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Tue, Nov 3 2009 01:08 | Permalink Alya and Santos didn't really want video at their wedding, but Alya's father did, so they booked us over the phone and picked our smallest package for their outdoor July wedding.

A few months passed and everything was double confirmed and ready to go,but, the Friday before the wedding, around 7pm, Alya's planner called me on my cell phone. Alya and Santos were still hesitant about video. They didn't want us to be in the way, but they knew they wanted a great documentary of their day. Alya, Santos and Alya's father knew that what they were planning was so fabulous and romantic and downright beautiful that they didnt want to miss any part of it. Could they hire a second camera person for the reception?

OF COURSE. We generally do receptions with one camera, but we never turn down the opportunity to shoot with two only improves the video to have more footage.Magic happened and we took care of it. It was a go, and six hours of an additional camera were added to their package, but still with several warnings to be as unobtrusive as possible (as we always are).

As it turns out their wedding was amazing. With a second camera we were able to capture their horse drawn carriage exit AND the look on their guests faces, the first dance AND the band as they were singing, the people making toasts AND Alya and Santos' reactions. The video turned out absolutely beautiful, and by the end of the night Santos and Alya were loving the camera! Santos, who had warned Tom (their main videographer) to stay out of the way and told him that he didn't really want video said " I can't wait to see the video. I know you got some great shots."

Alya and Santos - Thank you so much for including us in your wedding day! Thank you for having the intuition to know that you wanted to remember your wedding day for the rest of your lives. It was truly a pleasure to create such a beautiful wedding video for you. Happy, loving couples make warm and sentimental wedding videos. :)

Thank you Gillespie Photo for sending them our way and Wayne Foster Entertainment for putting on a great party. It's always a pleasure to work with both of you.
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Video Jargon

Thu, Oct 29 2009 10:03 | Permalink You have read every bridal magazine on the planet, but sometimes 
it's hard to decode what your vendors are talking about. 
Video happens to be our specialty, so let us help you:

1-Cam/ 2-Cam
This refers to the number of cameras that will be used at your 

wedding. When one camera is used you have only one angle. 
However, two cameras can capture mom and dad crying during 
the ceremony and your faces as you say your vows. The editor 
can cut back and forth. Two cameras can also improve audio 
quality since each camera allows for two channels of sound. 
Generally, 2-cam is necessary for the ceremony, but only 1-cam 
for the reception.

Authoring is the process of creating custom chapter points or 

"scene selections" on your video. It is fairly time consuming, 
but makes for a very impressive way to view your wedding.

HD Video
High Definition  (HD) is the future of the industry. 

The equipment is still expensive for studios and consumers to 
acquire, but it is slowly becoming more affordable. HD is six 
times better than a standard DVD.

For more video term clarification email Amanda at anytime.

Bob Hoffman Video Productions, Serving San Diego Brides 
Since 1983
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Why Hire a Videographer?

Wed, Apr 1 2009 02:00 | Permalink Why hire a videographer when you have a fantastic
photographer, right? Well, we think video is an
important way to remember your wedding for years
to come. There is no substitute for being able to relive
the special moments of your wedding day (your vows,
your sisters tearful toast, your dad's proud face) over
and over again, but dont take our word for it, we are
a little biased after all....

In 2003 the Wedding and Event Videography
Association (WEVA) conducted a survey of brides
married in 2002. The telephone survery revealed that
"after the wedding, 94% of these brides say they consider
professional videography at least a Top 10 service.
One of the most surprising findings of the survey is the
second thoughts, even regrets, among brides who
decided not to utilize the services of professional videographers.
Among brides who used a friend or family member to videotape
their wedding instead of using a professional, nearly half (49%)
said they would hire a professional if they had it all to do
over again (
WEVA Article). "

We are in no way suggesting that you should hire a videographer
of a photographer, but before you dismiss the idea of
having a videographer, consider what is important to you in the
future. How much would you pay to have clear footage of yourself,
your family and your friends five, ten, thirty...fifty years from now?
It may be more valuable than you think!


Q&A With a Videographer

Wed, Apr 1 2009 12:22 | Permalink Found this great article at Wed Alert
Below is a portion of it, and I have answered the questions for you!

How long have you been in business?
A more experienced videographer should do a
better job for you. We have been in business since 1983,
we have shot at almost every San Diego location and
there is a good chance that we can show you a sample of it!
I hear stories about budget vendors closing down and
running off with your deposits....that makes me so sad!
We wont do that, we are a full time, full service production
company with an established reputation in the industry.

How many cameras do you use?
Does that mean a second videographer?

If you are having "two cameras", then find out if that
means a second videographer or just a camera on a tripod.
Having a second videographer is more expensive than just
a camera on a tripod (usually kept on wide angle).
A second videographer can be well worth the extra cost
due to the extra coverage you will get. Be sure to discuss
camera placement and any videotaping restrictions ahead
of time with your videographer.
We prefer to do all ceremonys with two cameras
(and two camera people), that way we can be sure to
capture everything. We only need one experienced
camera person for your reception unless it is more
than 200 people. Some companies offer as many as 4
cameras at the ceremony, but don't be fooled...4 cameras
can still mean just one camera person, and 4 cameras on
tri-pods wont get the quality shots you need to create a great video.

What type of cameras do you use?
"3-Chip Digital" is the most recent and highest resolution camera.
Digital cameras have 530 lines of resolution. Super VHS & Hi-8
cameras (which use analog tape) have 400 lines of resolution
and VHS cameras have 230 lines of resolution. The higher
the lines of resolution, the better quality picture you will get,
but expect to pay more for a videographer who uses 3-Chip
Digital cameras.
3-Chip! We use the best quality cameras and editing software
available. We are now shooting in HD
(email me for more info:

How many and what kind of
microphones do you use?

Audio quality is just as important as video quality.
At the ceremony, have the groom wear a Wireless
microphone and have another one on the podium for
any readers or singers. At the reception, make sure
everyone who is giving a toast or blessing is using a
microphone; this includes the person who is introducing
the bridal party. Be sure to discuss audio placement
ahead of time with your videographer.
Thats exactly what we do!! The sound quality on our
videos is always excellent!!!

How do you stay up-to-date in the video business?
Video technology is an ever-changing field (like the computer field)
and professionals need to stay current. A videographer should be a
member in local and national associations. Ask the videographer
if he/she has ever been to any seminars or conventions. Any
videographer belonging to WEVA (Wedding & Event
Videography Association) or ABC (Association of Bridal Consultants)
is a big plus.
Well we happen to be proud members of both,
we are also members of
Wedding Specialists of San Diego.

How can I see samples of your work?
This is especially important when dealing with
larger studios that may have several crews that
they send out on the weekend. Some videographers
will send out demo tapes and others will ask you to
schedule an appointment to visit them, others have
video clips (called streaming video) on their website
where you can view their work while you are on the
internet. If possible, try to meet with the videographer
before you sign the contract.
Of Course you can see samples!! There are samples on our blog,
samples on
our site and a whole storage facility filled with
26 years worth of wedding videos(...seriously).
You are more than welcome to come by to see samples of your location.

If you have ANY other questions please call or email me!, 858-576-0046
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