Understanding Wedding Videographer Lingo ???

I recently had a chat with another very well know professional wedding videographer in Tipperary, we were discussing wedding videography in general and the latest new

Wedding Videographer Fethard
Wedding Videographer Fethard

technology and equipment that is constantly been upgraded and replaced. We both agreed that the average couple that are are researching wedding videographers are not really interested in the technology  that is involved in producing their wedding film/DVD,  if they like  a particular style of wedding video production and have checked out the videographer on his/her website and checked out comments on facebook, not forgetting word of mouth which is probably the real decider on making the final decision.

I am patiently awaiting the arrival of two new cameras, which I put on order in June 2014, both cameras  are part of the very successful XDCAM range and are a new edition of the older PMW 200 which is still the benchmark for picture quality and reliability in professional film making over the last 4 years.  I am really looking forward to getting my hands on my new cams, which have some exciting new features which are aimed very much at wedding video production.

Here are a few chapters regarding styles of wedding video production,  it might help you to understand some of the common buzz words that are sometimes part of a wedding videographers lingo.


To create a cinematic wedding video, your videographer will cut and edit your wedding footage to make scenes flow together like a real movie (except, unlike in Hollywood, this love story is real). The events won’t necessarily be in sequential order (scenes of the vows might be interspersed with dance floor shots), making for a more artful depiction of the day’s events than you would get with a documentary-style film.

This common style of wedding videography, which is sometimes known as video journalism, simply shows all of the day’s events in the order that they occurred and is edited in a straightforward, no-nonsense way.

Guerrilla filmmaking
This is a more organic style, where the videographer often shoots solo and with only a small handheld camera in order to blend in with the other wedding guests and obtain a more natural and realistic portrayal of the day. The results are intentionally less polished, with a greater focus on the emotions and general ambience of the day. Imagine reality TV footage with lots of surprising candid moments.

Popular for wedding videos, this style has an old-school grainy vibe with vintage-looking color grading (an effect that makes hues look softer), a sepia tone or a black-and-white effect (that would look like a movie from the ’40s). There are two ways to achieve this: with filters, which are digital treatments added later during the editing phase (so you actually end up with two versions: an original clean copy and a stylized one), or using Super 8 mm film, an old-fashioned film from the ’60s that requires a specialized camera.


Feature-length video
A feature-length video is edited to include all of the day’s important moments in their entirety. The exact length of a “feature” wedding video varies from videographer to videographer, but it usually ends up being about two hours long.

Highlight reel
A highlight reel is a 5- to 15-minute flick that includes — yep, you guessed it — just the highlights from your wedding day (think: the vows, the cake cutting, the toasts and the dances).

Video booth
Similar to photo booths, video confessional booths entertain your guests and make fun keepsakes. A camera is set up in a quiet area in or outside the reception, and guests stop by throughout the night to record well wishes (or, even better, funny stories) on camera. Many videographers will also create highlight reels from all the clips guests make so you can share them later.

Wedding trailer
Also known as a short wedding film, a wedding trailer is a three- to five-minute-long motion picture that wraps up the day in one pretty, shareable package. Similar to a cinematic feature-length video, different scenes from the day mixed with music (and sometimes interviews with your family and wedding party) come together to create a short, emotional clip. Most videographers will provide a link so you can share your trailer online.


Shots of the scenery, guests milling around or anything that isn’t a specific wedding moment qualifies as B-roll. Videographers can use this background scenery in wedding videos to help set the scene.

DSLR camera
Many videographers use high-definition DSLR cameras (it stands for digital single-lens reflex) to achieve a sharp, high-quality look. It’s likely the same type of digital camera your photographer will use for your still photos.

Also known as editing, this is everything that your videographer (or a specific editor) does between when the cameras stop rolling and when you receive your completed video package. It’s the process of cutting together scenes and adding music, titles and special effects to create the type of video(s) you want.

Raw footage
If you ask your videographer for the raw footage of your wedding, you’ll get every single second of video shot from the day, completely unedited. It can end up being several hours long!

Same-day edit
A same-day edit means you can watch your wedding video at your wedding! An editor will step out mid-party with a laptop computer to turn around a brief highlight video of the prewedding prep, ceremony and even your reception entrance to share later on in the evening.

Single-event edit
With single-event edits, a videographer will create separate highlight reels for each individual event (the rehearsal dinner, the ceremony, and the toasts and the spotlight dances, for example), giving each part of the day (or weekend) its own chapter on your wedding DVD. You’ll get footage of the entire day, and you won’t have to fast-forward through an hour of unedited ceremony footage just to replay the best man’s toast.

Simply put, the soundtrack is the music that your edited wedding video will be set to. This can include one song or a mix of tunes of your choosing edited together, or you can skip the soundtrack altogether.

This equipment stabilizes a handheld camera onto a videographer’s shoulder and arm, allowing them to get smooth, sweeping shots.

To capture a sense of setting, videographers will set up stationary cameras to shoot one angle for about an hour; then the footage is sped up during the editing process to make a few-second clip. Time-lapse is often incorporated into different parts of the video to show the passage of time and create a smoother transition between events of the day. Sunrises, sunsets, decor prep and dance floors are commonly turned into time-lapse footage.

Thanks for reading my latest post, please feel free to visit my Drangan Video Facebook Page, check out all  the latest wedding video new in and around Tipperary, Fethard, Clonmel,  Cashel & Thurles.

Regards Eamon.




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