Post # 1
Just wanted to share my experience with videography. I wanted to save money but really wanted a videographer so I reached the compromise of hiring one guy for 300$ to film the whole day and I am working on editing it myself just with a simple Windows Movie Maker program. Here are the first results. Hope it gives hope to anyone else trying to cut corners! It’s not professional but I’m happy with it!
Post # 3
Thats really beautiful! Great job 🙂
Any tips for other brides in the same position (aka me)?
Post # 4
If you just want raw footage, try looking on Craigslist. People on there will be more willing to give you footage and not try to sell you a whole package.
Post # 5
@Echan: What about your vows and your toasts? Can you hear them? Why aren’t they in your video? That’s always my favorite part of wedding video clips. I love to hear the vows and see the faces of the bride and groom when they do their vows. Makes me tear up.
Post # 6
@bridalbell: I will definitely be putting together a longer more classic video with all the audio (vows, toasts, etc.). These clips I actually muted so I could have mini videos that try to capture the essence of the day played along to a song. But yes, the video footage has all the audio there!
@AmandaJeanne: I just watched tons of similar videos done by professionals until I figured out what I liked and didn’t like. Then, I took a paper and divided the way I wanted the footage to play out in segments (i.e. accessories, getting dressed the girls, getting dressed the guys, etc).
Then the longest part was going through all the footage and I would just write down the number of a video clip that I liked as they fit into each segment. Sometimnes the clip would be really long but there was just a look or smile that I loved so I would include it and then trim out the excess after.
Then, just upload in order to your editing program, trim, and attach music (I picked music we used during the wedding and it felt perfect!)
Good luck! It’s actually a lot of fun to do because no one knows the funny looks or shots that are meaningful to you better than you. A professional might have included tons of stuff I wouldn’t have bothered with or missed some of my favorites that remind me of a special person.
Post # 8
What you did is an excellent idea. Like I commented in another post
sometimes a bride or groom come from a split marriage and if a person is making their own wedding video they can keep people out or shorten the length of clips and custom it to one family or another. There are more user friendly programs out there than Windows Movie maker. I have found that one the hardest to use. Your movie is really great.
Post # 9
@petempich: Which program do you recommend? I’ve always used Movie Maker, but I’m totally open to suggestions!
Post # 10
I started out with Microsoft Movie Maker as you did and found others easier to use. I switched to Pinnicle Studio originally because I bought their hardware for converting anolog to digital and found the software was so much more user friendly than Movie Maker.
I used Pinnacle studio 12 for a video I made for my daughter”s wedding. This video does not have the music with it because of You Tube but you can watch it for a few seconds and get an idea. But none of this was filmed in HD. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3vAf6AoFNfw
For HD which your raw footage probably is filmed in, I think you might have to upgrade to Pinnacle studio 15. That is what I used on this clip.
I took this video with a still camera using the video option. As you can see it is shaking and I wish I was a professional photographer with a tripod and a good vantage point. Because it was HD I downloaded Pinnacle Studio 15 for a trial period and was able to make this clip.
I bought Sony Vegas another movie maker and had a hard time using it and that is when I found the trial period for the Pinnacle Studio 15. I may have liked the Sony Vegas better if I hadn’t been so use to the Pinnacle Studio from using Pinnacle 12.
There is also Adobe Premiere Elements which seem to have high ratings that I have never tried. I think you can often download these movie maker programs for a short period and try them out with your footage. Then buy the program you like.