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We Tested The Five Best Loom Alternatives, So You Don’t Have To

Sendspark, #1 video platform for business
October 3 2021

Suffering from Loom gloom? Check out our comparison of the five best Loom alternatives!

Loom isn’t one of the best-known screen recording and video messaging apps out there by chance. 

It’s a great product that meets a need that more and more people on remote teams have been discovering - mainly since Covid-19 put most of the world in lockdown. 

That is, the need to create and send quick, off-the-cuff messages to customers and co-workers. And there’s no format better for that than video. 

But Loom doesn’t do everything, and finding the right Loom alternative for your business can be a tricky task. 

So we’ve made it easy for you!

First of all, we’ll look at what’s good and not-so-good about Loom. And then we’ll set it off against five competitors:

Why Look At Loom Alternatives?

Let’s face it: Loom does some things brilliantly, and some that it doesn’t do well or even at all. 

So we’ll set the scene with a quick assessment of Loom itself.

Where Loom Excels 

  • It’s straightforward and intuitive to use

Loom definitely owes some of its popularity to its ease of use. With a Chrome extension and a desktop app, it’s very easy to start using Loom online or off. The UI is intuitive for recording, editing, sharing, and managing your videos. 

  • It has a free plan

You can record up to 25 videos of up to 5 minutes in length. There are some fun effects in the recorder. You can trim videos, you can download your videos, and there’s a good suite of sharing options. 

  • It has some cool features at a low entry price

When you install Loom, you get a 15-day Business package trial that lets you test out their premium features without spending a dime. 

Some of those features are: 

  • in-video drawing tools; 
  • filler word removal; 
  • transcriptions and subtitles; 
  • custom branding;
  • landing page calls-to-action; 
  • An unlimited number of videos and video length.

But at $8 per user per month, Loom is very affordable. 

Where Loom Falls Down

  • It’s pretty basic

As we’ll see, Loom does a small number of things really well - but there are a lot of things it just doesn’t do. Whether that’s a problem for you depends on your priority use cases.

  • It looks “Loom-y” 

Videos are heavily branded with Loom’s branding and calls-to-action for your viewers to sign up for Loom. This is great for Loom, but not as great when you want to send videos to your own customers! 

  • It’s slow

With Loom, every video needs to be created from scratch. They do not have any functionality around templates or customizing existing videos, so it is slow if you need to create a lot of similar videos (for sales outreach, welcome videos, or other types of repetitive communication).

Comparison Use Case: Customer-Facing Sales and Marketing Videos

Which Loom alternative is the right one for you will obviously depend on how you plan to use a screen recording and video messaging platform.

One area that loads of people use Loom for is recording and sharing quick videos with prospects and customers as part of sales, marketing and customer success processes. 

Personalized video messaging should be a no brainer for customer-facing teams, right?

Right. 

So that’s the test we’re going to put these Loom alternatives to. 

Best Loom Alternatives #1: Sendspark

We started Sendspark because - as marketers - we wanted a way to share videos with customers that looked more branded and professional, and integrated better within existing customer communication workflows. 

Loom is a screen recorder first and foremost, with messaging tacked on. Sendspark has been designed from the ground up to focus on every aspect of customer-facing video messaging

Let’s Compare Sendspark to Loom…

For Ease of Use

Loom’s easy to use, but Sendspark is even easier:

  • Sendspark’s options for sharing videos are totally consistent: you copy a link or an embed code and paste it where it’s needed. Loom generally relies on inline workflows, but when you want to add an animated GIF preview to an email, you have to copy and paste it across. This makes sharing via email a little fiddler. 

  • Sendspark’s customization page is clearer and cleaner.
  • At SendSpark’s Pro level, you have the ability to create and save (or upload) video templates. This is brilliant for building out multi-stage message campaigns or for messaging large numbers of people. Loom doesn’t have anything similar for saving you time as you scale up your messaging. 
  • Sendspark has made it really simple to embed your videos into third-party message automation platforms like HubSpot, MailChimp, ConstantContact, Customer.io etc - explaining what you need to do in the sharing modal and in an extensive Help Center

For Messaging 

This really is Sendspark’s strong suit. Loom doesn’t come close. 

