FAQ

Will any HD Camera get the picture that I see on National Television?
No, Industrial and Broadcast video professionals use special cameras and lenses that are far superior to the HD cameras that you might buy in a local video store such as Best Buy or Fry’s. Just because a camera is capable of HD resolutions does not mean the original picture is any good to begin with. Small chips, cheap lenses, and inferior circuitry all play a major factor in the original image quality.

Just like your diamond wedding ring has different grades and clarity, the same holds true for HD Video Cameras. Most videographers use consumer or pro-sumer gear which will NOT compare to what you see on national television or the NFL. We at VIDEO KEEPSAKES™ use only the finest professional grade cameras made exclusively for the Wedding Industry. What this means to you is a much better picture when working under adverse conditions such as your wedding. We keep your faces sharper and evenly exposed and can enjoy more vibrant colors for a wedding video look that rivals a theatrical release.

Do we mic the groom during the ceremony?
Depending on the package chosen, Yes, but besides that, we might mic other key sound sources for the best enhanced sound quality possible during your wedding ceremony. Let’s face it, the groom might be clearing his throat or indulged in a private conversation with the bride, and the clergy usually walks back and forth getting further and further away from the grooms mic. Many ceremonies have readings from a podium that is far away from the groom and the camera, plus you might have included a trio or quartet playing from the side.
The grooms mic is hardly a good candidate for perfect audio. Using the on-camera mic is an option, but in a church you can end up with a reverberated echo of a large hall which will be hard to understand. Outside you are plagued with wind and other sounds like honking horns and passerby’s. Even the best shotgun mic’s will only get sound directly in their path and at close range. The reason you hear a football player on the field is because they use a special parabolic shotgun mic (shaped like a disc) that is aimed directly at the mouth of a player. You will not find nor want this type of gear at your wedding, yet you want good clear sound. Our years of experience gained us the knowledge to master these areas to make sure you receive the best sound possible without leaving it to chance. Most beginning or unskilled wedding videographers rely solely on their camera mic and/or a groom mic alone, which leaves your audio to chance and while the vows might be clear, the rest of the wedding ceremony might be very hard to understand.

Special Note: Nothing recorded on the grooms mic is heard over the house sound system, it only comes back to one of our cameras for later editing, and in most cases, the other audio sources covered hold the key to clear sound during your ceremony. The grooms mic is only used sparingly during the editing process since we usually rely on other sources to get the best overall sound. The grooms mic is removed immediately after the ceremony to insure total privacy and comfort during the rest of your wedding day.

Will any HD Camera get the picture that I see on National Television?
No, Industrial and Broadcast video professionals use special cameras and lenses that are far superior to the HD cameras that you might buy in a local video store such as Best Buy or Fry’s. Just because a camera is capable of HD resolutions does not mean the original picture is any good to begin with. Small chips, cheap lenses, and inferior circuitry all play a major factor in the original image quality.

Just like your diamond wedding ring has different grades and clarity, the same holds true for HD Video Cameras. Most videographers use consumer or pro-sumer gear which will NOT compare to what you see on national television or the NFL. We at VIDEO KEEPSAKES™ use only the finest professional grade cameras made exclusively for the Wedding Industry. What this means to you is a much better picture when working under adverse conditions such as your wedding. We keep your faces sharper and evenly exposed and can enjoy more vibrant colors for a wedding video look that rivals a theatrical release.

What about the sound during the Reception?
At VIDEO KEEPSAKES™ we believe that sound is half the picture and we use Enhanced Sound Techniques to make sure everything vital is heard including your Band or DJ and the ambience of the room and guests. Everything is mixed later for amazing sound quality no matter where we are positioned in the room. We cover all the bases!

Do you use bright lights?
In most cases we never use a light during the bridal prep session, the ceremony, or the post ceremony photo session. We use minimal or no light during the Reception based upon your needs or requests. We only use a small light if your venue calls for it, yet as you see in our Wedding Video Samples, our picture is stunningly clear and bright. Not all cameras especially HD Cameras are made for low-light situations, but our newly developed gear is made for low light situations. A videographer shooting with older HD Gear will only come back with muddy footage if not using bright movie lights indoors, we rarely shoot with this type of gear, yet almost 90% of all wedding videographer’s shooting today are using outdated and dark consumer grade HD gear.

Do we shoot more then one event in a day?
No. We work as a team and each main cameraman can only handle one event in Los Angeles or Orange County per day and that is why our wedding video packages are always complete. We see many competitors that limit the amount of time spent on your wedding anywhere from 3-6 hours. There is a lot going on at your wedding and we feel that forcing you to cut your cake before the evening is complete can ruin your party as people start to leave. Most of our packages include at least 8 hours of video coverage which is two hours longer then the average wedding. This extra time allows us to capture the bridal prep and/or groom prep session prior to the wedding ceremony. In the case of a split day wedding where the ceremony is early and the reception is later in the evening, we have developed a one time split day fee so there will be no overtime assessed while we are waiting. This assures you that you will be getting full coverage on one of the most important days of your life, your wedding! We are totally committed in bringing back the best wedding video imaginable and not rushing through your wedding, after all, its brides and grooms like you that have ranked us as top wedding videographers and keep insisting that we are part of their special day.

Do we come appropriately dressed?
Yes, and years ago we used to wear tuxedos, but with filming today’s modern bride and the cinematic shooting style we use, we feel too restricted in a coat and can not get the shots that we are known for. We feel that tuxedos are best worn by your waiters, and in the past when dressed that way we were often mistaken as one, yet we will wear one if requested. However, we usually wear black dress slacks and black dress shirt so we blend in to the background and are not the focal point of your wedding. We are always appropriately dressed and never wear anything that is going to bring attention to us.

