Equipment needed for recording Wedding video

Discussion in 'Professional Video Production' started by Fred, Nov 25, 2004.

  1. Fred

    Fred Guest

    I sometimes wonder about trying to get into the Wedding Video market, but
    initially offering a lower price service which I hoped would enable people
    with smaller budgets to afford having a video/DVD. I have been doing video
    etc for quite some time as a hobby, and wondered whether people thought
    there would be much of a market for this. I would hope to use my Panasonic
    NV-GS11 initially, which I am fully aware is not a professional camera, but
    I have taken video for people before quite successfully, even using worse
    equipment than this. I would then edit the video on my PC (which again I
    have done for some time), and author a DVD with scene selection menus etc.

    So, do people reckon that customers would necessarily expect a superior
    camera to be used? I would expect to have to buy an external microphone and
    a tripod with a proper bearing, and also wondered whether special lighting
    should be used, although again I have had success in the past without it.
     
    Fred, Nov 25, 2004
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    A "superior camera" will be able to produce reasonably good
    pictures even under sub-optimal conditions as one finds often
    doing wedding videos.
    That is barely (many would say not even) the minimum requirement.
    Shooting wedding videos has been discussed hundreds of times
    here. Suggest spending a few quality milliseconds on the website
    http://groups.google.com There will be enough to keep you
    reading for many days.
    My experience and observation has been that you rarely have
    the option of using your own lighting, and the spaces are
    frequently too big to light without a grip truck in the lane.
    Success at amateur videography where you can "cherry pick"
    what you are shooting, etc. is very different than shooting for
    money. And wedding videography is the worst because of the
    general madness and live, "1-take" nature of the event anyway.
    There are many resources for wedding videographers including
    a trade association http://www.weva.com/
     
    Richard Crowley, Nov 25, 2004
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  3. Fred

    l Guest

    I used to do weddings because I love to take video, but after awhile, found
    out that in most cases, it does not prove
    to be a money maker. Depending on where you are located depends a lot of
    what people are willing to spend in
    a wedding video. I think still photographers will fare better because the
    couple wants good photographs, and if they
    can, they would get one of their relative with a cheap camcorder and do the
    wedding or free.

    Now, unless you are in a state that is high dollar like Florida and
    California, you can charge more to make it worth
    while, but you would need at leaste two or three professional cameras and
    external mics. If you show up with a amatuer looking camcorder
    I doubt that the wedding couple would want to pay well.

    I do not want to discourage you, but if you are in it to make money, you
    will need to charge more and have better equipment.

    The only I would do a wedding now is to do the highlights of the wedding
    using good cameras, good editing programs and good lighting.
    I would never take the entire wedding which in some cases can last all day.

    Any thing under 500.00 dollars is not worth the effort to me.
     
    l, Nov 25, 2004
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  4. Fred

    Fred Guest

    Richard,

    Thanks very much for all the information.
     
    Fred, Nov 25, 2004
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  5. Fred

    Fred Guest

    Thanks for your comments. I should probably have said in my first post that
    I am in South-West England.
     
    Fred, Nov 25, 2004
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  6. Fred -

    I recently wrote a few hundred tongue-in-cheek words for the Royal
    Television Society and Insitute of Videographers here in the UK on the
    perils of getting involved in wedding videos.

    Rather than clog up this forum, I'm mailing it to you direct.

    If anyone else wants to share it, contact me off-list at
    .
     
    Graeme Aldous, Nov 26, 2004
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  7. Fred

    Fred Guest

    Graeme,

    I wonder if you might please post it here, as I do not leave my real email
    address!

    Fred.
     
    Fred, Nov 29, 2004
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  8. As I discovered when it bounced!

    Too long to post on a site like this, so it's now on my website
    instead. Go to www.teeafit.co.uk/download/weddingvideo.doc. Hope you
    enjoy it.
     
    Graeme Aldous, Nov 29, 2004
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  9. Fred

    Fred Guest

    Thanks Graeme, I did !!
     
    Fred, Dec 3, 2004
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