Making a video... How much do i Charge?

Discussion in 'Design and Graphics' started by tsice19, May 22, 2008.

  1. tsice19 macrumors 6502a

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    I'm going to be making a video for someone who recently asked me to for some special family occasion. It involves taking about 100 photos, scanning them all (indiviudally :( ) adding captions, creating a movie, and burning it to a DVD.

    How much should I charge?

    This is my first time doing something like this for profit, and I'm not exactly sure what the going rate would be.

    Thanks,
    tsice
     
  2. tobefirst macrumors 68040

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    I don't have much to add in the way of a total price, but you may want to think about using an online scanning service- one where you send them the pics and they scan it for you. It may be worthwhile time/money wise.
     
  3. tsice19 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    It has to be done by the end of next week. I don't mind doing the work. I just need to know what would be a fair price to charge. I'm thinking somewhere in the range of $50.
     
  4. tobefirst macrumors 68040

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    How long do you anticipate it taking to scan 100 pictures? Multiply that number (in hours) by how much you want to make per hour, and then you have the first half of the equation. Don't sell yourself short.
     
  5. tsice19 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    How much money would someone make by doing something such as I am-- in the real world? (Seeing as I'm doing this at 14...)
     
  6. tobefirst macrumors 68040

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    With your own equipment? Random, educated guess: $30-50 per hour. Since you're not too experienced, maybe take half or two-thirds of that.
     
  7. faustfire macrumors 6502a

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    For a slideshow like your talking about, a professional wedding/event videographer would charge anywhere from 2 to 6 hundred bucks. The average rate seems to be around $300. (I've done a few and usually charge $450.) Scanning and cleaning up 100 photos is a pretty time consuming job, throw in some "ken burns" type photo animations, and your looking at a pretty long day in front of the computer.

    As you are 14 with little experience, I'm not suggesting you charge full price, but I would def charge a bit more than $50.:)
     
  8. marbles macrumors 68000

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    Can't realy help with what to charge but when you decide ....


    ....I reckon you ask the person to get you another 'job' and say if they get you a refferal you will give them a discount .

    that sounds like the thing to do to me , especially as you have no experience! ...this way you get another 'job' and can keep on building your experience then possibly a refferal from the first and so on it go's ....


    luck
     
  9. ert3 macrumors 6502a

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    For one why not use a digital camera so you don't have to scan.

    secondly making that is something that I personally find far to easy to do so I would not charge much.

    Take how much film costs/batteries then add the cost of the DVD's and then figure out how many hours it took you to pull this off and multiply it by say 7 and add that. If you don't want to charge them to much then change the 7 down or up.

    Altogether its a low price and good for your first profit job as you 1 don't want people who do this professionally and charge less to out gun you and two you could use the word of mouth advertisements.
     
  10. Aperture macrumors 68000

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    One note, on my HP Scanner/Printer combo I can have it automatically detect multiple photos and split them into separate files. Check to see if yours can do the same.
     
  11. oli2140 macrumors 6502

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    Which model does this?
     
  12. mperkins37 macrumors 6502a

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    Whatever you charge, GET A SOLID WRITTEN SIGNED CONTRACT.
    Outline EVERYTHING expected of you. Outline what ADDITIONS will cost.
    Believe me even family will try to screw you.
    I know from personal experience with a more complicated but similar project, that involved 1400 Restored photos from the 1800's.
    COVER YOUR ASS, or you may not have one left.....
     
  13. marbles macrumors 68000

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    which model does that please ..I have a hp printer and would love to know ...it would save me a lot of time with scanning all the old family photo's in
     
  14. Consultant macrumors G5

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    BAD IDEA. Unless you have high end set up, that is NOT going to work.

    Nope. Just because you THINK it's easy doesn't mean it's worthless. The market price for something like this, when done at a professional quality, is definitely more than "not charge much".


    There are lots of books out on how to price creative works. It's not a simple multiple. The OP will have better luck researching price on the local market. Ever heard of google?
     
  15. cgratti macrumors 6502a

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    if your doing 100 photos, and making a slide show I would charge in the range of $125-$150.
     
  16. pujapuri macrumors newbie

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    I think you could get about $200 if you put good work into it - take a lot of references (cues from Apple's iDVD themes).

    $200 is really nothing for a production oriented job.

    Good luck! :)
     

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