  • We’ve already mentioned how “Loom-y” Loom video landing pages look, even when they’re customized and branded. Sendspark gives Pro users a lot more control over how their pages look - e.g. logo size, colors, call-to-action buttons etc. All this makes a big difference to recipients, who will pay more attention to distinctive-looking content!

  • You can totally white-label your Sendspark content by using CNAME. This is a feature Loom just doesn’t offer. 
  • Again, Loom doesn’t help your messages to stand out from the rest of the video crowd. Sure - you can add or upload an animated GIF preview for emailing. But Loom doesn’t let you customize the auto-generated preview GIF in-app, so they end up looking the same. Sendspark doesn’t have this problem: you can customize your previews in-app, adding logos and captions. 

  • Sendspark helps you to get your correspondents video messaging you! It has a fantastic “Request Video” feature, which sends a link to contacts and allows them to record a video in response without downloading or installing anything. This is great for getting testimonials or just facilitating real conversations.

  • The ability to add subtitles to your videos in Loom is very valuable for hearing-impaired contacts or people who prefer to watch videos without sound. 

For Video Editing

Sendspark doesn’t give you any video editing options. It’s all about the messaging. 

Loom has very basic editing capabilities: you can trim recordings in the post, but that’s about it. Effects and drawing tools have to be used during recording, which gives a pretty clunky feel to live footage. 

If video editing is a bit part of your workflow, maybe look at some other options. 

For Other Features

Both tools are focused on screen-recordings and video messages, so they are not weighed down with many features not covered above:

  • Sendspark offers CNAME for the ultimate in branded, tailored video. Loom does not. 
  • Loom can automatically transcribe your audio, which Sendspark cannot. However, the transcriptions are quite unreliable and need considerable editing. The technology isn’t quite there yet!
  • Both offer good, solid analytics dashboards for seeing how your videos are being received. 

For Price

Both tools have free and paid-for price tiers.

  • Loom provides 25 videos per month in the free package and restricts video length to 5 minutes. 
  • By contrast, Sendspark gives you 30 videos and no time limit. 
  • At $12 per month, Sendspark’s entry level package is a little more expensive than Loom’s - but the features provided differ, making straight-up comparison tricky. 

Best Loom Alternatives #2: Veed

Veed is, first and foremost, video creation and editing platform. Of all the tools we’re looking at, Veed lets you create the most polished and distinctive videos. It also has messaging capabilities, which pits it as a legitimate Loom alternative. 

Let’s Compare Veed to Loom…

For Ease of Use

Veed is definitely more challenging to use than Loom, but that’s because it has way more functionality. 

  • Like Sendspark, one click on Veed’s extension takes you directly to the recorder. But that’s offset by not having sharing and download options on the same page as the editing functions - you have to click back and forth. Loom has everything in one place, which is handier. 

  • For what it’s worth, Veed has a really straightforward UI. I found it a lot of fun to use!

For Video Messaging 

Messaging is not Veed’s strongest suit. It feels a bit like it’s tacked on top of the app’s real purpose (editing). 

  • Using Veed’s in-app sharing features just gives you a link to paste into an email or social media. It does not produce animated thumbnails of the sort Loom, and Sendspark create. In fact, you don’t get any preview image at all if you share on social platforms (see below).

  • Beware: when Veed offers you a “download as GIF” option, it actually converts the entire video into a silent GIF! If you want any kind of preview to share, you’d have to create it in another app. 
  • Using the email share option in Veed forces you to use Outlook, which is not to everybody’s taste!

For Video Editing

This is where Veed is outstanding - especially compared to Loom’s super-basic functionality. 

  • As well as trimming your footage, Veed lets you overlay graphical elements like emojis, waveforms, logos, etc., and select when they appear. It allows you to transition between background images. It lets you draw on the screen and add effects during the editing process, not just during the recording. 

