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- March 21, 2011 at 7:53 PM #47315AnonymousInactive
So I will be new to wedding videography. I’d like to call what I’m going to do, wedding cinematography. My question is as follows: In you experience as a wedding videographer which up-to-date camera would you recommend to make the possibilities for an event timeless, and capabilities and editing potentials jaw dropping. Because I do believe that the original quality of the video captures is significant, along with what media it is recorded on in conjunction with its ease of post production use and time consumption. Camera versatility is also a concern.
The cameras I’m currently looking at are the following please provide suggestions in these areas or freely from your experience. SonyHVR-Z7E, Sony PMW-EX3, Canon XLH1Sa.
Thanks for all your information in advance.
Great question. Of the cameras you mentioned, I’d go with the EX3 but others are good too. However, If you want to provide an amazing video with an affordable price tag. I’d go with an HDSLR like the Canon 7D, 6D mark 2, or 60D. It gives you the “Hollywood” look and feel. It’s definitely where video is going.
I just bought the Canon 60D a few months ago and love it. I’ll be shooting a wedding next weekend with it. There is a learning curve to it, but it produces a stunning video image.
I have a podcast and website that teaches people how to run a wedding video business. I just interviewed someone who uses HDSLR’s on his wedding videos and has stunning results. It should be up in the coming weeks. Check it out now, along with the podcasts that are already up there.
Best of luck,
Thanks Jeff. After attending some seminars Icompletelyunderstand and saw & heard what you pose about the DSLRs. It seems to be where things are going.
However, would you still consider beginning with a videocamera? Or just dive into the DSLR world because that is where things are going anyway?
Additionally, it seems that the public isn’t ready to see a videographer come with a DSLR to shoot a wedding, unless you show up with a “weaponized” version – with all the extras hanging of the camera. So maybe the best is to have both. But I’ll still say in my situation – my previous question, about which to start with, takes priority. Should I start out with the DSLR or go with thevideo camera…
You might also look closer at the Sony Z5-Z7 units. While I think shooting with a DSLR has a nice look, it is also more difficult. I have been using both the Sony Z series and the Canon 60D and I prefer the Sony units. They are easy to use, have full CD quality stereo sound recording ability (more difficult on the HDSLRs) and can record on chips and/or tape. I use both. I archive all original footage and tape provides that at a low cost. I use chips to transfer the footage to the editor because it’s a lot faster.
Shooting a wedding video is a lot harder than most people think and is more difficult than shooting stills. Besides having to capture scenes instead of just moments, you also have to capture excellent sound which is a lot more difficult than image. Aside: don’t go “dirt cheap” on your wireless mics.
Finally, consider that you will probably shoot other events so plan accordingly.
OK guys, due to the fact that I have to buy a sh*t load of extraparaphernalia; lights, mic, stands, tracks, batteries, tapes, etc…. would you guys suggest that I begin with the Canon XLH1Sa. But my concerns are as follows: 1. Will I be able to simultaneously record to some kind of media with the Canon? and 2. Is there a newer model that is more up-to-date as compared to the XLH1Sa that in essence replaces it and makes the XLH1Sa somewhat obsolete?
Otherwise, please humbly suggest a camera that has lens changing ability, is relativley new in technology and will do the job for weddings and such. Of course not to astray from the price of the XLH1s.
I do mean with in all the above theCanon XLH1A.