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Wedding Videography: Start to Finish

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Wedding production is unique in that every shot must be obtained in a single take, as in documentary filmmaking, but the client expects the finished product to look like a feature film, with perfect capture of every moment. Getting good-looking footage, while fighting problems such as loud settings, uncontrollable light and rapid scene changes, make wedding videography very challenging compared to other types of filmmaking. "Wedding Videography: Start to Finish" is the first technical guide that explains how to balance the expectations of the bridal couple with the realities of single-take shooting. These discrepancies will be explained through lessons in gear selection, shot set-up, how to work in poorly lit conditions, and how to make the best of bad angles, audio and light. The book further explains how to improve and stylize footage through editing and post production techniques. With "Wedding Videography: Start to Finish," video amateurs and professionals new to wedding coverage alike will find a complete guide on every aspect of becoming a successful wedding videographer, from selecting production gear and software through the shooting and editing process, and even the business aspects of the wedding industry including client expectations, wedding etiquette, legal issues and product delivery.

Table of Contents

  1. Copyright
  2. Acknowledgments
  3. About the Author
  4. Photo Credits
  5. Introduction
    1. Who This Book Is For
    2. How This Book Is Organized
      1. Part I: The Proposal
        1. Chapter 1: The World of Wedding Videography
        2. Chapter 2: The Business of Weddings
        3. Chapter 3: Production Gear
        4. Chapter 4: Getting Post-Production Gear
      2. Part II: The Wedding
        1. Chapter 5: The Basics of Wedding Shooting
        2. Chapter 6: Pre-Production
        3. Chapter 7: The Big Day
      3. Part III: The Honeymoon
        1. Chapter 8: Basic Editing
        2. Chapter 9: Advanced Editing
        3. Chapter 10: Output and Delivery
      4. Part IV: The Marriage
        1. Chapter 11: Add-On Business Ideas
        2. Chapter 12: Maintaining Your Business
      5. DVD and Tutorials
    3. DVD-ROM Downloads
  6. I. The Proposal
    1. 1. The World of Wedding Videography
      1. What Does a Wedding Videographer Do?
      2. The Evolution of the Wedding Video
      3. Styles of Wedding Videos
      4. Other Video Products
      5. Why Is Wedding Videography Unique?
      6. A Day in the Life
        1. The Day Before
        2. The Day Of
        3. The Days After
      7. Summary
      8. Next Up
      9. Chapter 1 Tutorial: Questions to Consider about Your Potential New Career
        1. Personality
        2. Lifestyle
        3. Career and Personality Interests
    2. 2. The Business of Weddings
      1. Planning Is Everything
        1. Consider Your Time Frame
          1. Starting Slowly
          2. Jumping In
        2. Count Your Assets
        3. Understand Your Overhead
      2. Managing Client Relations
        1. Defining Your Style
        2. Pricing and Bidding
          1. Packaged Pricing
          2. Customized Pricing
          3. Set Pricing
        3. Legal Issues and Contracts
      3. Marketing Yourself
        1. Print Materials
        2. Magazines: Print and Online
        3. Web Site
        4. Other Internet Marketing Tools
        5. Word of Mouth: Brides and Other Vendors
        6. Bridal Fairs and Expos
      4. Keeping It All Compliant
        1. License and Permits
        2. Insurance
      5. Summary
      6. Next Up
      7. Chapter 2 Tutorial: Counting Your Assets and Estimating Operating Expenses
        1. Counting Your Assets
        2. Estimating Operating Expenses
    3. 3. Production Gear
      1. Choosing a Camcorder
        1. HD Capabilities and Resolution
        2. Lens
        3. Sensor
        4. LCD Screen
        5. Storage
        6. Media Transfer
        7. Inputs and Outputs
        8. Stabilization
        9. Manual Controls
      2. Camcorders: A Comparison
      3. Tripod
      4. Audio
      5. External Lights
      6. Bags
      7. A Word About Multiples
      8. Summary
      9. Next Up
      10. Chapter 3 Tutorial: Choosing a Camcorder and Packing Your Gear
        1. Choosing a Camcorder
        2. Packing Your Gear
    4. 4. Getting Post-Production Gear
      1. Post-Production Hardware
        1. Computer Requirements
        2. Storage Space
        3. Computer Monitor(s)
        4. External Video Monitor
        5. Speakers
        6. Video Interface
          1. FireWire
