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George Burbano
Re: Wedding video editing HELP
on Aug 28, 2008 at 3:31:47 am

Shooting weddings as additional source of income for the past 20yrs, I can tell you that the key is to keep everything simple and basic.

It starts with the actual taping. Camera edit what you pre conceive what you want your final product to be like. In other words, record what's important, and in short clips. Dont record everything. The more you record the more you will have to edit.

Record in the order of events. Dont use 2 cameras for everything. Typcially we use 2 cameras for the ceremony and the parts of the reception. Sync the cameras us with a simple sound clap prior to start shooting. If you cannot do so with timecode.. In FCP you can use aux TC to match clips up, in multi angle clips.

We end up with the following usually:

10 mins pre wedding recorded content
Ceremonies, 15mins unless the bride wants the whole ceremony. Otherwise we cut to the important stuff, with music, and switch to live audio of vows, and the important stuff.
5mins of overlays, such as clips of portraits, and some filming of the couple together, and with their bridal party

Some cocktail hr stuff, 3-5 mins
Introduction at the reception, dances, speeches, any traditional stuff such as tossing garters, and bouqets.. 15-20 mins..

Our Final DVD 50-70 mins. If you do more than that, guaranteed that nobody else will watch it, cause they will be bored after the first 30 mins.... No matter how good you shot it..

We have several templates that we use, with strong pre-conception and the righ pre-planning and shooting. Assuming your technical stuff is on the money, exposures, sound recording, color balancing..

6-9hrs on the wedding day
1-2 hrs prior to the wedding day
2-4 hrs editing,
1-2 hrs previewing, final touchups, music, titles, recaps
2-4 hrs compressing
1hr, burning, titling..

total work time: 22hrs.

The basics works all the time, it's like all the digital photographers out there, who now shoot 2000-3000 pictures on a wedding, then spend 2 days, going through all the pictures, tossing 50-60% anyway, Do it right the first time.. When we shot film, that is how we did it. Right equipment, technically shot correct, and we didnt worry about bad exposures, equipment failures, poorly framed photos etc...Time is money, the more time you spend, the less money you make. You have to balance, good pricing (notice I didnt say cheap, dont undersell or devalue your work) good workmanship, good product, and reasonable time producing your work. Just my thought..

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