Kaitlyn and Sean - Stone House at Stirling Ridge

Couples who want an elegant wedding venue surrounded by the peace and quiet of the mountains don't need to look further than Stone House at Stirling Ridge. Located in Warren, New Jersey, this farm-to-table restaurant and event space is the perfect location for an unforgettable celebration.

Dianna and Ryan - Minerals Hotel

Dianna and Ryan tied the knot at Minerals Hotel surrounded by their family and friends. Hurricane Productions provided a sound system for their picturesque wedding ceremony. When guests headed over to the reception, DJ Alvin Gay and MC Robbie Padovano were there to provide entertainment throughout the evening.

Michelle and Nicholas - Stone House at Stirling Ridge

With its farm-to-table cuisine and gorgeous natural surroundings, any Stirling Ridge wedding is sure to be an experience of a lifetime. Michelle and Nicholas tied the knot at this stunning mountain wedding venue. The couple connected with Hurricane Productions at the 2018 Wedding Walk and booked us for entertainment, photo, and video services for their big day.

Christina and Jesse - Spring Lake Bath & Tennis Club

There's nothing like summertime at the Jersey Shore, so it's no surprise that many local couples, like Christina and Jesse, choose to get married there. The newlyweds celebrated the start of their life together surrounded by loved ones at their Spring Lake Bath and Tennis Club wedding.

Laura and Matthew - Liberty House

Jersey City's Liberty House is known for its breathtaking views of the New York City skyline. Whether you're in the garden, on the patio, or looking out from the floor-to-ceiling windows, you'll always see the bright, beautiful lights of Manhattan. This sophisticated restaurant and event venue was the perfect location for Laura and Matthew Chervenak's fall wedding.

The Truth About Raw Footage in Wedding Videography

Many modern wedding videographers, including Hurricane Productions, offer couples their raw footage as part of their video package.

There are a lot of questions and misconceptions about what raw video footage is and what you can do with it. Whether you've already booked your videography services or are just exploring your options, learn more about this line item and understand what you'll actually be getting from your wedding videographer.

What is raw footage and what do I get from my videographer?

The most common misconception about raw footage is that it's one, long, continuous video of your wedding events, from start to finish. In reality, your raw footage is a collection of all the video files your videographer took throughout the day. Because a new file is created every time the camera stops and starts, each clip is short, usually lasting from a few seconds to a few minutes.

While the files you receive should be in chronological order, you may find some clips that are out of sequence if the videographer had to switch memory cards or if you had a second videographer shooting your wedding. Additionally, the file names will come directly from the camera. So instead of seeing something like, "Ceremony Clip 1" for the first clip from your ceremony, the file names might be, "DCIM_0001."

We deliver our raw footage to every video client, directly from the camera, through our secure cloud server. We can walk you through your clips or sequencing if you have questions, such as which series of files came from which videographer.

Do I need my raw footage?

With a Hurricane Productions video package, your raw footage is already included in the purchase price. However, you may be wondering if you really need that footage if we're already creating a formal edit of your wedding day.

Keep in mind that there are often six to 12 hours worth of raw footage from any given wedding, and feature-length cinematic edits are just 60 to 90 minutes long. When we're editing your video, we'll choose the highlights and best shots of the day, but most of the footage will not make the final cut.

Even if you only watch through your raw footage files once, you'll be able to see every single second that was captured during your wedding. There may be little moments you had forgotten about, like a quiet, private conversation with your new spouse after the ceremony – or things you didn't even see happening, like a hilarious clip of your aunt tearing up the dance floor. Having your raw footage means you'll always have access to these moments.

What can I do with raw footage?

The great thing about raw footage is that it can be arranged in countless different ways to tell the same story from different perspectives. If you're handy with video editing software, there's no limit to what you can do with your raw footage. You and your spouse can each create videos of your favorite individual moments from the wedding. You can make a funny video of outtakes and silly moments from the reception to share with your friends. You can even piece the clips together in chronological order to create your own documentary-style video to accompany the professional cinematic edit you'll receive.

Can I have my raw footage professionally edited if I didn't buy an edit package up front?

