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How long would be normal to work on a five or six minute semi-professional music video?

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Armani’s Answer

In all honesty, it takes as long as you need in order to make it perfect. If no one is giving you an exact time frame that you need to do it in then take your time. How do you want people to see it? Would you rather it look rushed or well put together.
Thank you comment icon Is twleve-fifteen hours normal or does that just mean I'm slow? Alessia
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Kim’s Answer

Alessia, Your speed will improve as you get more experience. When a person is just starting out, and wants to be the best they can be, they are (hopefully!) going to be hard on themselves - be a perfectionist. You want to be known for the quality of work you put out.

If you are self-employed, the question then becomes one of billing. I used to do legal support work for attorneys. I billed by the hour, but, in all honesty, I didn't bill for all the hours I actually put into it - just what I felt was reasonable. Sometimes I'd be working on something and hit a mental block - it wasn't right to bill for the time it took me to work through it!

If you are billing by the job, then, you need to figure out what you feel is reasonable, and competitive in your market. Don't under-value your worth!

Also, please start now developing a portfolio of your work product, someplace where you keep things you can show to perspective clients. Also develop references. Contact info for past clients, and, get their permission to use them as references.

Self-confidence is hard to develop. The better you are, the more you do, the more confidence you will develop.

Like Armani, a Marine, said above, take your time and make it perfect!

Kim
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Waleed’s Answer

Hello, Alessia L.
it depends on your experience and the type of video you are working on. normally, professional videos take around 5-10 hours of work, to produce a 5-minute video. if it is so professional like cinematic videos it can take several days to work on. if the video is just depending on editing and colour grading it can take to almost 5-6 hours.
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good luck
Thank you comment icon thanks, it was exactly what I was looking for Alessia
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Alexa’s Answer

It all really depends. Depends on what you mean by semi-professional, and depends on what kind of video. If it's shots cutting into each other, it will take longer. If the shots are each several seconds long, and it was filmed with just one camera, it won't take as long. But anywhere from a few hours to a few weeks is normal, depending on the type and professionalism. Of course, full length movies or even shorter videos where each clip has to be worked on extensively can be even longer. Good luck!
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