How To Outsource Your Video Editing
When it comes to video editing, there are three options you can choose from:
- Edit the video yourself
- Hire a freelance video editor
- Outsource your video editing
While editing the video yourself saves you the hassle of paying for someone else, and you get to learn video editing techniques, you can’t always be sure that your final edit will be good enough for your clients. In fact, you’ll most likely end up getting frustrated because you’re faced with the same or similar clips every day, and you’ll end up getting bored that you try to finish the edit as quickly as possible.
Similarly, if you hire a freelance video editor, you’re going to be endlessly negotiating with them. You’ll need to compromise because they might have their own ideas for your video, and their fees might increase the longer they spend on your video. Eventually, you might be left with a video that doesn’t resemble your original idea at all.
Outsourcing your video editing makes the editing process much easier. Those who are outsourced follow the criteria given to them to the letter, and you won’t have to worry about them forcing their opinions into the edit. They will edit your videos exactly as you want them to be. Of course, it can be difficult to find a good outsourced video editor, so here are a few tips to help you find the right one for your videos.
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1. Define Your Videos
First, before you start searching for an outsourced video editor, define what kind of videos you want to create. Sometimes, if you don’t know what type of video you’re making, your video editors won’t either. After all, they weren’t there when you started planning the video, so they don’t understand what your vision is. So, before you send off your footage to any video editor, whether outsourced or freelance, make sure they know what to expect. Define what type of video you’re expecting, so that your editor knows exactly what they need to make.
2. Do Your Research
Before you dive head-first into finding a video editor, make sure you know where to actually look. Many websites will offer outsourced or freelance editors, and it can be very tricky to find the right company that do outsource video editors. After all, some websites will offer “outsourced” video editors, when in actual fact, they’re freelancers.
Remember freelance can mean anywhere from companies offering their video editing services, to individuals collaborating with you on your project. These freelancers can change their minds about the services they offer, and they may increase the prices of their services, according to the changes you might make, or changes they think are necessary. That’s why you need to know the difference between freelance and outsource.
Outsourced video editors are nothing like freelance editors. They won’t have an opinion on your videos and will edit them according to your style and needs. For example, if you’re a wedding video production company, outsourced video editors will make sure that the style of their edit complies with the theme of the wedding itself or the theme that you’ve specified.
Essentially, outsourced video editors will match your style, and edit your video according to your criteria. All you have to do is provide the footage and the concept you’re after. They’ll do the rest of the work, including fixing your footage if need be.
3. Communicate With Your Editor
Once you’ve decided which company or which editor you’re going to work with, don’t forget to communicate with them. Some outsourced editors will have expertise and skills in one form of video editing or another. Make sure you choose the right editor with the right editing techniques for your video. For example, you might need an editor for a feature film and an editor for a company promotional video. So, be sure you know what editing techniques your editor has, so you can create the right style of video.
You should also communicate with your video editor if there are any changes you need to make. For example, you might find some footage that you forgot to send to them, and you want to add that footage into your edit. Tell your video editor about it, and they’ll do the best they can to work that footage in.
4. Don’t Forget To Pay
While outsourced video editors rely on third-party companies, don’t forget to pay the amount you’ve agreed on. Just because the company sets a price doesn’t always mean it’s a one-time pay-out. Sometimes it is a full-on investment project. So, you’ll need to determine how you’re going to pay and in what way, whether you pay them daily, weekly, or monthly, or if you’re going to pay them by the hour.
Be aware of what your financial options are, and make sure you understand how their payment schemes work. That way you won’t be hit by any hidden surprises or expenses. Of course, your research should already alert you to the financial systems that are in place, but if you’re not sure, always ask. Companies who outsource their video editors will try to be as transparent as they can be, so you’ll always find a straightforward answer if your initial research is missing that detail.
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Here at Cut Pro Media, we outsource our editors, and we ensure that our services are always high quality. You won’t be disappointed. Our editors can guarantee that your video edits will be delivered in a timely manner and will always fit within the scope of your video’s concepts. We can match your style and ensure that they will edit the best quality videos for you and your clients. Our prices are on our website and include the services that we will provide for each price. We can create videos from simple social media promotional material to full-on feature films, and even wedding highlights videos. If you’re interested, check out the packages we provide on our website, and if you have any further questions, we will be happy to answer them.