Your video edit is about to begin and you want to know, “Can I make changes to my video?” In this episode, we’ll help you better understand your options when it comes to those changes. So stick around and learn about making changes to a video and how to keep them under control, in this episode of Video Answers.
“Can I Make Changes To a Video?”
You want to know if you can make changes to your video. The short answer is:
Yes. Changes are always possible.
But changes can quickly take on a life of their own. So the better question to ask is:
“How do I keep changes from impacting my budget and schedule?”.
Understand The 3 Areas
One of the best ways to make sure changes don’t take on a life of their own is to understand these 3 areas.
1. Understand the Process
First, understand the process.
Think of the entire video process as a pyramid. Each layer of the pyramid is built on the previous. So what is changed in one of the first stages, for example, affects everything around it and after it.
For example, if a client approves a graphic design that is later changed, we have to undo everything we’ve already done and then redo it all again, which can create a set of problems all its own, not to mention the cost in time and money to the project.
It all begins by understanding the process.
2. Understand the Cost
The second area you should understand is the cost.
Some companies offer a certain number of revisions during the video edit; but over the years we learned that it was clearer for everyone if we set aside a certain number of hours for client revisions.
Those hours are based on the general size of the budget and this is spelled out in our proposal. So in this proposal, for example, we’ve allotted “Up to 12 hours of client changes to edited program.”
Once that time that was originally allotted, has been used, we will then estimate the cost of additional changes, if any, and get your approval before proceeding. This makes sure that everyone is on the same page. Communication is key!
3. Understand the Time
The final area you should understand is the time.
Changes not only affect your budget, they take time and can affect your delivery date.
In our proposals we include the time it will take to deliver your video. But changes outside the scope of the proposal can take additional time, time that wasn’t allotted.
Some changes look simple at face value, but their impact can be anything but simple. When that happens those changes can add days to your schedule and delay the completion of you video.
Yes, you can make changes to your video. But understanding that these 3 areas:
- The Process
- The Cost
- The Time
will keep changes from taking on a life of their own and negatively impacting your budget and schedule.
Do you have questions about making changes to your video? Leave a comment below or send me an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and ask away.
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