(Closed) For those on the fence about videography…

posted 8 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 17
Member
81 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

What is the average price for a videographer these days? Any advice on what to look for or to look out for?

Post # 18
Member
317 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I was on the fence about videography until TODAY! My fiance and I decided to book the same company that we went with for our photography package.  They are amazing, and actually call what they do “cinematography” because they really do create a movie like film.   

 

View original reply
@TonyRocks69:  It really depends on where you are geographically located and the type of videographer/cinematographer you are interested in.  I would suggest that you check out video samples/reels of different styles of videography to see what you like. There are all sorts of options out there ranging from “raw/unedited” footage to full scale movie like videos. If cost is an issue you may want to look for a videography/film school student who is good and trying to build a portfolio.  But honestly, I’ve been quoted packages ranging from $1,500 to $20,000 (photos & video combined) in the NY area. 

Post # 19
Member
81 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

Hey ArtDecoLisa. Thanks for the heads up! I guess as everything else in life…you get what you pay for! I will have to shop around and see who excites us and of course has a decent rate. I am sure you can get pretty elaborate with the props, scenes, …etc. Getting excited thinking about what the theme could be.

Post # 20
Member
1829 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: January 2013

I was never on the fence about having one because I didn’t want one, not worth the money in my eyes. I invested that moeny into the best photographer/package as oppose to having a photographer and videogrpaher. Just my personal prefrence and opinion that it seems like a waste for me, just to view the DVD once in a blue moon.

However I’m happy for other brides that choose this route, it works for them and makes them happy. To each there own. 🙂

Post # 21
Member
1548 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

All of a sudden, I really want a videographer, but I can’t justify the $2,000 cost especially since I really only want the highlight/trailer video. I know I would never watch the full video. 

Post # 22
Member
7638 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

View original reply
@Hyperventilate:  “DVDs/CDs degrade and lose quality, just a reminder”

No they don’t! They are digital, and digital files if they are backed up do not degrade at all. They stay the same, 100%, no changes at all. That’s the beauty of digital.

VCRs degrade because they’re not digital. Having said that, after 20 years our wedding video is still fine.

Post # 23
Member
9079 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

View original reply
@paula1248:  Yes, your CD will last a very long time. But, you are wrong. CDs will still degrade.

 

Edit: Here, it talks about developers putting shelf lives on their rewritable CDs.

Or, how about this that talks about the factors that lead to CD degradation

How about from PCworld?

Or, how about I just google the information for you?

Is your CD going to die overnight? No.
Will it die? Yes.
CDs will degrade. There isn’t anything you can do to stop it, but you can slow it down.

Post # 24
Member
7638 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

View original reply
@Hyperventilate:  Sorry, let me rephrase it: digital files do not degrade. So by backing up they can be preserved perfectly. So long as you back it up (ETA: so long as you back it up *properly*), your wedding video will be preserved perfectly.

CDs degrade, that is true.

Post # 25
Member
9079 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

View original reply
@paula1248:  Well, yes. But we were talking a physical media here. Digital, as long as it isn’t lost or changed on a server or hard drive (Possible, corruption happens a llt he time), it will be secure.

Post # 26
Member
945 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

View original reply
@Hyperventilate:  I’m curious – in what form will your wedding pictures come in? Will you receive hard copies and negatives of all your wedding photos? If we’re going with your logic, one should not invest in a wedding photographer as their quality will also degrade in time. 

Post # 27
Member
5658 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

I wish I had done videography. I will never get to hear my vows again, missed tons of stuff that happened that pictures don’t capture. Honestly when you are the bride and groom there is a TON of stuff that you miss that you might see if you were just a guest because you are so busy. My grandpa also vowed that he would live to see me get married after being diagnosed with lung cancer 5 years ago, he was there. And he passed away in October. I’d give anything to have a recent video of him laughing and having a great day.

Post # 28
Member
9079 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

View original reply
@mstellah:  I’m not 100% sure about my wedding photos. My mother is dealing with the photographer as it is her gift to us, so she’d know the contract better than I. I know my father is having her use his SD card in her camera.