Most of our couples choose to purchase a video package that includes editing up front. Others, like Jessica & Joe and Lisa & Jaime, hire us to simply film and deliver raw footage – but after the wedding, they realize they'd like a professional edit. In other cases, a couple may initially opt for our Short Movie Package, which includes a three to five-minute highlight video, and later decide they want a feature-length cinematic edit.

Regardless of what you hired us to do, it's never too late to add editing services if you have your raw footage. We are always happy to accommodate post-event requests for editing services, even if it's months later.

In addition to wedding videography, Hurricane Productions offers photography and entertainment services. Interested in one of our all-inclusive wedding packages? Check out our pricing page or request a quote for your big day.

Should I Hire One or Two Wedding Videographers?

If you and your fiancé have decided to invest in wedding videography, then you already know the value of having your day documented on film. Photography is still important, but pictures alone won't allow you to relive your wedding the way a beautifully edited cinematic video can.

The question, then, is whether you hire one or two wedding videographers. There are pros and cons to each, and the right choice for you depends on your budget, your timeline, and your vision for your wedding film.

Here are a few important factors to consider when you're deciding which route to go for your wedding videography package.

How much do you want to spend on wedding videography?

When a couple is contemplating wedding videography services, the package they choose is often dictated by how much they can afford to spend. Hiring a second videographer means paying for an additional person's time and talent, so if you're on a tight budget, you may only be able to afford one. However, couples with a little more flexibility in their funds can explore their options for a two-person team.

A mid-point between having one and two wedding videographers is a package that includes one main videographer and an assistant. The assistant won't be operating the camera for the whole day, as a second videographer would, but this person can help the main videographer set up audio equipment, scout out good angles and locations, and direct the couple and their wedding party while the videographer captures that perfect shot.

How soon do you want your wedding video?

We make our couples' edited wedding videos available within 8 to 12 weeks after their event. Most videographers give this type of range because the time it takes to create the finished video product(s) depends on the package the couple selected and the amount of footage we need to review.

There's no guarantee you'll have your wedding video a month earlier if you opt for a single, half-day videographer, but there's a chance it could take longer to edit if you choose two: Editing six hours of footage from one videographer is a very different process than piecing together footage from two videographers who filmed for 12 hours each.

Regardless of how many videographers you hire, your service provider should be able to give you access to all your raw footage long before the final edits are completed.

What kind of wedding film do you envision?

The biggest advantage of a second videographer is the variety of shots and perspectives that can be included in your final wedding video.

Wedding photography and videography is often heavily focused on the bride, but with a second videographer, both you and your fiancé will be able to have your moments in the spotlight. This is especially important for couples who plan to get ready for the ceremony in separate locations. One videographer can only film one of you at a time, but a second videographer ensures that both the bride and her ladies and the groom and his guys have their wedding prep time documented.

As with many creative endeavors, two heads are often better than one when it comes to shooting and editing a wedding video. While your videographers will be able to collaborate and work as a team, each will also bring their own individual style, flair, and vision to the finished product. A video that combines the work of two wedding videographers means you get two unique perspectives telling the same beautiful love story: yours.

No matter what kind of wedding videography you want, we have a package to fit your needs. Visit our pricing page to learn more, or reach out to request a quote.

Jessica and Doug - The Palace at Somerset Park

With its gorgeous all-white architecture, beautifully landscaped grounds, and elegant ballrooms, it's easy to see why The Palace at Somerset Park is such a popular place for special events. Jessica and Doug Dilloian chose this Somerset, New Jersey event venue to host their romantic fall wedding.

Jessica and Matthew - Waterloo Village

For northern New Jersey couples seeking a rustic, romantic wedding venue with tons of history, there are few better places than Waterloo Village. This restored 19th-century canal town is located in Stanhope, NJ, right in the heart of Allamuchy Mountain State Park. Its beautiful indoor event spaces are becoming a go-to choice for local engaged couples, like Jessica and Matthew Rozzi.

Gabriella and Mike - Blue Heron Pines Golf Club

Gabriella and Mike had a beautiful summer wedding at Blue Heron Pines Golf Club in Egg Harbor City. This elegant South Jersey wedding venue is just a stone's throw from the Jersey Shore. Its breathtaking view of the golf course and spacious, rustic ballroom provided the perfect setting for the couple's big day.

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