We had a very important video production to be done a memorial service. We researched videographers in the Seattle area where it had to be shot. We then hired the two best picks to better ensure that the critical shoot would be done well.
Returning to California with the raw video files, we then had to address the other important factor required to produce an impressive video: the editing of the multiple clips as necessary to end up with a high quality final production. Two of us have quite extensive skills shooting and editing photographs, but video is much more complex. Amateur videos are increasingly showing up everywhere, but the skills needed for a final polished production require an editor with the experience, and a commitment to professional quality results. This is a task that can produce great results if done by a professional who applies the proper effort and creativity, or it can be crudely stitched together by a video editor who might even charge a higher price for a quick and dirty job.
But knowing that we were not restricted to videographers in one area for the editing as we were with the shoot (as the files can be sent anywhere), we were free to search the country on the Internet for the video editor that would deliver the best combination of quality and price. We ended up sending the files to Chuck Arnett Video Editing Services in Kona, Hawaii, who spent many years editing videos broadcast on TV.
Chuck was very professional in every way right from the start. While others responded quickly with high and low quotes knowing few details regarding the job, Chuck took the time to thoroughly question us as to our goals, desires & preferences for the project, before making his offer to create an excellent production for an excellent price. After sending him the files, he made the process easy. More and more, it seems that people, even when you are a customer paying them a substantial amount of money, convey that they can only give you 10 minutes, or even less, of their time. But Chuck was willing to take as much time as necessary to communicate with us regarding the details of what we wanted to see in the final video, until the project was finished. He definitely showed a sincere desire to fulfill our desires for the end result.
Chuck really has gone above and beyond in his commitment to deliver a great video at a great price. He took the footage from the two videographers shooting the event, seamlessly integrated the best video & audio from the two, and performed color corrections & audio enhancements to the parts that turned out poor during the shooting. He also added appropriate text to the video. Plus, he went the extra mile by researching and locating photos, all of which fit in perfectly with the rest of the content where he inserted them, significantly enhancing the video. He created a video work of art that will be appreciated by many people for many years to come.
- Kenneth Boyd