 

  • In Veed’s free package, you can add subtitles automatically, manually or from an upload file - although the auto-generated subtitles will almost always need to be edited. This is a premium-only feature in Loom.

For Other Features

Veed’s focus on customization and quality gives it an edge here as well. 

  • On the paid packages, you get higher resolution video options and audio cleaning.
  • On the Pro package, Veed has a beta tool for translating subtitles into more than 50 languages.

For Price

Both Loom and Veed have free packages available

  • On the free tier, Veed lets you create an unlimited number of videos, with a maximum length of 10 minutes (compared to Loom’s 5 minute/25 video cap). 
  • At £10 per month per user (around $14), Veed is a lot cheaper than many comparable video editing tools, but it’s not as cheap as Loom. 

Best Loom Alternatives #3: Nimbus

Nimbus Note is primarily a note-taking app. We’ve included it here because it does have screen recording and messaging features like Loom. But if that’s your main use case with Nimbus, maybe think again.

Let’s Compare Nimbus to Loom…

For Ease of Use

Loom is definitely easier to use. I found it hard to locate the “activate webcam” setting in Nimbus, which led me to think it didn’t have that functionality at all at first. 

  • Nimbus’ UI is dated-looking and confusing, compared to Loom’s clear and intuitive layout. 

  • Anybody using the free version of Nimbus will quickly get frustrated at how often they are stopped in their tracks by a pop-up warning that the thing they’re trying to do is only for premium users!

For Video Messaging 

Nimbus is designed for sharing messages (“Notes”) inside an organization’s workspace

  • If you want to share a video outside the Nimbus platform, you have to upload a file to somewhere else (e.g., Google Drive) and then share it from there. 
  • And you can only upload to Google Drive on the paid packages…
  • Nimbus is not really a viable option for sharing video messages outside your own company.

For Video Editing

While you can only trim your recordings in Loom, Nimbus has zero editing capabilities in its free version

  • On the paid packages, Nimbus lets you crop and trim videos. 
  • And that’s it. 
  • Irritatingly, it lets you select edits you want to make but then tells you to upgrade when you try to save them. 

For Other Features

OK, this is not exactly an “apples and apples” comparison. Nimbus is doing something rather different from Loom, and maybe that’s what you need. If you already have it for other purposes and you’re only sharing videos internally, maybe it could stand in for Loom, Sendspark, or Vidyard GoVideo. 

  • Nimbus’ recording tools are really part of a wider screenshotting toolset called Nimbus Clipper. If you want to create and share dynamic screenshots, that’s what Nimbus is really for. 

  • Nimbus has image and OCR text recognition for scanning documents and pages; it lets you export screenshots as PDFs, etc.
  • It comes with the whole “Notes” messaging infrastructure we’ve already mentioned. 

For Price

At $4 per user per month, Nimbus is cheap and offers unlimited recordings

  • But Vidyard GoVideo offers that for nothing! 
  • The editing tools available to paid customers are only as good as Loom’s free tools. 

Best Loom Alternatives #4: Bonjoro

Bonjoro looks like Loom at first glance, but it’s more complicated than that. It incorporates a whole CRM-lite system, making it great for salespeople to send out messages to prospects in bulk and across multi-step campaigns. 

Let’s Compare Bonjoro to Loom…

For Ease of Use

As a complex sales funnel management tool as well as a screen recorder, Bonjoro needs a fair amount of setup before you can start using it. Their primary onboarding flow estimates 14 minutes, but it took me a lot longer. 

  • You have to add contacts into Bonjoro, and each one is a six-click process. 
  • You also have to customize your landing pages before sending a video - even a test video. 
  • You will frequently come across this rather unhelpful “empty state” screen until you have done a lot of setup work. 

For Video Messaging

It depends. For sustained messaging campaigns across large numbers of people, Bonjoro’s CRM features make it the best Loom alternative in this blog. For a one-off, off-the-cuff, personalized messages… not so much.

