As you know, at the beginning of the year we purchased two new high definition cameras: the Sony FX-1000 and the Song Z5U, pictured here.
Brent and I waited and waited until the right camera came on the market: one that was small and inobtrusive, that was good in low light, and that was at a price point that made sense for our business. I was told about this camera on a videography forum, and soon thereafter I pre-ordered one before it was even released. (Just FYI, these two cameras are essentially the same, but the Z5U has a few more features and will be used as my main camera. They make a great team.)
So what does this mean for my clients?
First of all, from now on, all weddings will be taped in high definition. You will then have the option to upgrade to high definition delivery on a Blu-ray disc. These have to be played on a Blu-ray player on a HD compatible TV, and the results are well worth the upgrade. The crispness, clarity, detail, and realism of HD footage are amazing. For a little taste, watch the previous post's video in HD in Vimeo, and then compare that to the quality of this video. Then imagine what it can be like on a big bad TV screen at home.
For those that do not upgrade to HD delivery, your video will be delivered on Standard Definition DVD's, just like they are now. But since everything was shot it HD, the quality will still be improved. Plus, HD is a widescreen (16 x 9) format, so the videos will all have a more cinematic feel to them. (Widescreen is the aspect ratio you see at the movies, and 4x3 is what a lot of the square-ish home TV's are.)We have already videotaped several weddings with our new "babies" and we are extremely thrilled with the results. And we know you all will be too!
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