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Old November 21st, 2008, 05:02 PM   #1
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Do you give a preview copy?

I have always sent out a preview copy 1st of the edited video to let the couples make any changes that they would like. The only thing I do not include is the DVD menu layout or special packaging with this. I am just curious what others are doing?
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Old November 21st, 2008, 05:21 PM   #2
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Same, they see a version that is ready-to-go (minus the customized menus). They have a 1 week review period for free changes. Usually, its minor tweaks like taking someone out of the video (go figure). This is stuff I wouldn't know just from shooting the wedding, so its nice for the couple to have a 'final say'. I know the flame-wars will begin about what technique is best. Having done both ways, I feel that this works best for me. Setting a deadline is KEY.
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Old November 21st, 2008, 05:45 PM   #3
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We did, but don't think we will be in the future. I posted a similar thread a couple months ago that sort of got us to change our minds:

http://www.dvinfo.net/conf/wedding-e...inal-edit.html

If there is something they absolutely want, we would do it. Most of the changes have been to include a full speech, or include more of a particular older relative or (in the olden days) take out an antiquated affect.

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Old November 22nd, 2008, 02:50 AM   #4
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I posted in that other thread I think, and this is my basic philosophy. If you give people a "preview" copy then they somehow feel "obligated" to find things to change. It's like you've put them in that mindset by telling them "this is a preview copy so you can watch it and think of changes".

I personally do not preview the video for the couple, and I haven't had a single complaint in 6 years of filming. Now granted, I go the extra mile to make sure that what they receive is as perfect as it can be. It's really up to you, but those are my thoughts.
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Old November 22nd, 2008, 06:37 AM   #5
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I only do this for companies, but they pay me per hour. For weddings I have a fixed package price and then I decide how the end edit looks like. Sometimes they ask if it's possible to make changes and I allways say yes and tell them my hourly rate which they have to pay extra then. All said then that they rely on my experience that it will turn out allright :D
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Old November 22nd, 2008, 08:09 AM   #6
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<snip> For weddings I have a fixed package price and then I decide how the end edit looks like. Sometimes they ask if it's possible to make changes and I allways say yes and tell them my hourly rate which they have to pay extra then. <snip>
We're not trying to be jerks at all, and luckily it's never come up yet (possibly because we've been always making any changes free of charge to date), but if you don't have anything in your contract about this very thing, it might be worth adding.

Like Noa said, it is a fixed package price most of the time. So we have a clause in our contract saying that the final video will be edited according to industry standards and all creative judgement is up to the videographer, or something along those lines, just in better legalese.

Thinking about it now, there isn't much difference between a client asking us to edit something differently, and a client asking us to shoot something differently during the wedding. And I don't mean, "Hey, could you get me and my dad with the dog," I'm talking about cinematic suggestions, "Could you start tight on the orchid right here, and then pull out while panning over to my dad and the dog?"

But, as Travis mentioned, nail it the first time :)
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Old November 22nd, 2008, 11:00 AM   #7
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I have always given a preview for the last 8 years and always thought it was a nice touch to give brides the chance to change things. A previous thread regarding packaging really got me thinking about this. Sure, the video looks great, but it lacks the full wow factor with the menu design and nicer packaging and presentation that comes with the final copies. Most of the changes brides make are very minute and like someone said earlier are probably only being made because they feel like they should. I think I am going to change my mindset and not offer a preview in order to get that full wow factor and see how it goes.
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Old November 22nd, 2008, 02:01 PM   #8
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Chad, that was the equally important reason that I decided against doing previews. I want the bride and groom to watch their video for the first time and be "wow'd" by it. If doesn't have the packaging and the fancy menu, and if they're watching it with the "preview" mindset, it's not going to have the same impact.

Imagine going to the theater to watch a new release and it hasn't been color graded at all and when you walk in you're given a pen and paper to make notes on any changes you think should be made. You might still enjoy the movie, but it's going to be a vastly different experience.
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