Pricing - Don’t Compare Apples to Oranges!
The price of video production is one of our most asked questions, so we placed it on top of this section. We are very affordably priced but often when comparing video companies’ people don’t know what to compare other than price. Selecting a production company isn’t like buying a loaf of bread, it’s more like choosing a surgeon where you want to select the company that will do the best job for you or, another analogy, it can be like buying a car where there are numerous choices and options to give you exactly what you want and need.
Don’t worry, we make the process Easy, Understandable and Stress Free!
We Help you Every Step of the Way
We’ll gladly provide information, rates, price points, go over and help you understand. Every video is unique and to provide a more accurate estimate and to design the best treatment for your specific project it’s always best to contact us so that we can develop a plan to best achieve your goal.
“Often just shopping on price leads to buyer’s remorse when the experience and result don’t meet expectations.”
Many times, we are less expensive than our competitors, yet we’ll do a better job because of what we provide!
The Difference Between Hiring a Video Production Company or a Freelancer
When Aardvark Video works for you, you’re not hiring a freelancer who just shows up with a camera and “wings it”. You are hiring a full-service Video Production Company that has over 30 years of experience, provides planning, supervision, technical talent, equipment, onsite client interface, insurance, licensing, follow-up services, flexibility and more. You can see what makes us stand out and what our clients like about working with us here.
We are very good at organizing, planning and executing large projects. If you have large projects such as multiple crews, multiple simultaneous room coverage, multiple days and extra equipment, often we are able to pass economy of scale pricing onto you.
Can A Video Job Be One Hour?
To create a business video such as a commercial or training, there is concept development, scripting, location scouting, shooting in a studio or on location and editing so obviously this can’t be done in an hour.
However, for event recording sometimes clients call and say, “we want you to record our presentation and it is only an hour”. The thought is you just arrive, turn on a camera and that’s all there is. They may not know that coordination with the venue needs to be put in place ahead of time, equipment needs to be unpacked, a shooting location determined, equipment setup and tested, connected with onsite AV equipment to get proper sound and we may need to setup our own lighting and then after recording, equipment needs to be disassembled and packed.
Often after a presentation, if the client just wants the raw footage, they may want us to copy files onsite so they can leave with them.
It is also important to note, when something is recorded, it is camera footage which on some computers, because they don’t have the necessary software or power, can’t even be played. When that is the case, we can edit and encode the footage for playback on just about any computer which requires more time.
How long will it take to have my finished video?
This is entirely up to you! If you need to meet a specific deadline just let us know; our team has literally worked through the night to meet client deadlines. If there isn’t a deadline it all depends on what’s involved such as animations and graphics, the amount of footage, any necessary edit changes that need to be made, etc. You let us know how much time you’d like to put into your final edited video.
How will I receive the footage or video?
We are also very flexible with handling files and will do what works best for each client. We can transfer raw files to a hard drive (either yours or ours that we’ll sell to you), send an email with downloadable links, upload online for previewing, or even mail/ship you the hard drive, it’s up to the client how they’d like to receive the material. Once payment has been received our clients have full rights to the files.
Can we make a video inside a casino or the Las Vegas Strip?
Professional video cameras are not allowed in or around casino floors. Some major hotel and casino properties also have strict union regulations; you can try requesting to bring in your own video company. Call us to learn more about union regulations: (702) 897-4477. We do often shoot in hotel rooms. As far as the Las Vegas Strip you are required to have a permit to shoot although there are ways to work around this. Again, we’ll gladly go over any of your questions in detail at (702) 897-4477
Why did I receive a lower estimate from another company or videographer?
Often we find that when people are looking to hire a video production company they only use pricing to make their decision instead of looking at the company’s experience, equipment they are using, do they understand your goals, have they done similar work in the past, etc.
Next time you are price shopping video companies, just be aware that you may get what you pay for when going that route!
Today almost anyone with some technological knowledge and a camera (or a smart phone) can be an amateur videographer. Most likely they wouldn’t have employees to pay or any overhead and therefore can charge very low rates.
We are a fully licensed and insured company with the experience and infrastructure to handle any job and any unforeseen circumstances that may occur while on a job. Shopping around for the cheapest rates can be a critical mistake. Don’t worry about budget concerns, get in touch to see what we can do for you: (702) 897-4477
What are the Three Phases of Video Production?
Every video production project is unique and requirements can be either more or less for your project. However, this is a description to help you understand the process for a typical scripted video and the three phases of video production that typically take place.
Phases of Video Production: Pre-Production
The video process starts with a “Pre-Production” phase where in meetings with your organization and us, everyone will decide and agree on what your message is and what you want your audience to do after they see it. From there a script is built which includes a description of the shots, required graphics, animations, narrative or dialogue and music. We will scout the locations where shooting is planned and determine such things as if it is too noisy, when is the sun in the right place and other issues such as lighting needs that must be included in the plan. If actors or your people on camera are needed, we’ll work on casting and selection. During this stage a schedule for shooting will be developed.
Phases of Video Production: Production
On the actual shoot, the “Production” phase, we’ll have someone responsible for camera operation, lighting, sound, make-up and directing the action while being certain the planned scenes transition properly (continuity). Someone also may be logging (keeping track) of which recorded shots are the ones that will be used and monitoring the script to be certain every required shot is accomplished. If actions, even something that seems as simple as moving a lever, must be videotaped, there may be numerous takes till the proper shot and timing is accomplished. During this phase there are many options you can choose including teleprompters, make-up technicians, jibs, dollies and specialized lighting.
Phases of Video Production: Post-Production
Once the videotaping is completed, the project enters what is called “Post-Production”. This is the editing phase and today this is done on computers with lots of hard drive storage. The selected takes are digitized, trimmed, and arranged on a timeline in editing software. Animations, transitions between shots, graphics, voiceovers, music and all the other required pieces are created, added, timed, paced and manipulated in the computer. If a voice-over (VO) for narration is done, it will typically be in a sound booth or sound studio with the voice timed to the action in the script. It is also in this phase where the finished video can be encoded into a format where it can be viewed on the web and possibly streamed.
For even a short three-minute video, between planning, shooting and editing, it can take many man-hours.
These are all things we do helping you to understand and provide your input on the process every step of the way. So that you get what you need, we will rely on you to input on the projects objectives, provide information on your company, schedule your people, who may be in the video, and setup logistics if video will be shot on your facilities. As the project progresses you’ll also provide ongoing input and review the progress.
In any project like this “Your Vision Becomes Our Vision” and we share the ownership and commitment to success that you have.