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Old January 27th, 2009, 04:16 PM   #1
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Wedding video on a flash drive.

We delivery our wedding videos on DVD but with ipods and the like being so popular now I was also considering including a file of at least the highlights on a flash drive.
Is anybody doing this? Any thoughts on the idea?
What kind of file would you put on it? Mpeg2?
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Old January 27th, 2009, 04:51 PM   #2
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We offer compressed file as well as the DVD. We usually compress the highlight to two files and put it on a CD with some basic instruction. For the ipod/cell phone the size is 320X180. The other file is for web steaming, email or upload on facebook...etc, the size is 640X360. Both using mp4 extension.
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Old January 27th, 2009, 09:49 PM   #3
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You can certainly deliver your videos on a flash drive, but it seems to me like CDs, DVDs, or even just digital downloads would suit your needs better. They're cheaper mediums, and your clients are already used to working with them.
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Old January 27th, 2009, 11:18 PM   #4
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You can certainly deliver your videos on a flash drive, but it seems to me like CDs, DVDs, or even just digital downloads would suit your needs better. They're cheaper mediums, and your clients are already used to working with them.
True DVDs are cheaper but the flash drives seem kinda cool. You can get them with your company logo on them. When my wife and I took our little one to get Santa pics this year they gave them to us on a flash drive. They are something people with hold on to and re-use and if your logo is on it all the better. Just a thought.
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Old January 28th, 2009, 10:45 AM   #5
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We delivery our wedding videos on DVD but with ipods and the like being so popular now I was also considering including a file of at least the highlights on a flash drive.
Is anybody doing this? Any thoughts on the idea?
What kind of file would you put on it? Mpeg2?
I think you have a good idea, but you are a little format/technology constrained as far as device compatability. I have a MS Zune. That thing requires you to connect to the computer to load files. Will the iPod play media right off a USB drive?

I tend to think a SDHC card with AVCHD is a good option. It will play on many Blu-Ray players, Sony PS3 and directly from the SDHC slot on many HDTVs.

It's a tough call. I don't think many people would even watch the highlights from a iPod style media player, but Im 45 YO and out of that demographic.
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Old January 28th, 2009, 11:37 AM   #6
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I guess my thinking is alot of people have ipods. There friends aren't going to want to sit and watch their entire wedding video but a 3 or 4 minute highlight clip they might. The couple can load a file on their ipod or media player and take it to work to show friends etc... This could be accomplished by giving them a file on DVD but I was just trying to think of an alternative. Of course you would have to load the file on the computer and than transfer it to the media device.
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Old January 28th, 2009, 12:31 PM   #7
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I think it's a good idea, not to duplicate anything I've already been talking about. I was looking at flash drives yesterday and you can get some cool ones with your logo on them. One I saw was like a wooden cover - redwood, maple, or another option I can't remember. I have one that's stainless steel from working for Bacardi. It can be a classy way to deliver files I think.
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Old January 28th, 2009, 12:40 PM   #8
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If the majority of the TVs had USB ports and allows playback of video from USB storage devices, then it would be a good idea. However, that is not the case.

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I guess my thinking is alot of people have ipods. There friends aren't going to want to sit and watch their entire wedding video but a 3 or 4 minute highlight clip they might. The couple can load a file on their ipod or media player and take it to work to show friends etc... This could be accomplished by giving them a file on DVD but I was just trying to think of an alternative. Of course you would have to load the file on the computer and than transfer it to the media device.
I don't get it, why would you give them that flexibility? Put their wedding highlights on your website/blog and whoever wants to see it will just go to your site. Also, it is far more likely that a satisfied client will send out URL of their wedding highlight to people as opposed to a large video file. Your business will get much more exposure this way.
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Old January 28th, 2009, 03:09 PM   #9
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I think USB (or any mini portable storage) are a good idea, almost everyone i know either has an 360, ps3, popcornhour, wd tv box, or etc.

Basically, people have devices where they play videos from their 'media player' from their usb port.
Nowadays, USB are really cheap too...
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