Shooting a mass wedding video is as difficult as focusing on the happy couple or on certain details, like the pearls on the bride’s dress or the tears in the eyes of her mother. Videotaping a wedding is not the easiest thing to do at a wedding. This is why before saying the videographer has an easy task, you better read this article to see what this is all about.
It is preferable to have a wedding in the summertime, but if you are a professional videographer, you have to do your job all year long, and if you live in a location where you have spring, summer, autumn and winter, you have to deal with the thought that at a certain moment, you will have to shoot videos in the wintertime as well. Being a professional doesn't necessary mean you know all the tricks of this profession. For example, you probably had no idea (I'm talking to the amateurs right now) that you have to use a camcorder for shooting a wedding video during the summer season and another type of camcorder for shooting winter events.
Let's imagine that the wedding day has come and you are supposed to deliver a great wedding video, when the wedding is history. To be capable of doing this, you have to discuss with the people at the wedding to stay away from the fixed cameras. You don't want the video to be filled only with images showing people that walk around for no particular reasons. It is harder to control the kids, but you can at least try to speak with their parents. The cameras are not placed there so that they can make faces in front of them.
Shooting a wedding video is always an intense boot camp, especially when there are tens of people present at the event. You have to be attentive not only to record good images, but also to capture great audio files. When you will edit the video, you can add the soundtrack you want or the one that the happy couple selected, but when you are at the wedding, you don't know exactly what parts of the video are going to have another soundtrack, than the one with all the noises and music songs from the actual wedding.
Camcorders usually function on batteries, so if you don't want to have an unpleasant surprise, which is to remain without batteries or electric power, you must have with you several spare batteries. Also, you have to take several tapes, depending on length of the day.
A wedding party is mostly celebrated during night time, this is why when you hire a videography company, you have to mention if your wedding will be held outdoors or inside a restaurant. If the videographers will benefit of artificial light, they will find it easier to shoot the wedding video, but if they will have to deal with the night only, they will have to use specialized equipment.
There are so many occasions that you have to shoot at night during a wedding. For example, if the happy couple decides to perform their first dance together outside and if unfortunately for you, it is already night, you have to use the night scene mode of your camcorder. This slows down your shutter speed and increases the exposure time. In this way, the background will look brighter.
However, possessing a high advanced camcorder doesn't offer you the best quality video. You have to be talented at this. Be careful, because automatic settings don't provide in all cases, the best images. Sometimes, you have to set them manually. For example, you can set the shutter speed. You can gain control by performing these operations by yourself. So switch your camera to manual mode and set the shutter speed as you want. If you are a professional videographer, you know what speed to select, depending on how much light you get from the wedding venue. If you are an amateur, when you are at the location, try different speeds and see which of them offers you the best images under the lighting conditions found there. During an entire night, you will have to change the shutter speed more times.
When shooting videos at night, you want to benefit of how much light you can get. This is why it is recommended to use wide angles when shooting, these ones allowing the light to enter better the camcorder, providing better results than when using regular or small angles. At the same time, it would be preferable to forget to zoom. At the wedding ceremony, which is performed by day, you can zoom as much as you want, but by night this operation reduces the amount of light entering your camcorder. The result? Very dark videos. So if you want to shoot something extremely close, you have to move there along with your camera.
By night, it is recommended to use a tripod and provide more fixed images than moving ones. Because lightbulbs can generate various intensities of light, when you move with your portable camera, you may obtain blurred images.
Just like there is an etiquette for wearing your engagement ring on your wedding day, there is also an etiquette for capturing video moments from your wedding. This etiquette must be known especially by the videographer, then by the happy couple; nevertheless, if you address a friend to shoot that video, you have to provide him with everything you want to appear in the video and also with several pieces of advice. You don't want to disturb your guests with uncomfortable photos or videos with them.
There are certain questions that must be taken into account before hiring a videography company to shoot the video of your wedding. One of these questions may refer to what the videographer has to surprise on the camera. The couple must mingle among the guests; they had to appear as being happy. It would be preferable for them to emphasize a real happiness feeling. Even though you may not believe, but when you are not happy, this can be seen on camera. And you don't want your children to see that you were unhappy at your wedding. If there is an unfortunate event happening right before your wedding, if you simply cannot be happy at the wedding, you better cancel it, than be unhappy. And I am not talking only about the emotions captured by the camera. You have to think of yourself. If you have a health problem or worse (let's not even mention the potential problems), it is more than preferable to cancel the wedding and to organize it again when you will be suitable for it.
