Post # 1
I found a videographer thats sorta decent – he’ll get the job done better then I can with a tripod. for $550 which is a stretch financially cus realistically i’ll be a few hundred short but i can scrape up the change somehow…..
Spend 200 on a hd video camera and set it up on a tripod.
My fiance is zero help because he doesn’t care if it doesn’t get recorded at all because he says he’ll never watch it anyway. He says we don’t have the money so its not an option. But I’m sure i can scrape it up somehow – but it may mean cutting a few decorations.
Post # 3
@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
- 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
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 # 6
It does include editing. I could pay a better pro the same thing and not get editing – with the intentions of getting it editted later – but i have a good feeling i’d never actually do it.
Post # 7
@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
@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.