  • Unless you connect your email address to your Bonjoro account (which can’t be a Gmail or other public domain address), emails from the platform come from a Bonjoro address - which is really impersonal and likely to be left unread. 

  • Bonjoro’s “Roll-Ups” tool for creating template messages and landing pages is great when you need to send a lot of similar messages (like Sendspark’s message templates).

  • Bonjoro lets you set up team inboxes within a workspace so that different people can collaborate on the same campaigns. 
  • But, if you just want to send a message to somebody, it’s not easy!

For Video Editing

Bonjoro has a slight edge over Loom here, but it’s not in the same class as Veed. 

  • Recording and editing options are basic but easy to use. 
  • Video landing page customization is better than most Loom alternatives we’ve looked at, but it’s annoying to have to set them up in advance!
  • Unlike Sendspark, Bonjoro gives you no option to customize animated GIF thumbnails in-app. 

For Other Features

Again, as it is doing something rather different from Loom, Bonjoro has more extra features

  • Bonjoro’s CRM features are definitely handy - it’s valuable to have contacts’ interaction histories, lead scores, etc., visible when messaging them. But is it really an alternative to a comprehensive CRM solution?

  • Bonjoro has translation features, which Loom does not. 

For Price

Bonjoro doesn’t have a free package - just a 15 day free trial of the Pro plan, which costs $33 per month. 

  • Per-user, Bonjoro’s Grrrowth plan is actually better value than Pro, at $79 per month for up to three users. And as a collaborative tool, Bonjoro is more useful with more users in an organization. 
  • Even so, this is a pricey tool that will be too expensive for many businesses. 

Best Loom Alternatives #5: Vidyard GoVideo

Vidyard’s free tool, GoVideo, competes directly in the same space as Loom. We put Vidyard itself head-to-head with Loom in an earlier blog, so this time we’ll just compare Loom to GoVideo. 

Let’s Compare Vidyard GoVideo to Loom…

For Ease of Use

While their UI’s are very similar, Loom just wins out with a simpler, more intuitive interface

  • While their browser extensions and recorders are comparable in simplicity, Vidyard GoVideo’s editing and sharing home page has weird navigational quirks, with options in all four corners of the screen. 

  • Vidyard is often criticized for being confusing, but users really praise its customer support. I didn’t find it confusing as such, but it was definitely less straightforward than Loom. 

For Messaging 

Really hard to separate the two. Vidyard GoVideo and Loom do more or less the same things, so it’ll depend on individual taste. 

  • Personally, I prefer the consistency of Vidyard’s messaging workflow. All sharing options are implemented inline, whereas Loom makes you copy-and-paste certain elements. Sendspark’s consistent but the other way around. 

  • Vidyard’s video landing page customization options are more extensive, although most of the best features are restricted to paid users. 
  • One point where Loom’s landing pages win, though, is the inclusion of emoji reactions and replies on the free tier. 

For Video Editing

Video editing functionality is pretty much identical - that is, basic. 

  • Vidyard GoVideo has some in-recording drawing tools which are only available to paying Loom users. 

For Other Features

Vidyard GoVideo is part of the wider Vidyard video platform. If you’re interested in those other features, check out our earlier blog. 

For Price

Well, Vidyard GoVideo is free by definition… and it has some tasty features as well. 

  • No limits on monthly recordings and a maximum recording time of one hour
  • Only five videos per month can be embedded - something that Loom, Sendspark, Bonjoro, and Veed don’t restrict at all. 

Conclusion

It all comes down to your use cases. 

For quick, customized messages to prospects and customers, Sendspark is the best Loom alternative we’ve looked at. 

For making awesome-looking videos with a little bit more time and effort, Veed is a real contender. 

And for building out sales campaigns across a whole team, Bonjoro is a quality Loom alternative as well. 

Vidyard GoVideo and Nimbus have their advantages too, as we’ve tried to show. 

It all depends on you!

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