Is $1 a minute expensive for custom video creation?

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I've been working on the concept of a Youtube coaching channel

In the process of researching video source options, I've boiled down 4 alternatives

Option 1
- Create my own videos and speak in front of a camera (non-starter cuz I'm extremely shy and might flub up my speech if I get nervous)

Option 2
- Create whiteboard animations with my own voice (this has been beat to death and the software to create these have tricky monthly plans)

Option 3
- Hire a video spokesperson to present my script (from Fiverr etc)

Option 4
- Hire a voiceover person and another person to create a dynamic slideshow from the narration - all based on the script I supply them (again, from outsourcing platforms)

My question: I've found several providers for Options 3 and 4, the cheapest I got was for Option 4 which is $1 per minute.

Is this expensive or just right? Should I find a cheaper alternative?

Sadly, all the 'text to video' software options out there flat out suck even with the supposeldy AI-driven voice synthesizers so I have to rely on HUMAN voices/video spokesperson

Thanks in advance for your feedback/suggestions
#creation #custom #expensive #minute #video
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  • Profile picture of the author godfather25
    Sounds like a pretty good price to me. I figured it'd be higher than that.

    Option 2 doesn't have to be a monthly plan. VideoMakerFx (if its still around) cost me just 47 dollars one time.
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    • Profile picture of the author writeaway
      Originally Posted by godfather25 View Post

      Sounds like a pretty good price to me. I figured it'd be higher than that.

      Option 2 doesn't have to be a monthly plan. VideoMakerFx (if its still around) cost me just 47 dollars one time.
      Is the $47 limited or stripped down in any way compared to monthly programs?
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  • Profile picture of the author Billmax
    Depends on the video! i was creating short facebook ad videos for some loan campaigns i was running (1-2mins) for $15 - don't what type of content you want to create ... but that's pretty cheap if you ask me!
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  • Profile picture of the author hocksenzyme
    As for me it's very cheap.
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  • Profile picture of the author DomMitton
    $1 per minute is cheap. Don't forget about the quality tho...
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  • Profile picture of the author IMWealthMogul
    A $1 a minute is a little on the cheap side of the spectrum. Since your videos will be the backbone of your channel you may not want to go with the absolute cheapest option.
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  • Profile picture of the author FYRE BUNNY
    To be honest it very cheap I mean just a $for a minutes for customise video.Ithink you should go for it.
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  • Profile picture of the author DIABL0
    $1 per minute sounds extremely cheap to me.

    I would seriously question what the quality of the end product would be. However, since it is so cheap you could test it for very little and find out.
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  • Profile picture of the author mattlaclear
    Camtasia 2019, and Audacity (for Window Users) is all you need. Record the audio first, then piece together the presentation using screen capture, Broll from videoblocks.com, and annotations.
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  • Profile picture of the author qwikaddotcom
    fiverr would be a good place to compare the rates. I find them rather competitive. $1 a minutes isn't bad.
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  • Profile picture of the author Entrecon
    $1/minute is pretty cheap, depending on what you are actually getting, especially if you are going through any of the online job sites (i.e. Fiverr, UpWork, etc.) because they take a percentage of each sale reducing the amount the freelancer gets even more. That being said, the longer the requested audio the lower the per minute rate is going to be. For instance, if I do a 6 minute audio for a YouTube video, I am going to charge around $20 ($3.3/word) but if I do a 3-hour audiobook I am going to charge around $150 ($0.83/word). On both of those, you are getting minimal editing and I am not matching up any kind of timing.
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    • Profile picture of the author writeaway
      Originally Posted by Entrecon View Post

      $1/minute is pretty cheap, depending on what you are actually getting, especially if you are going through any of the online job sites (i.e. Fiverr, UpWork, etc.) because they take a percentage of each sale reducing the amount the freelancer gets even more. That being said, the longer the requested audio the lower the per minute rate is going to be. For instance, if I do a 6 minute audio for a YouTube video, I am going to charge around $20 ($3.3/word) but if I do a 3-hour audiobook I am going to charge around $150 ($0.83/word). On both of those, you are getting minimal editing and I am not matching up any kind of timing.
      Fiverr is quite cheap and produces decent ROI from what I've read. It depends on other factors though.
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  • Profile picture of the author martworld
    People charge 10 dollar per 10 second. So its cheapest. Go for it. Also let us know the source.
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  • Profile picture of the author alanbenney
    I have to say that is a good price however although you say you are camera shy many people feel that way when they start making videos.

    I spend a lot of time on Youtube and never ceases to amaze me how some of the worst videos get loads of views. What you must remember is you are probably your worst critic we all have to start somewhere.

    With regards to video marketing software, I have been using Animator which is a one-time price of $57 no monthly and it is very user-friendly

    Hope that helps and Good luck
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  • Profile picture of the author newxxx
    so tell us what is your source for $1/minute videos ?

    thank you
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  • Profile picture of the author wisecoach
    $1 per minute is not seems costly if video quality is good..
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  • Profile picture of the author spearce000
    $1 a minute seems a bit cheapo to me. You get what you pay for when it comes to this kind of stuff.
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  • Profile picture of the author prodexigner
    It's really expensive. For camera videos, the cost may be justified with expensive equipments. But still $1 is too way expensive.
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  • Profile picture of the author prodexigner
    I have several YouTube channels with the same format. Slideshow + Narration but in (hindi / Urdu) voice
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  • Profile picture of the author Ettienne
    Just responding to the title, but yes, $1 per minute is WAAAAAYYYYY too low. Depends on quality of course, but still, you don't EVER want to be THAT cheap
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  • Profile picture of the author fullypak
    $1 per minute is very less. But you need to check their quality work.
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  • Profile picture of the author venibbs
    1$ is too low
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  • Profile picture of the author superowid
    What is the question ...????

    $1 per minute work to create video ...
    or ...
    $1 per minute video result ...??

    The first one means $60 per hour work
    and
    the second one means $1 per video done!
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    • Profile picture of the author writeaway
      Originally Posted by superowid View Post

      What is the question ...????

      $1 per minute work to create video ...
      or ...
      $1 per minute video result ...??

      The first one means $60 per hour work
      and
      the second one means $1 per video done!
      $1 per minute video result - I supply the script - they handle voiceover and slideshow work

      Please note that this is for slideshows NOT whiteboard animations or other types of animations. It's definitely not for videospokespersons.

      Just clarifying that since I made sure I was comparing apples to apples
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  • Profile picture of the author Princess Balestra
    $1 per min for vid stuffs?

    This is beyond frickin' insane!

    Ain't seen the depths of abject cheapola pillaged so shamelessly in an age.

    Vid is rocket fuel, an' 1 min of quality content, directed right, can have way crazy impact.

    An' that 1 minute takes way longer to make than it does to watch.

    You can't even get coffee for $1!

    So why should anywan with hardcore tech expertise pump out a movie for $120?

    Or fix no lousy explainah so they can recovah from bein' taken for a goober by scorin' a caffeine hit?
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  • Profile picture of the author trevorjohn752
    Nice to read. So useful and informative tips. Many thanks for sharing them all.
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  • Profile picture of the author qwikaddotcom
    You are right, whiteboard animations have been beaten to death. For me, personally, it's a turn off. If you can overcome your shyness you can do a better job representing your brand or products. Create your own videos.
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