          2. HDMI
          3. Card Readers
        7. DVD Burner
        8. Other Items to Consider
          1. Deck
          2. Custom Keyboard
          3. Scanner
      2. Post-Production Editing Software
        1. Basic Features
          1. Interface
          2. Timeline Panel
          3. Project Panel
          4. Source and Program Panels
          5. Logging and Capturing/Transferring
          6. Editing Options
        2. Advanced Features
          1. Multicamera Editing
          2. Effects
          3. Color Correction
          4. Titling
          5. Audio Tools
      3. Post-Production Effects and Output Software
        1. Bundled Packages
        2. Motion Graphics
        3. Audio Programs
        4. External Applications and Plug-ins
        5. Output Options
      4. Comparison
        1. Apple Final Cut Pro
        2. Adobe Premiere Pro
        3. Avid Media Composer
        4. Sony Vegas Pro
      5. Summary
      6. Next Up
      7. Chapter 4 Tutorial: Getting to Know Your Editing Software
        1. Exploring the Panel Configuration
        2. Working with Media Files
        3. Selecting Clips
        4. Editing in the Timeline Panel
          1. Performing an Overlay Edit
          2. Insert Edit
  7. II. The Wedding
    1. 5. The Basics of Wedding Shooting
      1. A Video Vocabulary
        1. Work the Angles
        2. Know Your Moves
          1. Basic Moves
          2. Advanced Moves
        3. Call the Shots
        4. Maintaining Your Composition
          1. What’s the Story?
          2. The Rule of Thirds
          3. Headroom
          4. Close-ups
          5. Following Action
          6. Clearing the Frame
          7. Watching the Edges
      2. Manual Controls
        1. Zoom
        2. Focus
        3. Exposure
        4. White Balance
      3. Building Your Shot List
        1. Essential Shots
          1. Pre-Ceremony Prep
          2. Ceremony Shots
          3. Formal Shots
          4. During the Reception
        2. Fun Shots
      4. Summary
      5. Next Up
      6. Chapter 5 Tutorial: Angles, Moves, and Lighting
    2. 6. Pre-Production
      1. The Rehearsal
      2. Client Preferences and Expectations
      3. Location Limitations
      4. Packing Your Gear
      5. Timeline
      6. Coordination with Other Vendors
      7. Etiquette
      8. Summary
      9. Next Up
      10. Chapter 6 Tutorial: Building Your Master Shot List
    3. 7. The Big Day
      1. Lighting
        1. Shooting in Low Light
        2. Shooting in Bright Light
      2. Camera Movement
      3. Two-Camera Shoots
      4. Audio
      5. Interviews
      6. Specific Points in the Day
        1. Establishing Shots
        2. Wedding Preparations
          1. Footage to Obtain
            1. Audio
            2. Interviews
            3. Extreme Close-Ups
            4. Specific Shots
          2. Complicating Matters
          3. Etiquette
        3. The Ceremony
          1. Formulating Your Shooting Strategy
          2. Footage to Obtain
          3. Audio
          4. Complicating Matters
          5. Etiquette
        4. Formal Pictures and Couple Shots
          1. Footage to Obtain
        5. Cocktails
          1. Footage to Obtain
          2. Complicating Matters
          3. Etiquette
        6. Reception
          1. Details
          2. Introductions
          3. First Dance/Parent Dances
          4. Toasts
          5. Cake Cutting
          6. Bouquet and Garter Toss
          7. Closure
          8. Turning the Camera Off
          9. Etiquette
      7. Summary
      8. Next Up
  8. III. The Honeymoon
    1. 8. Basic Editing
      1. Preparing to Edit
        1. Logging Footage
          1. Using a Numbering System
          2. Using Time Code
          3. Logging: How Much Detail?
          4. Logging: The Process
        2. Capturing
          1. Troubleshooting Capturing
        3. Importing Other Media
      2. Basic Editing
        1. Approaches to the Rough Cut
          1. Master Shot–Style Coverage
          2. Radio Cut
        2. Processes
          1. Getting Clips on the Timeline
          2. Using Multiple Tracks
        3. Types of Edits
          1. Overlapping Edits
          2. Cutaways
          3. Jump Cuts
        4. Transitions
          1. Establishing Shots
          2. Hard Cuts
          3. Dissolves, Fades, and Other Transitions
          4. Natural Transitions
        5. Finer Editing Tools
          1. Zooming In and Out
          2. Snapping
          3. Moving and Eliminating Clips
          4. Trimming Clips
        6. Using Basic Editing Tools to Fix Shooting Errors
          1. Fit-to-Fill Edit
          2. Basic Resize
      3. Summary
      4. Next Up
