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What is the pay rate 4 UW video work?

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#1 fldivenut


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Posted 22 April 2008 - 07:20 PM

I just got asked to do some UW video work, just shooting and deliver the raw MPEG files, no final editing. It will take about half a day.
What is a normal pay for such a job? I know what the time would be worth if I did something for half a day as a consultant but I don't want to either give it away nor rip the guy off.

While I'm at it, what is the going rate for editing work? (Just in case the guy comes back and want it edited too.)

Thanks in advance.

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Posted 22 April 2008 - 08:16 PM

Well it all depends on what's it for, what equipment you use and how good you are.

If you have a HDCAM in a housing you can charge $1500+ per day.
If you use a little single chip HDV setup in a basic housing then only a couple hundred dollars.

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#3 Nick Hope

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Posted 22 April 2008 - 08:17 PM

Take a look at this thread.

You won't find many rates published on the net as people tend to tune their prices according to the type of customer but my standard rates are here.

#4 shawnh


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Posted 22 April 2008 - 10:55 PM

Nicks examples seem about right to me if you need a second opinion.
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Posted 23 April 2008 - 09:25 AM

I'll do it cheaper.... :) :)

Joking !!!! before you all start getting the hump.

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#6 jonny shaw

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Posted 23 April 2008 - 02:13 PM

It's funny I have a job on at the moment which is shooting doctors administering BOTOX to women, and I am getting bloody great money for it, it's ongoing too which is fantastic.

Underwater stuff which has harder, weather dependent, involves a shitload of gear is so much harder to get consistent well paid work.
I think the industry that you are pitching too makes a huge difference.
Big corporation have no issues with dealing in big numbers... in fact I reckon if you are too cheap it puts them off.
Small dive companies which are struggling to keep there head above water in winter, if you say 5K they say NO WAY! (hey that rhymes a little maybe I should add poetry to my skill set)

Big dive companies see the value and spend the dollars and end up with a professional job and do even better..

Sorry I am rambling, what I am trying to say is that I always tailor a quote to the company, do a little research, get a decent brief from the client and in your quote break it down so that they see why it costs so much.


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