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These are some questions we get asked most frequently by clients:

Why should I hire Video One Productions?
What video production services do you provide?
How can I use video to help market my business?
How much does a video cost?
What if I’m not located in Chicago?
How can video help my business?
How do I prepare to make a video?
How do I hire a video production company?
What questions should I ask before I hire a video production company?

Why do I need a professional video?
Why shouldn’t I make my video myself?
How long does it take to make a video?
Can I make part of the video?
Who do you primarily provide services to?
How will I get my video?
Where are you located?

Why should I hire Video One Productions?
With over 25 years of experience in video production, video editing, disc duplication and other related media services, Video One has helped businesses, not-for-profits and individuals with a variety of video production services ranging from promotional videos and event videos to corporate marketing videos and training videos. Our experienced Chicago videographers will help you achieve your goals by helping you produce professional videos in a professional and cost effective manner

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What video production services do you provide?
Video One Productions specializes in video production, digital editing, animation (motion graphics), disc duplication and conversion services. We can also consult with you on video marketing.

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How can I use video to help market my business?
Video marketing is a great tool to make your business more visible to potential clients. Adding video to your marketing strategy can boost communication to current and prospective clients. Using video in your marketing efforts will impress clients, help them understand a lot of information in a shorter period of time, and most importantly, attract more eyes by improving your SEO (search engine optimization) rankings so your business will move up higher on search engine listings.

For more detailed information on how video marketing can help your business, refer to our “Video Marketing” guide (link) or give us a call (773-252-3352) for a free video marketing consultation.

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How much does a video cost?
The ultimate cost for a video shoot and editing depends on the type of video production you need. For instance, if you need a corporate interview or conference filmed, we’d need to know how many cameras you’ll need and how much time you’ll need us for. And since we work on an ala carte basis, you only pay for the services we provide.

A custom video can be divided into three major areas: pre-production, production and post-production or video editing. The major considerations for pre-production are scriptwriting, location scouting, organizing the talent and organizing the shoot itself. Production includes costs for single and multiple camera shoots, and half and full day shoots. We have hourly rates for editing video footage. This includes editing the material and producing motion graphics and animation to enhance your production. Call (773-252-3352) or email (irwin@video1pro.com) us for a video production consultation, and we’ll send you a price proposal the same day.

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What if I’m not located in Chicago?
Whether you’re coming into town and need Chicago video production services or need us to come to you, we’ll work with you to make it happen. We travel, and when needed, hire out of town crews to produce footage that is needed for a video production.

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How can video help my business?
A video can help your business in a variety of ways. You can use videos in your marketing efforts (homepage, newsletter, press release, etc.), to answer questions, and to explain complex concepts to your clients in an engaging, efficient way. If a picture is worth a thousand words, a video is worth, well, a whole lot more!

We have a video marketing section and service dedicated to helping you use video for your business. For more detailed information on how video marketing can help your business, refer to our “Video Marketing” guide (link) or give us a call (773-252-3352) for a free video marketing consultation.

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How do I prepare to make a video?
There are many steps that go into setting up for a video production. Some things to consider include size of crew, number of cameras, lighting, backdrops, sound, voiceover, and more. For more detailed information on how to prepare for a video shoot, refer to our “Video Production Guide” (link)

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How do I hire a video production company?
What questions should I ask before I hire a video production company?

When choosing a video production company, the first thing you should do is figure out what kind of video production you’re looking for. Do you need a promotional video, an event video, a manufacturing video, etc.? Some video production companies focus on weddings and other consumer videography for instance, while some (like Video One) caters those seeing a corporate marketing video or other business production. Finding a video production company that specializes in the kind of video you need is a good first step in narrowing down your options.

From there, there are several things to consider when hiring a video production company. Refer to our “Video Production Guide” (link) for a detailed outline of questions to ask and things to think about in the hiring process.

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Why do I need a professional video?
You only need a professional video if you want to make a professional impression. Since the video may be the first impression people get of your business, it’s good to present a polished, professional video that’ll leave a lasting impression. You want your video to be informative, engaging and motivating, and an experienced video professional can help you achieve just that.

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Why shouldn’t I make my video myself?
Anyone can pick up a camera and attempt to produce a video themselves. However, deciding if you should produce a video yourself depends on the purpose behind creating a video. If your video is representing your business, you will be shortchanging yourself by producing anything but a superior quality video to tell your story.

Since your video is a direct representation of the quality of your business, a mediocre video translates to a mediocre image people will have of your business. Hiring a professional video production company will assure you a professional and well-put together video. Rather than looking at your video as an expense, you should look at it as an investment that will give you a return on your money many, many times over.

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How long does it take to make a video?
The time spent on a video project depends on the specifics and nature of the project. Sometimes the initial pre-production can take some time if the video needs to be scripted, a voice over talent needs to be hired, etc. If you simply need something such as a conference, presentation, interview or event filmed without editing or motion graphics, we can send you the raw footage within a few days or even transfer it right after the shoot. However, if your video needs editing, motion graphics and other post-production work, it may take up to a week or longer. An experienced video production company will be able to give you a fairly accurate timeline for when your video will be completed. Whether you’re on a strict time crunch or not, we’ll work with you to finish your video production as soon as possible.

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Can I make part of the video?
Absolutely! If you want to write the script, shoot or edit it, we’re still happy to work with you. Often, a client will give us their best draft of their script and then ask us for feedback. This saves the client money and helps us get a better understanding of the project. Even an outline of the major points a client wants to make is helpful.

We often work with producers who bring us their already filmed material and then ask us to ‘work our editing magic’ and make it a first class, finished video. If we have good video to work with, we can do that. But if the video is amateurish, all we can do is make the final edit the best it can be, given the circumstances. So it’s better to consult with us before doing anything yourself. We’ll be able to give you some pointers that will save you time and money and get you a better quality video.

It’s more the case that producers will ask us to professionally film the material and let them edit it. This way, they’ll have a great product to work with. A bad shoot cannot be changed. However, editing is more forgiving. So people who want to edit themselves can take all the time they want to get it right and can always keep editing the footage until it looks good.

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Who do you primarily provide services to?
We assist a wide spectrum of businesses and non-profits ranging from Fortune 100 corporations to government agencies to local start-ups to individuals.

How will I get my video?
We deliver content on external hard drives, file sharing platforms and video hosting platforms.

Where are you located?
Our office is located at 1820 W. Webster Ave, Suite 201 Chicago, IL 60614