Frequently Asked Questions

Here you will find some of the most common questions we are asked by our customers ranging from selecting a videographer to understanding how much one should pay for these services. If you have a question that's not answered, get in touch with us!

What is the role of experience?

There is no substitute for experience when it comes to videotaping weddings. You want someone who knows what to expect, including the unexpected! Find out what your videographer’s “day job” is, their main line of work. Five years experience means one thing if it is every weekend, something else if it is every day. Dinosaur Studios has produced hundreds of wedding and other events. We know what it takes and we deliver.

Does professionalism really matter?

Photographers have a wide range of experiences with videographers – check with yours to learn the names of the videographers with whom they have worked. Who do they recommend, and who do they advise you to avoid? An experienced and professional videographer will work well with your photographer and officiant, performing within the rules of your priest, minister, or rabbi. Has the videographer ever worked at your ceremony site? Ask.

How important is the audio eqiupment?

Broadcast quality equipment is fundamental when it comes to recording a wedding. More than one microphone is essential at the ceremony, including a wireless mic on the groom to pick up the vows.

What about cameras?

High def sounds good, but until it reaches the quality of the digital cameras we are currently using, we will wait. For the ceremony, a good videographer will recommend that two cameras be used. Especially in a long service, two camera angles relieve the monotony of one view for the whole time. In addition, there will always be times when one camera angle is better than the other. The cameras at the ceremony should remain stationary, so as not to distract from the service.

What should I expect to pay for videography?

We believe that your video is worth as much as your photos. You should expect to pay about as much for one as for the other. Find out what exactly is included in the price the videographer is asking. Some charge by the hour; Dinosaur Studios offers full coverage for the entire day for a set price. Don’t be caught with a videographer who is “done for the day” just when your reception is getting into high gear.

Why can’t I just get my friend to videotape my wedding?

Of course, the price is always right when you accept a friend or relative’s invitation to videotape your special day, but you’ll get what you pay for! While a friend with a digital camcorder has the best intentions, they cannot match the look, quality, and thorough coverage you receive when you hire a professional. Let your friends relax and enjoy the day with you, and hire someone you can trust to produce your wedding keepsake. If done well, your video will be a treasure for years to come. This is an investment you won’t be sorry you made.

How long will my video take to produce?

While we appreciate that you are eager to view the finished dvd of your wedding, there is no rushing the quality you demand of your videographer. For weddings that take place at the beginning of the season in April or May, we have turned a wedding around in about a week. However, as weddings build up through the busy season from June to December, it can take as long as six months or more to get your wedding video. Let us tell you why.

Darryl spends 40-50 hours editing your footage to the high standards we guarantee. Raylene spends about a day and a half producing the customized credits and menus for your finished dvd. When there is one wedding “on the shelf”, that wedding can be completed in about ten days. But there are many times we will shoot four, six, even eight weddings in one month. This results in many weddings “on the shelf.” We never rush the quality for which we pride ourselves – therefore, we take “only” as much time as is needed to make your wedding as special as the one before.

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