.
I did a complete comparison of EasyVSL & CS here, but here are the main differences:
- You have to download software & install EasyVSL on your computer. CS is in-browser
- They both have text-to-speech and robot voiceovers
- CS costs $35/mo or $297/year (if you get the discount) with no lifetime plan. EasyVSL costs $97 + $9.99/mo or $197/year with a way to get it for only $67. This cheaper plan is hidden but you can get it by visiting their site & getting retargeted on Facebook by the “special offer.”
- EasyVSL only allows for horizontal videos. CS has square videos also.
The Verdict: If you can get the lifetime EasyVSL plan and only plan on creating VSL-style videos, it’s a no brainer. However, if you plan on using video on social media and ads, then EasyVSL will not be enough.
While some people say that Lumen5 is an alternative to CS, I don’t buy it.
While they may similar at first glance and can create somewhat similar videos, the goals of both programs are completely different.
Lumen5 is designed for increasing engagement on social media.
CS is designed for sales videos with the ability to create social media videos.
The two tools have many differences and you can read my complete Lumen5 review here, but here’s the quick summary:
- L5 has a video limit length of 5 minutes. CS has no limits
- L5 is more expensive with their cheapest plan starting at $49/mo and the plan I would recommend at $79/mo. (The lowest plan only allows 720P videos & has a smaller video library)
- The higher tier L5 plan have a much larger video library than CS. 160,000,000+ videos VS ~2,000,000
- L5 has no voiceover features.
- L5 also has Instagram & Snapchat story templates and has more layouts.
- Both tools can automatically create videos from scripts.
The Verdict: Lumen5 is more expensive, but has a much larger media library and is designed for social media. If you plan on creating videos purely for social engagement (and without a voiceover) then get Lumen5’s Premiere plan. Otherwise, CS is the better option.
InVideo is in an interesting place.
On one hand it’s similar to Lumen5 as it’s more of a full-fledged video editor than Content Samurai.
On the other hand, L5 and CS can automatically create videos from scripts & InVideo’s “AI” is so weak I would say it’s non-existent.
You can read my complete InVideo review here, but here’s the quick summary:
- You can add voiceovers to InVideo & they have tons more templates
- But their “automatic video creation” only splits up the slides. The automatic video selection is pitiful
- However, they do have Instagram and Snapchat story templates
- But they do have a maximum video length of 15 minutes and 50 slides/scenes
- However InVideo is much cheaper than Content Samurai. Even without my 40% discount code you can get it for only $20/mo monthly and half of that yearly! With the discount it costs much less.
- But creating videos with InVideo is a bit more time consuming.
The Verdict: If you are short on cash, then get InVideo. It has some limits & isn’t perfect, but it’s a much cheaper option compared to CS.
Programs I Haven’t Used (Yet)
I haven’t used these programs yet, but some of them could potentially be a good alternative to Vidnami.
If you want me to try out any of the programs below, please contact me and I’ll do a complete review!
Veed.io looks very similar to the CS “influencer video” feature.
Basically it allows you to add subtitles to videos you already own.
From what I can see, they don’t have their own media library and don’t allow you to create more VSL style videos, but I could be wrong as I have not used this program. I’ve used Lumen5, InVideo, & EasyVSL, but not this one.
Overall they’re a bit cheaper than CS at $20/mo or $200/year, but they do have less features so you have to keep that in mind.
All in all they seem like a great option if you only need to create Influencer style videos.
This program seems to be very similar to InVideo, but more expensive. Not sure if it’s worth it.
This one seems more similar to Lumen5 than CS, but it’s incredibly popular so I felt like it had to be included.
There’s many other alternatives also, but I don’t see a point in overwhelming you with options I haven’t tried.
Basically the way I see it the choice is simple:
- For pure VSL videos, EasyVSL is great if you can get the lifetime plan
- For social media videos Lumen5 is unbeatable
- And if you want a variety of all and are on a budget then InVideo is the best alternative
Otherwise, Content Samurai is still the best option. 😉