Do you send footage out early?
I worked a little on bit on my family vacation to Maui. My family was OK with that because it was only for a couple of hours. Plus that was 2 hours my cameras were not on them.
I worked on a promo video for a Natalie Brown – Maui Photographer who has shot my family before. Our walls are littered with her wonderful images from about 5 years ago. If you get a chance hire some instead trying to get yourself in the family photos.
What I’m going to show you is from the first shoot. I was getting broll of her working.
Natalie has never seen this before so you are watching with her for the first time. My question is; do others show footage early like this to their clients?
I did a quick pass at the interview section which I’ll talk about in another video.  Edit process: As I watch the broll I bump up sections I might want to use. After that I condense the best clips and I try to match music to it as soon as I can. It might not be the final music but I want to see what works and what doesn’t. Then I do a quick pass on the color and render it out.
I was shocked to see all the salt water on my Panasonic lens. But in the end I kind of liked it. That was not planned because I couldn’t see the dots on screen when using the Nebula.

Natalie Brown Shoot Broll - in the frame

Equipment used on the shoot

Natalie Brown Photography


  • I usually cut a sizzle reel of footage for a client as soon as I can. I find this puts their minds to rest and lets me work on the final product without interruption. I never show raw footage, though, after the shoot day.

  • I never usually do a highlight reel. I only did it once when I shot my cousin’s wedding. But for the most part, I make the client wait. And, of course, you and your client have this understanding during your initial meeting. One thing I don’t do though is show raw footage of anything.

  • After 20+ years in the corporate media world I found that I had to be very careful when I sent “in progress” review videos because unsophisticated viewers will pick up on the strangest things to worry about. “Yes, I know the audio is a little low there, don’t worry about it…it’s a review version.” What happens is, the minor details get in the way of them helpfully reviewing a video. Polishing the apple just a little can be a big help.

  • I found out a long time ago that providing a client a glimpse of what you are working on for them can unleash a can of worms. Better just to tell the client you are working on it and it is looking good. Once you let them have a taste, you are inviting them in through your back door to look at what you are doing. If you are lucky it can be positive, but what if it is not..then you have a problem or problems to deal with that you really don’t need. I think it is better to clearly spell out in writing what you are going to do and also make it clear how many revisions you will do and for how much.