Think Twice Before Hiring A Video Editor
When you think about hiring a video editor, you’ll find that the standard search results end with either freelance individuals or production companies that discuss rates and haggle over prices. With these individuals or companies, you can get the extremes, from ridiculously cheap to rip-offs and overpriced, and terrible quality services to the best of the best. Not only that, there will always be a few exceptions to the rule, but these gems are hard to find. So, it can be very difficult to choose the right video editor for your project. So, here are a few reasons that’ll make you think twice before hiring a video editor.
It Might Be A Scam
If you’re in contact with a video editor that sounds too good to be true, that’s because it is. More often than not, if their prices are tempting, and they boast amazing quality videos, they’re probably scamming you. If they show off prizes they’ve won, and you’ve never heard of them before, you’re being scammed. Don’t always trust their words. You’ll end up with a video that won’t measure up to the standards they’d shown you. Those showreels or portfolios are fakes, stock footage or outright stolen from professional editors. So, don’t always go for the cheapest and most attractive option.
Not only that, but if they’re taking their time with your project, and they’re giving you a thousand reasons why it’s taking so long, it’s because they haven’t even started it, and if they’re pros at what they do, they’ll scam you out of more money, claiming that they need “software” or “more memory” or a hundred other things, to get your project completed. Be careful when dealing with freelancers and always make sure that they’re legitimate traders. Look for customer reviews or portfolios on other platforms, websites, and even in directories. If they’re not there, it’s a scam.
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I’m Looking For Experience
Another reason why some editors have low prices is that they’re amateurs, looking for industry experience. These editors can be very difficult to handle. It’s because they’ve either graduated from an elite school, with a qualification, or they’re still in school, and the only way they can pass their course is by having some form of professional experience. These amateurs are a big “hit and miss” situation, because some are good at what they do and can create a professional quality video, or they’re still trying to understand the basics. Not only that, some of them may be working on several projects at once since they’re either still in school, or they’re trying to churn out videos as proof of their “professionalism”.
That’s why it can be difficult to secure a good freelance video editor. If you’re dealing with an amateur, you’re going to need proof that they’re as good as they say they are. So, you will need to ask for a portfolio or a showreel that they’d edited together. You will need to see complete works, like films, commercial videos, music videos, and wedding videos. You will need to see proof of their certification, and qualification. There are so many things you’ll need to ask for that sometimes it can be too much, and too overwhelming. So, you give up. If you are dealing with amateurs, graduates, and those looking for experience, you will need to exercise a lot of patience, because you need to make sure that these amateurs are up to the task, and if not, you’ll be left with a half-finished project, and no one to sell that video to.
I’m Far Too Experienced For You
Now, let’s take a look at the other end of the scale. There are those who sell their services at extortionate prices. Some are more justified than others. Like with the ridiculously cheap options, you can also get big-time scammers on this end. The prices and portfolios these scammers display could be taken from others, who are legitimate editors, and when you send off your video to them, you’ll get a video that doesn’t even look half as decent as the videos they’d claimed they’d made. Not only that, they’ve ripped you off, scammed you out of your money, for a shoddy job or a half-completed piece, with (and I quote) “I’m far too busy with more high-profiled work, you’re better off with someone who is less experienced than I am”. Yeah right!
Of course, there are those that are genuinely good editors, but how can you separate them from the scammers? It can be very difficult to tell the scammer from the professional, and as with the amateurs, it’s a game of chance. And even if you’ve done your homework, scoured the Internet for reviews and portfolios, you may still end up with a less-than-desirable video.
I’m Attached To This Studio, You’ll Need To Take It Up With Them
Another major setback to hiring a good video editor is that they’re attached to production companies or studios. What this means is they could be attached to a big studio name, like Warner Bros, or 20th Century Fox. They could even be a part of smaller names, but the situation is still the same. They’ll charge extortionist prices because they need to attach the studio or company’s names to your project. Why? Because they work for them. So, instead of hiring one video editor, you might be hiring a whole production team, because the studio will need to get involved.
Don’t worry. Outsourced video editors aren’t attached to production companies, nor are they sole traders, who could easily scam you. They’re reliable, experienced, and you can guarantee that their prices are set. They won’t change, and there is no need for haggling. What you see is what you get, and if you trust us at Cut Pro Media, you’ll be sure that no matter what your project is, you’ll get professional quality videos in return. Our editors are experienced, they’re reliable, and they will do their very best to ensure your video is the best quality it can be. We can create videos appropriate to any and all platforms, from social media to the big screen. You name it. Check out our price plans and packages. There will be one for you.