Affordable Videography Alternative?

posted 2 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 2
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35 posts
Newbee

My sister used a company called WeddingMix which is really affordable/kinda like a DIY wedding video. It was really really fun! We rented two of their cameras and they give you an app code and my sister designated me and another bridesmaid to capture the important moments with the WeddingMix cams while everyone else at the wedding took other fun clips and pictures. With the app, everyone at your wedding can upload their footage to your specific app code and as the bride you get all the footage from everyone. It’s pretty cool. I know there are a few other companies that do something similar but I’m not sure what they are

Post # 3
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620 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

blushblossom91:  we are borrowing a flip cam from my parents (looks like an iphone). They are cheap though, like $100. We delegated the most important parts of the event to different friends: Ceremony, toasts, first dance, father/daughter mother/groom dance. I emailed the manual to those videoing but it’s so easy – press record and that’s it. All of the video services around here were either like these cinematic masterpieces that cost $4000 for ten seconds of footage (yeah I’m exaggerating) or crappy home-movie shooters that coast $1000 – and in that case I might as well have a real home movie and save the money.

Post # 4
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263 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

Been where you were but glad we hired someone. 

The most expensive part of videography is the editing.  Just a basic edit takes 3 hours for every hour of film.    Pro video is also adusted just like photos are.  Photographers work harder on the day of but videographers work their butts off in post processing.  Videographers work harder than photographers for one event and that comes from a wife of a photog.  They really aren’t riping you off but I get the sticker shock.

We hired a videographer to film only and then release the raw files ( no editing ) . Although she subcontracted through the company we paid,  the videographer was a highly experienced wedding videographer that starts her packages at $4000 but wasn’t booked our day and wanted to work rather than not and she had no futher obligations beyond the day which she liked.   The raw footage cost us $75 /hr but I saw cameramen willing to work the union rates for about $60ish on industry boards with little to no wedding experience. 

The other justification to videography was to consider her a second shooter.   We have high res HD film we can take screen shots from which will print up in an album fine. She knew where to be and when and there are no missed frames where as my photog can only get some many frames even when going for a burst.   She was also getting other angles at the ceremony so the combo of the two is nice. 

We have 3 years to decide if we want to pro edit it (more time to get less broke)  but DH wants a hand at learning adobe audition to see if he can do something with it himself.   Even if he sucks,  I can still pay later which is pretty much a win in my books.

 

Post # 5
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88 posts
Worker bee

Lizbethc:  Would you or your sister mind if you posted her video (or even messaged me a link or something if available)?  I wanted to have a videographer but my fiance is putting his foot down because of cost.  I was looking into WeddingMix but didn’t love the videos they have as examples.  Was hoping to see a “real life” video.

Post # 7
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102 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2014 - Bartram's Garden

 

blushblossom91:  I was in the same boat–parent’s offered to foot the bill, and I tried my best to cut costs!  Everyone I talked to said you at least want your ceremony and big moments (cake cutting, first dance, etc) on camera; but, it doesn’t really matter what it looks like, quality wise.  SO, I went onto groupon and living social and found a deal on videography for an up and coming company.  I just got the demo back, and honestly, I couldn’t be happier.  The quality is decent, and to echo my entourage’s sentiments–just having it on film is all that matters. 

Best of luck!!  🙂

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