(Closed) Videographer vs video camara?

posted 6 years ago in Photos/Videos
  • poll: Did you get a professional videographer?
    Yes, It was worth every penny! : (9 votes)
    75 %
    Yes, i wish I hadn't. : (0 votes)
    No, I wish I had. : (1 votes)
    8 %
    No, We did it ourselves and im happy with it! : (2 votes)
    17 %
  • Post # 3
    7901 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort

    If you want video and it’s really that important, you should hire a videographer. I personally don’t think video is worht the cost. If you want to set it up yourself, you may, depending on circumstances, find it an annoying distraction day of to set up and I personally don’t think couples should ask friends to do anything approximating work when they are wedding guests, so I wouldn’t ask a guest to set it up.

    My vote option if available would’ve been something like “No, we had no video and I don’t regret it.”

    Post # 5
    549 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    i’m torn too. i find spending so much on a videographer to be a little pretentious (as cool as it is) but at the same time, would love to have some sort of documentation of the day (don’t care how professional it looks at all since nobody would be looking at it other than me). my uncle used a handheld at my aunt’s wedding and i asked him if he’d do the same for me – haven’t heard back and wasn’t sure if it was inappropriate to ask…

    so, er i guess i’m not much help!

    Post # 6
    909 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: July 2013

    As my brother and SIL are wedding photographers and her brother (my bro’s BIL) is the videographer for their business AND I assisted at the studio last summer when they were busy with my niece – I have come to realize how important photography and videography is for weddings. Plujs I also have a horrible memory so those are the things I’m going to look back on again and again and remember all the little things that I would probably forget otherwise. The professionals know exactly what moments to capture when and where as well as editing to make it actually enjoyable to watch and flow smoothly giving you a great capture of the entire day.

    Post # 7
    23597 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2011

    @myluverbuny:  We just had a few friends/family with camcorders going around taking video footage, and I’ll tell you – the most regret I have from our wedding was not splurging on videography. No matter how much everyone keeps telling me it’s not a big deal, I certainly do wish that we had jumped at it.  So if you are even thinking about having video footage, I would definitely jump at it! 🙂

    Post # 8
    3769 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: August 2013 - Brookfield Zoo

    I think the difference between hiring a videographer vs having a camera set up is the editing.  If you want just a documentary style, no frills complete recording of your ceremony, all you need is a camera and Uncle Steve to film it.  If you want the interesting angles, the cinematic edit that takes scenes from the entire day and tells a story, the professional whole package, you hire a videographer (and I think all videographers will also provide their documentary edit of special moments like the ceremony, first dance, cake cutting, etc.).

    Personally I’m splurging on videography, haven’t even seen the results yet but can’t know it will be worth every cent!!

    Post # 9
    33 posts
    • Wedding: October 2005

    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 # 10
    389 posts
    Helper bee

    If you absolutely cannot afford it, then set up a camera.  I think that it’s better to have a so-so video than not at all.  Be sure to have your vows on mic so that the camera can pick up the sound and set up the camera to an angle – right or left side for a view of the two of you.  I would not worry about officient, as long as voice is heard.  

    My friend did this set up and it was not too bad.  Later, she had a professional edit it and it came out a lot better and with some added effects and nice idvd menu, it was lovely.  They also edited a series of still photographs with a variety of music (depending on reception event).  The editing was about $800 and she wound up with a nice video.

    Post # 11
    51 posts
    Worker bee

    There are two parts to videography.  One is the actual footage at the wedding/reception.  The professionals have such better cameras than your guests will have.  They also will film in a professional way.  The second part, of course is putting the clips together in an artistic film.  I know the videographers will disagree with me on this but if you can’t afford to get the whole thing done, get a professional to film your wedding and reception.  Understand you will have ceiling / floor shots.  Later on you or someone you know or have the professional put it together in a way you want it.  There are videographers out there than enjoy filming more than editing and I would try to find one that will do this for you. 

    Post # 12
    9689 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2013

    I am going to have a friend video the ceremony (no reception), which is 30 min or less.  They make movies (an enter short film competitions) as a hobby so I think that will be worth it and I know they have something better than the normal base-level consumer camera.  I can’t really justify the cost of a professional who charges money (I’m not sure how much better they would do anyway) and I don’t have room for it in the budget. 

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