(Closed) Can a videographer be hired just for raw footage?

posted 7 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
16196 posts
Honey Beekeeper

I think this would be tricky. I’m not sure that you’d have editing rights to the footage. The other complication is that a lot of vendors have minimum packages to ensure that they make a certain amount of money per day per wedding season, if that makes sense.

Would you be willing to invest in a nice video camera and have a friend or family member do footage instead? Or, another option may be to check with some local colleges for people who do film, and can capture fine raw footage to then be edited. They’d be willing to work for less money than a wedding videographer would.

Good luck!

Post # 5
16196 posts
Honey Beekeeper

You’re welcome! Good luck!

P.S. I’m sure it wouldn’t hurt to see if any videographers in your area have this option, I just wanted to forewarn you that, at least from what I know about this stuff, it may be tricky to work out.

Post # 6
1916 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

My brother works in film and one of his friends has offered to do this, but it isn’t cheap.  I guess you’re still paying them to be there for like 8 hours of your wedding.

Post # 7
18 posts
  • Wedding: December 1991

I’m a professional videographer and I will tell you that you may have a hard time finding a videographer willing to do this and here’s why; if I shoot the raw footage and just hand it over to someone I have no way to control what is done with the footage.  You see, any one can make the footage look anyway they want.  If someone got a hold of my footage, did a horrible job working on it and then posting it somewhere saying I shot it.  As a trained editor, I can make anyone look anyway I want with editing.  

There are very good editing softwares on most computers today that most anyone can work with and make a decent video.  I hope this helps you out.

Post # 8
4803 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I started checking into videographers in Hawaii for my wedding and a lot of them had a “raw footage” package.  I’m not sure if that means that you could edit it afterward yourself, but you can definitely get just the footage without the editing.

Post # 9
2440 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

Alot of videographers I looked into offered a raw footage option.  It still isn’t cheap though but it was a few hundred dollars cheaper than having them edit it as well.

Post # 11
51 posts
Worker bee

Having raw footage is a great idea when one or both of the couple has divorced parents. I was able to edit out long clips of people they would rather not have in the video from the other side.  There are many software programs out there for people to do their own and they seem to be getting easier all the time.  You may know who you want to see in your videos more than the videographer would. Having good steady videos from a professional at the ceremony and reception is the most important thing. Using a good videographer even if you pay him well for doing the several hours is a good idea.  Also 20 years from the wedding the videos can be remade if you have the raw footage and you may find something in the footage that was left out.

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