Two years in the life of an XM2

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Marc Peters
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It's good to see a 'user video' section on DVdoctor. Certainly something I'd always thought was missing.

Anyhow, here's a little video I put together yesterday. It's a retrospective of a few of the videos I've created over the last two years. Certainly brings back some good memories and persuaded me to do a lot more filming in future!

http://www.videoforums.co.uk/files/montage.wmv

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Length: 02:27
File Size: 13.1MB
Frame Size: 720 x 576
Video Codec: Windows Media Video 9 at 600 kps 2-pass VBR Peak Rare
Audio Codec: Windows Media Audio 9.1 128 kbps, 48 kHz, stereo 1-pass CBR
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Enjoyed that Marc.

Is that you given up filming weddings now that you sold the XL2?

James.

Same As It Ever Was! :(

Marc Peters
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The-Video-Company.co.uk wrote:
Is that you given up filming weddings now that you sold the XL2?

Yep. After working out my hourly rate, I realised my time spent filming and editing had better uses. By my calculations, and attributing a cost to my forgone leisure time, I was actually making a loss on any video filmed for less than a grand. Obviously this would be a different story if it was a full time job. In honesty, I didn't really fancy working around the clock, 7 days a week, which is essentially what you;re faced with if you try and do this as a second job.

So I decided to cut my losses and sell the XL2 to buy some other video related gadgets (and put the rest towards sensible things like a deposit on a house!). it gave me some invaluable experiences and i would advise anyone thinking of wedding videography to think long and hard. There's some very creative people out there making some good money, but there's a lot more people that are making crap money and giving the bride and groom an 'okay' video. I guess the one saving grace is that you get what you pay for!

However, I know exactly how I want *my* wedding filmed... and I won't be involved in any part if it!
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Best of luck with whatever you choose to spend your new found time on Marc.

Hopefully your words of wisdom will provide food for thought for others who are considering stepping out into the world of weddings.

Same As It Ever Was! :(

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I just love the camera movement (though the shot on the boat liiked iffy) and think you're a brave man to do such movements in the middle of the church service. Often at medium telephoto too, so are you using some sort of Steadycam device? Looked like a crane shot too, but could've been floor to tip-toes I suppose. Nice cuts to the beat combined with the pull in from white add impact, and dutch tilts, huge closeups and multiple exposure geep us watching. Good one.

tom.

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The-Video-Company.co.uk wrote:
Hopefully your words of wisdom will provide food for thought for others who are considering stepping out into the world of weddings.

I've tried to do just that on what was once my wedding website! Put up an article 'so you want to be a wedding videographer'.

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I just love the camera movement (though the shot on the boat liiked iffy) and think you're a brave man to do such movements in the middle of the church service. Often at medium telephoto too, so are you using some sort of Steadycam device? Looked like a crane shot too, but could've been floor to tip-toes I suppose. Nice cuts to the beat combined with the pull in from white add impact, and dutch tilts, huge closeups and multiple exposure geep us watching. Good one.

A few of the shots were filmed with the XM2 perched on top of a glidecam 2000. Took me more hours than I'd care to remember getting the thing to work in a reasonable fashion. No crane shots, just me lifting the camera up as from the ground as steady as my arms can go. That said, I simply love crane shots and will certainly be getting my hand on one in the near future.

Yes, the boat shot was a tad iffy, but I really wanted to include the sound of the rushing water. Plus I took a huge risk leaning over the side of my brother in laws boat to get that shot... so it's there more for my memory of taking it!

The movements in the service were a calculated risk. The vicar had had a serious moan about the photographer taking shots during the entire ceromony and I took advantage of the distraction to get some cutaways. I managed to get a beautiful tracking shot that wasn't inluded. The lateral movement was allowed as I was really completely out of the vicars line of sight, hid behind a pillar. I also gave the church a donation as usual :-)
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Chrome
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Nice work Marc, as you have realised making any kind of living from wedding video making is not as easy as most people who go into it think. I would recommend anyone considering it to visit Marcs website and check out his rather excellent articles about wedding videomaking.

I would certainly like to commend you on a number of well written pieces and a excellent site and resource overall. I especially like the write up for the APV within the 'Choosing a Videographer' article. I agree wholeheartedly on your comments in that fourth paragraph; after all there are no guarantees that hiring anyone will get the result a couple wants... as you say they should choose very carefully. However, I would just like to point out that APV members must also pass assessment in order to be listed in the on-line directory, the article seems to suggest they only need to join to be listed which is not the case. Whilst the ratio of qualified to non-qualified is very high, we do have members who are not yet qualifed and therefore are not yet listed.

Keep up the good work :D

Marc Peters
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Keep up the good work :D

I get a tremendous amount of enjoyment from writing the articles and playing around with the video editing software. I still have to buy the majority of stuff myself to review, which means some articles I'd like to write simply don't get written! If I had access to more gear, I'd be spending a lot of that spare time mentioned above writing away. I'd like to think my site offers something for the beginner and encourages them to be more adventurous in both filming and editing. I'm certainly no expert and wouldn't claim to be. But I hope my articles offer some help to some people.

Selling the XL2 has enabled me to 'waste' some money on a few toys recently - a suction mount for my car, and a bullet cam for my helmet to name two. So there's a few articles to be written out of those!
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Marc, which website is being referred to above? - not the videoforum one, I assume?

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