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Wedding Events

Will The Video Be Just The Ceremony And The Reception?

You define exactly what will be included from your event.  You do that by specifying when you want the videographer to be there and how many hours they will be there for.  During the event, you will be able to ask the videographer to stay longer or leave earlier. During that time, the videographer will shoot as little or as much video as you ask them to.  Additionally, you can tell them where to shoot the video and what and who to video.


Video Clip Wedding Video 4 Looks Pretty Well Lit, Can I Expect Mine To Look The Same?

That particular wedding event utilized multiple videographers and included the use of high powered plug-in AC lights which required additional people to hold and point these lights.  In addition, the catering hall lights were on full power.  That enabled the scene to be well lit even when the videographer was shooting from 30 to 40 feet away.  If you anticipate an event with 300+ people like this with significant ‘activity’ and movement, you may want to consider adding an extra videographer and higher intensity lighting.  However, if you are looking to keep your expenses down, you may alternatively assure that the hall or room you use is lighted as brightly as possible during the events being filmed.  The videographer will use very bright mobile video lights however, they will provide adequate lighting only to around 20 or 25 feet.  Beyond that, the lighting on the subjects will be predominantly based on the room or hall lighting.  The lights used for Wedding Video 1 came solely from mobile video lights.

Will You Interview People Or Do Table Shots Of The Guests?

You can specify exactly what the videographer should be shooting during your event.  For example, you can supply the videographer with questions to ask certain guests or they can be asked to provide spontaneous remarks.  Be aware, though that unlike more expensive videographers, the people will not be holding wireless microphones to respond.  However, the quality of the on camera microphones, especially for high definition cameras, has improved significantly in recent years both in sensitivity and sound quality.  All wedding will have table shots that the videographer will do during the meal.  The shots will not be posed, instead they will be of the guests eating at the tables.  If the photographer does posed table shots, those will be included as well.

The Deliverables


Can I Decide What Exactly Shows Up On My DVD and Blu-Ray Disc?

We will normally deliver the discs and video clip completed.  You can then ask for a ‘rework’ and specify things that you want removed (normally all the video shot is included and edited).  You have up to 30 days to work with the videographer on ‘reworks’. You may also help design the menus for your DVDs and Blue-Ray discs.  There is no extra charge for your involvement or our extra time but we can no longer deliver your final product in under a week (especially if you go on a honeymoon after the wedding).

I Don’t Know Anything About Video – What Should I Ask For / Get?

We shoot your event in high definition (HD).  To watch it in HD, you will need a device that is capable of connecting to your TV through a high definition interface (i.e., an “HDMI” cable). Normally you would watch HD video on a Blu-Ray player via a Blu-Ray disc.  You are entitled to get from us both DVD and Blu-Ray discs of your event.  So you may not have a Blu-ray player yet, but you may get one in the future.  In the meantime, we will also give you a DVD and a DVD player can also connect to a HD TV though the video will play in Standard Definition.  If you do not want a Blu-Ray disc, just mention that to the videographer, however there is no cost difference nor discount.


If you want to watch high definition on your computer you will need a vehicle to do that with. Some computers have Blu-Ray players.  Your other two options are getting the HD video on an external hard disk.  If you want your video that way you supply us with the hard disk to put the files on.


What If All The Video Does Not Fit On A Single Disc?

We will put as much of the video on the disc that can fit without sacrificing viewing quality.  If we shoot  under 2 ½ hours of video, we will likely be able to put everything on a single disc.

In all our years of operation, we have had to put the wedding on 2 discs only once.

Pricing & Delivery


How Can You Keep The Price So Low - Is There A Catch?

The most expensive part of a video project is the human / labor element.  The more people used and the more time spent, the more expensive the project.  During filming we keep the costs down by: (1) using one videographer and (2) using only the equipment necessary to provide you with a high quality deliverable.  After filming we keep down the cost by minimizing the time after event also known as “post production” work. Your cost is lower since we are not spending the time doing complex editing, making the video look ‘cinematic’, adding special effects and music, etc.  We will occasionally need to ‘color correct’ a whole scene, but we do not spend the time color correcting a ‘frame’ at a time. We are also less expensive since we don’t have to pay for office space, we don’t purchase equipment that you don’t really need us to use during your event, and we minimize our advertising and marketing costs by not attending shows.


How Can You Deliver So Quickly When Most Videographers Take Weeks Or Months?

We often start working on your video as soon as we get back and the next day. We don’t spend a lot of time on ‘post-production’.  Though we review every frame of the video typically three times (for the video & clip).  Editing is often completed in 5 to 10 hours within 2 days of the wedding.  We can deliver Sat discs for example by Tues or Wed.


Why Do You Require An Initial Retainer Fee

The retainer fee is a small commitment by you to reserve the date.  In this way we can be fair to everyone.  Without a retainer fee, customers will be reserving dates without risk and this could prevent you from reserving your date which may later be made available.  We actually only require a total of about 1/3 of the cost before the event and do not require any further payment until your video is delivered.  Additionally, if your retainer fee is a check, it will not be processed until after you get your discs.  We DO NOT want payment at the wedding.

Other


I Don’t See You Listed In The Better Business Bureau Of Houston.  Is There A Problem?

We are a small company and are currently trying to minimize our operating costs and in turn the costs to you.  To be a member of the Better Business Bureau Of Houston you must pay a recurring annual fee.  So for the time being we have chosen not to join.  We have been in business commercially since 2003 and have never had any problems or complaints brought to our attention by our customers.  You are welcome to ask us for references to check us out.


How Much Video Will Be Shot / Will I Get

The amount of video shot will be totally dependent on your event .  Video is about depicting action that is meaningful to the customer.  So for example, if your event is wedding, video will be taken before your ceremony, typically the whole ceremony, the wedding pictures session, and the reception.  The reception video, will typically include table shots of all the guests and whenever there is other action occurring such as dancing, toasts, contests, cake cutting, etc. For a 5 to 6 hour wedding, expect about 1 ½  to 2 ½ hours of video.


Is The Audio Quality Suitable For Use On A Commercial CD?

Audio recorded on today’s video cameras are high quality and are suitable for viewing on a TV or home theatre systems.  If a ‘sound check’ is performed before a concert, the audio levels can be adjusted to reduce / minimize ‘hot’ signals / ‘clipping’.  Nonetheless, the degree of stereo separation is minimal and it would not be considered an ‘audio engineered’ track suitable for use on a commercial CD.  Concerts that are audio engineered require on stage microphones and soundboards / mixers and the costs would be significantly higher .