      5. Chapter 8 Tutorial: Build a Rough Cut
        1. Make a Radio Cut
          1. Mark the Music
          2. Add Matt_Interview and M&J_Vows Clips
          3. Adjust Sound Levels
        2. Adding Cutaways
          1. Add a Cutaway Track
          2. Four-Point Edits Using Fit-to-Fill
        3. Polishing the Rough Cut
          1. Trimming Clips
          2. Moving Clips
          3. Performing a Basic Resize
          4. Adding Transitions
    2. 9. Advanced Editing
      1. Multi-Camera Editing
        1. Creating a Multiclip
        2. Editing a Multiclip
      2. Filters
        1. Common Aesthetic Filters
        2. Common Corrective Filters
          1. Color Correction
            1. Video Scopes
            2. Safe Colors
            3. White Balancing
            4. Luminance
            5. Color
            6. Matching Footage
          2. Steadying Filters
        3. Applying Filters
        4. Analyzing Effects
        5. Filter Rendering
      3. Basic Compositing
        1. Split Screen
        2. Mattes
        3. Titles
          1. Types of Titles
          2. Generating Titles
          3. Title Style
        4. Importing Other Graphics
      4. Motion and Animation
      5. Audio Editing
        1. Assessing Your Tracks on the Timeline
        2. Developing Your Audio
        3. Live Level Adjustments
          1. Using the Mix Tool
          2. Transitions
        4. Correcting Audio Problems
          1. EQ
            1. Other Filters
      6. External Plug-ins and Programs
      7. Summary
      8. What’s Next
      9. Chapter 9 Tutorial: Refine the Rough Cut
        1. Adding Video Effects
        2. Compositing Effects
        3. Audio Editing
          1. Adjusting Levels
          2. Add Room Tone
          3. Add Audio Transitions
        4. Adding Titles
          1. Add a Title Screen
          2. Add a Superimposed Title
        5. Color Correction
          1. White Balancing
          2. Changing Contrast
    3. 10. Output and Delivery
      1. Outputting to DVD
        1. Compressing Your Video for Output to DVD
          1. Video Compression
          2. Audio Compression
          3. DVD Formats
            1. Burning to Blu-ray
        2. Authoring Your DVD
          1. Planning the Structure of Your DVD
          2. Designing Menus and Buttons
            1. Button Design
            2. Button Navigation
            3. Button Destination
          3. Checking for Errors
          4. Building the DVD
        3. Packaging Your DVD
        4. Screening Your DVD
      2. Outputting to Other Formats
        1. Compressing Your Video for Output to Other Media
        2. Posting Your Video Online
      3. Archiving Your Project
      4. Summary
      5. Next Up
      6. Chapter 10 Tutorial: Preparing a Sequence for Output
        1. Exporting a File for an Authored DVD
        2. Exporting for Specific Media Formats
        3. Exporting for Archives
  9. IV. The Marriage
    1. 11. Add-On Business Ideas
      1. Photo Montage
        1. Building the Montage
        2. Prepping the Images
        3. Building the Sequence
        4. Animating and Effecting the Sequence
        5. Outputting the Montage
        6. Screening the Montage
      2. Same-Day Edit
        1. Building the Sequence
        2. Logistics
      3. Engagement Video
        1. Shooting an Engagement-Video Interview
        2. Shooting Additional Engagement-Video Footage
        3. Putting the Engagement Video Together
      4. Concept Video
        1. Pre-Production
        2. Shooting
        3. Editing
      5. Personalized Web Page
      6. Other Ideas
      7. Summary
      8. Next Up
      9. Chapter 11 Tutorial: Making a Photo Montage
        1. Mark the Music
        2. Build a Rough Cut
        3. Add Transitions
        4. Change Basic Motion Parameters and Add Filters
        5. Animate Motion
    2. 12. Maintaining Your Business
      1. Equipment Maintenance
        1. Camera Maintenance
        2. Computer Maintenance
          1. Drives
            1. Virus Protection
            2. Defragmentation and Cleanup
            3. Backing Up and Archiving
          2. Monitor
          3. Software
      2. Client Maintenance
        1. Here Comes Your Guide
        2. Marketing to Former Customers
        3. Other Event Videography
      3. Business Trends
        1. Watch Video
        2. Use Your Outreach as Input
        3. Technology Trends
      4. Summary
      5. In Conclusion
  10. Glossary
    1. A
    2. B
    3. C
    4. D
    5. E
    6. F
    7. G
    8. H
    9. I
    10. J–K
    11. L
    12. M
    13. N
    14. O
    15. P
    16. R
    17. S
    18. T
    19. U
    20. V
    21. W
    22. X–Z