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Videotaping your wedding

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Updated: 4/16/2007 2:29 pm
Nothing captures the experience of your wedding day quite like moving images. The audio, too, can have a powerful effect, as you hear your wedding vows spoken, or toasts given by friends. But all this drama doesn't come cheap: the average wedding video runs $850, though prices can vary widely. Raw footage that simply covers the events should be the least expensive option. Next are videos edited 'in-camera,' meaning the video person turns off the camera during any lulls, and tapes over unneeded footage. With the post-edited video, the tape is edited to leave the best material; titles, music or special effects may be added. Most videographers offer packages with a time limit, say three to five hours. Beyond that, you pay a per-hour fee. It's important to choose someone whose personality is compatible with yours. Also, consider the equipment: professional-grade video cameras that use Super-VHS or Hi-8 formats are fine. The newer digital cameras offer even greater quality; either way, two cameras are better than one. Some churches and synagogues have restrictions on where the videographer can stand. Always have your videographer visit the site in advance, or attend the rehearsal, so they can determine the best place to set up.
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