Q: Why are your packages less than half the cost of other wedding videographers?
A: We do not use expensive and cumbersome camera rigs, dollies, or setups. We do not use contractors to shoot or edit your video. All work is done in-house by our talented staff. We have very low overhead, so we can charge a fair price for our work. Also, our packages are all-inclusive; there are no extra charges.
Q: Why do you use a three person camera crew? Wouldn’t one camera person be less conspicuous?
A: There are several reasons for using a three-person camera crew:
Better coverage: We shoot the ceremony from the bride, groom and guest point-of-view at the same time, then choose the best shot during editing.
Live Video: We shoot a wedding as if it is a live broadcast; the more cameras and perspectives, the better the video.
Minimal Interference: With guests and photographers moving around during the day, there is occasional interference with a camera (sometimes at a critical moment). With three cameras we can choose the shot that clearly shows what is happening without having to edit out that part of your special day.
Discretion: We like to be discrete/ non-conspicuous during the day. With an experienced crew, and with the use of precise camera blocking, we are in good positions to get the shots we need. If you have any doubts at all, please visit our Testimonials page!
Q: How do you work with my photographer so you can each get great shots?
A: We contact the photographer well ahead of the wedding and discuss our camera blocking positions, so the photographer will know where we will be set up. We also go over everything again before the ceremony. If there is a case where a photographer must interfere with one of our cameras, we will use the footage from another camera (see above).
Q: I love the sound quality throughout your videos, how do you get such great audio?
A: During most ceremonies with a venue, church, or DJ supplying a live audio feed, we get the audio directly from the sound board/mixer. In cases where there is no live feed, we use directional microphones and a digital sound recorder hidden close to the officiant and couple.
Q: Do you use large, bright lights to record weddings?
A: During the wedding ceremony, we rarely use any additional lighting, as it is very distracting to the guests and the bridal party. We work with the venue/church ahead of time to set lighting properly for the video. Our video cameras can also shoot in low-light situations if necessary. During the reception, we do use a small, dimmable video light if required. We work with the DJ to properly set the lights for bridal party dances, toasts, and special events.
Q: How long will the final DVD be?
A: There are many factors that can contribute to the final length of the video: length of ceremony, number of toasts, number of reception events, etc. In most cases, the average length of a Blu-Ray/DVD is between 60 and 90 minutes.
Q: So our wedding video package will include both Blu-Ray and standard DVDs?
A: Of course! Our cameras shoot full high definition video. We want your video to look as fabulous as the couple does!
Q: When can we expect to receive our video?
A: In most cases, your wedding video is completed 6-10 weeks after your wedding. For some longer, more complicated edits, it may take a few weeks more. We always communicate progress with each couple by email and posting each section of the video on a private YouTube link for review.
Q: So we can review our wedding video as each part is completed?
A: Absolutely! This allows for us to make any necessary minor edits before the final video is produced and mailed to you. You can also show off your fabulous videos to your family and friends if you choose.
Q: Do you provide the raw footage of the wedding on request as well?
A: Yes we do. We can either supply the raw footage on your flash drive (128GB), or ours ($50 extra).
Q: Do you travel?
A: Of course! We serve most of Eastern Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware, but we will travel to wherever your event is held. Distances further than 100 miles may require a fee to cover a hotel stay.
Q: Do you have backup equipment?
A: We travel with two additional cameras, as well as tripods, batteries, etc. Also, all of our cameras record on two SD cards at the same time in the rare case that one will fail.
Q: Are you insured?
A: Yes, we carry both business liability and completion insurance.
Q: I see your reviews and love them! Can I also get additional references?
A: Yes, we have a number of brides that can provide references on how we shoot, produce, and conduct ourselves during your wedding. We want you to be fully comfortable choosing Chester Springs Video for your wedding video.