Many factors influence the decision of whether or not to work with a video editor. It can be either the editor’s fee, the skill level, or other factors that hold you back from making your decision.
With countless creatives presenting their work on YouTube, the pressure is on to create something worth remembering.
Take a look at these simple steps that will help you find and hire a YouTube video editor that can bring your content to the next level.
[Spoiler alert: Cherrydeck is the best tool for helping you find a talented video editor in the easiest way possible. Skip ahead to learn about how to utilize Cherrydeck to your advantage.]
Know your cost
Before setting out to find a YouTube video editor it is important to understand how much you want to spend. It will not only be important to find the right person for the job but also to understand what type of content you can get with your budget.
For a video editor, there is a ton of work that goes unseen. You might think video post-production, namely adding effects and animations, is the only main task you need to account for. However, a video editor often needs to:
- import video and other materials and identify selects
- do a first rough cut
- enhance color and make other necessary visual adjustments
- source music and play with the sound mix
- do a final review and go through feedback loops until the final outcome is achieved
The cost of a video editor will change considerably depending on:
- how many minutes your final video should have
- how many cuts per minute go into the finished video
- how many cameras you’ve used when shooting
- how many takes you have
- and if you want B-roll cut-aways to be part of the finished result
If you’re really on a shoestring budget, you can always try some of the free online video makers and do everything by yourself.
Identify the type of video editor you need
As for anything else, before setting out on finding the YouTube editor you want to work with, it is important to understand the different types of editors. Let’s take a look at the different options.
Freelance Video Editor
A freelance video editor is someone specialized in video editing who has become independent when deciding what jobs to take on. It is typically a video editor who worked as a full-time professional in the past. However, it’s not always the case.
Full-Time Video Editor
If you are looking for a YouTube video editor that does not only join a project when they are needed, then you need a full-time video editor.
This person is your go-to dedicated editor and is a constant part of your team. This means they also receive a regular salary and should have projects to constantly work on.
Know what type of videos you want to produce
Only by understanding and defining the type of video you want, will you be able to find the right person for the job.
For example, if you are looking to produce an explainer video you should find a video editor that has experience with that kind of content. This person should be able to integrate animations and images into the video, but also understand how and where to cut so that the explanation is clear.
? Not sure what style of video you are looking for? Take a look at different types of videos, here.
Where to find a video editor?
An obvious tool on which you can search for a video editor to work with is Instagram. The platform is the number one place on which both up-and-coming and professional creatives are presenting their work.
Instagram has its own built-in search tools, that can make it easy to find someone to collaborate with. These search tools allow you to filter out the best fit based on a keyword, their location, or a hashtag they use.
To be more specific, here are the different type of searches you can perform:
1. Keyword search: Once you open the search function on Instagram, click on the ‘top’ tab. Here you can type in a phrase that sums up what you are looking for. For example, when you type in “YouTube video editor”, you will see a list of profiles and hashtags that relate to the keyword.
2. Location search: If you are looking for a talented video editor that is based in a specific location, then you will want to search under the ‘places’ tab. Here you can include the city you are searching in within your search query, such as “YouTube video editor in Hamburg”. Or, if you have location tracking turned on, you will automatically get location-based results without including it on your query.
3. Hashtag search: Lastly, you can search through hashtags under the ‘tags’ tab. Here you can type the phrase you are searching for and Instagram will share a list of suitable hashtags, alongside an approximate number of related posts using the hashtag. To start looking at the content, simply click on the hashtag that is the most appealing to you.
Another platform on which you can look for a YouTube video editor is the platform itself. Begin your search by looking for the type of video that you are looking to produce.
Once you have found a video that has the style and editing you are aiming for, you can contact the YouTuber who owns the video. By getting in touch with them you can figure out if the video is self-edited or if the YouTuber has the appropriate contact they can share with you to bring you one step closer to your goal.
Another good tip when looking for a video editor on YouTube is to read the description. Oftentimes you can find the appropriate credits in this field that can link you directly to the creative in charge of the editing.
On specialised platforms
If you are looking to work with a freelancer, then platforms such as Upwork can help you find the perfect fit no matter what skill level they have. Simply open an opportunity or research for a video editor yourself, by defining the categories that need to be fulfilled.
However, if you are searching for a visual-first platform, where you can easily see the portfolio of the editor’s work and receive applicant requests without effort, then check out Cherrydeck.
With Cherrydeck, you can find the best talent out of a vast selection of creative professionals that could be interesting for you in just a few clicks!
How to use Cherrydeck
Step 1: On the Cherrydeck homepage you can select the ‘Search’ option on the top left corner of the screen.
Afterward, you will be able to enter the location of the videographer you are looking for and select the specific location from those listed on the dropdown menu that appears.
Step 2: Once you’re done, you will need to select the Videography filter and set it to ‘Yes.’ This way, you make sure you find only creatives who produce videos. In order to find a creative that is skilled in video editing, select ‘Yes’ on the Post-Production filter.
Step 3: Afterward, you are able to refine your search further. By adjusting the features that are relevant, you can narrow down potential video editors to work with.
The filters include:
- Number of Followers (Ranged from minimum to maximum)
- Level of Expertise
- Studio Vacancy
- Post-production availability
Once all the categories have been selected, you have the chance of finding creatives that match. By clicking ‘Editors’ Choice’, only selected creatives from the Cherrydeck Editorial Team will be shown. ‘Show Results’, will show you all users.
Press the ‘Profile’ button and you can access the creative’s full profile. Here you can see links to their Instagram page, a bio, contact options, and sample photos and albums.
If you like what you see on a creative’s profile, but want to check out some other professionals, you can select the ‘Save’ button on their profile before running another search.
You can then find them, along with any other creatives you have saved, under the ‘Saved profiles’ link in the Cherrydeck menu.
It’s that simple.
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