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Frequently Asked Questions

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Question: How much do you charge?

Answer: Pricing for our basic services is provided below. We will provide you a quotation for your wedding based on your exact needs. Click Here to request a quotation.

For weddings that occur in 2017, prices are generally per the following price schedule.

  • Wedding Ceremony: $790.00 
  • Wedding Reception: $335.00

Wedding video pricing applies to weddings that occur within 100 mile radius of Greenville, South Carolina (including Columbia, SC). For weddings outside of this area, additional charges may apply. We will provide a written quotation detailing all pricing.

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Question: Why is a professional wedding video so expensive?

Answer: The honest answer is that the wedding video is costly because it is costly for us! We strive to make a video that you will cherish...a video that will capture your wedding as it happened...in the highest digital quality possible...using cameras positioned at different places to capture all aspects of the wedding. To do this, we use professional high definition video cameras. The equipment we use includes cameras, microphones, tripods, computers, editing software, etc. This equipment that we use to record your wedding costs us well over 10 thousand dollars. Since we use multiple cameras, we hire camera operators that are experienced in wedding videography. When the wedding is over, editing the video and producing the final DVD can take many hours of time. So, we feel our prices are really a bargain for you.

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Question: What are your basic wedding video services?

Answer: For your wedding video, we use at least three camera angles to capture your special moment. Ideally, we prefer to position cameras per below although we do respect the requirements of the venue.

  • Camera 1: Positioned to the rear of the audience, and is used as a stationary "catch-all" camera.

  • Camera 2: Located facing the audience in order to view the bride and groom. This allows a camera operator to capture family members and close-ups of the wedding ceremony...especially the bride. Some venues (churches) have rules regarding positioning of video cameras. Be sure to check with the venue and advise us.

  • Camera 3: Is used to capture miscellaneous shots that other cameras have difficulty seeing. This would include the bride walking down the aisle, candid shots, and soloists.

We are careful to record your ceremony without being disruptive. We will be quiet and discreet. We are flexible and will work with you to accommodate your needs.

Video recording is started about 15 minutes before principle events (for example: seating of grandparents/parents). This allows time to insert titles (the Wedding Party participants) into the video and for you to enjoy some your pre-wedding music that you probably did not get to experience.

After the wedding, the tapes and digital media are edited together into a single, continuous "movie".

The finished video is delivered to you within 2 weeks. Three (3) copies of the DVD will be supplied. Additional copies are available at an extra charge.

We keep a master copy of the final DVD for future purchase.

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Question: Can you shoot video in low light conditions?

Answer: The short answer is "Yes". However, there is a caveat.

The videographer prefers lots of light. The more lighting that is used, the crisper the video and the brighter the colors. When professional movies are "shot", lot's of lighting is used up to 100,000 watts. For low light conditions at the wedding ceremony, we would prefer to use lighting that is bounced off the ceiling. OK...we know this is not practical as low lighting creates a more romantic setting; and, some venues (churches in particular) do not allow the videographer to bring in additional lighting. So, we do not use additional lighting during the wedding ceremony. When picking your wedding site, we would recommend a venue with good lighting. Here are some examples of how the video will look with varying degrees of light:

Dim Lighting Moderate Lighting Good Lighting...
Notice that the image is crisper with good lighting.
Dim Lighting Moderate Lighting Good Lighting

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Question: What do I need to supply?

Answer: We will ask you to provide us with information about the wedding such as the names of the participants (minister, bridesmaids, groomsmen, etc.) of the wedding party. This information is often included on your Wedding Program. We like to have access to the wedding ceremony location 2 hours prior to the start of the service. This will allow us to set cameras to have the best view of the service, and to check out lighting and sound. If possible, we welcome the opportunity to be present at the wedding rehearsal.

Please keep in mind that dim lighting is not recommended, but can be accommodated. A well lit ceremony will allow the video to be captured for maximum quality, and also allows the audience to best view the wedding.

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Question: What equipment do you use?

Answer: All of our cameras are high quality High-Definition, wide screen format cameras. We have chosen to use widescreen format due to the digital revolution where most future televisions will be high-definition wide screen. Don't worry, if you do not have wide-screen or high-definition, your video can still be viewed with standard definition TV. The cameras that we use produce a high, stable-quality video with excellent color. Most consumer grade video equipment result is much lower quality images.

All cameras are mounted on tripods to achieve smooth recording. Panning, zooming, and excessive camera movement is minimized in order to provide a high quality video.

After the wedding, the best shots from the cameras are edited together into a single, continuous video. We use professional digital editing equipment.

Audio is captured as well using our audio equipment, or we can patch into the sound system of the church (or location) if available.

See our Wedding Video Sample webpage.

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Question: What is required for shooting a video?

Answer: In order to make your professional wedding video...

  • Use up to 4 High Definition cameras with tripods. We are sensitive to being as discreet as possible. We want to video your wedding, not be in the wedding. To this end, we are careful to work with the site event manager or wedding planner to obtain optimal camera placement.

  • Where necessary, we use a wireless microphone system, a wired microphone, audio mixer, and digital audio recorder to provide CD quality audio.

  • Because high definition video results in huge video files and because high definition video "taxes" computer systems, we have a very fast quad-core processor computer dedicated for editing and compiling the final video.

  • Computer software to edit videos in a multi-track environment, and software to author a DVD complete with a menu system.

  • Two or more technicians to setup and operate cameras and audio system, including running of any necessary cabling. This is why we like to have access to the facility at least two hours prior to the start of the event.

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Question: Do you provide video services for other events?

Answer: Yes. However, please contact us for specific information. We are equipped to video record events such as speaking engagements, promotional videos, graduations, concerts, band competitions, parades, and dance recitals. Please visit our Promotional and Event Video web pages.

Also, please visit our Vimeo channel.