One of the biggest things that separates an amateur wedding video, and a professional wedding video is the quality of audio.
And this isn’t necessarily something that you, as the bride and groom, think of until you get that DVD months after your wedding.
When you realize you keep hearing the person behind the camera coughing, or you can’t hear your vows properly (or at all), and the reception speeches sound echoey and distant… it can be a HUGE disappointment.
At Family Creative, we are constantly trying to improve the quality of our videography, and therefore constantly trying to improve our Audio quality.
Some of our current techniques include;
- plugging a Zoom recorder into the soundboard at the church, ceremony venue or the reception hall.
- the groom wearing a top quality wireless lav. microphone during the ceremony – to clearly get the vows.
- ‘jimmy-rigging’ the lav. mic to hang in front of a speaker to recorder the audio coming out of the speakers.
- a ‘Shotgun’ microphone mounted on top of the camera
- strategically placing the lav. microphone or the Zoom recorder on the podium or podium microphone at the reception hall
We do everything we can to be prepared for many different situations, but even after a location scout, and attempting to get the info we need from our couples and the venues, sometimes on the day of the wedding things change, and get hairy, and we run into a problem that we’ve never encountered before, and so we improvise, and make something work. (Something an amateur would not do)
So my tip for the brides and grooms…
When you’re looking into a wedding videographer, ask them about the audio. How do they record the vows? What kind of equipment do they use? Do they do location scouts? What are their back up plans? How have they solved weird problems in the past?
My tip for other wedding videographers…
Always go through EVERY possible scenario and try to be prepared. Have a crazy assortment of cables, and attachments, and splitters, and if you don’t know about audio yet, do some online tutorials. I love Lynda.com and do a lot of lessons on there to keep my techniques and knowledge up to date. And I also love keeping up to date on DV Info Forum for Wedding and Event Videographers. Get advice and learn from those who have been in the biz for decades, and from the up and comers with great new ideas.