Though you might only see your videographer on your wedding day, many hours of work go into editing your video footage. For example, take a typical hour-long ceremony. Your videographer may have four cameras positioned throughout the venue. Those four 60-minutes long tapes take four hours to upload to a computer and then the footage must be stacked and edited clip by clip. Once editing is completed, the project must be rendered and burned to a standard DVD or Blu-ray disc, a process which can take up to 30 hours.
Videographers utilize wireless microphones to ensure great sound quality, multiple cameras to capture every moment, and multi-chip imaging sensors for incredible picture quality. In addition to having backup equipment, changing technology and increased wear and tear leads to costly repairs and frequent replacements.
Some videographers charge a flat fee for their wedding packages with no time constraint. Others include a standard number of hours and allow you to purchase additional time.
There is a price that comes with the ability to be in more than one place at a time. For some situations (like the ceremony) a tripod is a sufficient second shooter. For others, it may be beneficial to have more than one videographer or to have an assistant there to manage the equipment, leaving your videographer free to shoot all the moments you do not want to miss.
Packages vary widely, but most include the unedited footage of your entire ceremony plus your edited highlights video in either standard DVD or Blu-ray formats. Choose from countless special effects such as turn-of-the-century looks, slow motion, color correction, and more.