|Your friend's camcorder
is probably not up to the task. At a minimum, ask them if it is DV format. If
it is only VHS or 8mm it will look very fuzzy by the time you get your copy. And
don't forget to check how an edited version using your friend's camcorder will look using the lighting you
| You should normally use
at least two cameras
to allow the events to "flow" nicely in editing. While
one camera is zooming, or changing subjects, you should switch to the
|Your friend's microphones are probably not up to
the task. Using only the on-camcorder microphone gives very "muddy" sound.
It is often difficult to understand what anyone is saying. Try a two minute
test at your location before agreeing to use his microphones.
|We normally use at
least three professional quality wireless microphones.
We usually put one on the groom, one on the officiant, and one on the
podium for the readers. In addition, we often use a different mic
for the singers.|
|To cover a reception well, you often need a variable output light. Be
sure your friend has one if your want to see what is happening without disturbing the
|Probably the most important factor in producing a video
that you will want to see over and over again is a good digital editing system and a lot of
experience in putting together a
well-paced story. Be sure to see some samples of your friend's
finished videos and
compare them to professional ones before deciding you want to accept any compromises.|
|Less important perhaps, but the final presentation of the
physical tape is worth considering. Will you get a tape with a handwritten label
from your friend? Our videos come in a custom
designed case that identifies how special the enclosed video is!|
|Also related to presentation, be sure to
see a DVD that has already been put together. Can you go straight
to the vows? The bride getting ready? The recap?|
|Be sure your friend has the experience to capture all the
sights and sounds you would like. It's not a good time to learn how to use two
|Does your friend know how to edit your masterpiece into a
treasured heirloom? Again, it's not a good time to learn.|
|Still photography cameras owned by your friends are
probably closer in quality to those of a professional than their video cameras are!
We would not suggest using your friend for your still wedding photos, but the difference
in your video will be even greater than the difference in his still photos! |
|The equipment needed to capture and edit a professional
video costs tens of thousands of dollars. And it often takes 30-60 hours just to edit the final version!|
|If you don't want to hurt your friend's feelings, just
treat them like any other videographer. Ask to look at a sample of their work, and
also look at a professionally produced video. Compare and decide for yourself.|
|You should consider that your friend will be busy during
the entire ceremony and reception. He or she will not be able to participate with
you in the celebration.|
|Your friendship could be jeopardized. Many hard
feelings appear when the newlywed couple are extremely disappointed with the home-made
video and lack of editing.|
My photographer will also
do video. Why not save some time and money and use him/her?
Please see the answer to the question above.
But in addition, many people do not understand how different creating a good video
is from taking good photographs. The photographer usually treats the video as a
secondary item, and it shows. Much of the magic of a good video is added in the
editing phase, which has no real parallel in still photography.
The important thing is to see complete videos from
whoever you consider. Choose the videographer that captures your day, its feelings,
and the people the way you like.
When do you
Each package includes a
certain number of hours of coverage on your wedding day based on the options you
choose. In addition we usually
attend the rehearsal. We will start filming whenever you like, though it
must be at least a half hour before the ceremony starts. We often start one or
two hours before the ceremony to capture the special "getting ready"
moments. This allows Janet time to capture the
interactions among the bride and other ladies in the wedding party as they get ready.
What if I choose a package
with a certain number of hours and find I want to have you stay longer?
If your preselected time is over and there
are more events you would like covered, let us know. We can extend your coverage in half
hour increments (for a small fee that includes the additional editing) as requested to get
all of your celebration.
just send us a sample DVD?
Even though we have mailed sample DVDs, we normally prefer to use this time to start the process of getting to know you. The
more feedback we have about what you like and don't like about the sample videos, the
better we can customize your own video to be exactly what you want. Therefore we generally
prefer to have you visit us in our studio to see sample videos. Of course,
if you are not planning to be in the area, we can work with you to see samples.
many copies of the finished tape do we get?
Each package contains a
certain number of custom packaged videos
made directly from our master digital original. Additional copies may be purchased
for a nominal fee.
are you different from other videographers?
Mainly we have better equipment, and we get to know who
you are and are better able to convey that on your video. For some specific
differences please click here.
Our wedding is very religious, and we do not want video people
running around during the ceremony!
We normally do not move around during the ceremony.
Our positions and any movement are discussed in detail with you in advance.
We will do what you
We normally attend the rehearsal to identify the best positions and to discuss
any issues with you and the officiant ahead of time. We are always respectful of any limitations imposed by the officiant and
others, but this is not normally a problem.
Can you get video of the processional from the front of the
As in the previous answer, it is up to you. If you
like, one of us can move to the center of the aisle to get video of the processional in an
unobtrusive way. We then return to our previous position before the bride and her
father get to the front of the church.
cameras do you use?
We normally use two manned cameras. We
often also use
an additional unmanned camera in an inconspicuous spot to get a third angle and/or sound.
are having family come in from all over the country (or world). Should we do
A wedding is often the only time (except for funerals)
that all your extended family will get together. This makes a unique opportunity to
preserve your family history in a vibrant, interesting way.
We have done special videos which combined filming the
wedding with getting footage to create a separate family reunion tape. Ask
us about such an option.
What are your prices?
Please call 1 (434) 9video1 or 1
984-3361, or email us for current pricing details.