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- December 12, 2009 at 10:30 PM #376842stepNVParticipant
I work at a creative marketing agency an we are going to start some video production. What basic equipment do we need to get started? We want our videos to be high quality with good lighting and sound.
What type of camera, mics, lighting equipment do you reccomend if we want to keep it in a 10,000 budget?
We will be shooting things like short films, local ccommercials, video blogs, videos for client websites, corporate videos.
While you have many options with equipment and software, if you really want high quality video maybe you should consider bringing on a professional as a consultant to train your staff on how it’s done – Just becuase I buy PhotoShop that doesn’t mean I can create a good ad campaign…
There are GREAT, affordable services “out there” where the companies do not charge an arm and leg, or your first-born, in order to provide a timely and professionally produced video presentation. There are, as has been implied by Birdcat, elements of production that are easier to get from qualified service providers whose final product will fall well under the expense of investment and time taken to learn the process. You will come out of the gate looking better and being less frustrated by going this route unless, of course, you DO have qualified personnel on staff – but then if THAT were the case you would not be asking these specific questions.
Where are you located. My company, for example, provides experienced, qualified professional service, quick turnaround and affordable rates. 🙂
Or, if NV stands for Nevada, then there’s a company called Shaw Video Productions, reliable and professional – ask for Joan and tell her Earl sent you.
I currently haven’t done much serious work with my video production skills. I’ve also heard of numeroushard situations of employment, seeming to indicate that an employed job may not be the best way to go at this point. I’ve considered going freelance every now and again and begin withcharging cheap rates. After nearly one year and a half picking up skills online, I figured that I might be ready to step into a somewhat serious business. My small realm of equipment consists of a JVC GZ-MG505 camcorder, Sony Vegas Pro 9 editing software, a homemade (yet fair peforming) shotgun mic, and a consumer tripod.I”m currently on a tight budget in terms of purchasing more.
Does anyone have more advice on attaining a good video career, or any of you guys who are willing to share your story?
IF you have not yet checked out my video marketing blog, or Jay’s (AspyRider), *you probably have, but…) you might take the time to do so. Both blogs contain a HUGE amount of information, especially E.C. Come, E.C. Go, regarding how to make money producing video. Jay’s In the Viewfinder not only offers marketing and video product ideas, but scads of links and recommendations regarding video essentials from stabilization to editing and everything in between.
Essentially, YES, with your current equipment, knowledge base, and some determination and effort, you can make money, if not a living, doing video productions. It really is up to you and the amount of effort you are willing to invest. My mantra is “If you market, you will make it!” 2009 Earl Chessher.
Thanks for your input on this – I have thought about going freelance in the small town that I live in. May not generate the best income, butfrom what I’ve heard,most pros are earning $100+ an hour on their productions.It would sure bebeneficial for meevento earn a fraction (e.g. less than 1/5th to start)of that amount.Your articles do look good as a broadsource of information for starting a video business.