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Category: Video Editing Career (page 1 of 7)

The articles under the Video Editing Career category focus on aspects of life as a video editor. They cover freelance fundamentals like how to charge professionally for a project. Other topics include deadlines, tracking stock music licenses, and project management.

If you want a career in video editing, the resources in this category will make you a better, more confident editor.

How to Professionally Charge a Video Editing Project

Every freelance video editor needs to determine how to charge their video editing project. Do I charge by the hour or by the project?

This article and video is on determining which of those is right for you. If you are looking to determine what you’re rate should be here’s my freelancer rate. And if you’re trying to figure out how to bill and accept payments, here’s a discussion I had on that topic.

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Corporate Video Editors Don’t Get Enough Love

Video editors in the corporate / business world do not get enough love! There are so many of us out there and we’re under-represented. It feels like most products and services in the video world are geared towards the TV and Film Industry rather than the boatloads of people editing in the corporate / business world.

More thoughts in the video and article below…

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Create Video Editing Career Luck For Yourself

Working in Post isn’t for the faint of heart. It takes courage and perseverance. Stuck on what to do in a cut? Figure it out. Random NLE error? Hit the forums. Need a new video editing gig? Gooood luck.

Luck… Luck plays a role in every person’s career no matter the industry. Being a video editor is no different. The element of luck lands you video editing jobs, introduces you to the right people, gets the right people to see your work, and keeps you from getting hit by a bus any given day.

Too dark? My bad.

After a decade+ in video I recognize I’ve been lucky. However I also recognize that I’ve made a lot of my luck. In this brief article I want to share a couple ways that I believe luck can be made for those that want to be in video editing.

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Most Deadlines for Video Editors Are Sh!t

The majority of deadlines are not real and most people misrepresent the true meaning of them.

A deadline is the last possible moment a project can be completed. This instance in time can only be for a handful of reasons (at least in the world of video creation):

  1. The video is literally airing, being broadcasted, or being presented at an event
  2. There is a legal contractual obligation

That’s it. Two reasons. It’s being shown at an event or over the airwaves. Or you would be breaking a legal document. Any other justification is BS.

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Traits of a Great Freelance Video Editing Client

Last week I had a new freelance video editing project come in. My #1 freelance writing client wanted a video created and turned to me to do the editing. Will they also be a great freelance video editing client?

I got going with it, working almost a full day over the course of a handful of nights and a Saturday morning. Then I got an email saying to stop working on the project and that they wanted to table it for a couple months while they work up a larger marketing campaign.

Well, damn. I spent almost a day on this thing and I’m going to have to wait to get paid until we complete the project… 

But that didn’t happen. They told me to bill for the hours I’ve worked so far. The next day I had a few hundred bucks sitting in my PayPal account. Reasons like this are exactly why I love working with this company.

Sure, my project got put on hold and I made a fraction of what I would have otherwise but something happened outside of my point of contact’s control and they made good on the work that I got done and paid me immediately. These are traits of a great freelance client.

Below I’ve brainstormed a few more traits of a great freelance client, specifically for video editors. I’d love to hear your thoughts on this as well.

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Naptime Blog Update

Since my son was born this summer I’ve found it difficult to find time for anything that doesn’t revolve around him, my wife, my dog, my 9-5, or the mountain of bottles I need to wash that seems to never disappear next to my sink.

For the past 6 ½ years I’ve been living separate lives from my home/office lives through my various blogs and online platforms. It’s disheartening to see my projects grow cobwebs.

After some self-reflection while a 17lb tiny human slept on my chest I realized I’m letting perfection and the size of what I want to create get in the way. In my mind I want everything I create to be near flawless and be of substantial length.

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Music License Tracking Spreadsheet — Free Download

This article is for video editors, video producers, and video professionals that need to track stock music. It contains a free download of a stock music license tracking spreadsheet. Enjoy!

Hey Team!

Recently I noticed a problem that I have as a video editor and video producer. There are a couple hundred stock music tracks I’ve downloaded and/or purchased over the years to use in all sorts of projects. But outside of a consistent file naming convention I had no way of tracking what is being used where. On top of that, there is other data that would be good to have in one place that’s associated with the music.

So I did something about it. Like what any good digitally-OCD person would do I made a spreadsheet. And I’d like to share it with you. Use the link below to get your stock music license tracking spreadsheet.

This is a link to a Google Sheet. Go here to view and download a copy for yourself.

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