Another question refers to the family portraits. This is mainly related to photographers, not videographers, but because nowadays, the videos become more important than still images, we will mention family portraits in this article too. The question is regarding your friends. If you don't have a family or if they are not present at your wedding, you can indeed use your friends in a family portrait. But if your family is present, the friends are out.
Who is responsible for paying the wedding album and also the videographer? I don't know if you had any idea, but the bride’s parents must pay for the wedding ceremony, reception and photography/videography. This is extended to all the albums created for the important guests present at the wedding. In other words, if you have the mayor at your wedding and if you want to offer him a wedding album from your wedding, the bride’s parents will pay for that too.
Creating a wedding video is not catchy anymore; if you don't broadcast your wedding to those that are not able to come to your wedding, you're not trendy these days. Luckily, there are companies that offer services like these. I believe that this type of services appeared when a videography company has released them on market. When the happy couples have seen that this kind of thing is actually possible, they have started to ask for this more than before.
If you can address one of your friends or relatives to video tape your wedding, most likely you will not be capable of addressing your friends to broadcast your wedding. To do this, you have to select a frequency that will be captured by the TVs of those relatives and friends that stay at home and watch your wedding. If you are not a celebrity and your wedding is not broadcasted on the main television channels, you have to find a certain frequency, that is free that day and that can be used by yourself in order to broadcast your wedding. I believe that you can do the same thing with a radio station, only that a wedding is seen much better on a TV. Who wants to hear a wedding? It is more interesting to see it.
The broadcast of a wedding is something different than the DVD that will present the most interesting moments during the wedding. If a wedding takes more than 18 hours, most likely you will not record 18 hours, unless you ask one of your friends to do this. Even though the videographers will stay at your side during the whole event, the CD or DVD that you will receive weeks after the happy event, will contain in general less than 3 hours from that event. Not mentioning that the beginning and the ending of the CD will present information related to the bride and groom, their parents, the godparents, the location and other interesting facts, as they were chosen by the happy couple.
In order to benefit of a spectacular wedding video, you have to arrange a consultation with a specialized company and to provide that professionals with every detail required by them. If you decide to broadcast your wedding, you would have to “rent” a certain frequency for a certain day, your special day, when you will get married. And if you really want to satisfy the relatives that are not able to come to your wedding, you should see if they can receive the signal from your frequency. You don't want to broadcast to other people than your friends and relatives.
When the future wives are asked to name a thing that they shouldn't miss while organizing their wedding, they say: Have your wedding videotaped! If you are curious about this, here are some true facts taken from weddingdetails.com related to wedding videos.
It is considered that 98% of the married couples recommend to have the wedding videotaped. In general this is a duty of the groom; he discusses with the videographer where to place the fixed cameras, what are the most important moments during the wedding, he introduces the videographer to his parents, the parents of his future wife, the godparents and other important guests, so that the camera to focus on them during the happy event and in general performs the rest of the activities that require a wedding to be perfect.
Brides don't appreciate the value of a video until after the happy event, even if they see wedding video samples before the wedding. It is reported that before the wedding, 52% of the future wives say they would prefer a video, but this is not a top 10 service needed for the wedding. It is strange how this thing changes after the wedding, when they place the wedding video at number one in the top 10 operations or duties you have to take into consideration when planning your wedding.
38% of the brides that were interviewed for a survey have said that they haven't used the services of a videographer, nor they have videotaped their wedding. Probably this percent is provided by the fact that many old women were also included in this survey. And we all know that 30 or 40 years ago, people didn't use video cameras to capture the moments at a wedding. Of all the 38% of these brides, 68% recommend the future married couple to hire a professional videographer for their wedding. Or if they don't have the money, at least to have their wedding videotaped. This is a precious memory and you should not waste it, especially nowadays, when we have the benefit of using so many technologies.
The happy couples that have used the services of a videographer say this is a good thing to do during the wedding, because a wedding video captures the emotions of the day and records the history on storage devices that will be further used by the children of the happy couple, now marrying. They think again of their future children, when they say a wedding video creates a visual memory for the children to enjoy. 61% of young brides have said that, if they would have the possibility, they would watch the wedding video of their grandparents.
