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  • in reply to: Wedding charge? #191402
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    kevinvideo Wrote:

    Hi, just curious. How did you use 3 cameras and work alone. I am very new to this. Can you please explain. Thanks.

    how did I do it? well….I set all 3 up in different locations where I could manuever to easily without being seen. I framed the two non primary camcorders so that they didn’t need any attention during the service and left them there on tripods of course. then with the third camcorder and set it up in the middle and since it was my ‘primary’ camcorder I manned it. It really wasn’t hard. you just have to talk to the wedding party, and have a really solid game plan in order.

    in reply to: Trying to find camcorder for coaching athletes w/ video #178843
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    sportsman, i do a lot (and I mean a lot of filming for my college’s sports teams. My advice is to stay away from JVC camcorders. that is what our athletic department bought and they are absolutely junk after all the hours we put on the heads. Definitely go with minidv cameras though. Hard drive cameras compress video too muck IMO. Honestly the thing that makes a good game tape is a good tripod. you can have the nicest camera out there but without a nice tripod your game tapes will be junk. trust me on that.

    in reply to: Camcorders for Wedding Shoots #178854
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    comp, i just filmed a wedding a couple weeks ago and all i could think about was, "man i wish i had a vx2100 or something that can handle lowlight" My cousin asked me to film her wedding so i agreed, then about a week before the ceremony i was informed that it was a candlelight ceremony. I about had a heart attack. I wasn’t very happy. lol. but i had to adapt. I used 2 of my friends Panasonic DVC-60’s (i think) and they didn’t handle the low light very well.

    what do you think of HD? i have decided that it is too early to jump into HD because of the format war etc. what are your thoughts?

    in reply to: Shooting wedding videos and how much to charge: #178811
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    I agree with compusolver totally. On a side note,I have been away from these forums for too long, but i remember that he always had great advice.

    as for your situation Steve, you have to crawl before you walk. thats right, walk. look, you might think that all of the tech stuff is overkill, but have you ever compared a video done on a cheap 300 dollar walmart special and a 3000 dollar 3 chip camera? I don’t think you have or you would not be thinking it is overkill. This video is what people have to remember the biggest day of their lives by so its not something to take lightly. When I started out in High School doing weddings i charged $200 dollars for my first two (which happened to be a week apart). Today, with the experience i have gained from working with real pros and just continually doing video projects, I would not pay $20 bucks for the crap that i gave them. Fortunately both couples absolutely loved their videos which were about an hour to an hour and a half long apiece and both parties (them and myself) gained in the deal. what you need to do is charge at the most 200 for the video,do the wedding, and the entire reception and then some. I mean go all out for it. you need to get the experience and buy nicer stuff. you will enjoy nicer equipment and the customer will enjoy a better product.

    in reply to: What’s the best edit software for PC? #163069
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    AVID makes some good stuff for pc

    in reply to: Wedding charge? #191364
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    Thanks, I’ve have used a shotgun mic but would rather use an independant MD recorder. Sound equipment isn’t an issue, I own sound stuff (for my band). Now, how do you guys go about getting the bride set up with a mic? Do you just have one on the groom and hope that it picks up the bride or do you mic her seperately?

    in reply to: Wedding charge? #191359
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    Compusolver,
    I was checking out one of your websites, what do you use to record audio during weddings, a minidisc recorder? I’ve wondered about that myself, but thankfully both weddings I have done I have been able to get good audio from the camera but I want to invest in getting an idependent recorder for that and wanted your advice.

    in reply to: Wedding charge? #191358
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    Thanks for the tip. I really appreciate it. I’m just bouncing some questions of you guys that have been down the road before.
    Forgive me if you read my questions and think that they are junvenile or what not, but just starting out, I want to get a bunch of ideas together so that I can make the best possible product I can.

    in reply to: Wedding charge? #191357
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    With that, the look I’m wanting to pursue is that of film (by that I mean shoot in 24 fps), so forgive me for this question but in your experience do you think that that would work well with weddings, or would you all recommend shooting in the normal 30. Everything I’ve done has always been 30, so I don’t know if the look of 24 would be fitting for weddings.

    in reply to: Wedding charge? #191356
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    I wouldn’t be using it soley for weddings. Thats not my aim at all. I was just saying that When I get nicer equipment I will charge more. Frankly, I haven’t looked at camcorder specs in months so I don’t know exactly what I’m looking for. I’m only a college freshman I won’t have money for quite awhile yet, so by time I save up the money to buy a nice camera I will have gathered tons of information and know exactly what I want/need.

    Endeavor, thanks for the idea of getting multiple cheaper cameras, that is a good idea and I’ll keep that in mind.

    in reply to: Wedding charge? #191354
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    Charging nothing? wow, you guys are far better people than I. Well I guess too that i had a great reputation before I did my first two, I charged 225 for each to cover expenses and a little bit of time. I will be raising my prices as well, but I don’t see charging a grand yet with the equipment I use. But as soon as I get the camcorder I want (canon xl2) I will.

    I easily put 50-100 hours in each tape, used atleast 3 cameras for each and worked alone. My turn around was 2-3 weeks. Which was delayed because the wedding were in consequitive weeks and I was working 40 hours a week. (I’m not trying to be cocky or anything, just telling it how it was, and I wouldn’t change a thing πŸ™‚ ) I love being busy.

    How does this compare to you guys?

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