Can't afford videography! Ideas?

posted 3 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
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523 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

I’m DIY’ing my videography, taking it back to when my father always recorded our events, I love raw footage so I’m just going to pay my little cousin (he’s 18) $100 to record the ceremony and reception. If I want to spice it up I’ll have someone edit it. We only watch videos to look back at memories once in a blue moon so since I know it’s not going to be watched much I refuse to spend tons of money on that aspect of the wedding. 

Post # 4
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954 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

@secretbee33:  I’m also just going to do the video myself. All we really want is the raw footage, we don’t need the fancy music and intro. We just want to be able to see it again years down the road. We’er just going to ask someone to film it with their video camera.

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

I feel you!  I was considering Wedit, but it’s a lot more expensive than I expected.  $500 for unedited footage taken by 5 guests on iPods.  I’m not thrilled with the idea of putting our guests to ‘work’ either.  But I would love to have a video to watch on anniversaries and to show our children.  My parents did a courthouse ceremony so there are no pictures or videos of it, but I loved watching my aunt and uncle’s wedding video when I was little.  Unfortunately the best I’ve found near me is around $1000 and I didn’t like what I saw for that price.

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

@secretbee33:  No I’m just going to have my cousin a bit close up and we’ll be speaking up enough for us to be heard. It’s a very small ceremony, only about 15 people will be there in a tight knit area. I can go back to 20 years to old vhs videos that were recorded by my father in the early 90’s and we can be heard very clearly without any mics. 

If you want you can rent one of those small mics to put on your FI’s collar and have a younger cousin or family member record it with your own video camera. 

Post # 9
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313 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

Buy a gopro camera! Look up go pro wedding videos on youtube…i think it’s a great idea!

Post # 10
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1197 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

We’re asking FI’s family to record our ceremony and vows and maybe part of the reception if they feel like it.  Videographers here are asking $500 for just the ceremony – yikes!

Another suggestion is to use a tripod and just have someone set it up and press record.

Post # 11
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

Just have someone you know do it.  No one really watches their wedding video and they are even less likely to share it- it doesn’t need to be professional quality, it just has to document the event.  You can buy really nice high definition cameras now for a couple hundred bucks- then you have a camera to keep for events after the wedding.  Just buy a halfway decent tripod so the image is steady.  You might even ask the venue.  The church we are getting married with has a camera and will supply a tech guy to operate it for $50 bucks.  If you are worried about sound, have a separate sound recording- even if it is just a laptop in the first row.  You can always add the sound to the video after (you can get a free trial of final cut pro that does it really easily).     

Post # 13
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Newbee

Hi Secretbee33 maybe I can be of assistance. My name is Anish from FlowMotion Videos. We are looking to expand our wedding portfolio and are offering VERY good prices. When is your wedding? How much are you looking to spend?

Post # 15
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014 - British Columbia

Here’s a quick flowchart to help you assess whether you *NEED* a videographer. Start: I want my wedding to look like a love scene from a movie; i.e. cinematic quality:

Decision: YES -> You need a pro-videog.

Decision: NO: Just need triggers to remind us of the moments.

If you’re in Canada, you can easily rent a portable video recorder from a music store like Long & McQuade. FI and I used to it put on a tripod to record our band’s live performance; it works like a charm. The microphone on it is so powerful. All you’d need is an SD card.

The reason why videography costs so much is the time required to edit video footages and addition of proper music to add emotions to your footage.

I have a wedding website set up, which allows guests to upload pictures and videos. I was choosing to edit the videos myself, until my MOH’s S/O offered help as he’s got experience with video cameras, video editting and photography.

MAKE sure your professional photographer and your hired/assigned videographer meet to communicate with one another. There’s nothing more annoying for either party to stay out of each other’s way to ensure that they capture your moments without sacrificing the quality you paid for.

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