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  • OT: Where to find a finishing videographer?

    Posted by Norman Willis on March 14, 2023 at 12:37 am

    Hi all. I hope this is not too far OT. We are a non-profit charity using DaVinci. I hireded my volunteer editor because he does a great job at other stuff, and I love him and his family–but editing is only one of many hats for him. I love the guy, but I consider his edits kind of rough.

    Now we are starting a Bible history documentary series we need to take to the History Channel level. We are on a budget, but this one is important to us. So I hope this is a fair question (and if not, please just say), if we can deliver a good rough cut documentary segment of about an hour, about how much should it cost for a videographer to finish it, and take the production values to the next level?

    This isn’t exactly history channel, but to me this documentary is gripping. I guess he did it himself. Ours is a totally different genre, but to me this is so much more than just simply telling the story.

    Thanks. I just kind of need to get an idea of what I should budget to finish an hour’s worth of Davinci rough cut, each time we have a new segment.

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    Neil Sadwelkar replied 9 months ago 3 Members · 2 Replies
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  • Riccardo Luppi

    March 14, 2023 at 7:41 am

    Hi Norman,

    Could you explain a bit better what you are looking for? You are talking about a videographer to finish an edit. It seems like you are confusing the roles a bit there. A videographer is someone that, although might work in post as well, focuses mostly on the production side. A common definition of a videographer would be the “one-man band” that takes care of writing, prepping and shooting a video, all by themselves with the help of none or very few people. If you are looking for someone to come and shoot interviews/broll, then a videographer is indeed what you might need.
    Still, I believe that what you are looking for is simply an experienced editor with a good understanding of storytelling and possibly the skills necessary to research stock coverage.
    Either way, please consider that quality comes from experience and that usually does not go along with low budgets. You might find someone willing to work at a lower fare but keep in mind that it’ll probably mean long, dilated times for deliveries.

  • Neil Sadwelkar

    March 14, 2023 at 9:32 am

    For a 4-part Netflix show that was being finished during the lockdown, I did the finishing for that on DaVinci Resolve. And I did most of it remotely, going into the facility about once a week to attach drives, check the aircon and other such.

    Finishing consisted of doing motion graphics, supers, applying grades, making edit changes, subtitles, adding mixed audio and such tasks. The show is currently running on Netflix.

    You can DM me if such a remote arrangement works for you. I use Jump Desktop and it works almost exactly like being there. All communications are through Zoom/Teams/Facetime.

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