Post # 1
I was researching guestbook alternatives and I stumbled upon the idea of a video guestbook. It seems that there are a few different “options” for how you could set this up. It seems to be a spin on the photobooth idea, there are kiosks that you can have, see here:
In Oklahoma: http://www.guestfilms.com/
In PA: http://www.theflashbox.com/
I can’t seem to find one in my area NOR do I want to pay $500 + (this is why Fiance and I aren’t having a photobooth!)
But, I did find a software program that seems like it can be purchased and run from any MAC computer (I imagine setting up a station with a laptop and webcam). Here is the link: http://www.thrilledforyou.com It is only $99 …. but, I can’t seem to find many reviews of it. I also don’t have a MAC so I can’t download the demo….
Has anyone else heard of this? I’m intrigued, but need more information!
Post # 4
This may make me look outdated, but why not just use an actual video camera? You could set it up on a tripod with a remote (maybe tied to it with ribbon so it doesn’t wander off) and people could just press rec/stop. You could also have someone attend it over the course of the reception.
Post # 5
Fiance and I did a similar sort of thing for some friend’s parents who were celebrating their 25th wedding anniversary. We walked around and asked people to say some nice things to the happy couple. And we shot video of them entering in, greeting people, and general crowd shots. We also got video of the toasts and some of the dancing. We put it all together in iMovie and they LOVED it! Total home movie, but the iMovie did a good job of putting it all together. Why not ask someone responsible to go around and talk to people like that?
Post # 6
Hi there and thanks for your interest. 🙂
Having someone go around with a videocamera is certainly an option. We’ve found that for some people (not all) the “manned” camera can be more intimidating than the quiet mac sitting there patiently waiting for a comment when you’re ready. 🙂
I’m happy to answer any questions you may have about Thrilled for You – Wedding Video Guestbook. Just send me mail, or you can ask them here.
Thrilled for You
Post # 7
Hillel is quite right regarding having someone go table to table with a video camera. Before we started GuestFilms, I videographed many weddings and the walk around the tables netted a lot of 3 second video clips of people saying “Congratulations!” and “We love you!” with a mouthful of cake. The great thing about a video guestbook kiosk is that your guests come and record when THEY are ready… Because they are less intimidated and more prepared, you’ll end up with some wonderful, personal video messages and hilarious ones as well. While GuestFilms is not available (yet) in your area, I’d be more than happy to also answer any questions or provide video samples so you can learn more about the concept.
PS – I’m not aware of any do-it-yourself options for PC. The folks at Thrilled For You will no doubt agree with me that the Macs have excellent video and audio quality from the built-in camera and mic, which PCs simply don’t have. We tried dozens of options when writing our software and ended up with a custom touchscreen solution using a Mac base that offers DVD video quality along with ease of use. We’ve seen people from 4 to 81 years old walk right up and record messages with our video kiosk!
Post # 8
I think this is far better than a video guest book.
Please check out