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You can actually have your wedding produced with the quality of a Hollywood production. But all videographers are not the same. The goal of this guide is to help you find an expert VIDEOGRAPHER who can produce an excellent video for you. The secrets revealed in this guide will give you the tools you need to distinguish between the amateurs and experts.
|WHY SHOULD I HAVE MY WEDDING VIDEO TAPED?|
Video is the only way to capture the sights... sounds... and
motion. Your wedding day is the most important day of your life. You will want to relive
it. You will want to see and better yet hear important friends and family members as they
were on that day. And you will have future friends and family, even children who would
like to see the wedding day of two people who are so special to them. Photos alone can not
capture the excitement, last minute preparations, your vows, the exchange of rings, tears,
grandparents talking to your kids, the joy, music and dancing. This is the only family historical documentation that uses
sight and sound. Capturing the moments when the families
meet is so important.
|HOW IMPORTANT IS IT TO HIRE A REAL PROFESSIONAL?|
Vitally important. The problems start with cheaper consumer video equipment being used. Typically low priced wedding videographers use consumer equipment. By cutting costs and quality they can charge a lesser price. Professional equipment maintains a higher standard of quality and must pass more stringent testing. Don't be afraid of the technical terms like "three chip cameras". We all use them. It's what type and size of chips that is important. For the down and dirty technical information click HERE. Problems get worse when you listen to the sound. Amateurs lack the equipment and the knowledge to compensate for a problematic environments. Special RF (Radio Frequency) microphones are necessary. Next the typical amateur doesn't have the means or knowledge to shoot or edit the program into a closely knit production that tells your love story with emotion and impact. They lack quality equipment and commercial expertise. Remember! You are paying for a professional. Why not have one?
|IS IT EXPENSIVE TO HIRE A PROFESSIONAL VIDEOGRAPHER?|
NO! On average, less than ten percent of your total wedding budget.
Maybe even less than your flowers. Less than a band. And yet with the exception of your
photographs, you're video is all you have after your wedding is over. It is the only
sounds and motion pictures you will ever have of the most important day of your life. Your
friends and family will be immortalized in this video. Some things and moments in time are
priceless. What you want is a videographer that has pricing based on options.
Don't get a videographer with boiler plated packages that are fixed with things you don't
want. Experts give you these options to design your own package to fit your budget and needs
likes and dislikes.
Also check to make sure your videographer is insured. Usually they are the better
established firms that care about your satisfaction. We hope not, but things could go wrong.
DO I FIND THAT EXPERT VIDEOGRAPHER?
PLEASE READ THIS PART AS A MINIMUM!!
It is a shame that most brides don't ask the right questions. There is
no excuse not to know what to ask. So you don't get cheated I will give you things to look
for and do, and some basics to ask your videographer!!!! Even if you already are signed
with a videographer, check to see that he is giving you a professional job.
View more than one non demonstration video on a large screen TV. Sometimes the videographers carefully prepared a special demo that he took many unpaid hours to complete that is not the typical video you will get. When viewing, request many other samples and ask if this is typical of what you will get and how much will it cost for that exact same thing in your video. Also note the clarity of the fine details in the picture. (Fuzzy text and picture?) This is a hard one because it is all relative.
Check to make sure that your videographer is well established. How many years has he or she been in the business? Is his/her work on broadcast TV now? Name commercials? How about commercial awards for videography? This will give you an indication of the videographers' abilities and open possibilities for quality broadcast productions. Some key technical questions you should ask your expert videographer important to your production are:
|HOW MANY SPECIAL EFFECTS DO I NEED IN MY VIDEO?|
The use of special effects is a matter of personal taste. As a rule you don't want them overdone because they overwhelm your story. But when properly woven into a video, they add excitement. Here are some typical effects you might see: FREEZE FRAME--Stop action at a critical moment for dramatic effect. WIPES/DISSOLVES- The current image transforms into the next. STROBE-- Looks like slow motion. But true slow motion can only be done with professional equipment. Ask to see samples of that one! MULTI SCREEN-- Many Images are on the screen at one time. This is only capable by those who have extensive digital editing abilities and the knowledge to use them. MORPH--where an object such as your face transforms into your fiancÚ's face and at the half way point you can see what your children will look like. FLYING FONTS-- 3-D letters that float or tumble, in or out. Select a videographer that integrates effects into your wedding video according to your requests. This is your video.
|WHAT PRE-PLANNING SHOULD BE DONE WITH MY VIDEOGRAPHER?|
First inform the person in charge of the venue that you intend to have your wedding video taped. There may be restrictions in regard to the lighting and filming locations you need to be aware of. Next request your videographer visit the locations in advance of the wedding. This allows them to familiarize themselves with the best locations for filming. Experienced videographers usually are familiar with the filming location. Next sit down with your videographer and discuss the shots that are important to you. Tell them of the special pictures you want them to catch on tape. Give them guidelines or an itinerary in writing. List : interviews, down the isle shots, possible locations for best view of ceremony, etc. Your input is mandatory so that we can get that shot for you. Top professionals or experts are sensitive to your needs. They will guide you, suggest shots they know are popular, and will work hard to be unobtrusive and still get those memorable moments for you.
|DO I NEED TWO, THREE OR FOUR CAMERAS?|
Two cameras are better than one, but they cost more and require man power to properly work for you. Have you ever notice the evening news where they always use more than one camera? The news announcer will turn their heads to look into the camera that is on. This is done simply because it makes the news more interesting to watch. A two camera production gives two different views of the same event to make your video more interesting. Extra cameras with operator is always the best. Watch out for videographers that use unmanned cameras. A good editing job then combines the shots from the two cameras such that they form a fabulously compelling finished production. A third camera gives us even more to pick from. If your budget allows, it's worth it.
|DO I NEED TO SIGN A CONTRACT WITH MY VIDEOGRAPHER?|
Yes, you do. A contract clarifies the specifics of your arrangement with your videographer and eliminates confusion and misunderstanding. Your contract should spell out details such as: How much your video will cost; When payments are due; Dates times and places for your wedding; Special requests; Delivery dates of your finished video.
|SHOULD I PURCHASE EXTRA COPIES OF MY FINISHED WEDDING VIDEO?|
That is up to you. Most parents love to receive a copy of their son's or daughter's wedding day on video. As a result most couples do purchase two additional copies, one for each parents. Remember that each copy you purchase from the expert videographer will be passed through a TBC or time base corrector that digitally refreshes the broadcast masters so that each copy is pristine like the first. Copies are just not copied like you think. An expert just doesn't plug one deck into the other and makes a copy.
|HOW MUCH TIME GOES INTO CREATING A GOOD VIDEO?|
Typically a good wedding videographer puts 30 to 40 hours into a single
video. This includes preplanning sessions, visits to wedding and reception
sites, shoot time, your sales meeting, editing time, and equipment preparations.
Excellence shows. You will get more than your money's worth when you hire an
We live in a video age. Wedding videography has become as accepted as still photography. Even more so because this is the only family historical documentation that uses sight and sound. You now have some insights to make an informed decision when selecting your wedding videographer. If you did read down to this point, you are my type of client.
Call now for your free orientation where we can further explain
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for you. Be a smart shopper!
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