Professional Sydney Wedding Videography

Catherine Anselmi, our Director, has a Master's Degree from the College of Fine Arts, and an extensive background in the film industry. Catherine personally oversees the art direction of your wedding photography and videography. "I see my client's weddings as a theatre piece to be recorded with great sensitivity and attention to detail."

How to spot a Professional Wedding Videographer

Being a member of a professional association adds to your piece-of-mind when choosing any service. Although a professional association is unlikely to directly refund your money if there is a problem, they may put pressure on the supplier if you've been hard done by.

The Australian Video Producers Association (AVPA) is, as the name suggests, the primary association for video producers in Australia. They have a code of ethics for their members to follow and breaches of this may cause suspension of membership. There are also three levels of accredited membership - Standard, Advanced & Master. Where membership implies integrity through the code of ethics, accredited membership combines this with a proven level of technical ability through submission of work for evaluation. Find a wedding video producer who is not just a member, but also an accredited member of the (AVPA) and you're pretty much assured of professional service and quality.

The AVPA treat their membership and accreditation very seriously; it is not just a matter of buying accreditation, it must be earned. There are other video and/or wedding associations of which wedding video producers can be members. Generally, membership implies some standard of service and/or quality. Just make sure that the association itself is respectable. Enquire as to member numbers and selection criteria. Search the net for information on membership numbers. Some video and wedding associations are more alike money making ventures - money rather than experience or ethics can buy membership, accreditation and awards. So be sure to engage only a respectable, professional videographer.

View their work!

Plain and simple - view their work. Look at whole previous productions, not just 'demo highlights' or fancy website pictures. Look at the final product. What do the video or DVD covers look like? How good is the quality of sound? What do the menus and/or credits look like? Look at more than one wedding video and more than one video producer!

Now, you're not expected to sit through five entire wedding videos to confirm a video producer is up to scratch, but when they're showing you an example ask to see the vows or credits, or request an example of a particular style or event. If the video is on DVD then it should be a fairly simple task to select certain chapters. When people are selling something, obviously they're more likely to show you the best parts. So just make sure the not-so-best bits are acceptable and not something you find disappointing.

Professional equipment

Do they use broadcast quality cameras? Broadcast quality digital is the way to go. 3CCD (three chip), one third inch CCD chip DVCAM with separate manual sound levelling is the minimum requirement for digital to really be classed as broadcast quality. Digital tends to be smaller (thus more discreet) and there is no loss of quality in transfer from camera to digital editing suite or back again. DV has greater signal to noise ratio than SP Betacam, and so is better for use in low light environments.

What about broadcast quality audio equipment and discreet microphones? I can buy or build a radio mic from parts from my local electronics store for under $20. This type of radio microphone is not acceptable. Other systems I have seen are true broadcast quality. The microphone itself cost $600 to replace, not to mention the transmitters and receivers. A sigh from a bride after 'the kiss' was picked up by the groom's lapel microphone. This is what you're after!

Do they use lights or can the cameras handle low light? If at all possible, say 'no' to the use of lights. Lights can be blinding and disturb the photographers' shots. Lights belong in a studio. Enough said.

Meet with your wedding videographer

Sit down with your videographer and go through your wedding plan with them. As they will be with you for the full day, it's important that you feel comfortable with your videographers. This is one of the most important criteria.

Who's filming your wedding?

Ask whether the person you're seeing is the same person who will be filming on the day. If not, ask to meet with the person who will, or at least see their personal work. Some (not so good) production companies, like some (not so good) photography studios, just farm the work out to cheap sub-contractors and these companies are to be avoided. Some, on the other hand, have back-up crews for busy periods that deliver the same high quality service irrespective of who is filming. You just need to confirm the quality of the end product will not be compromised if contractors are used.

Wedding video testimonials

Ask to see testimonials from previous customers - and if you can match a letter to a production, all the better. If you know anyone who had a professional video of their wedding, ask them what they thought of the service and if they would mind showing you their video. Unsolicited praise is the best recommendation of all!

Wedding Video Professionals
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