Cables Required to Record Sound Feed from DJ

Posted on 10/20/2017 12:36:00 AM

These are the cable and adapter required to record feed from sound board to your recorder
At event, the best way to acquire audio is to obtain a direct feed from the DJ. Typical sound board provides port RCA, 1/4", and XLR.

Depends on what type of input you have with your recorder, you will need
1. XLR patch cable from DJ sound board or back or loud speaker

2. A cable that convert XLR to the type of input you have. For example, an XLR to 3.5mm cable is needed for recorders like the ZOom H1 or H2n.

3. An Input Attenuator connect between the two cables above to adjust the incoming audio signal level.



Should I Offer Wedding Video Raw Footage?

Posted on 10/12/2017 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.



Digital Delivery for Event Filmmaker at BVA

Posted on 10/5/2017 10:52:00 AM

Presenting "Digital Delivery for Event Filmmaker" at Baltimore Videographer Association.
Taky of LA Color Pros will be speaking at the Baltimore Videographer Association on Oct 10th, 2017 of Digital Delivery for Event Filmmaker. If you are in the area, come join us. There will be door prize and free hugs. Click the link below to RSVP.



Awesome RODE PinMic

Posted on 9/29/2017 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



Wedding Film Project Delivered using TakyBox vs Vimeo Pro

Posted on 9/15/2017 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 ( 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 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 "" 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 9/6/2017 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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