Should I Offer Wedding Video Raw Footage?

Posted on 5/8/2017 9:27:00 PM

Raw footage is a great way to up-sell to customers. There're myth among wedding filmmakers in offering raw footage.
Raw footage are unedited video clips recorded from the event. They are highly unwatchable, not color corrected, out of sync audio. They are very likely contains shaky or out of focus footage that is not the best representation of your work.
 
Some brides have different interpretation of what raw footage is. Therefore, it is best to manage their expectation when they request or order raw footage. Usually, if the new inquiry a bride ask for raw footage only, they might think raw footage is just their wedding film without fancy editing. Make sure to ask the bride if they plan to have someone edit the raw footage. If not, it is best not to sell raw footage only.
 
Many times wedding couple will order raw footage after the wedding film is delivered. They might have extra cash left from wedding, thus they want to order raw footage as keepsake. It is completely safe to sell raw footage in this case.
 

Myth in Offering Raw Footage

However, many wedding filmmakers have concern about selling raw footage. Those are myth such as...
 

"Bride might go thru every single clip and question you when they are not in used."

If you already deliver a film the couple loves, there is nothing you need to worry about this.
 

"They don't know what raw footage is. They will be angry as raw footage is not watchable"

It will be true if they ask for raw footage only package.. meaning you shoot and copy files and done. No editing. They think they can just watch raw footage without paying money to edit. If they order raw footage after the film is delivered, no need to worry
 

"The groom is going to edit my footage to a highlight to promote his new wedding video business. "

This never happens. You can attach a contract for them to know raw footage is not for commercial purpose. But if someone new edit your footage to create a better highlights than yours, you have more things to worry other than selling raw footage.
 

How Much Should I Sell Raw Footage For

It is highly depends on your market. They could be mostly a flat fee between $300 to $2000 in a USB flash drive or an external harddrive.
 
Unless raw footage is listed as part of the package, it is always safe to sell raw footage as an add-on. Never give it out for free unless it is an incentive to close the deal.
 
If a customer ask why raw footage is not free, or why does it cost a few hundred dollars, explain to them they hire you to shoot a wedding film. The final product is the wedding film itself. Thus, raw footage is your business assets. Similarly if you buy some memory cards for that job, they are not free to give to the bride.
 
Similarly, if you are hired to shoot raw footage, you don't edit a highlights for free.

 

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Awesome RODE PinMic

Posted on 4/19/2017 8:16:00 PM

We recommended the RODE PinMic to a friend.
We recommended the RODE PinMic to a wedding videographer in the UK. Not only he loves his, his groom loves it too!
 
RODE PinMic at LA Color Pros

 

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Wedding Film Project Delivered using TakyBox vs Vimeo Pro

Posted on 4/18/2017 8:10:00 AM

TakyBox delivers wedding film project with professional interface outperform Vimeo Pro Portfolio feature,
Vimeo itself is a great video playback platform. Vimeo Pro ($200 a year) offers a Portfolio feature to show a collection of videos. However as a deliverable platform, TakyBox's interface and presentation gives a much better user experience.
 
Recently Kat Small at Cinema Chic Films (cinemachicfilms.com) switched from Vimeo Pro to TakyBox. As an example, she tested the same wedding film project on both Vimeo Pro and TakyBox. Here's the result,
 

Wedding Film Project Delivered with Vimeo Pro


   The portfolio page shows a list of videos uploaded to vimeo.
   Views is required to click on each video to view. There is no playlist feature.
 

Wedding Film Project Delivered with TakyBox


   TakyBox offers a professional presentation
   Familiar DVD-style like menu navigation
   Button navigation back and forth to submenu
   Playlist feature allow automatic playback of videos in order
   Create chapter mark to start playback at any moment from a long form video
 

Social Media & Branding

Now let's look at the browser tab and URL address bar between the two platforms.
 


 
It is your company's wedding film. What is delivered to the customer should retain your branding.
 
With Vimeo Pro, the tab icon shows vimeo and the URL domain reads vimeopro.com. However, with TakyBox, your company branding is preserved with your own company web icon and domain name. When a happy bride share her wedding film to their friends and family online, the link says "cinemachictheater.com" can be seen by all potential future customers.
 
