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Wedding Videography - Editing and Effects

Editing plays a big part of creating a unique wedding film. No matter how good the footage shot on the day is or how many pennies it cost to buy the camera if the edit is bad the wedding video will become unwatchable. A good edit can bring the wedding day back to life. It can accentuate the emotions, reflect the enjoyment of the day and sprinkle a little romance into the wedding video without be too cheesy. It can take something from being good to something being spectacular. Editing is a hugely creative part of the process of creating the best wedding video possible and it should never be underestimated.

Editing plays a big part of creating a unique wedding film. No matter how good the footage shot on the day is or how many pennies it cost to buy the camera if the edit is bad the wedding video will become unwatchable. A good edit can bring the wedding day back to life. It can accentuate the emotions, reflect the enjoyment of the day and sprinkle a little romance into the wedding video without be too cheesy. It can take something from being good to something being spectacular. Editing is a hugely creative part of the process of creating the best wedding video possible and it should never be underestimated.

Here's 5 facts about wedding video editing.

No wedding is the same as another. Therefore no wedding video is the same as another.

The majority of weddings are pretty similar - they all tend to follow a structure of sorts that involves preparation, a ceremony and a celebration.  They all involve a  couple, their family and their friends and they are (well the ones I've been to) very happy occasions. But in almost every other aspect the day itself and those involved are all very very different. No wedding is the same as another. Therefore no wedding video is the same as another. Weddings maybe similar but the expressions, the personalities, the moods are all different. It is the challenge of the wedding video editor to reflect this and to bring the day back to life using music, effects and pacing that truly captures the wedding day.

The longer the wedding video the harder it is to keep the film endlessly re-watchable.

Whilst we do have a very open and adaptable attitude towards the length of wedding films we do suggest anything over 50 minutes and the wedding video begins to lose some of it's emotional impact. You want your wedding video to be endlessly re-watchable and for your friends and family to enjoy watching it with you - not finding it a chore or having to stop and skip through huge chunks. Creating a short, tightly edited, entertaining wedding video is the challenge of the editor. It's not a simple process, there will be moments of audio, they'll be glances, looks between the couple, a wink to the camera. An editor has to go through all of the wedding footage shot on the day, listening to the audio and watching all the clips. It's a long process.

Effects can cover sins and help enhance a wedding film but too much is distracting.

Effects are great, they help with transitions and they can help create a certain look. Much like the montage video on this page from Tess and Dan's wedding video. Effects were added to help create an old-film style look. Super 8mm wedding videos seem to be popular at the moment and the super 8 effect can be created by shooting in a particular way and then adding effects in the edit room. You'll know those wedding videographers that don't really know how to edit because there films with be covered in dissolves. By dissolves I mean the transition effect whereby one shot dissolves into another. It's horrible and seems to be a go to thing for amateur wedding videographers. In the wrong hands effects are a bad thing!

Colour Correction is essential.

Multiple cameras and multiple locations at a wedding can often lead to shots looking very different in colour. Also because of the frantic nature of filming a wedding shots can often be under or over-exposed.  Colour correction can help align the shots and bring light to darkness. Much like a photographer will touch up photos an editor will touch up footage. Again it's a long process but one that is essential in making the wedding video look as best as it can.

Visuals are important but audio can make or break a wedding video.

Audio plays a huge part in the wedding video. You can have  the most beautiful footage in the world but if the audio recording is bad the pretty ceremony shots will count for little. You want to hear the vows and the speeches clearly and you want to hear those moments between the bridesmaids and the bride. Audio plays a massive part and it's up to the editor to find those snippets and to get them into the wedding video without disrupting the flow.

I hope that helps give you a little idea of the importance of wedding videography and editing. The best wedding videos are not just made on the wedding day they're made in the edit room.

Contact us if you'd like to hear more about our services and our editing background.

Matt.

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