I hired a cinematographer friend of mine from college to film my best friend’s wedding. I’ve seen his work. I’ve been IN his work. I know he usually does great work. He’s worked on features and TV shows and commercials. He’s a pro.
So, he’s filming and I’m handling the editing.
I’m SO glad that I lent him my camera to have as a wide on the ceremony and during the reception because, even though his camera is more than 3x more expensive than mine, his footage has a heavy layer of grain on it and everything looks washed out. I don’t know how he set it up but oh my god is this going to need some post-processing. And then a lot of his shots are out of focus. Not HORRIBLY so, but enough that I’ve got to think about how much time I give them in the final cut.
And then EVERYTHING is going to need to be stabilized. Like, a lot.
Meanwhile everything from my camera is crisp and clear and noise free.
To add on top of that, rather than putting a LAV on the groom and having to worry about battery and the length of the ceremony and possible wireless interference, and the fact that his camera only records 18 minutes at a time, I happened to have a portable recorder with me (because I’m me) so we plugged my that into the mixer that the wireless handheld they were using for the ceremony was plugged into. We did a sound check before the ceremony. The mic was coming through clear as a bell.
So, I’m sitting in the second row with my family and I decide to connect my cellphone to my recorder via it’s wifi feature. Figure I can drop track markers during the ceremony to make editing and syncing easier. When the music is playing, the VUs bounce up and down, but when they’re talking, it’s pretty flat. I can hear them coming through the PA speakers. But nothing on the meters. I hoped and prayed that maybe the app on my phone was borked.
At some point, I guess, the input from the PA was set to bypass the phones output and go straight to master out.
SO I’m gonna have to use what both of our cameras recorded and combine/clean up what I can get from them.
At least the reception’s audio was fine.