Frequently Asked Questions
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- Why should we consider GBVideo for our wedding?
- We love capturing love. Simply put. You’ll often see us smiling from ear-to-ear behind our cameras. We don’t do this for the money (although it's super nice having a little extra $ here-and-there), we do it because we love being there to capture and preserve a couple’s day in a beautiful way. As a former bride and groom, we understand how quickly your wedding day flies by. You spend months and months planning this big event and it’s over before you know it. It’s our job, as videographers, to capture every moment and remind you of how beautiful and amazing your day truly was.
- How do you interact with us during our wedding day? Will you direct us to do certain things while filming?
- We like to capture a wedding as it unfolds - unscripted... real. We may ask you throughout the day how your feeling, what your doing, how you met your future wife/husband etc. to tell your story. But, for the most part we try to stay as low-key as possible.
- Will you attend our rehearsal?
- If your wedding is located within 20-30 minutes of Gainesville, we will most likely try and attend your rehearsal (if our schedule permits it). We like to attend rehearsals because it allows us to develop a “game plan” for your big day. At rehearsals we get to know who the key players are in your wedding (bridal party/parents/etc), figure out the optimal areas of our cameras to be to capture your wedding the best, problem solve capture angles at ceremony locations with strict video rules (hello churches!), and see exactly how the ceremony will be run (who’s coming in where, etc), so we don’t miss a beat on your wedding day. :)
- Do you shoot in HD?
- Yes! SD is so 90's.
- Do you offer Blu-ray discs?
- Yes! In fact, Package 3 comes with Blu-rays by default. If you do not have a blu-ray player, let us know and we can make DVDs for you instead! Just remember, DVDs aren't HD and since we shoot in HD, you're not going to get the full quality without a Blu-ray player!
- Do you require a minimum number of hours to book?
- Yes. Depending on your event, we can put together a package that will suit your needs and wants. For weddings, our packages start out at 6 hours.
- When will we see our highlight reel?
- When we leave your wedding, we are brimming with excitement over your footage. We often rush home and stay up into the wee hours of the morning going over every shot from your wedding - sharing ideas and brainstorming for your video. It usually takes us about 3-4 weeks to finish a highlight reel (depending on our editing schedule). We pride ourselves on being perfectionists, if Kimberly (our highlight reel editor) doesn’t shed a tear watching your highlight reel, then it goes into re-edits until it’s perfect.
- How long are highlight reels?
- Highlight reels range from 3-5 minutes in length.
- How long are the ceremony and reception edits?
- Ceremony edits are usually around 15-20+ minutes, depending on the length of your ceremony and how much pre-ceremony footage we captured. Reception edits can range from 20-50 minutes, depending on how many wedding activities you have at your reception and the length of them.
- What’s on our final Blu-rays/DVDs?
So much amazing footage, you won’t even believe it. :) You’ll have your highlight reel, ceremony video and reception video, along with any other additional videos you’ve purchased (including guest well wishes). Sometimes we capture an especially touching first look, or we spend several hours with our couple prior to their ceremony. When this occurs we usually make them into separate videos on your final DVD (pre-ceremony, first look, etc).
Want a peek at what your final DVDs might look like? Check them out below!
- When do we receive our final package?
- Usually final videos are delivered within 3 months of your event (unless otherwise noted in the contract), but never longer than 9 months.
- Why do I have to wait 3-9 months for the final delivery of my feature videos?
We put a tremendous amount of effort into our work and take great pride in making them perfect (or at least as close as possible to it). We could just throw the clips together and give them to you... but that's not why you booked us!
Here's a quick, albeit somewhat incomplete, list of the steps we have to take for each video clip on your DVDs:
- Media Import
- Media Transcoding
- Tagging and organizing footage from multiple cameras
- Syncing multiple (at least 3) sources of audio
- Review & Corrections
- Color Grading & Stylizing (as seen in the video below)
- Export for DVD and digital HD files
- Interactive DVD menu design & creation
- DVD label creation and application (for DVDs and cases)
- DVD Burning/Testing
- Packaging & Shipping
Oh, and we usually have more than 1 wedding in our queue at a time. And this isn't Kyle's full-time job. And we're crazy.
- How long is the finished product?
- For package 3, the finished product can range from 30-70+ minutes long. As mentioned previously, it all depends on how long we’re booked for and the amount of events/moments we capture (first looks, portraits, getting ready, religious weddings, speeches, etc).
- If we were interested, could we receive our raw footage?
- Yes, raw footage is available. We’re often asked what exactly “raw footage” is. Basically, raw footage is the all the completely untouched individual video and audio clips straight from our camera and audio equipment. We usually give this to clients on a high-capacity thumb drive (or, in extreme cases, a hard drive) as the files for your wedding are often upwards of 60 GB+.
But, we believe we do such an awesome job editing that you should let us do all the hard stuff and let you just enjoy your final, finished video in all it’s awesome-ness. ;)
- How far can you travel?
- Well, we'll go pretty much anywhere if the price is right (Hawaii, anyone? Please?). We tend to stay in North and Central Florida, but are willing to travel farther. We do charge travel fees for weddings being held more than 1 hour's drive from Gainesville. Our fees are very very reasonable and do not incur until after that free hour of driving. Go to our "packages" page to calculate your approximate travel cost. This charge is to cover gas, mileage, and our time spent traveling.
- How much do we need to put down to reserve our wedding date when we sign our contract?
- We ask that you put down at least $350 towards your package to reserve your wedding date with us.
- What is the booking process?
- After filling out our handy dandy contact form, we’ll e-mail you back and get the ball rolling. We’ll usually try and schedule a phone or skype meeting so you can get to know us and we can get to know you. Contrary to popular belief, we don’t book everyone who wants to book us. Since this is not our full-time job, something we do for fun (and ‘cause we love it), we are selective on who we book. If we don’t feel like everything is jiving between us, we might suggest to you a few other videographers to contact.
- Do you mic the groom?
- Yes, we definitely do! We have a small lavaliere mic that we pin to the groom’s lapel (or shirt) that allows us to capture the audio from your ceremony with crystal-clear quality and also allows us to capture little snippets throughout the rest of the night (like, during the first dance).
- Do you have lighting equipment to accommodate a more dimly-lit event?
- We are low-profile videographers, and do our best to not stand out at your event with large equipment and lighting. Our cameras and lenses allow us to capture events in less than optimal lighting situations. See our videos for examples. If you do plan to have an exceptionally under-lit reception (like, say, outside with only a few lanterns) please let us know before hand so that we can make arrangements for extra lighting. We generally do have video lights with us in case the venue is much darker than originally anticipated.
- Do you offer any special editing services?
- Contact us! Let us know what you're interested in—we're always looking for new ideas and opportunities. Some projects we're looking to do in the near future are: photographer promotional videos, engagement videos, and internet commercials.
- What kind of equipment do you typically bring with you on the day-of?
- We carry two Nikon HDSLRS (HD cameras), multiple lenses, glidecam, slider, tripods, monopods, shotgun mics, lavaliere mics and a secondary audio recorder. For more information, check out the What's in our bags? section.
- Do you bring backup equipment to the event in case of malfunction?
- We have two cameras rolling at all times, and 3 audio sources (two from cameras and 1 dedicated audio device). We have several spare batteries and SD cards as well in case any of those fail.
Still have more, burning questions? We'd love to answer them! Contact us!