Why choose to have a wedding video? Because a video is something that allows you to save and protect one of the most precious moments in your life, exactly as it happened. And what is more important than looking at photos? Watching a nice video, that's right.
The event goes by extremely quickly and capturing all the activities performed at your wedding require a whole army of professionals. If you don't have the money to address specialized videographers, you should discuss with one of your relatives. The disadvantage is that most likely you will have to provide that person with a digital camera, capable of recording as well, not only of taking photos. The problem is that if you ask someone to do this, it means that he/she is not going to enjoy the party as a regular guest. He/she will be always preoccupied if the light falls down perfectly on the wedding dress, if the music is captured properly by the microphones, if the angles are correct and other little details, that everyone can take into consideration when filming an event of this size, even if he/she is not a professional.
However, I recommend a professionally produced wedding video, because the specialists will come with their own equipment, they have abilities of editing your video far better than the ones had by yourself (if you plan to edit the video by yourself, along with your partner), they have more experience and know the technologies used nowadays to capture the best wedding moments. The choices in professional wedding videography are unlimited. All that remains to be done is to have a suitable budget for this operation and to discuss with the videographer you hire about every aspect from your wedding. Even though you don’t know how the wedding party will be like, you have to come up with a plan to capture the most beautiful images. You can rehearse the ceremony, if not the entire wedding, to be sure that it will be perfect. So the discussions between you and the videographer will be based on the things you plan to happen or that you would like to happen.
To be certain that you will benefit of quality services, my recommendation is to enter various sites (there are plenty on the Internet) and check out the video samples. In general, they last for 2 or 3 minutes and show something about how a wedding video looks like. Another method of seeing wedding samples and even full wedding videos is to enter YouTube, search for professional wedding videos and select from the large range there is, the specialist you like most.
Professional videography saves the most important moments from your wedding and protects beautiful captures for years. If you want to benefit of quality services, before the happy event, about 9 months in advance or so, you should start searching for specialized videographers.
Because the wedding party will be held at night, you have to trust the company you hire that they have the proper equipment to capture moving images at night as well. By day, there should not be any problems, but by night, there can be problems generated by the artificial light. But if we are discussing about professionals, most likely they will know how to handle this problem. After all, inside television studios, there is only artificial light and the images presented on TV are extremely good.
When you want to hire a professional videographer, you have to keep in mind several questions. For example, you have to discuss with him about the possibility of using your preferred music as the soundtrack of the wedding video. If you cannot communicate with him, because he thinks that he is right and you are not, you should address another videographer. Other questions that can be asked are related to the number of cameras used by the videographer. If he comes with some friends or colleagues, he has the possibility of using multiple cameras; if not, he will use a single camera and probably one or two fixed cameras.
Other aspects of the wedding video should refer to the montage of stills and slow motion scenes, the titles and narration provided by the professional videographer that you hire, the style of the video, the number of DVDs that you will receive from him, the amount of money required for these services and others.
Whether you want to have a classic wedding video, a story-telling approach or a fast-paced, highly-stylized, just like you see on MTV, you can be sure that your wedding video will be as you wanted, if it is made by a professional.
The wedding video starts in general with the story behind your engagement. There are cases in which a video like this covers the rehearsal done before the wedding, contains congratulations from members of the families invited at the wedding, friends or acquaintances and a short video montage combining childhood images (they can be photos as well, not only moving pictures) with engagement photos and other memories of the bride and groom.
From simple to complex, a wedding video has unlimited options nowadays. Because we have so many possibilities of creating amazing things, shooting your video at night won't be a problem.
Those that deal with the editing of wedding videos must know very well the music tracks that can be used for a wedding video. In general, they use different tracks, not the ones that were played at the event. However, there are sections of the video which contain the exact music that was played during the wedding. The beginning and ending of a wedding video start usually with a romantic song.
If the music played at the venue is selected to be played in some sections of the video as well, it is edited, because even if you use the best microphones, you cannot prevent the voices of those dancing or chatting to not be heard as well. This is done only with specific software programs.
Now, the question that arises is whether you should hire a disc jockey, a famous musician/singer, if you have the money or to play the music using an MP3 player. You can make your wedding day much more special by hiring people that are willing to perform live. A live band is always more appreciated than the sounds coming from a CD/DVD player. In general, this choice comes to personal preference, but my recommendation is to use a live band, even if the members are not that famous. As long as they have warm voices, they will be greatly appreciated by the audience.
