Why Are Some Remote Video Editors Charging So Little?
We all know that making a film is not cheap. There are lots of costs, particularly when it comes to the pre-production and production phases of a film. But what about post-production? Surely it shouldn’t cost a lot, especially if you already have someone on your team who can edit a project within a few days? Of course, even if you don’t there are always freelancers online. And with websites like Fiverr, their rates are very cheap. So, it’s a win-win situation, right? Wrong. There are so many pitfalls when it comes to hiring a video editor online. Here are a few reasons why some remote video editors charge so little.
It’s Amateur Friendly
One of the many reasons why you’ll find many remote video editors, who charge $5 on websites like Fiverr, is that they’re amateurs. Either they’re university or college students, who’re looking to improve their portfolio and earn some cash at the same time, or they’re amateurs in the filmmaking industry, trying to widen their range of talents, to cover the entire production process, and expand their portfolio.
Regardless of the person, you can be sure that they will have little to no experience in video editing, and by ordering an article with them, you’re making yourself their guinea pig. So, if you’re looking for a professional quality edit, you may be shooting yourself in the foot. Some amateurs might be better than others, but you will still have a film that may not be appropriate for that film festival you wanted to submit to or a wedding video for a client who was looking forward to a magical experience.
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I’ve Seen That Template Before
Another reason why these remote video editors charge so little is that they use templates. If you’ve used the likes of Windows Moviemaker before, you may come across those pre-set frames with visual templates like a sportscast overlay, or pre-animated credits and titles. They’re what these video editors use, and they will use them often. Not only that, if they’re using online video editing tools, then you may be looking at an actual timeline template, like the ones you see on TikTok and Instagram. These templates are easy to find and use because they’re everywhere.
In the end, your video will look like something a school child will do for a media project. In fact, if you know a few video editing techniques yourselves, you’ll complain that what you get would be something you could have made for free. So, you’ve lost yourself $5 on something that even a child can make.
It’s A Scam
As with every industry in the world, cheap doesn’t always mean reliable. In fact, if you come across a $5 gig, with a flawless portfolio, chances are that gig is a scam. Of course, you may come across a genuine amateur, who is that good at what they do, but more often than not, that gig is fake.
Sometimes, you’ll find yourself waiting weeks on end, for a video that’s only half done, and because of the frustration you feel, you’ll end the order, without even collecting something that remotely resembles the portfolio they’d advertised. Other times, you’ll only wait a few hours, and they’ll deliver a piece that looks like all your footage is being copied and pasted into a timeline, without any real thought. In the end, you’ve just lost $5 for something not even worth showing to anyone.
Half-Done Doesn’t Mean All-Done
It may seem like a good idea at first, hiring a cheap video editor, online. After all, they don’t take on daily rates, and they won’t charge you for extra software that they might need, to create that special effect that you want. But you will run the risk of hiring an amateur, a side-job, or a scam. Of course, that doesn’t mean that gig isn’t one of the rare few who are actually good at what they do, but more often than not, those $5 gigs are too good to be true.
At the end, when all is said and done, you will need to hire a professional, to either clean up the edit or completely redo the entire project from scratch. They may even bring in a team of editors with them, just because your project may be a huge undertaking. Regardless, you’re going to be spending even more money for a film that may not even be 10 minutes long.
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