When choosing a videographer for your wedding there are so many things to consider. The most important factor to mention here is experience. Usually you can find that price point is directly correlated to experience, but that is not always the case. Here are 3 keys in unfolding the level of “experience” you are attaining to capture your wedding day.
Be sure to find out the labour and effort involved in the editing process. Good quality editing will make a large difference in the price you pay. Some key questions to ask: What will the length of the video be and how many hours of editing are involved(should be around 30-40hrs.)? Will there be any titles, captions or music included? Will there be a menu on the DVD?
Is there an option to have “raw” footage only so you can have the editing done at a later date(when it can be afforded)? Is the editing non-linear?
Find out the quality of equipment being used and if it is regularly maintained. I have yet to encounter a good, inexpensive videographer. It’s also a good idea to find out the last time their equipment was upgraded. “3-Chip Digital” is the most recent and highest resolution camera. Most digital cameras have 530 lines of resolution. Super VHS & Hi-8 cameras (which use analog tape) have 400 lines of resolution and VHS cameras have 230 lines of resolution. The higher the lines of resolution, the better quality picture you will get, but expect to pay more for a videographer who uses 3-Chip Digital cameras.
3. Ask for a demo
Here are some things to look for when viewing a demo: Do their titles, special effects, and graphics look professional? Is there any vibration and is the panning smooth from left to right? Is the lighting bright and accurate is does it appear fuzzy or grainy? Are the scene transitions smooth and is the audio clear?
I know, so many things to consider!!! Although I can’t give a specific price guide take into consideration professional videography is usually at least as expensive as professional photography. Remembering that most videos require several days of skilled labour with expensive equipment, you can see why good video production costs a lot.
In the end, I am sure it will be worth every penny and more!