Post # 1
so I have a college friend who runs a prof. videography business, and their film editing is *amazing*. I get jealous watching the videos he posts on FB.
Problem is, we didn’t really factor videography into the budget, and Fiance says if I want it, I gotta pay for it (which I could, but it would require some fennagling). Packages are expensive, but he just messaged me, saying I can get some kind of “friends and family” discount, although I don’t quite know what that would be yet. We’re talking anywhere from 1500 to 2k before discount.
Through my job, I have access to TONS of video recorders (flip cameras, hand-helds, iPod touches, etc) that I could check out through our tech library. I was planning on handing a few of them out to TRUSTED guests to “DIY record” and see what we can put together later, but it definitely won’t have the same quality of editing effects of the professional.
So, should I spend the extra money for the professional, or stick to our DIY plan, and why?
(the link to their work is here. I’m sorry if this breaks any board rules, I just want you guys to see what I may be passing up on, so you can help me decide if it’s worth it).
Post # 5
I wish more people would vote! Im debating on this myself! =]
Post # 6
I guess it depends on how important videography is to you. To some people, it’s not that important. To others it is.
For me, it was important enough for me to pay for a professional. I wanted a beautifully shot video that was edited well. Some people are okay with just being able to see the events in action.
Which of those two paths is it for you?
Post # 7
I really can’t afford videography, but I absolutely want to record the ceremony, because I’m sure I’ll hardly remember it. Have you seen Mrs. Sand Dollar’s iphone video? It’s inspired me to believe I could still make something cute by just asking people to man equipment. But if a professional-grade full-length video is important, and it’s possible, then you should do that, since you can’t even go back.
Post # 8
Ok, new question: how would you feel, as a guest, if you were asked to record? Would you feel like you had to miss out on some events if you were manning a camera all day?
My other debate is editing: if I have 20 versions from lots of different people, it would take me some serious time to piece it all together into something chronological, whereas if I used the Vid people, that would be one less stress to worry about afterward.
Also: I have to make my decision TODAY!!
Post # 9
I wouldn’t make a guest man a camera all evening – that’s a bit unfair. Instead I would ask one, maybe two close trusted family members/friends (preferably someone who likes to make home videos) to man a good camera for your ceremony and SELECT parts of the reception that you care about. That way they are not stressed by being your unpaid videographer for the whole night, and you get what you wanted. Also, you will then only have to edit one or two recordings.
Post # 10
Oh how i wish we could afford videographer!!! i’m in the same boat as you are….i voted DIY because unless I somehow win the lottery, a prof videographer just wont fit our budget, so I’m going the DIY route…..if you can budget for it, and its really really important to you, then I say go for it…..if not, i’d do DIY….
Post # 11
We are hiring a videographer. It was very important to us since most people we know that got married their biggest regret was not hiring a videographer…so we are definately having one. Fiance talked about having one of his friends do it…he shoots a lot of amateur videos…but I told him that I want our guests to be guests at our wedding and not working. That was my take on the situation although Im sure his friend would have been honored to record our wedding for us.
Post # 12
I think we are going to DIY this. Although I really love some videos out there (coughcoughSTILLMOTIONcoughcough), we just can’t afford the price. From what I’ve read, it seems like brides are happy to have parts of their wedding on video so they can watch it and relive it.
Will it be less artistic if you DIY? Yes. Will it be less emotional, less real, less meaningful to you if you DIY? Personally, I don’t think so.
I’ve been thinking of making a list of what we want on video (like PPs said) and then asking specific people to be “in charge” of videotaping. I might even make a little list to put on the camera we get so people will know who to hand off to!
Post # 13
Do you live near a college or an art school. My son is a film student and we are having one of his friends video my daughter’s wedding. My son will then edit it. I am probably going to pay a student about $300 for 7-8 hrs.
Post # 14
Definitley don’t ask a guest to do it. Take it from a DIYer that our video looks nothing like the ones you love to watch. We lost half our first dance because the cameras were turned off when the guests were asked to join us on the dance floor. You can’t really hear the vows or toasts clearly because the camera microphones were crappy. It’s shaky and nothing is really there from beginning to end, not even our ceremony. If your friend is a pro and wants to give you a “friends and family discount”, take it. You’ll be glad that you did when the wedding is over, especially if you like all the pretty video clips online.
Post # 15
Asking a guest to video select portions of the wedding and then taking it to a professional so put together a nice montage to music is one cost saving option that might get the quality you want.
Or you could look around for talent from local universities or see if a video production professor can recommend a former student.
Post # 16
@Chandab30: I wouldn’t do this either. My sister had a pro video her wedding and it turned out amazing. When I asked them if they could take my DIY and make it into something, they said it would cost more than it would have to hire them in the first place. They said it was because of all the extra work that would be needed for making the video look and sound better. They also told me that there wasn’t too much they could do to repair the sound.
If you decide to do DIY, just know that in the end, your video is what it is and there is only so much you can do with it. If you’re okay with that, go DIY. Personally, if I could do it again, I would find the money somewhere to hire a pro. The difference between my DIY and my sister’s pro video is unbeliveable. My sister absolutely loves her video, even more than her pictures. I watch my sister’s video all the time with her and wish I would have spent the extra money on a pro now. Not only does she have everything, but you can hear it ane see it all clearly.