Over the past 20 years I’ve been providing basic video services for family, friends, some non-profit organizations, and my existing tech support clients, as well as through my work at the University of Iowa.
The videos I produce are a mix of instructional videos, product reviews, music videos, and commentaries. You can see them on YouTube in chronological order or listed in order of popularity – including two that have had over 130,000 views each.
Here are some of the video services I provide:
- Conversion Services. I’m able to convert from VHS tape to DVD or create video files from other media for uploading to services like YouTube.
- Editing. If you have some raw unedited video, or any video recording(s) I can do the editing required to create an improved product.
- Hybrid Projects. I’m willing to work with people who want to share the workload of a video project. For example, if someone is able to do their own video recording but would like help with the editing and production, I’m happy to split the work however a person would like. This can save time and money.
- Stock Video. I have a growing library of stock video footage I’ve recorded, and I also subscribe to a stock video service for additional footage if needed. Here’s a video I produced entirely from third-party videos.
- Support. I’ve created technical support videos and product reviews. I’ve also written several technical support articles on best practices for video production as well as reviews of hardware and software products.
- Training. I like to train people so they can do their own video recording and editing. This is helpful for non-profit groups who need event recordings and anyone on a budget who wants to do their own video work but need some training.
Rates and Fees
I provide a variety of services and use a fixed hourly rate rather than billing by the project or estimating projected costs. I’ll sometimes apply a discount or volunteer my time, but generally use the hourly rate as a guideline.
I’ve avoided pursuing high-end professional and commercial video production, or weddings, because these require a significant investment in expensive professional equipment that depreciates in value. Also, people have very high expectations of the results. To achieve the results people want, it takes many hours editing – raising the costs beyond what most people want to pay. For the few people who have a big budget, I refer them to some of the professional agencies in our area.
Instead, my focus has been on providing relatively high-quality low-cost video production services. I’d rather people have relatively low expectations and be pleasantly surprised than people have very high expectations and not be satisfied with a commercial project.
Below is an example of a multi-angle video I recorded using only a smartphone and a point-and-shoot pocket camera in video mode on a $10 pocket sized tripod. I recorded this spontaneously over a lunch break and edited it as a favor to the musician who was really appreciative. Were I to record this again, I’d use a camera stabilizer for the floating shots, and probably a third camera on a tripod moved around for cutaway shots.
If you’re interested in having some video work done, let me know. I’ll try to help, or refer you to someone who can.