A Masterclass in Video Production: Learn From the Pros

Michelle Martin
Contributing Writer
Published27 Oct, 2023

You’ve got a great idea, but how do you actually make it into a world-class video? By understanding the most important thing to get right during every phase of the video production process. This is your checklist for how to produce “go viral” video content, with advice from professional video production pros.

Get an idea, hit record, throw some captions and a filter on and upload. Ba-da-bing, right? Not quite.

Say no to haphazard video production that doesn’t fuel long-term growth or get you the views or video marketing results you want. Instead, treat video production like any other part of your marketing strategy: As its own dedicated, repeatable and scalable process.

Here’s how to set up a proper video production process so you can film more, and better, content—starting today.

What is Video Production?

Video production is how you turn video ideas into reality. Essentially, it’s the process of creating video content.

Video production is much more than simply picking up a camera and hitting the record button. For consistent, high-quality video marketing, you have to plan out ideas, write scripts, arrange talent and/or locations, film the content and edit your footage to tell your story in an engaging way.

In general, the video production process consists of the following steps:

  1. Pre-production
    1. Strategy
    2. Concepting/scripting
    3. Planning

  2. Production
    1. Shooting

  3. Post-production
    1. Editing
    2. Publishing and distribution
    3. Analysis

The Video Production Process (Step-by-Step)


Like a football coach making a game plan and huddling their team before a big matchup, your pre-production process sets your video up for the best chance of success.


Before you make a video, you need to understand why you’re making it. What purpose does it serve? Or, in business terms, which goal is it connected to?

If you’re among the one in five marketers who say they don’t currently have a video strategy, don’t sweat.

Your strategy doesn’t need to be a huge document. Start by answering four key questions:

  1. Why do you want to do video?
  2. Who are you making videos for?
  3. What are you going to make videos about?
  4. How are you going to make videos?

It’s tempting to jump into video to catch up to your competition on social media, but having a clear strategy from the beginning will help keep your content consistent—and consistently producing results for you.

Video is the heart of the brand living on the outside of the company.

Anja Thompson (Wilkens)
Anja Thompson (Wilkens)Senior Producer at Superside

Your strategy sets the tone, expectations and plan for how that video lives outside your company, so don’t neglect having one.

Need help with yours? Check our best video marketing strategy tips.

Concepting and scripting

Depending on the type of video you’re creating, your script may need to be written out word-for-word, or simply include a list of talking points. Long-form videos, like YouTube features, tend to require more of an outline with talking points to keep you on topic. Most creators end up speaking from their experience in their own words.

However, if you’re filming an ad, brand video or hiring a host to deliver a video script for you, you’ll want to write out a detailed script so your host knows exactly what to say, and how to say it.

The concepting and scripting phase takes a video from a mere idea into the first stage of production by getting it ready to film. While some video formats break these rules, most video scripts contain:

  • A hook: Start off with the key point of the video to get people’s attention and keep them interested enough to watch the rest.
  • An intro: Usually only for longer form videos, the intro is a quick one to two sentence overview of who you are and what you create content about. Or, for brands, what your company does.
  • The main body: This is the meat of your video. Usually broken up into three to five sections or key points, this is the part where you communicate your main idea.
  • An outro: Here you’re wrapping up the video. Summarize the key points from your video, offer a last concluding thought and segue into...
  • A call-to-action (CTA): Direct your audience somewhere else. That can be to watch another video, to visit your website or a landing page or any other action you want people to take, including simply subscribing or following you.

There’s no wrong way to write a script, as long as it works with your video production process and vision. However, Thompson recommends ensuring you’re hooking viewers early on, “within the first five seconds, every time.”


Before it’s time to shoot your video, you need to have a production plan.

A good production plan includes:

  • A detailed creative brief
  • The video script
  • A schedule for the filming day
  • A list of all the shots you need to put the video together

Having an understanding of what goes into shooting a video and having a detailed plan is golden. That way you have the right people doing the right things at the right time, so everything moves faster with less hiccups on shooting day.

