- December 6, 2017 at 6:46 PM #96261kclem615Member
Hey guys. I have recently started getting into shooting weddings. As far as technical stuff, I seem to have that part down pretty well (at least until I can come some more money to increase my equipment). The two things that I have struggled with greatly when I’m working on this video in post are: Transitioning from topic to topic. For instance, the reception speeches to cake cutting or from cake cutting to the big dances that take place such as father daughter. I can’t seem to find a happy medium on how to make those transitions.
The second biggest thing I am struggling with is music. Obviously you can’t do a wedding video and not have music, but I can’t use music because of copyright issues. Do any of you have recommendations on what I can do there? I have found a couple websites for royalty free music but the songs just don’t fit the theme of the weddings.
I’d greatly appreciate any feedback!
- December 7, 2017 at 12:05 PM #277989JackWolcottParticipant
In a sense the choice of transitions reflects the overall style of your wedding video. You can treat the piece episodically, fading to black at the end of each “episode.” Most television and motion picture dramas do this. An example: long shot from alter as the first bridesmaid walks down the aisle toward the alter. Second bridesmaid begins walk, fade to black (1 sec); fade up on reverse angle shot from back of the sanctuary with all the bridesmaids at alter. You’ve established the action, compressed time and established the result of the action. Continue this technique with each section of the wedding.
Second choice would be to keep the piece “organic,” for want of a better term. In this scenario, start with a shot from the alter of bridesmaid walking down aisle for example, cut to CU of her flowers, cut to CU of the floral arrangement at alter and pull out to reveal all the bridesmaids now assembled at alter. Or for the cake cutting you refer to: CU of cake; pull out to show bride cutting cake, cut to CU of fork cutting into cake slice on a plate, cut to wide shot as bride approaches dance floor with father, cut to CU bride and father dancing, match dissolve to bride dancing with groom. In this scenario “B” roll is your friend, allowing you to cut from the primary action to a secondary associated action, then cutting to a new and different primary action.
With regard to music: if music is playing as part of the action — e.g., before the ceremony or during the dancing — it’s o.k. to include this in your video. It’s not o.k. to extract the music, however; in other words, to use music from the bride/groom dance when the bride and groom are getting into the getaway lemo. There are a great many royalty free music sites with good music tracks. Some require that you purchase their discs others that you buy single cuts; but once bought you can use the cuts indefinitely without further payment. Music Bakery and Music2Hues have really good song collections and there are many more that others on the Forum may suggest.
- March 14, 2018 at 2:20 AM #278469
- June 29, 2018 at 2:06 AM #298197EmmaCareyParticipant
That’s a really great question. When I tried to find a music for my own wedding and when I helped my husband to edit videos, I always used http://www.weddingforward.com. There are a lot of tips about little moments of organization of the wedding. So you can find some nice advice about music. Can’t help with transitions, but when you find a music it’ll help a lot. Find the great songs and put all the emotions together.
- August 1, 2018 at 1:55 AM #71105585ajj_sinParticipant
There are some websites that provide you with cheap royalty free music. I use mostly Jamendo for this (https://licensing.jamendo.com/en/catalog/search?qs=query=tags_idstr:%22wedding%22) mostly because it is cheap but also because some other companies are very vague about being royalty free and you end up getting claims sometimes.
- August 24, 2018 at 2:11 PM #71111415blobsParticipant
A bride I recently filmed is asking if I can use the song “Speechless” by Dan and Shay. There is no way I can legally use this without possibly paying a ton of money to Warner Brothers (the publisher) correct?
- September 8, 2018 at 12:59 AM #72000316
- February 14, 2019 at 1:04 AM #72008241videogemsParticipant
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- February 14, 2019 at 1:57 PM #72008284paulearsParticipant
I don’t do weddings – but did do my sons wedding and in one clip there was a screen in the background playing an Ed Sheeran song – quietly. Youtube spotted it and they had to decide to remove that clip, remove that clip’s sound or let youtube mute it! Copyright really is difficult, although we do have lots of special schemes here in the UK that can be used for modest payment.
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