Working from home as a freelance video editor
I started freelance video editing about eight years ago. Working with videographers on small editing projects for West Midlands Fire Service. This soon grew and I now film and edit projects for many businesses in the Birmingham area.
This project was filmed and edited for Castle Vale swimming pool. The facility was facing closure and required a promotional video to gain exposure and support for the campaign to keep it open.
This is my set up; what works for me
- Apple iMac with plenty of ram
- BMPCC camera and lenses
- H4N sound recorder
- Final Cut Pro editing software
- Several fast external Thunderbolt drives
- Vimeo pro account for sharing content
- Several card readers for capturing media
In the past I used many LaCie drives to manage and video edit content. I recently invested in a Drobo raid drive and several fast Red drives for stability and raw editing power. The device also uses raid technology to manage backups.
I still use a standalone Sony tape drive and two Sony Z5’s to film and capture many large projects. This saves disk space when filming lengthy conferences and anything where large recording times are required and cheap backup essential.
Where to share video edited content
When working remotely I use Vimeo Pro to show clients draft video work. I make good use of the password function, which allows private video files to be shared securely.
Finding the right freelance editing jobs
It goes without saying that much of my editing and filming work comes from word of mouth. Having a capable show reel helps land the right jobs. When out filming it’s essential to have your business cards close at hand.