3. Do they record the event in a professional format such as S-VHS or digital? You do not want a videographer recording your wedding with a VHS tape. Some videographers don't like the digital technology due to video compression, and they feel it does not provide a good enough image. Can they give you a tape in S-VHS format for those people who have S-VHS video players? Do they have the capability of using computer generated graphics? (and not cheesy ones, either). What other hidden costs are associated with the quoted price? Sometimes they will charge you extra for a 1 minute "Love Stroll" segment of video. Some people want a package that includes a short musical picture story known as a video collage with photos of the bride and groom growing up. Usually a handful of photos of each person is given to the videographer to tape.
How many hours do you get the videographer for? You don't want any surprises here. Will the video be edited "In Camera" or in the studio? You want your video to be post edited in the studio, which usually has much better quality effects than the camera, even though it costs a bit more.
4. Don't forget to ask if they have worked in the location of your reception before.
Get References From Friends and Coworkers Your best resource is people you know. Ask around at work. Every married couple has a video. Call a TV station and see if any of their cameramen moonlight on the side. They work with the video cameras every day, so if anyone can do it, they can. Look at other wedding videos. As with your quest for photographers, interview 3 videographers.
Do you like the effects? Is the lighting bright enough and does it look acceptable? In areas of low lighting, is there a fuzzy graininess? Do the colors look bright and accurate? Does the audio have a good level and is it free of distortion? Do you like the scene transitions, or are they choppy and sudden, cutting off the audio? Is there anything missing that would like to see on the video? Is the video vibration free and the left to right panning smooth? Are there too many zoom in/zoom out shots? These make it look unprofessional. Do computer generated titles look professional or do they look like an old Pong video game?