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Video editing doesn’t have to be a frustrating endeavor.

Don’t let the size put you off!

Many business owners shy away from outsourcing video editing services to overseas professionals because of the file sizes involved.

However, a contractor can save you a lot of valuable time and, in fact, there are ways to outsource video editing effectively using a mixture of common sense and some web tools that are readily available these days.

Following are 3 tips you can use when deciding what editing to outsource overseas and what to keep in-house.

Consider The Video Quality, Type And Length

Before deciding how to edit a video, consider whether the quality needs to be the highest, how long it is and what the file size is, as these will vary for different types of video.

A corporate marketing video will need to be very sharp and polished and may be a bit longer than others, so you may choose to edit this in-house if you have someone with the expertise to do that.

If the video is intended mainly for driving traffic to your site and will sit on YouTube and other video hosting sites, there will be limits to how long the video can be (which limits file size) as well as reducing the quality required.

You still want a great job done, of course, but the point is that you can change the way you edit videos by considering the intended use of those videos and what the production quality needs to be.

Send Larger Files Using Online Tools

If you decide to outsource a larger video then there are some online tools you can use. Five of the best are described below:

  • You Send It – one of the most popular and secure online file sharing software products that allows you to easily send large files and email attachments from a desktop or mobile device.
  • Transfer Big Files – this is a similar service that allows you to send large files from any desktop or mobile device, with free usage up to a certain limit or the option of a business plan.
  • DropBox – allows you to share large files easily by hosting the files and providing access to you to download to your desktop. It is a free service aimed at people who share large files in the form of photos, docs and videos. A 2Gb limit applies to the free service. It means you don’t have to email.
  • Log Me In – this allows you to provide a contractor with access to your computer so that the editing work can be done remotely on your worktop. The files never leave your computer!
  • Team Viewer – a similar service that provides secure access to any remote computer via the Internet and allows a contractor to work on the editing remotely.


A tried and trusted method of sharing large files is to use FTP to upload it to a web location that is protected by a username and password that you can pass to the contractor; this allows access to the necessary files.

Whether to outsource your video to professional video editing services overseas or handle it yourself will depend largely on the production quality you’re after and the ease with which you can provide access to the files.

In this day and age, transferring large files is less of a problem and this opens up many outsourcing possibilities; the DVD  of the Lights, Camera, Profits! workshop is packed with many other tips for making successful and cost-effective online videos. Just click here to learn more about it.

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