Some songs that can be taken into account as the main soundtrack of a wedding video or simply as wedding songs can be found on these albums: “A Day to Remember – Instrumental Music for Your Wedding Day” by O’Neill Brothers, “Party Line Dances: Shawn Trautman's Learn to Dance Series” and “Classical Wedding” by various artists.
A good moment to capture on tape is the dance of the marrying couple. If you are willing to learn an elegant and romantic dance, most likely you will leave your guests without breath. Make a memorable impression on everyone at your wedding, by letting them feel you are confident about dancing. At the same time, make sure that your partner knows the steps, if you want to create an outstanding opinion about you two.
Have you ever wondered what’s going on in the case of a wedding where the groom/bride is a singer? In this situation, the singer most likely performs one or two of his songs. The good thing about these weddings is that the singer that is marrying has friends other musicians, so the wedding will be just another happy event, where they get together and do what they like best, they sing.
Wedding video excellence is seen in the work of video graphics. Those that want to receive only great services from this type of professionals should address specialized cameramen.
When you discuss with a person like this, you have to ask him to explain the details of his work so that you can be able to understand, because if he speaks in words that are too technical for you, you may be tricked and even pay more than the services are worth it. A videographer that simply wants to make some money with his “business” may explain the features of his work in high words, but the reality may be different. So to be certain that you are going to receive excellence in video recording, you must ask him to explain everything.
The happy couple must know that if they want to get excellence from professionals like this, they have to pay for extra cameras and videographers. You have to search on the Internet for videos made by that company that you plan to hire for your wedding. See how the videos look like, check out the opinions of those that addressed that company and also check out the prices of the video packages provided by the company in question. The style of cameramen is the most important aspect of determining the quality and quantity of the work provided by the company responsible for the video recording. Watch several samples of wedding videos as they are presented on the site of the video services provider or on other various sites, that speak about that company.
A good thing related to this type of services is the fact that you can hire “2 cameras and only 1 videographer”. This option means that one of the cameras doesn't move, or if you want only fixed cameras, you can have 2 fixed cameras and one videographer that supervises them. This option is one of the cheapest when buying the services of a videography studio.
When you look at the images taken by video professionals, don't be amazed only by the colors and graphics. Be interested in something else as well: the sound. At your wedding venue, professionals will position microphones from place to place, in general located only in the most important parts of the venue. These parts are the happy couple’s table, the section where the band is located, the dance floor and several other 2 or 3 places.
When you order a video package, you have to know that many studios charge extra for special editing effects. So before addressing a videography studio, you must raise some money.
The royal wedding of William and Kate can be watched on YouTube, if you check for The Royal Channel. Once you discover it, you can subscribe and every time a new information regarding the royal couple will be broadcast on the Internet, they will be the first to let you know about it.
If you are interested in the full video of the royal wedding, here you can find more videos regarding this aspect. The ones that I consider extremely important are “The Royal Wedding Vows” and “The Royal Wedding Ceremony at Westminster Abbey”. The first video has 8 minutes 21 seconds and the second one, one hour 10 minutes 51 seconds. These are the 2 most important videos presented on the Internet regarding this event. Nevertheless, because you have mentioned that you want to see the entire wedding, even those moments when pedestrians were presented on screen, I recommend the 3 hour 37 minutes 51 seconds video, containing every detail of the wedding, including the cars’ arrival at the Westminster Abbey, the entire ceremony, the little “trip” from the Abbey towards the location where the happy couple kissed and many other spicy details.
Since you have stopped at watching one of the videos mentioned earlier, you can also watch what the cake designer says about their masterpiece, something about the wedding dress of Catherine Middleton, you can see her one more time walking down the aisle, watch the congratulations issued by simple people and many other videos.
The Royal Channel is the official YouTube channel for the British Monarchy and it can be accessed at this address: youtube.com/user/theroyalchannel#p/. If you search for something in particular, you can use the Search box available on the right side of the screen. When you find a preferred video, just add it to your Favorites, so that you will be capable from now on to receive from YouTube only recommendations related to that subject. So if you add the video with the royal wedding to your Favorites, every time The Royal Channel or other channels from YouTube post something related to the royal couple and their wedding, you will be notified and one step closer to watching that video.