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Should I get all RAW footage included in my wedding videography?

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How important is it to be provided with all the RAW footage with my wedding video?

This is an important question that brides face when trying to choose someone for wedding videography. There are some wedding videographers that will provide all your RAW, unedited footage to you on the DVD, while many others would not.

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Wedding Videography Guide: Part 1

Wedding Videography and Cinematography Guide 101

Part 1: Taking the mystery out of all your wedding videography related questions

In meeting with brides for wedding videography consultations, we seem to frequently run into the same questions that the brides want to ask. So we’ve put together a little running guide (we’ll keep on updating it as we go along!) that we hope will be helpful for you as you go through the planning process in planning out your dream wedding!

  1. Why do I need wedding videography?

    From the way a professional wedding videographer can capture all the sights, sounds, and memories of your wedding day, to not having that regret afterwards, here are 5 reasons you should consider having wedding videography.

  2. How should I narrow down and choose the right wedding videography studio?

    Take a look in your local directory or Google, and there could be an overwhelming number of production teams wanting your wedding videography business.  Start by watching their portfolio work — all the previous films they’ve produced as wedding videographers. And read on for 5 hints on how to find and choose the perfect wedding video production.

  3. How important is it that I receive all the RAW, unedited footage, in my wedding videography package?

    Some wedding videographers will provide you with every second of footage they film, while others will not and only provide you with their finished product wedding video. Should you ask them to give you all the RAW unedited footage or is it not as important in the grand scheme of things? Read on!

How to find the perfect wedding video production

Don’t be overwhelmed when you’re trying to choose a wedding videographer for your big day! Just like when you’re chosing a wedding photographer, keep these 5 simple easy tips in mind and you’ll end up with the right choice.

  1. Tune in to the power of social networking!

    Facebook, Twitter, check them all! Keep an eye out on your friends that recently got married. Usually they’ll post their wedding videos on their profiles. It’s an easy way to research and find out who’s the perfect wedding video production company out there. Ask your friends privately what their honest opinion was on their videographer.

  2. Bring the popcorn, and watch all the videos in their portfolio.

    Better yet, watch it with your fiancé and then ask how he or she felt about the sample videos. Did the other wedding videos evoke any emotions while you were watching them? There’s no better predictor of how your wedding video production will turn out than by seeing the type of work they’ve filmed in the past.

  3. Ask to meet with all the members

    of the wedding video production team on your consultation. In many ways, the initial consultation is like a first date. You’ll get to know the videographers and see how they get along with you. There’s nothing worse than having a videography team come to film your wedding, and having it be a bad experience. You can be selective in your choice of which studio to cover your wedding video production. Often your first impression at the consultation is the right impression!

  4. Have a tentative schedule of your wedding day’s events.

    Share it with the wedding videography production team. Are they willing to travel to multiple locations across the city to cover you and your fiance getting ready? How early will they arrive in the morning to start filming? If there are unexpected changes to the schedule at the last second, will they be able to adapt on the fly and still get all the footage you need? The perfect wedding video production team will be willing to bend over backwards to make sure your video is perfect.

  5. Ask your photographer for recommendations.

    Photographers and videographers often must co ordinate their work during the wedding to make sure they don’t get in each other’s ways. They would be able to tell you from their past experiences who the perfect wedding video production company would be. They can tell you if they were respectful to not only the bride and groom, but to their family, friends, and all the other staff workers at your wedding.

5 Reasons: Why wedding videography is essential

It’s pretty much a given today that you’ve decided to hire a professional wedding photographer to capture your beautiful wedding moments onto photos. But that leaves the next question — Should you hire a professional wedding videography team to produce a wedding video?

Hiring a team whose expertise is in wedding videography would add to your budget no doubt.

But here are 5 reasons we believe that you should strongly consider having wedding videography.

  1. Capturing the sights you remember

    Your wedding photographer will capture the big moments like the first kiss, or exchanging of the vows. With wedding videography, there is the magical feeling that can only be captured onto film. Seeing your very first kiss as husband and wife, or the wide smiles you had when you turned to your guests, all in stunning high definition video is a sight to behold.

  2. Capturing the sights you may not have remembered

    … you’ve spent months planning and preparing for your wedding day, and when it finally comes, the day goes by so fast! Capturing the subtle moments is one of the main tenets of wedding videography. All the flowers you hand picked to decorate the church, the laughter and joy in your parents’ faces, your husband holding back his tears of happiness as he waits for you at the altar. These are all subtle, yet vivid memories that make your wedding day special – and will not be forgotten since it will be captured onto video.

  3. Capturing the sounds.

    No matter how spectacular your photography is, it is only addressing one of our five senses — the sense of sight. With a wedding video, you would appease not just one, but two of your senses – the sense of vision, and the sense of hearing. Our wedding videography team is fully equipped with professional audio recording equipment. This means we can covertly hook up a microphone to the inside of your husband’s tuxedo. You’ll hear every quiver in his voice as he excitedly (or nervously) says his vows to you. You’ll hear the laughter from your guests as they react to the Best Man’s speech. And you’ll hear the two most important words on your wedding day, crystal clear…” I Do”.

  4. Sharing your memories today, and tomorrow.

    For your wedding, you could only have a limited amount of friends and families attend the ceremony and reception. There are so many other relatives and loved ones that might not have been able to make it due to travel or other personal reasons. The beauty of hiring a wedding videography team to produce a wedding video for you is that you can instantly share your wedding day with them no matter where they are in the world. Aunt Jenny can see you in your beautiful wedding gown all the way from England. Also, imagine having your wedding video be a family treasure that you can share from generation to generation. Having your future grandchildren over for the weekend, and showing them your wedding video with them can be moments you cherish for years to come.

  5. No regrets.

    The Wedding and Event Videographers Association recently conducted a study, surveying brides. The results were eye-opening

  • 98% of newlywed couples recommended to future brides that they have wedding videography
  • 63% of brides that did not consider or have wedding videography, would recommend to future brides to do so. *
  • And, there’s no better way to say it than directly from the brides themselves: “(wedding videography) …does a better job of capturing the emotions of the day, records the history of the day better, and they strongly feel that future children will enjoy their wedding video more than their wedding photographs