Anja Thompson (Wilkens)
Anja Thompson (Wilkens)Senior Producer at Superside

At minimum, include these basics in your production plan:

  • The shooting day location(s)
  • Times of when everyone involved in the project should arrive (and dates, if a multi-day shoot)
  • Key personnel list and contact information
  • Weather forecast (if shooting outdoors)
  • Emergency information, such as where the nearest hospital is or where to find First Aid personnel on set
  • Parking information (e.g. street, lot, underground, special instructions or permits)

For your shot list, detail each shot being filmed that day and when break times start and finish. Your video doesn’t need to be shot in a linear way. Some shots that appear later in the video may be shot first for logistics or staffing reasons. Order your shot list in the sequence they’ll be filmed, not necessarily how they’ll appear in the video.

This is sometimes called a “call sheet” in the film industry and serves as a daily schedule document to keep production running smoothly.

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You made it to shooting day! With your thoughtful prep work and planning, the day may still feel hectic, but will go off without a hitch.


Obviously, shooting advice isn’t one-size-fits-all, as every video production is different. It also changes drastically whether you plan to shoot your own video or hire a professional video production team, like Superside.

If you’re DIY-ing production, here are a few top tips:

  • Lighting: Is your host and/or scene well-lit? You don’t necessarily need fancy lights—natural light from a large window is often enough for talking head videos, for example—but pay attention to shadows on faces, and if it’s easy to tell your subject (e.g. person) apart from the background.
  • Keep your camera steady: You can film great videos with your mobile phone or you may be using the latest and greatest pro camera. Either way, you could shoot in 16K but if it’s bumpy and jarring, no one will watch it. Use a tripod, stabilizer or slow and steady movements to keep your footage natural and pleasing.
  • Capture great audio: Good quality audio makes or breaks the success of your video, whether it’s a TikTok or 30 minute YouTube video (especially if it’s a YouTube video!). You don’t need the most high-tech equipment, but invest in a microphone system to ensure your host comes across clear and to minimize distracting background noise, like wind or that old fan in the corner.

Besides creating a well-lit, comfortable set with good audio and steady camera equipment, Thompson’s best advice on shooting day is to follow the “10 second rule:”

Record 10 seconds of video before you say “Action!” and 10 seconds after the host stops speaking. It’s easy for an editor to cut out, but if you miss a line, no one can add it back in.

Anja Thompson (Wilkens)
Anja Thompson (Wilkens)Senior Producer at Superside

Unlike most things in life, more really is better when it comes to video production. It’s better to have too much footage and be selective with editing versus not having enough to work with.



If you’ve never edited a video before, you may be surprised how much time and effort goes into video editing to maximize audience engagement and action. It’s… a lot.

If you want to edit your own videos, there are many top-quality options available nowadays, including Adobe Premiere Pro, Final Cut Pro, DaVinci Resolve and even iMovie or other free software. If you’re creating short TikToks or Reels, you can use mobile-specific editing apps like InShot, Splice or CapCut.

Editing is its own complex topic. Video editing can be as simple as cutting together sequential clips, or as complex as multi-track editing with animation, motion graphics, audio mixing and more.

The biggest tip to make the most of your editing time? “Shoot for the platform first,” says Thompson.

Look at the platform you’re creating for first. Follow the best practices for that platform first, then create the best video you can for that platform.

Anja Thompson (Wilkens)
Anja Thompson (Wilkens)Senior Producer at Superside

Sure, you can change a lot in editing, but for the fastest workflow and the highest quality video, shoot for the platform it’s going on first.

That means if you’re filming a tutorial video destined for YouTube, ensure you’re filming in landscape mode in 4K (or at least 1080p), and stick to well-performing YouTube customs, like ensuring your face is filling most of the frame and using additional clips (also called B-roll) to add visual interest.

However, if you’re creating Shorts or other short-form social media video, ensure you’re filming in portrait orientation (9:16). And so on. Think “platform first,” always.

Publishing and distribution

Besides the channel your video was made for, distributing and promoting it across all your marketing channels is essential for long-term growth.

There are three main distribution strategies:

  1. Owned media: These are channels you own and control, such as your social media profiles, email newsletter and website.
  2. Earned media: These are features you can’t always control (because you don’t own them), but can influence and encourage, including shares on social media, news features and testimonials.
  3. Paid media: This is everything relating to paid advertising, including social media ads, Google Ads, influencer marketing campaigns, sponsored content and any other exposure you’re paying for.

