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Mark Morache
Charging clients for Time Code Burns
on Dec 15, 2012 at 10:31:44 pm

I know this isn't an FCP specific question, however forum people here are familiar with the workflow for doing this on FCP, and frankly, FCP editors are the salt of the earth. That's why I always go to them for advice..


So...

Do you charge by the hour of footage? By the hour of work?

I've got 9+ hours of footage for a client. I'm chunking it out to 45-60 minute quicktime clips with a TC window burned in, and posting it on my dropbox.

I've got a pretty good workflow for this now, however it can take me a few hours to set up, then several hours of my processing time, tying up my computer.

I'm thinking a flat rate per hour of footage. $25/hr?.... $35/hr?.... $50/hr?..... more? less?

What's your best practice?

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Mark Morache
FCPX/FCP7/Xpri/Avid
Evening Magazine,Seattle, WA
http://fcpx.wordpress.com


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Steve Eisen
Re: Charging clients for Time Code Burns
on Dec 16, 2012 at 5:22:09 am

Charge what you feel what your time is worth.

With my experience, I can charge anywhere from $50 to $225 per hour.

Steve Eisen
Eisen Video Productions
Vice President
Chicago Creative Pro Users Group


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Chris Tompkins
Re: Charging clients for Time Code Burns
on Dec 16, 2012 at 5:36:19 pm

Back in tape world we charged $20/tape for window burn.

In the digital world we have translated it to per/60min of footage.

If there is 85 min of footage from a card, it would be $40 for the window burn.

Chris Tompkins
Video Atlanta LLC


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Mark Morache
Re: Charging clients for Time Code Burns
on Dec 16, 2012 at 6:02:27 pm

That's helpful, thanks.

Of course, it's a little different these days. A tape burn meant you popped a vhs tape in the deck, turned on the tc window on the beta deck and hit play and record. An hour later and you're done.

I have a rather elaborate dance I do to get the tc burn because I have 380 clips in this project, and I like to put the clip number in the burn window along with the timecode. I've got the encoding down to better than real time.

9.5 hours of footage burned, encoded, labelled and uploaded... 2.5gb in my dropbox. Would you charge $200 for that?

by the way... hats off to David Heidelberger and his very useful app Clip Labeller, which allows me to export an xml, flip it through his app, and bring it back into fcp7 to add a text track above each clip with the clip name. Awesome.

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Don't live your life in a secondary storyline.

Mark Morache
FCPX/FCP7/Xpri/Avid
Evening Magazine,Seattle, WA
http://fcpx.wordpress.com


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