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Old October 27th, 2011, 07:10 PM   #1
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Posting wedding highlights before final version?

I was wondering if there is some kind of unspoken etiquette or not about posting a couple's highlights video on a videographer's website before the final video is given to the couple. One clause in my contract says I can use a portion of the video for promotional purposes on either my website or media, but I didn't specify if I have to wait until they have the video on their hands or not. If I was the client it wouldn't bother me if my videographer posted a highlights video before having the final video, actually I would prefer it so I can email the link to friends and family, but I don't know if that's normally done or not. What do you think?
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Old October 27th, 2011, 09:07 PM   #2
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Re: Posting wedding highlights before final version?

I wouldn't but the reason is I wouldn't want to do anything that gives them a reason to say, "Hey, change this to that" before the contract was closed. My advice is finish their job, get the check then go do your marketing. GL
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Old October 28th, 2011, 05:32 AM   #3
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Re: Posting wedding highlights before final version?

In common with many other videographers we like to post a highlights video as soon as possible. Ideally within a couple of days after the wedding certainly within a week or so ready for when they get back from honeymoon. We often refer to it as a trailer for the main feature. It serves several purposes. Firstly it gives the B&G something to view & show their friends straight after the wedding. Secondly it's also damn good advertising for us once they start forward links to all the friends on Facebook.

You shouldn't need to be asking permission to post a highlights video you should be positively offering it to the couple if not charging extra.
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