(Closed) Budget Concerned- Raw Footage or Fancy Edited Wedding Video?

posted 8 years ago in Photos/Videos
  • poll: Budget Concerned- Raw Footage or Fancy Edited Wedding Video?
    Raw Footage- Taken by professional videog : (11 votes)
    61 %
    Fancy Edited Wedding Video : (2 votes)
    11 %
    Raw Footage (add-on option, not include in the package), + Edited Version : (4 votes)
    22 %
    Raw Footage- Taken by friends/family : (1 votes)
    6 %
  • Post # 3
    1927 posts
    Buzzing bee

    I say just get the raw footage.  That way once you’ve had some time to save up again after the wedding you can go back to him or someone else to have it professionally edited.

    Post # 4
    3575 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: October 2010

    We bought all of the raw footagea and I’m going to use Windows Movie Maker to put it all together.

    Post # 5
    1398 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2011

    I think it would be really fun to do it yourself! Honestly I have a few people that I know can hold a cam steady, and I’m asking them to film some of the important stuff. You can do so much in imovie or movie maker to make it look awesome and add your own soundtrack.

    Post # 7
    342 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: April 2010

    I’d go with the raw footage from a pro – while not all pros are created equal, if you hire someone that is good it is amazing how much better quality the raw files will be in terms of framing, steady shots, clarity of the images, etc.  These are things pro videographers are trained to do.  Editing is also a skill, but for a wedding video it should be easy enough to cut the video together yourself – just be honest with yourself about whether or not you have the time and patience to do it!

    Post # 8
    7587 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: December 2010

    Pay for the raw footage and then after the wedding when you can afford it, ask them to do the fancy editing then 🙂

    Post # 9
    6572 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: February 2010

    I think it depends how much of a priority video is for you. If you really really want it, I’d spend the money. We just wanted video of our wedding, we didn’t care how good it was, so we set up a tripod and had a friend press play. Easy peasy. Not fancy obviously but it gets the point accross.

    Post # 10
    916 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: August 2011

    I did EXACTLY the same thing as you, money-wise.  $4k for photog, leaving $1k for videog.  We ended up getting a raw-footage only package.  We’re thinking of adding on a stationary camera to get some extra angles.  I think this will end up being better for us than a fully edited video, because a lot of videographers I talked to who do edited packages charged extra for the raw footage.  And we wanted AT LEAST raw footage, to capture the day exactly as it is.

    Post # 12
    3364 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: December 2011

    Go raw and then see what you like then edit if you want later!

    Post # 13
    3314 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: October 2010

    I was lucky enough to find a videographer that would do both for me (what I really had wanted was just the raw footage) and I love the edited DVD, but I’m soooo glad I have the raw footage as well!  There are some moments on there that aren’t in the edited version that are just so perfect for the people involved!  Like my Mother-In-Law twirling in her dress for my Mom before the wedding, as an example.  If you can only afford one option, I’d go for the raw footage myself!!

    We also got (again!) very lucky in that a couple of our friends love to take video footage, so we got a 2nd edited version and perspective which completely rocked!

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