Command+Edit Podcast

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How much does a video cost? : Cmd+Edit 053

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Command Edit Podcast Episode 53 How much does a video cost budgeting estimate

We are often asked the question "How much does a video cost?" The short answer: It depends.

As a comparison you could ask "How much does a house cost?" and then point out the many factors that affect the cost of a house: location, size, materials, how quickly it needs to be built, etc.

A video production can cost many things many prices

You want to ask specifics from the client early on to determine what kind of video they are expecting to receive, but you also don't want to scare them off with an overwhelming inquisition. You want to ask the right questions to just get the information you need to produce an accurate quote or estimate. That way you ensure that you are giving an accurate number for your services and your client can rest easy that that number won't change (much) during production.

Some standard questions that you can ask a client are:

  • Who is the audience?
  • Will a script be provided?
  • What materials are already produced and available (graphics, stock footage...)?
  • Will we require actors or spokespersons from the company on-screen?
  • Will their be voiceover or narration needed?
  • Do we have to licence music?
Be up front with the client and avoid confusing them with several questions

In building your quote there are two ways to go about it: create a flat rate for the entire project or list off line items (similar to ordering off a menu). Each freelancer develops their own way of building a quote and you will have to, as well.


  • Audio Network is a plugin for Adobe Premiere Pro that allows you to browse, preview and purchase music tracks for your edit ALL WITHOUT LEAVING YOUR PROJECT. It embeds a panel directly into the Premiere interface making the music licensing process completely seamless. Sign up and give it a try. (
  • How to Quote a Video Production? via Sound and Vision Media

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Ask These 3 Questions Before You Start Working : Cmd+Edit 038

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Ask these 3 pre-production questions as an editor to avoid problems later in the edit

In this episode we list off 3 key questions that you as an editor can ask early on to help yourself BIG TIME later down the road.

A lot of headaches can be avoided simply by asking the right question before you start working. We have 3 questions for the corporate/commercial editor and 3 for the narrative/feature film editor. So really you're getting double the value here.

Nick experienced some frustration dealing with Davinci Resolve 12 last week while assistant editing a feature. The director wants to cut the film right in Resolve for ease of workflow, but it's not as easy as it seems. He's going to share this process in this week's blog post. For now, here are some links to get you started with treating Resolve as an NLE.

And this Tuesday a new plugin will be revealed for Premiere. It's called Post Notes and boasts that it can bring your notes and to-do lists straight into Premiere instead of having to have them open elsewhere and switch between programs constantly. Will it work as well as we're hoping?



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