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    Upgrade to 3ccd

    I recently shot a wedding using sony single ccd cameras. It was a friends wedding and I didnt charge anything. I enjoyed the experience enough to consider seeking paying jobs. It is painfully obvious that my current equipment is unacceptable. Im looking for advise in camera and accsesory selection as I begin looking for equipment that will provide quality expected by paying customers. Cost is an issue however I have accepted that this will be a costly venture.

    I am seriously considering the Sony VX2000. Critisicm of this camera for shooting weddings and alternatives is what I'm looking for.
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    The VX2000 is a fine camera, well-suited to this sort of work. 3 CCDs are certainly better than one (all other things being equal) but there are probably more important things to worry about.

    You will also need a good tripod and probably a couple of microphones. Depending on how you plan on shooting, you might want multiple cameras (I think it's a good idea).

    We have a few simple wedding video tips which may be some use, but we really need to add more content for advanced users.

    I think the big thing with weddings is experience. There's a lot of things that can go wrong and it takes a while to come across them all. The biggest mistake I see in this field is people calling themselves professional wedding videographers before they are ready. I recommend doing at least half a dozen for free or cost.

    Editing software is also a big issue. Doing a professional editing job is expected so you need to be able to compete with others.
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    I've expanded the wedding tutorial to a few more pages. It's still relatively basic but there's a fair bit more content now. When I get a chance I'll add more information and some pictures. I might even get out some of our old wedding videos and include some examples from them.

    Any tips from professional wedding videographers would be welcome.
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    Equipment is really a small part of shooting effective weddings. I've been shooting for years and done hundreds. You can do a wonderful job shooting a wedding with the $300 camcorder if you know what to shoot, how to shoot it and how to interact in a positive way with people. Experience with people is the key. Concentrate on the elements, first, the PEOPLE. They are the wedding video..Reactions, smiles, close-ups of what's happening ex: the sliding on or rings. The HD cam or the Hi-8 will both get you there, if you develop the "eye" and the passion! Don't rely on the equipment to make the video, rely on your eye and your heart!!

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    Re: Upgrade to 3ccd

    Yes a good eye is necessary and of course filming the right things but a lot can be said for having quality equipment. If you intend on branching out and shooting more wedding videos as possibly a career, then investment in a quality camera would be a good start. Sony, Panasonic and Canon make some great prosumer cameras that aren't too expensive but give great pictures and look professional, more so than a home camcorder.

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