Do we bring backup gear?
Yes, and we have more backup gear then most videographers have as main gear, but most of our gear shoots on two simultaneous masters at the same time, so in the unforeseen case of a tape failure, there is always the digital media recorded directly from the camera head, so we are actually backing up as we are shooting with our advanced digital camera gear.

Why are your prices so reasonable yet your quality so high? Are you for real?
This is perhaps the most asked question about our firm since our style and product is what many Brides are looking for yet our prices are well below market. Have you ever heard the term “sticker shock” where the price is far above what you assumed? Well here we have “sticker shock” too, yet is usually the other way around and considered way too reasonable to be true, yet it is.

We have held and maintained these rates because we feel that so many amateurs and so-called wedding pro’s are gouging Brides and returning videos that look no better then a boring home video. You are spending way too much on your wedding to leave the video to chance and it’s rare to get what you expect and extremely rare to get more then what you paid for, but at VIDEO KEEPSAKES™, Inc., we are proving this to be true every day. One look on our web site and our video samples area should convince you that all of our work is a masterpiece and unique. We are a small but very powerful team of highly skilled television and film professionals that are here for you.

Are two Cameras better than one?
That entirely depends on the artistic training and capabilities of the shooter. Let me ask you a question first. If I gave you and your groom two cameras and sent you to a wedding, do you think you would come back with anything usable and enjoyable? Probably not, and the reason for this is because you have no formal wedding training, no style, no technique, no technical knowledge with the gear working in adverse shooting conditions, no experience working with other vendors, and every shot would be an experiment. Many videographers are still experimenting with their clients wedding videos, and many companies overbook and then subcontract to inexperienced videographers they find on the internet, but not us.
Whether you book a single camera package or a multiple camera package, most events will look like more then one camera is shooting in some areas of your finished wedding video due to our film style shooting and MTV techniques. We have produced dozens of Music Videos for MTV and many people tell us our Bridal Prep Sessions look more like an MTV Video then a bride just sitting in a room getting ready. This is one of our trademarks that many companies try to emulate yet have never duplicated.

Where more cameras might come into play would be during the ceremony to make it look more like a television production. For this, you need two or more cameras, but since many facilities do not allow movement of the camera operators, our robotic system comes into play since the operator does not need to be seen. Please call us to discuss your venue and how many cameras and personnel would be the most effective for your wedding.

From what we have witnessed, most videographers that state they move around during the church ceremony used to be still photographers that decided to switch professions and become videographers. They usually only get bits and pieces of your wedding instead of the entire story. We believe that is why some companies give you the raw footage, as the video you recieve can be short and incomplete. In most cases the missing footage you are wanting to see is not in the raw footage since these videographers are too busy running around missing shots instead of telling the entire story for later editing. What the raw footage usually turns out to be is not what you expect, so beware of companies that give short version edits and then throw you the raw footage just to get rid of your complaining later after you realize you did not get what you expected.

One great cameraman can get much more footage then two lesser cameramen that only get bits and pieces. At VIDEO KEEPSAKES™, Inc., we have great cameramen and every one of our wedding video samples reflect that.

Many brides and grooms elect to have two cameras during the ceremony, a front camera and a rear camera and our single operator packages allow us ample time to quietly readjust the rear or balcony camera once the wedding is underway so that shot is not stagnant.

If you are having a very large reception, then we usually recommend a second cameraman to get more coverage but it’s not totally necessary with our film style of shooting. However, as good as we are, we can not be in two locations at the same time. That is a trick we are still trying to figure out!

It's all a matter of editing. Is this true?
Certainly NOT, everything has to be perfect. Do you expect a bunch of wilted flowers to look good if arranged by the best florist in the industry? Do you expect an out of tune band to sound good even though they know the song? Most likely your answer would be no, and its the same with video. We have so many brides calling that had their videos shot elsewhere that come to us and ask if we can make their wedding video look like we did it. The answer is usually and unfortunately no. The reason for this is their footage is inadequate, bad audio, boring angles or not enough of them to make anything useful out of it. Sure we can make it better then what it is with our editing magic but you can’t make a masterpiece out of it if its not done correctly from the start. So while you want elegant and stylish editing, it all has to start with the shooting and give the editor shots to work with. Our teams work in total harmony and we have been together as a team for so long that we operate as one entity. This is why we can never farm out our work to another company and we only take a limited amount of weddings each year that we can handle ourselves.

Do we get to choose the music and style on the final product?
Of course, and we rely on your input and send our wedding planning guide and wedding reminder list along the way. We want your video to reflect YOU and we need your help and input, yet many brides agree that we know best and leave the final cut to us.

How long does it take to get our video back?
If you review the standards from web sites like The Knot, you will see the standard for video turn-around time is around 3 months, yet many brides claim they are waiting up to and in some cases over a year for the return of their wedding video from other vendors. We usually turn a wedding video in anywhere from 2 to 8 weeks, yet some brides get theirs back in just one week since we schedule edit days a month before your wedding. Of course this depends on the season and complexity of your wedding and how many cameras were used. It also depends on you supplying all of the needed materials such as our wedding planning guide, and our Wedding Reminder List, in a timely fashion before your wedding. 90 days is what we claim, but we usually are much quicker.

We have a Popular wedding video option called the “Instant Edit: The Dailies™” where we edit a good part of the wedding right on your wedding day and then present it before the wedding ends. if you really want something spectacular and unique, then you should look in to that wedding video option where you can take a version of your wedding along with you on your honeymoon.