The short answer is yes!
We understand that Weddings are expensive ventures and that, in a world of pluses and minuses, a lot of couples choose to drop Wedding Video from their budget before they drop anything else-- and that honestly breaks our heart!
Photography is amazing, but the stories a photo can tell are necessarily limited. Consider a photo of your First Dance, for example. We're sure it's an amazing Photo, or it will be, but immediately there's an element of the dance, of your memory of the dance, that is missing: the movement!
Consider a photo of the Father of the Bride's Speech - again, the right photo of this is amazing, the tears in his eyes, the sheer emotion of it. But there's something missing: the sound!
When you look back at your Wedding, you deserve to be able to hear it all again - your Vows, your Speeches - and you deserve to relive all of it from the unique perspective of Cinema: watching your Bride walking down the aisle, watching your first kiss, and seeing all of those emotions and memories in motion.
So, yes, we think you need a Wedding Video.
We think that, if you're going to get one, you should get both. This just covers your bases - and we offer a product that bundles the two discs at a great price.
But, look, we live in a world where a Full HD Blu-Ray Disc will be obsolete pretty soon - well before 2020 if the big players in Japan have it their way - so we give you a couple files regardless of whether you buy a Blu-Ray Disc or a DVD.
We give you your video files in 1080p HD and 4K Ultra HD because we want to future-proof you as best we can. So, look, you might not be able to play those files back on your computer, but keep them around because you'll definitely be able to play them back on your next one.
We advertise quite vocally that one of the advantages of choosing Studio Amori is that we shoot our video in Cinema RAW DNG. We understand that this doesn't really mean a whole lot to the layman - so let's take this opportunity to break down exactly what it means.
The best way articulate what it means for you is to explain the benefits of the format - by shooting this way we're able to deliver an end-product with better, richer colours, a video with deeper dynamic range, and something that ends up sharper, clearer, and more attractive to watch.
We can achieve that because we're not losing any of the detail when we shoot. The industry is rife with Cinematographers using HD DSLR Photography Cameras to make video - which is probably fine for a $600 vendor, no doubt, but these machines are definitively limited. These cameras, and, indeed, a lot of video cameras available, only have the capacity to deliver compressed files. There's nothing wrong with compression, necessarily, as it's an inevitable step in the workflow- but it's the last step. Compression during this first step, during this production step - that hurts the results and limits the editing process. That's why some other films look muddy and dull while ours look vibrant, colourful, and clear-- because we take the steps to ensure that we have total control over the edit.
That means we have the right gear for the job, the right facilities for the edit, and that means we enter production the right way.
A lot of other vendors will sell lapels as this great convenience - and that's because they're right when they say that they'll deliver an excellent quality of audio - but we don't think they're the best way to go about things.
When lapels are the best option, we have the equipment and we will use them, but we have the facilities and equipment for less intrusive ways of recording the important audio and dialogue from your day.
Our first and preferred strategy is to work directly with your DJ, Venue, or MC to capture a direct audio feed from the microphones being used to deliver the speeches and the vows to your guests. We work this way because it means we don't need to interrupt your enjoyment of the night to capture the speech!
Of course, sometimes the DJ, Venue, or the MC will lack the compatible equipment to capture this signal - and this is where we make a judgment call. If the acoustics of your venue are accommodating, we'll capture the vows or the speeches with our high-quality camera-mounted microphones. If the acoustics are not accommodating (for example: if there will be too much echo or too much ambient noise), then we'll hook you up to lapel microphones and capture the speeches that way.
We use a minimum of two cameras, with a contingency camera available at all times.
We aim to have one camera operator per camera, including your Director of Photography. We can reduce the number of operators to reduce your costs, but we definitely do not recommend it. Good practice is to have every camera attended to at all times - this means there are eyes on the shot, but this also means there's somebody there to make the sure the camera is working, recording, and safe from damage.
We design the highlights video to be delivered and used in a few ways. We want to give you a video you can watch at home, but we also want to give you a video you can share on Facebook with your friends. In order to do that, we need to use music that we own the rights to, or otherwise music that belongs to the public domain. There, unfortunately, result in some generic music, sometimes, but these are the steps we need to take to ensure that we and you are legally protected against Copyright Infringement.
The video we provide for your personal enjoyment at home, however, will be governed by a different set of Copyright laws and regulations -- which means that we can fill it with all sorts of great music! We just can't broadcast that video or publish it online.