Remote video editing

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Video editing without the client in attendance

Remote video editing is a service I offer from my Avid equipped base in Vauxhall, Central London. I am frequently receiving requests by email to estimate a quote for promotional videos, short films and different kinds of video editing work.  Usually, this initial enquiry provides a brief outline of the client’s requirements.

Requesting more information about the required video editing.

In order to supply an accurate estimate for remote video editing, I need to be able to determine how much time it will take me to edit any various elements together into the desired and signed off deliverable(s).

So that I can learn more about any given video-editing project I normally e-mail the client back and ask a series of additional detailed questions. These questions might include some of the following:

Could you please confirm that this project is just for editing and that no additional filming is required?

Will all the media to be supplied as digital files, not on any form of tape or disc?

If you are supplying any tape or disc formats what formats will the media will be supplied on?

How much media in duration and/or GB will be made available for the editing process?

How will you be sending the media to me?

If the media is from a camera shoot what camera filmed the video media and what file format did it record?

Are there any additional sound files and if so how many tracks and what is their duration and size?

Will a more detailed brief be made available for the edit and will it include relevant time codes of the clips to be used?

Is there a script, story or treatment or any other documentation to support this edit?

What sort of cut-rate do you envisage? Fast or slow editing or variable?

Will you be leaving all the editorial decisions to the video editor?

Will any music to be included be supplied for the edit taking place or will this need to be sourced and suitably licenced?

How many additional music tracks will be requited for this edit?

Will you require any animations or graphics to be created or commissioned for this edit?

Will you require any on-screen text titles and if so how many?

Do you require a specific font to be used for any of the text?

Do you have a style guide available?

Will any additional logos need to be edited in and if so how many?

Will you require any changes to the delivered edits and if so how many?

What is the agreed sign off process? Who is responsible for this?

Will have any specific requirement for the addition of any video effects? If so please supply further details.

Will you require and sound effects added? If so please supply further details.

Do you have any specific colour grading requirements? If so please supply further details.

From their response to these questions, I am generally able to provide a quote for any remote video editing that I can send to my client for their consideration.

My BBC training and over 17 years’ experience as a video editor ensures I have the knowledge and experience to deliver complex editing projects on time and to budget.

You can read more about my editing skills and services here.

If you would like a quote for your video editing please do get in touch, as I am always happy to provide assistance and advice.

Julian Langham Producer Cameraman Editor for Video Production in the UK and abroad.

Mobile: +44 (0)7956 569758

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Julian started his career in media in 1994; shortly after Julian was invited to join the BBC where he was quickly promoted to Editor. Julian left the BBC to develop his freelance career in 2009. Highly-practised and skilled in constructing engaging narratives, Julian’s key strength is his ability to produce strong visually-led stories. In his work, Julian shares his passion for creating powerful synergies between story content, visual rhythm and music.