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Do Real Estate Videographers Outsource Their Video Editing?

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Published: 18/05/2017
By: larry

Patrick in California says:

Can you recommend or do you know of any off shore companies that do video editing?  I am so busy shooting that I just don’t have the time to learn video editing, so for, I believe my product will be best by using external sources.

Most property videographers that I know prefer to do their own video editing. I think the reason is because there is a creative connection between shooting and editing video. Establishing a style to your work involves that connection between shooting and editing. However, once you've established a style and start doing property video on a large scale, I can believe there is little time left for the editing.

I'd be interested in hearing from readers that are doing a fairly large volume of property video how they deal with the video editing process. Does anyone outsource their video editing?

Can anyone suggest a video post processor?

10 comments on “Do Real Estate Videographers Outsource Their Video Editing?”

  1. A great question. I would love to outsource my edits, but I'm too much of a (creative) control freak 🙂
    I did look into this a little while ago and though I have not personally outsourced any video editing to these guys, I did chat about doing so with Andre from SilverhouseHD (http://silverhousehd.com/) .. They may be able to provide the services you're looking for. Good luck!

  2. I think everyone who shoots video should try his hand at editing. I've been doing it for 25 years and I love keeping up with all the latest software. I do editing for Apple, Google, and Yahoo, as well as provide editing facilities for other clients.

    I recommend using Premiere Pro for editing software because it easily integrates with other Adobe products like Photoshop and Lightroom. For instance, it uses many of the same plugins and filters. You can even do Photoshop work on a series of frames and then move them back into Premiere. Also Adobe's After Effects seamlessly integrates with Premiere. Although Avid Media Composer software at $600 is better in many ways, one can easily do real estate work in Premiere without the higher expense of Avid.

    For audio work, I use Apple's Logic Pro. But I mostly use it because I have been using it for years. I used to be a recording engineer and Logic is relatively inexpensive and works great with video. Pro Tools is probably better, but for real estate video purposes, Logic Pro will be perfect and much cheaper to own. I think it's about $200. On the other hand, if your audio needs are simple, one can simply do all the audio work inside Premiere.

    If you want to learn this stuff, it has pretty steep learning curves, but I use Lynda.com to stay on top of it. Lots of excellent tutorials on how to cut video can be found. Check out Lynda.com for tutorials on editing in Premiere.

    I have been in the video field for a few decades doing commercial editing. I am shooting and editing real estate in HAWAII; have a look at my videos. My work can be seen here: http://www.hawaiirealmedia.com

    If anyone has specific questions about which software to use, what gear it requires, and what is best for real estate work, please contact me at the above web site, and I will be happy to help you figure stuff out.

    If someone wants to sub out video editing, I can do it. The original poster was looking for "off shore companies." Does HAWAII count? Contact me at http://millervideo.com

  3. I've been thinking about offering a RE video editing service. I use Premiere Pro and have six YouTube Channels.

    One of the methods I've used recently is to shoot the property with a camera rather than a camcorder. Edit the images as you would normally for an agent. This way you don't blow the windows and views out, which is what I've seen with camcorders.

    Then create a video slideshow with voice over and music. One has video clips of the pool and jacuzzi in with the photos and worked well. The audio of the water falling added interest.

    Also had local bird calls in with the audio as the property is in a rural setting.

    I have a pro Canon Camcorder Xf300, but challengef myself to do it this way. I feel that using the DSLR with off camera flash gave a far better feel for the interior than the camcorder would have done.

    The biggest downside if you want to do it really well is time and therefore the cost to edit.

    I've been testing different methods of production for about 7 years, comparing photos vs full motion video on YT. I wanted to know what gets the best engagement from an SEO point of view.

    The video slideshow method mentioned above is close to full motion video - provided it has voice over. No VO is a total waste of time.

    My website is http://www.baileyvideo

    Glad to help further with advice or help, just ask.

    Regards,
    Doug.

  4. There is a definitely a learning curve with the editing but it's important to get systems in place to save you time on each edit. I have been editing video for a lot of other local real estate photographers/videographers. Contact me at brian@twilightartistry.com, maybe I can help you out!

  5. Since I am new to video and don't yet consider myself a videographer, I posed this question to a FaceBook Videographer group I have joined. Its a small group so far but without exception, those videographers who work alone, feel it is part of their brand to stamp their product with their own editing style and techniques. However, they did understand that as a business grows and has more demand than supply, that a videographer could work with outsourcing the editing as long as those doing the editing took the time and trouble to really study their own style of editing and made sure the finished product was made to have the look and feel that they themselves would have given it. Of course the editors would need the same brief from the client that the videographer received so both videographer and editor were on the same page vis a vis the client.

  6. Hi Patrick,

    We shoot a lot of real estate videos and my shooters often has no time for edits either since they do photography also.
    That's why I have trains a set of editors within my company to do only edits and they have some extra capacity to handle your editing needs.
    Feel free to reach out for further discussion.
    Thank you!

  7. Interesting question!
    Larry; it might be nice to have a list of people (there are a few i this thread) who offer video editing services?
    I have done enough Adobe Premiere Pro work to understand it is hard to be efficient unless you do a lot of editing, and, as with all photo work, there is no fee for a learning curve!
    Thanks!!!

  8. Steve, you make a good point about there being no fee for the learning curve.

    My wife and I are both editors using Premiere Pro with 2 Win 7 PCs. We spent months with Linda.com getting good at this. So there is a real investment to do this.

    But it's enjoyable too if you are not under the gun to deliver. The program can only go so fast, no matter how well you know it 🙂

    Doug.

  9. This is a timely post for me. I have just been approached by a group that have asked for training in what kit to buy and how to use it. They also said that the ability to upload their footage and have us edit it would a be a real winner for them. To be honest it seems like the perfect solution. Giving agents the ability and confidence to get quality material and then having a professional team edit it seems like a win win situation.

    I did struggle for a while thinking does video really sell for agents, after all its a people business, however we think we have come up with a couple of solutions on that front. The other thing I am considering is interactive video which gives the prospective buyer choice and control.

    That said we need to talk money so it could all still fall apart 😉 Any thoughts would be well received here.
    Thanks for your time.

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