Videographers who know their craft are essential for preserving the authenticity and sounds of your special event. Today's video technologies allow an incredibly faithful reproduction of the day's events not hindered by the restricted nature of still photography. Your loved ones move naturally in time exactly the way you remember them. The shy smile, the proud serious eyes of your beloved nephew when he handed you the ring that changed your life. You hear and witness the riotous laughter at the reception. The curious gyrations of Uncle Ray on the dance floor to his first hip-hop song. The arc of the bouquet as it left your hands and fell into your best friend's desperately outstretched fingers. And later on, the video allows you to enjoy the faces and voices that you weren't in a position to see or hear at the time.
An experienced videographer knows what to prepare for, how to get the best angle, who to focus on, how to frame the shot for the best emotional value. The other side of the craft is how the video is edited together. The selection of music, the timing, the creative use of complementary video effects--all part of the tools our talented videographers employ to render an artful video record of your special day or event.
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Professional videographers are as widely varied in style and subject preferences as fingerprints. If you are considering a videographer for a wedding, you should keep several things in mind.Start looking for a videographer months ahead of time.The most popular ones are sometimes booked a year in advance. The preferred season for weddings compresses their availabilities down to just a few months of most weekends. So, as soon as you've set the date for the wedding, you must be ready to move on to the selection of your videographer.You will have spent a lot of money to create your wedding and reception. Your wedding video records the splendor of the ceremony, the gorgeousness of the bridal gown, the emotions in your family's faces, the Father and Daughter dance at the reception. Only a professional has the experience and skill to deal with the changing lighting.
Only an experienced professional can anticipate the right angles for the next shot. Please resist the temptation to place all this responsibility into the hands of a family member with a camcorder to save money. If you place a lot of importance on the wedding video you will always regret asking Uncle Bill to shoot your wedding. It's not fair to Uncle Bill either.
What you have to take into consideration:
Of course when you are interviewing a videographer, you'll ask to see his or her reels to determine if his or her style suits you. And that's where they've put all their best clips. Ask to see the latest wedding video they've shot, the whole job, not just the prepared video promotional reel. Take a look at what they've done lately. See how well they've captured the day.
In the edited video reels listen to the balance of theme music, clarity of words, quality of sound, consistency of sound levels from cut to cut, smoothness of edits, and consistency of editing style. Are images in focus, generally well lit, varying in angle and framing areas, not too exclusively close-ups or wide shots? If you see shot after shot that relies on the camera either zooming in or zooming out you're watching a rank amateur's work afflicted with "zoom-itis".
Look at wedding videos of friends and relatives who've used videographers in your area.
Ask for recommendations from florists, reception site coordinators, or caterers.
Choose a videographer who is the best blend of technical quality and personality. You must like them. If they have a slightly abrasive style during your interview don't expect their mood or personality to improve when they are working under the pressure of your wedding day. A well-experienced videographer can go with the flow and doesn't panic if things get a little crazy. They are good-natured and good-humoured. Generally, a videographer has different responsibilities than a photographer. They are expected to float and capture candids. They usually don't hold people for formal posing sessions the way a photographer does. Discuss what they need from you to work successfully to get the best video possible. Give your videographer a list of all the "must-have" shots. The list usually specifies singles and group shots involving the bride, the groom, the family, the pre-ceremony dressing, the ceremony, the post-ceremony poses, events of the reception, comments and well-wishes from family and guests, the leave-taking and family expressions as the newly marrieds drive away. Attend Bridal fairs to see the work of many videographers gathered in one place. Be sure to get the cards and reels of those you like.
Get everything detailed on paper once you have agreed with the videographer to reserve that date for your wedding.
It is your responsibility to find out about any restrictions at your planned location and pass those along to your videographer. Some churches, synagogues or temples do not allow videography or do not allow supplemental lighting during the ceremony.
Ask if the videographer can work without lighting cords to trip over in a packed reception hall. Ask if he or she is going to keep a supply of batteries immediately available and a hot charger nearby with batteries recharging. They should NEVER run out of camera batteries or camera light batteries. For instance, just as you are about to toss the bridal bouquet or the bride's garter. Taking 10 to 15 minutes running outside to their car in the parking lot to get more supplies is unacceptable. They must come to the event ready for everything on the spot, including extra tape stock.
If they are permitted to videotape the wedding ceremony and it is not miked to a public address system ask if they can put wireless lapel mikes on the bride, groom, and officiant. If the ceremony is picked up by microphones on stands, ask the videographer at the time you are booking them to make sure they arrange to get a "clean feed" back to their video camera from the house system. Nothing is more distracting on a wedding video than seeing the ceremony but not hearing the words because the camera microphone is just too far away.
Video Production and Animation Clips
Because we live in a less-than-perfect world, we often have to make do with much less. I rescue video production projects that suffer from having no video production by finding royalty-free, generic animations and images that pertain to the broad category. Then, I add some customized graphics. And this is a perfect example. It was a favour for my friend Thom McFadden. He only had a voice track, no images or talking head of video mastering to go with it. I wanted the finished with this to be something more than a PowerPoint presentation with plain graphics so I added some spectacular royalty-free animations.
The subject matter of the video production is job-seeking and resume tips. So I searched for animation clips in the categories of money, finance, careers, that kind of thing. I also found generic images of a resume. Usually, there are five elements on the screen at any one time.
A background, the words the make up the title and the words that make up the content, plus the animations and the jpeg of the resume. In my editing timeline, I stacked these elements after reducing their size and placing them in a nice-looking configuration. I used a freeze-frame background from my collection of royalty-free digital backgrounds.
Since money is the theme of the video making, I picked one with a green color scheme and it matched well with most of the animations. I tried to keep the pace fairly rapid to keep the video production lively. I changed the animations about every 20 seconds. I changed the words as often as it seemed logical, trying to match the flow of Thom’s narration.
The main purpose and function of this is attract customers to Thom’s email list, so I ended the video production with an interactive call to action going to Thom’s landing page. Now I am certainly NOT going to tell that his video production is terrific or spectacular, but it is very functional. It was also extremely low-budget, fast and easy.