The video and film production business is in a state of relentless flux. There are always new technologies, improved equipment and ever-evolving notions of what’s hip and what’s not. Trends come and go, but CRAFT is eternal.
Other areas you should think about upgrading in these down economic times is your equipment, software, etc. Don’t buy this stuff new. Instead, check out ebay or craigslist to see what people are selling it for. I’ve seen a lot of gear up for sell that is almost brand new for nearly half of what you can get it retail.
CD Replication, on the other hand, requires great expertise and equipments. Replication is the most-suitable option when you need CDs in greater quantities, and want them in excellent quality. You pay more here. But, you get great quality discs.
On the flip side, when you do have good quality, viewers really don’t notice it. What they notice is the content of the show. They become absorbed in your message. When you watch TV or movies, do you think about the production quality? Most people don’t notice the elements of the show such as shooting, pace, camera work, lighting, sound, editing, music, etc. They experience the show and get the message.
I find that a lot of the back and forth between freelancers and video production clients is pretty innocent. However, I still step in whenever I detect that the freelancer is getting a little too liberal in explaining the arrangement we have. I don’t like my clients being curious about who is on my staff full time and who isn’t. The client just needs to think about what a great solution I provide and not worry about the rest.
If you want your video to be made on time, insist on a written guarantee stating the completion date, that includes penalties for unacceptable delays that weren’t your fault. Make sure that your contract guarantees that your project won’t get overlooked because of another project being undertaken by the explainer video company.
Take down the prospects names and give them to the person that hired you. Be sure to tell the other videographer that you are available for those dates as well. If he/she books any of those weddings, they will feel compelled to hire you again. After all, you didn’t just shoot, you also performed the task of generating hot leads which makes you golden.
Some vinyl records are out of print or they were never converted to CD by the record companies. Now you can enjoy and better yet, preserve that favorite record on CD. Want to listen to your records while out jogging or taking a walk? Have the company convert them to your MP3 player for even more enjoyment. Yes, there is a service charge related. Most of the time it is per record for the labor to convert it. But it will be worth it when you can enjoy your records again while out and about.