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Old May 19th, 2005, 07:53 AM   #16
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Glad to hear you're having fun, that's the most important part. If you enjoy what you're doing the money will find it's way to you.

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Old May 26th, 2005, 12:35 PM   #17
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What a great thread. Thanks guys.
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Old October 16th, 2005, 02:29 AM   #18
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My editing instructor who is a top editor in documentary work says she never considers biding work. You pay her hourly rate and that's it. While no two jobs are the same she said a shotgun guess is about 10 hours per finished minute for most of her jobs.

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Old October 16th, 2005, 03:14 AM   #19
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Hi Kell,

If you don't mind my asking, how long or how much experience do you have in editing? Because if this is your first project and you intend to use it as a learning experience, I would considering charging low.

For the initial projects of a professional editor, the best way to go about it is to edit for friends or family. Usually weddings are a good idea. That way, you get enough leeway to learn and ultimately once you get comfortable with the footage and video editing skills are well honed, you can cross into the commercial arena.

What it looks like here is that you have an African Safari kind of home video thingy going. I think I can't really gauge what price you should charge without looking at the actual footage. I guess the best thing to do is judge for yourself. Do you in fact want to spend that kind of time? How much is your time worth to you?

Perhaps one thing to do is to head over to some video project sites on the Internet and ask. But I guess that's what you're doing now ... silly me. Ok, anyway, how much 'fancy' stuff do you intend to put in ... if you want to make a really professional video - then yes, charge more. But if you only want to give a small, reasonable video - then charge less.

Just my 2 cents.

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