Tips on Starting a Video Business

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    • #42876
      Anonymous
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      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.

    • #179521
      chrisColorado
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      I built my own website and I can build one for you if you still need one. See my site at http://mexenzoaiire.angelfire.comEmail me at mexenzoaiire@gmail.com if you need me.

    • #179522
      Anonymous
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      No, I have a website. It is http://www.pcultimatevideos.com . Thanks anyway.

    • #179523
      chrisColorado
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      Nice! I like it.

    • #179524
      Anonymous
      Inactive

      Thanks.

    • #179525
      Anonymous
      Inactive

      Hello!

      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 🙂

      Alicja

      alicaworks@gmail.com

      tel +48 791 013 545
      ICQ 406065529
      http://www.myspace.com/_alica_
      http://www.QueerTV.pl
      http://www.alicaworks.tk

      http://www.laboratoriumdokumentalne.tk
      http://www.filmpoetycki.tk

    • #179526
      TheDVshow
      Participant

      a 1999 back article from Videomaker Magazine talks about starting a wedding business:

      Article

      Here is a another good place to start:

      http://thedvshow.com/faq-pro/index.php?action=article&cat_id=018&id=665&lang=

    • #179527
      Anonymous
      Inactive

      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.

    • #179528
      Anonymous
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      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.

      John

    • #179529
      Anonymous
      Inactive

      Thanks for all the advice. By laws, do you mean tax laws or are there more laws than that?

    • #179530
      Anonymous
      Inactive

      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.

    • #179531
      Anonymous
      Inactive

      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.

    • #179532
      Anonymous
      Inactive

      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.

    • #179533
      Anonymous
      Inactive

      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.

    • #179534
      Grinner Hester
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      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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