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    Not sure if this is a sensitive topic going by the results shown when people ask on rates for event photography - most of the time you get "depends" answers.

    I did notice an average rate of around $100/hr for event photography.

    My question is, anyone can give an indication on the average rate for videography? Do these rates include video editing, or is it like photography where only the raw footage is provided. If editing is required, what would be the extra charges?

    Hope to obtain some constructive indications.

    Thanks!

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    i know that my friends charge ard $800/- for D&D. With editing, and return the raw tapes also.
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    You know whats the hourly rate without editing and just give raw footage?

    Quote Originally Posted by smurfman
    i know that my friends charge ard $800/- for D&D. With editing, and return the raw tapes also.

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    this i don't know liao. sorry.
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    Quote Originally Posted by vince123123
    Not sure if this is a sensitive topic going by the results shown when people ask on rates for event photography - most of the time you get "depends" answers.

    I did notice an average rate of around $100/hr for event photography.

    My question is, anyone can give an indication on the average rate for videography? Do these rates include video editing, or is it like photography where only the raw footage is provided. If editing is required, what would be the extra charges?

    Hope to obtain some constructive indications.

    Thanks!
    These prices below are for real local professionals with broadcast quality equipment, not students, Ah Chek with VX2000 or foreign nationals freelancing here.

    Event coverage 3CCD handheld $120/hr
    Event coverage Shoulder mounted $150/hr

    Programme shoots 3CCD handheld $140/hr
    Programme shoot Shoulder mounted $180/hr
    DP with Film Camera $250/hr to $600/hr

    Editor $25/hr to 65/hr
    Editing Machine Rental $200 to $800 per day

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    Thanks Arampan for the informative post.

    Just wondering, isn't a 3CCD Video camera within the reach of the "students, Ah Chek and foreign nationals"?

    Quote Originally Posted by arampan
    These prices below are for real local professionals with broadcast quality equipment, not students, Ah Chek with VX2000 or foreign nationals freelancing here.

    Event coverage 3CCD handheld $120/hr
    Event coverage Shoulder mounted $150/hr

    Programme shoots 3CCD handheld $140/hr
    Programme shoot Shoulder mounted $180/hr
    DP with Film Camera $250/hr to $600/hr

    Editor $25/hr to 65/hr
    Editing Machine Rental $200 to $800 per day

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    Default Re: Rates for Videography

    Quote Originally Posted by vince123123
    Thanks Arampan for the informative post.

    Just wondering, isn't a 3CCD Video camera within the reach of the "students, Ah Chek and foreign nationals"?
    Don't you see or heard alot of people carry D2X and 1Ds shoot for free or cheap cheap.....

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    That's true, but arampan did say broadcast quality and I was wondering if a 3CCD consumer/prosumer video camera qualifies as broadcast quality.

    Quote Originally Posted by catchlights
    Don't you see or heard alot of people carry D2X and 1Ds shoot for free or cheap cheap.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by vince123123
    That's true, but arampan did say broadcast quality and I was wondering if a 3CCD consumer/prosumer video camera qualifies as broadcast quality.
    That I don't know liao, this have to ask videographer.
    also not sure what classify as broadcast quality.
    btw, broadcast quality for home viewing isn't it overkill?

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    No, 3CCD does not mean broadcast quality. DVX100, VX2100 and PD170 cannot be accepted by many bigtime producers like BBC and CNN. HD, 1 million megapixels, etc does not make the cam broadcast quality. Also, the cameraman's angles, controls and skills must be evaluated.

    Broadcast quality video cams start at about $14,000 for a basic unit. After all the extras, it should come to about $50,000.

    I am a freelancer using a small hand-held 3CCD MiniDV cam.

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    So would you agree that the 3CCD MiniDV rates the same as what arampan proposed? Or are those rates for the 14k units?

    Quote Originally Posted by yowch
    No, 3CCD does not mean broadcast quality. DVX100, VX2100 and PD170 cannot be accepted by many bigtime producers like BBC and CNN. HD, 1 million megapixels, etc does not make the cam broadcast quality. Also, the cameraman's angles, controls and skills must be evaluated.

    Broadcast quality video cams start at about $14,000 for a basic unit. After all the extras, it should come to about $50,000.

    I am a freelancer using a small hand-held 3CCD MiniDV cam.

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    3CCD minidv cameras are quite affordable.

    Quote Originally Posted by yowch
    No, 3CCD does not mean broadcast quality. DVX100, VX2100 and PD170 cannot be accepted by many bigtime producers like BBC and CNN. HD, 1 million megapixels, etc does not make the cam broadcast quality. Also, the cameraman's angles, controls and skills must be evaluated.

    Broadcast quality video cams start at about $14,000 for a basic unit. After all the extras, it should come to about $50,000.

    I am a freelancer using a small hand-held 3CCD MiniDV cam.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vince123123
    So would you agree that the 3CCD MiniDV rates the same as what arampan proposed? Or are those rates for the 14k units?
    Mini DV hand held rates are of course lower. In recent times, they have been lowered due to price slashers like students freelancing and foreign nationals working here.

    Actually, the 3CCD handheld cameras that are accepted as broadcast quality are:

    Panasonic DVX100
    Sony PD170
    Canon XL2

    These produce excellent video... in the right hands... It is unfortunate but many wedding videographers do use these camera... on auto mode... That's like using your SLR set to auto ! ! !

    These 3 cameras have been used to shoot for Discovery, National Geographic, and many others.

    Panasonic DVX100:
    Pros: Best CCD and Image reproduction
    Cons Fixed Lens

    Sony PD170:
    Pros: Best optical image stabilizer (AKA Vibration Reduction)
    Cons: Least manual controls

    Canon XL2:
    Pros: Intercahangable lens
    Cons: weak low light performance.

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    So if all I need is a MiniDV 3 CCD cam-er, what kind of indication of rates would it be?

    Quote Originally Posted by arampan
    Mini DV hand held rates are of course lower. In recent times, they have been lowered due to price slashers like students freelancing and foreign nationals working here.

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