Post # 1
My fiance & I are looking into a videographer. We are on a tight budget & our planner suggested for a videographer to do “Raw Footage” instead of the traditional video. I was wondering the following things:
– Is Raw footage literally just raw footage from our wedding day?
– Has anyone used or gotten this service? Why? Did you like it?
– Is raw footage a good idea or should we find a cheaper videographer to do the whole day?
Our thought was to do the raw footage now, and then when we had money to do an actual video.
Post # 3
I’ve been thinking about doing the same thing, anyone tried this before?
Post # 4
I’m also wondering about this.
Does anyone think it would be possible to have people with video cameras or any devices that take video to take the video and then try to splice something together and put it to music? I don’t care if it has the raw feeling to it, and I don’t care so much about great audio either. I like the super 8 films, so I’d try to do something like that. I suppose I’d have to buy film editing software??
@ms.puppyjacks- that is my question exactly. I don’t want to spend the money and then end up with some dumb video. How much does the raw footage cost?
Post # 5
- Wedding: June 2010 - Indiana Memorial Union
I’m planning on doing this. I don’t have anything left in the budget for edits, so I’m hiring a film student on an hourly basis + materials. Still MotionWell Spun has a service to edit your footage into a 15 minute highlights video – last I checked the rate was $500. Edits do make up the bulk of videography costs, but just remember, it’s not going to look like the cinematic movies some of the bees have gotten!
edit: it’s Well Spun!
Post # 6
I’m doing this, but I’m also trained in video editing. Even if you don’t know how to edit, I think it’s a much better deal. You’d be surprised how great of a job broadcasting students can do with raw footage. (I should know, I used to be one of them)!
Post # 7
- Wedding: June 2010 - Indiana Memorial Union
Yeah pretty much anyone with a lot of patience can put together a highlights video with music. It’s only a teense more difficult to dub over some audio like your vows. The real pain is just going through the hours of footage, marking the scenes, and choosing what to use.
Post # 8
@Jacqui: We’ve been quoted anywhere from $1200-$1400. But after speaking to videographers, it seems like they either shoot to edit into a video later or do kind of like a documentary. From what I understand, it is difficult to watch raw footage video on its own, so there must be some kind of editing done. The people we spoke to understood our situation and we discussed the possibility of paying for the raw footage now and then after the wedding paying using that money towards a package with an edited video. The more and more my FI think about, the more we are leaning towards a package b/c unless you know someone to edit the video, it’s kinda useless to have (from what I understand.).
Post # 9
@ms.puppyjacks: Raw footage is just that…raw footage. I think a good analogy to use is this: Imagine what your wedding gown looked like before the seamstress picked up the scissors to cut the material…a whole lot of stuff!
The camera person knows what and how to shoot the action going on in a way that the editors can arrange the pieces to fit into the puzzle. When editors get the raw footage, it’s their job to pull out the best shots to create the story. What they really need is a mixture of close up shots, mid shots and wide angle shots. Most of the time, they’re getting it from two camera angles so they easily end up with 6+ hours of footage of a full day’s shoot. So what you will end up seeing is a lot of broken up pieces, zooming in and out, focusing, shifting camera angles and movement, bouncing shots of the videographer walking from one place to another with the record button accidentally (or intentionally) on, shots of his/her feet as they’re walking, etc.
If they’re shooting ceremony, dances, speeches, etc. from tripod those segments will be intact and will be basically what you see on the DVD. Other than that, there’s probably really not much to be seen.
Is it worth it? You can’t really say yes or no. I think depending on how your videographer shoots will determine if you’re going to end up with an absolute mess or something that is really even remotely watchable.
IMO if you’re going to do this I would definitely ask the videographer to let you see the raw footage from a previous wedding first, so that you won’t be disappointed, furious, PO’d or feel incredibly ripped off once you hit that play button! Chances are very good, if you don’t know what to expect, you will be so turned off by what you see, you won’t even consider paying more to have it edited because you can’t imagine what can be done to “salvage” it! If you’re confident in your videographer’s style and will definitely pay for the editing at a later date, go for it! Just don’t expect the raw footage to look like a finished product! It will not.
As far as getting a cheaper videographer, be careful with that as well. I had another post somewhere on this board with my thoughts on that. I think the title was something like “Anyone else not getting a videographer?” or something like that.
Post # 10
I’d love an option with raw footage. I’m used to video tapes of live performances that are just straight and not editted, so I’m fine with that for a wedding. I basically would want the video to look like what a person sitting in the ceremony or at the reception would see. Or as if we put a laptop at the wedding and had live webfeed going for folks to watch. The cinematic style just isn’t quite me. I’m hoping to find someone who’s documentary style.
The one videographer we looked at so far, their basic package is $2,900 and they do cinematic style (you get a short film 20-35 min and the mini ‘love story’ 3-5 min film). I’m contacting the venue to see if they have any other approved vendors (didn’t see any on the initial list) because I really want to see what my other options are. My FI and his friends are in the film industry, so we’re toying with the idea of flying some of them in and renting equipment and doing it all ourselves.