per hour costs for hire of an edit suite and editor?

Discussion in 'Professional Video Production' started by James, Feb 10, 2006.

  1. James

    James Guest


    just wondered what is the usual hourly rate i should charge for an
    experienced editor working with a non linear edit suite (adobe premiere)
    editing to the mini dv format, but working with formats like 1 inch and
    betacam as well.

    I ask because i have some work coming up and need to provide a quote,
    however i have no idea what the going rate is these days, its been quite a
    while since I've offered editing services, last time i looked the going rate
    was about $50 AU per hour
    James, Feb 10, 2006
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  2. James

    ushere Guest

    i would charge whatever the market rate is (i used to charge $75(au) but
    that was about 6years ago). on top of that was equipment (it was an on line
    analogue - betasp, so that added around $100 an hour).

    i would charge seperately for dubbing 1" and sp by the hour - min $75....

    ushere, Feb 10, 2006
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  3. James

    Rôgêr Guest

    What quality level of work do you desire. It ranges from the kid down
    the street with a nearly new 3.8GHz Pentium and Premiere to Industrial
    Light & Magic with a little more horsepower - and some I'm sure I've
    never heard of. I live in a rural U.S. area with few opportunities to
    make money doing video editing, I'd work much cheaper than some guy
    wearing a goatee in either L.A. or N.Y.

    I guess my point is, it depends. A lot.
    Rôgêr, Feb 11, 2006
  4. No harm in calling around to other editors in your area to ask for
    their rate card. It's safest to start somewhere in the middle. If you
    have access to one-inch and beta as well as DV, that gives you a right
    to mark-up a little for projects that need those formats. The
    willingness to work weekends and nights to emet deadlines also commands
    a premium, as added-value stuff like compositing or dvd authoring ad
    mass duplication.

    I knew a guy who used to be a whiz on the toaster, he said he
    wouldn't turn the machine on for under a thousand; sounds pompous, but
    it meant he knew what his expenses were and what rate he needed to make
    his nut plus a little profit. Work out your true expenses, the cost of
    doing business, your infrastructure, taxes, insurance, etc. and once
    you know your average monthly expenses, you can calculate your daily
    expesnses. Now you know what rate to charge as a base, below which,
    it's more profitable for you to be out networking and begging your kiwi
    cousin at WETA for a job, versus doing this client's work.
    nobody special, Feb 13, 2006
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