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At one time photography was the only method of recording a wedding. Then, with the invention of the camcorder, both photography and videography where utilized. However, older camcorders where large and cumbersome, and usually required a skilled professional with expensive equipment to run.
Most recently, digital camcorders are the norm when it comes to recording a wedding. Hard drive camcorders offer the ability to capture the ceremony in high quality digital video and to instantly place it onto a DVD. In addition, digital camcorders allow the video to be transferred to a computer, where someone with video editing knowledge will be able to edit it, and then place it onto multiple DVD's. Also, many professional services will take the captured video and create a large number of DVD's with professional printing and cases.
Since digital camcorders are relatively cheap, a good majority of people own them. For this reason, the use of professional videographgers are reduced, as their prices are high. Many college students and hobbyist have the appropriate cameras and equipment, as well as skills and time to do individual weddings.
Before deciding to use the 'do-it-yourself' method of videography, there are some things to consider.
A good camera will ideally be hard drive digital, as it allows capture in pure digital form with a large capacity to record footage. The higher the megapixels, the better the quality. In addition to a good camera, a good tripod and lighting materials will be needed.
A good camera is useless in the hands of an unskilled videographer. No matter the quality of the camera, a skilled videographer will be needed to take high quality footage. There are many finely skilled students and hobbyist who are able to do the same work at a fraction of the price. Other times, a family member who used to work in videography, or a friend who is knowledgeable can do the work. A friend or family member will likely do the work free as their gift to you.
Ideally, the videographer will have his or her own digital camcorder. If not, you will be required to rent a camcorder for them to use. A camcorder that the videographer is familiar with will result in better, high quality footage that is free of shaking exposure problems. If the photographer is not familiar with the camcorder, you should give him or her at least 24 hours to use it before the day of the wedding.