Ideally, you want to use a mixture of channels in each of these three categories. But not to worry if you don’t currently have a paid advertising budget—you can still grow by optimizing your owned media channels.

If you’re not meeting the audience where they are, it becomes really forgettable content versus content that the audience wants to sit a while with—which is what you want.

Kirsten van Rooyen
Kirsten van RooyenHead of Video Strategy at Superside


Measuring your video’s success is less about answering exactly how many sales it led to and more about using analytics information to form an opinion about how your video is performing, and to generate new video ideas to test out.

Someone may not go ahead and make a purchase after watching one of your videos, but what if they watch another of your videos? Subscribe to your newsletter? Follow you on Instagram? Those are all still valuable brand interactions, and ones that can lead to sales, too.

Good video takes time. Create thorough briefs, stick to the project milestones and plan out your content strategy in advance. Gather feedback and iterate from there.

Anja Thompson (Wilkens)
Anja Thompson (Wilkens)Senior Producer at Superside

Which Video Production Process is Right for You?

Now that you know all the steps involved in video production, there are three main ways to get rolling:

  1. In-house
  2. Outsourcing
  3. A hybrid approach

In-house video production

Creating an in-house video team is the route many companies go and for good reason. With an internal team, you have ultimate creative control over all your content, develop deep brand knowledge and can communicate efficiently.

But, the drawbacks include capacity being limited by how many employees you have, expensive salaries and hiring costs and all the HR and management tasks that come with in-house staff.

In-house could be right for you if:

  • You don’t plan on rapidly scaling your video content channels.
  • You have modest, consistent and predictable video needs.

Outsourced video production

Many brands think of outsourcing as hiring a marketing agency. But outsourcing can also involve hiring freelancers or a Creative-as-a-Service (CaaS) company, like Superside, for flexible creative help when you need it.

While any of these options can work for companies of all sizes, the most affordable way to begin experimenting with video is often hiring a freelancer. However, if you’re looking for a long-term strategic partner, going with a video marketing agency or CaaS service can pay off in the long run.

Lastly, if scaling up your video content is the utmost concern, CaaS is the way to go. The often rigid processes and project-based workflow of traditional agencies can be too slow for scaling up. But the flexible plans and dedicated brand teams of a CaaS partner like Superside gives you all the benefits of outsourcing without slowing you down.

Outsourcing could be right for you if:

  • You want to, but aren’t ready to, hire in-house yet.
  • You want or need to scale up quickly and/or past your current team’s capacity.
  • You don’t want to manage more internal hires.
  • You just want some dang good videos showin’ up in your inbox without the hassle of making them.

Still not sure? Hear more about the benefits of in-house vs. outsourcing in this video:

The hybrid video production approach

Want to hire a few employees to really own your video marketing channels, but not a full team? Or, build an internal content team to develop ideas but outsource the actual video production?

Or, simply expand your current in-house team’s capacity for a big launch or event?

Whether you need a little extra help with your day-to-day video production, or want to try out an entirely new type of content, working with a CaaS provider can relieve time and budget pressures while ensuring you get the best results.

A hybrid solution could be right for you if:

  • You’re currently making great explainer videos, for example, but want to dive into something new, like brand narratives or UGC content.
  • You want to outsource one or more specific skillsets, like editing, instead of your entire video production workflow.
  • You want to have your cake and eat it too.
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The Golden Rule of Video Production

Whether you choose to handle everything in-house, outsource to Superside's team of creative geniuses or something in between, let this be the one golden rule you remember about video production:

Platform-specific rules and best practices only get you so far. At the end of the day, it’s more important to only follow the rules that will get your audience engaged, and forget the rest.

Anja Thompson (Wilkens)
Anja Thompson (Wilkens)Senior Producer at Superside
Michelle Martin
Michelle MartinContributing Writer

Michelle is a SaaS expert who loves digging into the technical side of creativity. She’s worn many hats during her decade in agencies, from project manager to brand strategist, copywriter and social media strategist, and worked across a wide variety of clients (though tech is her jam!). She loves to put the sass into SaaS content… and now CaaS. Connect with her on LinkedIn and send her a pic of your dog (really, she’ll love it).

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