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What Questions To Ask a Videographer

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#1 mbarnes04

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    Posted 14 May 2010 - 02:52 PM

    any advice on what to ask? thanks!! :)

    #2 PaulSchrank

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      Posted 16 May 2010 - 12:03 PM

      I am a Videographer, here are the questions to ask.

      What kind of cameras do they use?
      - 3-chip Standard Definition (worst, not worth it)
      - 1-chip AVCHD High Definition (better)
      - 3-chip HDV High Definition (good)
      - HD DSLR like the Canon 7D or 5DMII (best available)

      ask for model numbers to verify it by looking them up on Amazon.

      What do they deliver on?
      - Standard Definition DVD
      - High Definition Blu-Ray

      many vendors shoot with HD cameras but edit and/or deliver in Standard Definition on DVD. If it's not Blu-Ray it's not High Definition. The High Definition workflow takes new equipment and software and can be costly, whereas HD cameras are cheap and allow them to put HD in their marketing info without the investment.

      What do they do for audio?
      - On-Camera Mics (worst, not worth it)
      - Lapel Mics (good)
      - Direct feed from the sound system (best)

      a good videographer will use a combination of the above and record several audio tracks at once.

      What do they do for camera stabilization?
      - Handheld (worst)
      - Monopod (better)
      - Tripod (best)
      - Steadicam (pricey)

      again a good videographer will use a combination of the above.

      Given the recent leaps in HD technology, I think it would be a waste of money to pay for a Standard Definition video. Insist on HD cameras and Blu-Ray. If you don't want to pay for professional HD video, it would be better to invest in an HD camcorder and a tripod. See my post in the DIY forum for more info:


      #3 msglave

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        Posted 17 May 2010 - 07:47 AM

        Very good information. Thanks Playa Weddings!
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        #4 mbarnes04

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          Posted 18 May 2010 - 08:58 PM

          Wow, thank you!!!

          #5 shelbs97

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            Posted 09 December 2010 - 07:50 AM

            This is really great information.  Thank you Playa Weddings for posting. Too bad you're booked for my date : (  Now I have to ask these questions of someone else.

            Shelby & Justin - Cancun Palace - May 21, 2011

            #6 PhotosInCancun

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              Posted 10 December 2010 - 10:51 AM

              Great Info Playa Weddings, 


              to add a few questions for them,




              Do they have formal training, If so, where? 

              How long have they been in business?

              How many weddings (approximately) have they done since they have been in business? 

              How many weddings have they done in the past year?

              Do they have samples you can look at, a portfolio and or references?

              Is cinematography or documentary the preferred style?

              What is included in the various packages? Titles, Editing, Copies, HD, SD, DVD ???

              When can you expect the final copy of the wedding video ?

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