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The right questions to ask when choosing your Destination Wedding Videographer.

The right questions to ask when choosing your Destination Wedding Videographer.

We know that it is not easy to choose the right videographer, and even more so, if you are planning to get married in another country! Yet it is a very important decisions to make! He will be the one filming your very special day making this wonderful event forever lasting! So, make sure that he has lots of experience. And how?

First of all, you can ask your destination wedding planner to help you out, and send you a list of the ones they work best with.

Second, present your candidate with this list questions!

The Essential Questions to Ask Your Videographer.


1)       “Does your device support simultaneous memory-Card writing?”

“Will every little thing you shoot be tape-recorded onto 2 SD-Cards at the same time?".
It is better to ask this, so you are sure that he has a backup for whatever might happen!

2)       How many cameras will you be using?

A single camera is not really capable of capturing everything properly and safely. Two cameras will allow for much better shots and significantly reduce the chance of missing something important. A third camera, usually left on a static wide shot, provides even more safety and creative options.

3)      "Do you have a wireless audio recording system, and will it be backed up as it is being recorded?".

Excellent unique sound quality is what you want, and this can be done thanks to a wireless microphone system, like for ex. Sennheiser G3 wireless system. It permits a videographer to catch clean sound from a specific source to one of the audio networks of the camcorder.

4)      "What devices are you making use of to provide you with the security and adaptability to take smooth, dynamic video, without shaking or sharp rotations/pans/tilts?". 

The videographer should be able to provide a stable, steady video.  The hands/shoulders are not as steady, so it is best if he uses specialized equipment. The monopod   is a one legged support that makes your shots really stable. A slider is another device, which gives the camera a capacity to ride efficiently from one side to the other or from the back to the front.  Steady cam is a system balance for a hand held camera and it separates the camera from the driver's motion.


5)      “Can we see a demonstration DVD of your previous work?”.  

He should supply you one (if he says he can't for privacy or other reasons then cross him off your list). Make sure that when you get the video, you watch it from start to finish. It is essential to see how well he covers the event, and not just a few nice shots.

6)      “What type of coverage do you offer?”  It is important to know the number of hours a videographer will shoot. Try to pick the package that covers the events you want; one that adapts the best to your destination wedding schedule, your style, and of course your budget!


Video Format & Editing:

7)    How long will the final product be?  What titles, captions, etc. will be included? Will the DVD have a title menu? Will music be added? What is the copyright situation?

These are all simple questions, but just make sure your videographer answers them.  Editing is very important, and good quality editing does make the difference!

8)      Can you have more than one version, e.g. a full version and 15-minute highlights?

9)      What format will the video be shot and supplied in? Will you be using High Definition – ready video? 

The tendency is going towards high definition television, and investing in a good quality video, means that you should be getting an up-to-date product.  

Ask for a master-quality version in the original format “(i.e. the edit master before it is compressed or encoded), as well as the standard DVD.  You can use this version at a later date for further editing or transferring to new video formats. Note that this is not a normal request and the videographer might be surprised when you ask for it. Make sure you ask before the wedding day. All formats die eventually and you will probably need to transfer your video to another format at least once during your life. Although you can convert video files from the DVD format it is preferable to have a better quality file to work with. You might also like to ask about other formats such as streaming video for the internet. ”

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Copyright, Extra Copies & Time:

10)   How many copies are in included in the package?

11)   Will you be able to take still photographs from the video?

 It is best to be clear how your videographer works, since there are some that retain the copyright of the finished video, and they will charge for the extra copies asked.

12)   How long will it take before I get my video? 1 month, 2 months, 3 months? (If he says longer than that cross him off the list!).  

 Make sure you come to an agreed term here, so that the videographer knows he has a deadline, especially considering that you won’t be there to “nag” at  him. Here your wedding planner can help you!

13)   Will you be doing only my wedding that day?

Be sure that you are the only bride that he is going to be shooting the day of your wedding! You definitely don’t want him rushing you, or having him be distracted because of another event. You want his full attention!


14)  What does the price include? How many hours? Does it include editing? How many copies?

It is hard to give a range, considering that it really depends on the country you decide to do your destination wedding, but you can ask your wedding planner to help you out here. She can give you price ranges, so that you can have an idea. However, usually professional videography is as expensive as professional photography.  Keep in mind that to do a good video, several days of skilled labor are required.

And one last advice! Make sure that you manage to have your photographer meet your videographer at least a few minutes before the event.  You want them to collaborate on the video and the photography coverage, and not compete for shots, which would create a very unpleasant environment!

P.S. Try and pick the best videographer you can afford. It is always better to make compromises on other things which don’t last as long as a video!


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