TakyBox is made to work with social media. When posting to social media such as Facebook, post will display all relevant project information automatically. No extra work is required.
 

 
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No More Sandbags

Posted on 1/12/2017 8:08:00 PM

We always carry sandbag to add weight to lightstand at weddings. We found a new way to reduce the gear bag load.
At wedding reception, we put sandbags to add weight to light stand so it will not tip off easily. However, the weight of sandbags does add total weight load to the gear transport. So we found a new way.
 
Instead of sand, we fill these plastic reusuable water bottle at location. Then put them in to 10x13 Multipurpose Velvet/Fleece Bag.
 

 
   Survivor Filter Collapsible Canteens (33oz) 2 Pack (2L Total)
   10x13 Multipurpose Velvet/Fleece Bag

 

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TakyBox V3 Official Release

Posted on 1/2/2017 1:58:00 PM

It's been baking for a year, LA Color Pros proud to release TakyBox V3.
It's been a year baking . We are officially releasing TakyBox V3. TakyBox is an HTML5 Menu for Event Filmmakers to deliver professional DVD style menu on USB drive or Online. The newly redesigned TakyBox Console is a web app in organizing your projects, add menu, buttons and linking easily. It supports multi-lingual display, loop feature for bridal show, one-click ZIP file export etc.
 
TakyBox V3 also work with the TakyBox HDMI Stick (formerly known as the TakyDongle :) to playback films on any TV without the need to create DVD or BluRay.
 

New Feature in TakyBox V3

   Buttons on menu can be aligned on Left, Center, or Right. left, right, center
   Add a new Button style. Total of 3 button styles to select form.
   Add dark and light text label scheme
   Support video link from YouTube, Vimeo and Dropbox
   Play list feature
   Loop video playback feature. Suitable for setting up display at bridal show
   Business name allow Serif and San-Serif font type
   Add play control on top right of screen including return to menu, next and previous video link
   Console can take project for future revision
   Password control for online projects
   Console password login reset
   Block search engine robot crawling - private TakyBox project will not be searchable on the internet
   Add text box overlay to menu screen. It allows adding additional message to the menu screen.
   Add share icon to share link of TakyBox project, YouTube or Vimeo video link.
   Revise license key process. It is now transparent to user.
   New splash screen loading animations
   Consolidate all settings into one index.html file.
   Add Image Gallery to manage image file user uploaded.
   User upload their logo image file and web icon file for deployment
   User upload the menu background image for deployment.
   Add function to switch menu type
   Add compatibility to Internet Explorer
   International language support
   Support YouTube link from both youtube.com and youtu.be
   Hosting support. You can register a new domain name Takybox will deploy the project too (additional fee required)
      Zip file download. No need to export individual menu or settings file. All in zip file export.
   Brand new color picker popup in Console
   session expired re-login prompt. Will not force closing screen lose all your changes
   new popup help system
 
Check it out and sign up for a FREE TRIAL today!
 
http://takybox.com

 

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External Backup System with Harddrive Dock

Posted on 12/28/2016 1:26:00 PM

Harddrives are inexpensive these days. With these Harddrive Dock, you can have virtually unlimited storage solution for your backups.

Harddrive Dock

External USB dock makes a convenient way to create a backup solution with virtually unlimited storage capacity. It eliminates the use of different harddrive enclosure with different AC adapter (for 3.5" harddrives). These docks come with different type of connections such as External SATA or USB 3.0. Some comes with dual dock that allows you to clone a complete harddrive without using computer.
 
   Inateck USB 3.0 to SATA Dual-Bay USB 3.0 Hard Drive Docking Station with Offline Clone Function
   Sabrent USB 3.0 to SATA Dual Bay External Hard Drive Docking Station with Duplicator/Cloner
 
It is even better for us that I happened to find a custom built PC case that has a SATA Dock built-in :)
 

 

Storage Solution

With all these bare 3.5" hardrive, there is another great affordable solution using these 4x6 Photo Storage case.
 
More information here : Great Harddrive Storage Case
 

 

 

 

 

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May 8    Should I Offer Wedding Video Raw Footage? 
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Apr 18    Wedding Film Project Delivered using TakyBox vs Vimeo Pro  Feature Article
Jan 12    No More Sandbags 
Jan 2    TakyBox V3 Official Release  Feature Article
 
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