Today’s guest blogger is Saher Khan from AAcreation. This company strongly believes in the importance of capturing your special day to tell a story through their photography and videography. Ahmed and Mehreen Ahad created this company to specialize in capturing the different South Asian Cultures through their photography and videography.

Video editing is both a technical and artistic process that involves the selection and combination of shots into sequences, which are eventually compiled into a finished motion picture. It is an art of storytelling. Referred to by some as an ‘invisible art’ the editor works with layers of images, storytelling, actors’ performances and audio (dialogue and music) to ensure that the viewer is so engaged that he/she doesn’t even notice the work of the editor. This however is not an easy process. The editor has to decide on which elements to retain, delete, or combine from various sources in order for them to come together in a logical, organized and visually pleasing manner. On-site work including pre-shoot, actual coverage and post-production usually require a smaller percentage of work in comparison to off-site work where we log, load and edit the massive amount of footage. So, on average 10 hours of footage (including on and off-site) takes approximately 50-60 hours to produce.

Below is an sample timeline demonstrating how much time is required in producing and editing an average South Asian wedding event.

On-Site Wedding Day Video Coverage

Pre-Shoot (Before Wedding Ceremony)

  • The previous night, we spend approximately four hours charging the equipment, loading all the gear, cleaning the lenses, and labeling tapes
  • At the event, we arrive 2 hours ahead of time in order to setup the lighting and audio equipment

Ready, Set, Action! (Wedding Ceremony)

  • We spend one hour filming the bride while she is getting ready, while simultaneously the second camera spends 30 minutes with the groom while he is getting ready
  • 30 minutes are spent getting detailed shots of the location including both the inside and the outside of the venue
  • Next we spend approximately 30 minutes focusing on the family and guests as they arrive
  • This is followed by the Baraat (Groom’s Procession in a South Asian Wedding), which is covered for the next 30 minutes
  • The coverage of a South Asian ceremony ranges from one to three hours
  • After the ceremony, we spend a little time capturing key moments during family pictures

Post-Production (After Wedding Ceremony)

  • Taking down and packing up the gear

Total time required: 6-7 hours

Pre-Shoot (Before Wedding Reception):

  • Before the event, we spend 2 hours to setup, and handle all the details

Ready, Set, Action! (Wedding Reception):

  • We spend 30 minutes covering the set-up of the reception hall and the social hour or cocktail hour
  • The next 30 minutes are spent on the arrival of the guests
  • The reception program and entertainment requires approximately two hours of coverage
  • This is followed by one hour of planned and free dancing

Post-Production:

  • Taking down and packing up the gear

Total time required: 5-6 hours

Our next article will be published on Thursday, June 23rd and will feature Part 2 of this article with The Art of Off-Site Wedding Video Editing details from AAcreation. Keep up to date with our blog for new wedding ideas, trends & tips! Also, don’t forget to check out How to Get Perfect Pictures on your Wedding Day.

6 Responses to “The Art of Wedding Video Editing, On-Site Coverage

  1. Vikram Says:

    Excellent article! I’m an aspiring wedding videographer myself. I’m curious to hear more about the editing process after the ‘big day’ is done. What are the expectations of turn around time from (a) the videograher’s point of view and (b) the bride/groom/family’s point of view?

  2. South Asian Wedding Says:

    I think AA creation is very famous company in photography. Personally AAcreation photography is really good and mind blowing..

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