Importance of videographer
Posted 26 April 2009 - 12:47 AM
Posted 26 April 2009 - 01:27 AM
I have seen some that are under 5 minutes though - and those are great I think - but I still think they are pricey
Posted 26 April 2009 - 06:21 AM
Posted 26 April 2009 - 10:11 AM
Posted 26 April 2009 - 01:37 PM
Posted 26 April 2009 - 01:38 PM
Posted 26 April 2009 - 04:45 PM
Posted 27 April 2009 - 06:54 PM
Just like choosing a photographer it's very important to see samples of the work and the assurance that the same person who shot and edited the sample will be the person shooting your wedding. It's also important to know what equipment will be used. With the large screen TVs, you'll want a video that's shot in HD and delivered on Blu-Ray. Even the best standard definition camera will shoot in 480i at 4:3 (widescreen is 16:9 and 4:3 content is usually stretched to fit the widescreen, not very flattering). Ask if the video will be shot in HD and edited and delivered in HD. Many people are shooting in HD but editing and delivering in SD (standard definition). On a scale:
shot in SD, edited in SD, delivered in SD (poor)
shot in HD, edited in SD, delivered in SD (better)
shot in HD, edited in HD, delivered in SD (even better)
shot in HD, edited in HD, delivered in HD (best)
Frankly, the first option will be so disappointing it's not worth it at all. The last option looks so good it has the potential to wow people and be something you will play over and over for future generations.
Ask these questions:
Show me samples of your work
Will it be the same person(s) shooting our wedding
Will it be shot in HD
Will it be delivered in HD (Blu-Ray disc)
What camera(s) will be used
How will the audio be captured
Poor audio can ruin a video and render it unwatchable faster than anything else. With the wind on the beach it presents a special challenge that requires a skilled pro. Nobody notices good audio but everybody notices bad audio. The second thing that can ruin a video is not using a tripod. Handheld camcorder footage is very difficult to watch for more than a few minutes. Combine that with poor audio and you have a disaster that you will never watch more than once.
If you are intent on having a guest shoot it, buy an inexpensive tripod and have the operator stand by one of the speakers. A pair of headphones will help that person position themselves to avoid wind noise. Even putting your hand between the wind and camera will help. The sound will travel around your hand.
Finally, don't sell the editing short. Thinking that a friend will edit your footage for you, or that you will edit it yourself after the wedding may be over ambitious. These things have a habit of not getting done unless you pay a professional to do it. It's especially worth it if you want to insure you have a DVD to play at a AHR. It starts with well shot video, but it really comes to life with expert editing. Good editing will be the difference between something only you want to watch and something that everybody wants to watch.
Treat the video like you would the photos. Consider your guests that can't attend and give them an opportunity to experience the day. Make sure that the memories you capture are complete. Consider how important sound and movement are to these memories. If you do it yourself and buy a camera I recommend the Sony SR11 with a tripod. Sony also has a wireless Bluetooth microphone for about $150 that will really help with the sound. You can put the wireless mic on the lapel of the minister. Be sure the minister has their back to the wind, if not put it on the Groom and be sure he has his back to the wind. Don't forget headphones to monitor the sound.
I hope this helps, if anybody has any questions please send me a PM. I want everybody to have a great video of their wedding. Last Christmas we watched a tape of an 8mm film that was shot at our parent's wedding. There was no sound and there was not enough light in the church to see anything, but having the footage outside of the church before and after was priceless. We had three generations all watching the video as my parents pointed out all the different people that were there. It was great for me to see my uncle who passed when I was young, and to see my grandparents looking so young and full of life. And my Mom, wow! gorgeous, absolutely priceless.
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Posted 27 April 2009 - 07:11 PM
Posted 27 April 2009 - 08:01 PM
I also got the full length video. I showed it to my best friend (who sadly wasn't there), my grandparents (also not there), my parents (who were there but wanted to relive the moment) and I've watched it myself 2-3 times alone (so yes about 5-6 times total). The great thing about a DW is that the ceremony is usually short (mine was 20 mins) so it's a nice quick video to watch. Not like a 1 hour church ceremony.
If you can't afford a great videographer like Paul (really, try to. I know it wasn't in my budget either but when I saw his work I just had to have him) then at minimum get one of your guests to videotape the ceremony. Just know that the footage will be shaky and the audio probably not that good. But it's better than nothing. You will really enjoy being able to re-watch it. You may only watch it once immediately after the wedding (unlike me!) but you will probably really enjoy watching again in 20 and 50 years from now.
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