You can just cut out all the bad shaky bits or when the camera is recomposing and present all the drone footage at the start of the each section on the timeline. Even if it’s just a shot of a field or the top of trees I may want to use it. (I don’t shoot drone at all weddings, but most.)
Include the shots you think are the most suitable.
You can keep the audio from all the clips, just set them all to -15db (ctrl and press the – (minus key 15 times).
If there is loud noises, hair dryers or sudden bangs in the highlights sectoion just mute it and increase the volume for laughter.
Same as all highlight clips for prep, keep audio for all video clips at -15db to create some atmosphere.
Typical sequence of events for Irish Catholic Weddings;
All files beginning with ‘c’ are the church/ceremony audio files.
cReaders1.wav is set up at the readers stand with a lav mic.
cVows.wav is a recorder and lav mic on the groom it can also be called cGroom.wav
cPrisst.wav is a recorder and lav mic on the priest or celebrant. Sometimes the Priests are assholes and won’t let us mic them.
cMusic.wav is for the band / singers
cAlter.wav is placed on the alter behind the flowers to pick up the priest/celebrant. We don’t always use this option.
Sometimes we place a recorder on the main mic the priest uses for the vows. cMainMic.wav or something similar.
cSpeaker1.wav and cSpeaker2.wav are backups taped to the church speakers. They are only to be used if one of the main audio sources is poor. Sometimes the speakers are too high for us to reach so we just leave them in random places so the quality is a lot worse than normal.
The groom and priest recorders have two audio files at 2 different volumes, please use the best one.
Overlap audio tracks so they don’t come to an abrupt halt please.
Some times it may be necessary to have two audio tracks at once, such as the vows and the priest together.
All the audio should appear in the inspector window as below so it can be easily changed from one source to another with a simple click.
Please make sure that the audio is level throughout the ceremony so the audio tracks are between -6 and -12 db so the viewer doesn’t have to continuously change the volume levels on their TV
Audio channels should overlap to avoid silent parts and should be eased in and out. For the Audio to appear under the footage like above, detach audio from the first clip and drag it across the full length of the edit. You can also detach the audio from the rest of the clips and delete it.
Do not wrap the audio files for the ceremony.
There is usually two recorders attached to the main mic, e.g.; sMic.wav, use the best one please. Detach the audio from the video footage similar to the ceremony, see screenshot below.
Most weddings will include a some evening footage that usually help bridge the speeches with the dancing. You can include the cake footage in this section if there is evening footage.
After editing the full video please scan for shaky footage and black spots or camera obstructions please.
I deliver by dropbox. I will include the folder size so you know you have downloaded the correct amount. If I forget to include it please ask for the total.
Deliver XML file by email in new email with the couples names as the subject. Also include a link to the uploaded Library as sometimes there is issues linking the XML files.
Please note any issues/ problems faced with the edit in the email.
If you are using Plural Eyes include all the audio drift files.
Also include any music mp3 files.
Also create a dropbox/google drive folder where you can drop all the xmls for every project and send me the link so I can bookmark it for easy access.
You will be paid straight away or as soon as I get back to the office, its very rare I don’t pay within 24 hours.
Never delete project files until I confirm I am happy and I have delivered the project to the client.
Please read this brief before delivery to ensure projects are completed correctly.
Try not to include footage of videographer or photographer if possible unless it is necessary or a very strong shot. I know it is hard to avoid sometimes.
Please fade in an out for all audio, e.g. at the start and end of speeches, switching audio tracks during the ceremony edit.
Fix exposure on on all highlight clips,
I usually only use transitions/dissolves when switching between locations or showing the passage of time.
If one of the angles is poor composition or slightly soft/out of focus in parts for the multicam for the ceremony and speeches it is ok to leave it out or use it very little.
Keep the audio for the highlight clips (prep, photo-shoot etc.) at -10db. You can select all clips and click ctrl > – (minus)
Drone shots can be 6-10 seconds, as they are locations that mean something to the bride and groom they will enjoy longer shots while they look boring to us. More than one drone shot can be used for different sections. They are not just for establishing shots. So for example you can use 2-3 different drone shots for the morning prep if they are different from each other.
1-1.5 seconds is long enough for static b roll shots.
2-3 seconds is usually plenty for most other shots unless there is good animation, bridal party laughing, drinking champagne etc. In other words if it is boring shot keep it short, if it is good it is ok for it to be longer.
Please include as much good clips as possible, I will go through and delete what I don’t want. It really annoys me when editors leave out good footage; not just because of the work I put in on the wedding day but also because I have to find, import and place them in the timeline. I want all useable footage included without duplicating clips in the same scene.
Slider/pans/tilts should start moving and end moving unless they are very smooth, rather than start or begin with a bumpy start..
Be careful of ND filters being changed during recording, this footage cannot be used.
Try and mix the rack focus detail shots etc. with the slider detail shots rather than have similar shots back to back. I don’t want a few slider shots in a row.
If there is video of family photos or bridal party photos mix them in with other footage rather than have them in a row.
Check the multi-cam to make sure all important files are linked and manually link if you have too.
Don’t have manual zoom in shots such, this is me recomposing, not doing a zoom shot.
Leave out or cut bad expressions of people, yawning, coughing, scratching nose etc.
For some shots I change the exposure and white balance mid shot, don’t show the change if possible, unless it is a strong shot, chose either side of the transition.
Beware of audio levels, try and keep them between -12 and -6 db
If there is a long clip of dancing / couple laughing etc it can be cut up and used a few times in a different location
Don’t mix in poor shots/angles for the sake of it, used best available — example dancing, vows etc.
Please take notes of any issues when editing and send them to me on delivery
If you are using plural eyes to sync the multicam footage please send the audiodrift files when you are delivering the xml/library.
If there is shots with text on them, menu, welcome signs etc. keep them long enough long enough so they can be read, 3-4 seconds should be fine.
For the ceremony and speeches when cutting to different angles select times when there is a pause between paragraphs or the speaker is taking a breath rather than randomly while they are speaking. It is easy to see this when the audio is detached from the video footage. Of course it is not necessary when there is lots of animation.
5 second fade out at the end of ceremony, speeches and dance footage.