(Closed) hire a semi-pro videographer OR diy the video

posted 5 years ago in Photos/Videos
  • poll: Should I hire the "pro"
    YES : (10 votes)
    59 %
    No- do a tripod and recruit a friend to help. : (7 votes)
    41 %
  • Post # 3
    960 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: July 2013

    @Kate0558:  Personally I’d get it from the semi-pro. They can also normally put together a short version that your Fiance might actually watch 🙂 


    Video is worth more than a few decorations to me though

    Post # 4
    1835 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: November 2012 - Oak Tree Manor

    @Kate0558:  What does the semi-pro include? Would he edit the footage and give you a video? Or would he just give you the raw footage?

    We hired a pro videographer who made an 18-minute video from 8 hours of wedding-day coverage. We love it and watch it all the time. My Darling Husband is really into video editing, and he bought an expensive video editing software (Final Cut Pro) because he wanted to make his own version of our wedding video. Butttttt it’s been 6 months and no results – needless to say, sifting through hours of video to make an editied and abbreviated video is tough work!

    I really think it depends on what you want. Do you just want a recording of your ceremony, with your vows etc.? Or do you want some video of your reception? If the semi-pro guy you’ve been talking to can film at least part of your reception too, then I definitely think it’s worth it, especially if it would trade off with some decorations – it’s really special to be able to re-watch parts of your wedding day. But if he’s going to charge you $500 to just set up his own tripod to film your ceremony for 15-30 minutes, and he won’t include an edited video, then I would go to the DIY route.

    Post # 5
    308 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    A professional video is great and I originally really wanted one, but we are just having a family member man a camera for the ceremony. I didn’t want to spend the money on a pro. I say, if you have the money for it, go with a pro. Otherwise, if you are stretched like you are saying, having a camera on a tri-pod would work out just fine.

    Post # 7
    1755 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: October 2014

    @Kate0558:  Since money is so tight, I’d consider the option of buying the camera and tripod.  You would not only be able to film your wedding, but then you’d have the option of using the camera on your honeymoon and could sell it after to recoup part of the cost. 

    Post # 8
    765 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2014

    @Kate0558:  Go with the pro. They’ve shot weddings before and they’ll know what shots you need, and you’ll make sure the event is covered. 

    I’ve had several friends ask family to do their videos and they were VERY disappointed. Missed shots, poor video quality–and one even asked an uncle to video the day and the uncle forgot the video camera. 


    As somone with cinematography experience, a $200 HD camera will NOT have the quality of a professional’s camera. You’ll probably be disappointed in the video or sound quality. 




    Post # 9
    2999 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: April 2014

    get the semi-pro!

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