Q – Is my wedding day filmed in high definition?
A – Yes we film and edit your wedding day in high definition (1080p HD). Your finished edits are then supplied as MP4 files which are high definition and highly compatible with modern TV’s and computers.
Q – Can I also get my video on DVD or Blu-ray?
A – Yes we offer DVD (Standard Def) & Blu-ray (High Def) authoring as an additional extra. Pricing is on our customer order form. Alternatively you are welcome to burn your own discs from the files we supply to you on USB. All you need is blank discs, and a computer that has a DVD or Blu-ray burner.
Q – How long does my finished video go for?
A – The Basic, Deluxe & Gold packages (single cameraman packages), feature a “Long format, wedding movie edit” which on average is 1-2hours in length. This edit features a mixture of cinematic highlights of the informal parts of the day (ie getting ready, photo shoot etc) plus all of your formalities in their entirety (ie Ceremony, Speeches, Bridal Dance etc).
We also offer a more comprehensive ‘highlights edit’ as an optional extra for $300. This highlights edit summarises your entire wedding day in a cinematically edited music video. If you order our Highlights edit, as a bonus we will share a short 1min teaser on our Facebook & Instagram page shortly after your wedding. Click here for samples
Our Platinum package includes all three edits.
Q – How do the hours with my package work?
A – If for example you choose our 6 hour package, and start filming at the boys house at 3pm, your coverage will end at 9pm. In other words, the hours on your selected package are based on your cameraman’s start and finish time.
Q – What type of cameras do you use?
A – We shoot using small, non-invasive mirror-less “DSLR style” cameras to obtain an ultra sharp, cinematic look. Video is undergoing massive evolution, and we always move with the times and update our equipment as new cameras become available. Currently we use a combination of the Lumix GH4/5, & Sony A7s’s.
Q – How do we make a booking and when do you need payment?
A – We require a $300 non-refundable deposit to secure your booking. Then the balance is then split into two convenient payments: 50% of the balance of your order on or before the day of filming and the remaining 50% upon collection of your finished product.
Q – How do you record the sound at my wedding ceremony?
A – The audio from your wedding ceremony is captured using 2 to 3 methods depending on the venue. Firstly we attach a small wireless lapel mic on the chest of the groom. This wireless mic records crystal clear sound and is omni-directional, meaning it will not only capture the groom’s wedding vows, but also the bride’s. Secondly we record a second channel of sound from the on-camera mic (usually a rode stereo mic or shot gun pro mic) . Lastly, if available we will connect our sound recorder to the output of the church/celebrant PA system giving a clear feed from their microphone. If you have live performers at your ceremony ie a string quartet, singer, etc. please advise us beforehand as we may capture the performance using our portable sound recorder (Zoom H4n Recorder).
Q – It says you record our ceremony with two camera angles, does this mean there are two cameramen?
A – No , this is done using tri-pods. (unless you have chosen the Platinum Package which features two cameramen) If the venue permits, we set up the second camera to record an alternate angle to the main camera. If possible, we will try to capture the groom’s reaction with the second camera as the bride walks down the aisle. During editing we are able to switch to the camera which has the best view, giving your ceremony a very professional finish. Having said of of that, most of our videographers take assistants with them when shooting your wedding to help man the ‘b angle’.
Q – Do you use lighting? When do you use it?
A – Our cameras handle low light very well, however extra lighting can help improve your picture. Generally the only time lighting is used is during the reception. We rarely require the use of additional lighting during the ceremony. Our style is to be as non-invasive as possible, and we are conscious of preserving the ambiance of the reception room, so unlike some videographers who use large lighting rigs which take away from the atmosphere of the room, we only use a small yet sufficiently powerful on-board camera lights which when completely dark, will give ample light for up to 10 metres (approx). Have a look at our sample clips to see how we’re able to achieve great picture in low light using this process.
Q – What if you are sick on the day of my wedding, what will happen?
A – We have a team of videographers at our disposal (Stu, Kelly, Erik, John, Andy & Reily). It is very rare that all of our videographers are booked out on the same day. But in the unlikely event that we are unable to cover the illness of one of our videographers from our own team, we are well connected with other high quality videographers in the industry and will do everything in our power to find an experienced cameraman to replace us, even if it leaves us out of pocket. – For the record, in over 12 years we have never had to call on someone outside the Stu Art team in a rare situation like this.
Q – How much time should we allow for filming the wedding day preparations?
A – On average we suggest at least 1 hour with the girls, and about 3/4hr with the boys. The ideal time for us to arrive at the girls house is just after your hair and make up have been done, and you’re ready to put on your dress. We can then film the dress being adjusted, jewellery being put on and the family’s reaction at how beautiful you look.
Q – Can I get the raw footage supplied too?
A – No – Our end product is a mixture of what we film on the day, and how we process the footage in post production. Allowing raw footage to be given to our customers would be like giving a painting that has been half finished. But rest assured… the main movie edit which comes with your pacakge will feature all usable footage, so if its worth seeing, it’ll be included on your finished edit. The only parts edited out are non-usable or double up clips.
Q – How long after my wedding will my video be ready?
A – Our turn around time on editing can vary depending on the time of year and our current work load. As a rough guide our editing is usually completed within 2-4 months after your wedding. Please speak to us to ascertain our current turn around expectations.
Q – Can I have copyrighted music in my video?
A – Yes you can for your long form wedding movie edit, as this edit is generally too large for sharing online. If you have ordered our popular ‘Highlights edit’, and wish to share it online, we would encourage you to choose from one of our ‘Royalty Free’ music choices (see under the weddings menu).
Websites such as YouTube, Vimeo & Facebook may not allow you to share a video which features copyrite music. However If you have your heart set on a popular commercial song, we are happy to use what ever song you like, we just won’t be able to upload the highlights onto YouTube or Facebook for you. The file will be supplied to you on your USB. We can host the file on our Dropbox service for a few months for you, however you will need to seek an alternative option to have it online permanently.