7 Common Wedding Videography FAQs Answered



Still have wedding videography questions?  We are here to address some of your most pressing wedding videography questions!  We asked our Director of Videography, Jason Chevatewa, to answer 7 of the most common wedding videography questions real couples ask.

1. Do I choose /meet my videographer?
Your final edited video is the result of the creative efforts of both the shooting and editing team.  Because each team member works closely with others, you can be sure the same consistency is applied across all  the videos we produce.  To make sure that your own unique needs are understood, you should speak with the videographer that will film your wedding prior to your wedding day.  At Mike Staff Productions, your videographer will call you the Tuesday before your wedding to discuss the final details. This is one of the most important wedding videography questions to ask.
2. How long does it take to get it back?
The editing process is dependent upon some choices you will need to make about your wedding video – short or long format editing, music to be used with your montages and overall style and vibe.  Once you have submitted your information, Mike Staff Productions guarantees you will have your wedding video within 12 weeks.
3. What is a HD digital file of my wedding and/or raw footage?
An High Definition digital file is the highest quality version of your wedding day.  Another benefit, to receiving your wedding video as a digital file is the option to create additional copies for safekeeping or gift giving.  Because these files are not copy protected, you are free to use as you’d like. The HD digital file can also be streamed to your viewing device such as AppleTV or Ruku, as well as stored on your computer or tablet.
Each wedding varies, but most will average between 4-6 hours of raw footage.  While your final edited version contains all the big moments of your wedding day, your raw footage will include additional angles, more candid moments, and longer segments of time that were condensed in the edit.  As this is raw footage, please keep in mind there may be floor shots, the ceiling, zooms and shakes as the videographer is framing the shot.
4. How is the audio recorded for my wedding? Does the bride wear a wireless mic?
To get the best audio for your wedding video, the videographer will ask the groom to wear a small lapel microphone.  In addition, the videographer will also place a secondary microphone in the ceremony area, such as on a podium used by a reader.  And as an extra audio source, the camera will also record the ambient sound from the ceremony venue.

During the reception, the videographer will capture ambient audio.  Whenever possible, the videographer will also request a line feed from your wedding DJ.


5. How much time does it take to capture a great dance montage?

Your important dances, such as your first dance and the dances with your parents, will be captured for your video in their entirety.  We recommend 45-60 minutes of recording time to capture open dance floor footage to be used for your wedding reception dance montages.


6. What’s the difference between one videographer and two?

Simply put, a camera and videographer can only focus in one direction.  With one videographer, your wedding video will focus on you and the activities that happen directly around you.

With two videographers, you have the option of seeing a larger view of your wedding day.  The second videographer can capture events that may take place during the same time, such as how each of you spent your time leading up to the ceremony or the cocktail hour while you are having your portrait session.  Additionally, a second videographer will provide you with additional angles and guest perspectives of your wedding day.


7. Backup wedding videographer? Backup gear?

A professional videographer should offer you the peace of mind of a backup system (always a benefit from Mike Staff Productions!).  Should there be an emergency, the videographer should have backup coverage of additional gear and backup videographers.
 We hope this answers all of your wedding videography questions!
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