At the very least, I’ll have my photos in physical form — all of the “good” photos will be printed and put into a scrap book and then the ones my husband and I vote on will be put into the actual wedding book.

As far as I know, I will not be recieving my pictures via CD, but since I haven’t had the pleasure of speaking to the photographer, I’m actually the worst person to ask about this.

Post # 29
Member
33 posts
Newbee
  • Wedding: October 2005

 

View original reply
@Hyperventilate: I think it’s important to note that as tech changes, upgrades can be done for wahtever media you have. I have old photographs from my parents on CD that used to be on floppy discs. I have VHS and DVD conversions of my Dad as a child that my grandparents took on 8mm film. As long as you don’t destroy your original and/or have a back-up, you can upgrade when it’s time. 

I also wanted to give you all some advice on whether video is worth it or not. I just posted this on another board, so it might not be totally on topic, but rather than write it out again, I just decided to paste it here too.  Hope it helps you all decide what is best for you.

Originally Posted on:  Videographer or Video Camera

There are many reasons to hire a videographer over having family or a friend do it. Yes, editing is a huge factor in the end result, but it’s not the only thing to consider. I did a DIY video and here’s what I learned.

– Your family and friends want to have fun at your wedding. They may film your ceremony, but once the reception begins and the drinks start flowing, you’ll have little to no video and it will most likely be really bad. I only have the first half of my first dance because when the DJ said to join in, they all put thier cameras down. As the night progressed, we had less things to see because everyone was busy dancing.

– The sound is crap on consumer video cameras unless you’re right up next to the people and then you will still hear any nearby noises. I can hear whispers and traffic on my ceremony (it was in a garden outside) and the toasts are barely audible because the camera was too far away.

– I would hire a videographer if I had to do it again because as crappy as my video is, I do watch it. I love to hear back our vows and would have forgotten them if not for the video. I love to watch my husband looking at me as we dance the first half of our first dance (and he sings to me which is SO NOT HIM so that’s PRICELESS to me).  I watch the dance I did with my grandfather who has since passed away. I also got to see a lot of things that happened that I never saw. The thing that bothers me is that it’s such a crappy quality video. The sound is bad, the colors are off and it’s shaky. It’s really not enough to have someone who can edit, you need to have someone who can film the right way too.

Bottom line, if you like the pretty videos, you will love it when it’s you on that video. Everyone I know that doesn’t watch their video has a crappy DIY like mine or hired a cheap videographer. My sister and my friends that hired high quality videographers all watch their videos a lot and really love them. I do too. I’m jealous because theirs look so much better than mine, but hindsight. It doesn’t hurt to do some research and meet a few people. If you find a videographer you love and you can afford it, go for it. It will come in handy when you have arguments in the future. That’s when we get out our crappy video and watch our vows. It helps us remember why we got married and makes us want to say we’re sorry faster. 🙂

Post # 30
Member
51 posts
Worker bee

If you are using a videographer, I would insist in the contract, that you are given all the raw footage with copy rights and the finish copy is in a couple of different formats for storage.  As years go on you may find footage not included in the video of a parent or grandparents that have passed away.  The cameras that the videographer’s use are much better than anything your friends will have, don’t have them do the filming. The videographers are professional at filming and not participating in the wedding. But as far as editing the video there are many programs out there that are quite easy to use and you may find that you or a friend are very talented at putting videos together.  On a laptop a person can make a video that would require a whole studio ten years ago.  So I would insist on all the raw footage for future use—it should be yours, you are paying for it.

Post # 31
Member
418 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

View original reply
@Hyperventilate:  

I happen to agree with you 100%. I asked my future SIL how many times she’s watched the video of her wedding (they just celebrated their 25th anniversary), her answer was… I don’t even know where it is.

My FI’s little sisters have had pretty much the same answer and they’ve both been married over a decade. After a while, no one is going to watch it. An album is fine with me.

The topic ‘For those on the fence about videography…’ is closed to new replies.

Find Amazing Vendors