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- May 29, 2008 at 12:17 AM #42876AnonymousInactive
I would like to know some tips on starting up a video business. The three main areas which my business will cover at the moment are videotape to DVD transfer, general video editing, and creating slideshows put to music. I have gotten answers from many other people in this field but would like to get as many answers and tips as possible. Thank you in advance for your advice.
And by the way, I have the necessary equipment to do this field of work.
- May 29, 2008 at 12:33 AM #179521
- May 29, 2008 at 1:45 AM #179522AnonymousInactive
No, I have a website. It is http://www.pcultimatevideos.com . Thanks anyway.
- May 29, 2008 at 2:00 AM #179523chrisColoradoParticipant
Nice! I like it.
- May 29, 2008 at 12:32 PM #179524AnonymousInactive
- May 29, 2008 at 12:36 PM #179525AnonymousInactive
We are a video-creators team from Poland, experienced mostly in documental productions, with a standart digital television equipment , cameras, lights of course, editing stations and so on.
We look for cooperators abroad 🙂
- May 29, 2008 at 3:05 PM #179526BrianParticipant
a 1999 back article from Videomaker Magazine talks about starting a wedding business:
Here is a another good place to start:
- May 30, 2008 at 1:16 AM #179527AnonymousInactive
The best advice I can give is to make sure you’re looking at the laws around business in your state to make sure that you’re doing things above board.
- May 30, 2008 at 1:18 PM #179528AnonymousInactive
agree with cd, know the laws where you are, be prepared for a slow start and to work harder than a used car salesman trying to meet his quota with a lot full of junk cars.
- May 31, 2008 at 3:07 AM #179529AnonymousInactive
Thanks for all the advice. By laws, do you mean tax laws or are there more laws than that?
- June 1, 2008 at 5:06 AM #179530AnonymousInactive
Pick up some books on starting your own business. I recommend Michael Gerber’s The E-Myth Revisited as a starting point, you can check it out on Amazon, it’s basically The classic book for someone starting a small business.
- June 12, 2008 at 2:38 AM #179531AnonymousInactive
Read what you can; focus on getting in touch with your local small business association to figure out the legal side of things and seek advice from others who have been there.
- June 15, 2008 at 3:20 AM #179532AnonymousInactive
I looked at your web site. Looks very nice. I played one of your samples. I’m not familiar with the music but be sure you have permission to use the music. The fine is around $7,500 per copyright infringement. It can get really expensive. I bought a library of royalty free music from Digital Juice. The license has very few restrictions and I don’t have to worry about ASCAP or BMI suing me.
I joined several civic organizations. This put me into contact with people with VHS tapes needing conversion and who had the money to pay for such conversion.
- June 16, 2008 at 3:14 AM #179533AnonymousInactive
I looked at your web site. Looks very nice. I played one of your samples. I’m not familiar with the music but be sure you have permission to use the music. The fine is around $7,500 per copyright infringement. It can get really expensive. I bought a library of royalty free music from Digital Juice.
This is definitely a great piece of advice; I hadn’t been to the site when I made my post. Just as you are going to want to retain the copyright to your recordings and video, artists deserve royalties for the work they have done.
- July 22, 2008 at 3:59 AM #179534Grinner HesterParticipant
my best advice is watch the debt.
If you have clientele waiting in line and you have to finance gear to meet that demand, it’s more than find. It’s a mistake to finance gear for any other reason. Same with other overhead. If you HAVE to have a plush studio to dazzle clientel, you have to do what you have to do. If this is not a requirement, you are cutting your income by doubling your rent.
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