If it is absolutely necessary, we can attend the rehearsal will allow us to coordinate with the venue holding the ceremony. Again, unlike photographers, videographers have to worry about another element which is sound. If the venue will supply the PA system, we try to see if we can set up an audio recorder directly onto their mixing board to capture the audio that will take place. If the audio will be supplied by a DJ then we will coordinate with them instead. But in addition to the audio, there are also restrictions that the venue may have. For example, most Catholic churches do not allow the videographer or even the photographer to move during the ceremony. They sometimes restrict the areas in which we are allowed to even video record the ceremony from.
When the actual event does take place, we try to be as unobtrusive as possible. Unlike the photographer, there is very little direction from us. Instead, we are really there to document the special day in which we follow you and your photographer. We basically defer as much to the photographer as possible in which they handle most if not all of the directing for that day. We go out of our way to try to stay out of their way when it comes to them taking the pictures. This may contrast with other videography companies in which they want to get their shots at all costs disregarding the photographer altogether. Now this may help the videographer obtain better footage but it often results in compromising the photographer's work.
No More MiniDV Tapes
Previously, like most other videographers, we used miniDV tapes to capture our footage. This allowed us to deliver the raw footage to our clients free of charge in which we would just give them the tapes that we recorded the footage on. However, with AVCHD and High Definition, the days of using miniDV tapes are over. Instead, video can be now recorded straight to SDHC memory cards. In fact, 4 hours of raw high definition AVCHD compressed footage can be saved onto one 32 GB SDHC card. With the absence of miniDV tapes, this resulted in us no longer offering raw footage free of charge. Because one day of HD footage can be more the 50 GB we offer delivering the compressed high definition raw footage onto an external hard drive for an additional $100 fee.
But let's go back to the amount of work that goes into our process. We of course have to cut the video together. But even before doing that we have to transcode the raw footage into an editable format. You see, as mentioned earlier, our raw footage is captured in a highly compressed format called AVCHD. Normally, uncompressed HD footage can be hundreds of gigabytes. But by compressing the video allows the camera to store hours of High Definition footage in such a small amount of memory. At the same time this compression makes it too difficult to edit. As a result, we must transcode or convert the raw footage into a less compressed format. This lesser compressed format will allow us to edit the footage.