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    filming a wedding

    hi there,

    I'm filming my first wedding in 2 weeks, i have a canon hv20, a little HD handy cam. I am not so much worried about the video as i am with the audio.. i have an external mic i bought which clicks into the top of the camera and i am not to sure how it will go.. what other options do i have that wouldn't be to expensive?

    Dan

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    Hi Daniel

    All I can say is ARGGGG!!!! You will have a disaster!!!! You cannot film wedding ceremonies without a radio mic!!! Bite the bullet and get one and clip it on the groom. if you REALLY cannot afford one then you can get away with a lapel mic on the groom and wire it back to your camera but it will only be on one channel unless you get a mono to stereo adapter.

    Do NOT ever try to record vows with an on-camera mic!!! If you have to use a wired lapel on the groom then keep your main camera close to the couple with a tight shot and then shoot wides and cutaways with the second cam. Remember that you are also trying to shoot in two formats!!!
    Hopefully the handycam is at least 16:9 otherwise you will have problems trying to mix 1440x576 and 720x476...also remember that HD is upper field first and SD is lower field first!!!! If the Canon can shoot in SD then use it!!

    Chris

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    thanks for the advice!

    hi, thank you for your advice, i am looking into a wireless mic that will sit between the bride and groom which will feed into my static camera..
    i will then have my other camera for different shots..

    i have a HD cam and quite possibly a panasonic CCD broadcast camera for my static shot.

    what sort of things do i look for when filming a wedding video.. do i focus solely on the bride and groom or do i shoot friends and family?

    any tips would be great as this is my first wedding.

    Thanks again

    Daniel

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    Hi Daniel,

    Through the day shoot as much as you can, its best to have more footage than not enough. Keep your cameras running through the whole ceremony. Shooting friends and family arriving at the venue is good and also if they are singing during a hymn would be a good time to break things up with some shots of family, guests etc.

    Have a look at samples on the web there are loads about on forums, perhaps they may give you some ideas. Chris Harding has great samples on his website as well.
    http://www.dvinfo.net/forum/wedding-...hy-techniques/

    Here are a couple of mine:
    http://vimeo.com/5742932
    http://vimeo.com/6570351

    All the best for your wedding let us know how you get on.

    Tom

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    Thank you so much

    Thank you so much, you have been so helpful!
    thanks for the tips and the links i will check them out!!

    i will let you know how it goes, i will also make a small 2 minute edit and post it up!!

    again thank you so much for your advice, as i am new to this it has all been extremely helpful !!

    Daniel

  6. #6
    I stumbled upon this thread randomly. A friend and I are about to do our first gig. She's the main player (taking the photos) and we are throwing in my techy services as well (editing together a DVD etc). I've decided to come along with a video camera so we can produce a video too so this thread was most helpful...I am traditionally an editor not a DOP so was a bit nervous.

  7. #7
    Here is some additional info from a well regarded UK site.
    http://www.videoforums.co.uk/wedding...deography.html

    There is lots of detail and help. Don't take shortcuts, remember this is something that the bride and groom should cherish for years, not wish they had someone else do it. Audio during the ceremony is very important, so is the before and after video.

    If you use a mono connection for the mic you can fix that in editing later, making it fill both channels. We mic the minister and the groom, one on each channel and then duplicate the audio track and swap channels on one, that gives us a simulated stereo with both mics coming out of both channels.

    There is lots to learn...

    Here are some of my samples
    http://muvipix.com/cpg/thumbnails.php?album=213
    2 x Dual Core Xeon 3.0, Premiere Elements 1 - 7, Premiere Pro CS3, After Effects CS3, Soundbooth, Heroglyph, Vitascene, EncoreDVD http://muvipix.com

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