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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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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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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The Video Editor’s Digest | Edition #44

Hey there and welcome back to the Video Editor’s Digest! In this edition we cover blend modes in Avid Media Composer, a giant free room tones library, finding freelance clients & more.

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The Video Editor’s Digest | Edition #43

Hey there and welcome back to the Video Editor’s Digest! In this edition we cover Hollywood’s favorite NLE, the freelancer’s triangle, The Mandalorian, animated textures in AE & more.

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The Video Editor’s Digest | Edition #36

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Hey there and welcome back to The Video Editor’s Digest!

In case you’ve forgotten or if you’re new around here, in the Video Editor’s Digest I, Josh from Edit Video Faster, give you the lowdown on some cool happenings from around the internet on things related to video editing, video production, or just being a creative professional. It also gives me a chance to update you about new pieces on the EVF website/YouTube channel and tell you any freelance or work stories I may have. Let’s get started!

Quick Tip!

In After Effects use Cmd+Shift+E (Mac) | Ctrl+Shift+E (PC) to remove all effects on a selected layer.

Create Cool Liquid Text in After Effects

Dope Motions came out with a pretty sweet tutorial on how to create liquid-looking text in After Effects. No plug-ins are required either. The tutorial runs 17 minutes, which is longer than I’ll typically sit and watch, but it’s always interesting to see how others work in the programs that you also work in.

Check out the Liquid Text tutorial here (link is to YouTube = autoplays)

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Recent Life and Career Changes

Eight months ago my personal life got flipped upside down. Four months ago my professional career took a drastic turn. And a few weeks from now every waking second of my existence will forever be altered.

You can probably guess one of the changes already — my wife and I are pregnant. Our son will be here before we know it. Man, I’m nervous and excited and every other emotion in between.

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The other twist of fate life threw at me was a career change. I traded in the edit bay for another role. In February I started transitioning off of editing projects and over to the producing / project management side of things. I’m with the same company and working on the same product but in a completely different role. As of mid-March I moved over to this full-time and started growing a team under me.

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Finding Your Path from Student to Professional Editor with Grace Novak — Command+Edit Podcast Episode 86

Hey there! This is a very special episode of the Command+Edit Podcast. I interview Grace Novak. Grace is in the midst of one of the scariest points in her life — trying to figure out how to make the jump from student to professional. Our discussion focuses on topics such as networking strategies, how to make … Read more

How Video Editors Get Paid (Podcast)

In this podcast we discuss how video editors get paid including topics such as how to invoice, how to accept payments, LLCs, taxes, and more.

I Got A New Job!

It’s been awhile since I’ve truly written something for EVF. Actually it’s been awhile since I’ve written much of anything. My writing muscle was burnt out after letting my former daily blog expire and disappear into a digital black hole back in August. Two years of writing and publishing everyday… Fast forward a quarter of … Read more